For most of my clients, I install a WordPress CMS and customize responsive (mobile-friendly) themes. I like to use WordPress because I can have more control over the visual design. If you are familiar with WordPress or any other blogging platform, it’s easy to update page content yourself. There’s free tutorials I can point you to as well. If WordPress is not your thing, the site should be on a platform that you feel comfortable interfacing with and updating on your own. Wix has affordable sites these days, with a drag and drop editor that might make more sense to you. There is also Weebly. Squarespace is more suited for folks who want online stores because they have the best integration.
Domain and Web Hosting
First you need to purchase a domain (if you haven’t already) and a web hosting plan. The cost varies depending on who you go with. These charges are separate from my web design service. I can also help you transfer your site to a new host if needed.
Domains are about $8/year and if you don’t already have one, you can often purchase it at the same time as you purchase your web hosting plan.
Some sample pricing as of August 2018:
BlueHost is $2.95/mo first year, and $7.99/mo after that for a 36 month term. This one offers more bandwidth and site storage than A Small Orange.
A Small Orange (Tiny Plan) is $5.92/mo first year billed up front; rate stays the same after that ($71/year).
I work with you to create the visual look and feel (designing a logo mark in some cases, and utilizing color, font face, texture, and graphics); I also set up the pages and navigation. I encourage you to take a look at my portfolio to get a sense of my aesthetic.
I charge $500 – $900 sliding scale (at least $30/hour). I start work when I have all content for the site and half of the payment up front. Turn-around time varies, but would be approximately one month from consultation to launch, including 1-2 review periods to get your feedback.
If the above works for you, we can set up an initial consultation meeting via phone or Google Hangouts to discuss your needs, timeline, contract, and invoicing.
To prepare for the meeting, consider these questions and come with notes:
1) Who’s coming to your site and for what reasons? What do you want them to take away? What kind of information or action do you want site visitors to be able to access or do easily?
2) What are some website designs you are drawn to?
3) What is your vision for color palette, look and feel, and texture? What is the energy of you and your work?