I have come across many questions since I began building websites in 2010. It has been a blessing to find the answers and help business owners. Here are a few of them that may help you.
I don’t know much about the internet or websites. Can you help me?
No worries, I’m here to guide you and help your understand your options. All you need is a computer and reliable internet connection. I come alongside you, and make your business shine for potential customers who are on the internet.
How much does a website cost?
The cost of a website really depends on what’s all involved in your website. My website projects typically start at $3,000 and move up depending on your unique needs.
How long does it take to design and build a website?
How long a website takes to design and build depends on what kind of website you’re looking for, and how much of your content is ready to go. A basic website typically takes 2-3 months.
Do I need my own domain name and web hosting?
No, I can help you set up your domain name and hosting. I also include both in my ongoing Website Care plans.
Will my website work on mobile devices?
Absolutely! All websites I build work responsively on mobile. Depending on your requirements, I optimize your site for mobile devices.
Do you write the text for my website?
While I do edit and prepare your content, I don’t directly write your content. If you need help with this, I can put you in contact with a copywriter who specializes in writing for the web.
Do you do the photos for my website?
I don’t offer photography services, however, I can find and purchase stock photography for your website, or I can work with a photographer to get photos of your products or of your team.
Can you keep my site updated?
I offer Website Care plans for ongoing security and software updates. Some plans also include updating the content of your website, or updating your business information across Google and online directories.
Do you do eCommerce / Online Store websites?
Do you do Event websites?
Do you do Employee Portals or private membership content?
Do you build online applications / intake forms / testimonial forms?
What is a Content Management System?
A Content Management System is a tool that allows you to maintain the pages of your website yourself, without the need for any technical skills. A CMS allows you to edit and add pages, images, products or blog entries to your website. No additional software is required – all you need is a web browser and an internet connection.
Do you provide training?
Yes, I provide all clients with training on maintaining their website.
Can you help me with Social Media and Email Marketing?
As part of branding, I can design the main logos and profile photos for your social media accounts. I can also design email templates in your email marketing accounts. If you need social media marketing or email marketing, I can put you in touch with specialists in that field.
What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
Search Engine Optimization is all about getting your website higher up in the search results on search engines such as Google. The higher up the results you are, the more traffic (and customers) you’re likely to get. There are many aspects that go into achieving good SEO, and one of the most important is the copy (words) on your website. Focus on well written, keyword rich, and appropriate content is the key.
Can you provide SEO for my site?
I focus on what I’m good at — branding and websites. For SEO services, I can give you recommendations on the best local people to help you.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your name address on the internet. If we compare it to a brick-and-mortar store, it would be like registering the name of your store. For example, Whole Foods. A domain name would be something like www.wholefoods.com
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is where your website (and possibly email) lives. If we compare it to our example above, web hosting would be the land on which you walk or drive while shopping at that Whole Foods store. You see, Whole Foods would need to pay to register the name of their store (domain name) and also pay for the real estate to set up their store (web hosting). Web hosting is essentially a computer that houses your website and email data for users to access.
Do you design technical drawings / blueprints?
Yes, I have designed construction manuals and building floor plans to scale.
Can you help me get testimonials for my website?
Yes, I can either teach you how to get testimonials from your clients, or contact them on your behalf. Here’s an example of what I did for a previous client.
My phone number is wrong on Google. Can you fix it?
Yes, I offer an Online Info Care Plan to manage your company information throughout the web.
I have negative reviews online. Is there is a way to counter that?
Yes, I offer an Online Reviews Care Plan to manage your online reviews.
Can you design my logo?
My best work is designing your brand and collateral around your logo and message. If you need someone to create your logo itself, I can put you in contact with a logo designer.
I need business cards / brochures / flyers / presentation folders. Can you get that for me?
Yes, I offer print and design services for your branding collateral.
I need a mailer / billboard / vehicle signage / store sign. Can you provide?
Yes, I offer print and design services for your marketing.
Can you design a letterhead for my business in Microsoft Word?
Yes, I can set you up with a letterhead on MS Word or similar, where you can type your letter and print from your own computer.
My email isn’t working right. Can you help me figure it out?
If it’s part of my Website Care Plan, yes. If it’s related to your computer access, I don’t provide computer-related help. I can point you to a computer specialist or your email provider for further troubleshooting.
Can you set up my email?
If it’s part of my Website Care Plan, yes. For email options, I recommend using G Suite, Zoho, or Office 365. For email setup on your computer, I recommend getting in touch with your computer specialist. If you would like a branded email signature, I can design that for you, and show you how to set it up automatically.