Eventide's Mission Statement
Eventide Web Design recognizes that despite the ample help available on the Internet that is specifically intended for Web design, the process of getting a Web site on the Internet is still intimidating to many people and small businesses who could nonetheless benefit from having a Web presence. It is Eventide's goal to provide high-quality Web development services specifically for those people. We accomplish this by remaining friendly, helpful, approachable, and available; and we offer our services at rates small businesses, small non-profits, and individuals can afford.
Eventide's Design Philosophy
Eventides's philosophy on the development of Web sites is "Keep it Simple". The World Wide Web is just that: world wide. It's too easy to turn off a visitor to your Web site and send them elsewhere simply due to poor site design. There are two areas of Web site design that are common sources of poor design choices: content (images, animation, and color) and navigation.
There far too many Web sites out there that overwhelm their visitors with too many images, poor color choices, and animations that are there for seemingly no other reason than "because it looks cool".
Images and animation can, if not used properly, draw the visitor's attention away from the information they are there for, if not outright cause them to leave the site entirely. Proper use of color and images should enhance the presentation of the information that the Web site is displaying, and/or draw the eye to a particular item of content that needs to be emphasized.
If visitors have trouble navigating your site, that means they can't find what they are looking for and will quickly go elsewhere to find it. All it takes is a single click and they're gone. Easy, logical navigation will ensure that your visitors will find what they are looking for. And they know they can come back and find it later.
* Eventide's Policy on Developing for Internet Explorer version 6 and lower:
What's wrong with Internet Explorer 6? The Internet is rife with forum posts, articles - even entire Websites - dedicated to getting people to upgrade from Internet Explorer 6. A quick Google search results in a myriad of Web pages on the subject. A great Web site, "Stop Living in the Past", highlights the flaws and security risks of IE6 - complete with links to industry tests and independent articles about IE6 and its numerous issues.
To ensure Internet browsers display Web pages as similarly as possible, regardless of whether the user is surfing the Web using Internet Explorer, FireFox, or another browser, there are Web development standards which are defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international organization that defines rules and standards for the Internet industry. From a practical standpoint these standards make Web development easier because a developer can design a page and know it will look the same in all W3C-compliant browsers - not so for IE6 (see below about what it can take to make IE6 "play nice"). Also, following the W3C standards ensures that people with disabilities can have a better Web experience through the use of screen readers and similar tools.
From a Web developer's perspective building Web pages for IE6 adds a lot of development time to a project to make a page look right in that browser - development time that is above and beyond the time for developing for modern, standards-compliant browsers. Making a Web site viewable in IE6 and making it compliant with current Web development conventions is, to put it mildly, a pain in the neck. The extra time comes from having to use methods that are now considered "tricks" and "hacks" to make a page look right in IE6 and newer browsers at the same time.
Add on to all of that the fact that, according to Stat Counter Global Stats, as of January, 2012 only 1.56% of all versions of all browsers used on the Internet are Internet Explorer 6. Further, January 2012 was the last month that Stat Counter included IE6 in their browser reporting services. There's just not a large enough market share to justify the extra time and effort required to try to reach such a small group of potential visitors to a web site.
It is our goal to present to our customers a high-quality, standards-compliant Web site. Having said that we will ensure IE6 compatibility for a project upon specific request only. However, due to the extra development time required to do so, there will be a 10% charge added to the per-page fee for such projects. Yes, that's a steep fee, but as a result of past projects I am reconsidering modifying this policy to not develop for IE6 at all.