"We have been very pleased with the competent, prompt and courteous service they have provided to us."

Stu Perlman
Monarch/USESI (New Jersey)
Ames Iowa Web Design

Ames Iowa Web Design

Designing a Better Internet, One Page at a Time!

Web Design is the art of combining web graphics, web copy and web programming languages into a functional presentation for display on the world wide web. Effective web design requires many resources and a wide range of knowledge to accomplish it's soul purpose, which is to deliver information to web users.  Some of these resources include graphic design, HTML scripting, interactive media design, Cascading Style Sheet definition, Web Programming, Server Setup, Site Maintenance and Search Engine optimization. All of these resources can be combined in various ways to deliver websites of all sizes, shapes and function. A simple marketing web site might us a sub set of these web technologies, where a social networking site could use an entirely different set to execute it's primary purpose.

Winning Solutions, Inc. (WSI), with offices in Ames, Iowa (The Midwest) and Fort Myers, Florida (The Southeast), employees website designers, website programmers, server administrators, search engine analysts and usability specialist to deliver web sites that not only look good, but are function driven. If your business is a small local shop, WSI can create a website design that targets your specific needs.  If your business is a large, national chain, we can also provide enterprise level website creation and graphic design that will reach your market.

It's always been our belief that all website design services should be scalable so that everyone from small to large gets access to the same list of available web design services.  Not only does this allow us to help the smaller business get a foot in the door on the website, but it also allows us to keep our skills sharp and precise.  If you are looking for any web design services, WSI can provide them in part or in full.

Common Website Design Process Questions

I want a website, but I don't know where to start.  What should I do?

Website design can seem like a very daunting task.  The web is full of website design articles, technologies and "experts". Filtering through all of the nonsense and finding out what you specifically need really isn't as complicated as it may seem.

You can start your web design RIGHT NOW! And any work that you put into designing your website should be reflected in lower web development and design costs. Here are a couple of steps that can take you a step in the right direction in your web design process. You can also contact a WSI website designer for free to walk you through these steps.

Decide what your website design budget is (Cost).

Do you have a hundred dollar or a million to invest in your website design and development? Your budget should remain separate from anything else for the time being. Don't worry about how much web design costs, think about how much you can comfortably spend.  It is very important to know how much you have to work with. You may also want to set a minimum and a maximum budget. What you can afford is one of the elements of web design that is fairly fixed so make note of it. Remember, this is not what you think it is going to cost, this is what you have to spend.

Decide when you want your website to be available to the public (Time).

Knowing when you want your site to "go live" is very important in the web design process. This information will allow you to set milestones for various web design processes.  Right now the important part is to know the very latest date you would like to be able to welcome visitors to your site.  Also note an ideal time for the website to be released. This website design factor can be ambiguous or loosely defined, a month from now or next year.  Make note of your desired time frame for your web design.

Define what you want from your web design (Scope).

Of any of the steps, this one requires the most work. But even this step can be broken down bit by bit to make defining the scope of your web design process easier. For now lets answer a couple of quick questions that will help you define what you want from your website. Try to answer each of these questions with a sentence or two.

  • Who is your target market?
  • What are you selling, providing or wanting to tell them?
  • How many web pages do you think you will need to tell your market what you are offering?
  • What is the purpose of each of these website pages?
Website Design Process Example Summary

Now lets look at an example of a web design plan based on the completion of these 3 steps.

Web Design budget: $500-5000

Web Design Timeframe: I want my website available to the public two weeks from the web design start date.

Web Design Scope: My target market is fisherman in the local and surrounding area.  I/we provide fishing supplies and boating supplies. I think we can inform our target market of our services and products with 5 website pages. The first web page would display our current specials. Our second web page would list all of our boating products. The third website page would list all of our fishing products. The fourth page would have information on our company, including locations and driving directions. The last page would allow website visitors to contact us.

With a few easy steps we have defined our website design budget, timeframe and scope. This information can be provided to any web design company to help in providing a quote for you.  If you would like to get a quote from WSI feel free to contact either our Ames, Iowa (Midwest) office or our Fort Myers, Florida (Southeast) office for a free quote.

Why are you giving away information on website design for free?  Where is the catch?

There is no catch! WSI has always held the idea that information should be free, services and products should cost money. We strive to answer all of our clients web design or other web service questions before starting development. A little planning goes a long way, as the saying goes. Not only does providing information make the web design process easier on our clients, it makes it easier for our web designers and web developers as well.

Many website creation companies try to sell you on a list of their features or expertise regardless if you need them or not. This type of sales approach leads to over budget projects, missed deadlines and worst of all, upset clients. WSI focuses on long term relationships, we would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we didn't help our clients get what they want rather than what we want to give them.

If you would like to know more about our website design process, web development practices or if you would like to discuss any other website technologies with us, give us a call, stop in at either our Ames, Iowa (Midwest) or Fort Myers Florida (Southeast) offices, or send us an email. We would be more than happy to answer your questions.

What is the difference between web design and web development?

Both website design and web development can mean different things to different people depending on who you are talking to. The world wide web is filled with many terms that can be interchanged and others that can't.

Typically, web design refers to the entire process of building a website or is a direct reference to a part of a website creation process. In the first case, web design includes graphic design, web design and web development.  In the second case, web design refers "front-end" elements of a website.

The WSI website creation process includes:

  • Website planning
  • Website Design
  • Website Development
  • Website Deployment

Website planning is the process of defining what is to be website is to created.  It is a vital part of the process. This part of the process can include brainstorming meetings, market definition, project goals, milestones, timelines, resource allocation and design or development strategies. Knowing what you want to get helps in insuring a web design projects success.

Website design, web design or "Front-End" design is the process of creating a website graphic design, developing webpage templates, form layout, HTML programming, ADA compliance, testing browser compatibility, Cascading Style Sheet creation, interactive media design, search engine optimization or internet marketing implementation and addressing the websites overall usability.

Website development, web programming or "Back-End" development is the process of creating databases, programming website functionality, developing website administrative tools, implementation of content management systems and addressing functionality tasks in the website development process.

Website deployment includes web site setup, website configuration, server setup, DNS registration, search engine submission and tasks related to website hosting.

If you have additional questions about website creation or the Winning Solutions, Inc. web design process, let us know by contacting either of our offices located in Iowa and Florida area.

What website creation services do you offer?

It might sound cliché, but a better question might be "What website design services don't we offer?" WSI has been in the web design and web development business for a long time.  In that time we have provided website solutions for a wide range of clients from big to small. We have worked with all industries, in part or in full to deliver website creation projects on time and on budget. For a list of some of our services check our our services pages which includes design, training, programming, hosting and marketing services.

We are constantly adding new web service offerings. For a complete list of web services contact either of our offices in Ft Myers, Florida (Southeast location) or Ames, Iowa (Midwest location) for details.

Okay, this is a lot of information, and I still have questions. What should I do?

Easy, give us a call or contact us. We will answer all your questions even if you decide not to do development with us. We believe that by providing you with the answers to your website design questions you will be better able to reach your goals.

We like what we see and want to begin a relationship with you, however, we're located hundreds of miles away from your office and no where near Iowa, the Midwest, Florida or the Southeast - will this work?

We have had, and continue to develop, numerous relationships with clients that were not located around either our Ames Iowa, or Ft. Myers Florida locations. Some of our clients weren't even in the Midwest or Southeast.

Depending on the scope of the web design services or website creation services required, face to face meetings are not necessary to develop a custom web design solution, web design process or web design plan. Many of our clients enjoy sitting in the comfort of their own office or home and conducting a phone or shared desktop meeting with one of our trainers, designers or developers.

Our attention to detail and customer service has helped us deliver many systems without ever having a face to face discussion with the client. Contact either our Midwest (Ames, Iowa) office or our Fort Myers, Florida location today for a free consultation and to begin your website design process relationship with us.

Website Design Examples

If you would like to see some of the web design and web development sites we have created check out or portfolio page.

Iowa Headquarters
(MIDWEST)
103 E. 6th St., Suite 101
P.O. Box 726
Ames, Iowa 50010
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Fax: (515) 239-9800

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