Arup Sen designs and builds websites according to your requirements. You will find all the information you need about my services on this page, so get in touch and we can make it happen.
update 04/02/07 the arupdesigns site is now ready and can be found at
You will need 3 things to get a site up and running:
It can be worth getting your domain name and hosting separately although some companies now offer both in one package. If you buy your domain name through a hosting company then they own the rights to the domain rather than you. If you have problems with your host such as faults with their servers then you cannot move your domain elsewhere.
Hosting companies that offer actual physical hard drive space for rent also offer other things in their packages such as databases email addresses etc. It is worth comparing the various packages and deals on offer before signing up. The prices are coming down rapidly as companies are becoming more competitive. It can be tricky to understand the above when you have no knowledge of the web but need a site, so if it does seem confusing, then do drop me a line and I will explain further.
I can do basic page layouts, picture galleries, ad banners, animations and many other things. It all depends on what you need. Perhaps it's just a simple home page about you and your news. Or a few pages to promote a small business. You may even want to sell your products and services online. Or have a banner created to be placed on another more prominent website. You may want a site that offers instruction and information rather than sales or marketing. You may want to have music or video clips. Any and all of this is possible.
I should also mention here what I can't do . . . yet. Dynamic or database driven sites. The website content is sourced from a database which may hold product information or news etc. So if you want to have a search field on your site, I can't help you. Nor can I do forms or any form of secure ordering. But I'm working on it. So if you want a full blown e–commerce site, then I suggest you look elsewhere for now. What I can do are called static pages which I create using html code and style with css code.
Update 21/11/06. I can now create forms and do blogs, fora and shopping baskets. I am not able to write the software myself but I can install it on the server. So if you want to have blog as part of your site, then I can do that. If you want e-commerce i.e. having a catalogue of products and a shopping basket system then I can do that as well. Some sites have an online community section, well now I can do that too. The last link in the list above is to my yoga teachers forum.
The process begins with content. Because the internet is a mainly visual experience, we tend to begin the design, but it really begins with what you want nn your site and who will look at it. The mass of content can then be divided up according to categories defined by your prospective user. It is those users in particular that you will be targeting, so it is important to get an idea of who they are and their likes and dislikes. This is what gives rise to the design. So first we look at the content, then at the prospective user, then create a rough site map. From that comes the visual layout and design, again keeping the prospective user in mind. We then meet for a coffee so that you can convey your ideas to me. I explain to you about domain names and hosting plans and then get to work on your designs. Once I have something I create a version 1.0 of your web pages and put it up on the internet so that you can see it and make comments and give feedback. This leads to version 1.1 and so on. At each stage I will require you to give me the thumbs up (sign–off) before we move to the text stage. Eventually we reach a stage where you are happy with your site. We design the site together.
As you will be providing all of the content for your site, such as photos and text etc., here are a few basic pointers to save problems further down the design stage. These are not necessarily in order.
What kind of service would I be if I didn't offer aftercare. You may want to update your content every so often. Or your product range may change and you want your website to reflect that. If you have a schedule then that will need to be updated too. You may even want to fully redesign your site to keep up with current trends. Then you will need to renew your domain subscriptions and pay your hosting fees. Don't worry, I won't leave you to sink or swim once your site is online.
I started designing websites last year around January 2005. It started by accident really. A friend of mine needed a site and I offered to do it but really had no experience whatsoever. Having made this promise I quickly learned how to do it and found that I really enjoyed it. I have since then designed and built many pages and have been giving advice on the basics of web design. I'm continuing to learn more and more every day, so the range of what I can offer you is constantly increasing. All of my work is done on a Mac G4 and the main software that I use is Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX and Flash MX. When I first started I used mainly visual tools in order to create layouts etc. But now as I am learning more I prefer to write all the code by hand. This gives far greater control even though my knowledge of code is not great, I can more easily find errors and bugs. I code using html, xhtml and css. I teach yoga half of the week and do web designs the other half.
This page is really a primer for what is come which will be full Arup Designs site offering a lot more.
update 04/02/07 the arupdesigns site is now ready and can be found at arupdesigns.co.uk