Building An Effective Furniture Sales Web Site

Written by Jim D. Ray

Building An Effective Furniture Sales Web Site by Jim D. Ray

Web sites that feature products – especially furniture or other large items – require a careful balance of text and images to conveyrepparttar value of each product.

Let’s face it. Consumers like to see, feel, and “experience” a product before they make a purchase decision. If you can elicitrepparttar 139315 senses in your on-line presentation of an item, you will increase your chances of making a purchase tenfold.

In addition torepparttar 139316 basics of an effective web presence, such as complete contact information, a successful furniture sales web site will conveyrepparttar 139317 following:

* Credibility ofrepparttar 139318 merchant to provide any product available throughrepparttar 139319 site; * Dimensions, an invigorating text description, and multiple images for each product; * A replacement or repair policy inrepparttar 139320 event an item is damaged during shipping; * Delivery or shipping options, with pricing; * Customer testimonials from those who have shopped withrepparttar 139321 merchant; * Full payment options, preferably with telephone, on-line, and invoice credit/debit options.

Style and Navigation

Again, developing a successful furniture sales site depends onrepparttar 139322 web designer’s ability to elicitrepparttar 139323 senses through a careful combination of text and images. “Presentation” design elements, such as Flash and Java components, may be useful in establishing a professional, yet comfortable tone acrossrepparttar 139324 site.

Site navigation should be effortless and flow seamlessly throughoutrepparttar 139325 entire web site, including on pages that do not relate specifically to products. Subconsciously,repparttar 139326 site’s ease of use will affectrepparttar 139327 prospect-customer’s impression ofrepparttar 139328 merchant.

Content Elements

Asrepparttar 139329 saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainlyrepparttar 139330 case in on-line furniture sales.

Each product should include at least two unique photos, complete with thumbnail and enlarged versions, but may have as many as six. The goal here is to encouragerepparttar 139331 prospect-customer to become familiar withrepparttar 139332 product, to envisionrepparttar 139333 furniture in their home from all angles inrepparttar 139334 room.

How to Hire The Right Web Design Firm

Written by Jim D. Ray

How to Hire The Right Web Design Firm by Jim D. Ray

Regardless whether you manage a small business, charitable organization, or Fortune 500 company, choosingrepparttar right web design firm can quickly become a full-time research project. With thousands of design firms to choose from, what factors truly determine which design firm is best for your business?

The primary considerations for choosing a web design firm are:

* Price * Customer service/access to support * Credibility indicators ofrepparttar 139314 design firm * Portfolio and design experience * Other services offered (domain renewal, hosting, SEO) * Turnaround time

Let’s take a closer look at each consideration in detail, and explore how to identify and qualifyrepparttar 139315 right design firm.


Like many products and services we purchase, both personally and professionally, deciding on a web design firm can often come down to price. Butrepparttar 139316 value ofrepparttar 139317 services rendered is really what’s important. A $200 web site usually turns out to look, feel and perform like a $200 web site.

The price of your site’s development will depend on three factors:repparttar 139318 features ofrepparttar 139319 site,repparttar 139320 amount of content, andrepparttar 139321 service options included withrepparttar 139322 design package, such as hosting.

Because pricing varies by firm, here are several principles to use when determiningrepparttar 139323 validity and value of a web design quote:

* Doesrepparttar 139324 quote state one all-inclusive price forrepparttar 139325 entire project? * Is there a reoccurring monthly fee for hosting? * Isrepparttar 139326 site custom-built, or is it customization of an existing template? * Is there a separate fee for content development, such as writing sales copy? * Is domain registration/management included inrepparttar 139327 package? * Willrepparttar 139328 firm provide multiple design concepts, prior to actual development?

It’s important to compare quotes from at least three firms to, determinerepparttar 139329 value ofrepparttar 139330 services offered. Looking forrepparttar 139331 best value is important in a competitive service market.

Customer Service

There’s nothing worse than signing with a firm that offers a great product, only to find out they are impossible to contact. Consistent, open contact with your web design firm is important for ensuring success before, during, and after your web site is developed.

Throughoutrepparttar 139332 design process, you may identify text, photos, or contact information you’d like to change beforerepparttar 139333 site goes live. If you have immediate questions regarding your site’s development, you’ll be glad to have immediate contact with customer support staff by e-mail, telephone, or live chat.

If you are limited to e-mail technical support, consider other firms that offer a wider range of customer service options such as telephone and live chat support. E-mail is great for convenience – when it’s convenient.

Credibility Indicators

Identifying “credibility indicators” can help ensure a firm is trustworthy, and will be around after your deposit or full payment is sent. Credibility indicators include, but are not limited to:

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