What To Expect and What To Prepare
It’s helpful to do a bit of research and information gathering before you approach a designer. The more you understand your objectives and desired content, the quicker the process will flow and the more cost effective your project will be.
Start by looking at other websites and make notes of what you like and don't like.
Is there a color palette or logo you need to match?
What information should your site include? The basics are home, about and contact. Other pages might be product and/or services, press, etc.
Will you be selling services or products? If so what is your fulfillment process (will you ship your own products)? Will you accept credit cards?
Do you want to include a blog?
How important is social sharing?
What is your Call To Action (CTA)? Do you want clients to be able to sign up for newsletters, follow you on social media, make a purchase, etc.?
What to Prepare (Aka Assets)
If you have an existing website much of the information gathering is already done but if not have the following items available:
Product images and information (art, shoes, toys, whatever it is you want to promote)
A bio or a few sentences describing who you are and what you do
Press if applicable
Contact information (you can make this blind if you prefer - as an example refer to the HIRE US page of this site)
Social media links: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Cost for Hosting
I design sites using Squarespace, WordPress, Shopify, Wix, Weebly or Format. Wix and Weebly offer free hosting but to remove ads and their logo, you have to subscribe. Taking that into consideration, each of these cost approximately $130 per year for hosting and another $10-15 per year for your domain if not included. If you have over 20 pages or plan to sell online (eCommerce) the cost annually is approx. $200 per year. These are ongoing charges and a credit card is required and will be debited directly from the provider annually or monthly as you prefer. Here’s where I tell you that you can purchase a GoDaddy domain and hosting plan from me using this link.
Cost for Design
Once we have discussed the specifics of your project I will provide a detailed quote. This can be based on either a project basis or an hourly rate of $100. Once we agree to move forward a deposit of 50% is due upfront with the balance due upon completion. Invoices are sent via Wave and can be paid by debit, credit or check.
It is my intention to create a site that is easy for you to manage on an ongoing basis but I am here if you need me. My rate for support is $150 per hour billed in quarter hour increments with a minimum of $50. Ongoing and monthly maintenance contracts are also available.
Ready to Start?
Contact me via the HIRE ME page. If you are local we can schedule a time to meet but since our clients are spread all over the world most of this is typically done over the phone and online.
When Can You Expect a Finished Site?
This process requires TEAMWORK. The more organized you are going into the process and the more available you are for feedback, this should go smoothly and deadlines can be met.
If there is anything I haven't answered contact me via the link on the HIRE ME page.