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The most important about your website
No website is the same. Some websites just consist of a single page, other websites are dynamic information systems. The informative design of most websites is in between of these. If you want to (let) create a website, you first have to decide what exactly you want with it. Is it just a visiting-card (of 1 or a small number of pages) or will it be something living? Which information will be on the website? Who will maintain it? Is interaction with the website visitor desired? This all are questions about which you have to think about before contacting Frans-Peter. If it's clear what you want with your website, Frans-Peter can give a good advice about layout and technical resources. With this also the already present components will be taken into account (like house style, colours, character and present hard- and software). This way there will be a website that fits.

Domain name
In a as early as possible stage the domain identification and the domain type of the website should be considered, in principle this is what web users should type to enter your website. The domain of this site is "vanderleur.com". In this "vanderleur" is the domain identification and "com" the domain type. Other domain types are "nl", "net" en "info" for example.
As soon as you have chosen the domain, it's a good thing to register it immediately, so that others can't use it anymore. It can be the case that the domain chosen by you is already in use, you will have to think about another one then or you should buy the domain of the current registered owner.
When your domain has been registered the internet car can be started.

Technique
There are many internet roads to come to a good website and STAY there. VanDerLeur.com strives to keep the maintenance of the website easy and put it down at the owner of the website. Of course that doesn't mean that this is always possible and/or wanted.
Also people with a cheap internet connection should be able to request your website with acceptable response times, although this point is becoming less relevant more and more because of the strongly increasing number of broadband connections. Yet all components should be kept as small as possible with retaining quality. That's an art in itself.
An important aspect is the costs of the website. Besides the costs for website design and development, for many (professional) websites the costs of necessary software that has to run on the web server should be taken into account. Depending of the own possibilities to host the site, periodically returning costs for web hosting may be added.
To keep the costs as low as possible, so called Open Source software may be used. This is software of which the programming code is 'free', so can be USED by everybody FOR FREE. This can save considerably on the costs in the implementation of a website.

Joomla!
A very nice piece of open source software is Joomla! (more or less the successor of Mambo), a Content Management System (CMS). With a CMS you can manage your own website, at various levels. For each level you can also get things done by others. For example, it is possible that 5 people work on a website in the background (= not visible to others on the website) and that an editor checks the documents that are ready, possibly improves and then publishes them, after which everyone can see them. Also, the role of WebMaster can be filled, usually the designer and developer of the site.
In addition to the standard software many Mambo Joomla! users have developed additional software that can be added to Joomla!. For example, there is a dutch translation and a module to an online store has been developed to be included in Mambo/Joomla!. There are more and more modules and of all the pieces of software that are your Mambo Joomla!, upgraded versions are regularly available, which of course are free to download and install. With Mambo Joomla! It's also very easy to change the whole look and feel of your website completely within a few minutes, for example during a temporary holiday season. Of course it's possible to import your own logos, photographs and the like in Mambo Joomla!.

Web hosting?
In some cases you can 'park' your website simply at your internet provider. Usually, this applies only to sites of the type 'business card'. Possibly the Internet traffic that your website generates should also be taken into account. Also, the Service Level Agreement (SLA) usually has a lower level. It then can happen, for instance, that your website is from the air for days and that you can't complaint about it.
Normally your website should be 'hosted'. Your website will come on a web server under a commercial SLA then. On such a specially equipped server it's possible to run sophisticated Web sites, since the specific software for it can be installed. For regular internet servers this is typically not possible, because the owner of such a server can't take all the different software wishes of the customers into account with a limited income (which is available for this part of internet providing). One should adapt more to the standards then.
You can also have a server in your own location, you can install what you want then. Remember that you yourself, for example, must provide sufficient bandwidth (can a certain number of people be on your site at the same time?), backup (soft- and hardware) and someone who can fix the various failures that may occur. At some providers you can have your own server and under a SLA they can perform a number of such activities.

Getting started?!
During a Free, not binding consultation Frans-Peter will say what the MAXIMUM costs of the website will be. After agreement the contract and the price indication will be carefully put on paper. Here are some setbacks and small 'meantime' changes included. Then the website can be build.
In most cases you can continuously watch over the development, so you can give interim commentary. Also the status of the progress will be reported regularly. At about half of the work an interim invoice follows. At very large projects this can be waived. If the website is all the way to desire, it will be ensured that your website can be found by the major search engines (like Google, Yahoo) with the right keywords. Then the final invoice will be made and the website has been put up. Frans-Peter would then like to act as WebMaster for the future amendments to the website.

Price indication
On average, the price of a website (excluding VAT):
- business card website: EUR 500
- Regular website: EUR 1500
- Content Management System: EUR 2500
These prices include 1-year domain registration and in principle also includes hosting.
It is also possible to integrate members - and payment systems into the website. Depending on the chosen solution software from third parties must therefore be purchased than, whether or not with a subscription.

Portfolio
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