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What can a website do for me?
The answer to this question is neither short nor easy. With a little research and thought you can find hundreds of reasons, but there are a few general statements that may help you realize your needs. First a website can reach millions of people that might not otherwise be available. Second, customers can view products, services, or whatever you want to share from the comfort of their own home. No matter what type of business you are in, there are ways to grow and make money on the web for you.

Why does it matter how it looks as long as it works?
When you receive a visitor to your site, they will instantly perceive the quality of your services or products. The first impression a customer or potential customer gets depends on the appearance of your website. A visitor will be interested and explore your site if it is appealing and easy to navigate. You are marketing yourself and your business to the world over the Internet and it is important to show your best.

I don't think a website will do anything for me, am I right?
No, many people overlook the various products, services, or business processes they can include on a website. Any communication or interactions that happen within your business can be made easier and more efficient by the web. Your business will save money and time while appealing to a much greater audience, the world.

I have heard that my website can be a place to help my employees do their jobs, is this true?
While most businesses view the Internet as an opportunity to expand their sales through traditional e-commerce, few people are aware of the opportunities of increasing efficiency and reducing expenses. Placing business processes, especially those done daily, on the internet is possible for all types of businesses.

I want to establish a strong presence on the Web. But where do I start?
The four easy steps we provide below will guide you in the direction of a professionally designed, developed and marketed Web site.

 
 

Step One: Domain Name (URL) Registration -- This is the address people will use to access your Web site (www.yourcompany.com). Once you have determined that the URL you wish to use is available, the cost to register a name is anywhere from $8.00 to $35.00 per year. A domain name needs to be renewed every year.

Step Two: Design of the Web Site -- This is where the look, feel, and content of the Web site are determined and created.

Step Three: Hosting Your Web Site on a Web Server -- This is basically where you rent space on a computer that is always connected to the Internet. Price will vary, depending on the amount of disk space you will have and the connection to the Internet.

Step Four: Marketing Your Web Site -- You should be thinking about the marketing of your Web site as it is being designed. The content of the site needs to reflex the search terms if you want your site to appear on search engines.

   
 

Why can't I find my web site in the search engines?
Once your site has been submitted to the top Search Engines they may require several weeks, or even months to actually spider and list your web site in their directory. How fast your site is listed depends on each individual Search Engines database update schedule. Watch your server traffic logs for visiting spiders. We suggest you use Guaranteed Search Engine Submit. Your site can be listed on AOL, MSN and Overture in a couple of days.

What is site maintenance?
Maintenance is a fee paid monthly to keep your site updated with new content that you provide. Most good web sites have new content updated regularly. Fresh content is what will keep your visitors coming back.

Can Innovate work within your budget?
Have a specific budget to meet? Most companies and individuals do, and we take a realistic approach. We're experienced with tailoring our work to provide the best results within your budget needs. Let us know your budget and we'll tailor our estimate to stay within that.

How soon can we start?
Innovate officially schedules projects upon receipt of the signed contract and deposit. Your content will also need to be ready to go by the dates agreed upon within our contract together.

It's common to have initial discussions about the project, work out the contract details, and schedule the project to begin a few weeks later to allow you to gather your content, images, and other materials needed. If you have all your content and materials ready now, we'll work out our schedule to get started sooner.

Perhaps you want to get started on gathering your content now, even though you may not be ready to start on the Web site project for a few months. Innovate is happy to schedule the project to begin several months from now, of course, upon receipt of a signed contract and deposit.

Can Innovate create sites that will look good in any browser?
We have over 9 years of experience developing sites for a wide range of browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape, Mozilla and Safari. Our sites will also work across platforms, such as Windows PCs or Apple Macintosh computers.

We'll base the design and development on your target market while making sure your site works well and is fully accessible by even older browsers or text-only browsers or alternative devices.

Can Innovate create standards-compliant sites?
Yes. Innovate is an expert in creating standards-compliant Web sites, following W3C Recommendations for Web site markup since 1996. All the Web sites we create validate to W3C Recommendations upon completion.

Can Innovate create accessible sites based on W3C's WCAG, U.S. 508 Guidelines, or other accessibility requirements?
Yes. All the Web sites we create conform to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). Just like creating standards-based Web sites, we are experts at creating Web sites that are widely accessible and conform to W3C's WCAG. Upon request, we can also make sure your Web site also conforms to U.S. Section 508 Guidelines or other accessibility guidelines or requirements.

Does Innovate use style sheets, or CSS?
Yes. Style sheets provide a site's visual presentation. Their use is important for the site's development and easy visual maintenance. Innovate is an expert in using CSS effectively and developing stunning Web sites with their use that are easy to maintain. Visit our Portfolio's Web Site Design section for examples.

Can Innovate update content when needed after the site design is completed?
Yes, absolutely. We appreciate ongoing relationships with our clients. For ongoing site updates we typically bill by the hour and send invoices once or twice a month.

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