Monthly Archives: March 2011

Web Site Design: Getting started

Every business is unique, which is why your business’s website should be designed from scratch to suit your business needs. The only limitation is your imagination.

Some small businesses may only need one or two pages to showcase their business; while others will need an online E-commerce store with shopping carts, secure payment systems and more.

Direct Sites Online, the website design specialists, offers a range of web-site design packages to provide you with a comprehensive, cost-effective way of getting your business online.

Once you submit your enquiry, the expert web designers will take into account your needs and budget, as well as what you hope to gain from being on the World Wide Web. They will then provide you with their proposal and quote. As easy as 1, 2, 3.

While you can point them to some websites you like, they will only be used as a guide. Your website will be unique. – direct Sites Online does not use templates. Howeve,r if your budget is limited and you have already purchased a template website, we can also assist you.

Not only that, but if you don’t have a branding strategy, or even a logo, Direct Sites Online can help you with that as well.

The design process includes four stages:

  • An analysis of your existing marketing material, such as brochures, catalogues, flyers
  • A “environmental audit” to see what your competitors are doing on the web
  • A review of your existing marketing strategy,  with a focus on your online marketing
  • An opportunity for you to review the site and discuss any changes
  • When you are 100 per cent happy, the website goes “live” and the designer can explain any promotion opportunities.

It can’t be easier than that, so go to and get started on your website today.

Web Site Hosting: What’s it all about?

Now you have your domain name, the next step is to find someone to “host” it. This basically means you pay them a fee (usually annually) and they give your website some room on their server.

There are a lot of web hosting services and packages out there, and it pays to do your research. Most small to medium businesses don’t have to pay big bucks to get a Rolls-Royce hosting package, but they should also be wary of fly-by-night deals. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

We’ve all had the experience of servers crashing just as they are needed the most – and if it happens too often, your customers just won’t come back.

Direct Sites Online offers a variety of hosting packages, tailored to assist all types of business, and packed with features to make your online life easier.

And for more advanced users, it also offers dedicated servers and virtual hosting.

On top of all this, each hosting package comes with a handy set of tools to save you time- such as webdisk – which allows you to drag and drop files straight from your computer to your website, web mail (for when you’re on the move) and spam filters (to stop those annoying “black hat” online marketers ) just to name a few. For a small monthly fee, you can also upgrade the security on your site to accept credit card payments online – a huge benefit to your customers.

With more than 10 years’ experience in web-site hosting, Direct Sites Online offers 24-hour support, seven days a week and an “uptime” record of 99.9 per cent (in other words – its servers are down only .1 per cent of the time) meaning your business – not to mention your sanity – will not be affected by servers crashing.

If speed, support and experience is important to you, then you need to go to now and order your hosting package.

And if you’d like to learn more, or give any feedback or suggestions, just leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.