When we develop your website, we will use your logo and colours and we will try to create a website that reflects your business. In order to accomplish this, we need some input from you.
Your website can serve many functions. It can:
- introduce your business (electronic brochure);
- recruit new staff;
- provide support and documentation for your products and services;
- sell to customers (e-commerce);
- collect payments and subscriptions;
- allow customers access to their accounts (administrative functions);
Websites generally start off as electronic brochures and evolve into useful business tools. Initially, you need to decide what you want to tell your visitors. We need information about:
- Where your business is;
- what your business does;
- how your business is better than the competition;
- your products;
- your services;
- your pricing;
- special offers and promotions;
You can submit the textual information by email, in Word documents or in many different ways. Please try to submit all information, both text and images, electronically as it will be quicker and easier for us to manipulate and that will reduce the cost of your website. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will help you through the process of gathering and submitting information for your site.
Logo and artwork
We need your logo and if you have company artwork, brochures or stationery, samples may be very helpful in ensuring that your website’s look and feel conforms to your corporate identity. Our graphic designers can create a new look and feel including a logo, stationery design and colour schemes, if your business is newly established or if you wish to change your logo.
Images are stored in files on the web server. Each image needs to be downloaded to your browser in order to be displayed. The larger the file, the greater the quality of the image and the longer the page takes to download. If the image is reduced too far, it becomes very grainy. A major part of web design is optimising images to find the best compromise between quality and size. The quality of images on websites has improved steadily over the years as Internet download speeds have increased.
Websites do not need high resolution images. An image destined for a high quality glossy publication might be more than 5MB (five million bytes) whereas the same image on a website might be only about 30kB (thirty thousand bytes). The glossy image would take about 160 times as long to download! When we process images, we find that we can achieve the best results by processing the original images or images that are at least 200kB in size. If an image has already been processed for the web, there is very little information remaining to allow us to crop, resize, sharpen and colour-balance the image effectively. Please note that we can use and improve your pre-processed images if necessary so don’t despair if you do not have the originals.
Even if your website is about a subject that does not lend itself to images, it is always a good idea to include some. You will find that pictures of your offices, subject related images and even generic images that are unrelated (such as the banner images on this site) can add colour and interest to what might otherwise be a bland website.
Legal Requirements (South Africa)
Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)
In South Africa, business websites are legally obliged to have a PAIA page. We can prepare a PAIA document for you or you can send us an existing PAIA document which will be loaded onto your site. A sample PAIA page can be found here.
Click to download the PAIA.
Company and Close Corporation Information
If your business is either a company or a close corporation certain information is required for your website (and should be included on other company documentation such as letterheads and emails as well).
- The full name of your organisation
- e.g. Acme Trading (Pty) Ltd; or
- Acme Importers CC;
- Your registration Number e.g. CK2004/12345/23;
- Your address; and
- All of your directors or members names and nationalities.