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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Preparing for Development
Development takes a long time and should not be rushed. A standard website may seem simple on the outside, but can be complex internally. I will sometimes recommend phases to roll out your website into it’s full functionality. There are a few things you should consider in terms of development which we can discuss together in our consultation. The list below gives a brief explanation of the inclusions.
2 Hour Consultation
We do this together to understand your needs better. This is in-depth so I highly encourage my clients to prepare. I will ask about your company and help define what is needed on your site. A marketing plan would come in handy during this discussion.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) for your website. This is 100% self-hosted into your own hosting and not the same as the websites created on WordPress.com. I’ll install a blank CMS into the hosting. This ensures we have control over your website completely. See the comparison here. Installing the CMS allows you to have the potential of expanding your website to a blog, shop, booking system, etc.
Images can bloat up a website if not properly uploaded and is one of the primary causes for a slow site. I’ll ensure that your images are optimised to the smallest possible size without compromising your design.
Responsive means that it will change how it looks according to the device being used. Websites need to be responsive as many people are on their mobiles.
SSL (secure sockets layer) is basically your website security. When setting up a site, it defaults to HTTP and advises browsers that the site is not secure. Activating the SSL changes your site from HTTP to HTTPS and tells the browser that your site is secure. Please be wary that not all providers will allow free Auto SSL. I have had experienced this with at least GoDaddy and Wix who ask you to pay additional each year for SSL. Please consult prior to purchasing your domain to avoid this heavy fee. SSL is now a requirement with websites or your consumers will see a warning sign and be turned away from your website.
WordPress needs a theme to create the design. We will choose the most suitable for your site and tweak it to the design you want. This is one of the ways I cut down the cost of web development.
I offer maintenance to the All-in-One Website. This includes maintaining, backup, and updating the website for a small monthly fee. This is not automatically offered into Basic Websites so please request for this if you don’t want to do the maintenance yourself.
A contact form is quite handy for websites as your clients can send you a message. I set this up for websites but will need you to provide a company email for the form to send the messages to. Having a professional company email helps your brand image.
Self-hosted means you are responsible for hosting your website. Hosting is the storage in which all your website files are stored. If you wish to understand more about how websites work, I’ve created a simple guide here.
cPanel Email Setup
Website hosting often comes with a cPanel area that has an option to create emails. We can set this up if it is available. cPanel emails don’t have good ranking on a new domain so it will often end up in junk mail at the beginning until your domain gets better reputation. This can be worked around if you pay for an email via google or microsoft but still doesn’t guarantee that your emails won’t be flagged as junk. I recommended beginning with a free email in your cPanel and building up it’s reputation before deciding on paid emails.
2 Hour Basic Web Training
For 5-page+ websites, we find it is easier to hand it over with some basic training and documentation. Once this is completed, the website is completely yours!
eCommerce Shop Setup
An ecommerce shop can be setup with either of the packages but it will cost extra. Please let me know if you need this during the initial conversation. You can also plan to expand to a shop in the future with either setup as well. Other developers can also continue this work later if you choose this path.
*Maintenance includes backup management as well as regular updating of back end systems after web development. This is offered to clients who opt for the All-In-One service as we host the site on our hosting server. This is an ongoing cost that includes updating your site content. Updating content can include updating of multimedia items like photos, icons, videos, and written materials in your site but not the creation of the content. If you wish to opt for maintenance with your Basic Website, you will need to advise this during development and provide access to your hosting. If you need separate services that are not included in these packages, you may purchase them individually by contacting for a quote.