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What is a domain name?

A domain name is like a license. If you registered www.yourcompany.co.uk. You would own that domain name for a minimum term of 2 years. If you do not renew the domain name at the end of your license agreement, the domain name will soon be available for other companies to use. If you do not have any website hosting, then the domain name will usually be parked with the company you registered it with.

This simply means they are holding it for you as you have paid for the license.


Do I need to have my own Domain Name?

Yes, we recommend you to have your own Domain Name if you want to make a professional representation of your company. A unique Domain Name will identify your website and it will have a chance to be indexed by the Search Engines and achieve a good ranking.


How do I register a domain name?

You can register domain names with many different companies (known as "registrars"). You will be asked to provide various contact and technical information that makes up the registration.

You could register your domain name in the same company that you will host your site.


What is web hosting?

A web site host provides space on a computer "out there" that will hold your web site so it may be accessed by anyone on the World Wide Web. When someone enters your Web address (URL) in their Web browser, it looks up the location of the computer associated with that domain name. This "host" computer then sends the files that make up that particular web page to the person's computer that requested it. In other words, it's your server or host that makes your website available to the world.


Do you also provide domain registration and hosting?

We prefer that our clients buy domains and hosting from dedicated domain registration and hosting service providers. This ensures that you get the best support and expertise. Pandora Web Box specializes in web design and system developments.


Why do I need a website?
  • People Will Look for You Online.
    Sooner or later, someone's going to type your name or business into a search engine.
    What do you want them to find? Nothing, or worse yet, your competition. These are people who want to find you. They are looking for what you are selling, and if you don't have a website then you're letting them down - they expect to find you online.
    For many people, you might as well not exist if you can't be found with a search engine. Not having a website is like not bothering to get listed in the phone book. Can you run your business without a phone? In this "Information Age" we live in being online is vital.
  • Websites Cost Next to Nothing.
    Up until a few years ago it cost a lot to run a website - but those days are long gone. There are literally thousands of places that can host your website.
    There are free hosting companies that give away space in exchange for putting banner advertising (of which you have no control) on your site. Unless you are just putting up a personal website I advise you to stay away from the free hosting companies. Your ISP may give you hosting space. Again this should be reserved for personal websites not for business.
  • Websites are Great Advertising.
    Whatever you're advertising - services, products or just yourself - a website is a great way to do it. Every other kind of advertising going costs a premium, especially if you want to target a specific kind of person, and there's no guarantee that they're paying attention.
    Websites are like brochures that are free to reproduce, interactive, and quickly distributed to people who are already looking for them. No advertising medium even comes close to the ease-of-use and effectiveness of a website.

How much will a website cost me?

This all depends on what your requirements are, but we are confident that we will have the right solutions for your budget.


What do I need to supply?

Because you know your business and market best, your input is valuable to designing an effective site. Generally we supply you with a list of necessary items with our website planning worksheet but we leave the amount of control in the design process up to you.

In order to design and format your Website, we need you to provide us with the following before starting. Additional things such as Power Point presentations, video files, articles, soft copy of forms for downloading are optional and can be incorporated if you have them.

Logo

Again, we can always use your existing literature to work from. Usually the logos on brochures, letterhead, etc. are more than adequate.

If you have your logo in electronic file format, such as .GIF or .JPG or .PNG or .PSD format. If you do not have one, we can design one for you.

Text or Content

If you have (or can get) the text-based information you want on your site in electronic file format, we prefer it this way. Acceptable file formats are .TXT, .DOC, .RTF, .HTML. Our next preference is to scan text from a printed page. Handwritten text is strongly discouraged (and there would be additional fee). If you do not have any existing content, please get it written by a content writer/copywriter, which you can use in your brochures as well.

Photos

Remember that the World Wide Web is a visual medium. If you have photos of your products, services, place of business or even yourself, we will include them.

If you have soft copies in .GIF or .JPG or .PNG or .PSD format, that is great. Instead, if you have actual photos, we will scan and resize and optimize them for you and include them.

25 Word Description & Keywords

Most Web surfers use WWW search engines and directories to find your web site. These search sites use either a description or keywords in their search.

Your description should include the words or phrases that someone might use to search for your business/ products/ services. You can submit as many keywords that you can think of.

Remember these are words someone might use to try and find your site (i.e., bed & breakfast, or car repairs, etc.), so think of yourself as a potential visitor to your web site. We will help you in deciding those keywords.


How long will it take for my web site to be designed?

The required time varies, depending on the web site size, design complexity, programming requirements and our current schedule of other projects in hand.

We will give you a time estimate when we provide the project quote.


What is the difference between a static website page and a dynamic one?

Static pages are stored on the server as an exact copy of what you see under a link, whereas dynamic pages offer variations of pages based on cookies.

Dynamic pages are used to offer customized or personalized content, specific to a visitor or a group of visitors.