Frequently Asked Questions About Building A Website
WordPress is the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS) and over a quarter of all websites in the world are built using WordPress. Through the use of plugins, it is extremely flexible which allows designers and developers to create and modify layouts and applications without creating custom, one-time-use projects. This reduces development costs and deployment time of a website project. Plus, the interface is easy to use for non-technical people to learn and use going forward.
Most b2b and b2c small businesses do not need something other than WordPress. We’ve been building websites since 1995 — long before nearly all website development companies have been around — and we’ve worked with a lot of platforms. Honestly, if an agency is pushing an unknown or new CMS, it’s likely because it’s in their best interest, not yours. They can use such a platform to lock you into a relationship instead of giving you the flexibility to hire another company in the future.
That said, for some of the more complicated sites we’ve built, we have not used WordPress. But these are not for small-to-midsize business.
Website costs vary dramatically. Some agencies charge a small development cost upfront then monthly fees forever. While this is an easy investment initially, it means you pay more for the site in the end. Some of these agencies don’t even allow you to own your domain name to make sure you’re locked in. With us, you always own your domain name.
Our Essential Website package, priced at $X,XXX, can be paid upfront or financed over a period of time, without holding you hostage forever. Our semi-custom website design and development costs are, on average, in the $6,000 - $10,000 range while sophisticated, complex custom work can cost up to a $100,000 or more.
We generally work on a time-and-materials basis so you’re only charged for the amount of time it takes to complete your website. An exception to this is our Essential Website package, which is a fixed price for a defined scope. Our semi-custom and custom website projects are estimated in 3 separate parts: Design & Development, Content Writing, and Search Engine Optimization.
As part of developing the Website Plan, we identify what is needed in terms of content and technical and functional requirements. We take an outside-in approach to creating your Plan by first looking at the information needs of your buyers and other audiences. Then we define a website structure to address those needs and coax them through your sales process as much as possible — including filling a form as a lead.
From start to finish, mid-sized projects take about 3-4 months. This starts with the Website Plan and ends with search engine optimization and go-live. Larger websites with more complex technical and functional requirements can take up to six to eight months.
Whenever possible, we like you to provide images/graphics that are consistent with your brand, messaging and collateral. However, our design team is skilled in finding images that reflect your brand if you don’t have anything. We also have professional photographers who can do custom photo shoots as well.
A website designer creates the overall look & feel — how your audiences will see and use the site. A website developer codes the functionality to make it work.
A Search Engine Optimization quote is always included with each website project. In fact, our Essential Website package includes search optimization. While SEO is optional on our semi-custom and custom sites, we highly recommend initial SEO be done to insure your website is properly indexed into Google correctly upon launch. After launch, we always recommend ongoing search engine optimization programs since things change and your site needs to monitored and updated to continue to attract people who are searching for your product or service.
We see website development projects as a key initiative for your business. Therefore, we love to have very involved and engaged clients, but it’s not necessary. We can simply let you know when we need feedback on the content and graphics we generate and get the project done for you with minimal time on your part. Regardless, we manage the project or keep it on budget. Our project managers have years of experience and will provide status updates, timelines, and deadlines as the project progresses.
Yes. All our websites utilize responsive design, which means they adjust and render correctly on any browser, tablet or mobile device.
Yes. Once a project is paid for in full, it’s completely owned by you.