REAL AVENUE DESIGN

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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Web design & development and graphic design services in the lowcountry area

Website Design FAQs

Navigating the unfamiliar waters of web design? This is a good place to start.

Most small business owners know they need a website, but that’s where it stops. While they are professionals in their own fields, they rarely know anything but the basics when it comes to website design, SEO, domain registrations, hosting, and all the details that go into a successful website plan.

Here are some straightforward answers to your questions about what I can do for you.

No hard sells, no pressure, and very transparent. If I’m not a good fit for your website solution, I’ll give you my best advice and professional recommendations.

FAQs

How much does a website cost?

Ah, the most common question, but the answer ranges broadly. It is just like estimating how much a car or a house will cost: it depends on your budget and what your needs are. My website solutions are generally geared towards the typical small business owner who doesn’t have the skills, time, or the inclination to create or manage their own site, but I can also accommodate clients who have some know-how and the desire to create a fancier site with more bells and whistles to engage with their customers.

The difference in pricing results from which/how many options are developed into the site, number of pages, if a blog or store or memberships are added, how many custom graphics need to be created, etc. Basically, it depends on how complicated your site needs to be. See my Services page for more examples.

Please keep in mind that there will be annual fees beyond paying me to create your site. First, you need to pay for a domain name and renew it every year ($9-$15). You also need to pay a hosting company to run your site on their server ($70-$350). The price here varies greatly based on speed and security options, and annual payments are required.

I am more than willing to offer my professional recommendations and opinions to help guide you through the domain name and hosting provider steps. I do not host sites, but I can save you money by helping you purchase your own instead of being a middle man. I do offer an optional no-hassle service to buy and set up your hosting for you and manage/update/make backups for you for a yearly fee.

Reach out to me in the Contact page to find out more.

How long does it take to create a website?

Typically about 1-3 weeks but it also depends on how many pages, extra features, and custom designs are on the site. Every project starts with a free quote, followed by a free consultation that will ensure we are on common ground and on the same page. This helps facilitate a smooth and transparent process for both of us.

Do you charge by the hour or by the project?

For graphic design, updates, maintenance, and small tune-ups, I charge by the hour. My graphic design rate is different than my web designing rate. Please contact me for my current rates.

For new websites, I charge by the project as written in an agreement between us. Any additional add-ons will be charged by the hour or for larger amounts of work, another contract will be written.

How do you handle payments?

I need at least 50% of the estimated fee which is non-refundable (you can pay the whole fee too) before any work is started. The remaining 50% payment is due when everything is completed to your satisfaction. Your payment terms will be fully outlined in a formal contract and scope of work.

I accept payments through Zelle, Venmo, Google Pay, PayPal, or a business check. Any payment methods that charge extra fees will be passed on to you and will be added to your bill so I receive my full rate.

I live in another state. Can we still work together?

Absolutely. I currently have clients in other states. My only requirement is that you live in the USA. I can accomplish everything I need through phone calls, emails, and video chats.

Do you redesign old websites?

Yes, I can redesign your site retaining your existing company brand, or I can redesign it to give you a completely new image.

What other services do you provide?

Besides creating new websites, updating current websites, and website management, I provide my expertise in graphic designing for web and print. Creating websites goes hand-in-hand with creating custom logos, icons, and background graphics, and can be paired with post-website marketing to update your new business cards, brochures, or anything else you have in mind. Please see my Services page for more examples.

Will I be able to update the site without a developer?

Yes, you will be able to update your website via backend access. I will train you on how to make all of the necessary edits you’ll need before our contract is up. I will also be available post-contract for any needs that may come up down the road.

Will my website be mobile ready and tablet friendly ?

Yes, all of my websites are fully responsive and will display properly on smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

What is WordPress and why do you use it?

It is a CMS (content management system) platform and is meant to make site updates and management easier for website owners with minimal help from a web developer. Without CMS sites, you would need to know how to change the code in your site manually in order to make any update. This would make your site very fast but also time-consuming for making updates, and very expensive to have a developer hand-code all of this for you.

I like to use it mainly due to the flexibility for you, the site owner (easy to update content, changing designs are simplified), and the flexibility for me, the web designer, by allowing me to add extra hand-written code to create custom modules as needed.

I’d be happy to have a consultation to discuss what is best for you and your situation.

Can you build me a site on Wix or Squarespace?

No, I do not use these proprietary platforms anymore due to their limitations for layout design and lack of responsive design. It takes me longer to make a site on one of these platforms so I decided it is not in my best interest anymore.

FYI, regardless of what you have heard, these all-in-one site builders are more expensive compared to what WordPress can do. You will be locked into their proprietary software and limited to what they sell you whereas WordPress.org is open source and free to use.

My old developer moved on. Can you step in?

Yes, I can take over the responsibilities and be your new developer. I can provide estimates in advance and work at a fair hourly wage as you need.

Can you recreate my site on another platform?

Yes, I can recreate or redesign your site but I would build it on WordPress. If your original website was built using a proprietary platform such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, or Shopify, it will have to be created from scratch due to each CMS’s proprietary software.

What can I expect from your SEO strategy?

While every new website incorporates SEO-friendly strategies, I cannot guarantee specific search engine result rankings and results. I only provide general on-site SEO for new websites unless it is agreed upon before the estimate to add a seperate charge for a higher degree of SEO. 

Every SEO scenario is unique and a laundry list of factors is at play – market size, business model, etc. The traditional key factor in SEO is regular content updates with unique and meaningful content. Content is king – which will be entirely in your hands after the site is finished.