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<html> Hello World </html>
That’s a web page. No, seriously, it is. We even have it up on our site: http://www.aztekweb.com/page.html Go to it. We’ll be here when you get back.
See? A web page. You could do that. So now you, too, can say you can make web pages. Heck, get yourself a domain and you’ve written and published an entire website. You’re in business. Put your shingle out and let everybody know there’s a new web developer in town.
Can you build an e-commerce site? Well, no. Can you build a dynamic site? Well, no. Can you tell me what kind of server is hosting your site? Well, no. Can you make those nifty drop-down menus? Can you give me a contact form? In short, can you build a website in the sense of what you really MEAN as building a website? No.
This isn’t meant to apply to you personally (if you can do all these things, more power to you). And if not, chances are good I can’t do what you do for a living. But I also don’t claim I can. This is for those folks who think anybody with a copy of Dreamweaver and a pulse can build a (real) website.
Not that we’re bitter or anything
Oftentimes people have opted to go with a cheaper solution for their website than what we offer. They find a “WebSitesRUs.com” type site that will let them plug in seven pieces of information and “get a website”, or someone who has written a page similar to the example above, has Googled “SQL Database” and claims they can build a fully dynamic, secure, e-commerce site, charging a fixed amount on a per-page basis.
You know how we know people have made these choices? They come back. They come back asking us to fix things, asking us to complete things, asking us to do the things other people promised they could – and couldn’t. But the thing is, they’re coming back after disaster has already struck. Like the client who let somebody move his ASP site to a PHP server and didn’t understand why it stopped running. Or the one who let his nephew take over maintenance who had to call in and ask us to restore the site from our backup. Meanwhile, those sites were completely down…Whoops.
Price isn’t (and shouldn’t be) everything
When you’re looking at a website designer/provider, don’t just ask them what they charge. Ask what they do. Ask how they do it. What database do they use? What operating system do they run on? Can they show you other examples of similar projects? Are they going to be able to do what you need them to do? Compare with others – if you hear one provider saying something another didn’t mention, ask the first provider about that. Do some research on your own and ask questions – a qualified provider will be happy to answer your questions. Make sure that a provider meets ALL of your qualifications – it ALWAYS costs more to do it twice.
I changed my own oil once, how hard can fixing the engine be?
I changed a light bulb once too – doesn’t mean I’m qualified to re-wire your house. Anyone can write the web page at the top of this post (take it… it’s yours, no charge or anything) – it doesn’t mean they’re qualified to do the work you need to make the website you want. And if you've already learned the hard way, our number is: 216.472.2121.