Designing for the Web
Whenever you have a web project in mind, I will meet / chat / Zoom to go over what your needs are – is it a new site? are you fed up with what you have? is it not generating any contacts for you?
The questions you need to think about are … why do I want this? what do I expect this web thing to do for me? who am I aiming it at? should I just try to do it myself or is it really worth the hassle plus I have no idea what I’m doing?
Once we decide we are going ahead with your project we can discuss terms based on how much work will be required, how quickly you need it by and so on. Typically you can expect to pay 50% up front and settle the rest when you’re happy and the web thing is live on the internet.
There will be web hosting and admin charges to bear in mind, probably 12% of the site cost annually, subject to etc etc.
There is an option to build your site for a very low up front cost and pay a set monthly fee by standing order for everything – the design work, the maintenance work, the domain name registration, the web hosting costs, the whole lot.
This makes it easier for you to budget and know how much your site is costing you on a monthly basis. No periodic big bills! Don’t worry, my price scale is very competitive. You won’t have to sell the house / dog / first born.
Most websites being produced today are done using WordPress. They look great (they can look awesome!) and they’re relatively easy to keep updated with new content once the design is live.
The basic WordPress software is totally free, the addition of optional ‘plugin’ modules can add cost to varying degrees (usually £20 to £200 per module depending on what they do!).
Clearly the more things that get added the more work there is in integrating them, testing them and supporting them on an ongoing basis.
If you can live with a very simple WordPress site (perfectly possible!) your site won’t cost very much.
We can include your Facebook or Twitter page feeds for example, photo galleries, slideshows, mailing lists or online shopping carts, whatever it takes.
To get the best of this sort of thing could well point to paid plugins. Everything is a balancing act.
Access to the sites is by login and password, so you can edit the content yourself once it’s up there, you can farm out your content updates to as many others as you wish should you be fortunate enough to have them!
You can control who gets to do what as well.
Joomla! is not for the amateur web creator … but in the right hands it can be used to create impressive small to medium scale websites with lots of users and lots of data.
Broadly speaking it’s harder to break than WordPress, harder to learn but more secure and capable of holding a massive amount of information.
If your project is suitable for using Joomla! it will be fairly obvious and we can certainly point things that way as required. Don’t worry about which you need, it will be obvious.
There’s no web development thing called Socks. Your cat might be.