All You Need to Know About Bespoke Web Development For Your Hotel Business

Are you one of those people who are currently thinking of taking their hotel business online? If yes, you should do it as quickly as possible. The reason is that online presence helps you see more customers. Gone are the days when people use different magazines and newspapers to know about the best hotels. Now, people don’t want to waste their time in searching and selecting a hotel. They use internet to search and to book a hotel in the matter of few minutes.

Considering this change in trend, it is important for all people associated with hotel business to get a great website for their visitors. That’s when they go for bespoke web development. With one such website in place, you can expect more people coming to your hotel, and this will always help improving your profit margin. But, if you think any type of website can help you with your business, you better think again.

The reason is that now people consider so many things before finalizing their buying decision, and quality of your website is one of those things. If you want to expand your business, you should offer all essential information on your website. But, everything should be done in a proper and systematized way. It is due to this particular reason that bespoke web development is important for your business.

In hospitality business, it becomes important to offer some unique facilities and services. This is one big reason why bespoke hotel website design is crucial. But, when you opt for these types of sites, do pay attention to few important things.

* Always keep in mind that your hotel website should be designed according to the SEO rules. Search engine optimization has gained a lot of importance in recent years. It is due to SEO that you can see a clear increase in the number of people visiting your website. So, do make sure your website design complies with all rules of SEO.

* Another important thing that should never be overlooked is that your website should be easy to use. No doubt, it is important to make it look pretty, but don’t go overboard with the idea of making it look unique. Sometimes, it becomes difficult for visitors to explore a ‘unique’ website, and this will never help your business. So, find a professional who knows how to maintain the delicate balance between looks and simplicity of use.

These are the two most important things that should be considered when using the website design services. You should always keep in mind that design companies will ask you to go for specific templates, but you should insist for bespoke web development. If you ask for one such site, it will become easier for you to pay attention to aforementioned things. You will be able to get an attractive website which will also be easy to use. So, go for it!

Semantic Web Development

Semantic Web Modelling Centre of Excellence

Introduction

Semantic Web Development and dealing with complexity is a tricky issue. Representing information is a problem where complexity can preclude any single approach. In order to find our way around large quantities of information it needs to be structured. But the information already exists and is still being created, so this makes it a moving target.

I’m sure such matters will be covered at the www2006 conference at Edinburgh 23-26 May http://www2006.org/. Kurt Cagle refers to this in his article on complexity on his Understanding XML blog at http://www.understandingxml.com/.

The structuring of ontologies from the top down can be useful, but can only be achieved where the ontology developers have some control over the information. Much of web development and other creation of information is bottom up, in that there is no controlling authority. This is good for inclusiveness and speed of development, and something that encourages community, and encourages individuals to create their own content, which is a good thing. In his interview with the British Computer Society Tim Berners-Lee http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/blog/4 answers a question on ontologies. He talks of a top level ontology that can be created to hold certain terms and the need to find out who is using these terms, so that other web pages and databases can be categorised. This would be achieved using URIs (Universal Resource Identifier) and RDF (Resource Description Framework). In answer to what Tim Berners-Lee hopes to achieve, he talks of this bottom up development that is going on, using blogs, and wikis etc and a possible approach of ‘web science’ – ‘the science and engineering of web based things that have a bottom up Web-like structure’.

I think this approach is highly relevant to my PhD research on user-driven programming, with University of the West of England (UWE – Bristol). Not everyone has the time to learn programming especially if their main expertise is elsewhere. They then have to ask others to do the development for them and this leads to delays and mis-understandings. The approach advocated here could enable visual creation of software by members of a community. Members of this community would not need advanced programming skills if other members with more advanced development skills could create a suitable interface for the creation of software. This could be achieved in a similar way to that used in visual web page creation tools, or word processor and spreadsheet software. Also the members who do possess advanced skills could provide ways of sorting, searching and navigating the programs created using the visual development tools. Members could work with either or both groups, according to their skills and interests.

A good first step would be to link communities and sites that have a mix of those with advanced software skills who want to encourage and enable others to learn to program, and of new starters who want to learn. This could involve those who are willing to try out new techniques to make it easier for new starters to train learn and gain experience.

Sir Tim-Berners-Lee’s interview – http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.3337.

This talk by Nigel Shadbolt explains research about coping with diverse sources of information – http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.3043.

This article by Bill Thompson for the BBC technology site examines new developments in Web 2.0 technologies – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4842498.stm.

Hiring Web Developers for Your Dental Website Design

The Internet helped businesses reach clients more effectively. It also became a source of information, providing consumers what they need. As such, promoting your dental practice online can be helpful. Designing a website and incorporating different Internet marketing strategies can help attract potential clients. It is important, though, to hire a professional dental website design company for this task.

Why do you need professional web designers?

You dental website needs to have a professional, organized, and lively image to be effective. Creating your own website requires a lot of time, patience, and commitment. Simple designs can take weeks or even months to finish. As such, hire professional web designers, as they can efficiently design your site and provide the results you want. Some web design companies might even offer dental marketing strategies to increase your site rankings.

What to do when hiring web designers

Identify your needs. Choose designs that are simple, yet unique. Determine the purpose of your website: Do you plan to gather feedback from visitors? Are you going to sell dental products? Do you plan to use the site as a communication tool? Know your audience to identify your website’s focus. Determine the number of pages you need for your dentistry website-three pages may suffice if you only plan to provide basic information about your practice. Design a logo to make your website unique.

Choose a reliable web design company. Check their reputation before hiring. Look at some websites they designed in the past. Look at websites similar to your practice. Ask former clients for feedback. Get the services of a web design firm with a record of accomplishment in both designs and practice. Find out how long they have been in business. Know if the designers have experience in handling latest Internet tools and techniques such as flash, videos, animation, and so on.

Some developers focus on providing content and information for visitors, while others concentrate on aesthetic and technical matters. Ask if they can provide specifics regarding the website including number of pages, templates, and technical solutions. The developers must understand what you want your website to look like. Get their feedback when you discuss the website’s layout.

Ask the designers to provide a reasonable timeline for completing the website. Setting the project’s duration can help you plan other things accordingly. Web developers must also be responsible for keeping the project on schedule and within your budget. They should also provide updates and changes as they create your site.

Discuss their rates. Find out if their costs include Web hosting, registering a domain name, and updating the site. Compare costs between Web design firms. While high priced developers can deliver your needs, some designers provide services for affordable costs.

Additional tips

Make sure the Web developers will provide a contract that states their responsibilities, schedules, and payment methods. Plan the maintenance to keep your website fresh and updated. Use flash intros and heavy graphics sparingly. Include a patient information form. Use different dental marketing methods to create an online presence.