The simple answer is that this entirely depends upon you as an individual and has little or nothing to do with your business.
I worked with a client some years ago over a period of almost 10 years and it was all on site. That's the way they wanted it and I was happy to do the work. Some years later that same client needed some work doing and approached me. Although I was over 2,500 miles away I was still able to complete the task in hand. I simply needed to give the client more visibility on what was being done.
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All web projects come with a price tag but you may well be surprised at just how low this price tag can be and how you can reduce the costs.
Almost all of the web projects I have worked on have required the following:
The content itself has been broken down into individual sections that apply to the different stages of a website’s development. The beginning (the planning stage), the middle (development and delivery) and the end (delivery and ongoing maintenance and marketing).
It’s an ongoing cycle so you will hopefully gain an appreciation for the fact that a website (in my humble opinion) is never finished.
I have been designing website since before 1995 and in that time have hand coded HTML, CSS, PHP & MySQL. I actually started out with BASIC, Pascal and other languages but moved on to web programming in the early 90s. More recently, since around 2007, my focus has moved more towards using CMS (Content Management Systems) to deliver websites that the client manages while I focus on the more technical elements such as SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), SMM (Social Media Marketing) and hand coding bespoke solutions for clients around the world.
No design experience is necessary, no knowledge of HTML or other coding is required as it will all be explained here and hopefully in doing so will empower you to take control of your own website project, or at the very least be informed when contracting someone to do the work on your behalf.
The sections have been organised in such as way that they can be used independently or indeed as part of a design structure to help you with your project or in reviewing your existing website.
The intention of this content is simple: To help you make a more informed choice of which design agency you choose to work with by arming you with all the necessary information required.
If the case is that you are creating or managing your own web development project then what is contained herein should be all the more pertinent as you'll be armed with more than enough information to ask the right questions of your chosen design agency.
There's lots of tech talk out there about websites and much of it you'll already be familiar with such as "SEO" or Search Engine optimisation, Keywords and perhaps even UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience). However, the problem(s) arise when you make changes to one element with no consideration of all the other associated elements. Or when you focus on say keywords while ignoring other elements such as content or header tags (don’t worry if you don’t know what these are, I’ll cover them in detail later).