SiWeb aims to help people with their websites.
My name is Simon Batty I moved to Norfolk in 1996 to set up the Fieldview Astronomy Center. My background is in science and as part of that I have been writing computer programs for more than 30 years.
Even back in 1996 I realised that the INTERNET was going to become important and when in the November of that year I became the part owner of a large B&B which was used as a base for the astronomy center one of my first jobs was to put together a website to advertise our business.
Since then I have put together a number of websites and given advice not only on web design but hosting and domain name options.
So after nearly 20 years playing with the INTERNET and running a holiday business as well as working as an industrial scientist what have I learn't ?
I have run a small business for almost 20 years. If you are starting up your business and looking for a website, for what it is worth here are my views on your website from a business prospective rather than as a web developer.
These days a website is almost essential. However, when you start a new business you will get bombarded by all sorts or people and organisations telling you what you need to do to improve sales and attract more customers. My experience is that you need to be very careful where you advertise. Two main reasons for this. Firstly because you can so easily spend a lot of money on advertising that give little or no return. Secondly when you first start your business you need you business to grow at a manageable rate. You need to learn the ropes and be comfortable running your business. Say you have a successful Google advertising campaign and have lots of new customers, can you deal with those customers? can you finance the expansion? or find staff in a hurry? If not you will give bad service and your business will suffer.
So think, is that Internet adversing campaign essential or would a few local adverts giving your details and of course your website address a better way to start, then aim to take over the world when you are fully prepared.
If you would like help with any aspect of your web requirements, that is: Designing a new website, updating a website, sorting out hosting problems, a programming project you would like help with or just your PC is playing up please contact me. I am happy to help and hope I charge a sensible rate, certainly not by the minute or hour.