Your website - your 'first impression'.
In our 'wired world' when people look for a business or service, typically they will turn first to their computers and go to Google or Bing and type in what they are looking for. Studies show that 51% of U.S. adults get information about local businesses from the Internet1, so why on earth would you NOT want a website for your business?
Typically, your customers will check out your website before they call or visit, in order to get your contact information, location, or even an idea of the range and quality of services or products you provide. In finding this information, they also get their first impression of you through your website. If you don't have a website, your potential client will either opt to use a phonebook, or (since they're already at their computer) will simply move on to one of your competitors who does. If you do have a website but it is outdated, confusing or lacks the information they seek it leaves the wrong impression.
Give your website visitors the right 'first impression' by presenting them with a well designed site with functionality that will deliver the information and services you want them to have.
Your website design starts with a stable foundation. We utilize a content management system (CMS) as the basis of your website. Content management systems are basically database driven websites that allow you (the owner) to go in and change content at-will. If you can handle a program like Microsoft's Word, you can make content changes easily. Then we add the functionality you require with add-on modules that work with the CMS to deliver your content and data. We wrap it all up in a template that gives your website the "look-and-feel" you want. The beauty of all of this is that in the end, you have a website that works and is easily updated and managed by you or your webmaster.
What do we mean by functionality? Well, lets say you'd like to have the ability for your visitors to "like" you on facebook, or you'd like to offer them a members-only section on your website, or you'd like to offer them a discussion forum. These are just examples of the many added functions I can add to the ones I already provide in your basic site.
What will my website cost? I hear that a lot. Its like asking a contractor, "how much will a house cost?" We all know that homes cost differently based on how many bedrooms, bathrooms, total size, finish, location, etc. Its more-or-less the same with websites. Anyone who's standard answer is a set amount isn't being realistic. Honestly, like building a home - it depends on what you want.
Do you have a domain name? If so - chance are high that you already have a hosting arrangement, or at least a domain-based relationship with a web host. If you need a web host or need a domain name, we can help with that. I have a relationship with a web hosting company, and can set all of this up for you in your own account with you having full control over access. A hosting account is relatively inexpensive.
Website Design & Implementation
You can pay anywhere from nothing* to thousands of dollars and you can deal with anyone from local folks to offshore groups. Basically, what we do is to charge for time, and we pass through any additional costs associated with any specific add-on software you may require (typically cheap or free). We identify these in our quote based on your specific requirements. We have built websites ranging from $250 to $2,000. It all depends on what you need, and how much time we spend. How rational is that?
*obviously most 'free' websites come with caveats. The old adage - you get what you pay for applies.
Ongoing costs have three components: domain name, hosting and maintenance. The first two should be relatively low, and the maintenance costs will be dependant upon what you require from us. Normally, a website that requires nothing more than content changes, will have zero maintenance costs - if you do the changes via your content management panel. If you need assistance, we can provide that as well for our normal hourly rate on an as-needed or under a maintenance contract.