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The issue of the SQL server

The idea that there is such a thing as an SQL server is of course wrong and I hope Nina won’t mind if I cast a view.

I would just like to comment that whilst I have done my best to help her, I truly believe there is a fundamental issue of misunderstanding here as of course SQL is a well known almost industry standard database for these applications and may well be ON the server, but will NOT be “the” server.

As you will have read, I have tried to guide Nina who is really struggling to get to grips with a WordPress. The need to get the site back into HTML on Dreamweaver is a confusing question and a bit of a jumble. I wish I could persuade her to look at the browser and server set up before taking the giant leap into having the website re-developed and then learning just a tiny bit about WordPress as I’m sure she would have a manageable website with little cost.


Staying with the SQL server issue

Good morning Alan

 As I have Dreamweaver and my husband is starting to use Dreamweaver to design his web site (however, he is not that techie) so I am currently have to learn this system as well.  At least I know I have total control of my site with this as opposed to using a mysql server and that is why I would prefer to use Dreamweaver.


Ah! Ok… so we need to help you get this current website (in its current configuration?) into HTML and built in Dreamweaver. One would need then to pay a developer to do so? Continue reading “Staying with the SQL server issue” »


The typical cost of an e-shop website


Woul you be able o advise on the typical cost of an e-shop is the type of template I would like to follow for my own pieces of work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards


Hi Dan,

 I’ve been asked to respond to your question and happy to help. Indeed I agree its a big question, but I think the best stance or “response” is to say that one should look at what you are getting for the money. Continue reading “The typical cost of an e-shop website” »


Continuing with the question about a website on an SQL server?

This is the response from Nina to my answer…

Hello Alan

Thank you for your response.  My problems are I do not know how to use WordPress and can’t even find the simple things such as how to back up the system.  So how I upgrade the SQL is well beyond my capability.  What I would like to do is switch from WordPress back to Dreamweaver, where I am somewhat familiar with some of the coding.  

The page I desperately want to change is the front page with the new computers this design is not practical.  When would be a good time to contact yourselves and discuss my requirements. Continue reading “Continuing with the question about a website on an SQL server?” »


My website was put onto SQL server

This is a question from Nina;

Enquiry: My site was put onto SQL server which I find has hindered my site from being found by search engines.  I want to return it to FTP and obtain some basic instructions in designing my site.  I don’t need the site managed.

Dear Nina,  I have been asked if I can give you and answer or somehow help with your question to the Web Design Directory, although I have to start by saying I think you are a little confused: Continue reading “My website was put onto SQL server” »


A website that specialize in selling gift items

Enquiry: hi,

I am planning to set up a website that specialize in selling gift items like lets say something [].when buying domain names how much memory space must i opt for.will the web designer tell me what size memory space i need for my site

Hi Collin, the chaps at the Web design directoy asked me to respond to your question;

 The domain name as such has, and will not have any influence on the memory you will require for your website. You will just reserve and effectively “rent” the domain (I digress, but please ensure that YOU are the registrant and do NOT allow your web developer to register the domain in their name – this is critical) however, your web developer will be able to advise how big they think the website will become and how much space you will need on the server.

I hope that helps, but please refer back if not

all the best


How to create a web address?

This question is from Sryan who gave his e-mail address. Of course Sryan there is an article of this very subject on the web design directory here

However, Saroj,

 I do feel the directory article will explain more than I could write here.

One would then go to a website such as and search to see if your name is available. If this doesn’t answer your question please refer back and I’ll do my best to help.

Good luck


Funding to start a web business

We received the following question from Siraj who has agreed for us to publish our answer to help other readers. “I would like to know how to get funding to start a web business or a web company that would be interested to build a website as an investment?”

This question was from a chap named Siraj and Siraj; I’m sorry that we are not going to be too much help here as we are not really qualified to give you this kind of advice. Having said that, as for any business I would suggest you consider carefully how your company is going to make a profit, what your offer to your customers is going to be. What will make your web design business stand out from any other web design business as this will be called your “unique selling proposition” and used a deal in marketing web companies as with any other busines.

From this point you would need to create a business plan supported by a budget and cash flow forcast and then I’m afraid its off to the banks and similar institutions to seek funds – good luck and thanks for the question


Do I need a website?

Is this not just the most basic question, but I’m pleased you have come here for advice and ignore those that look with scorn because you should know.

Continue reading “Do I need a website?” »


Reasons why SEO can fail

Now is this ever a bag of worms! But read on, perhaps taking the subject of search engine optimisation “failure” may help get some prospective on what to avoid.

Continue reading “Reasons why SEO can fail” »

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