What other elements might go in my website?
Some examples of additional elements could be: items for multi-column footers or side bars, signup forms, chat boxes, maps, weather boxes, photo galleries, calendars, appointment setup, on-page SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
What if I need to sell something?
If you have just a few items you sell (intangible or tangible), I can set up your site for this. For a true eCommerce site, there are several eCommerce plugins that work fantastic with WordPress. I’d be glad to load the plugin (i.e. WooCommerce) for you but the actual research (shipping rates/choices, taxes) must be done by you. Entering the products is done by you. We work together to get the site finished.
How much does it cost?
My price range is $599 and up for a basic 1 – 8-page site, and up to $2,800 and beyond for a robust site with 9 to 25 pages. A detailed quote will be provided.
How long does it take to complete a website?
This depends on both of us. I need all your content and images (at least 80%) to get started on designing it. Once I have it, it typically takes anywhere from 10 days to 8 weeks for a small site, up to 4 – 6 months for larger sites.
Do you require a contract be signed?
Yes, and I allow no changes to it. You are welcome to have your attorney look it over, but don’t worry, we’re both protected. It will be emailed to you along with your detailed quote.
What are my payment options?
Check, cash or major credit card. A 1/3 deposit is required to get started. Midway, another 1/3 is collected. Payment in full is due 15 days after final launch.
What is hosting?
Hosting is your paid provider that stores all the files associated with your website. Hosting is usually paid annually, and Shared Hosting typically costs $5-12/month. I recommend GreenGeeks, and secondly, GoDaddy.
What is a domain?
Your domain name, also known as a URL, is the name of your website (i.e. KerriMarvelServices.com) and must be registered with a Registrar company. Registration of a domain typically costs about $10-20/year for domains ending in .com or .net (more for boutique extensions like .us .co .biz). I recommend paying the additional $10-12/year for domain privacy.
Who sets up the hosting and domain name?
This is done online, and either you or I can do this. If you are unsure how to go about it or think you’ll answer something wrong, I can set it up for you using your credit card number.
Do you supply hosting?
No. I have always felt it was cleaner and safer for clients to have direct access to the host company. If you don’t have hosting (and/or a domain name) yet, I can help you get these set up.
Will I get email with the website?
Sure. I heartily recommend using an email for business purposes that matches your website. Most hosting companies include email. However, if not, you can pay for email as an add-on, or use Google’s WorkStation service (formerly G-Suite), which is also an annual fee. If included in host-enabled email, I will create as many as they include in your plan that you need. However I do not do the setup of the email on your computer or phone. I will supply a link from the host with instructions. Again, I highly recommend using an email that includes your domain, rather than gmail, yahoo, etc. SO much more professional.
Do I need a logo?
Not anymore. But if you have one, great. The trend in websites today is to use just text for the website name within the header area.
Who does the copy-writing for the website pages?
You will have to create your own text and content for the pages, and I will add and format it into your site’s pages. I merely create the beautiful framework. If you need help with this, see my copywriter recommendations.
Where can I get images for my website?
I am working on some resources to offer more information on this.
Will my site be Search Engine Optimized (SEO)?
Yes and no. I will install a plugin called Yoast SEO; it’s the #1 most popular SEO tool for WordPress. This will make your site SEO-Friendly, which means it’s easy to add the SEO elements. If you supply SEO page titles and SEO page descriptions, I will add them for you as I create your site. I will not do the research as part of a website creation project. However, you can view my SEO packages to apply afterward. Keep in mind, many on-page SEO principles are used as I’m creating your site.
I’ve heard that website owners need to do ‘maintenance’? Is that true? What’s that mean?
Yes. Websites can’t be created and then forgotten anymore. WordPress is an open-source software and updates to functionality and security occur frequently. WordPress should be updated as soon as these updates come out. In addition, updates come out for plugins and themes. Additional maintenance is highly suggested for malware checks and other tools for keeping your site running fast and performing well. I can help – sign up for a KMS Website Care Plan.