Web Site Solutions
We offer a full menu of web application and web site solutions that can address the needs of nearly any internet application. We can build fully customized web sites or XML web services built on ASP.NET, or highly sophisticated and extremely function business web sites built on the WordPress platform. We are extremely in favor of using WordPress for most small business web site and web application requirements for several reasons. Just to highlight a few of those reasons: it’s inexpensive to build WordPress websites, a huge amount of resources exist in the form of themes and plugins that can handle nearly any kind of web application requirement you can dream up, we use themes that make your site instantly responsive – which means mobile friendly. We can set up eCommerce, there are plugins for nearly every payment processor in existence, we can set up affiliate programs, membership only sites with recurring membership fees. WordPress is highly SEO friendly and it is an incredibly flexible, customizable, and scalable solution. We can build in days elegant and highly functional web sites that would take weeks if not months to build from scratch. Totally custom web applications are still a necessity, and they do have their place and there are times when they are the only option based on the requirements; for example XML web services and web applications that consume the XML data they provide would likely be built as custom applications in ASP.NET.
AppDataWorks, LLC offers a complete set of web site solutions including:
ASP.NET Web Applications
In an Intranet environment, web applications leverage internet technologies to deliver thin-client business management systems. On the Internet, web applications allow companies to offer their products and services to other companies or to the general public by tying into existing data systems to provide rich, dynamic content to the target customer or audience. Our consulting services can design, develop and deploy Web Applications both in an Intranet or Internet environment using ASP.NET web technology. Data management applications, or Back-end administration applications, can be written in ASP.NET for Internet Web Applications or can be written as Desktop Applications in VB.NET for Intranet Web Applications (internal web-based applications).
XML Web Services
XML Web Services can expose rich program functionality to client applications, web applications or other XML Web Services. Applications can include business-to-business services, access to centralized data in a secure, controlled environment, complex processing, etc. XML Web Services can be consumed by client appliations on multiple platforms.
WordPress Web Sites
WordPress has become synonymous with Blogging, and it is one of the most popular blogging platforms available today, and rightfully so. With it’s open source and exstensible framework, you can create any kind of plugins and extensions that you can concieve. But why re-invent the wheel? There are virtually thousands of WordPress Plugins and Themes out there are either free or very inexpensive. This web site is built on the WordPress platform, and so are many of the sites we have built for our customers. The theme for this site, the Social Sharing buttons, the Search Engine Optimized plugins that we use, connections to Google Analytics, AWeber Email List building forms, Contact forms, eCommerce sites, Affiliate management for eCommerce… all of it is available to be implemented into a WordPress site. This can get you the site you want with pretty sophisticated functionality at a fraction of the cost of developing a totally custom Web Application.
Custom Web Sites
Of course, for customers and clients that just want a simple custom-built web site for their Intranet or for a basic Web presence with very little complex functionality, we can certainly build those too. This is the least expensive of all Web Site options, and it may be the right thing for you and your budget to get started. Of course you can always choose to use a “do-it-yourself” web site builder and, well, do it yourself, but when the day arrives (and trust me it will) that you want to enhance and extend your existing web site, you will have to start from scratch because you will not have access to the under the hood HTML code that makes up your pages. Having an inexpensive HTML site built specifically for you gives you advantages such as access to and control over the DNS Server information, access to the HTML code and CSS files which can be used to migrate easily to a new platform such as WordPress or Visual Studio .NET, and access to the images and other files that may be connected to your site, just to name a couple of important ones.
These are special pages that are crafted for the purpose of collecting contact information from users. They typically have no links to any other page and have a high degree of focus on getting the visitor to sign up or “Opt In” to a mailing list. Sometimes this is done in exchange for a free, informative PDF or a free Video or Music track. We have a lot of very well designed templates that can be used for various efforts and can be modified to suit your needs.
Similar to Landing Pages, Sales Pages are designed to hold a person’s interest and attention and convince them to purchase the item that is for sale on the page. Many times it is tied in with a limited time offer or a money back guarantee, “Social Proof” in the form of customer testimonials, examples, and a lot of sales and advertising copy designed to convince the visitor to take the next step and purchase a product.
Members Only Sites
Members Only web sites are designed to prevent public visitors from entering the site. They are typically associated with a specialized technology or business secotor, such as Marketing, Video Engineering, Audio Engineering, etc. Visitors must pay either a flat fee or a monthly fee to enter. Once they are registered users, the site must be able to determine if they should have access. If it is a one-time payment type of members only site, where the user has paid for an eCourse for instance, they will have to log in with their User Name and Password to gain entry. If it is a “continuity program” where the user must pay a monthly fee to be a member, typically a workshop or peer group where users exchange ideas and have a mentor or official trainer facilitating the experience, the site must be able to check to make sure the user’s payments have been kept up to date. We can build members only sites like this, and not only control one-time or monthly access, we can create tiered service levels where users have access to ever increasing levels of information depending on their membership level.
eLearning / eCourse Sites
eLearming Sites are typically assiciated with a Members Only pay model (but not necessarily). They usually have several topics or “modules” and each one may have a training video, textual instruction area that goes into detail or provides actual hyperlinks to web sites, tools, or software referred to in the instructional videos, and then a review or comment section where members or visitors who are studying or experiencing the eLearning or eCourse materials can make comments, suggestions, ask questions of the Instructor, Moderator, or other members, etc. The main difference between an eLearning and eCourse is that with an eLearning Course, you may have information that is continually being added and the members have paid for access to this constantly drip-fed content, and an eCourse is usually a preset or fixed amount of information focusing on a specific area of learning or a teaching a specific discipline. eCourse sites are “How To” courses (usually paid) and eLearning sites are “Stay Informed” (usually paid). I say usually paid, because it’s not always the case.
Much like eLearning, eCourse, and Members Only type sites, eCommerce involves the offering of products and services for sale and a mechanism by which to take payments and deliver the purchased items. We focus mostly on digital delivery products, although we can (and do) work with physical delivery, although we do not do any warehousing, packaging, or shipping. We leave that up to the customer, but we can help them find outsourcing for this as well. The important thing about eCommerce is that you have a way to keep track of sales, Affiliate commissions, and returns. It also should be secure, and we only build eCommerce solutions that use PayPal as the payment processor, which takes the security and sensitive information completely out of your hands (and ours).