Your first step in web design is to register a domain name, i.e. the address of your website. The best domain names are often short, snappy, easy to remember and generally related to your business – most companies opt for their business name or their business name followed by a single relevant keyword.
.co.uk .org.uk .me.uk : from £3.50 p.a
.com .net .org .biz .info : from £10.00 p.a.
Something to consider
Whilst having your business name makes sense, sometimes choosing a common search phrase for your domain can often improve your rankings on some search engines.
As an example – if you are a plastic manufacturer wanting to advertise your services online and you are targeting the UK, you may want to consider www.uk-plastics.co.uk.
This, coupled with a correctly optimised page that is rich with content would stand a much better chance of gaining a number one ranking on some search engines for the key phrase “UK plastics”.
However, the domain name really forms only a very small part of the overall consideration for a high ranking website so don’t always be put off by using your company’s own address if you feel happier with this.
If you are interested in registering a domain name please provide us with a list of relevant addresses as sometimes the name has been already used and we may need other options to register for you in this case.
Ideally if you are based in the UK you would want a .co.uk address as people will remember that more and Google notes that you’re a UK business for SEO purposes.
You can however also have a .com, .org.uk, .net, .me.uk, .info or .biz. We will review your choice and send details of availability and offer advice on alternatives if your choice is not available.
Once you have your ideal domain name your site’s pages and any driving databases need to be stored on a web server and email accounts set up.
When a potential customer logs on to your website, they will connect to another computer known as a server to download your pages to their computer. It is vital that both the server can cope with high numbers of visitors connecting at any one time and that it is reliable with maximum up-time to ensure minimum loss of business. This is where we come in. We use only the best server technology to suit your needs and always endeavour to ensure you do not experience any down time for your website.
Our hosting service has four packages to choose from:
- Hosting only – This service is for hosting only and does not include any maintainance or modification options. This means changes made will be chargeable on an as agreed basis. This is a good option for those that do not plan to make many changes to their site across a year or who will have their own CMS system put in place by us to manage their own content. Prices from £8.99 pm
- Hosting with SEO maintenance – This hosting option includes regular search engine optimisation to ensure that you stay ahead of the game on search sites such as google and yahoo. As many people will not look past page one or two of google for a business this can pay big dividends
in terms of converted customers from your website. Prices from £14.99pm
- Hosting with full content maintenance – This hosting option includes mainenance of your products and site content. Simply provide us with required changes and we take care of the rest. For those whose time is precious this is a great option as it means you can get on with running the business while we take care of keeping your content and products up to date. Prices from £24.99pm
- Hosting with SEO & full content maintenance – This hosting option includes mainenance of your products and site content. Simply provide us with required changes and we take care of the rest. For those whose time is precious this is a great option as it means you can get on with running the business while we take care of keeping your content and products up to date. Prices from £29.99pm