What to Expect
A lot of people think that what they are paying for when they get a new website is like any other product they buy. If there’s a problem with this “thing” after they’ve purchased it they can send it back for a redesign; at no charge.
A website is not at all like a product. Unlike buying a new car, there is no Lemon Law remedy you can turn to if your website breaks within the first year or 30,000 hits; whichever comes first. There are no guarantees or factory warranties.
The two most common questions asked in regards to website design proposals are: How much does a new website cost, and how long does it take?
When it comes to designing, or redesigning, a new website the answer to both questions really is "it depends." Liken it to asking an architect how much it would cost to build a house. Do you want a one-story, 2 bedroom home, or do you want a multi-level home with all of the latest custom upgrades and appliances?
Here's where "it depends" comes into play:
- Will your site be a static website, a WordPress site, or something else?
- Will you be placing all of the content yourself?
- Will we need to purchase stock photos for your site?
- If it's a WordPress site, will it be a small starter site, or a full-blown content-rich site with added features such as video and/or photo galleries, or a multi-level slider?
- If your web project is an update to an existing site: How easy is it to make updates to the current site? Updates/changes to static sites could take a lot longer than WordPress sites, though some WordPress sites are more difficult to update due to the theme that's being used. An example of a more complicated WordPress theme would be one of the over-bloated themes from ThemeForest.
So basically, it really depends on the the size and scope of the project.
If you want to make a lot of changes to your current site, then you’re probably looking at a website rebuilt from the ground up. A brand new website may or may not use your existing content and/or media (videos, graphics, and so on).
Regardless of the size of your website, every project is performed in a professional and timely manner. However, this does not mean that we will put whatever you want on your site, regardless of whether or not it will work, or how badly it looks, in order to complete the project on schedule. If something simply will not work, I'll simply let you know – and will try to provide alternatives.
Turn around times vary depending on the size and scope of the project, but most of all, on the timely manner in which all content is received. If it's a small starter site, your site can be ready for public consumption within 24 business hours. On larger sites, the time frame can be 3 to 6 weeks.
Web Design & Development Process
- Initial Consultation and Information Gathering
- Design Concept Presented
- Delivery / Launch
Whether it’s a small personal website or a website for a multi-million dollar company, the goal is the same; visually appealing, easy-to-navigate, Mobile Responsive websites designed to fit your target audience and your budget!
Perception is Everything
Your website is not your brand. It is, however, a major element of your brand and will often be your potential new clients/customers first impression of your business. Your website will be how people perceive you and your business.
In a study conducted by the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, nearly half (46.1%) of the participants said that the website’s design and functionality was the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of the presented material and the company presenting it.
Founder of User Interface Engineering and research expert Jared M. Spool claims “brands are perceptions” and “brand elements, such as names, logos, tag lines, trademarks, and packaging, are shortcuts to those perceptions.” People are drawn towards brands they trust, which means that the design elements will directly affect your overall branding strategy.
Your website engages more prospects on a daily basis than an entire sales team possibly could.
It’s All About YOU!
This is, after all, your Website; not a web designer's portfolio!
The overall look of your site is precisely how your customers, vendors, and others you do business with are going to perceive your professionalism within your industry. We don’t crank out websites like hamburgers or oil changes, which means that we don’t outsource your web project to other countries. While our clients are located across the U.S., all work is done right here in San Diego, CA. — with the exception of a Programmer in New York who is called upon from time to time to assist with a specific project.
As your Web Designer, it’s my job to make sure that you’re treated as if you have the only website on the planet, and that you are my only client. Even after we launch your new website, I will continue to be a voice of guidance and support; for as long as you want me to be.
Your web project will go as quickly, smoothly and painlessly as possible. Working on a website should be fun, easy, and not cause you to max out your credit cards.
I work hard to create websites that meet and exceed expectations, and let my passion and enthusiasm show through my work -- but most of all, through customer service. I believe that if you are truly satisfied with my services I will never need to spend a dime on advertising. Thus far, I’ve never had to! I enjoy growing my business by word-of-mouth referrals from happy clients!
For over 25 years, I’ve been involved with working on the Internet in one fashion or another; from managing large online communities, to teaching classes online, to designing websites. I look forward to helping you with your new, or redesigned, website!
"I want to drop a note to let you know that I really appreciate your taking time out to review my new site prior to publishing. We went over many details and you are never afraid to put in more work to improve the site so that it pleases me. I don’t often find nice people who are also efficient and competent; so when I do, I need to make sure to hang on to them close. You are one of those rare finds: you are so nice, professional, and patient"
No Web Designer is an Island.
We are legion!
I have the pleasure of working with Programmers, Graphic Artists, WordPress Plugin Developers, and countless numbers of tech support people with various Web Hosting companies. On any given day, and sometimes several times a day, I’m reaching out to one or more of my “support icons” for assistance with a project, or a problem on a server. Without such skilled and dedicated talent, websites wouldn’t be ever-changing, ever-evolving, and always improving!
Do you want your website to be a lead generation tool, SEO-friendly AND work on all mobile devices?
Then you will not be disappointed in our stellar customer service!