Website designer to re-design a travel and tour website. I created the original website (with limited knowledge of HTML and some programs)originally in about 1998 but things have developed since then and I am ignorant about many new techniques. The website started with a couple of pages but now has about 35, some which require updating.
The website started as a site for a specific tour guide in a specific location but I incorporated other tour products during the years and we have also now changed location so the original objective of the website has gotten a little confusing. I am considering breaking it down into 2 websites or trying to divide the focus. We would like the website to be well organized and easily accessible. I am not sure if Cascading Style Sheets is preferable to organizing the site and don't know much about it.
From a marketing point of view, we are trying (not very successfully) to work with adwords and would like to work with adsense and affiliates but this is not familiar territory and we feel that the web design should be improved . It would be good if the designer has network marketing experience in relating keywords to pages with proper code for making the site accessible from a marketing point of view and from the point that it can be updated by search engines.
The design of the website or sites is important to us and has to reflect the way we relate to our surroundings and our clients. As one client put it " you seem like a very personalized tour company" which is something we want to retain.
On the other hand we do sell other products that are less personalized and as mentionned want to explore other types of marketing like affiliates etc. We want to put some forms into the website, and POSSIBLY some of the following but a lot depends on costs:
.... a reservation system.... a direct chat program .... security for handling online reservations...
some flash... maybe a"you tube" video.
I was told to select from the products below but am not really sure of all the product technical names so candidates might have to figure it out from what I have written above.
If it is possible that I can help in some areas in order to cut costs then that may be possible for simple parts of the project. We are a small business, run by myself out of the home and my husband who is a tour guide. But "Amazon" also started small.
Please post samples of your work and ideas and comments.
Thanking you for your time.