domain names

for web sites...

Right, so let's start at the start...

A domain is technically an area or a region. So, when it comes to the internet, there are a few areas, the most commonly known are '.co.uk' and '.com'.

We have different domains to make it easier to understand where things are and what they do, by filtering them - all the.co.uk's over there, all the .com's over here etc, but that isn't enough to be specific to any individual web site. So, we need to add in another filter - the domain name.

So, if '.co.uk' is a domain, then what is a domain name?
.co.uk takes us to a certain area, but with still over a million different web sites to choose from, so where to next? We need to filter down to choices again, so we need to add in something more specific, like in our instance 'n-code'.

The name 'n-code', coupled with the domain '.co.uk' specifies quite clearly a specific region to visit - the area of 'n-code', within the area of '.co.uk' - make sense?

Now, we need to mix in some more detail to the principle - DNS. Everything in the computer world works with numbers, to finitely identify [and more importantly, locate] each piece of equipment / information / web site from another - so any domain name needs to be converted into a number, known as an IP address.

This is where the domain name system [DNS] comes into town. This is just basically a gigantic list of all the domain names, with a corresponding number / IP address.

In theory, when you enter a domain name into the address bar on your computer, your internet browser asks the domain name system where to go, as it needs an IP address. The DNS takes in the browser's request, looks up the domain name, and gives the browser back the corresponding IP address - now the browser knows where to go.

But because there are so many web sites out there, the journey isn't quite that simple.

Your web site has an IP address on your web server, which in turn has an IP address on the web server's network, which in turn has an IP address on the domain name system [there can be many levels of IP addresses on systems, depending on each web server]. So when the DNS gives your browser an IP address, it actually goes to the first one, and get bounced on to the next, and on to the next, and the next, until it finally reaches your web site - this can mean that your browser actually visits different servers / systems all around the world before getting back to you!

This is an important point, please read the detail behind web hosting to find out why...

When choosing a domain name there are two main considerations to bear in mind - search engines and customers, but not necessarily in that order.

From a customer's point of view, the thought of inputting a really long name, such as frankfurlongsfurniturefranchise.com is a little intimidating, but on the flip side this name does spell out exactly what the web site is about to a search engine. Likewise, a short domain name like bbc.co.uk, is great to remember, and type in, from a customers point of view - but doesn't mean anything to a search engine. You have to find a middle ground, and as this name is how each and every customer will get their first impression of your site, it has to be a considered decision.

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We design web sites

for companies in tarporley...

In tarporley, it's important to know that the company that designs your website knows what they are doing. It is of course possible that other tarporley companies that also design leaflets, logos, letterheads etc can build a website, but surely it's a good idea to get someone that knows web design in tarporley really well - that way you can be sure that you get the best value web site.

The internet continues to grow, year after year - putting more pressure on any tarporley company without a good quality website. The credit crunch has proven that even seemingly solid companies can sink, so securing more customers has to be a good thing.

We are based in tarporley, chesire and have seen more than our fair share of website designs. We have a proven track record of delivering more than what our clients were expecting, for less money. Now that is a deal that any company looking for a website should be interested in...

Our web design company

firstly, we work in tarporley...

This web design company is the same as any other... Right? We're not sorry to say - you are wrong.

Why are we different?
To be blunt, we are honest. We'll say what we think, and it gets results. We're located in Tarporley, Cheshire so we're not having to find huge overheads each month, meaning we can concentrate more on each website we design.

We believe a web site should be designed for the people who are to use it, not the company who is buying it. The simplicity of our web design approach is why we constantly get referrals from our clients.

Whether you are in Tarporley, Nantwich, Crewe or any area around Chester and the Wirral, we ensure we have the web design tools we need so we can:

Our main interest is to ensure your satisfaction, and our attitude builds long term partnerships. Everything we do is considered, and everything is guaranteed to be what you want.

Why wouldn't you want to work with people like that, eh?

We supply a full web design package, that includes all the necessary information / guidance you need to get your website up and running.

You can have as little or as much involvement as you wish, and each web design we produce comes with :

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web site basics


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web site marketing


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web site considerations


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web site tools


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web site types


ecommerce websitesecommerce websitesIf you're in business, then you already know the answer why. Online shopping was up 50% last year, following the previous years 32% increase - and things are set to continue...small business websitessmall business websitesSmall businesses need to have a competent website nowadays. If your business doesn't have a website, kiss your customers good-bye...custom website designcustom website designYour website needs to do specific things, you want to be able to customise your website to suit your business methods - we constantly custom build websites from scratch...

The back up service from n-code has been better than we could have hoped for and we are totally satisfied with everything they have done for us...