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8:15 am on Nov 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone,

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?

9:28 am on Nov 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Apprarently, you did not hire the right company... Chinese companies did not forget the effect of SEO... Look at all the bigs sites in China, they all have SEO and user friendly design in mind. They are not just understand url rewrite, simple coding, unique title, etc... they understand the outside of SEO. organic link development, etc...

It depends on how much you are willing to pay for it.

3:31 pm on Nov 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We develop multilingual sites as part of our business. China is one of those markets that you really need to be 'inside' to have any impact. By that I mean hosted inside the Chinese system.

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.

Gary

9:37 pm on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 ...

Thanks

8:00 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I will setup one in the coming month... So I should stick you when I am ready... :d

There is one website which I used to search for employees before which do have some result... so I will recommend them to you.. They are pretty ok for SEO
[cnblogs.com...]

8:09 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How do people in China use baidu or Google for search

Do you type in Chinese script or use chinese in roman alphabet

9:32 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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not, we do not type Chinese script... We call it Chinese word...
12:41 am on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How do people in China use baidu or Google for search

Do you type in Chinese script or use chinese in roman alphabet


There are several ways to input CJK languages in Windows. Within Windows you can use the IME (Input Method Editor) [microsoft.com] which allows the input of many different languages with character sets outside the standard ASCII available on most English language keyboards.
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I will setup one in the coming month... So I should stick you when I am ready...

yes, please do

1:04 pm on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I live in China and run a few multilingual websites that include Chinese. It's difficult to find reliable help, certainly any real talent, and I've been in first-tier cities, second tier cities and third-tier cities so far. Generally you get better results hiring more people directly, giving them simple jobs, lower pay, and spending time managing them. The problem with this is that you need time for management.

Also, servers and networks here are terrible outside of (and sometimes including) major centres.

But then everything here is changing - fast.