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Can anybody tell me about their experience with website design & development companies in China to develop a mainland Chinese website?
We hired a Chinese company for the same (after meeting a lot of companies), but found them to be sloppy when we asked them to do some work. They were totally ignorant of SEO & they laughed at the mention of usability rules for websites. Have other people experienced this problem or maybe we just ran into a poor development team?
It depends on how much you are willing to pay for it.
We run sites through Hong Kong as the people there tend to be easier to deal with than the mainland. The sites need to be designed to suit the Chinese web user, which is very different to how we might like to see a site in the West.
SEO is fairly straightforward, but you need to get links into your site from other Chinese sites. Not much point (imho) in getting English language sites to link to it.
Just a few thoughts that came to mind.
Look at all the bigs sites in China, they all have SEO and user friendly design in mind
Sina, Sohu etc have websites that make my head spin with all the flashing, moving stuff, not to mention popups & pop-unders. The bigger sites may have SEO done properly, but what about the smaller sites? Are people equally aware of SEO among smaller businesses. I doubt it with all the flash designs I find all over the simplified Chinese websites.
Maybe you can site a few examples of good sites in simplified Chinese ... That way I can point our web developers to these websites ...
How do people in China use baidu or Google for search
Do you type in Chinese script or use chinese in roman alphabet
Also, servers and networks here are terrible outside of (and sometimes including) major centres.
But then everything here is changing - fast.