Your New Website – What do you need?

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Your New Website – What do you need?

Everyone who gets in touch, asks me the same question… “How much is a website?
They actually want to know the cost of the site that they want, so the question isn’t the right question to ask.

Every website is slightly different.

It’s not as simple as a cost per page. One long page may have as much, or more content than 6 small pages.

Everyone wants something different and not everyone knows what they actually need.
You may want more than you need.
You may want less than you need.
You may need more than you want.
You may need less than you want.

Finding the right balance is what you really need. It’s easy to start small and grow your website as your business grows.

I can build the exact site for your needs, and if you want more than that, we can add whatever you want.

So, ask yourself…

Do you need a small site with a few pages and a couple of images or a rich dynamic website filled with lots of content, features, forms, e-commerce, functionality etc?

Is your business dependent on traditional marketing and word of mouth to gain custom or do you need to rely on search engines to drive traffic to your site? The former needs very little SEO work, the latter needs lots.

I can build almost anything you want.

A simple basic website built from supplied content (by you) with no amendments will only take a few hours, but this is not what anyone really wants.
If you want everything and you keep changing your mind, it will take ages to create the site!
Each site is different, some people need the basics some need everything that I can offer.
Most people need something in the middle. I can do whatever you need.
How much beyond the basics is totally up to you.

I will always quote you for what you want, but also advise you on what you may need.
You can choose to take or ignore my advice, It’s your money after all.

So, what do you need?

You need a website – the rest are options…

The Basics

Do you have a domain name?
I can register one if you don’t have one.

Do you have web hosting?
I can set this up for you using my UK based hosting.

Do you have email hosting?
I can set this up for you, and add the accounts to your laptop/tablet/phone.

The Content

Do you have a logo?
I can design one for you.

Do you have text?
I don’t write the text for your website, because I don’t really know what you want to say. But I can advise you on what you should be saying.
I can correct your grammar and spelling if you choose, or copy and paste exactly what I’m given.

Do you have images?
If you do, great, if not, I can show you sites where you can buy royalty-free images or I can take pictures for you.

The System

Do you need to be able to edit the site yourself?
All the sites I build allow you to edit pages if needed.

Do you want the site to be backed up?
My UK based hosting has 30-day rolling backups. I can revert back to any previous day’s version of the site if needed.

Do you want to change your mind after you have supplied the pictures and text?
Some people supply the text and I make the site. Some people supply bits here and there, I add the text, they then re-read it, show it to friends, change their mind and re-supply it. The longer this takes, the more it will cost.

The Site

How many pages do you need?
One long page may take as much time to build as half a dozen shorter pages, but the number is a good basis for knowing how long things will take.

Do you want a full-screen image slider on your homepage?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want a contact form on the contact page?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want a map of your business on a page?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want a blog?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want your blog posts to be automatically shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want to display your social network feeds on your site?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you want to sell something online?
This is easy and can be done.

Do you need a booking/appointment system?
This is easy and can be done.

Are you an estate agent and need to show your properties?
This is easy and can be done.


Do you to be at the top of Google?
(This question is stupid because we have not defined the search term that you want people to use, to find you)
Try typing ‘flymedia‘ into google, I will probably come top, because you and I are both in the UK and you are looking for a specific business name.
Try typing in ‘Website Design Loughton‘ into google, I will probably come near the top. This does not happen by accident. It’s because I made the effort to focus on those keywords.
Good search engine results take time and effort to the site, the content, the images, the blog etc.

Do you want your pages to rank as high as is reasonable in search results?
This is easy and can be done.
You do what you do. You are where you are. people

In conclusion

The more times you answer yes to the questions in ‘The Site’ & ‘The SEO’ sections, the longer the site will take to build and the more it will cost you.

I could cover myself for all future eventualities and base my quotes that, making them more expensive then they need be, but I’m not like other website design companies.
I don’t want to quote a really high cost, then hope for an easy job and reap the rewards.
I want to quote for what you need, spend the time doing your work, and bill you accordingly.
If that sounds OK, then all is good.

So, how much is a website?
Call me, I’ll ask you a few questions, give you a rough number of hours that I think it will take me, and you can choose to proceed or not.

Send me a detailed proposal and I will give you a more accurate quote.