Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions that are not listed below, please feel free to contact me.
How much does a new website cost?
This is one of the obvious questions I get asked a lot. There is no real answer here. The cost of a site really depends what the client wants. Depending on the difficulty of the webstie, whether a client needs an e-commerce site, additional intergrations, specific requirements, a large or small site or a simple one-pager website, the price can vary quite a lot.
What needs to be done in order for a website to start?
The client will need to have their own hosting and domain to start a new website. I can suggest a few reputable hosting companies for people who are wanting to start a new website. Once a quote has been approved by the client, the first thing I need to start a new website is content. This can be anything from text content, images, videos, colours ect. If it's an existing website that needs a re-design, then I will also need all the login details for the frontend and backend of the website.
How long does a website take?
Again, another popular question, it depends on the size of the website and complexity of it. Usually a medium sized website takes on average 2-6 weeks to complete depending if all content is provided.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is a website's site address. For example google.co.za. It is what people type in their browser that takes them to your website. A domain name is usally the same as your business name and should not be too long. Getting a domain name that you want will depend on the domain's availbilty online and if someone else has already purchased it. The cost may vary depending on the the extention chosen, however this is a fairly inexpensive part of your website expenses. You can buy a new domain from virutally any hosting company in the world.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is basically "space" which you have purchased so that your website is visable to the world. One can get dedicated hosting or the more popular and cheaper shared hosting. Dedicated is more expensive but a lot more realiable as you are not sharing hosting space with other websites. Shared web hosting is generally the more preferred hosting. Searching for a good web host is crucial to your websites performance. One must go between finding something that is affordable but stable with good host support. There a tons of web hosting companies out there to choose from.
What is the best Content Management System (CMS) to use?
It depends from person to person. Some web design and developers prefer Wordpress due to it's popularity. Personally, I prefer Drupal becuase of it's flexability and power to develop websites. However, this decision is up to client if they do have a preference to a particluar CMS programe.
Can I add my own content to my website?
Yes, you can. The content management systems (CMS) used for all websites are easy enough for you to use and to add your own content.
What is a monthly maintenace plan?
A monthly maintenace plan is where I will look after your website at a fixed monthly cost. Maintenance includes keeping your website updated as well as any content you would like to add to your website. Ultimatly, this decision is up to the client, however it is highly recommended as outdated websites are vaulnerable to hacking and attacks. It is also better for SEO to keep adding new, fresh content to your website on either a weekly or monthly basis.