FAQs

Pricing Qs

PRICES: How do Basic | Advanced | Premium prices work?

The Basic | Advanced | Premium price range indicates what you can expect a website to cost when working with me. 

I email you an exact quote for the job based on what I can best calculate the amount of work it will be for the specified things that will be done.

Before giving you an exact quote for your website, we would first need to talk in detail via Skype about where you are at, what you want to do, what options there are for you available, and so on.

Alternative to a fixed-price package is the Hourly Rate option for building your website , where I simply log the hours that I work and you pay on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

PAYMENT PLAN: What payment plan do I chose for the website package?

Normally payment is a two-stage plan: an initial deposit of 65% paid prior to any work starting, and the 35% remaining due on website completion. 

Where the price is above $1300, a three-stage is optional: an initial deposit of 40% and then 30% when the website is largely completed and 30% again upon completion.

Webhosting

Do you provide WEBHOSTING?

Yes, currently I exclusively offer my website design and development clients THE Amazing Duo webhosting service, which has great features (including multi-domain/multi-email hosting, free SSL, cPanel).

As a website design and development client, webhosting with THE Amazing Duo starts at USD $15/year for 3GB space, USD $25/year for 6GB space, USD $35/year for 10GB, etc. No setup cost and you can change plans anytime as your website grows. Choose between server locations in USA or Europe.

The first year of webhosting is FREE. Please get in touch for more details.

For those who simply want to host with me without website development/management, please get in touch to find out if you are eligible and what the standard rates would be.

General Qs

DO IT YOURSELF: Should I try to do as much as I can on WordPress before reaching out to a good web designer for help?

If you are keen to learn to have full control of your WordPress website, I believe for the vast majority of people, it's better that they focus on doing that after the website has been completed.

A completely DIY approach to building your website can be a long, unpleasant and, in hindsight, a regrettable experience for many.

Good website design involves a strong knowledge of a wide range of disciplines that include such things as marketing, graphics, design, and copy. Attempting to learn everything at once can be quite overwhelming, and is not so efficient as a learning technique, especially while growing and evolving as a businesess.

DIY can keep you in a prison of your own making.

More often than not, when people come to me wanting help with fixing their half-completed or already completed website, either done by themselves or a web designer with low standards, I question whether it would be better and faster just to start with a fresh canvas and do it all again. If you provide a novice's painting to a master painter to work with and try to fix it up by touching it up here and there - yes, it will get better. But it's unlikely to turn into a masterpiece unless most of it is painted over, and even then only if it's centered around a completely new design.

Consider having a suitable web designer by your side as a consultant and mentor to guide you to a good start and help you quickly troubleshoot issues you encounter along the way.

This is not normally something that web designers like to offer and many may not even be competent at doing this. If you are still keen on building the website yourself as much as you can on your own, have the time and energy to do so, and would like a mentor and guide, get in touch with me for a Smart-Start.

Whatever you choose, consulting with a good web designer about your website, someone who you think you may choose to work with later down the line, is a smart move!

WORDPRESS VS OTHER PLATFORMS: Why should I choose WordPress instead of Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace?

WordPress is a powerful platform that can do almost anything and costs very little to maintain. So why do people get lured away 'inferior' subscriptions with Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and the like, that have a higher price point?

The big hurdle for many people is simply that WordPress is harder to setup on their own.

Many are quickly lured by the promise of a quick and easily managed website. What these people may not realize is that once their WordPress website is actually set up, it can be just as quick to learn how to manage, especially with a suitable page builder plugin and some help and video guides from a good web designer. And this is exactly what I do with many of my clients.

The cost of a good web designer setting you up on WordPress pays for itself.

This is partly because the maintenance costs of  self hosted WordPress websites are only a fraction of the yearly fees of Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace subscriptions.

But there are other more important additional advantages that come with working with a good WordPress web designer from the get-go that helps pay for itself. In the process of creating your WordPress website, a good web designer will try to work with you to improve the overall standards of design, features, and conversions, leading to greater chances of success for your business. A web designer brings his professional knowledge and experience to add to your advantage.

Another consideration is that hours and hours of your valuable time is spared to be able to focus on building your business, rather than building an amateur-looking website. In the end you come out with a more professional website and better handle on your business.

The key to the most success with WordPress is having an experienced WordPress web designer to help you get started.

You are then unlimited in terms of what you can then continue to do with your website once it's on WordPress! Whereas some businesses that pivot and grow can encounter subtle limitations with what they can do on their Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace plan, and start looking elsewhere again or simply resign themselves to what they have become familiar with.