How long have you been in business?
JB Systems was started in 2001. Since then, we have moved into a professional office setting on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. We have built over
90 websites and have a client base of over 110. Back to top
What makes JB Systems different from other companies?
JB Systems is different in several ways. First of all, we are a young company - most of our employees have recently just graduated from college. The
staff members at JB Systems have mastered some of the newest techniques and approaches to website design offered today. JB Systems also uses the
newest versions of software by Adobe and Macromedia, including Dreamweaver and Photoshop, as well as Illustrator and Flash.
Another feature of JB Systems we like to talk about is our commitment to learning and continually setting the standard for website design, programming,
and search engine marketing. It is policy at JB Systems to learn - each week employees must submit a short report about something new that they learned
and what project they applied it to. Our continued dedication to learning and becoming the best at what we do truly sets us apart from competitors.
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How much does a website cost?
This is the most common question asked and is the most difficult to answer. The cost of a website varies and typically depends on how involved the
website is - usually it depends on how many pages or features it has, and whether or not database programming will be required. The average website
typically costs between $2,500.00 - $5,000.00 - although websites have been built for as little as $1,200.00 and as much as $30,000.00. Back to top
How long does it take to build a custom website?
Most websites take anywhere between 60 to 90 days to complete. It really varies depending on the size and type of website we are designing for you. A basic,
informational website that doesn't consist of any advanced programming or web applications is easily completed in a few months time. Other factors that are
considered in the time frame have to deal with how fast images and content are delivered from the client. To help that process we include in most proposals
the use of our content writer to help with all the writing! We budget our time well to complete your project on of before the completion date. Back to top
What do most websites consist of?
Our most common websites consist of a home page, a contact
page (which would include a map, contact information,
as well as a form for people to fill out), and several
product or services pages - depending on how many are
required for your project. Many of our website are now
including a project or product gallery to feature their
work. A basic website normally consists of around 3-5
pages including the home page. Back to top
What about support? Are you guys going to be
here when we need help?
At JB Systems you get top-notch customer support. When you call JB Systems, a person will always answer the phone! You won't get an automated message or
phone system - but a real person every time - and half the time it's the owner himself. JB Systems has been complimented several times by clients who
appreciate the owner picking up the phone and always willing to talk to someone.
There are no plans of ever leaving the Eau Claire area. As long as the Chippewa Valley can support JB Systems, we will always stay here. Back to top
What is Flash? Do you build Flash websites?
Flash is program used to create "Flash" or "SWF" files that allow website visitors to view a multimedia presentation about your company, products or
services you provide. Full-motion video, sound, animation, and database interaction can be incorporated into a Flash presentation. We recommend using a
limited amount of Flash on a website because not everyone has the Flash plugin installed, and therefore they have to sit through a download of 3rd party
software just to visit your website. Also, Flash files can be rather large in size and can take quite a while to download for some views -
which some find agitating.
A good use of Flash would be a housing development that wanted a warm & fuzzy presentation put together about the development, building your new home
and so forth that would be shipped out on a CD. The presentational CD could have the flash player already on the disk so no downloading is required.
Not even an Internet connection would be required.
We do not build flash websites. We can create a flash
presentation for you, banner movie, and use flash to
code videos for your website. We don't recommend a complete
flash website because it is not always user friendly
and search engines can have a difficult time "seeing" your
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Can I update my own website?
With the use of our user friendly content management
system you can have the ability to update certain areas
of your website. We find most clients don't need to update
or want to update their whole site, they just have certain
areas on their site they want to update. Through the
use of admin area on your website you could have the
ability to update content, add/edit/remove photos from
a gallery, change testimonials or FAQs, and manage your
e-commerce store. These are just a few examples of what
you could update on your website.
Please click here to view more information about Content Management Systems. Back to top
What is a database-driven website?
Some websites are static - the information on the page is the same and performs no function. Others, such as Amazon.com or your personal banking website, are dynamic - they show different things to different people, collect information from users, and other functions. A database-driven website allows the web page to change based either on what the user asks for, what the user inputs, or what the administrator uploads. Think of it like custom-designed software that saves collected data to a special, secured hard drive. With a database-driven website, you can have your customers log in, collect their account information, make a transaction, track a package, etc. If your website needs to do more than simply inform, if it needs to perform a function and receive and process data, you likely need a database-driven website. Back to top
What is SEO or Search Engine Optimization?
Sure, someone who knows your web address can just type it in and get to your site, but the vast majority of potential customers won't do that. They'll use a search engine like Google or Yahoo and type in what they're looking for. If your website hasn't been set up to be found easily by these search engines, you'll likely end up being at the back end of a 100,000+ search result. In other words, the people interested in your product won't find you.
JB Systems knows how to make websites turn up at the front end of those results. This involves special tailoring of content, meta tags, alt tags, and many other techniques that have landed many of our clients into first page, top four search results. Back to top
How many web design concepts will I see?
We create anywhere from 1 to 3 different design concepts for you to choose from. The number is usually determined based on your budget and is decided
upon at the time the proposal is written. Most of our clients choose between 2-3 different designs. We have never been requested to design more than 3,
but are willing to do as many different variations as the client wishes. Back to top
Can I see my website in progress?
Once your custom-designed website has been broken up
into an XHTML and CSS shell, we send you the information
for our test server. Our test server is where you can
watch the progress of your website unfold into a live
and working marketing tool! We greatly encourage our
clients to watch the site progress, especially if you
have a content management system. We like to have our
clients get in and play with their content management
tool before the site goes live so they are familiar with
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Will I own my website once it's done and paid for?
Yes, you will own your website once it's completed and paid for as stated in our contract. There are no monthly "lease payments" that contractually obligate you to a multi-year term, and then give you the option to buy your website at the end. You will own your site! Back to top
about hosting? Can you host my website?
We can take care of all your hosting needs! You are not required to host with us, but we highly suggest it because of our dedicated service! Back to top
How do I get a domain name for my website?
We can buy your domain name for you. We will actually work with you to create the best option for your website domain name. We'll purchase your domain name for
you, and in your name, so YOU OWN IT! Domain names are only $15/ year. Back to top
Will my site rank high in a Google search?
You can't expect next day results once your site is live. But, JB Systems can help you get the results your looking for. For more information on website search engine optimization - click here to learn about our SEO+ program. Back to top
I have an existing site. Can you help me?
Of course we can. We can do pretty much anything to your existing site! If you want us to host it, we will. Do you want some updates done? We can do that as well.
We do anything from re-designing a site for you to helping you market your current one. Just ask, and we'll gladly help you with your existing site! Back to top
I have a website, but I want to market it better.
Can you help me?
Yes we can! We a have couple different ways we
can help you market you website. Just recently,
after several months of development, we've launched
Marketing Plus and SEO Plus - two new and improved
ways to market your website! Back to top