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PHD Web Studio

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If you are looking for best website design and development where you can implement it on your business website, the PHD Studio Web Design & Development services is the right option for you. We have the ability to host and build premium websites for any associations, businesses, government agencies and personal. We offer everything you need: 1. Web Design: With a team of designers who create innovative and powerful websites, we are sure we will create a site that your customers will love. 2. UX/UI Design: User Experience Design is the thoughtful, process-oriented approach to figuring out the best way to help a user accomplish his or her goals. 3. Template Websites: Not every business has the budget to create a custom website. Your business shouldn’t have to suffer with a poor quality site 4. Custom Design: We believe that every client is distinct, every project unique. Our style is clean, uncluttered, and steeped in the principals of design. 5. Web Development: Responsive web design delivers a consistent experience across desktop and mobile devices which helps to keep branding and messaging consistent 6. Ecommerce Website: Our ecommerce solutions and services, we can established a high performance online stores that offers extensive functionality. Other services: Logo design Brochure design Hosting Business Cards Seo Marketing

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What makes a great website?

A well-balanced website that includes:

1. Strong Branding: Your website is a reflection of your other marketing materials i.e. logo, business cards, corporate identity, etc., thus the website can only be as good as your strong marketing presence. A clip art logo and a homemade perforated edge business card is not necessarily the running good start to a good website project. If this is the case, you may wish to consider taking 1 step back first and spending a little bit more time on these efforts, first and foremost.

2. Understanding Your Business & Audience: Same as with your corporate identity and branding, it is critical that you have a profound understanding of your business, target audience and even your competitors before proceeding with a website project. Especially when having recently undergone major restructuring, inheriting a business, purchasing a new business, etc.

3. Planning Site Architecture & Wireframe: If you don't know where you are going, you are bound to end up somewhere else! Proper planning and thought process pre-design is critical to your website project. Think about what features and sections your website today should have, however also what you would like to do in the future. Your website should be built with room to grow down the road.

A napkin sketch is a great way to start with wireframing. Not sure where to start? Don't panic --PHD Web Studio offers professional website architecture and wireframe services. In fact, it is HIGHLY recommended that you consider getting assistance from your website developer with this stage in the process, so as to apply common web principals to the flow of the information as well as think about idea that maybe you wouldn't have thought of before.


4. Compelling Design: A professional and well-done look and feel for the website can make all the difference with that first impression. Your design and the feeling that people get when they first come to your website is a reaction that can make or break the next stages in them committing to explore deeper.

Leave it to the professionals! We can all do a thing or two with a computer, however Graphic Designers (web designers) take years of schooling and have a special talent for creating web graphics. Work with your designer and the wireframe in order to make that first impression the best it can be!


5. Proper Infrastructure: Coding & Back-End: There are two types of code -- Good Code and Bad Code. Bad, bloated code not only produces a broken and inaccessible website, however can also be detrimental to your Search Engine Ranking. Once again -- leave it to the experts. Coding is like trying to learn a new language. You can attempt to learn French and perhaps speak a word or two, however try and put an essay together or throw you into France and see what the reaction is!

Beware of nephew programmers or daring designers.


6. Content Management: Google (and not to mention your customers) want to see new, relevant and fresh information on your website. A static site is only as good as a temporary and outdated brochure. A content management system is key to taking your website to the next level and away from that online brochure and into a full-fledged marketing tool.


7. Content Is King! Can't say it strong enough -- Content is King! Not only keeping it up to date and fresh, but also speaking to your proper target audience in a way that they'll understand as well as telling them the things that they want to hear. Remember -- all that "fuzzy" content about who you are and how long you've been in business is only a small piece of what people wan to hear about (if at all). Speak to how your business can help them. Remember that it's all about the girl!

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

1. What does your business actually do?
2. What do you want your site to accomplish?
3. Do you have a website already?
4. What makes your company remarkable?
5. Who are your competitors?
6. What websites do you like and why?
7. Who exactly are your customers and what are their pains?
8. What features do you want your website to have?
9. What does success look like to you?
10. Do you have a style guide or any existing collateral? (i.e Logos, brochures, old websites, posters and web banners are just SOME of the things that might be tucked away)
11. What do you NOT want on your website?
12. Who will be responsible for updating your site?
13. Describe the style of the website you want.
14. What do you want visitors to do on your site?
15. What is your budget?
16. By what date do you need the site completed?

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to be creative. Taking a blank canvas and turning it into a well design website. I also love the fact that we get to help customers establish a online presence with our marketing tool.

What inspired you to start your own business?

After working for a company for almost 9 years they slow started to get away for the "Why", why we do what we do and that is to help clients improve or develop their business. I couldn't keep working for a company that lost sight of that. So I started my own agency to continue my belief in "WHY" i became a web design/developer in the first place. I want to give people the best service and websites possible.

Why should our clients choose you?

Our greatest assets are our customers, because without you there is no us. When you signup with us you become part of our family. Our specialty is the full life-cycle project. That means planning, designing and building a new site from scratch. It’s the best way we know to get the best possible results. We are dedicated to help our clients showcase themselves in a professional manner through their website. We are committed to delivering exceptional results and creating extraordinary brands.

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How much does web design cost? This is something that can be incredibly difficult to put a figure on due to the nature of the service. There are also differences based on whether you are looking to work with a freelancer or a web design agency, and also whether you need a large, complicated site or something more simple.

We can help you to connect with the right designer to suit your needs. A clear idea of what you need, and how many pages and features are required, will be influential when it comes to pricing. This will help you to get an accurate quote for web design.

These two terms may seem like they are used interchangeably but they are two different things. A designer will be focused on the visual and creating a UI to suit the user, whereas a web developer is usually focused on the actual core of the website, making it function and using coding to enable it to do what it is supposed to.

When working with a web designer, if you want the whole package of a fully finished and functioning website, check that this is something they can offer before you employ their services. Make sure you have understood if they are offering web design or development, or both.

  • Responsive - A responsive web page design means that the site is viewable on a number of devices. The design automatically sizes to the screen and the designer doesn’t need to make formats for different devices and desktops.

  • Liquid or Fluid - This is a style of design that will shrink or stretch to the shape of the browser, and the page will look enlarged or shrunk, rather than items being rearranged. The size of the items in the design alter in relation to one another depending on the browser being used.

  • Fixed design - Fixed pages do not alter according to the browser automatically. On some devices such as tablets this can make it harder to see the content as you need to scroll around the page or pinch the screen in order to zoom in on sections. Though it is sometimes essential, fixed design is becoming less common.

Whether you are working with a freelancer or a big agency, they will have a portfolio for you to view. This allows you to see other, similar projects they have worked on and decide if they have the skills you need.

There are a number of web design certifications and they may be happy to share any they have attained, but there isn’t one standardized industry body.

If you are worried about a designer’s credentials you can also check their feedback from other clients, which you can view on their Bark profile.

Should you work with a freelancer or an agency? This is one of the decisions you need to make when looking to plan a web design project.

Working with a freelance Web Designer
This may be an option that can save you money. Freelancers are often able to charge less as they don’t have the same overheads as an agency.

Working with a Web Design agency
Web design agencies may have a bigger set of skills to draw upon than a freelancer as they will usually have a number of staff and designers working for them. They may also be able to show you a bigger portfolio, but you can expect to pay more when using an agency.

Definitely! One of the advantages of hiring a web designer is that they are able to provide services to their clients from any location. However, if your website is for a local audience, then you might want to hire someone nearby rather than further afield, so that they better understand your target market.

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