Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a web page cost?
Like many things, it really is dependent on what you wish to accomplish with your website. A basic website is the least costly to construct. There are things you can do to make the process less costly. Using the forms and clearly explaining what you want to do makes my job easier.
What else can I do to save money?
We can actually plan a lot in a meeting if we concentrate on the important foundation first. Remember the site can always be easily expanded after the foundation is completed. Have all your copy and images you wish to use planned out. Create a checklist of the assets you will need like copy and images. Everything you can do before hand will save time and money. Think about what colors you want to use. Read the showcase articles to come up with ideas but remember to keep it simple. Flash and confusing menu tabs do not help anyone. Focus on what you want your website to do for you.
Are there monthly costs?
The actual website construction does not have a monthly cost. Where your website resides is another matter entirely and needs to be hosted. This particular website uses a company called Dreamhost and they are a good choice but they are not the only one. Any hosting company can host your website and the monthly cost to do this is normally less than $10.00 a month, or about $100 a year.
What about those free sites?
Nothing is free and anyone who leads you to believe this is deceiving you. The first time I saw an ad for a free site I researched it and wrote my results here.
What does it cost to change content?
Some websites that are built using a content management system like WordPress allows you to do this yourself with minimal effort. While it may cost a little more on the front end it saves you money down the road. Other more static sites mean going into the code and changing that and would be governed by the time it takes.
Can I display video content?
YouTube is very popular for doing this because they host it and it does not use your website’s resources. It is very easy to display a YouTube video on your page and there is even a plug-in for WordPress if you host a lot of videos.
Can I sell from my Website?
Sales from a webpage can get very complex. There is a plug-in for WordPress that uses the blog function to list items for sale. Then the actual transaction is normally handled by a third party like PayPal. Many people also use E-Bay and Amazon and there are plug-ins for this. Remember that full blown sites like Amazon, eBay, or Walmart have a full time staff of web developers in house. A small business can not afford this and need to stay realistic.
Can I ask you something else?
Yes of course. Use the contact form and send me your question and I will be happy to return an answer.