REAL AVENUE DESIGN

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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Web design & development and graphic design services in the lowcountry area

Website Design FAQs

Navigating the unfamiliar waters of web design? This is a good place to start.

Most small business owners know they need a website, but that’s where it stops. While they are professionals in their own fields, they rarely know anything but the basics when it comes to website design, SEO, domain registrations, hosting, and all the details that go into a successful website plan.

Here are some straightforward answers to your questions about what I can do for you.

No hard sells, no pressure, and very transparent. If I’m not a good fit for your website solution, I’ll give you my best advice and professional recommendations.

FAQs

How much does a website cost?

Ah, the most common question, but the answer ranges broadly. It is just like estimating how much a car or a house will cost: it depends on your budget and what your needs are. My website solutions are generally geared towards the typical small business owner who doesn’t have the skills, time, or the inclination to create or manage their own site, but I can also accommodate clients who have some know-how and the desire to create a fancier site with more bells and whistles to engage with their customers.

The difference in pricing results from which/how many options are developed into the site, number of pages, if a blog or store or memberships are added, how many custom graphics need to be created, etc. Basically, it depends on how complicated your site needs to be. See my Services page for more examples.

Please keep in mind that there will be annual fees beyond paying me to create your site. First, you need to pay for a domain name and renew it every year ($9-$15). You also need to pay a hosting company to run your site on their server ($70-$350). The price here varies greatly based on speed and security options, and annual payments are required.

I am more than willing to offer my professional recommendations and opinions to help guide you through the domain name and hosting provider steps. I do not host sites, but I can save you money by helping you purchase your own instead of being a middle man. I do offer an optional no-hassle service to buy and set up your hosting for you and manage/update/make backups for you for a yearly fee.

Reach out to me in the Contact page to find out more.

How long does it take to create a website?

Another fun question to answer. This depends on how many pages, extra features, and custom designs are in the site.  It also depends on how much SEO help you’ll want to invest in, since it is a long-term commitment. Every project starts with a free quote, followed by a free consultation, that will ensure we are on common ground and the same page. This helps facilitate a smooth and transparent process for both of us.

Typically one week for a simple one-to-four page site (home, about, contact, and service page) with no extra bells or whistles. But the majority of sites can take  about 2-6 weeks.

I do not have a reservoir of existing content to provide you with. As a result, if you want me to create your content, this will add on to the price and time significantly due to the research involved. I prefer you to provide your own expert content since your site is an extension of you and your business. Truly, no one is better equipped to write your content than you!

Do you charge by the hour or by the project?

For graphic design, updates, maintenance, and small tune-ups, I charge by the hour. My graphic design rate is different than my web designing rate. Please contact me for my current rates.

For new websites, I charge by the project as written in an agreement between us. Any additional add-ons will be charged by the hour or for larger amounts of work, another contract will be written.

How do you handle payments?

Typically, 50% of the estimated fee must be provided in advance before any work is started, with the remaining payments due in 25% or 50% installments (depending on our agreement together) when everything is completed to your satisfaction. Your payment terms will be fully outlined in a formal contract and scope of work.

I accept payments through Zelle, Venmo, Google Pay, PayPal (I add an extra 2.9% for PayPal).

I live in another state. Can we still work together?

Absolutely. I currently have clients in other states. My only requirement is that you live in the USA. I can accomplish everything I need through phone calls, emails, and video chats.

Do you redesign old websites?

Yes, I can redesign your site retaining your existing company brand, or I can redesign it to give you a completely new image.

What other services do you provide?

Besides creating new websites, updating current websites, and website management, I provide my expertise in graphic designing for web and print. Creating websites goes hand-in-hand with creating custom logos, icons, and background graphics, and can be paired with post-website marketing to update your new business cards, brochures, or anything else you have in mind. Please see my Services page for more examples.

Will I be able to update the site without a developer?

Yes, you will be able to update your website via a content management system (CMS) of your choice. I will train you on how to make all of the necessary edits you’ll need before our contract is up. I will also be available post-contract for any needs that may come up down the road.

Currently, I have firsthand experience with WordPress and Wix and am willing to try other CMS platforms you prefer. Typically, your website CMS will be determined by your preference, technical knowledge, and budget.

Will my website be mobile ready and tablet friendly ?

Yes, all of my websites are fully responsive and will display properly on smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

Why do you use WordPress and Wix?

Both of these CMS (content management system) platforms are meant to make site updates and management easier for the website owners with minimal help of a web developer. Without CMS sites, you would need to know how to change the code in your site manually in order to make any update. This would make your site very fast but also time consuming for making updates, and very expensive to have a developer hand-code all of this for you.

I like to use these two platforms mainly due to the flexibility for you, the site owner (easy to update content, changing designs are simplified), and the flexibility for me, the web designer, by allowing me to add extra hand-written code to create custom modules as needed.

I’d be happy to have a consultation to discuss what is best for you and your situation.

My old developer moved on. Can you step in?

Yes, I can take over the responsibilities and be your new developer. I can provide estimates in advance and work at a fair hourly wage as you need.

Can you recreate my site on another platform?

Yes, I can recreate or redesign your site on another platform, but the site will have to be created from scratch again due to each CMS’s proprietary software.

What can I expect from your SEO strategy?

While every new website incorporates SEO-friendly strategies, I cannot guarantee specific search engine result rankings and results.

Every SEO scenario is unique and a laundry list of factors is at play – market size, business model, etc. The traditional key factor in SEO is regular content updates with unique and meaningful content. Content is king – which will be entirely in your hands after the site is finished.

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Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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