There are basically three parts to any website. People are often most familiar with the domain name. This is the URL (www.inkdesign.ca - for example) that people use to find your website on the Internet. The second part of owning a website is renting storage on a server (basically, a customized computer that is always attached to the Internet) for your website's files. This is called hosting. We are more than happy to set this up for you, if required. The last part to your website is the design. This is the most exciting part of the entire process, and initially, is also the most expensive. Your website will be designed with clever foresight, lending to its longevity. Fill out our free quote request and get started today!
There is a lot of talk about templates and custom design - not sure what it all means? Below describes the difference between the both types of websites, to help you understand what will work best for you, and to see if we are a good design match.
CUSTOM DESIGNED WEBSITES:
A professionally designed custom website is an original - and catered to your needs. Every website that is designed for each client is different. For clients with a larger budget, a website designed from scratch can help you stand out from your competition.
WORDPRESS TEMPLATE WEBSITES:
WordPress templates are designs or "themes" that are pre-designed and available to purchase or download. This theme is built using the WordPress platform and can easily be installed. A template design can be adapted to your needs by modifying graphics, logo, branding and color scheme. Templates are usually a more affordable option since the design has already created. They are available to anyone to download, so another business could have the same overall design as you. The key is to customized the template so it represents you and your business.
WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?
If setting your business apart from your competition, having complete creative control in the design process - then a custom design might be the right fit for you. If you just want a more cost effective website, with the ability to edit it yourself using WordPress, then perhaps a WordPress template website design is a better alternative.
We are a firm supporter of W3C standards and well formed HTML. When your website is being built, careful attention is given to content (text, images and pictures) to be placed within your website's pages to make sure the layout is not only appealing to view, but also functions in the 5 major browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. Proper, valid code helps with indexing of your site because you will have no coding errors that would disrupt indexing. Each website is built with the basic components that make them easy to index by search engines - robots.txt, custom 404, sitemap.xml, descriptive and SEO friendly titles, appropriate alt text for images, proper meta tags and a user-friendly navigation so people can easily navigate to all of your website pages. When clients are eager for search engine optimization (seo) work I always recommend to consult with a company who specializes in this service. Ask for details.
Project start dates are classified by 2 different types: "Normal" or "Later". Normal means the client has all the material ready in advance (images, text, logo) to help expedite the process, Later means the client is ready to move forward with a webdesign project, but still needs to organize all their information. We will only begin development after you have provided the entire website's content (text and images) and completed the design brief. We usually complete most custom designed web sites in 4 weeks and WordPress sites in 2-3 weeks (depending on size.) The length of time spent building your website will depend on the design + development complexity, number of revisions, size of website and most often the organization of the client. Remember - clients that have all their material for the project start date have their websites built much faster.
Maybe. It completely depends on my current schedule + workload. It is important to me to properly gauge my schedule so I can successfully reach project deadlines, and waiting lists for a month or two are not uncommon, depending on how many projects are in the works. I will consider a rush project only if the client is prepared at the start date with all items needed to complete the project quickly. Rush work is applicable to additional charges.
Yes! How this works: We use WordPress, one of the most popular content management applications around. Update your website with this easy to use platform!
Why we like WordPress: It's easy to use, and it's free.
Things you should know: WordPress is a web software that provides editable regions within a protected design. Basically this allows the designer to use a pre-designed WordPress "theme", and the client can add/edit it, without a huge amount of risk. We will provide the basic information on how to update your site. And although you can learn to make simple alterations quite quickly, managing your own website takes both time and effort. Sounds good?
Make sure this option is right for you: Making your own updates is a trade-off, as you have to learn how to use the program and it can take you longer than having a professional do the edit. On the other hand, it has some advantages such as being able to make changes to your website whenever you want. Think about the time and money you would spend on each option and make sure you choose the most beneficial one. We are also happy to provide maintenance service for all clients – after all, we know your website best.
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It's important to know who is viewing your website and how frequently, so included with each project is visitor statistics. On the first of each month a report will be automatically emailed to you with details of your website’s traffic by Google Analytics, top-notch application. This reports data about your website in an easy to understand format.
Your new website should function the way it's supposed to. We warranty all work and programmed code for a period of 1 month after the time of final website launch. If something is wrong, we'll fix it for free!
Upon final payment for the project copyright to the finished work (website/graphics) shall be vested with the client. This ownership is to include photos, unique graphics, HTML code, work-up files, text and any other program(s) specifically designed or purchased on behalf of the client for completion of this project.
A deposit of 50% of the estimate is required to commence work and to secure your design start date. We accept payment via cash, cheque, PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard. We also offer a convenient secure online payment form for clients to pay invoices online.
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