FAQs: Website Design

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A WEBSITE?

The turnaround time for website development is usually 4-12 weeks, depending on the size and complexity of your site.

 

HOW MUCH DOES A WEBSITE COST?

Pricing varies from site to site depending on the complexity. Check out our Pricing page for a general idea of how much my websites cost.

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WEBSITE IS DONE?

I want you to have total control of your site, so once your website is complete, you may make ongoing changes and updates yourself through a content management system. Alternatively, you can hire me to manage your site and make changes and updates, but there is no ongoing commitment to use my services.

 

ARE THERE ONGOING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH HAVING A WEBSITE?

The only automatic ongoing costs for most business websites are third-party website hosting fees and domain name renewal fees. E-commerce web sites (online stores) will have more ongoing costs, including SSL certificates, merchant account and payment gateway costs. Websites that have special booking features, membership websites or other special functionality may also require ongoing plug-in costs.

 

WILL MY WEBSITE BE VIEWABLE ON TABLETS AND PHONES?

Your website will be completely viewable and functional on tablets and cell phones. No Flash will be used unless specifically requested. You will also have a “mobile sized website” specifically optimized for cell phones (a separate mini site that resembles an app).

 

WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO FIND MY WEBSITE ON GOOGLE AND OTHER SEARCH ENGINES?

The simple answer is yes. Yes, search engines will find your website, but how high they will rank on it depends on dozens of factors. Squarespace is an extremely SEO-friendly content management system. Your website will be optimized for search engines and “web robots” by including pertinent page titles, alternative tags (alt tags), meta data descriptions, text keywords, search-engine-friendly URLs, a tableless design, and other techniques. All important text will be “live text” rather than image-based text. No Flash will be used unless specifically requested. In addition, we will install Google Analytics so you can track website visits and where traffic is coming from. This is all a part of my standard website development process.

 

If you are interested in DIY SEO, there are designated areas for meta data and keywords for each page published to aid in SEO, and we can show you what you need to do in your training.