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Web Development for Small Businesses

I provide a variety of web design and web development services, primarily for small companies in Northern San Diego County.

I can handle all aspects of designing, setting up and maintaining your web site and can create sites ranging from simple textual sites to more complex sites using databases or custom scripts.

I will give your project personalized attention, both working on the original development of your site and later on if you need enhancements. I am located in Oceanside, California and am available to meet face-to-face with clients in Oceanside, Carslbad, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas and Escondido. I can also work remotely with clients further away.

Here are some ways I can help:

Web Site Design

We can use one of the following approaches to the design of your website:

Original Designs — As I discussed on my home page, I am more of a web developer A web developer typically is focused on the “behind the scenes” coding to make a web site function quickly, efficiently and with stability. They have knowledge of HTML, scripting languages and databases and often have programming backgrounds. than a web designer. A web designer typically is focused on the visual aspects of the web site such as the colors, fonts, graphics and page layout. They often have graphic arts backgrounds. While my skills are strongest in the “behind-the-scenes”coding, I can create original designs as long as they don't require a lot of custom artwork. If you can provide the graphic images or are happy with stock images, I can create a design customized to your needs.

Collaboration with a Graphic Artist — A great combination is to have a professional artist design the look and feel of your website and to have me do the back-end coding. I can turn their design into an efficient web site that loads quickly and works in multiple browsers.

Websites from Templates — If you are on a limited budget or need to have a web site up and running very quickly, a template might be a good solution. A web template is a ready-made design that can be set up very quickly at a fraction of the cost of a fully customized design. It is customized as necessary to meet your needs and to include your content. I can help you select a template that will work properly and customize it to your needs.

An effective web site begins with defining your business objectives, the requirements for your web site, and the needs and characteristics of your site visitors. I will work with you to define these goals and requirements, and develop a web site tailored to your needs and budget.

Website Enhancements

Add New Features to Your Site— Do you already have a website, but need additional pages or features? Please contact me to discuss how I can help you.

Make Your Site More Efficient—Are you happy with the look of your site, but having problems with it loading slowly or not working properly? Or are you having problems with the site not working in the latest browsers? Perhaps its time to recode the site to adhere to the latest web standards. This can make your web site load more quickly, work more reliably, and provide better accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities.

Other Services

While my primary emphasis is on web development, I am willing to help in other ways as well. Here are some examples of other services that I can provide:

Web Hosting – I can host your site for you or advise you in selecting a hosting plan suitable for your web site.

Domain Registration – I can register your domain for your or you can do it yourself. read more...

Whoever you use to register your domain name, you should make sure that the domain name is registered in your name and that you are the owner of it. This will avoid problems should you decide to change web hosts down the road.

If I register the domain name for you, and you choose to have me maintain the site for you going forward, I will register it under your name and list myself as technical contact.

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Web Site Maintenance– I offer optional web maintenance services for updates to your site after after it is live. read more...

If you only expect to need occasional revisions to your site, you can hire me as needed on an hourly basis.

If you expect to need more frequent updates, I can offer a web maintenance package that guarantees you a set number of hours of my time for a flat monthly or quarterly fee.

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Search Engine Submission – I can submit your site to the major search engines read more...

It's not really necessary to submit your web site to the search engines, because the major search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo and Bing/MSN) periodically “crawl” the web by following links from other sites. So, as long as you have inbound links from other sites to yours, they should be able to find you. If you don't want to wait for the search engines to find you, or if the design of your site makes it difficult for the search engines to find you, I can submit the site to them.

The big leader in search engines is google. So your site should be designed in “google-friendly” manner.

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Writing Content – It will save development time and money if you write the textual content for your web site. If you would like me to review your content for grammatical or spelling errors, I am happy to do so. I will also bring it to your attention if I if the wording seems unclear.

Project Management – Most of the projects I do for small businesses are small and easy to manage. Prior to getting involved in web development, however, I spent many years as a manager. I have lots of project management experience, if it's needed for your project.

Consulting – If you plan to create your own site, or just need some advice on your site, I am available to help.