How long will it take to design my website & put it on the web?
The length of time it takes to design your website depends on a number of factors, including your preferences, the complexity of design, additional features (blog, forum, shopping cart, etc.), and my schedule.
Another factor is whether you have the content for your site (text, images, audio, etc.) ready to go.
Generally speaking, we can have your website online within 3 to 4 weeks.
If you have a particular deadline for the site’s completion, just let me know. I’m glad to work with any timeline you have in mind.
What are the steps involved in getting a website?
Please see our info page, where this is explained fully.
How much does a website cost?
For a new or redesigned website almost any budget can be satisfied. From single-page sites to large, interactive ones, there’s bound to be a solution that will fit your needs.
I don’t have standard packages; since your website will be as unique as you are, I will give you a personalized quote.
Maintenance is done at a pro-rated hourly rate. Please visit my pricing menu for an explanation of costs. My prices are very competitive compared to others who offer similar services.
Just email me for a customized quote on your project.
I already have a website, but it needs an update.
Can you help?
Certainly! Whether your site is in need of some minor updates (add or edit text or photos, etc.), new pages to match the ones you already have, or a complete redesign, I’d be glad to work with you. Just drop me a line to tell me what your needs are, and I’ll quote you a price.
Which websites have you designed?
I’ve designed dozens of websites since 2002. You can find a few examples, with links to the sites, on my portfolio page. Several more are forthcoming.
What is involved in making a new website?
Please see our webdesign info page, where more details are this is explained fully. But, in a nutshell…
First, after I discuss your needs & preferences with you, one or more proposed designs are drawn up and presented to you. After your review & feedback, adjustments are made.
From that design, the homepage, and a template for additional webpages are made. The initial design stage includes determining your wishes and needs, the site’s mood, general page layout, site structure, determination of colors and fonts.
After all that is done, I’ll begin building your webpages. When the site appears complete, I’ll test it extensively to ensure that no small errors have been made. When everything’s just right, I’ll show it to you for your review, and, after receiving your approval, it will be uploaded to the web where everyone can access it.
What should I put on my website?
A typical website, at the minimum, includes a homepage, some information about you or your business, and a way to email you. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit!
Will I get an email address with my website?
Yes! When you register a domain name, and get a webhosting account, you will be able to receive mail using your domain name (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org). You can set up a number of email addresses if you like. You will be able to access your mail either on a webpage, or by using an email application such as Outlook Express or Windows Mail. It’s simple to do, and I’ll be glad to help you get it all set up.
Why should I pay for a website when I can use Facebook or Tumblr for free?
A professionally-designed website avoids the many pitfalls of free sites, and will give you much more credibility and convey a much more professional image.
Having a website created for you that will meet your needs will save you headaches and free you to concentrate on what you do best – being creative and / or running your business.
It will also better serve your customers (or readers, listeners…). And that, after all, is the reason that you want a website, right?
Updates & additions
At some point you’ll likely want to update your site with new content, additional webpages or features. The newew websites I create are built in such a way that you can update it yourself, by typing in your changes. You can easily add, delete, or edit your content whenever you like.
If you’d prefer that I update your site, I’m happy to do that, too. In that case, work will be billed at a pro-rated hourly rate, in half-hour increments. (So, if it only takes me 30 minutes, or 45 minutes, to update your site, that’s all you pay for, rather than the full hour.) You’d probably be surprised how much can get done in an hour or less. I’ll let you know the cost in advance, so there are no surprises.
We can provide you with a webhosting account for your new site. Every CPanel webhosting account comes with email, website statistics, and other features. We’re also happy to work with other web hosts.
Deposits & payments
Final payment is expected when invoiced at completion of service, unless prior arrangements have been made. (I cannot extend credit.)
For new websites, and other large projects, fifty percent of the work’s anticipated final cost, or a minimum of $300, is due before work begins. This deposit is a non-refundable retainer.
Payment for social media & SEO packages, *web hosting, and for domain names, must be made in advance of service.
I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and e-checks through my secure online payment processor, PayPal. (No PayPal account is necessary!) If you need to pay via another method, please contact me so we can work something out.
Website rush service
Most new websites take about 3-4 weeks from start to finish to complete. (However, much depends on how quickly you get your files to me, and approve a design). If you have a tighter deadline than that, please let me know. Depending upon available resources, I may be able to get your site online faster. Rush service usually adds 30-50% to the site’s cost (depends upon my current workload).
I’m here to help you!
Got questions about my rates, websites, webhosting, domain names, site promotion, or other web-related stuff? I’d be happy to help. Just drop me a line! It’s free & there’s no obligation.
Webhosting payment policy
All web hosting payments are for a one-year period, unless other arrangements have been made.
In the event that a website’s hosting account is not paid within 14 days of due date, website will be suspended (can be reinstated very easily at no cost when payment is made). If invoice remains unpaid 30 days after due date, the website will be removed from the web permanently or until payment is made. In that case, a reinstatement fee of $60 for static sites or $125 for WordPress sites will apply. Upon removal stats and any stored email will not be recoverable. (Your site will never be suspended or removed without repeated warnings and invoice attempts.)