Does MindVision have to do the visual design of my site?
No. If you have your own graphic artist or advertising agency, you can have them supply your visual concept and MindVision will just make it work as a web site.
Do I have to pay MindVision to do the initial design and setup on my Site Director site?
It depends if you want a licenced or capital solution. If the known cost of a licenced solution suits your business we can usually absorb all of the setup and design costs over a three year commitment for a standard site. Choosing the capital option or having very specific requirements will incur setup costs. However with the flexibility of Site Director and MindVision’s rapid development methodologies we can offer you a great website at a fraction of the normal cost for an enterprise class system.
The main area to watch out for is the Shell Design. If you cannot provide a clear brief (of the image you want to portray), or need to see a starting visual to help you form your ideas, then you will need a larger budget for your visual design. If there is a committee involved in approving the visual then the need for a larger budget is also likely.
How quickly can I have my site up and running?
Usually between 2 to 6 weeks. It takes a couple of weeks to get the project into our production schedule with deployment two weeks after that. Usually the limiting factor is how quickly you can respond to our requests for information and content.
Can you do rush jobs?
If you talk to us really nicely and your need is genuinely urgent, we will help you to get your new site online more quickly. For a fast result, you will need to also need to work quickly as well in both composing and collecting your content and responding to our questions or requests for information.
What do I need to do?
As with any website, you need to compose the words that you want to appear on your site as well as the headings that make it easy to navigate. You need to assemble any photos or other material you want to include.
Will I be locked into Site Director forever?
Yes and No. First let’s deal with “forever”. As a rule of thumb, your website should be revamped about every three years. Therefore, in the context of a website, “forever” really only means “about three years”.
However, let’s suppose that your situation changes and for some reason you want to move your website. MindVision won’t stop you. You aren’t locked into a contract. Your basic web pages are very portable and can be moved to another system anytime. Of course, doing so would mean forsaking the clever “magic” of Site Director such as the Shopping Cart, Portfolio and Enquiry Management system.
By the way, freshening up your website in three years time will be so much easier, in other words cheaper, with Site Director!
Will my website look the same as other Site Director sites?
Your site will be as unique as if we were not using Site Director. Remember, Site Director is just a way of delivering lots of features for a low cost. Professionals will still handcraft the look and feel of your site.
What kind of websites is Site Director good for?
When we designed Site Director, we considered the sorts of features that we were creating each time for website projects with budgets ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Site Director is not always the answer, but if it will work for your project, it will save you a lot of money.
When you talk to us about your project, we will soon be able to let you know if it is a candidate for Site Director.
How many products can the on-line shop handle?
Technically there is no limit to the number of products. However, the administration interface and to a lesser extent, the public interface is not intended to handle thousands of products.
Realistically, when designing the e-commerce system we had in mind the type of business that offers between one and a few hundred products. If you want to offer more, then you probably need a more specialised system and we would prefer to build it from scratch for you.