Before you read on, let me be clear about something. I'm not a web developer or a programmer or anything technical like that. But I can build you a great first impression for your customers. Still interested? Then read on.
I use a web platform called Squarespace. It's clean, simple and very easy to use. Oh and did I forget to say it looks great too? A website is probably your single most important tool in your armoury. It works for you 24/7 without you having to do very much. Put it together with regular updates and social media and it can really work hard for you.
You know your business inside out. You know your products, your services and your customers. You're passionate about your business and you're living the dream. But not a lot of people know about you and that's where I can help you say hello to the world. I'll build you a beautiful website for you to be really proud of and shout from the rooftops about.
How does it work?
Simple really, firstly we'll meet and talk all about your business. We'll then work out a site structure that will work for your business. At its simplest, that could look something like a homepage, about us page, products/services and a contact page. You'll then choose a few templates that you like the look of and I'll recommend one that could really fit the bill.
I'll then go away and build it. After a few tweaks here and there, we'll arrive at a time when you're ready to go live with your new website. I can then make it live and if you already have a website, I can transfer the domain over so it points to your new website. If you don't have a domain name (that's the www.joebloggs.com bit) then I can set one up for you.
Squarespace websites are fully responsive designs meaning no matter what device you view it on, it'll automatically resize itself.
And finally, I'll talk you through the content management system. Sounds confusing? It's not. Basically, you will take full control of your website rather than pay me to manage it for you. That means you can make changes whenever you like. Of course, I'll always be here if you need a helping hand.
A straightforward website consisting of up to ten pages will cost £500. If you need a domain name, that will cost in the region of £6 upwards, it all depends on whether it's a .co.uk, .com or something else. One I transfer ownership of the website to you, you will then need to pay Squarespace a monthly fee. For a ten page website you're looking at around £8 per month*. Initially I'll take on the monthly fee depending on how long I'm working on the website before it goes live. I'll then add anything I've had to pay to the total cost when I invoice you.
Need a shop? No problem
Squarespace provide a full e-commerce solution that's easily integrated into your main website meaning you can have a shop to sell your products or services. In terms of the cost for me to build a shop for you, it's difficult to pin an exact cost to it. Every business is different and sell varying amounts of products and services. Also, you might just need me to build the foundations and for you to take over and add your products. Or I can build your entire shop. Once I have a better grasp of your business and what is required, I'll be able to tell you how much.
* Here are three main reasons why you need to pay Squarespace a monthly fee:
- You'll gain access to a forum of other Squarespace users, should you ever want to connect with them and ask questions
- You also get access to the Squarespace Knowledge Base that contains full tutorials on every aspect of managing your website
- And finally, Squarespace has an amazing in built SEO advantage over other platforms. SEO means Search Engine Optimisation. In a nutshell, when you create a web page on your website, it automatically builds in all the key words that you need for search engines to pick up. Of course, you can also manually add to this, but you have a good chance of appearing high in search results because of this feature.
I'd love to build a website for you and learn all about your business. Drop me an email or give me a call on 07901 816 141.