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WEBSITE DESIGN

Need a custom website designed? I can design your site from from the ground up or we can launch your site using a pre designed template that you select (some of which are free). Choosing a template is definitely the cheaper alternative to hiring someone to design a site from scratch. In addition to this website here's some others that were designed from scratch:

Attorney website

Radio Station website

Real Estate website

(more to be posted soon)

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$8.95 per year - Register a unique domain.

hosting$166.80 for 2 years (or $107.40 per year) - Pay a web space hosting company such as LunarPages to host your site. CLICK HERE for details about their basic plan which includes one domain registration at no cost for the first year. CLICK HERE for the pricing plan.

(Optional) One time $70.00 (average) purchase of 3rd party design template - Template route is much cheaper than having a site designed from the ground up.

(Optional) Pay for third party stock photos, vector graphics, etc. Great pictures makes a huge difference in creating a big impression and conveying professinalism. Shutterstock charges $50 for 5 photos or 2 images for $30. We also have a library of Shutterstock images from which we can offer an unlimited number images for $50.

My labor cost varies depending on the scope. Expect to pay $1,000 for creation of a website based on a template. You can pay us to either design your site from the ground up or to design your site based around a third party paid template such as one sold at TemplateMonster.com.

Includes designing your site with special attention to keyword density for search engine optimization. Does not include promotion of your site, although we can do this for a fee or tell you what you need to do.

Includes uploading your site to your hosting service, and pointing your domain name to your site's landing page.

Includes creation of banner image and other unique personalized images for your site. Keep in mind that even templates will likely require some personalized images.

ecommerce(Optional) Are you selling a product online? Get set up with ccnow.com, a low cost 3rd party company which hosts a shopping cart and processes online credit card and Pay Pal orders. There are no monthly fees but they typically charge approximately 10% of the transaction amount. If ccnow's 10% charge sounds like a lot, it actually is not. Consider that this will save you about $30 per month by not maintaining a merchant account, paid shopping cart, and Authorize.net charges. Also the web design work in order to get set up to process credit cards through your own merchant account is considerable. Taking this expensive extra step does not make sense unless and until you reach and maintain a certain sales threshold.

(Optional) Pay for ongoing changes to your website at a cost of $20 per hour.

(Optional) Pay for a promotional online video.

Does not include writing of your text content. Although we will typically make basic suggestions, it is ultimately up to you to provide your text content.

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

We highly recommend looking over the vast array of paid templates that are available for sale. Even if you think that you want your site designed from scratch you should find some ideas that you like. If you still would like to have a site designed from scratch we would create some test layouts (which are easily created using Adobe Illustrator) for your approval. The time consuming part is actually creating the site using HTML, CSS, and Java code.

You will need to provide unique text content for your site pages. This is very important because a site that is rich in content will be favored by search engines like Google. A shell of a website will be "penalized" in search engine rankings. The more pages the better. Not sure what text content to add? See what your competitors are doing. Make sure that your text content is original and not copied from another site.

There are many things to take into consideration when planning out a website. One is whether or not you want your site to be "responsive". A responsive site is designed to look optimal across not just desktop computers but iPads and iPhones that have smaller screens. For example, a responsive website viewed on a desktop computer may have a horizontal navigation bar, but when the same site is viewed on an iPhone, the navigation bar changes to a vertical bar. The downside to a responsive website is that what may be optimal for an iPhone visitor, is not always optimal for the desktop computer user. More design work and planning is required to create a responsive website. Also keep in mind that just because a website is not responsive does not mean that a visitor using a small screen will not be able to view your site. It usually just means that they will have to work a little harder to navigate your site. Many people who use iPhones have become accustomed to viewing websites that are not optimized for their small screen anyway.

You can also choose from a fluid layout versus a fixed layout. This is a complex topic, but generally a fluid website will shrink and expand according the visitor's screen resolution, browser zoom setting, and other factors. This might be a good idea for some website designs but a bad idea for other designs. A fluid site design can cause certain layout objects to get moved completely out of place. Each has advantages and disadvantages, but we generally go with a fixed layout when designing a centered site from the ground up.

Other things to think about include whether or not you want to have certain special effects integrated into your site such as fading transitions. For example when you click from page to page on this web site the main text body and blue container slowly fade in and out. The downside to having these effects is that older browsers may not support these effects, and not everyone is computer savy enought to update their browser. Some people, although not many, are still using very outdated and fussy versions of Internet Explorer. For example click here to see a chart explaining which browser versions support CSS "gradient" backgrounds like the gradient background (behind this text) that fades diagnally from blue to white to blue.

FACTS: Currently 14.6% of web traffic in North America uses SmartPhones. 5.6% of traffic uses tablets.