Strengthen your virtual presence: Constellation can put you or your business on the cyber map with a custom-designed Website or enhanced revisions to your existing Internet material. We offer services in:
Website Design and Construction:
Unless youve just arrived in our Internet age via time warp or cryogenic freeze, you probably already know what a Website is: A specific piece of the World Wide Web from which to display or otherwise distribute information and/
Constellation can work from your specifications for a new or revamped Website or come up with a design from scratch (or any combination thereof). When youre ready for a professionally-
Website Setup and Registration:
Each Website on the Internet has whats called a domain name and a host.
Domains are identifiers, addresses on the Web where sites live that always end with a specific suffix, most commonly .com or .net (though many others exist with new ones seemingly always on the way). Examples of domain names are whitehouse.gov, newyorktimes.com, and npr.org. The domain name of this site is constellationdesign.net.
Hosts are the physical servers where files for a Website reside and are accessed from on the Internet. A hosting account is accessed through File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to upload site files and media for publication on the Internet. Usually, hosting is purchased for an annual subscription fee from a hosting provider. Both domains and hosting generally include access to e-mail accounts tied to them and therefore separate from e-mail accounts through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like AT&T or Comcast. Constellation can arrange the setup of your domain and Web hosting independently or as part of a Website design/
Website Maintenance and Repair:
More often than not, a Website is never truly finishedit requires maintenance, usually in the form of content updates, sometimes in the area of infrastructure (like a new shopping cart or changes to forms that customers use to contact you), sometimes in ways more elaborate. Software updates can be beneficial or they can be incompatible with what you've already got; third-party-hosted modules or embedded media might change or disappear, leaving you with empty or malfunctioning pages; an alteration to a CMS like WordPress might break your entire site. Things happen. If you already have a Website and would rather not handle the updates and other maintenance yourself, we can help you out. We can also, of course, do the maintenance on any new site Constellation builds for you!
Its a nuisance reality of the Internet that no two Web browsers are created equal. Some are good and some are not so good, and which is which is largely up to interpretation. We have our favorite browsers here at Constellation Design (the Mozilla line, in case youre wondering, though they dont support everything either), but lots and lots of people use others, and though the browser world has been inching toward implementing standards for rendering codethings are much better than they were even a few years ago in this areadifferent browsers still display some things differently. If you design a site for Internet Explorer, for example, users of Safari or Chrome may find serious display or functionality problems with your code (missing or overlapping text is common, as are image misalignments and problems with audio plug-ins). On the other hand, IE offers some bells and whistles you might want to incorporate for its users and Mozilla or Chrome will do things you might want to utilize for their users. Generally speaking, people want their Websites to be displayed correctly as often as possible, so to accommodate that it befalls the site coder to consider the strengths and weaknesses of several different Web browsers and code accordingly.
Web graphics & audio:
Web graphics include things like photos, illustrations, logos, stylized text, slideshows, backgrounds, and so on. Web audio components are sound files which can be played on a Website or downloaded from a site to a users computer to play later. Constellation can create brand new graphics for you or adjust your existing imagery to be suitable for the Web, and we can take your audio recordingsmp3 or other digital file, CD audio, cassette tape recordingand incorporate them into your Website.
Any recording can be turned into Web audio, even this one of my friend Mike and me announcing half an inning of a 1996 baseball game in Cleveland.
Have you got images or photographs on paper that you want to use on a Website or in e-mail, or for a digtial printing project? We can scan them as digital files and format them accordingly, then deliver them to you electronically or on a CD.
Say you have a photograph or other image that you want to display on paper or use online, but its marred or faded with age or your thumb is in the corner of the photo. Digital touch-up can, depending on the nature of the mars, fades, or thumb coverage, improve the appearance of the image and make it more presentable.
The example shown here is of a photograph print from the early 1970s that had faded and discolored over the decades as well as accumulated a number of scratches and small blobs of gunk sticking to it. With digital touch-up, we gave it new life as seen at right.
Adobe PDF conversion:
With Adobes Portable Document Format, any document can be posted online or transmitted via e-mail. With Adobes free Acrobat Reader program, PDF files are readable cross-platform, just as happy with Macintosh systems as they are with Windows and Linux computers, so you can be sure there are no compatibility issues between sender and recipient. PDF files are easily printed from the recipients computer, saving you the hassle and expense of mailing paper, and have the time-saving benefit of near-instant online transmission. Moreover, PDF files can be linked to the Internet, allowing readers to click on hyperlinked text (while reading onscreen, of course) and get an instant e-mail interface, be taken to external Websites, or redirected elsewhere in the document. Constellation Design can take your existing documentsword processed materials, charts, photographs, items created on Microsoft Publisher or other presentation software, even hardcopy documentsand turn them into PDF files.
In this image map, each state has its own link element even though
the map as a whole is a single image file.
Image maps are Web graphics that have links on them arranged in particular shapes. If you have an image of, say, a pie chart, and want your site user to be able to click on any area in a wedge-shaped chunk of the pie to link to something but dont want the surrounding areas to link to the same thing, you would need an image map. Image maps can be made from raw code or with the help of graphics software packages.
Flash is a versatile and often complicated graphic and sound medium used frequently on the Web. A Flash module can be an animated logo or masthead, a fancy link button, a talking cartoon, a video game, or a complete Website unto itself, among other things. Most examples of Flash on the Web are in advertising, but it can be used for all sorts of purposes. More elaborate Flash programs pop up promoting TV and film; as cartoons like StrongBad e-mail; and as online timewasters, such as the highly amusing William Shatner Acting Simulator.
A few words about pricing:
The first question I get asked about Website work is often how much will it cost? The answer to which is, invariably, it depends. It depends on how elaborate the Website is, how deepthat is, how many layers of pagesthe site is, how much graphic/photo optimizing is needed, how much there is in the way of design and programming to be done, how many bells and whistles you want to include. If you are on a tight budget, tell us your parameters and well be glad to let you know what is feasible for your level of resources. Unless alternative arrangements are made in advance, Constellation Design charges by the hour at a competitive rate. As a general rule, smaller sites (say, less than 10 pages) work out to be in the neighborhood of $150-$175 per page. Larger sites often break down to less per page when there is standard formatting throughout the site. If you fill out Constellations preliminary Website project form, it will help to gauge how complicated your project will be.
For more information or general queries, please contact Constellation today!