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 you’re ready for a professionally-
Each Website on the Internet has what’s 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”. Examples of domain names are abcnews.com, newyorktimes.com, and npr.org. The domain name of this site is constellationdesign.
A site’s domain name is part of the URL displayed in a
Web browser’s address bar.
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 an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like AOL
More often than not, a Website is never truly “finished”—it 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). 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!
It’s 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 you’re wondering, though they don’t support everything either), but lots and lots of people use others, and though the browser world is inching toward implementing standards for rendering code, different browsers still display some things differently. If you design a site for Internet Explorer, for example, users of Safari or Netscape may find serious display or functionality problems with your code (missing or overlapping text is common, as are image misalignments and problems with audio plugins). On the other hand, IE offers some bells and whistles you might want to incorporate for its users and Mozilla will do things you might want to utilize for its 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.
Common browser compatibility errors are evident in this page from the outfit
I play softball with, Underdog Seattle. Although things look good in Opera (above), in Netscape (below) and other browsers the upper portion has problems: the logo is split, text wraps unintentionally, and the phone number is bumped to the yellow line below its intended space.
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 user’s computer to play later. Constellation can design brand new graphics for you or adjust your existing imagery to be suitable for the Web, and we can take your audio recordings—mp3 or other digital file, CD audio, cassette tape recording—and 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 it’s 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 coverge, improve the appearance of the image and make it more presentable.
With Adobe’s Portable Document Format, any document can be posted online or transmitted via e-mail. With Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader program, PDF files are readable cross-
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 don’t 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 like Adobe ImageReady.
In this image map, each state has its own link element even though
the map as a whole is a single image file.
Flash is a very 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, like the ads found on MSNBC
The navigation buttons and hosting graphic at the left of this site are also Flash animations.
Strengthen your virtual presence: Constellation can put you or your business on the cyber map with a custom-
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 “deep”—that is, how many layers of pages—the 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 we’ll 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 Constellation’s 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!