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Tips For Choosing The Right Professional Website Development Company

Copyright (c) 2014 Yadonia Group

As the years go by, it seems that horror stories relating to choosing the wrong professional website development company grow in number. To help businesses avoid hiring the wrong company, it is of the utmost importance to know what to look for in a web design agency. Once the right company is chosen, a business can be well on its way to increasing its profit levels by establishing a strong online presence.

For those businesses who unfortunately choose the wrong agency, it’s comforting to know that when hiring a highly-qualified web design company, it is possible to have an old website reconstructed so that it is fully functional and professional in appearance. As for now, however, let’s take a look at the top five things to look for when partnering with a website development company.

#1: Upfront pricing

Businesses should never partner with a web design agency that isn’t upfront about its fees. An itemized fee schedule needs to be agreed upon, and more importantly, upfront payment should include only 30 to 50 percent of what is to be paid once the job is actually finished. If the web design company asks for the entire payment upfront, this is a good sign to stay away.

#2: Experience

With a lack of experience comes lack of knowledge and expertise. Businesses need to make sure they hire a web design company that has lots of prior experience in creating websites that are similar to the ones the businesses want created. For example, a hair salon company would want to partner with a design agency that has created websites for other hair salons.

#3: Means of communication

If the only means of communication that a web development company provides is via email, a business should take this as a sure indicator to steer clear. A wide array of communication methods need to be made available, including by phone, in-person, through postal mail and via email.

#4: Look at reputation

If a web design agency doesn’t have a good reputation, it’s probably for a good reason. The most reputable design agencies will be those that have positive online reviews, and they will also provide a large number of references with whom a business can contact. Two great places to begin a reputation check are Google and online social media profiles.

#5: Service package options

Businesses need to keep in mind that not all web design services will work the same for them as they do with other companies. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to partner with a professional web development company that provides a wide range of service package options.

Alaa Abu Maizar, working as executive manager at Yadonia Group that has a team of very highly qualified professionals to offer you custom, affordable yet professional website development to suit your business needs. Visit our website at http://www.yadonia.com for more information.

Mom, Patrice, and me – Denver, approx Mar 1952
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This picture is on an album page that has no dates or explanatory notes. But the presence of snow on the ground suggests that it was probably at least a few weeks before Easter — so I’ve abitrarily dated it as mid-March of that year.

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Some of the photos in this album are “originals” from the year that my family spent in Denver in 1952-53 — i.e., the period before Omaha, before Riverside, and before Roswell (which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives). I went back nearly 40 years later, as part of some research that I was doing for a novel called Do-Overs, the beginning of which can be found here on my website

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/index.html

and the relevant chapter (concerning Denver) can be found here:

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/chapters/ch6.html

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 60+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

Actually, I should listen to my own advice: unlike my subsequent visits to Roswell, Riverside, and Omaha I did not take any photos when I tracked down my old homes from the 1952-53 period in Denver. I did locate the second house, and I was stunned to see how it had changed over a period of 40 years: as you’ll see in the photos in this album, it was a new house, under construction, when we moved in. The only “trees” were a few scrawny saplings that my Dad planted in the front and back yard. 40 years later, the trees towered above the house … but the house itself seemed tiny, in comparison to what had seemed like an enormous mansion to an 8 year old boy.

While most of our residential occupancies last just a single year, the period in Denver lasted roughly two years. But it felt almost like two separate cities: first we lived in a rented house in the Denver suburb of Aurora; and then we moved into a new house that my parents purchased somewhere on the south side of Denver. So, as usual, I ended up going to two different schools, and developed a fairly superficial set of friendships with two different groups of kids.

So, what do I remember about the two years that I spent in Denver? Not much at the moment, though I’m sure more details will occur to me in the days to come — and I’ll add them to these notes, along with additional photos that I’m tweaking and editing now.

For now, here is a random list of things I remember:

1. While living in our first home, I finished off my second-grade school year. I did reasonably well in school on most subjects — it was a couple years later, in Roswell, that I announced at breakfast that I had mentally calculated the number of seconds in a century, in the hope that it would help me fall asleep. I rattled off the number, and when my Dad repeated the calculations on his slide rule, he shook his head and told me that I had forgotten to account for leap years. Anyway, in Denver, my 2nd-grade teacher told me I had a much more serious educational problem: my penmanship was atrocious. The school authorities insisted that I spend the summer practicing penmanship, and strongly suggested to my parents that the *real* problem was that I was left-handed. Several attempts were made to make me start writing with my right hand — all of which were dismal failures. I eventually gave up on penmanship, and began printing everything … a habit that continued until I was given a hand-me-down manual typewriter by my parents at the age of 12.

2. The summer of 1951 was hot and humid; and like many other families in the area, my mother took me and the older of my two sisters (the other one was born a year later) to a large public swimming pool (it seemed enormous at the time, but it was probably pretty small). Anyway, it was a great breeding place for germs of all kinds; and sometime in the late summer, everyone but my mother came down with polio. We were all taken off to three different hospitals; and the neighbors were so panicked that my mother might be infectious that they stopped speaking to her altogether. Miraculously, all three of us had gotten the least-virulent form of polio, and we all recovered sufficiently within a week or two that we could come home. I was fairly weak for the next couple of weeks, and had to take a hot bath every day; but aside from that, none of us suffered any no permanent effects.

3. It was late 1951 or early 1952 when we moved into the house that my parents had purchased in another part of town; I remember that my younger sister was born there on St. Patrick’s Day. As usual, I was allowed to wander anywhere I wanted, on foot or on bicycle, as long as I came home on time for dinner. One day I took a long section of rope, climbed way up into a tree a mile or two away from home, and then way out on a long sturdy branch. I tied one end of the rope around the branch, and then wrapped another part of the rope twice around my (left) hand. I swung down from the branch, intending to descend in an orderly fashion, just like I had seen firemen doing it in the movies. Unfortunately, it didn’t work: I slid helter-skelter to the ground, landing in a heap, and the rope around my hand cut through the skin, almost through the tendons, and all the way to the bone. I had to have my hand wrapped in bandages for the first month of my 3rd grade school year; and once again the Authorities tried to use the opportunity to get me to use my right hand for penmanship. Once again, they failed.

4. In the summer of 1952, I was sent off to a sleep-away camp for two weeks, somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. I have no idea why, but it was a lot of fun … until I was thrown off a horse and knocked unconscious. The camp authorities decided there was no reason to inform my parents, though my parents were rather curious when I subsequently refused to climb up on a horse wherever we went. They also noticed that I was limping when I came home from camp, which the camp authorities had apparently not noticed; I had hiked all the way to the top of a mountain with my fellow camp-mates, and I had a rock in one of my boots. It caused a blister, which got infected, and I was probably lucky that they didn’t have to amputate my foot. All in all, the camp experienced was deemed a failure, and I was never sent away again.

5. I got my first slingshot in Denver. It was not a “professional” Wham-O slingshot with natural rubber and ash wood; instead, Dad made one for me from a Y-shaped chunk of plywood, and with strips of rubber from an old automobile inner tube. I thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen — and immediately began shooting at every bird I could see on a telephone wire or branch of a tree. I never did hit a single one of the. (By the way, Wham-O eventually went on to achieve even more fame with its hula hoop, frisbee, and hack sack. You can read all about them here on the Internet: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wham-O )

6. The next best thing, besides a slingshot, was the top of a coffee can. They tended to have fairly sharp edges, but if you held it carefully and threw it just right, it would sail for miles and miles … at least it seemed that way. It wouldn’t return to you, a la boomerangs (which every kid had heard about, but none had ever actually seen) — but it was just like throwing a flying saucer. Unfortunately, coffee-can-tops were not readily found, especially since we kids never drank any coffee. We had to wait patiently for our parents to finish off an entire can of coffee, and then scoop it out of the garbage can when it was thrown out.

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Tips For Hiring A Professional Website Design Company

Copyright (c) 2014 Yadonia Group

Once you have made the big decision to take your business online, one of the most critical choices you will make is hiring a professional website design company. This is the company that is going to design the online face of your company. They will also set up your site so you can interact with all of your clients. If you make the wrong choice and hire an incompetent design company, the consequenses for your business could be devastating. Here are some tips to help you choose the right website designer for your particular business:

1. Experience

Needless to say, it is critical that the web design company that you hire have a large amount of experience. You need to find out if they have ever designed a site similar to the one you want for your own business. Are they capable of installing all of the features that you desire? You do not want them to be using your website as a training ground. Ask to see some of the previous sites they have designed to find out if their work is up to your standards.

2. Take your time

Do not be in a rush to hire a web design company. Keep looking until you find one that has the necessary skills to do the job the way you want it. Unless your website absolutely must be online by a specific date, you would be better off interviewing as many designers as you can. The more you have to choose from, the better. However, if you hire a designer and they are not working out, do not hesitate to fire them and move on to someone else. Sticking with a designer who doesn’t know what they are doing could cost you money in the long run.

3. Don’t ask candidates programming trivia questions

Some people ask potential web designers many trivia questions about programming as a way of testing their knowledge. This will not tell you who the most skilled designer is, only which designer can memorize the most facts. Skip this practice during the interview process.

4. Start out small

Once you have found a website design company that you are satisfied with, do not simply rush into your website’s development. You still need to be 100 percent sure that the design company you hired is right for the job. Therefore, have the design company work on a smaller project that is not critical. Even though you have already seen examples of other sites they have designed, you can never be too careful when it comes to your own website. Once the design company has finished the small project that you have assigned to them, evaluate their work and decide if you want to move forward with them.

Alaa Abu Maizar, working as executive manager at Yadonia Group which is one of the professional website design companies that offers empowering and professional website development for your business. Visit our website at http://www.yadonia.com for more information.

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Image by Lena Nicholson Photography