Full-service web design & development.
DeanMark provides web design and web development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We'll handle all of your needs — from domain name reservation all the way through advanced development.
- Professional Appearance
- Simple Navigation
- Engaging & Memorable
- Tablet & Mobile
- HTML5 / CSS / JS
- WordPress / PHP
- Blogs / Custom Themes
- Web Hosting
- SSL / Dedicated IP
DeanMark provides complete web design and development solutions for entrepreneurs, startups, medium-sized businesses, large organizations, and other professionals, institutes, and groups in Philadelphia and beyond. We create websites for other professionals and organizations, including schools, universities, clubs, teams, associations, boards, politicians, performers, musicians, public intellectuals, and more.
If you are selling goods or services, we will design a modern website that includes all necessary e-commerce tools, including contact form, shopping carts, and no-hassle article and blog publishing. Additionally, DeanMark can handle all of your domain registration and web hosting needs, including DNS configuration, email setup, SSL certificates, dedicated IP addresses, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I don't understand ANY of this technical computer talk! Speak English, please!
- I have an outdated website that someone else built for me. I need to update it badly. Can you help?
- I have an account at Blogger.com, WordPress.com, etc. I want my own domain name and expanded capabilities.
- What is a content management system (CMS) and do you recommend it?
- What about security? What is an SSL Certificate and why do I need it?
- I see that you sometimes use WordPress as a CMS. Isn't that for blogs? Is it suitable for business?
- What is web hosting? Why is it important to get professional web hosting?
- What is a Dedicated IP Address and why do I need one?
- I need business email with my website design. What is Google Apps?
- What are Website Themes? How can they save me money?
- How do I get started? I don't have a lot of time or resources to spend on this.
I don't understand ANY of this technical computer talk! Speak English, please!
No problem. The easiest solution is for you to give us a call toll-free at 1-855-DEANMARK (332-6627). One of our team members can walk you through our solutions in terms that everyone can understand. Also, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our services.
I have an outdated website that someone else built for me. I need to update it badly. Can you help?
Yes, we develop modern websites for clients who are not on the web and for clients who only need to update or upgrade. Reach out to one of the best philadelphia web design companies for a no-obligation consultation. The DeanMark team will evaluate your current website and provide you with options and recommendations for development.
I have an account at Blogger.com, WordPress.com, etc. I want my own domain name and expanded capabilities.
Great. Congratulations on your growth. If you have an existing blog account, we can move you to a self-hosted solution. Our team will migrate your current blog post content and comments to your new website. Our seamless solutions will give you the professional look and new features you desire, such as e-commerce, forums, training videos, e-learning, pay-per-view, and more.
What is a content management system (CMS) and do you recommend it?
A web content management system (CMS or WCMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease. (Wikipedia.org)
A robust CMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation. Most systems use a database to store page content, metadata, and other information assets that might be needed by the system.
DeanMark develops websites using content management systems because they allow our clients to make content changes, create blog posts, display updates, and complete many other basic tasks that normally would require expensive IT support. Although CMS websites are more expensive than basic websites, we recommend that you make the extra investment. Virtually all clients find that the website pays for itself within a year based on the IT savings.
What about security? What is an SSL Certificate and why do I need it?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is one of the most important tools for safe Internet usage. SSL protects your sensitive information as it travels to various destinations around the web.
SSL is used keep sensitive information encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is important because the information you send over the Internet is passed from computer to server to computer, etc. before it gets to the destination server. Any computer between you and the server can see your social security number, credit card information, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive data if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate.
When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server to which you are sending the information. This protects the information from hackers and identity thieves. The most popular web browsers let you know that a page is secured using SSL by (1) adding “https” to the address bar, (2) changing the website address to the color green, and/or (3) showing an image of a padlock next to the page title. An example of a page that uses SSL security is:
DeanMark is an Authorized Reseller for (1) VeriSign, (2) GeoTrust, and (3) Thawte, three of the world’s most trusted certificate authorities. As a trusted reseller, DeanMark can resell VeriSign and GeoTrust SSL certificates at the same price you would receive if you buy directly from the certificate authorities. By purchasing your SSL certificate through us, you can also get support installing and configuring the certificate on your web server - a task that you would otherwise be on your own to figure out.
I see that you sometimes use WordPress as a CMS. Isn't that for blogs? Is it suitable for business?
We do sometimes recommend WordPress. WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS) powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many popular and powerful features that appeal to a wide range of users.
WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet's "top 1 million" websites. As of August 2011, WordPress powers 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet.
The DeanMark team has years of experience working with and coding within the WordPress architecture. We will handle all of the technical setup and configuration matters, including PHP configuration, database creation, user account setup, and the implementation of standard security measures.
What is web hosting? Why is it important to get professional web hosting?
After the DeanMark Team builds your website, you will need a place to host it so that people from all around the world will have a reliable means by which they can access your information, products, and services.
DeanMark provides reliable and affordable web hosting plans in Philadelphia that include state-of-the-art technology, dependable security, and local Philadelphia support for setup and migration.
What is a Dedicated IP Address and why do I need one?
An IP address is a unique number that every computer connected to the internet is assigned. When more than one website is hosted on the same server, the websites might have the same IP address because the IP address is assigned to the common server, not the individual websites.
Having a dedicated IP address means that your website is the only one on the internet using that unique IP number. For example, if you type 18.104.22.168 into your web browser’s address bar, you will see DeanMark's website come up. This is our dedicated IP address and no one else’s. This is our unique address on the web that has been attached to our domain name DeanMarkInc.com.
If you have a business-oriented or professional website, we recommend a dedicated IP address for your usage. If you have a merchant account, accept credit card payments, or use a content management system on your website, a dedicated IP address is almost a no-brainer. You cannot even use a unique, organization-specific SSL certificate on your website until you have a dedicated IP address.
I need business email with my website design. What is Google Apps?
Google Apps offers simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools for any business or professional organization – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce or eliminate IT costs.
Google Apps for Business includes all of the applications with which you are already familiar, including Gmail, Calendar, Gchat, Google Talk, Docs, Video, and more – with 25GB of storage per user.
DeanMark is a Google Apps company in Philadelphia. We have the expertise and experience to migrate you or your company to Google Apps in the most efficient manner possible. Even if you have a qualified in-house email administrator, we can help you avoid the common pitfalls during migration. We will minimize downtime and expenses with solutions such as overnight, weekend, or holiday implementation.
To learn more about Google Apps, please visit: http://www.DeanMarkInc.com/Services/Google-Apps/
What are Website Themes? How can they save me money?
Content management systems (see above) are software solutions that run in the background on the web server. You still need front-end graphic design in order for your website visitors to see organized and aesthetically pleasing web pages. Full-scale custom web design is very expensive. An alternative solution is to license a website theme.
Custom web design generally costs medium-sized businesses 300% to 1000% more than theme licensing. That means that a $50 theme license could cost $15,000 to $25,000 if a client desires design and development of an original conception.
On the one hand, for large corporations, such as CNN, the additional costs make sense. Firstly, they have the revenue to justify the expenditure. Secondly, they do not want any other website in the entire world to even loosely resemble theirs. Can you imagine if CNN.com and FOXNews.com looked similar?
On the other hand, for smaller and local organizations, utilization of theme licensing makes sense. If a lawyer in Butte, Montana and a real estate agent in Bern, Switzerland have websites that vaguely resemble each other, neither party’s business will be harmed. More likely than not, they and their users or customers will never make the connection.
The DeanMark team is comprised of talented designers and skilled coders who can help you select, customize, modify, tweak, and implement any theme to provide a unique brand identity and to match your needs 100%—all while saving you thousands of dollars.