If I ask for a quote, what happens next?
- We first talk to you on the phone or discuss by email to find
out your exact requirements.
- We analyse you requirements and make possible recommendations
to achieve your web design objective.
- We create a design prototype, along with detailed information
about the website : once you are happy with our proposal, we start
working on your website itself and give you a realistic end date.
How long will it take to design my web site ?
This largely depends on what is involved, as well as how soon you,
as the client, are able provide us with the essential documents,
such as copy and pictures. A simple brochure site can be up and
running in 1 or 2 weeks. More complex projects can take longer.
When we know you exact requirements, we will send you a contract
with a realistic end date.
We know that project deadlines are very important
: we will always do our utmost to meet them.
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Do you use pre-made templates ?
No, we never use pre-made templates because with pre-made templates,
your site would end up looking like hundreds of others sites on
the internet. At Clifton Web Design, we create each and every website
from scratch, so every design we create will be unique.
What do I need to supply to build a website ?
You will need to supply us with the text and pictures you want
to appear on your site. The more complete this content is, the easier
the process will be. You can supply your text and pictures (e.g.
full sized jpegs from digital cameras) via email, cd or diskettes
but we are also able to scan them for you. We can also search for
pictures or graphics for you on the internet, if you don't have
any of your own. It is also helpful, if you have any particular
ideas about colours schemes or styles that you want, to tell us
as much as possible at the start.
Should we put lots of graphics on my web pages ?
It's essential to keep a balance between aesthetics and clarity
: not everyone has a broadband connection, and overly complex graphics
take a long time to download, so it's very important to maintain
a fast download time so that people on dial-up connections can browse
your website without having to wait for ages. However, all the graphics
we incorporate on our web pages are optimised for fast-loading time.
Which tools and techniques do you use ?
We usually hand-code our websites using an open-source editor
Bluefish. We code using W3C compliant code and we don't use
(deprecated) tables but only CSS. By keeping most of the code
on a separate file, this ensures your website is standard compliant
(a legal requirement sometimes), loads faster and that your pages
are clear and easy to update.