Your web design questions answered

FAQs for web design, SEO, hosting, etc

FAQs for web design, SEO and hosting

What do I need to know when having a website built?

From pricing, finding a web designer, and getting found on Google, there are plenty of questions to answer.

From pricing, finding a web designer and getting found on Google, there are plenty of questions to answer.

Your web design questions answered

Questions about having a website built

How much does a website cost to build and maintain? ⇨

How much does a website cost to build and maintain?


Because all websites differ, and the requirements for each business differ, it's not possible to come up with an accurate cost without prior discussion.

The number of factors which go into building, optimising and managing a website is huge, and the importance of many of these factors to different businesses will vary.

I personally feel that any website which gets no visitors is a complete waste and could, in some cases, cause a business to go bust. So besides the design work and the size of a website, I would always consider the SEO efforts needed to drive traffic to a website.

However, it's fair to say that single page websites can, in many cases, be produced for very little outlay starting at just £245, and with a certain amount of reasonable prediction some websites can be produced at a fixed price, which at Targa start at just £395.

You can compare fixed price web design packages to see what is included, or you might prefer to discuss more specific requirements for a bespoke website. To give you an idea of how cost effective a bespoke website can be, try our web design cost calculator.

How long does it take to build a website? ⇨

How long does it take to build a website?


Quite honestly there are so many factors that it’s almost impossible to say. For example, how many pages will the website contain? Will it be used to promote your services or sell products and handle secure online payments?

Will it require a CMS (content management system), or a searchable database of content or a list of subscribers which will grow as more people fill out their details on your website?

Will you require more specialist additional tags such as open graph (OG tags) and/or Structured data tags, etc. Will you require your website to tap into your social media feeds such as Twitter, so it displays your latest or selected Tweets?

So you see there can be so many variables, but websites can typically take between 1 and 8 weeks to produce.

However, we do have a range of fixed price web design packages which can be produced within a fairly predictable timeframe. Single page websites can usually be produced within a couple of days, and our fixed price 4 page websites may take between 3 and 4 days to produce.

What is the process when having a web design built? ⇨

What is the process when having a web design built?


1: Introductory call:

  • We can arrange a short phone or Zoom call to enable us to learn about you and your business, and what objectives you have for your new website.
  • Phone and Zoom calls can be very effective, but there may be good reason to meet face to face.

2: Down to detail:

  • We can discuss the details of what each page of your website needs to contain, as well as styling, colours, and other visual aspects of your website.
  • If you have any content for your website, whether it be paragraphs of text describing your business and services, photos, logos, etc., you can send them over by email or via DropBox.

3: Content for your website:

  • Your website needs to have relevant quality content for the benefit of your customers and also for success with the search engines.
  • It is advisable to give serious thought to your website content, but we understand that not everyone has the time or feels comfortable producing website content.

4: The design stage:

  • If you already have some ideas or can suggest some existing websites that you like the look of, that would be great.
  • Maybe you would like us to put forward some suggestions. That's fine too.
  • So before coding commences, we'll discuss some visual ideas with you, get your feedback, and then we can begin developing your new website.

5: Keeping an eye on things:

  • You will be able to check in with us to see how your website is shaping up, and you will be given access to each page for your feedback and approval.
  • Your new website will only go live when you give us the approval to do so, and we will work with you until you're happy with it.
  • Of course there may be the need for us to meet a specific deadline that you have, and so we will work to a project plan to meet that deadline.

Does my website have to be built using WordPress? ⇨

Does my website have to be built using WordPress?


The choice of web design tool and platform is entirely up to you, but like many people you might be thinking Okay, it’s my choice, but how do I choose?

WordPress site and other no code tools such as Wix, SquareSpace, GoDaddy and Ionis, provide a means of building websites without having to employ the expertise of an experienced web developer.

These website builder tools can be really good to get to online cheaply, and even allow you to make some of the updates to the website yourself. But there are limitations, many of them can be slow on mobile phones, and depending on your needs and what you want to achieve with your website, you might find those limitations hold you back or cause problems.

Read more about the pros and cons of website builders, but another option is to get a quote from an experience web developer, such as Targa.

With websites starting at just £245, and with a wealth of other experience in SEO and website management, it’s definitely worth checking out what this level of experience could provide, and you might be pleasantly surprised at the cost too!

Will my website work properly on a mobile phone? ⇨

Will my website work properly on a mobile phone?


Yes, provided that it has been designed correctly.

The term Responsive Website is often used, and this refers to websites which are designed to work on all screen sizes and devices, including mobile phones.

More information can be found in this article about mobile friendly websites.

How much will it cost to update my website? ⇨

How much will it cost to update my website?


It depends. Let’s consider this from two perspectives... In one respect we could say that to update a website involves changing content, adding or removing sentences or paragraphs, correcting spelling mistakes, and other similar non-technical updates.

We could then make a distinction between these kinds of updates and those which require adding new pages, making structural changes to existing pages, adding or changing functionality, etc.

To make content updates on a website which Targa already manages for you, provided that you’re able to help us easily identify the page and content which needs to be updated, and provide the new or revised content that you want it to be replaced with, we might even be able to handle those updated free of charge.

If the changes are extensive or require us to physically type new content on your behalf, then a small charge would apply, but we can discuss the detail beforehand.

If the updates you need require new pages, structural changes, etc., the cost of that work can only be determined after prior discussion.

Who is responsible for writing my website content? ⇨

Who is responsible for writing my website content?


Some people feel that because they’re paying someone to build a website for them, the web designer should also produce the content. After all, that's part of building a website, right?

Well let’s look at what’s important here...

Your website content needs to represent your business and the services or products that you sell. So if you want that content to look like it was expertly written, and indicate to potential customers that you and your company are worth doing business with, then you as the expert are going to be far better placed to produce quality content for your website.

As a web designer, I have been asked to write something along the lines of... or been instructed to come up with a few words to describe what we do etc. Well if I’m currently building a website for a window company, and my last few websites were for plumbers, electricians, and an accountant, how much of an expert in those professions would I need to be in order to produce acceptable website content?

So it makes complete sense for you to prepare your own website content, but if you’re not sure what to write or feel uncomfortable writing content, your web designer might be willing and able to read through your draft content, identify spelling errors, ask you about anything which looks ambiguous, and collaborate with you until you’re happy with the final result.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page? ⇨

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page?


It is a legal requirement that any business which processes personal data must have a privacy policy.

If you are a website owner you will need to provide access to a copy of your privacy policy at the time you collect people's personal information.

If your website does not have a privacy policy page, speak with your web designer.

Even if your web designer insists that you do not need one, if you capture and process personal data it will be your responsibility to provide a privacy policy.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

What does minimum viable product or MVP mean? ⇨

What does minimum viable product or MVP mean?


MVP stands for minimum viable product. In website terms this could apply to a large project which will take a long time to build, but the company cannot wait that long before every requirement has been implemented and all fine tuning has been done.

Some of functionality, styling, sections, integration with other systems, etc., may all be required on completion, but those may take time and would not be ready for the target launch date.

So you get the project live sooner, discussions can be had to determine which features of the website are launch critical and therefore MUST be in place before the first version of the website can go live.

Other features can therefore be assessed and prioritised, and the project can be broken into phases. These phases may or may not have critical dates to go live, but the MVP is the version of the website containing the features essential for the initial launch.

Budget management may also be a reason to split a web development project into phases, as this could not only spread the cost, but it could allow the first version of the website to start generating income whilst the overall project development continues.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

How much content do I need to create for my website? ⇨

How much content do I need to create for my website?


A tricky one to answer in general terms, but think of things from a customer's perspective...

What would a customer want or expect when they arrive on your website? Do they want to buy a product, find a service, research a subject, make comparisons, be educated or entertained?

Once you have a clear idea of why people would come to your website, then ask how easy it is for them to find what they're looking for. In fact do you actually have what they're looking for on your website?

What you want to avoid is making people leave your website due to a lack of quality content. The general feeling is that if a potential customer wants to find specific information, they'll find it. If they can't find it on your website, they'll go elsewhere to find it.

This article on creating content that your customers want could provide you with some useful ideas.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

What security do you have on your contact forms? ⇨

What security do you have on your contact forms?


Until quite recently, Targa used similar methods to many other web designers, which involved the CAPTCHA method. This often required the user to follow instructions to click on all of the squares containing a bicycle, traffic lights, bus, etc., in the photo which was displayed when the user submitted the form.

It was a pretty good way of ensuring that a real person was completing the form, but it could lead to frustration for users of a website who were being asked to carry out additional tasks, some of which were slow or didn’t work properly.

Targa decided to use bespoke method which generates a random 4 character code each time the contact form is loaded. This code is then represented on the page as an image, making it harder for automated screen readers to identify the code. The user then has to simply enter that 4 character code into a field before submitting the form, which makes it far less likely that a robot (or non-human visitor) can enter the correct number.

Obviously not all human visitors who submit forms on websites are legitimate. Some will manually submit forms with links, code, scripts, or obscene or malicious content. Targa has applied steps to handle such activity, which includes a sanitisaton process. This will identify and treat links, prevent certain characters and code from being submitted, and identify and filter out obscene language.

Very importantly we are able to identify the IP address of the computer which was used to submit the form, and add that IP address to a blacklist, thus blocking that same computer from making further form submissions.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Can I be spammed through my website contact form? ⇨

Can I be spammed through my website contact form?


It’s a fact that there are some very unscrupulous people out there who will try by all means possible to spam and scam any target they choose, whether it’s a bank, social media platform, clone an account, or target the phones or laptops of individuals like you and me.

Where online contact forms are concerned, Targa takes many steps to reduce spam and malicious communication by people who attempt to send things through web forms which could be potentially harmful.

Our methods include ways designed to stop robots trawling websites to find online forms and automatically filling them out and submitting them, often with junk, links and scripts added to the fields.

Behind the scenes, the forms on the websites of Targa clients also discretely capture the IP address of the sender. Each web form on ALL websites produced by Targa is checked against several hundred IP addresses which are known to have previously been used in a suspicious or malicious way, and if the IP of the user’s computer matches an IP address in our blacklist, the form will be disabled on their computer to prevent them using the form.

Certain types of web form content are monitored and sanitised if necessary before being delivered by email to the owners of the website. We make it an ongoing policy to continually improve the security, functionality and stability of all new and existing forms that Targa creates and manages.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)


General questions about websites

What is a responsive website? Are all websites responsive? ⇨

What is a responsive website? Are all websites responsive?


A responsive website is a website which has been designed to display and function correctly on a range of screen sizes and devices.

Whilst it may be possible for a desktop monitor and laptop to display the same layout of a web page, a smartphone is usually viewed in a vertical (or portrait orientation), and therefore typically requires a different layout of each web page.

Likewise, a tablet such as an iPad is likely to need a slightly different page layout when in portrait orientation compared to when viewed in a landscape orientation.

Besides different layouts for smartphones, a well designed responsive website is also likely to use smaller versions of images on mobile phones, to make web pages load more quickly by not having to download larger quantities of data over a mobile phone network.

More information can be found in this article about responsive websites.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Will my website work properly on a mobile phone? ⇨

Will my website work properly on a mobile phone?


Yes, provided that it has been designed correctly.

The term Responsive Website is often used, and this refers to websites which are designed to work on all screen sizes and devices, including mobile phones.

More information can be found in this article about mobile friendly websites.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

How long does it take to build a website? ⇨

How long does it take to build a website?


Quite honestly there are so many factors that it’s almost impossible to say. For example, how many pages will the website contain? Will it be used to promote your services or sell products and handle secure online payments?

Will it require a CMS (content management system), or a searchable database of content or a list of subscribers which will grow as more people fill out their details on your website?

Will you require more specialist additional tags such as open graph (OG tags) and/or Structured data tags, etc. Will you require your website to tap into your social media feeds such as Twitter, so it displays your latest or selected Tweets?

So you see there can be so many variables, but websites can typically take between 1 and 8 weeks to produce.

However, we do have a range of fixed price web design packages which can be produced within a fairly predictable timeframe. Single page websites can usually be produced within a couple of days, and our fixed price 4 page websites may take between 3 and 4 days to produce.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What is the process when having a web design built? ⇨

What is the process when having a web design built?


1: Introductory call:

  • We can arrange a short phone or Zoom call to enable us to learn about you and your business, and what objectives you have for your new website.
  • Phone and Zoom calls can be very effective, but there may be good reason to meet face to face.

2: Down to detail:

  • We can discuss the details of what each page of your website needs to contain, as well as styling, colours, and other visual aspects of your website.
  • If you have any content for your website, whether it be paragraphs of text describing your business and services, photos, logos, etc., you can send them over by email or via DropBox.

3: Content for your website:

  • Your website needs to have relevant quality content for the benefit of your customers and also for success with the search engines.
  • It is advisable to give serious thought to your website content, but we understand that not everyone has the time or feels comfortable producing website content.

4: The design stage:

  • If you already have some ideas or can suggest some existing websites that you like the look of, that would be great.
  • Maybe you would like us to put forward some suggestions. That's fine too.
  • So before coding commences, we'll discuss some visual ideas with you, get your feedback, and then we can begin developing your new website.

5: Keeping an eye on things:

  • You will be able to check in with us to see how your website is shaping up, and you will be given access to each page for your feedback and approval.
  • Your new website will only go live when you give us the approval to do so, and we will work with you until you're happy with it.
  • Of course there may be the need for us to meet a specific deadline that you have, and so we will work to a project plan to meet that deadline.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

How much content do I need to create for my website? ⇨

How much content do I need to create for my website?


A tricky one to answer in general terms, but think of things from a customer's perspective...

What would a customer want or expect when they arrive on your website? Do they want to buy a product, find a service, research a subject, make comparisons, be educated or entertained?

Once you have a clear idea of why people would come to your website, then ask how easy it is for them to find what they're looking for. In fact do you actually have what they're looking for on your website?

What you want to avoid is making people leave your website due to a lack of quality content. The general feeling is that if a potential customer wants to find specific information, they'll find it. If they can't find it on your website, they'll go elsewhere to find it.

This article on creating content that your customers want could provide you with some useful ideas.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page? ⇨

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page?


It is a legal requirement that any business which processes personal data must have a privacy policy.

If you are a website owner you will need to provide access to a copy of your privacy policy at the time you collect people's personal information.

If your website does not have a privacy policy page, speak with your web designer.

Even if your web designer insists that you do not need one, if you capture and process personal data it will be your responsibility to provide a privacy policy.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What does SSL mean? ⇨

What does SSL mean?


SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer

Having a valid SSL Certificate for your website will provide that level of security you need, and will allow your web address to use https instead of http

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What is Cross Site Scripting (XSS)? ⇨

What is Cross Site Scripting (XSS)?


Cross site scripting, also known as XSS, refers to malicious activity carried out by unscrupulous visitors to a website adding JavaScript to form fields or search boxes.

This JavaScript can subsequently cause things to happen, usually with harmful intent.

Passwords and personal data can be stolen, computers can be hijacked, analytics may be gathered, and many other malicious actions could be carried out.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)


Questions about owning a website

Can I have my own business email address? ⇨

Can I have my own business email address?


If that means having an email address based on your domain name, sure.

The general feeling is that an email address based on your domain name looks more professional that, say, a Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail email address.

What looks more professional to you?

  autumnglaze@gmail.com
  autumnglaze@hotmail.com or
  info@autumnglaze.com

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

How do I set up a business email on my computer? ⇨

How do I set up a business email on my computer?


You might already be aware that many computers provide a very simple way to set up access to their Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo emails. All you usually need is your email address and password, then the set-up widget does the rest for you.

However, for email addresses which are based on your domain name, there are some additional details required, because those emails need to be sent and recieved through via your hosting company.

The precise labelling of these fields may differ based on your machine and operating system, but the additional information required will be something like these examples:

Incoming email server: imap.ABC-hosting.co.uk:993:1
Outgoing (SMTP) email server: smtp.ABC-hosting.co.uk:465:1

Your web designer should be able to help you with the exact information you need.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Will my website be backed up in case of a problem? ⇨

Will my website be backed up in case of a problem?


Your website will always be backed up. It will obviously exist on the hosting server, but the latest version will always be backed up separately in case anything goes wrong.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Can I have a copy of my website on request? ⇨

Can I have a copy of my website on request?


Yes. Actually Targa does this once a month for all clients. It will give you peace of mind to know that you will always be in possession of the latest version of your website, in case you either need or decide to transfer to another web designer.

So far Targa hasn't had anyone jump ship, but it's a perfectly understandable What if question that many people have.

As a client of Targa, you wouldn't need to do anything with the monthly Zip file, other than keep the most recent version safe in case you ever need it.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What would happen if my web designer stops trading? ⇨

What would happen if my web designer stops trading?


Exaclty what happens if your web designer stops training will depend on that web designer, and the steps or procedures (if any) that they have in place.

If Targa ceases trading, or the dreaded hit by a bus situation occurs, you have no need to worry about what will happen to your website.

As a regular procedure, every month you will receive an up to date version of your website by Zip file. This will give you the peace of mind that if you need to find another web designer to manage your website, you can simply send them the latest Zip file and they can proceed from there without the complications of having to access the files on the original web servers.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Can a website be transferred to a different web designer? ⇨

Can a website be transferred to a different web designer?


Yes, of course. If ever you either need or choose to have your website managed by a different web designer, Targa makes this as easy as possible, even in the event of Targa ceasing trading.

As a regular procedure, every month you will receive an up to date version of your website by Zip file. This will give you the peace of mind that if you need to find another web designer to manage your website, you can simply send them the latest Zip file and they can proceed from there without the complications of having to access the files on the original web servers.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

How do I choose the right web designer? ⇨

How do I choose the right web designer?


It’s important to remember that not every web designer or web design agency is the same. Some may have limited experience in the industry but can produce a nice looking WordPress site; some may have excellent technical skills in specific coding languages such as PHP; some may be very experienced in website architecture, page structure and UX (User Experience)

There are some businesses whose core business may be to do other things like design logos, or print business cards and stationary, but as a sideline may also offer to build your website too. Does this make them experienced and dedicated enough to build and manage your website to the level you expect?

Whatever their level of skills, knowledge or experience, one of the most important aspects of selecting a web designer is to find one with good communication skills, who seeks to understand your business or goals, and can provide the solution you need.

You are also going to need ongoing support, and maybe someone to handle SEO, Google Ads and Google Analytics, besides development and general maintenance of your website.

So if you can find someone through recommendation, or have a chat with them to get a sense of what they might be like to work with, that would be a good starting point.

If you find the conversation difficult and come away feeling uncomfortable because you haven't understood half of what has been said, try someone else!

Who is responsible for writing my website content? ⇨

Who is responsible for writing my website content?


Some people feel that because they’re paying someone to build a website for them, the web designer should also produce the content. After all, that's part of building a website, right?

Well let’s look at what’s important here...

Your website content needs to represent your business and the services or products that you sell. So if you want that content to look like it was expertly written, and indicate to potential customers that you and your company are worth doing business with, then you as the expert are going to be far better placed to produce quality content for your website.

As a web designer, I have been asked to write something along the lines of... or been instructed to come up with a few words to describe what we do etc. Well if I’m currently building a website for a window company, and my last few websites were for plumbers, electricians, and an accountant, how much of an expert in those professions would I need to be in order to produce acceptable website content?

So it makes complete sense for you to prepare your own website content, but if you’re not sure what to write or feel uncomfortable writing content, your web designer might be willing and able to read through your draft content, identify spelling errors, ask you about anything which looks ambiguous, and collaborate with you until you’re happy with the final result.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

How much will it cost to update my website? ⇨

How much will it cost to update my website?


It depends. Let’s consider this from two perspectives... In one respect we could say that to update a website involves changing content, adding or removing sentences or paragraphs, correcting spelling mistakes, and other similar non-technical updates.

We could then make a distinction between these kinds of updates and those which require adding new pages, making structural changes to existing pages, adding or changing functionality, etc.

To make content updates on a website which Targa already manages for you, provided that you’re able to help us easily identify the page and content which needs to be updated, and provide the new or revised content that you want it to be replaced with, we might even be able to handle those updated free of charge.

If the changes are extensive or require us to physically type new content on your behalf, then a small charge would apply, but we can discuss the detail beforehand.

If the updates you need require new pages, structural changes, etc., the cost of that work can only be determined after prior discussion.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page? ⇨

Does my website need a Privacy Policy page?


It is a legal requirement that any business which processes personal data must have a privacy policy.

If you are a website owner you will need to provide access to a copy of your privacy policy at the time you collect people's personal information.

If your website does not have a privacy policy page, speak with your web designer.

Even if your web designer insists that you do not need one, if you capture and process personal data it will be your responsibility to provide a privacy policy.

You might find either of these two articles about writing quality website content and creating content that your customers want useful.

Can I be spammed through my website contact form? ⇨

Can I be spammed through my website contact form?


It’s a fact that there are some very unscrupulous people out there who will try by all means possible to spam and scam any target they choose, whether it’s a bank, social media platform, clone an account, or target the phones or laptops of individuals like you and me.

Where online contact forms are concerned, Targa takes many steps to reduce spam and malicious communication by people who attempt to send things through web forms which could be potentially harmful.

Our methods include ways designed to stop robots trawling websites to find online forms and automatically filling them out and submitting them, often with junk, links and scripts added to the fields.

Behind the scenes, the forms on the websites of Targa clients also discretely capture the IP address of the sender. Each web form on ALL websites produced by Targa is checked against several hundred IP addresses which are known to have previously been used in a suspicious or malicious way, and if the IP of the user’s computer matches an IP address in our blacklist, the form will be disabled on their computer to prevent them using the form.

Certain types of web form content are monitored and sanitised if necessary before being delivered by email to the owners of the website. We make it an ongoing policy to continually improve the security, functionality and stability of all new and existing forms that Targa creates and manages.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What security do you have on your contact forms? ⇨

What security do you have on your contact forms?


Until quite recently, Targa used similar methods to many other web designers, which involved the CAPTCHA method. This often required the user to follow instructions to click on all of the squares containing a bicycle, traffic lights, bus, etc., in the photo which was displayed when the user submitted the form.

It was a pretty good way of ensuring that a real person was completing the form, but it could lead to frustration for users of a website who were being asked to carry out additional tasks, some of which were slow or didn’t work properly.

Targa decided to use bespoke method which generates a random 4 character code each time the contact form is loaded. This code is then represented on the page as an image, making it harder for automated screen readers to identify the code. The user then has to simply enter that 4 character code into a field before submitting the form, which makes it far less likely that a robot (or non-human visitor) can enter the correct number.

Obviously not all human visitors who submit forms on websites are legitimate. Some will manually submit forms with links, code, scripts, or obscene or malicious content. Targa has applied steps to handle such activity, which includes a sanitisaton process. This will identify and treat links, prevent certain characters and code from being submitted, and identify and filter out obscene language.

Very importantly we are able to identify the IP address of the computer which was used to submit the form, and add that IP address to a blacklist, thus blocking that same computer from making further form submissions.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)


Questions about web designers

How do I choose the right web designer? ⇨

How do I choose the right web designer?


It’s important to remember that not every web designer or web design agency is the same. Some may have limited experience in the industry but can produce a nice looking WordPress site; some may have excellent technical skills in specific coding languages such as PHP; some may be very experienced in website architecture, page structure and UX (User Experience)

There are some businesses whose core business may be to do other things like design logos, or print business cards and stationary, but as a sideline may also offer to build your website too. Does this make them experienced and dedicated enough to build and manage your website to the level you expect?

Whatever their level of skills, knowledge or experience, one of the most important aspects of selecting a web designer is to find one with good communication skills, who seeks to understand your business or goals, and can provide the solution you need.

You are also going to need ongoing support, and maybe someone to handle SEO, Google Ads and Google Analytics, besides development and general maintenance of your website.

So if you can find someone through recommendation, or have a chat with them to get a sense of what they might be like to work with, that would be a good starting point.

If you find the conversation difficult and come away feeling uncomfortable because you haven't understood half of what has been said, try someone else!

Can a website be transferred to a different web designer? ⇨

Can a website be transferred to a different web designer?


Yes, of course. If ever you either need or choose to have your website managed by a different web designer, Targa makes this as easy as possible, even in the event of Targa ceasing trading.

As a regular procedure, every month you will receive an up to date version of your website by Zip file. This will give you the peace of mind that if you need to find another web designer to manage your website, you can simply send them the latest Zip file and they can proceed from there without the complications of having to access the files on the original web servers.

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What does front end web development mean? ⇨

What does front end web development mean?


A front end web developer specialises in the visual layouts for websites, writing the code which will make the responsive pages work in web browsers, producing web graphics for images and logos, and ensuring that all pages display correctly on all screen sizes, including smartphones.

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Questions about SEO & marketing

How long does it take for SEO updates to take effect ⇨

How long does it take for SEO updates to take effect


SEO efforts, when done correctly and methodically, should be able to show measurable results within a 4 to 12 month period.

Your website needs time to establish itself, and search engines will need to determine how your website and the individual pages it contains compares to the vast number of websites already out there and currently ranking for keywords that you intend to rank for.

So you'll need patience, but also an SEO strategy.

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Can you get my website to the top in Google search results? ⇨

Can you get my website to the top in Google search results?


Let’s be clear what this means, using myself as an example. I’m Daron Harvey, a web designer based near Peterborough in the UK.

A search for Daron Harvey ranks me at the top in Google. No effort or SEO strategy was required, because there aren’t many Daron Harveys around the globe. So yes, I could probably get you to the top in Google for something, but it depends what you want to be at the top for.

A search for web designer or web designer uk is a much tougher one to get to the #1 spot in Google for. In fact getting on pages 1, 2 or 3 is really tough, but search for web designer peterborough and you’re like to see Targa listed on page 1. That didn’t happen without some effort, by the way, as there are some very well established web design companies out there who I needed to compete for position with.

As the top few positions for web designer peterborough are paid ads, I would need to pay to be amongst them, but in organic search results (the free non-paid results) Targa is doing well.

Getting to the top in Google is a competition. You need to earn the right (or pay in some cases), and your competitors are also putting in the effort to be #1 too. So let’s be honest here... Nobody can guarantee that they’ll get you to the top for all of the search terms you want to be found for, but without a focused SEO strategy you are unlikely to get even close. Maybe we should talk!

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What does SERPs mean for search engine results? ⇨

What does SERPs mean for search engine results?


SERPs is a term which you may or may not have come across, but you use them a lot... probably every day.

SERPs simply means Search Engine Results Pages

Google it, then look at the list of search results displayed on the pages in front of you. Those are the SERPs!

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Do you know who your target audience is? ⇨

Do you know who your target audience is?


A common mistake for many businesses is to think that every person out there is a potential customer.

In some cases that may be true, but in most cases it’s worth businesses targeting narrower groups or types of people.

This may be based on age, sex, location, interests, habits, people with children, people with elderly relatives, pet owners, cyclists, car owners, people going abroad, etc.

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What do customers expect when they reach your website? ⇨

What do customers expect when they reach your website?


Do visitors to your website expect to find out enough information about you, your products and services so they can make a purchase?

Are they likely to carry out some research before making a decision?

To make an enquiry, are they more likely to call you, email you or complete an online form?

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What are your customers needs and want? ⇨

What are your customers needs and want?


By knowing who your target audience is, you should then ask yourself what do they need or want from a visit to your website?

If you can satisfy their need with the products or services you provide, what is the best way you can you communicate that to your potential customers, and how can you make the decision and buying process as simple as possible for them?

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Are your customers all from your local area? ⇨

Are your customers all from your local area?


Are your customers local, or do you reach out to customers right across the UK?

If they’re local, it might be worth considering targeting customers in specific towns and villages. That way you could get the edge on your competition by getting targeted landing pages to work well for you in search engine results.

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If SEO needs patience how does Google display the latest news and sports? ⇨

If SEO needs patience how does Google display the latest news and sports?


You might be wondering why, when we ay that SEO takes time and patience, Google can display up to the minute sports scores or updates on major news stories which happened earlier that same day.

Google has a way of categorising certain search topics and search terms, and it can make use of different features based on industry and, in the above examples, news and sport.

This special ranking feature is called QDF, which stands for Query Deserves Freshness and aims to serve up to date information in its search results.

Most business websites are unlikely to get the QDF treatment, and therefore we have to compete in a much broader arena, where updates to our website content will take much longer to take effect.

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Questions about domain names and hosting

How can I register my own domain name? ⇨

How can I register my own domain name?


Registering a domain is quite easy. Most hosting companies have a facility which will enable you to search for the availability of your intended domain, and they will return a list of results, prices and alternative suggestions.

From there it is as simple as adding the domain(s) to a shopping basket, answer a few questions, and pay. Costs can vary widely.

This special ranking feature is called QDF, which stands for Query Deserves Freshness and aims to serve up to date information in its search results.

You might be offered the option of registering your preferred domain for 1 or 2 years, and subsequently renew it prior to expiry if you want to continue using it.

You can tie your new domain to a hosting package if you want, or you might want to park if for use in the future.

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How can I find out when my domain name expires? ⇨

How can I find out when my domain name expires?


Domains are usually registered for 1 or 2 years, and they can be renewed prior to expiry if you intend to continue using your domain name.

To find out when your domain expires, you can simply go to Who Is and enter your domain name in the search box.

Amongst other information displayed, you should find the expiry date under the Important Dates section.

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What does SSL mean? ⇨

What does SSL mean?


SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer

Having a valid SSL Certificate for your website will provide that level of security you need, and will allow your web address to use https instead of http

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Will my website be secure? ⇨

Will my website be secure?


If you can see a locked padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar, or you can see that your web address (your URL) uses https instead of http then your website is secure.

If you don’t yet have a website or are looking for someone to host your website, look for a hosting package which will include an SSL Certificate.

SSL (or Secure Socket Layer) provides that level of security you need. In some cases your hosting package will include SSL, and other cases you’ll need to pay for SSL.

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Pricing & Payment Questions

How much does a website cost to build and maintain? ⇨

How much does a website cost to build and maintain?


Because all websites differ, and the requirements for each business differ, it's not possible to come up with an accurate cost without prior discussion.

The number of factors which go into building, optimising and managing a website is huge, and the importance of many of these factors to different businesses will vary.

I personally feel that any website which gets no visitors is a complete waste and could, in some cases, cause a business to go bust. So besides the design work and the size of a website, I would always consider the SEO efforts needed to drive traffic to a website.

However, it's fair to say that single page websites can, in many cases, be produced for very little outlay starting at just £245, and with a certain amount of reasonable prediction some websites can be produced at a fixed price, which at Targa start at just £395.

You can compare fixed price web design packages to see what is included, or you might prefer to discuss more specific requirements for a bespoke website. To give you an idea of how cost effective a bespoke website can be, try our web design cost calculator.

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Are cheap websites good value? ⇨

Are cheap websites good value?


Consider what opting for the cheapest could mean...

The web designer might be doing it for a hobby, and is therefore likely to be limited in their technical and design skills. That could, of course, be perfect for you if you’re on a very tight budget and your business isn’t dependant on your website generating enquiries, leads and sales.

Cheap websites are likely to have been built very quickly out of necessity. That could mean little attention to detail, and a That will have to do attitude to getting the job done in the time available.

That could mean a higher chance of there being problems, technical issues and design flaws... maybe it looks okay on a laptop but doesn’t work properly on mobile, or maybe some of the most important elements which help websites get found in search results have not been included or set up correctly.

If anything goes wrong, how willing is the web designer likely to be to spend the time to investigate and implement a fix, and thoroughly test it afterwards to make sure that the fix hasn’t led to another problem. Problem solving, testing and monitoring takes time, patience and experience, which are rarely top of the list for those web designers out there who can only attract business by being the cheapest.

Unless the web designer continually produces lots of cheap websites with a quick turnaround, so they can move onto the next, and the next, and the next, they might not be able to stay in business for very long, and then what will happen to your website?

Why are some web designers more expensive than others? ⇨

Why are some web designers more expensive than others?


Let’s start by saying that Targa always seeks to provide great value... always!

But to be the cheapest would mean that corners would have to be cut.

If you think that you'll be happy with a web designer:

  • who needs to rush through the design a build process so they can quickly move on to the next cheap website on their list, and hope that you don't call because something is wrong;
  • who doesn’t pay full attention to how the website looks and behaves on all screen sizes;
  • who doesn’t consider all ingredients needed to be effective in search engine results;
  • who doesn't optimise images and code to make the website load quickly, etc...

... then there are plenty of cheap web designers out there who will put a quick website together for you.

But if I’m building a website and feel that some tweaks are needs to make something look or work better, I’ll do it. If those tweaks take 2 minutes, 2 hours or 2 days, so be it.

My objective would be to make your website the best it can be, and not to add to the cost of your website. The cheapest web designers won’t do that. But at least you have the choice to use them if you want to.

Unless the web designer continually produces lots of cheap websites with a quick turnaround, so they can move onto the next, and the next, and the next, they might not be able to stay in business for very long, and then what will happen to your website?

What payment methods do you accept for building websites? ⇨

What payment methods do you accept for building websites?


The preferred method of payment is direct bank transfer. Details will be provided when an invoice is raised.

Alternatively you can pay by PayPal.

Unless the web designer continually produces lots of cheap websites with a quick turnaround, so they can move onto the next, and the next, and the next, they might not be able to stay in business for very long, and then what will happen to your website?

What are your terms of payment for building a website? ⇨

What are your terms of payment for building a website?


When embarking on a web design project for new clients which is less than £1000, we ask for 25% up front, and the balance on completion.

For larger projects in excess of £1000, we ask for 25% up front, 40% on completion, and the balance payable one month later.

For monthly website management and SEO agreements, these can be paid on the first Monday of each calendar month for the duration of the agreement.

Unless the web designer continually produces lots of cheap websites with a quick turnaround, so they can move onto the next, and the next, and the next, they might not be able to stay in business for very long, and then what will happen to your website?

What does minimum viable product or MVP mean? ⇨

What does minimum viable product or MVP mean?


MVP stands for minimum viable product. In website terms this could apply to a large project which will take a long time to build, but the company cannot wait that long before every requirement has been implemented and all fine tuning has been done.

Some of functionality, styling, sections, integration with other systems, etc., may all be required on completion, but those may take time and would not be ready for the target launch date.

So you get the project live sooner, discussions can be had to determine which features of the website are launch critical and therefore MUST be in place before the first version of the website can go live.

Other features can therefore be assessed and prioritised, and the project can be broken into phases. These phases may or may not have critical dates to go live, but the MVP is the version of the website containing the features essential for the initial launch.

Budget management may also be a reason to split a web development project into phases, as this could not only spread the cost, but it could allow the first version of the website to start generating income whilst the overall project development continues.

Unless the web designer continually produces lots of cheap websites with a quick turnaround, so they can move onto the next, and the next, and the next, they might not be able to stay in business for very long, and then what will happen to your website?


Website Security Questions

Can I be spammed through my website contact form? ⇨

Can I be spammed through my website contact form?


It’s a fact that there are some very unscrupulous people out there who will try by all means possible to spam and scam any target they choose, whether it’s a bank, social media platform, clone an account, or target the phones or laptops of individuals like you and me.

Where online contact forms are concerned, Targa takes many steps to reduce spam and malicious communication by people who attempt to send things through web forms which could be potentially harmful.

Our methods include ways designed to stop robots trawling websites to find online forms and automatically filling them out and submitting them, often with junk, links and scripts added to the fields.

Behind the scenes, the forms on the websites of Targa clients also discretely capture the IP address of the sender. Each web form on ALL websites produced by Targa is checked against several hundred IP addresses which are known to have previously been used in a suspicious or malicious way, and if the IP of the user’s computer matches an IP address in our blacklist, the form will be disabled on their computer to prevent them using the form.

Certain types of web form content are monitored and sanitised if necessary before being delivered by email to the owners of the website. We make it an ongoing policy to continually improve the security, functionality and stability of all new and existing forms that Targa creates and manages.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

What security do you have on your contact forms? ⇨

What security do you have on your contact forms?


Until quite recently, Targa used similar methods to many other web designers, which involved the CAPTCHA method. This often required the user to follow instructions to click on all of the squares containing a bicycle, traffic lights, bus, etc., in the photo which was displayed when the user submitted the form.

It was a pretty good way of ensuring that a real person was completing the form, but it could lead to frustration for users of a website who were being asked to carry out additional tasks, some of which were slow or didn’t work properly.

Targa decided to use bespoke method which generates a random 4 character code each time the contact form is loaded. This code is then represented on the page as an image, making it harder for automated screen readers to identify the code. The user then has to simply enter that 4 character code into a field before submitting the form, which makes it far less likely that a robot (or non-human visitor) can enter the correct number.

Obviously not all human visitors who submit forms on websites are legitimate. Some will manually submit forms with links, code, scripts, or obscene or malicious content. Targa has applied steps to handle such activity, which includes a sanitisaton process. This will identify and treat links, prevent certain characters and code from being submitted, and identify and filter out obscene language.

Very importantly we are able to identify the IP address of the computer which was used to submit the form, and add that IP address to a blacklist, thus blocking that same computer from making further form submissions.

For a more in-depth view on how Targa handles contact form submission, take a look at this article on web form security (page will open in a new tab)

Are password managers safe and are they worth it? ⇨

Are password managers safe and are they worth it?


I can relate to the frustration every time I hear somebody moan about the number of passwords they’re expected to know, and that every few weeks or months they’re prompted to update their password for access to a particular app or account.

Not only that, but password requirements vary from one account to another. Some have minimum or maximum lengths; some require the use of at least one special character, whilst others do not allow those same characters; some require a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers; some will insist that when you change your password it must not be too similar to the previous one.

This means that using the same password for everything is not possible, but that’s not a good idea anyway. So how do you keep track on your passwords? Paper or a notebook in a drawer at home? A discrete file on your laptop, tablet or phone? Memory?

Or maybe a password manager has crossed your mind.

So how safe and secure are password managers? Can they be hacked? How secure is having several passwords securely protected behind a master password? Are password managers worth the time and effort to set up? Some require a subscription, so is that cost (albeit usually very small) worth it?

I’m sure we all have our opinions and many of us will pre-judge their value without doing some prior analysis, but if remembering passwords is a frequent problem and frustration for you, by far the best review of password managers I have come across is this one at PasswordManager.com


Social Media

Can you help with my social media activity? ⇨

Can you help with my social media activity?


Whilst Targa doesn't directly handle social media for clients, we can link to your social media pages, and, if required, embed specific postings onto your website.

It's not an ideal approach for everyone, but it can certainly be useful for those individuals or businesses who want to display their latest Tweets on their website.

I’m sure we all have our opinions and many of us will pre-judge their value without doing some prior analysis, but if remembering passwords is a frequent problem and frustration for you, by far the best review of password managers I have come across is this one at PasswordManager.com


Questions about Targa

What are your terms of payment for building a website? ⇨

What are your terms of payment for building a website?


When embarking on a web design project for new clients which is less than £1000, we ask for 25% up front, and the balance on completion.

For larger projects in excess of £1000, we ask for 25% up front, 40% on completion, and the balance payable one month later.

For monthly website management and SEO agreements, these can be paid on the first Monday of each calendar month for the duration of the agreement.

I’m sure we all have our opinions and many of us will pre-judge their value without doing some prior analysis, but if remembering passwords is a frequent problem and frustration for you, by far the best review of password managers I have come across is this one at PasswordManager.com

What payment methods do you accept for building websites? ⇨

What payment methods do you accept for building websites?


The preferred method of payment is direct bank transfer. Details will be provided when an invoice is raised.

Alternatively you can pay by PayPal.

I’m sure we all have our opinions and many of us will pre-judge their value without doing some prior analysis, but if remembering passwords is a frequent problem and frustration for you, by far the best review of password managers I have come across is this one at PasswordManager.com

Can my website be transfered to a different web designer? ⇨

Can my website be transfered to a different web designer?


Sure. Sometimes people want to transfer their website to a different web designer because they're unhappy with their current web designer, need to improve their SEO, or maybe their web designer has ceased trading or is retiring through illness.

Targa will gladly talk to you about transferring your website. Transferring a website to a different web designer is quite a simple process provided that your current web designer is co-operative. Some are, and some aren't!

If you would like us to speak or write to them on your behalf, just ask and we'll be happy to help you out.

NOTE: All advice I have provided elsewhere about selecting the right web designer to build your website should apply here too.

To save repetition, read about selecting the right web designer before you start contacting a few.

You could also take advantage of our free website health check. It is completely without obligation, and that way it will give Targa the chance to look at your existing website, and provide you with a report on anything which needs fixing or improving. Whether you come back to Targa or go to another web designer to handle your website, at least you will have been made aware of the health of your current website.

What would happen if my web designer stops trading? ⇨

What would happen if my web designer stops trading?


Exaclty what happens if your web designer stops training will depend on that web designer, and the steps or procedures (if any) that they have in place.

If Targa ceases trading, or the dreaded hit by a bus situation occurs, you have no need to worry about what will happen to your website.

As a regular procedure, every month you will receive an up to date version of your website by Zip file. This will give you the peace of mind that if you need to find another web designer to manage your website, you can simply send them the latest Zip file and they can proceed from there without the complications of having to access the files on the original web servers.

You could also take advantage of our free website health check. It is completely without obligation, and that way it will give Targa the chance to look at your existing website, and provide you with a report on anything which needs fixing or improving. Whether you come back to Targa or go to another web designer to handle your website, at least you will have been made aware of the health of your current website.

Why are some web designers more expensive than others? ⇨

Why are some web designers more expensive than others?


Let’s start by saying that Targa always seeks to provide great value... always!

But to be the cheapest would mean that corners would have to be cut.

If you think that you'll be happy with a web designer:

  • who needs to rush through the design a build process so they can quickly move on to the next cheap website on their list, and hope that you don't call because something is wrong;
  • who doesn’t pay full attention to how the website looks and behaves on all screen sizes;
  • who doesn’t consider all ingredients needed to be effective in search engine results;
  • who doesn't optimise images and code to make the website load quickly, etc...

... then there are plenty of cheap web designers out there who will put a quick website together for you.

But if I’m building a website and feel that some tweaks are needs to make something look or work better, I’ll do it. If those tweaks take 2 minutes, 2 hours or 2 days, so be it.

My objective would be to make your website the best it can be, and not to add to the cost of your website. The cheapest web designers won’t do that. But at least you have the choice to use them if you want to.

You could also take advantage of our free website health check. It is completely without obligation, and that way it will give Targa the chance to look at your existing website, and provide you with a report on anything which needs fixing or improving. Whether you come back to Targa or go to another web designer to handle your website, at least you will have been made aware of the health of your current website.

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