How long does it take to create a website?

The length of time it takes to create a fully functional website is based on several factors. Custom design work can take anywhere from 1 - 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design and the number of revisions you require. The development phase requires an additional 1 - 6 weeks, depending on the number of pages, and the functionality required. Of course, these are general guidelines, and we will make every effort to meet the timeframe you have in mind.

What is the average cost of a website?

It is difficult to quote an average price, due to the enormous range in requirements for a site however standard websites such as: business websites and blogs are at a cost of R399 a month covering our thoroughly organised functionalities to help both the users and the business to achieve the desirable objectives if however may you need more from what the R399 monthly package can offer you are more than welcome to discuss for additional desired functionalities with us.

How fast will my website perform?

Website optimisation is crucial for both search engine optimisation and for improving the user experience that at Spark Tech we do our best to provide you with a fast enough loading website to have your users stay on your website and give search engines like google a good reason to improve your ranking as we work on improving areas which negatively affect the load time of your website.

How much do you charge for website design?

A fully customised, unique business website design and blogs starts at R399 a month which includes unlimited number of pages and website hosting. Pricing for other services and functionality are outlined separately on our pricing page to help you determine and control the amount of your investment. We also provide our clients with a detailed estimate before any work begins.

I need some changes on my website, do you provide that service?

Yes! All our websites are built on a content management system to facilitate the process of editing, adding and removing content all by yourself and we offer training support to guide you through the process of using the content management system.

Can i see my website while in progress?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. We build your website on our development server, and provide you with a username and password so that you can log in and monitor the progress of your site. During this phase, we encourage your feedback if something isn't quite the way you envisioned it or if you've changed your mind. Once your site is ready and you have provided your approval, we release it live on your server and submit your URL to the major search engines.

Is a custom design really that much more valuable than an attractive template?

In general, we don't recommend the use of templates, but they may be appropriate in certain situations. For example, if you absolutely must have a site launched within the space of a few days, or if you are on an especially limited budget, a template might be an acceptable short-term solution. However, these instances should be the exception rather than the rule for these reasons:

1. Most templates do not conform to important usability and search engine guidelines. If you're not meeting the needs of your users, or if the search engines can't easily index your site, then you'll simply be wasting your valuable time and money with this approach.

2. Most templates do not lend themselves to quick or easy modification. If you require design modifications, it's important to understand that they can substantially increase your total cost.

3. Templates purchased from the major online vendors may be used hundreds or even thousands of times, even by your own competitors. A cookie cutter design doesn't attract much lasting attention. Good design is a reflection of your business, your strategy and your audience.

Is An SSL For A Domain Name Also Valid For Its Sub-Domains?

No, unless you get a wildcard certficate, the SSL certificate is only valid for the exact domain or sub-domain that you registered it for. If you require an SSL for a sub-domain, keep in mind that the sub-domain has to be on a dedicated IP address.

What Is Involved In Setting Up An ECommerce Website?

First, of course, you'll need a site design and the usual functional elements of a website, such as a contact form. For standard eCommerce functionality, you will need several additional components: an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate, a merchant account, a payment gateway, a back-end database for processing orders and storing customer information, customer management system (CRM) , search engine optimization, and a shopping cart solution. Spark Tech can help you with all of these items.

I'm Only Selling A Few Products. Can You Set Me Up With PayPal?

Yes. If you only have a handful of products, you can use PayPal for payment processing. However, you should understand that your customers will be directed to PayPal's site while placing their order. Also, as your sales grow, it will become more economical to switch to a standard merchant plan.

How can you take credit cards payments across the net?

There are three ways that merchants can take credit cards across the net. The first is by capturing card details securely, transmitting them to the desktop PC and then processing them through a normal PDQ facility. This option is only suitable if the ecommerce software has the appropriate security and is bank-approved. It costs the least and minimises change and hassle for an existing business.

The second option is to process card payments in real time on the internet. Service providers include NetBanx, Secure Trading, WorldPay, Secpay and Datacash. You will need a merchant account and will generally have to wait for the money, but the PSPs charge you to process everything on your behalf. This can be suitable for medium and high volume sites.

Finally, some of the above service partners provide a ‘bureau’ type service. If you are unable to acquire your own merchant account, they will transact the funds on your behalf — a useful service for some, but not cheap.

How should merchants promote their ecommerce sites?

There are lots of ways this can be done, but for any business there are two no-brainers. The first is to promote the site to all existing customers - if they don’t know that you sell online, they will go elsewhere. If they use your site and like it, they will probably tell their friends. So "Order online at" and your web address should be on every piece of literature and advertising that a company produces.

The second is to register with search engines. It may take a little time, but it's often free and can produce good results. Just remember that your site will register more effectively if the pages are generated in HTML, rather than being dynamically generated from a database. In our customer's experience this can affect traffic to your site by around 50

What are the key things to turn browsers into buyers?

In short, remove the reasons why people might not buy. Make your ecommerce site oriented towards sales rather than marketing. When prospects are at the site, the marketing process is complete. So, show them the products immediately – don’t hide them behind acres of marketing copy. Provide full terms and conditions – it seems more professional plus protects you. Give your contact details, including a telephone number. Explain your guarantee and returns policy. A rock solid guarantee goes a long way to persuading people to buy. Finally, explain your security, encryption and privacy policies.

Search Engine Optimization is a set of rules and practices that enhance the “findability” of your site by search engines, thus improving your ranking in the search engine results pages. There are many components to search optimization, including proper selection and use of keywords and other metatag information, building your site correctly, and using links to maximize your ranking.

How Important Is It To Optimize My Web Site For Search Engines?

If you want to use your website to grow your business, then it is advisable to ensure your site is properly optimized. More than 80% of all Internet users use search to find what they need online. Why hide from potential customers?

There are many components to SEO, and you can choose to implement everything at once, or implement the techniques progressively. Of course, the sooner the changes are made, the sooner you will see the results.

Will I Have To Redo My Entire Website To Make It Search Engine Optimized?

There are many levels of search engine optimization, and much will depend on how your site was originally built. Changing the site's architecture is usually the most involved alteration. However, there are many other items within your site that can be modified more easily and quickly.

Will I Have To Redo My Entire Website To Make It Search Engine Optimized?

There are many levels of search engine optimization, and much will depend on how your site was originally built. Changing the site's architecture is usually the most involved alteration. However, there are many other items within your site that can be modified more easily and quickly.

When Will I Start Seeing Results Of SEO?

The timeframe varies from a few days to many weeks, depending on when your site is re-indexed.

What Are Search Engine Spiders?

Search engine spiders (also called "crawlers" or "bots") are programs that browse the Internet for web pages. They index and rank each page they find, based on subject matter and a number of other factors. The spiders work on unique algorithms programmed by software engineers for the various engines.

What Is PageRank?

PageRank is a term used by Google that reflects their system for ranking pages on the basis of their importance and relevance to certain keywords. If PageRank likes your page and finds it useful according to its parameters you will receive a high ranking on the search result page.

What Is Black Hat SEO?

Many website use "black hat" techniques in an attempt to trick the search engines for better results. These techniques include page cloaking, link farms, duplicate content, keyword spamming and many others. These methods may work temporarily, but search engines are getting more sophisticated. Eventually, your site will be penalized or banned altogether.

Are Keywords In Domain Names Important?

Yes, keywords in a domain name are taken into consideration by the search engines. We don't know exactly how much of a factor this is in determining search rank, but we know that keywords in a domain name are not weighed nearly as heavily as the keywords in your title tags and page content.

Is It Wise To Use Hyphens In Domain Names?

Hyphens may help search engines more easily parse long domain names for keywords, but it's better to just shorten your potential domain name before opting for hyphens. The difference that hyphens make in the search engines is minimal at best. Most engines will still parse the keywords in the domain name regardless of the presence of hyphens.

What Is Shared Hosting

In a shared hosting environment multiple web sites are served through a single server. Shared hosting is the most common method of hosting sites for small-to-medium size users with light to moderate Web traffic.

What Is Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transmitted at a given moment to a server. The higher your bandwidth, the larger amount of traffic your site can handle at one time.

Is Unlimited Bandwidth Possible

No. Offering unlimited bandwidth or disk space is simply not possible as all hardware has limitations however with Spark Tech you unlimited storage, emails and databases with an easy to use control panel