faqs

Q. What exactly is involved in getting my own Web site?
A. Visit our process page for a detailed description.

Q. We've narrowed our choices of domain names to two, but our first choice is only available as a .net domain, while the second choice is available as a .com. Which would you recommend?
A. Choose the .com domain, absolutely. Presently, the suffix of choice is "dotcom". It's become part of the public consciousness. Choose a .net domain and you'll generate lots of traffic--for the owner of the .com of the same name! If you have your heart set on the ".net" domain, consider modifying your .com choice by adding a dash or an underscore, for example.

Q. I like the way frames look on Web pages. Why don't you use them on your site?
A. We don't use or recommend using frames for the following reasons:

  1. They make it harder for your site to be indexed by search engines.
  2. They are harder to "bookmark" or be linked to externally.
  3. They don't print out the way you see them.
  4. Not all browsers support them, requiring alternate web pages for non-frame-supporting visitors.

We can do them (frame pages) if you feel it's the best design for you, but we strongly recommend against it. We believe in making websites that are easily accessible and functional, with no surprises down the road. Frame sites don't fit that description.

Q. I hear that building web pages isn't so tough. I already have an HTML editor included with my software suite/browser, or my neighbor's teenage son is good with computers... so why should I pay someone to create and/or maintain a website?
A. Why are there real estate agents? Plumbers? Wedding planners? The simple fact is, it is easier and faster to have experienced professionals do the work for you, and you end up with a much higher quality, professional grade end product. It takes talent and experience to come up with original graphic elements, create fast-loading (yet attractive) pages, design for cross-browser/platform compatibility, perform ongoing site updating, and, ultimately to get your website noticed on the Internet. Too many times we've seen companies try to save a buck doing it themselves: At best it ends up being a waste of time and money, and at worst it ends up costing more money in the future to have projects redone. How busy are you? What's your time worth?

Q. I see alot of words and phrases that I don't understand. Some of this stuff is still just too technical. What exactly do all of these terms mean?
A. Although we do our best to explain our services in plain English, it is still necessary to use a minimum amount of technical terminology in order to accurately describe what we have to offer. In an effort to make your visit as convenient, informative, and enjoyable as possible, we have included a list of words commonly used on this site in our glossary. You will also find that some of the words are links, so you can actually pull up a definition to those words by simply clicking on them.

Q. How much does a website cost?
A. A good analogy for this question might be 'How much does a car cost?' The answer, of course, depends on the make, model, options, body style, etc. There are too many variables to give a price for a website that will satisfy everyone. HOWEVER, the fine staff here at Foundry Designs has come up with what we feel is the 'comfortably loaded SUV' of the Internet, as well as a subcompact commuter car. Go to our general pricing page to find out more about these unique website options.