For some people, dipping your toes in the world of Web Design can be a little scary. Some folks still dont really know what all is involved in creating a website, so lets start there.
What Do I Need?
Every website must have 3 things: 1) Domain Name 2) Web Server Space 3) Website Files/HTML
Domain name is the name of your website, such as mayfieldwebdesign.com. This is also called a URL or Universally Registered Location. You can purchase this at a registrar like Go Daddy, they are usually less than $10 a year, but nowadays, most Web Hosting companies will do the domain name registration when you sign up for your web server space as well.
Web server space is your web hosting. This is the actual machine or server that your website files reside on. There are thousands upon thousands of web hosting companies out there- SHOP AROUND. Look for the best combination of price and features. Without hesitation I recommend www.siteground.com for web hosting. UNLIMITED server space and bandwidth, for $47 a year, and that includes domain registration.
Website files and HTML is your actual website, the files that make it up. This is where I come in. As with any custom service, my charges will vary, but for a simple 5 pages or less website, strictly informational, I charge around $300. Again, this is depending on what you need, if you need a logo redesign, etc, that will be more. For a more complicated, interactive or e-commerce (selling a product online) site I charge around $500, it will vary from case to case of course, but I dont really believe in nickel and diming when it comes to this. My quote will cover EVERYTHING till you are satisfied that your site is finished. Any major changes after it is finished will cost more, I can negotiate that with you at that time.
Since I have been doing this so long, I can get a site up and going very quickly. For me to build your site, I will need: server access or cpanel login (you will get this in an email when you sign up for web hosting), a design plan from you- colors your like or other websites that you like the structure of, and the CONTENT to put on it. This is my #1 struggle, to get content from clients... This includes everything you want on your site: bio, homepage content, images, product info for your store, etc etc. It will help me or any web developer immensely if you come into this process with at least a basic idea of what you want on your site.
I am always happy to give a free quote, or discuss your Online Presence with you!