How much does a website cost?
I don't have standard pricing for a website design project, since the cost depends based on the features and complexity of the site. I provide potential clients with a Web Design Planner to stimulate thinking about website goals, objectives and desired features. I follow this up with a client meeting to review the planner and clarify the scope of the project. Next, I prepare a Web Design Proposal containing project requirements and a cost.
I try to deliver as much functionality as permitted by a client's budget. Sometimes, I recommend a phased approach to get the core website features added first; the remaining features can be phased in over time as budget permits.
Will I be able to update the website myself?
I use the WordPress Content Management System to build websites. WordPress is extremely popular, and it's easy to learn and use. WordPress is used by over 60 million people with 28% of the sites on the Web using it. I provide client training for quick on-boarding on how to make website updates.
If you need to add new features to your website, that's not a problem. WordPress has over 45,000 plugins to help extend website functionality, and they can be easily plugged into a site. Plugins range from simple ones for calendars and photo galleries to more comprehensive ones for eCommerce and membership sites.
If at any point you need assistance with website updates, encounter a problem, or need to add a new feature to the website, I am available to help you.
Can you update my existing website?
Websites are built using a variety of web technologies, so I would need to look at the site before I could answer this question. If it is built on the WordPress or Joomla CMS, it would be possible. However, if your website is not mobile-friendly or is poorly structured using older web design techniques, I would most certainly recommend a redesign to modernize the site and optimize it for the search engines.
Mobile-friendliness is a Google ranking signal, so it is important to have a responsive mobile-friendly site. I offer WordPress website design services and can create a responsive mobile-friendly website that attracts and engages your customers.
How long will it take to create the website?
This depends on the scope of the website project. In general, small, simple sites take about four weeks; larger sites require additional time depending on the features included in the website project.
What support do you offer once a website is launched?
Your website is built on the WordPress Content Management System (CMS). From time to time, WordPress requires updates to patch security holes, fix bugs, and add new functionality. The same holds true for the WordPress plugins running on your website. A plugin extends the functionality of your website by adding features such as a photo gallery or calendar. Plugin updates become available on a regular basis, and they must be updated to help secure your website from hackers. Out-of-date websites are particularly prone to being hacked.
I offer several affordable website maintenance plans, so you can concentrate on running your business while knowing that your website remains up-to-date and secure.
Do you offer web hosting services?
I do not offer web hosting services, because I want you to own your web hosting and your website. However, I will provide recommendations on a few reputable web hosting companies that I highly recommend. We'll determine a suitable web hosting provider suitable for your website based on your budget.
What are your payment policies?
I typically require 50% up front in order to start a project with the remaining balance due when the website project is complete. However, I do provide flexible payment options to spread out payments as needed.