[quote=“Huang Guang Chen”]Interested to hear advice/suggestions on setting up a website for a business. I’m not planning on constructing it myself, but I am interested to know what issues I should be aware of when getting someone else to do it.
I’m particularly curious on how to ensure more hits from a web search; If there is anyway of increasing your “presence” and how this can be down in multiple languages?
I envisage the initial site appearing in English, but I’d like to add more languages, like Chinese (simplified and full form), later.
I’m also curious if in the initial build, room can be left to incorporate more details or features (painlessly) at a later stage. If so, how easy is it to edit the website myself once it’s up and running, or do I need to get the person who build it initially to get involved?
Also, what’s a fair price? I’ve had some expensive quotes from Thailand, but given the involvement of a farang, that’s hardly a surprise.
Basically I know nothing, so any advice/suggestions gratefully accepted.
The business relates to tourism in Thailand.
HG, to my mind the biggest issues,having built a website or two, is design and structure. How do you want the site to look and how do you want it structured, ie what pages in what sections, make sure you allow for the expansion you think you will need. Design it now for how you think it should look in a year or two.
Editing a site later for updating contents etc is no major hassle, editing to change basic structure can be a real pain in the ass and very time consuming, sometimes it amounts to an almost complete rewrite with all the costs associated therewith.
Adding languages if allowed for in the original structure is no major issue, and what i normally do is to take the page that is being translated copy it and rename it with the country extension as the last two letters in the file name, ie index.html for simplified chinese would become indexcn.html. This not only keeps all the files together, but is obvious which file is for what language.
With regard to cost, almost impossible to say without having a much more detailed understanding of what is required. A basic html site with up to 20 pages each one having some pictures and text, should be relatively cheap, but if you are looking at needing server side scripting and applications, use of php and sql then the cost raises very significantly and very quickly, plus who will build the databses etc.
Just my 2c.