Designing Your Site | Hosting Your Site| Maintaining Your Site | Retrofiting Your Site


Designing Your Site

Good web sites start with well-thought-out goals. OakStand will work with you to insure the overall goals are clear, the technical requirements are stipulated, and the site administration needs are considered.

Once the goals are set, OakStand will design and develop your web site. This involves work in a number of areas:

We can use or modify any existing graphics that you wish to use such as a logo or color scheme. We can also design entirely new graphics for the site.

Site Structure & Navigation
All sites need simple and intuitive navigational schemes that not only have a clear description of the pages, but which also utilize color and other graphical elements to help the user. Large, complex web sites have a particular challenge to allow users to reach the pages with a minimum of mouse-clicks.

A basic Site Diagram showing each of the sections and pages will be developed to guide the development process. A well-designed Site Structure organizes the information and functions of your site in a logical, clear, and intuitive manner for the User. OakStand pays special attention to this part of the project.



Maintaining Your Site

Maintaining, updating, and changing your site is an important part of keeping your site relevant and up-to-date.

OakStand offers a variety of ways to keep your site up-to-date without the need for a web site specialist.

Site Administration Elements

  • Content Management Systems
    Allow you to edit your pages, add new pages, upload files & images, and handle a variety of other site maintainence tasks.

    We offer several different Content Management Systems, depending on the size and complexity of your web site.

OakStand will be happy to handle your site maintenance needs. We charge an hourly rate, or in some cases, a flat fee based on an assumed amount of work each month.



Hosting Your Site

OakStand offers convenient and affordable web hosting on our servers in Toronto and Rochester.

(Please note however that this is not a requirement; we are happy to design sites that are hosted elsewhere)

Our Hosting Service Includes:

  • 100 Mb Storage Space
  • No bandwidth traffic restrictions
  • Access to your site via FTP
  • Regular backups of your site
  • Responsive troubleshooting
  • Web Traffic reports
  • Submission to major Search Engines
  • Registering a Domain for your site
  • Email accounts

And importantly ---

  • Up to 1  hour/month of friendly technical support or development time to maintain & enhance your site


Standard hosting pricing is $19.95/month, or $215/yr, including the technical support.

Retrofitting Your Site

The OakStand Retrofit Service will take your existing web site -- keep what you like, add new features, provide a browser-based Content Management System (CMS), even reorganize your content and pages to be more intuitive.

In most cases, there's no need to redesign a web site from scratch just to make some necessary improvements. Even if you want a completely new graphical look to your site, we can often do that while retaining your existing page structure and other elements.

Ideas for Enhancements:

  • New or enhanced Graphics
  • Improved navigation
  • Easier Site maintenence
  • Submission Forms - info, requests, contacts
  • Databases
  • Newsletter signup & management
  • Surveys & Polls
  • Discussion Forum
  • Calendar of Events
  • Blogs
  • Secure area for members
  • File uploading capability (via browser)




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