Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a website?
If you have too many customers then you do not need a website! Otherwise a website is a necessity in today's society because if your customers don't find you, they will find your competitors!
A website is a place (domain) on the Internet that can be used to share your ideas, services and products globally. It is available to your customers and associates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and often can be the first place people look before they do business with your company or organisation. Further more, the Internet has potential circulation figures and coverage area that can't be matched by other traditional mediums.
What can a website do for me?
You can use a website to:
- sell products to anyone around the world, night or day and offer a choice of payment methods by having an online shop (eCommerce);
- receive feedback and comments from your users.
- present vital company information to prospective clients such as business processes, pictures of your products, press releases, newsletters, bulletins and special reports;
- integrate with social networks such as Twitter and Facebook;
- advertise special offers;
- provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ);
- provide technical documents for download;
- provide contact information;
- conduct online chat with clients and potential clients;
- Email anyone in the world using your company branded email address.
- REDUCE COSTS
- save money on wages even though your business is running 24 hours, seven days a week;
- provide updated content (brochures, catalogues etc) without paying re-printing or postage costs;
- save costs on providing support;
- increase sales;
- be more efficient in your communication;
- reduce customer service and administrative costs;
- save costs on advertising - instead of paying for a large ad you can have a short ad and refer to your website;
- save on rent and other property costs while still having a shop.
How do I get started?
The best way to get started is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating what you require or fill in our Contact Form and let us get in touch with you. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will NOT be forwarded to any third parties. This information will help us gain an insight of your thoughts and ideas and what level of service you require.
We will contact you to discuss the services we offer, our obligations and our expectations from you. We will provide you with a written estimation detailing the time and cost to complete your request.
At this point you may decide whether or not you would like to proceed.
Can I see a website you have designed?
Abipo developed an eCommerce website for a Northern Ireland based company called Gourmet Fruit.
This site was created primarily so that Grourmet Apples (apples dipped in toffee and then coated in luxurious topping) could be sold online. Paypal was used as a 3rd party processor to accept payments via debit / credit card.
Karen McAvoy is the managing director of Karen McAvoy Publishing, a Northern Ireland based company that publishes magazines such as Ireland's Plumbing and Heating Magazine.
Karen wanted a modern 'Macromedia Flash' website that oozed flair and sophistication. As she wanted to keep development costs down and have the site online as soon as possible, Abipo helped her choose an existing website template and modified it to her specification.
CCN asked for an SSL Certificate to help protect their customers sensitive data typed in at the browser (such as credit card and personal information) against online fraud. Sensitive data is now encryped so that it is transmitted securely to and from the web server. Data is also encrypted on the database for extra peace of mind.
The website was made search engine 'friendly' using different techniques (for example, modifying the websites metadata) and the www.ccnorg.com address was submitted to multiple search engines to get CCN's marketing campaign off to a good start.
How do I retrieve email from my webmail to a desktop client such as Outlook Express?
Please follow this tutorial. It takes you through the steps of retrieving email from your webmail to Outlook Express.
Have you links to your favourite websites?
Please see our links page.