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Make the World Your Marketplace with CrimsonDryad Web Design ServicesWeb Hosting Evaluation and Setup
This is where your site lives. Some larger businesses host their web sites on their office computers, however this is not generally recommended for several reasons:
  • Cost - a web site with heavy traffic requires upgrades to servers, software, and internet/network connections
  • Maintenance Issues - virus scanning software and restricted user access are necessary in order to keep business information confidential. Also, less support is offered if there is a problem
  • Reliability - Web Hosting companies invest in backup power supplies and hardware to protect your data and keep your site running at all times.
There are many price levels for web hosting, from free (if you don't mind the host advertising on your site) to several hundred dollars. Most individual, small-business, or medium business web sites only need a $20-80 per month program.

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Domain Name Registration and Setup
We can handle domain name registration for you, or we can work with your existing registrar. When looking for a registrar, more expensive does not necessarily mean "better". GoDaddy has become the largest domain name registrar in the world by selling domains for under $10. While we do recommend their domain name registration, we do not recommend their other services. Their tools are geared towards customers with very little web design experience. If you have a personal site, those services may work for you. Unfortunately those tools often get in the way of a professional design.

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Graphic Design
You are free to provide your own business logo, or I can design one for you. I offer 3 different designs as part of your web development package for no additional charge. Purchasing a business logo from a graphic designer may cost $150 to several thousand dollars.

Image editing to make photographs suitable for web site use is also offered for free for the first 10 images. Please be aware that a low-quality picture will not get better after editing, so provide the highest quality pictures possible!

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Database Design
Often the best way to provide interactivity to the use is through dynamic data. Any site that requires a user to register or login should use a database. Also, if you plan to change your content frequently, a database can make that process much simpler. We use MySQL, an enterprise-class open source database. Open source means that the program is developed by a community of volunteer programmers and companies - and best of all it's free! If you are currently using another database, we can import your existing data into MySQL using CSV (comma-separated value) files, a format all databases support. We can also use CSV to import or export data to Microsoft Excel.

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Web Page Design
All our sites are optimized for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 (IE6, IE7) and Firefox. We have heard many developers say they only design for IE because "most" site visitors use it. The fact is that Firefox and related flavors (Mozilla, Safari) now account for over 15% of brower usage - a large minority. Can you afford for 1 out of every 5 or 6 people visiting your site to think your site is broken?

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are an essential tool to making maintenance of your web site efficient. Using CSS ensures the style of your site is consistent from page to page. If you decide you want blue on your page header one day and red the next, all the page headers on your site can be changed at one time rather than going through every single page changing the color. If you are paying your designer for maintenance, CSS will lead to significant savings. We always use standards-compliant CSS.

PHP (it stands for Hypertext Preprocessor) is the current web programming language of choice, and many web hosting services present PHP and MySQL as a package. Created specifically for web development, PHP offers a variety of built-in features and extensions that make it very flexible.

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