Sylvanson Web Technologies

FAQ

Frequently asked questions regarding web design and development.

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What is Web Development?

"Web development is a broad term for any activity related to developing a web site for the World Wide Web or an intranet. This can include e-commerce business development, web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, and web server configuration. However, among web professionals, "web development" usually refers only to the non-design aspects of building web sites, e.g. writing markup and coding."

"Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, or social network services. For larger businesses and organizations, web development teams can consist of hundreds of people (web developers). Smaller organizations may only require a single permanent or contracting webmaster, or secondary assignment to related job positions such as a graphic designer and/or Information systems technician. Web development may be a collaborative effort between departments rather than the domain of a designated department." (From Wikipedia)

What is Web Design?

"Web page design is a process of conceptualization, planning, modeling, and execution of electronic media content delivery via Internet in the form of technologies (such as markup languages) suitable for interpretation and display by a web browser or other web-based graphical user interfaces (GUIs)." (From Wikipedia)

We handle both the design and developement processes making us a one-stop web shop for most of our clients.

What is a static website?

A static website displays information through images, video, copy and other content. Viewers generally learn from the website without interacting with it.

..."The pages of a website can usually be accessed from a common root URL called the homepage, and usually reside on the same physical server. The URLs of the pages organize them into a hierarchy, although the hyperlinks between them control how the reader perceives the overall structure and how the traffic flows between the different parts of the site." (From Wikipedia)

What is a dynamic website?

A dynamic website requires interaction with a user in 'deciding' what content to display or what action to take, other than simply clicking on links. Examples are forms, ecommerce, secure pages, and requests for specific types of information.

"Classical hypertext navigation occurs among "static" documents, and, for web users, this experience is reproduced using static web pages. However, web navigation can also provide an interactive experience that is termed "dynamic". Content (text, images, form fields, etc.) on a web page can change, in response to different contexts or conditions. There are two ways to create this kind of interactivity:

Using client-side scripting to change interface behaviors within a specific web page, in response to mouse or keyboard actions or at specified timing events. In this case the dynamic behavior occurs within the presentation. Using server-side scripting to change the supplied page source between pages, adjusting the sequence or reload of the web pages or web content supplied to the browser. Server responses may be determined by such conditions as data in a posted HTML form, parameters in the URL, the type of browser being used, the passage of time, or a database or server state.

The result of either technique is described as a dynamic web page, and both may be used simultaneously. To adhere to the first definition, web pages must use presentation technology called, in a broader sense, rich interfaced pages. Client-side scripting languages like JavaScript or ActionScript, used for Dynamic HTML (DHTML) and Flash technologies respectively, are frequently used to orchestrate media types (sound, animations, changing text, etc.) of the presentation.

The scripting also allows use of remote scripting, a technique by which the DHTML page requests additional information from a server, using a hidden Frame, XMLHttpRequests, or a Web service. Web pages that adhere to the second definition are often created with the help of server-side languages such as PHP, Perl, ASP or ASP.NET, JSP, and other languages. These server-side languages typically use the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) to produce dynamic web pages. These kinds of pages can also use, on client-side, the first kind (DHTML, etc.)." (From Wikipedia)

Do I need to hire a "local" Company?

No. Although we enjoy meeting our clients when possible, most of the production work is done online and over the phone, A private URL is provided to each client so they can view the website design and development in progress.

How long does it take to build a website?

The time varies depending on the complexity of individual projects. The schedule involves a design process and development process in which work is delivered online to the client to view and make changes. The schedule is also determined by length of time it takes for clients to deliver content, assets and changes. In general, though, most of our projects take from 3 days to 3 months to complete, with many maintenance projects spanning years.

What is Website maintenance?

The ongoing work on a website to keep it up to date and looking fresh. Site maintenance is usually handled by an hourly rate.

What content should I put on my Professional Website?

The content on your site is dependant on your type of company and goals. An Entertainment Website may display high end graphics and photos and provide information about a person or group in a trendy manner, while a Small Business website that sells a product may be more interested in copy, product information and a clean navigation.