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Why website looks different on different browsers? Another great question… All browsers are not created equal, nor are all websites. As technology advances and new website design and web development unleashes new design elements like CSS3 and hyper text mark-up language HTML5 for examples, there are some browsers that can display them correctly and other older ones that cannot. For example when I’m building websites with newer WordPress Themes, they have certain attributes which are incompatible with older browsers. A website looks different on different browsers because the various browsers display the website based on that browser and version’s capability. One common example of this is in web design and appearance is what’s called “curvy corner”, or more accurately when viewing the website it appears to have soft rounded corners at the extreme outer edges, as well as around the search field and perhaps other elements as well. IE 8 and below, (on Windows XP and lower operating systems), cannot display rounded corners. IE 9 installed on PC’s with Windows 7 can however. A brand new website might look great on Firefox and Chrome, but terrible on Internet Explorer 8, 7, or 6. That’s because the older versions of IE suitable to PC’s with Windows 2000 or XP for example, simply cannot display new websites properly. They are also prone to getting infected with Malware and Spyware. Unfortunately, there are still a bunch of these older operating systems with the old Internet Explorer browsers installed. The good news is that by installing and using a new browser such as Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome, you can happily view newer websites without any problems, while protecting yourself against malicious software like Malware, Adware, Spyware, Trojans, etc. The other benefit is that as long as you set the new browser up to be your “default browser” and for it to “update automatically”, you’ll enjoy a safe, modern browsing experience regardless if you’re viewing the new site I built for you or any website. So again, if your website looks different on different browsers, try installing a new browser… Don’t use Internet Explorer 8 or lower, but instead switch to Firefox or Chrome!

So, what are the best fonts for websites? The font question is great! Unfortunately with fonts, something that not everyone knows is that the font styles we see on a website when we look at them on our own PC, may not necessarily be what the web designer intended. This is because “fonts” are actually pulled from a PC user’s own font library. There are what are deemed “web safe fonts”, which essentially means that there’s a 99% chance almost everyone’s computer has those fonts installed so the website “should” look as intended. Those web safe website fonts that most designers stick to are Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman and so on. A typical website will instruct the end user’s computer or device to look for a certain primary common font, then if their font library does not include that font, it will alternate to a secondary choice which is similar, and finally an alternate third choice if need be… i.e.; “Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”. To see web safe fonts and what they look like go to: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css_websafe_fonts.asp One example of a font that should not be used on a website is Bookman Old Style™, because it is only bundled with MS Office. That means it’s on a lot of machines, (as long as they have Microsoft Office installed), but far from 100% of computers and devices with Internet access due to the personal computers that are Mac/Apple or devices like smart phones, iPads and so on . No device without MS Office installed has that particular font unless someone purchased it, downloaded it and installed it to their font library. Now… The good news is that many of the most modern WordPress themes have a method to “pull” fonts from the Google font library. I do build websites with WordPress themes that have Google font ability. However, some fonts like Boookman Old Style simply is not a font they have in their library either. I can set your site to use any of the available fonts from the Google font library as far as I know I only need the exact name case sensitive. I’m not sure if it will be compatible with all browsers and all devices. See http://www.google.com/fonts/ One other thing to consider with fonts, is that typically websites are designed with font types that are very easy to read, clean, don’t run together – connect, appear blotchy or pix-elated, etc. This is because unlike a printed document, a computer display screen is made up of pixels, or in other words a bunch of tightly grouped tiny dots that make up the images we see on screen, whether its a photo or a word. This is why when a screen resolution is set very high, (like for a modern LED widescreen monitor), the entire screen becomes crisp and clear, but everything you see gets very tiny. By contrast, someone else may have an old 14″ CRT monitor set to a very low resolution and what they see is much larger, but not as crisp. For this reason, when choosing a font for a website its very important to remember that you really never know what type of device or display monitor a potential site visitor may have, so stick with the most legible font and font color for the given application. Dark fonts on dark backgrounds are poorly visible, light fonts on light backgrounds are difficult to see, or as another consideration; a white font on a black background causes eye strain and so on. I would mention something else about fonts, which is that they are all different sizes. So for example a size 14 in one font style might be wider as the same size font in another style. What this does is move everything around on your website, especially if you have the text “wrapped” around images, etc. If a font style is used that is drastically different in size than what was on the website, it can cause a bunch of clean-up time to straighten out the layout so it looks decent again. Lastly, you have to consider the style or look you want your website to have and how particular fonts can change the entire way the site looks. Changing to a different font, especially something like Times Roman will make it look very antiquated and not match the modern styling of most new websites. However, if I were building a website that I wanted to look like an old newspaper, I might use Times Roman because then it would fit the style of the website. Honestly, the end user is not going to be nearly as sensitive as the website owner and the time and effort it takes to straighten things out if a different font is tried may cost a small bundle if I do it. If you do it, (which I will show you how if yours is a WordPress website with that functionality), you may end up with a jumbled mess, or it may look okay, but its a trial and error exercise when it comes to changing fonts once a site is built. Best SEO Web Design advice… Trust your web designer to put together a website that is appealing and functional, don’t get hung up over the small stuff like font styles.

When it comes to building quick websites, I’m probably one of the quickest, most responsive and friendly web designers you’ll ever run across. I begin with my discovery and consultation, which I spend more time on, so that I can build quick websites through proper preparation and a full understanding of the web project. Typical turn-around for a website from beginning to end is roughly 1 to 2 weeks depending on other projects I have going on. In some cases, because a website is complex, or large it may take more time. Bottom line, if you need to a website quick, I’m your guy. I build websites quick fast and in a hurry, (yet they look and perform fantastic). Just because I build websites quick, don’t feel like I’m going to rush yours however. Some folks need their websites up and running ASAP, while others might have a re-design project or an additional website they want made, (these usually are not urgent). Other times, a web design overhaul has to be performed quick because a website suddenly dropped drastically in search engine rankings and a company’s livelihood may depend on getting it to show up well again. Basically, you set the time table… But it depends on my current project load and what I have going on at the time.

Your website cost depends largely on what your web design project consists of and how much time is involved primarily. Other website cost may include essential items like website hosting and domain name registration, the use of royalty free (licensed) images and artwork if required. If you have your own images or artwork already that’s great I can work with those and if you need more or don’t have any, I’ll typically purchase some (or in some cases I’ll already have some that are suitable. I perform image editing myself. If you want a premium theme or template instead of a free theme or template, there is cost involved for that as well. My starting website cost is $499, which includes roughly 5 pages (sometimes I’ll add a few more in for free for good measure). That $499 is the website cost for labor only, which includes my labor to research any LIVE Trademarks that might be too similar to consider using, Google check for other businesses or websites that have the same name, setup your domain name and hosting account, setup email account (s), setup applications such as WordPress, browse-choose-select and install a theme or template and all necessary plugins or updates for that. Then I get into the business of building each web page, using your ad copy in combination with putting a spin on it for search engines to pick up on it for certain key phrases you want to be noticed for in search engines. The entire site is built, customized, tailored to suit your audience and needs, search engine optimization is performed, website is submitted to search engines. Finally I email, text or call you to have you take a look and let me know what you love, hate, want changed, etc. so that I can finish up the web project for you.

The most common web design questions I hear are typically during my initial free consultation with potential clients such as yourself. During this discovery session we learn about one another and I learn about your small business, your target market, demographics, website design needs and so on. From that point, provided you like me and I feel I can help you, its time to get started with your web design project. The questions you’ll probably have getting started are usually the most daunting, but I’ve helped many clients and although their projects are always unique, I try to keep my process and methodology the same.

Starting a New Web Project w/ Best SEO Web Design

  1. We have our initial discovery session in person, via telephone, or via email / chat.
  2. Provided we can do business, I’ll request a 50% down payment on my quote to get started.
  3. With your help I’ll compile a bunch of notes on your website wants, needs, functionality, etc.
  4. If you don’t have a business name, or domain name, or web hosting we’ll talk about that and I’ll help you get started with anything you don’t already have.
  5. Once you have a business name, domain registered and web hosting I’ll need the login credentials so I can get started working on your web design project.
  6. The setup of the domain name, hosting, email and any applications like WordPress take a little while, from hours to a day or two at the most.
  7. Unless you choose to look for and purchase a premium theme or web template, I’ll simply start with a free one I select that I think will suit your project. I’ll then customize that to make it unique for your needs.
  8. I’ll ask you to email me any images, artwork, photos, ad copy, or anything else you can email me to help me start building the website and doing the SEO work simultaneously.
  9. Usually I can build a website within a week depending on my workload. If I have other projects at the time, expect it to take longer, perhaps two weeks.
  10. I will send you an email when its time to check out your new site and have you provide me with feedback, likes, dislikes, change requests, etc.
  11. I’ll complete the website based on your feedback from your review and then let you know its ready for a final look over. At this point, if everything looks in order, or any needed changes are minimal, I’ll ask you to pay me the balance of the web project price.
  12. At some point during the website build process, when the site is near completion or after changes are made based on feedback from you, I’ll wrap up any search engine optimization work and submit to search engines.