As the Internet grows and web technology has become a more integral part of everyday life, the role of a professional website design company has become clouded by the expanding market. The airwaves are filled with advertisements for one-size-fits-all web design companies, and there are plenty of businesses that are perfect for their services. But for the business looking for a truly unique and personalized web experience, that is not the route to choose.
A real professional website design company does not rely solely on ready-made templates or force consumers to drag-and-drop design elements into their own layouts. A perfectly assembled website takes the time, passion, skill and effort of a true web design professional.
All of these complicated functions are not to be undertaken by the inexperienced user or left to the whims of an assembly line process. Making everything mesh is an art form that requires thousands of hours of practice and coding experience. The best web designers look at each page as a blank canvas that requires the perfect amount of color. The use of negative space is just as important as filling the page with pictures and text.
A perfect website must also take specific business requirements into consideration. T-shirt shops need to have secure payment options available, and takeout and delivery restaurants greatly benefit from the ability to send orders directly to the storefront.
The job does not stop once the site is published and the logo is stamped onto the page. Websites live on forever and must follow the trends and patterns of the time. In its short existence, the Internet has reinvented itself numerous times. It went from static pages to animated GIFs to full fledged embedded video and layered animations worthy of the best film studio.
The professional web designer does not often get the credit that they deserve. The Internet has consumed our lives and the entirety of our culture. These designers have hand crafted our most important avenue for communication and expression. Web designers are constantly innovating and finding the next level that makes the user experience better, faster and more enjoyable. It is a mixture of art, technology and function on the grandest possible scale.
In this tutorial I will teach you how to make the basis for a professional looking website. The tutorial is quite fast flowing so if you get confused at all please go back to some beginner tutorials on my channel.
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The key to success and longevity as a new small business owner is to find ways to transform everyday people in the community into loyal customers of the business. In order to do that, a person must be dedicated to earning trust by presenting the business as a top notch and respectable brand. In this current age of technology, one of the best ways to accomplish this is to have an easily navigable and professionally designed website. Since a website is an extension of that business, the design should reflect high standards of quality so that it accurately represents the brand. This is why it is a good idea to seek the help of a professional website design company.
When trying to capture new customers for a business through its website, it is important to understand that the first impression should be the best. If a company has a substandard website design, then potential customers who find the website will think the business establishment is also substandard. Always keep in mind that many competitors are also looking for an opportunity to capture customers, and if one business fails to deliver, these competitors are more than willing to swoop in and provide the customers with the qualities they seek.
Hiring a professional website design company will cost more than hiring a freelance novice for the job, but the added expense is well worth it. The first step to finding the right company is to have several potential companies submit proposals, which should include the time needed to complete the project, links to prior projects that they’ve designed, and most importantly, their fees.
Once a web design company has been selected, it is important to keep in constant communication with the designer throughout the process. While the designer will have extensive experience creating attractive websites, it is ultimately the business owner who must be happy with the design, and this can only be accomplished by providing plenty of input. During the design process, it is also important to discuss the functionality that a website should have. Certain functionalities will cost an additional fee, which should be disclosed upon discussion.
Once a website is completed, it will need a domain name, though this can be purchased before the design process has begun. Some lucky business owners are able to find the domain name that exactly matches their business, but most will have to find a closely matched alternative.
Many times, web design companies will offer programming for the website. After a domain name and web host have been found for the new site, the web design company can transfer the site to that host and the business’ online presence will be complete.
Image by Peter Mooney
This is a photograph from the Father Murphy AC 5 Mile Road Race, Fun Run, and Walk was held in Kildalkey, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland on Easter Sunday 20th April at 12 noon.
This is the fourth successive year when the race has been staged in Kildalkey with races previous to 2011 held in the neighbouring parish village of Ballivor. The routing is a modification on the two previous years. This race combined an open 5 mile race and the annual Meath 5 mile road race championship.
The weather was almost perfect, if a little breezy, for almost 200 runners, joggers, and walkers participating in the event. There were some great post-race refreshments available for competitors in the Kildalkey Community Center afterwards. Well done to everyone involved – from the members of Fr. Murphy AC, to the neighbouring clubs in Co. Meath – all of whom helped to continue to fine tradition that this race has built up over the past number of years. Fr. Murphy AC was formed in 1970 from the amalgamation of several smaller local clubs and now offers some very fine facilities to the people of this part of Co. Meath.
This photograph is part of a larger set taken mostly at the 1 mile mark and at about 1 mile to go in the race. The full set is available at: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterm7/sets/72157644175251925/]
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If you are viewing this Flickr set on a smartphone and you want to see the larger version(s) of this photograph then: scroll down to the bottom of this description under the photograph and click the "View info about this photo…" link. You will be brought to a new page and you should click the link "View All Sizes".
Some links, related to this race, which you might find useful:
We use Creative Commons Licensing for these photographs
We use the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License for all our photographs here in this photograph set. What does this mean in reality?
The explaination is very simple. Attribution– anyone using our photographs gives us an appropriate credit for it. This ensures that people aren’t taking our photographs and passing them off as their own. This usually just mean putting a link to our photographs somewhere on your website, blog, or Facebook where other people can see it. ShareAlike – anyone can use these photographs, and make changes if they like, or incorporate them into a bigger project, but they must make those changes available back to the community under the same terms.
Can I use these photographs directly from Flickr on my social media account(s)?
Yes – of course you can! Flickr provides several ways to share this and other photographs in this Flickr set. You can share to: email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, LiveJournal, and WordPress and Blogger blog sites. Your mobile, tablet, or desktop device will also offer you several different options for sharing this photo page on your social media outlets.
We take these photographs as a hobby and as a contribution to the running community in Ireland. Our only "cost" is our request that if you are using these images: (1) on social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter,LinkedIn, Google+, etc or (2) other websites, blogs, web multimedia, commercial/promotional material that you must provide a link back to our Flickr page to attribute us.
This also extends the use of these images for Facebook profile pictures. In these cases please make a separate wall or blog post with a link to our Flickr page. If you do not know how this should be done for Facebook or other social media please email us and we will be happy to help suggest how to link to us.
How can I download these pictures to my computer or device?
You can download the photographic image here direct to your computer or device. This version is the low resolution web-quality image. How to download will vary slight from device to device and from browser to browser. However – look for a symbol with three dots ‘ooo’ or the link to ‘View/Download’ all sizes. When you click on either of these you will be presented with the option to download the image. Remember just doing a right-click and "save target as" will not work on Flickr.
How can I get full resolution, print-quality, copies of these photographs?
If you just need these photographs for online usage then they can be used directly once you respect their Creative Commons license and provide a link back to our Flickr set if you use them. For offline usage and printing all of the photographs posted here on this Flickr set are available free, at no cost, at full image resolution.
Please email petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com with the links to the photographs you would like to obtain a full resolution copy of. We also ask race organisers, media, etc to ask for permission before use of our images for flyers, posters, etc. We reserve the right to refuse a request.
In summary please remember when requesting photographs from us – If you are using the photographs online all we ask is for you to provide a link back to our Flickr set or Flickr pages. You will find the link above clearly outlined in the description text which accompanies this photograph. Taking these photographs and preparing them for online posting does take a significant effort and time. We are not posting photographs to Flickr for commercial reasons. If you really like what we do please spread the link around your social media, send us an email, leave a comment beside the photographs, send us a Flickr email, etc. If you are using the photographs in newspapers or magazines we ask that you mention where the original photograph came from.
I would like to contribute something for your photograph(s)?
Many people offer payment for our photographs. As stated above we do not charge for these photographs. We take these photographs as our contribution to the running community in Ireland. If you feel that the photograph(s) you request are good enough that you would consider paying for their purchase from other photographic providers or in other circumstances we would suggest that you can provide a donation to any of the great charities in Ireland who do work for Cancer Care or Cancer Research in Ireland.
I ran in the race – but my photograph doesn’t appear here in your Flickr set! What gives?
As mentioned above we take these photographs as a hobby and as a voluntary contribution to the running community in Ireland. Very often we have actually ran in the same race and then switched to photographer mode after we finished the race. Consequently, we feel that we have no obligations to capture a photograph of every participant in the race. However, we do try our very best to capture as many participants as possible. But this is sometimes not possible for a variety of reasons:
►You were hidden behind another participant as you passed our camera
►Weather or lighting conditions meant that we had some photographs with blurry content which we did not upload to our Flickr set
►There were too many people – some races attract thousands of participants and as amateur photographs we cannot hope to capture photographs of everyone
►We simply missed you – sorry about that – we did our best!
You can email us petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com to enquire if we have a photograph of you which didn’t make the final Flickr selection for the race. But we cannot promise that there will be photograph there. As alternatives we advise you to contact the race organisers to enquire if there were (1) other photographs taking photographs at the race event or if (2) there were professional commercial sports photographers taking photographs which might have some photographs of you available for purchase. You might find some links for further information above.
Don’t like your photograph here?
That’s OK! We understand!
If, for any reason, you are not happy or comfortable with your picture appearing here in this photoset on Flickr then please email us at petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com and we will remove it as soon as possible. We give careful consideration to each photograph before uploading.
I want to tell people about these great photographs!
Great! Thank you! The best link to spread the word around is probably http://www.flickr.com/peterm7/sets
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