Is this your full-time job?
Yes. I am fortunate to be able to work full-time as a freelance web designer… and I love it!
Do you have employees?
Not at this time. I make sure to take on only the work I can handle, and carefully schedule and manage each project in order to meet all deadlines.
Do you have office space, or are you home-based?
I’m a home-based consultant.
Are you a reseller?
Yes. I resell web hosting services and other products and services through preferred vendors. Benefits include: passing savings onto you, efficient project management, and proven quality of services. You are not required to use these vendors, however. Also, I ensure that you retain complete control and ownership of your hosting accounts and domain names.
Do you charge by the hour or by the project?
Website design projects are quoted by the project. I do have a hourly fee for consulting on other websites.
What if you get hit by a bus?
I insist that you retain complete control of all elements of our work together. I make sure you have the original files so that you can provide them to another designer down the road, if necessary. I will provide you with a detailed web site manual with all login and account information, and all the information a new web developer would need to take over.
What HTML editing software do you use to assemble the graphics and website?
Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Dreamweaver® and WordPress
Do you provide hosting?
No, but I will recommend hosting that can fit your budget . Currently my number one choice is WP Engine. There is just no comparison. Bluehost Managed WordPress Hosting or DreamPress Managed WordPress Hosting would be my second, and third choice. For Shared Hosting I would recommend SiteGround.
What do I need to supply you to get started?
After our initial consultation, I will provide you with a detailed list of things I will need from you. Examples include: graphics or photography for use on the site; content for Web pages in Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. Once I have your content and deposit I will get to work.
What if I don’t like what you design?
The first step in the design process is to build comps or mock ups. I usually start with two different designs based on our conversations. Once I have a “look” you like I build a real working example that includes the home page and an inside page. With your design approval I will begin constructing your new website live on the web so you can follow the progress.
What is site maintenance?
Web maintenance consists of refreshing and adding content to the site, reviewing web site statistics and traffic on the site, monitoring the site for hacker activity, keeping an eye on server maintenance schedules or server errors. For some who don’t want to “mess with the website” having a webmaster on call who can make changes to their site is the best solution. You can view my Website Care Plans here.
Can I maintain my own web site?
Yes, you can maintain the content. The web sites I develop are always created with client content management in mind. If you’re site is a WordPress CMS, you will be able to manage the content to a much greater degree, including the addition of pages, menu items, blog posts, forms, and more.
Do you offer maintenance training?
Yes. It is part of the fee. Plus, you will have instructional videos in the website dashboard and a written manual.
Can design changes be added later?
Of course. A web site is never done! It should be ever changing and refreshed on a regular basis.
Have a question? Contact me.