Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take My Beach Apps to finish my project?
This varies greatly depending on the amount and type of content you want on the site or publication, and the availability of that content. Once all files (images, text, etc.) have been gathered, your project can be completed within one to two weeks for an in depth custom design and in a matter of days if you are using one of our web design templates.
Do you help build e-commerce websites if we want to sell products on our website?
Yes! We can also show you how to easily feature products on Facebook and other social sites as well as on ebay to drive more traffic to your own website’s eStore! All of the e-commerce sites we help design are also mobile and iPad ready so visitors can view your products via the device of their choice.
I live outside your area, can you still provide me with graphic design, web design and copy-writing services?
Yes! We do it every day! My Beach Apps has offices based in Orange Beach, Alabama but we have experts on staff from all over the world. With the assistance of the Internet and email, and services like Skype and Adobe we can provide services to clients all over the world.
I already have a logo, brochure and web site, but I want to improve it. Can you help?
We can help you improve your communications media. For more information, call 205-503-2765 or contact us via our contact form.
I would like you to create a Direct Marketing piece for me. Can you also coordinate the sorting and mailing process?
Yes. My Beach Apps can help you purchase mailing lists, work with mailing services for sorting, stuffing and addressing mail and make sure that is gets delivered to the USPS in a timely manner. Again, we can either work with your preferred mailing service, or recommend a mailing service that we use on a regular basis. We can make the normally complicated mailing process much easier for you and your business.
How do I get my finished materials printed?
My Beach Apps can email your design to any printer of your choice. We do have printers that we have negotiated discount rates with because of the volume of work we send to them on an ongoing basis. If you do not have a printer that you currently work with, or if you would like to compare prices, we can obtain a quote for you or have your work printed by one of the printing companies that we work with. My Beach Apps can work with the printing company to choose the paper, ink color and other parameters to ensure a quality final product.
How will I maintain my Web site once it is built?
My Beach Apps, Inc. develops all websites on the framework that is extremely user friendly on the backend. We typically use WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, but have experts on staff that develop in any format deemed necessary. With a My Beach Apps, Inc. site, you will have all the tools you need to maintain your site yourself. This is both the best solution for your site and the best use of your dollars and time. However, if you really want to take a hands off approach, we can also maintain your website for you, in a timely and affordable manner. We offer special monthly and quarterly maintenance plans with reduced hourly rates. Please get in touch with us regarding any questions you might have.
What is Social Media and how can that help my business and website?
Social Media Optimization (SMO) has emerged over the past few years as one of the most powerful forms of online marketing. Many at first believed that Social Media was a passing trend. I remember in 2007 some initially even wrote Twitter off as a site that wasn’t here to stay. We never bought into such nonsense and started developing friends across a variety of networks that has grown into one of the largest group of online media consultants in the world. SMO does includes strategically placing your product or brand in front of the millions of eyes that constantly monitor the social media outlets but where we are vastly different than most, we develop a strategic plan in advance that allows you to benefit, sustain and grow your efforts once your product or site has gone viral rather than just experiencing a one time temporary increase in traffic.
And before you decide that “social networking” is not for you, or not for your demographic, WAIT! For instance, 45-to-54-year-olds were 36% more likely than average to visit Twitter, making them the highest-indexing age group, and 25-to-34-year-olds were 30% more likely to visit. So, even though you might think it’s just the 20-somethings on Twitter – guess again!
In general, SMO is about generating buzz, lots of it. This allows you to build external links to your site, increase your website traffic and get the word out about your site in many ways. At My Beach Apps, Inc. we take it a step further and create a strategy for you that allows you to not only have significant buzz but capture and sustain the traffic as well.
How do I get listed in Search Engines? What is SEO?
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an ever-changing concept. Honestly, the best way to have your site rank well in search engines is to have a well built site with frequently-updated, highly relevant content. A well built WordPress, Drupal or Joomla website gives you the best opportunity to have the best of both worlds. You need a site that can be easily maintained by your existing staff and still rank well in the search engines, using the WordPress, Drupal or Joomla platforms allows for that. We can help you with strategies to improve your site and maintain its presence at the top of the search engines. However, we make no promises regarding specific placement of your site on the search engines. Anyone who does must be an executive at Google, or…… not telling you the truth. We will do all we can to help you with your SEO… when your site gets good traffic, we all benefit from that success!
What is Web Hosting?
A web site is made up of files like those you have on your own laptop or desktop computer. To make your web site accessible to other people, the files that make up your site must be placed on a host computer that is connected to the Internet around the clock. This host computer is called a web server. The Web server “hosts” your site so that is accessible on the Web to people all over the world.
How much does Web Hosting Cost?
Hosting through My Beach Apps typically costs between $5 – $20 depending on the size and functionality of your web site. We do offer Cloud, Shared and Private Hosting Solutions. Contact us for more details.
Do you offer Web hosting?
We do offer web hosting. By providing hosting to our clients, we are able to individually set up and handle their account, fix problems and set up email accounts.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your Web site’s address that people type in to visit your site. The ‘MyBeachApps.com’ part of our Web address is an example of a domain name.
How do I get a domain name?
Your domain name will be the name of your choosing followed by .com, .net, .org or whichever other applicable extension is available. It is important that you check the availability of the domain name you wish to use, as many are already taken. Once you decide on your domain name and check its availability, you will need to register it for an annual fee, or we can register it for you.
How do I get started on my project?
Simply call us at 205-503-2765 or contact us to set up an appointment today!