A Practical Guide to Getting What YOU Want!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my options for a web site?
You have basically 3 options for your website…
- Do it yourself.
- Have us do it for you.
- A combination of 1 and 2 above.
The options above usually have to do with cost, time or both. You will save money by DIY at the expense of the time to negotiate the learning curve. Most people go for option 3 where we assemble the basics for you and you put in the content yourself and tweak the site to your liking as you go.
We refer to this as “scaled development”.
How much does a web site cost?
This is usually your first consideration. You likely have a lot of business expenses already and you don’t want to make any costly mistakes. Thankfully a website is quite forgiving and can be quite easily changed at little or no cost, indeed it can and should change over time as your business grows or changes.
If you have a site already or if you know pretty much exactly what you want it to look like and what you want it to do then we can give you a pretty firm idea if your requirements fall outside our normal basic start up plan.
Often, our business customers have not had a site before or have had a simple “do nothing” presence and they don’t really know what they want, or more to the point they don’t know what their new site could be capable of.
In this instance we recommend starting small and relatively cheap and then as your knowledge of the online options grows you can make decisions on what you want to do next, then simply add to the site as you need to.
base set up $899.00 inlc GST (do graphic)
with what you get link.
What does this base set up actually give me?
Are there any Ongoing costs?
You need a domain name eg: bobswelding.com.au; thebestbakeryonearth.net etc etc. Domain names are different prices for different types. If you already have a domain name, that’s great, you can (or we can) simply point it to your new web site.
If you don’t have a domain name, please, please, please talk to us first before you purchase one, you can get one through us at very competitive rates where as other domain name providers can charge ridiculous amounts and we would also like to advise you on the best domain name so you don’t waste your money, so please see us first.
For details on current domain prices and what the differences are and which is better for you then see here.
You need a place for your site to live, this is referred to as web site hosting. Like a domain name you have to have it and it is an annual cost. We build your website on our own web site hosting servers where we provide free hosting support and security. Currently the annual cost is just $108 per year for unlimited storage and bandwidth. For more information see here.
Note that when we build your web site, your domain name and hosting is included for the first year…FREE!
So how do you I get started?
Complete the questionnaire here, this gives us a good idea of your wants and needs.
I don’t want to make the wrong choice and waste time and money?
We understand. We don’t want you to waste time or money either, so, what about we give you a 100% money back, no questions, satisfaction guarantee?
Also, if you think you want to test the waters with making changes to your own website first we will set you up with a trial FREE! no commitments…no payments, you wont even need a domain name to get started.
Every thing changes so quickly these days, we don’t want to be left with an out-dated system that doesn’t suit our needs or doesn’t keep up with technology.
Word press is our preferred and recommended user platform. Currently there are over 20’000’000 business web sites and blogs built world wide on this platform which is regularly updated, usually monthly. Also Word Press has a community of developers devoted to making new themes, improvements and upgrades in the form of “plug ins”. These themes and plugins currently number in excess of 40’000 and are being added to daily.
What this means is that if you have an idea of what you want your site to do, we can almost guarantee there is a plugin to do it, and, if there isn’t we can build it for you. Oh…and the vast majority of these plugins and themes are either totally FREE or at a very nominal cost!
Can I make changes to the site myself?
A website should not be a finite entity, it should be updated with new information regularly, and, it should be able to be done by YOU, your staff or anyone without relying on an expensive developer or guru.
You get a link and login details to the administrator section where you or your staff can easily add new content and pages, change product prices and anything else you could want.
If you don’t want to make your own changes or you don’t have time then we can do it for you as and when required at our current hourly rate.
What are some other web site options I should look at?
You may be familiar with some of the online site builders such as provided by Wix or Vista Print. There is nothing wrong with these and we even have a similar offering called Basekit that operates very similar with “drag and drop” technology. We get a lot of customers who have tried these systems but have found they are quite basic and they outgrow their limited functionality quite quickly plus, (they tend to look like they were built by a high school kid back in 2000).
We provide a base product utilising a Content Management System (CMS) called Word Press, we also offer other systems such as Zen cart, Joomla, Drupal and many others but for 95% of the business community, Word Press is the “ants pants” with over 20’000’000 sites built world wide on this, the most popular platform available.
This base product is fully complete as is and can be expanded and upgraded by you without any additional cost.
We can also build scratch custom sites if you have very particular requirements. Please contact us for pricing and more information.
Why would I want a website anyway?
Websites exist for many purposes – from simple contact information through to a complete customer information, sales and management system. Setting down a clear answer to the simple question: ‘Why do I want a website?’ starts the whole process off with clarity. The answer may change as you see what is possible, but start with the answer that is right for now, because, your web site should be able to evolve as your business grows and your understanding of what is possible becomes clearer.