Website Services

Barlow Computers can help you with everything required to get a website running
Domain Names
Stay in control of your brand
Web Development
Custom coded to meet your needs
Cloud Web Hosting
Reliable, simple, affordable

Web Development & Design

Our websites are all custom coded with a mix of HTML5/CSS/JS/PHP. This means we spend a good amount of time and effort on every website we do. You won't get a pre-made template website with limited functionality. Instead, you will receive a custom coded website tailored to your unique needs. Whenever I save my work, it goes to directly to a development Web server so clients can check the updates on their pages in real time.

What we can do

  • Dynamic website content [?]
    • Text, images, etc. change between page loads
      (unique visitor experiences)
  • Database-driven transactions [?]
    • Get and store anything from online orders to visitor polls
  • 3rd-party data integration [?]
    • Enables functions like adding events to calendars or displaying sport scores
  • Of course, basic landing pages
  • Plus much more
See examples of our work View Portfolio

What we will do

  • Custom code every page
  • Host work in progress pages on web servers so you can view them
  • Meet with you to discuss, plan, and demonstrate your website

What we don't do

  • Use resources or objects that require Flash or Java Plug-ins
  • Use insecure, generic content management systems (CMS)

Web Development & Design Portfolio

Hickory Trading Company Cafe

A local cafe and gift shop wanted to accept online orders for their cafe. Working with them through the Summer of 2019 we were able to to deploy a custom web application that met and exceeded their needs.

Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library

This non-profit organization came to me looking for a website that 'popped' and featured dolphins (the animal used to represent the city of Virginia Beach) in the design. I made a slim, custom content management system for them, so they could easily update the pages on their site without the slowdowns of most CMS platforms.

Estabrook Civic League

We developed a website in 2015 for the Estabrook Civic League in Norfolk, Va. It started as a simple informational website, and quickly turned into a dynamic community hub. Instead of sending paper newsletters to everyone in the community, Estabrook is transitioning to a digital newsletter system through their website.

Paul Urban & Friends

This website is designed to be a simple web presence for the Virginia-based blues band. The schedule page includes search-engine readable metadata about the band's performances. Google indexes this data and displays it in their search results.

Harbor Jewelers

In 2013 I made a website for a local jewelry store in Chesapeake, Virginia. The owner provided colors and layout sketches that I used to make a custom design. This dynamic website changes the homepage each time someone visits by randomly selecting images from each category of jewelry.

Daniel's Advanced Readiness Testing System

DARTS is a web application Daniel started developing for a school he attended. It would present practice questions of CompTIA certifications and allow the user to answer them. The system will tell the users if they are right or wrong after each question. The design was intended to be simple and easy to navigate. In 2014 he performed a complete recreation of the application, which accomplished a much better design and made it exponentially easier to add questions, while greatly enhancing security. The testing system is available to anyone who signs up, or can be used with a demo account.

Tech4Belize Mission Trip

When Daniel went to Belize with his church on a mission trip in 2015 to help build a high school, he suggested the group bring tablet computers to setup a technology room. This website provides information about the technology initiative through a simple, 4 page setup.

The D Website.net

Daniel's first web project, his personal site, started in August 2007. The design has changed greatly since then. He created the current design during the Summer of 2011 and tried to make it professional, while being technical and personal.

Barlow Computers.com

The commercial website for the business. The latest design was created in 2015. (This is it, by the way)

Web Hosting

Standard Hosting

Includes

  • Security
    • Let's Encrypt security certificate installation
    • HTTPS/TLS encryption
  • Performance
    • High-speed SSD storage
    • In-house coded web pages
  • Availability
    • Website maintenance
    • IPv4 & IPv6 accessibility

Does not include

Starting at $180/year

Managed Enhanced Security Hosting (MESH) Service

Includes

  • Everything included with our Standard Hosting service
  • Optional 3rd-party security certificate installation (See Here)
  • Custom security-focused code

Does not include

Starting at $360/year

Which do you need?

Managed Enhanced Security Hosting:

  • Dynamic Websites
  • Web Applications
  • User-submitable forms
  • Handles personal information

Standard Hosting:

  • Static Websites
  • No transactions
  • All public information
We use dedicated Digital Ocean 'droplets' to host the sites we create.

Domain Names

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a unique, case-insensitive human-readable identifier that directs computers to a numerical IP address where a website or other resource resides.

Examples

  • barlowcomputers.com
  • dbcs.us
  • thedwebsite.net
These domain names all point to the IP address 192.241.163.33, and are easier to remember than the number.

Why we don't handle them

When we work with clients that move their websites to us, we often find the old hosting company holds the domain name. This can cause trouble since the old host must release the domain to the customer. Barlow Computers believes the customer should always own and control their domains names.

How do you register one?

We exclusively use and highly recommend Namecheap for domain names and security certificates. However, if you want to use another domain registrar, make sure they support "Custom Nameservers" or "IPv6 AAAA Records".