Recent Questions and answers
Q. What can a website do for me?Many businesses don't understand what a professional website will do for them, and consider it an unnecessary expense. With 75% of Americans online (204.3 million), failing to establish an internet presence could be a very costly mistake.
A website offers many more possibilities than any other form of advertising. Imagine advertising in a magazine in which you control all of the content. You not only get your name out there, but you have all the space in the world to tell them about your company, why your company is better, and why they should choose you. Your website may be all of the information a waffling customer needs to make their decision.
Deploying a professional website can offer your business many other advantages, such as:
- Enhancing your business' professional image
- Dramatically increase sales by reaching more potential customers
- Save time by educating your customers about you and your products
- Inexpensive advertising that supplements print, tv, and radio advertising
- Increasing your accessibility-- your customers can visit your website 24 hours a day to get information, even if your brick and mortar business is closed
- Gives you a competitive edge over your competition, especially if they have a shoddy or non-existent website
- Improves customer relations and builds customer loyalty
Q. How much does a website cost?The cost of a website is determined by your individual needs, the size, complexity, and the features you would like to have. The price of a typical 5-10 page information-only website differs greatly from a large e-commerce enabled website selling hundreds of products.
In general, the larger and more experienced the design team is, the higher their rates are. Some large design firms don't take on a project for less than $10,000. You will find others who will do it for a few hundred dollars. Unless you are a Fortune 500 company or at the other end of the spectrum and on a really tight budget, we don't recommend either. The former is too exorbitant for most, and if you go for the latter, you may end up with a fresh-faced college kid who is looking for experience. Sometimes the old adage is true-- you really do get what you pay for.
Our design services are ideal for small-to-medium sized businesses who are looking for professional, high-quality websites that won't break the bank. Most of our projects run between $100-$10000, depending on your needs, goals and expectations.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. These days there is a lot of skepticism about "website designers". You must always do your research before finding the "right" developer for the project. References are a must, portfolio of web examples, These are things you should always look for when hiring a developer. Make sure your web developer/designer will produce a contract and invoices for the safety of both the client and developer. This why there are no confusions with what is expected of the developer.
Q. Why shouldn't I build it myself with Front Page (or have my friend/niece/nephew do it for free)?It takes several years to develop the talent and skills that professional web designers possess, and it is not something that can quickly or easily be learned from reading a quick start guide to web design or by using a website building program like Microsoft Frontpage (no matter what the infomercials promise you!)
Personal sites are fun places to experiment and develop your skills, but business websites should always be held to a much higher standard. A website's success depends on your ability to convince your customers to conduct business with you. A visitor should always leave your site with the thought that your website is worth returning to-- that your site is either an invaluable resource that no one else has, or that you have a product or service they simply can't live without. A professional website says "Hey, we're with it, we're up to date, we're technologically sophisticated." If your website looks unprofessional, then by association, you look unprofessional.
Q. What is your payment policy?We typically require 1/2 of the total project price before we begin development. The remaining balance is paid after the project is finished but before the website is launched.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Well most of my clients assume by having a professionally designed website created that they will be found through search engines and can produce business with out any advertising. Well your wrong if you thought that, because most websites now a days have other competition and Search Engine Optimization or Paid Advertising online is a MUST.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you produce contracts for both parties?
Do you have a Portfolio of your example work?
Where are you located?
Are there any hidden monthly fees once completed?
Will you send me invoices of proof of payment?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Detailed information about what exactly they are looking for.
How many Pages, Menu items, color schemes, etc.
Do you have a Domain or hosting yet? If not find out if your developer can provide that to you.
Always ask questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
* I hope I helped answer enough questions in order to lead you to the right developer, if not..give me a call :)
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Instead of jumping from project to project, I finish off one large project at a time and handle smaller projects daily. So I have hands on 1 on 1 with my client until completed.