Frequently Asked Questions

Our Answers to Your Top Web Development Questions

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Frequently asked questions

Website Development

What is web development?

Might seem like a simple question to some, but web development is a process that involves creating, building, and maintaining websites. It includes aspects such as web design, web programming, content creation, and database management.

What's the difference between front-end and back-end development?

Front-end development refers to creating the parts of a website that users interact with directly. It involves elements like the design, user interface, and content. Back-end development, on the other hand, is all about the server-side logic, databases, and data manipulation. It essentially powers the front-end of the website.

What languages do web developers use?

Web developers typically use a combination of programming languages depending on their specialty. For front-end development, HTML (HyperText Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and JavaScript are the standard. For back-end development, languages can include PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, .NET, and many others. The majority of our websites run on apache/nginx servers, so most development is done using PHP as the server language.

What is responsive web design?

Responsive web design is an approach to web design that makes web pages render well on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes. It aims to provide optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices. We design and develop our clients sites to be mobile friendly (responsive).

How long does it take to build a website?

The time it takes to build a website depends largely on its complexity. A basic website can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to build, while a complex site with multiple pages and functionalities can take several months.

What is SEO and why is it important for my website?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It's a set of strategies and practices aimed at increasing the visibility of your website in search engine results, thereby attracting more traffic to your site. SEO is crucial because, without it, your website might get lost in the sea of millions of sites on the internet. One of our main focuses is building websites that perform well in the search engines.

How often should I update my website?

Regular updates to a website are crucial for maintaining an engaging and relevant online presence. As a general rule, you should update your site whenever you have fresh content or changes to your business. However, updating your blog or news section at least once a week can help boost SEO and engagement.

What is a CMS in web development?

A CMS, or Content Management System, is a software application that allows users to create, manage, and modify content on a website without needing specialized technical knowledge. Some popular CMSs include WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. We use the WordPress platform for the sites that we build and recommend it to our clients. It is estimated that over 60% of the websites on the internet are running WordPress.

Website Design

What is website design?

Website design encompasses the overall layout, appearance, and usability of a website. It combines elements such as graphics, color schemes, fonts, images, and layout to create an online presence. Good website design ensures that a site is both visually engaging and easy to navigate.

What is the importance of good website design?

Good website design is crucial as it influences how your audience perceives your brand. A well-designed site helps to keep your visitors on your page, improving engagement and conversions. It also helps to build trust with your audience, making them more likely to become repeat visitors.

What are the key elements of website design?

Key elements of website design include layout, color scheme, typography, graphics, content, and navigation. All these elements need to work together to create a user-friendly and appealing website.

What is the role of UX and UI in website design?

UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) are essential aspects of website design. UX is about enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and efficiency of user interactions. UI focuses on the look and layout—how the website elements are visually presented and how they interact.

How long does it take to design a website?

The timeframe for designing a website can vary widely based on its complexity and specific requirements. A basic website design could take between 2-5 weeks, while more complex sites could take several months to design and refine.

How often should I redesign my website?

As a general rule of thumb, you might consider a redesign every 2-3 years, or when your current design is no longer meeting your needs, such as if it's not responsive or doesn't reflect your brand identity accurately. However, constant small updates and tests for improvement are essential to keep up with evolving user preferences and technological advances.

What is responsive website design?

Responsive design ensures your website adjusts and looks great on all devices, including desktops, tablets, and smartphones. As more people are using mobile devices to access the web, having a responsive design is increasingly important.

How does website design impact SEO?

Website design has a significant impact on SEO. Search engines prefer sites that are user-friendly, which includes mobile-friendly design, fast loading times, and easy navigation. Also, a good website design will keep users longer on your website, reducing your bounce rate, which positively impacts your site's search engine rankings.