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What is the difference between website design and website development?

Website Design

Most people tend to think that if they design a website themselves or have a "friend" design it for them, it will be professionally created and the visitors will come running to the site. This is not so. Quite a few website design companies and self taught web designers use programs and templates to quickly design a website, or they outsource the project to another country. Unfortunately, as with just about anything, taking short cuts has disadvantages; for you, the client.
For the web design company, there is no disadvantage. They get your money, design you a quick website, and then can charge you later to "fix" the website. Or, if they don't know how to or don't know any better, you will have to start over with a new website design company.
Quick website design programs and templates very rarely use proper or updated coding. We have found this especially true of the "do-it-yourself" website builder programs. The code used in those programs is usually quite messy and not search engine friendly at all. One of the worst things about the programs is that most of the time you can't move your website to a different hosting company if you want to.

Another problem with a website design company that does not support full website development is that some of them do not host their own websites. This is very common with the self taught, work from home web designers. This means that you will have a 3rd party involved with your website, or even a 4th party if they outsourced any of your website project! That is just more for you to keep up with, and more potential problems.

Website Development

As a full website development company, we offer this as the difference between us and other website design companies; True website development consists of understanding the clients needs and wants, producing graphics that relate to the professionalism of the clients business, properly coding the website pages following the latest W3C guidelines, setting up easy to use navigation, preparing the website for search engine indexing, properly integrating any other needed programs, and doing it all in-house.
We also pride ourselves on our great customer service and relationships that we have with our clients.

Some areas of website development that are frequently outsourced by other companies are:

    Database development
    Custom programming (writing programs for interactive websites)
    Integrating e-commerce shopping carts
    Optimizing websites for the search engines

One of the disadvantages of outsourcing is the inability for the website company to be able to make changes for you. Most of the time, the changes have to be made by the company it was outsourced to, and this can take weeks instead of days.

If you have tried the do-it-yourself website design programs and are disappointed, or if you're tired of the cookie-cutter templates that other website design companies offer, then you are ready to move your business to a professional-level custom website -- that is where Crown Media Studio comes in. We develop websites that match the personality of your business.

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