• Two Hagerstown men have turned an entrepreneurial vision of creating appealing Web sites into a cyberbusiness.
|Friday 10, Mar 2000|
|Tri-State Business People • Business Fore-Site|
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
You want to keep them coming back. That's a given for the Web sites designed by Hagerstown cyberbusiness DH Web, said David Henneberger; who handles the marketing end of the business.
After working with a business or organization to figure out what it wants its Web site to do, DH Web works to design a site that meets all those needs in an interesting way, Henneberger said.
The goal is to give Web surfers a reason to bookmark the site, he said.
His partner; David Hall, does the Web design, according to Henneberger; who paired up with Hall to form the company in September 1999.
They came up with the name DH Web because both share the initials "D.H.," Henneberger said.
The two worked together at the Ramada Inn in Hagerstown, he said. Hall, 40, was the chef, and Henneberger; 50, was in marketing.
Hall was designing Web sites on the side and had a real knack for it, Henneberger said.
They decided to start the business after taking a Web marketing class in Washington together that summer; he said.
What started as a part-time venture snow-balled into full time jobs for both of them much faster than either imagined, Henneberger said.
"You can't lie to the eyes," said Henneberger; who considers a well-designed Web site an invaluable marketing tool.
A company can include so much more information on a Web site than it can include in any other marketing medium and it can keep the information fresher because the site can be constantly updated, he said.
DH Web has been getting a mix of companies wanting Web sites for the. first time and others that have been online but want to upgrade, Henneberger said.
The company specialized in the highend stuff, painstakingly written in code, with special effects and other features that do-it-yourself Web design programs just can't accomplish, he said.
One of the best things about a cyberbusiness is that it can solicit its customers all over the world, Henneberger said.
The Sun Tunnel in Hagerstown was the company's first customer; he said.
Since then, it has drummed up a mix of local, regional, national and international clients.
Other DH Web customers include The
Printing Place in Hagerstown, Washington County's Black Rock Golf Course, the Washington-based Society of Government Meeting Professionals: National Capitol Chapter; SSS. Siedle and Sohne, a communications equipment company in Furtwangen, Germany.
Sites are priced by complexity, not number of pages, Henneberger said.
While the company is just Hall and Henneberger at the moment, Henneberger said he foresees hiring employees in the not-too distant future. And he thinks the company will need an office of its own soon.
At this point, Henneberger and Hall work out of their own home offices.
The company's Web site is at www.dhwebsites.com.
The telephone number is 301-733-7672.