Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a website cost?There are quite a few factors that are going to affect the ultimate cost of your website. These factors include how many pages you are going to have, if you will sell products on your website, the graphic work involved, and how interactive your website will be. You will also need web hosting and domain name registration. Web hosting is not more than $4.99 per month for a basic business website, and the domain name registration costs can vary depending on which domain name you choose. This domain www.ambrosialdesign.com cost $14.99 per year. The shorter the domain name becomes, the more expensive is usually becomes. What's left after that is the hourly or flat hiring rate of the web designer, and whatever payments needed for extra services. Extra services may include the cost to advertise your business online, adding your business to local search listings, sending scheduled email promotions to customers, writing and editing services if needed, photography services, etc..
Do I need to hire a “local” website designer?I create websites for clients who are local as well as out of the state and country. By using the internet, email, and telephone, it is possible to communicate with clients in any location. It's always best to hire a local website designer because they will likely have a better understanding to the nature of your business that the website is being created for. Your local website designer might even already have a general knowledge of your business that they can use to your advantage.
How long does it take to have a website designed?The time frame is determined by the size of your website, the complexity of your site design, and my current client design schedule. A website with ten pages usually takes about a week. If images or logos need to be created along with the ten pages, then that would take about two weeks.
What is a domain name?A domain name is a specific web site address that you choose and register with Network Solutions (the official registrar of domain names ending in .com, .edu, .biz, and .gov). It is basically reserved space on the world wide web specifically for your website. For example, the domain name for this website is www.ambrosialdesign.com. I own this and no one else can use www.ambrosialdesign.com unless I sell it to them. It was purchased for a period of five years, and I must renew my payment in five years in order to keep this domain name active.
Can I choose you to design my site and use my own web hosting?Yes. This happens a lot when clients already have a website created, and they want it redesigned. They have already bought the hosting and registered their domain, so I will just use what my clients have already purchased. Some clients may have access to free hosting. In that case, I can use their hosting provider.
What is web hosting?Web hosting is a monthly or yearly fee that you pay to have your website accessible on the Internet. Website hosting is offered by many different companies online. They usually charge a small monthly fee to host all the files, images, and applications needed to run a website.
What is website content management?Content management is all about keeping a website updated with new content. Most professional websites have new content updated daily, weekly, or monthly. New and updated content is what will keep your targeted audience coming back. Some businesses require having a content management system set up for their website due to what kind of services they provide. This is usually large based websites like yahoo.com or amazon.com. Content management systems can include blogs, news feeds, social media site handling, new products being added to the company's inventory that require maintenance, etc..
Do you offer any type of discounts?Yes, I offer generous discounts for schools, churches, and non profit organizations. Please call or email me for more information about these discounts.
Why can't I find my website in the search engines?Once your website has been submitted to the top search engines, they may require several weeks or even months to actually spider and list your website in their directory. How fast your website is listed depends on each individual search engines' database update schedule. Watch your server traffic logs for visiting spiders. I suggest you use Guaranteed Search Engine Submit. This is what I offer my clients if they are interested in having me set this service up for them. Your website can be listed on Google, Yahoo, and Bing in just a couple of days.
Website content - What do I put on my site?That would depend on your goals for the web site. If you run a business oriented website, you would include as much information about your products or services that your customers will be purchasing from you. You will need contact information, employee information, forms related to your business, information on products, information on upcoming events, etc... I tell my clients to send plenty of photos related to their business, so the website content can be easily distinguished more visually.
I've made my decision - I want to have a website designed. What do I do now?If you have decided you want a website or have a need to consult with a website design professional, call or email me today. You can request a quote on a particular service or project by clicking below to fill out a request form.
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