Hi, I'm Teresa, owner and Chief Designer here at TotaleSolutions. I have been a web design professional for over 20 years. With a passion for web design and marketing, I have helped hundreds of small and medium businesses establish their online presence. Need help with your online business? Call me on 0408 721 441.

An effective website can be the greatest asset your business has. It enables you to reach millions of potential customers at a time and deliver your brand message efficiently. The right website can expand your  presence and bring in more customers with less effort. However, understanding exactly what makes an effective website is essential to launch your business into the online marketplace.

Pick the Perfect Domain Name

Put some thought into choosing a domain for your website. Any domain just won’t do. Pick something that relates to your business and is memorable. Keep it short and simple, using common words that are easy to recall. Stay away from unique characters such as hyphens since people often don’t remember to type them when they enter your domain name into their browser.

Spend a little time going over different domain name options before registering. After you have thought up a good domain name, verify its availability and have a list of alternatives in case another website has already taken it.   We can help you with your domain name registration – please contact us for more information.

Use a Professional Website Designer

While it might be tempting to go with a cheap cookie cutter template, using a professional website designer will make a better impression. Realise that for your website to offer convenience, users must have a great experience when they visit your website. Make certain your website loads quickly and also has an easy-to-follow structure. The text must be in a font that’s readable, with all links functioning so that your visitors can navigate to each page of your website easily.

Addressing these issues will ensure that your customers keep coming back. A professional website designer should be able to tackle these tasks with ease.

Link a Blog to Your Website

Having a blog for your business with original content can play a large role in getting more traffic from the major search engines. When visitors to your blog read valuable articles relating to your business, they are much more likely to visit your website. Be clear-cut and interesting when writing your blog articles. Use powerful words and persuasive statements that will grab a visitor’s attention and influence their decision to take a closer look at what you have to offer.

Create a Mobile Ready version of your Website

Having a mobile version of your website is very important. A growing number of people use the internet on their smart phones or tablets. It is smart to use a skilled website designer who’s acquainted with the most recent operating systems rather than to go it on your own. This will ensure that your mobile website will be suitable for different mobile devices. Creating a mobile version of your website will keep your customers connected to your business wherever they go.

Rather than relying on the old adage “if you build it they will come” getting your website right can mean the difference between failure and success.

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is an address that is used on the Internet to locate a website, for example totalesolutions.com.au. You need a domain name to be able to access your website on the internet.

What is Web Hosting?

Web Hosting is essentially data storage space, accessed via the Internet, used to host web sites and data files. Every website requires a Web Host to store their website on.

What is “responsive” design?

A responsive website changes its appearance and layout based on the size of the screen the website is displayed on. This can include larger text to accommodate smaller screens, and mobile friendly navigation for easier browsing on smaller screens such as smartphones and tablets. All new websites built by TotaleSolutions are designed to be mobile friendly – this is standard and included in the quoted price.

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A CMS is a computer program that allows publishing and modifying content of your website from a central interface. No special software is required, all that is needed to access a CMS is an internet connection and a username and password. The CMS is integrated with the website at the time of building by your web designer.

How Much Will a Website Cost?

There are quite a few factors that are going to affect the ultimate cost of your website. These factors include how many pages you are going to have, if you will sell products on your website, the graphic work involved, and how interactive your website will be. Each website is unique which is why we do not offer set price “packages”. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to provide an obligation free quote based on your individual needs.

Are there any ongoing costs associated with the website?

Domain name registration and hosting are ongoing costs. Generally hosting is paid annually and domain name registration is paid bi-annually. Depending on your requirements, there can also be costs involved in maintaining the site information and keeping the software up-to-date. Content Management Systems are available if you would like to manage the content yourself. We are happy to discuss your requirements.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. We provide a fixed price quote based on your individual requirements. If additional pages or content are requested to be added, or additional functionality is required by you, these will be charged at the hourly rate that is detailed in the quote.

How long will it take for my website to be designed?

The timescale of a website design project is often dictated by the client. If you have a deadline we will endeavour to meet it for you. The most common delay in the creation and completion of a new website is waiting for content (text/images). If you are thinking about getting a website it is a good idea to have all your text and images ready to go – this will speed up the process significantly.

Who creates the content?

No one knows the business better than the person running it, so we leave all text and photos to the client to provide. However, we have made over 100 websites so can offer some handy tips on content creation, which will save you time and make things much easier. We can also recommend professional photographers and copy-writers if required.

Can you re-design an existing website?

Absolutely! If you have an existing website that looks a bit tired or needs a complete overhaul we can help.

How do I update my website?

There are many different methods which can be used to update websites. The method you choose and the functionality we build into your website design is solely up to yourself although of course we will be glad to advise you which method will suit your needs and budget. If you have a small website consisting of just a few pages and will only wish to make changes very infrequently, then it may be more cost effective to have TotaleSolutions to carry out these changes for you. Alternatively, we can provide an online Content Management System (CMS) where you can either update individual products/pages/services or particular sections of your website. e.g. company news. We use the popular content management system WordPress.

Do you offer Maintenance Plans?

Yes! We have WordPress Maintenance Packages available which include regular backups, plugin, theme and core WordPress updates as well as support and content changes if required. Not sure if you need a maintenance plan? Read more about it here.

Why can’t I find my new website in the search engines?

Once your site has been submitted to the top Search Engines they may require several weeks, or even months to actually spider and list your website in their directory. How fast your site is listed depends on each individual Search Engines database update schedule. TotaleSolutions submits each website they create to all the major search engines, which significantly reduces the time it takes before your website starts to appear in search queries.

Who has ownership of the Intellectual Property of my website?

The content of the website is your intellectual property. We will include a disclaimer on each page of your website stating this. Any code, images or graphics created by TotaleSolutions remain the intellectual property of TotaleSolutions. We include at the base of each page the comment that the website was designed by TotaleSolutions with a link to our website. We request that this comment remain unless the site is changed considerably from our initial design by another web designer outside the employment of TotaleSolutions. No code or images created by Total e Solutions can be sold or passed onto others without our express written consent.