A website needs to present your main information in a style that is easy to navigate. It doesn't need all the latest bells and whistles which can cause websites to load slowly or interfere with a potential customer finding the information they seek. A website does need the main information - your business name, a description of what you offer, a few pictures to illustrate your products or services and information about your location and/or how to contact you.
You may be on the fence about whether or not you need a website. Isn't a presence on social media enough? Actually, no, it isn't. A website can be full page ad, an online brochure, an online business card and an online press release all in one. You can submit links to your website to online directories and search engines to help people find you. You can put a link in your email signature or include it within the email. You can easily link to a website from other websites or blogs, from emails, and even from social media. You can reach more people in more locations any time of the day or night. More eyes on your product or services could translate into more customers and clients.
So, how much does it cost? Many web developers charge by the hour (typically $50 an hour and up). This makes it difficult to estimate the final cost. I prefer having a flat rate depending on what services are chosen. My charge for designing and uploading a one page site with the main information to a free web hosting site begins at $150.00. Adding more pages, composing text, editing images or adding a domain name will add to the cost. However once the website is finished, the same files can be used for a number of years.
If you decide to contract with me, my services for any website would include:
Base Cost:Basic one page site: $150.00
Basic one page site includes:
Each additional regular page: add $50.00 per page. (More than 16 pages will require additional charges)
Extra regular pages can contain the banner or not (your choice), but may also contain up to 4 other images. Regular pages can include:
Images:You will need to provide the images of your business or products that will be used on the website. All of the images that are to be used on gallery pages need to be the same size and orientation. I have software that will make the thumbnails and larger images. However, if I need to resize 3 or more of the images used in the layout or on regular pages, there will be an additional charge fot the graphic work depending on how many images need resizing.
It's generally a good idea to get a domain name if you have a
business, but it isn't a requirement. A domain name can be obtained
after the web design is done and uploaded. I do not offer a domain
name as part of my services since a domain name needs to be
periodically renewed. I do however use and recommend Name Silo
for domain registration mainly because their free privacy program. This
program keeps your name and address from showing when people search to
see who owns the domain. Other sites charge extra for this. This may or
may not be important depending on whether you have a brick and mortar
business location or work from home. If you choose to obtain your domain
name through Name Silo, I can help you get things set up, but you will need to use your payment method to complete the registration.
One thing to consider is you must renew the domain name at the end of
the term you have purchased (generally a year at a time). It is more
like renting a domain name. However, if you have to move your website to
a different host, having a domain name keeps your web URL the same.
Before I begin work, we will agree on what is to be done, what the
cost will be and how payment will be made. Acceptance by email of the
stated terms will constitute a contract. Corrections to the website will
be made at no charge for two weeks after you are sent the link to the
completed website. Login information to the web hosting account and
connected email will be sent via email after payment has cleared. Things
can be arranged a little differently if I know you in real life.
I can also maintain your website on a yearly basis for a fee (from $50 up depending on the complexity of the website). However, I can also make changes on an "as needed" basis. Your choices will be given after the initial site is done and open.
Please contact me if you have questions.
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