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Web Design Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Web Designer? (That is Me!)
Web designer encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardized code and proprietary software; user experience design; and search engine optimization. Web Designers focus on the design, layout, colors and graphics of we a website and basic functionality of the website using proprietary web design software.
What is a Web Developer/Programmer?
A web developer is a programmer who specializes in, or is specifically engaged in, the development of World Wide Web applications, or distributed network applications that are run over HTTP from a web server to a web browser. Web Developers are programmers focusing on specialized back-end code that operates the web site. Web Programmers specialize in specific program languages such as java, php, asp for advanced web site such as database driven sites, e-commerce, secure web sites.
What is Web Maintenance/Updates?
Web Maintenance is the process of updating current content and graphics to ensure the website remains dynamic not static. This assists with SEO, and helps search engines re-index your site on a regular bases to help with ranking. Web designers use proprietary design software, not all designers have access or use the same web design software. BBWD can only do maintenance/updates on sites built by us, unless the website has been built with a online CMS (content management system).
What is a Website Redesign?
In a redesign, much if not all of the content (text and graphics) are reused in its entirety, if possible in the redesign process. Content maybe reorganized or changed in minor ways to assist with SEO. The main change is in the look and feel of the site design, layout, navigation, and color of the website. Redesign is not updating or maintaining an existing site design. It is a new website design using the current content and graphics in new creative ways either with the designers software or a CMS.
What is a Graphics Designer?
A graphic designer is a professional within the graphic design and graphic arts who puts together images, typography, or motion graphics to create a piece of design. A graphic designer creates the graphics primarily for published, printed or electronic media, such as brochures (sometimes) and advertising. They are also sometimes responsible for typesetting, illustration, user interfaces, web design.
What is SEO - Search Engine Optimization?
(This is what I do)
Search engine optimization or SEO refers to improving a web sites' natural and organic ranking in the search engine results page. This more affordable method is often slow and new web sites may take up to a year to achieve decent rankings on major search engines. Be careful of individuals or firms that promise you top 10 rankings on page 1. This is impossible to guarantee! Anyone that says otherwise is either lying or using underhanded methods to boost your rankings. You run the risk of having your website banned altogether from the search engines.
What is SEM- Search Engine Marketings?
Search engine marketing or SEM, refers mainly to the text advertisements which appear at the top or on the right hand side of search engine results pages. These advertising links are purchased mainly from Google (Adwords) and Yahoo (Overture). They then in turn publish these ads on their secondary ad network as well. SEM holds the advantage in the fact that you can get instant qualified traffic to your web page. How much traffic is only dependent on your budget.
What is a Website?