Frequently Asked Questions
How do you manage your current web solution?
In order to understand your needs we must understand where you are at with your current solution. How you manage your web solution is key to create a online presence that is a success.
Can you tell me about your CMS platform? Do you use WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla
Our CMS projects are built with your choice or ExponentCMS, WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. We design websites visually first, before coding begins. This way, designs appeal to your actual users and visitors or customers, not just some programmers. We can build the modules and information layout that you need for your business, with very few limitations.
Can you tell me about your ecommerce platform? Do you use OS Commerce, X-cart, or Magento?
Our ecommerce projects are built with Magento or OpenCart. All our dynamic websites use PHP, Mysql, Apache, and Linux or UNIX. We design websites visually first, before coding begins. This way, designs appeal to your actual shoppers and customers. We can build the features and logic for the software to conform to your business
Tell me about licensing and ownership
Content Executives software solutions are Open Source software. This means that no one really owns it, but you have the right to use it and modify it as you please. You take possession of all the source code we create for you at the end of the project, along with programmer documentation, design files.
You get exclusive ownership of any and all design elements we create for your project. In other words, we don't re-use your designs. They belong exclusively to you.
Are there any hidden fees, besides the up-front cost?
We usually charge a flat rate, based on your project's size and requirements. You'll need to pay recurring fees for hosting and your payment gateway. Shared hosting will run about $50 a month. Your own semi-dedicated server or dedicated server can cost $200-$650 per month or more. Payment gateway pricing varies by plan.
Does your software work with internal software solutions?
In most cases, the answer is, "yes," as long as thorough documentation (such as a developer's guide) is available. Your current system doesn't need to by PHP-based to work with our Open Source Software. And, your database can by Microsoft based or another formal, as long as a file export is available or through documentation (API) is available.
Will I be able to manage the website myself?
If your project is built with the right software, the entire website can be managed and updated by the client, without needing a webmaster or technician. In the case of an informational website or brochure site, we can integrate a CMS that exactly meets the project's needs. Generally, there are two kinds: a content manager that adds blocks of information (such as news articles), and a WYSIWYG editor, which works something like Microsoft Word.
How about documentation?
There is well-documented information for our Open Source software, whether it is website documentation or YouTube video’s. Everything you need for documentation is one Google Search away.
What about support?
With the purchase of a hosting package and maintenance package we can support/or make changes to your web solution, usually with a 24 hour turn around time.
Can I host anywhere I want?
You can host anywhere that can create the right hosting environment. Typically, a LAMP environment is all you need. We prefer you host with us, so we can be the one-stop shop for any issue that might arise.
Tell me about SEO?
Our Open Source Software provides the tools your SEO specialist needs to do his or her work. So, for example, meta tags, title tags, alt tags, and content are completely editable for all products and static pages. Also, product URLs are "cleanable," which means the URL path itself can be named with keywords. We ensure that all pages can be properly indexed (nothing blocks indexing or spidering). We create a Google map.
Our focus is to build usable ecommerce and content management solutions that converts (sells). SEO is a specialized field, check out http://www.1901marketing.com to see what online marketing package might be right for you. To get the best results, it's important to use a specialist.
What kind of branding do you do?
We do visual branding, which means website design, GUI design, logo design, and other visual design that expresses your brand ideas and ideals. Our work results in design and programming output, and not so much scholarly discussion. :-) We assume our clients have a pretty good understanding of their brand's personality and their target market. Based on your input and our research, experience, and talent, we represent that visually — in the form of a logo design and a website design. Our projects are all Web based, as opposed to a true branding company that works across media and physical spaces. However, we do create print and advertising materials to support our Web clients. Many examples are available in our web design section.
What is your design and development process like?
For full details, please view Our Process. Some Web design and development companies may try to entice potential clients with a high number of comps (or design concepts). Instead of delivering a half-dozen mediocre designs, we develop and present our best concept, which takes about a week. We go for quality of quantity. Most of the time, the first comp is approved, because we really invest the time, research and thought into it. We don't show casual comps. This approach produces superior work. Please see Our Work.