Why do I need a website for my business?
There are estimated 3 billion Internet users (40.4% of the world population) in the world now. According to Internet live stats, there are 280 million Internet users in the U.S. and 641 million users in China.
When you have a website for your business, you will be able to market your business to all those Internet users. Your business can be quickly listed on sites like Google.com and Yelp.com.
Website is needed for better customer service because your potential customers can find you on the Internet and learn about your company’s services and products at anytime 24×7.
Your business is open to the world, not limited by distance, weather and time.
Having a well-designed professional website makes potential customer more comfortable to engage in business with your company.
These advantages are just too big and valuable to be missed out. For a business, a well-designed website is a must. It’s a very important sales and marketing tool.
Do people really look at website?
According to Google. 50% of mobile users are most likely to visit after conducting a local search, 81% of consumers go online before visiting the store according to GE Capital Retail Bank’s Second Annual Shopper Study.
What is website maintenance?
Website maintenance means many things but it can be categories into 2 types.
First maintenance type is System related work. These type of work is behind job. They include hosting, web server administration, site backup, database backup, hacking prevention, security, etc.. Hosting service can be anywhere from a few dollars to few hundred dollars per month. Backup service can be expensive – anywhere from $50/mo. to $500/mo. Some hosting companies will provide this service for free.
Site backup and database backup services are extremely important especially for e-commerce websites because if your website is hacked or don’t work for any reasons, you need a backup to recover the site.
Second maintenance type is Site Update related work. This type of work is clearly visible on the website since it includes design update, webpage information update, and web programming upgrade work.
Most people are familiar with the second type of the site maintenance work.
For a successful website, both types of site maintenance work (system and site update maintenance) are very important.
What is Hosting?
Very easy explanation – Hosting (Hosting Service) is a fast and powerful computer called a server connected a fast network -connected directly to the Internet.
Hosting service is required for the website to be viewed on the Internet.
There are many different types of hosting servers(service). They are Shared-Hosting, Cloud-Hosting and Dedicated-Hosting. Hosting service can be viewed as one part of Website Maintenance Service.
How should I build my business website?
It’s good idea to build a website that emphasizes your business’ core strength and unique qualities that sets your business apart from other competitors. Start with basic information such as company intro, products & services, advantages, faq, and contact us pages. Adding web applications and news, events, photo gallery to the site is very good for SEO and Google search. If you are selling products, it may be good idea to build an e-commerce site which will allow customers to order online 24×7.
I am not knowledgeable about websites. How should I begin?
First, we recommend learning as much as possible about the website you want to build. It’s always good practice to write down your thoughts – make notes.
It’s very important to choose a company that can continue to provide support your website and business.
We can continue to provide personal/dedicated support for all your online business needs.
I would like to build a simple basic website. What do I need?
You need 3 things to begin:
1. Website’s Content – e.g. About Us, Company logo, Service List, Product Info, etc.
2. DNS (Domain Name) – for your website name. e.g. www.MyCompanyName.com
3. Hosting Service
We make website development process very easy and enjoyable for our customers. Just contact us, we will help you with everything from start to finish!
How should I select my website developer or development company?
When you select a web developer or company, you want to see if the person is experienced and can continue to provide quality support.
Website update maintenance, SEO, internet/digital marketing support would very helpful for your business.
Lastly, you want to make sure your team can provide backup service for your website including database. Hacking is common place nowadays and expected to increase in the future.
Our company can continue to provide quality site maintenance and online marketing service for your business. Contact us to learn more.
How much does it cost to build a simple website?
Website development cost varies on companies and individuals. The total development cost is based on experience, expertise, design quality, programming functions and number of total webpages among many.
Contact us. We can provide estimate for your website immediately.
What is DNS?
DNS stands for “Domain Name Service”. Simply, you can think of it as a name service needed for your company website or company email addresses.
Technically speaking, DNS connects a computer address called IP Address with a meaning computer name. For example, our company’s web server’s IP address is 220.127.116.11. This IP address is mapped to a meaning name “i2WebSolutions.com”. So when you type “www.i2WebSolutions.com” on your browser, DNS maps the name to point to our web server which has IP Address: 18.104.22.168. This is how you can view our website.
So when you purchase DNS name like “YourCompanyName.com”, you can setup your website with “www.MyCompanyName.com” and your company email like “EmployeeName@MyCompanyName.com”. So you can have email address like BillGates@MyCompanyName.com, SteveJobs@MyCompanyName.com, ContactUs@MyCompanyName.com, Sales@MyCompanyName.com, etc..
How can I purchase DNS? How much is it?
DNS can be purchased from our company or from any other DNS Service Companies. You can purchase 1 year or more – 3 years, 5 years, 10 years. DNS purchase fee is anywhere from $10 to $35 per year. Once you purchase DNS, other company or organizations cannot purchase the same name.
Can I purchase DNS and make my website later?
Yes. You can purchase DNS only and decide to make your website at a later time. For example, you can purchase “MyCompanyName.com” for 1 year. Then when you are ready, you can build your business website “www.MyCompanyName.com”.
Special Recommendation: While waiting for you to be ready for your website, we can make a simple one webpage. Also, we can setup your company email address like “MyName@MyCompanyName.com” without having your website. Contact us for detail.
What are the pros and cons of using Template Design?
Many people resort to using a template design website because it can save time and money. The big set back is that your website may look like hundreds of other websites.
So when you use a template design, you should customize your webdesign as much as you can to best reflect your company’s own image and brand.
We recommend you hire us or a professional designer to build your website even if you decide to go with a webdesign template. You will get much better result by working with a professional company.
For my website, I have special custom programming requirements. Can you make it?
Yes. Our company specialize in building custom web programs for business and e-commerce sites. All our custom web-programs are developed and tested before the launch, and guaranteed to work 100%.
Should I hire webdesigner or web programmer to build my website?
Choosing a webdesigner or web programmer to build your website should be based on your needs. If your website is programming intensive, then you should hire a web programmer. For a simple clean web site, webdesigner is better.
In order to build a successful business website, you want to a good team to work on your website – team leader(project manager), webdesigner and programmers. Hiring an extra help such as photographer or copywriter or both can also help.
Even with a limited budget, we can assign project manager, web designer and programmer to build your website. Just contact us. We will set a best web development strategy for your company.
I want to update my website on my own. Is it possible?
All the websites we build has content management system (CMS) program which allows you to directly update all your webpages at anytime.
For e-commerce sites, we will prepare a site administrator’s manual.
Can you maintain website for us?
Yes. We can provide site maintenance service through our site maintenance contract service.
Contents and image change request can be easily met. In addition, we can make programming changes and upgrades. Finally, we can provide website and database backup service including hacking prevention/management.
Our company is familiar with all major open-source technologies such as WordPress and e-Commerce technologies such as, Magento, PrestaShop, OpenCart, and ZenCart.
In addition, our expertise in PHP, ASP, APS.NET, JSP and ColdFusion web programming languages allow us to have a full command with supporting custom-programmed websites.
For E-Commerce Site. What do I need to get it started?
For an e-commerce site, you need following 8 things:
1. Company Info (About Us, Customer Service and Contact Us)
3. Hosting Service
4. SSL Certificate
5. Payment Gateway
6. Merchant Account
7. Policy Information (Returns, Shipping, Terms, etc.)
8. Product images, Description and Pricing
Also, when you build your website, you want to make sure your e-Comm site is PCI Compliant.
For developing a successful e-commerce website, there are some details that require strategic thinking.
We can also build simple e-commerce site using Shopify.
Please contact i2WebSolution. We will give you best recommendation for your online business.
How much does it cost to build E-Commerce Site?
Last few years, there had been great advancement in e-commerce solutions allowing reduction in development time and cost.
Time spent on design, HTML/CSS Coding, Custom-Programming time has been eliminated or greatly reduced.
If you use pre-made e-commerce solutions such as Shopify and SqureSpace, you only need to spend developer’s time.
If you are using more advanced e-commerce solutions such as Magento, osCommerce, SrestaShop, OpenCart, ZenCart, development cost will differ greatly depending on the company and developer you choose.
E-Commerce Programmers are likely to recommend you with the technology he is most familiar with. Because our company is familiar with all major e-commerce technologies, we can recommend the best solutions for our customers.
Contact us. We will recommend and advise you on the best e-commerce solution possible for your future business.
What are the different types of e-Commerce sites?
There are 3 major different types of e-commerce websites – 1st type is e-Commerce site developed using programming languages such as ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, JSP, and ColdFusion.
2nd type is e-Commerce site developed by customizing open-source e-commerce solution such as Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop, OpenCart and ZenCart.
3rd type is e-Commerce site using Shopify and SquareSpace which are pre-made websites. While this type is very easy to develop, their limitation may hold back from advancing as a real online business.
1st type e-commerce site was developed for many businesses prior to emergence of 2nd and 3rd type e-commerce websites.
Can you maintain E-Commerce Site for us?
Yes. Our company can provide e-commerce site maintenance service for your business.
There are 2 different types of maintenance service for e-comm customers. First type is Site Update (Design update and contents) update service. Second type is system related website & database backup, hacking prevention and security related service. Your website must be backed up everyday and there must be a person responsible for this important role in case your e-commerce site is hacked.
E-Commerce Database Backup - Why do I need this?
Hackers target e-commerce sites to steal customers’ personal information such as credit card numbers. They endless attack e-commerce sites and such attack will never end.
Sometimes, they will just break your website by inserting malicious code such as virus download links into your database or sometime, they will put a file containing virus on your web server. E-Commerce site’s database contains new order and customer information every day. For this reason, your system needs to be backed up every day.
Most large and well-known hosting companies provides some sort of backup service, but it’s very important to know what is actually being backed up because your hosting company does not know what’s running on your website.
For this reason, it’s important to have someone who can guaranteed to backup your website and its database if it’s e-commerce site.
Our company backup all e-commerce sites daily, and if your site is hacked, we can fix it immediately. Please feel free to contact us for detail.
I have a website already but it’s bad. What should I do?
Redesign or rebuild as soon as possible. You can also put a simple nice cover page. Contact us. We will quickly “upgrade” your site to look professional.
I would like to start Internet Marketing & Advertising. How should I start?
Google AdWords, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing… SEO, SMM, Email Marketing, so hear so many different online marketing strategies.
First, we recommend you learn about as much about “online marketing” using the Internet. Then we recommend you talk to as many experienced Internet marketing consultant, and write down what you would like to accomplish. And finally, find the right team to plan and execute your online marketing in detail.
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Based on experience working with small business owners for over 12 years, our company can recommend and execute one of the best online marketing strategies for your business.
To schedule a free consultation, contact us at (718)888-0964. You will be glad that you did.
How can I use Facebook and Twitter for my business?
Facebook is one of the most powerful Social Media Marketing (SMM) tools available today. Both individuals and businesses are using them to connect with family, friends and customers. You can connect your website with Facebook and Twitter accounts. We can integrate website with Facebook and Twitter so the moment you update your website, your contents are automatically updated on your Facebook and Twitter. This saves time and makes online marketing easy for your company.
Is it okay to have a bad site?
No because, a poorly-designed website can actually hurt business. It’s actually better to have no website than to have a poorly-design website since it can damage your company reputation and push away your potential customers.
Do you provide training?
Yes. Our company can provide personal or group training classes for your company.
We can provide the training via online or in person*. For information about fee and schedule, contact us at (718)888-0964.
*New York Metro Area Only (NY, NJ and CT).
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Dedicated Support. Personal Support. We work hard to make our customer’s business to be successful. With each customer, we truly work toward working as a team with the client’s existing team to make the business successful online.
What makes us different?
Experience and Expertise. We have been developing and marketing small business websites for over 12 years in New York Metropolitan Area. Our experience in leading customer’s online marketing and providing top quality site support is invaluable.
Business Network & Teamwork
Having the right business connections and the talented web support team are one of the greatest assets that we can provide to our customers. Our work is not limited to just updating websites but we help our customers business to expand.
Integrity & Trust
Our integrity and trust are two basic foundation that binds us with our customers. We do our best to help our customers in all areas of our expertise. By delivering the work we promised on time, and going out of our ways, we make our customers happy. This is how we were able to build the trusting relationship for over 10 years.
Privacy & Data Protection
When it comes to privacy and data protection, we do our best to keep them safe against hackers.
Also, many people outsource their website development and maintenance work to overseas to save costs. But do you know when you do this, you’re putting your business into the hands of foreigners? Developers can easily access your database. To eliminate this possibility, we do not outsource our work to overseas.
We pride ourselves on building everything right here in New York, USA.
Online Business Consulting
Every business is unique and different. Each business must find their unique selling position to differentiate itself from others. With over 20 years of experience in the corporate and small business world, William Kim, CEO & President of i2WebSolution Inc. can provide sound advise for your business.