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Example of a looping video animation.

While the above video does not include a skin (video controls) or audio, the user can pause it by simply placing the cursor over the display box.

Motion attracts attention and evokes curiosity - key objectives for most websites. You should consider some level of animation or video for your wbesite or blog if you want to stand out with today's "visual" audience. I can help. Contact me.

No matter what type of site you are planning to build or upgrade, it’s good to have options. I offer low cost, do-it-yourself template-based solutions as well as completely customized websites. SEO services also available. Click on the option bars below for details.

Option #1: Do It Yourself, $5/mth to $15/mth

Option #1: Do it yourself.

Software & hosting: plans range from $4.49/mth to $14.99/mth.

 

Godaddy's Website Builder solution is one of the most comprehensive, user-friendly, do-it-yourself website builder packages available. It offers a huge variety of options including thousands of free images, forms, widgets, flash intros, and the ability to add music, video, forums, and guestbooks – all at no additional cost.

If you are on a limited budget and want to get your business online quickly with a professional solution, this is definitely an option to consider.

This option includes Godaddy's call center support via email or telephone in addition to excellent online help documentation.

I have used Godaddy's Website Builder and have been happy with the results. In terms of value for the investment, it cannot be beat.

Option #2: You build it, I provide consulting.

Option #2: You build it, I provide consulting.

Pricing:

     a) Consulting fee: $75.00 per hour
     b) Software and hosting: plans start at $4.99 per month

 

This option works well for those that want the hands-on control of building their own site but also want a more timely and personalized solution for guidance and support.

As mentioned in option 1, Godaddy's Website Tonight solution is one of the most comprehensive website-builder packages available. It offers a wide variety of options including thousands of free images, forms, widgets, and flash intros, along with the ability to add music, video, forums, and guestbooks – all at no additional cost.

If you need to get online quickly and prefer a highly personalized approach to support, this is an option to consider. I essentially hold your hand throughout the process from start to finish.

Click the button below if you would like to discuss a consulting arrangement.

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Option #3: I build it using template of your choice.

Option #3: Templated-based solution - I handle everything.

Price Range: $600 - $2,500

Final price depends on specific client requirements. For example, websites with custom animation, motion graphics, video, and/or eCommerce, are priced higher than sites without those enhancements since they require more time to develop and integrate.

This option is for those that do not want to pay a premium price but also have no interest in wrestling with do-it-yourself software and help-text files.

Content-Inclusive or WordPress Theme

You have two choices with this template-based solution: A) content-inclusive or B) WordPress theme. In both cases I build upon a feature-rich template selected by you. Here's the primary difference:

A) Content-Inclusive Solution - As you might guess from the name, this solution provides content for you to choose from. This can save a lot of time and legwork if you do not have your own content to pull from. It offers thousands of images, forms, widgets, flash intros, music, video, forums, and guestbooks – all at no additional cost. That said, you can use your own content, selectively or entirely, if you prefer. There are more than 1,500 templates to choose from and I can assist with the selection process or simply handle it for you. View templates.

B) WordPress Theme - If you have your site content ready to go (pictures, video, graphics, etc.) or you have a source in mind, this may be the option for you. WordPress.org offers over 1,400 themes (templates). While most include a default set of images, graphics and backgrounds, there is no reservoir of content elements to choose from. All of these themes can be modifed to some degree but the main thing is that you will need your own content if you want to customize. On the other hand, if you like the default appearance of a theme, you can simply add your text and run with it. View WordPress themes.

To be clear, when I refer to "content", above, I am talking about pictures, graphics, etc., not text. You will need to come up with the text for your site, of course.

Regardless of which way you decide to go, content-inclusive or WordPress theme, the result will be a professional, personalized, attractive website. If you need to get online quickly with a limited budget and do not have the time to build it yourself, this is a great solution.

Project Management

As with my fully customized solution (option 4, below), this option includes project management services. After the initial consultation, I will provide a recap of requirements including a timeline. If I cannot handle your project within YOUR timeframe, I won't hesitate to let you know at the outset. Your satisfaction and my reputation are very important to me.

To ensure clear and timely communication, you will receive scheduled progress updates. These can be scheduled at the beginning of the project and handled through phone conversations or email - your choice.

At the conclusion of the project, I will provide a detailed recap of what was done, along with:

  • Instructions on how to backup your website (I will handle the first backup for you)
  • A privacy policy customized for you site and ready for your edits
  • A Terms of Use or TOS template tapered to your site and ready for your edits

Website Launch and Hand-Off

To ensure your site is as search engine friendly as possible, I will handle SEO updates for each one of your web pages. This involves adding carefully chosen keywords, page descriptions, title tags, and alt attributes (meta tags).

Also, as part of the launch process I will:

  • Submit your site to Google and Bing.
  • Create and configure a Google Analytics account for your site an give you a brief overview on how to use it (optional)
  • Create and configure Webmaster Tools accounts for your site for both Google and Bing
  • Create an XML sitemap and submit it to both Google and Bing
  • Create and submit a robots.txt file and submit it to Google and Bing
  • Show you how to monitor your visitor traffic usiing Google Analytics (optional)
  • Show you how to update your content (see training below)

Site Maintenance, Training and Support

Website maintenance is included for 60 days after the live date. Two 2-hour training sessions via phone are also included. More sessions are available at additional cost. My goal is to have you comfortable handling your website maintenance and two sessions should be adequate.

If you prefer, I can handle your site maintenance after the 60-day support period. This would be based on an hourly rate or a flat monthly fee depending on the volume of changes and your preference. For example, an online store with only sporadic product changes might be best suited with an hourly rate and a website with daily or weekly content changes would be best handled with a flat monthly fee.

If you would like a price estimate, click the button below. It will take you to my Contact page. Simply complete the email form providing as much detail as possible about your site requirements. Thank you.

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Option #4: I build it, customized from scratch.

Option #4: The completely customized website solution.

Price Range: $2,500 and up

Like option 3, final pricing for this option depends on specific client requirements. For example, websites with integrated eCommerce, custom animation, motion graphics or video are priced higher than sites without those enhancements since they require more time to develop and integrate.

This option includes customization right down to the navigation buttons. Before any code is generated, mock-ups are created in a graphics application and presented to you for review. Once you approve the layout, software is developed for the site structure and styling.

This option takes longer because your site is built from scratch. The result is a very unique, personalized website and you own the design in addition to the text and graphic content (you fully own the copyright).

Here is an example of a custom website based on the design preferences of a client: Custom site example.

At the conclusion of the project, I will provide you with copies of all files that make up your site (XHTML, CSS, javascript, etc.) along with pictures and graphics and any video used to create your site. One of the advantages of owning your design is if you ever decide to switch to a different web hosting service, you will be able to do so without needing to have your site developed from scratch. I, or any other web developer, will be able to quickly re-launch the same exact website for you with no software development required.

Content

Developing content for a website can often be a very time-consuming process. The goal is to come up with text, colors and images that attract visitors and cause them to take action, i.e. make a purchase, request information, or provide feedback. Many website providers leave the content entirely up to the client and do not handle issues outside site structure and styling. I am willing assist you with your content creation. I will brainstorm ideas and suggest sources of stock photos and videos to consider. I will even assist with the most important aspect of your content,  the copy (text).

I also provide photography and video services for the creation of custom content. I then edit/enhance the output and embed in your site for a completely customized solution.

Project Management

As with the template-based solution (option 3, above), this option includes project management services. After the initial consultation, I will provide a recap of requirements including a timeline. If I cannot handle your project within YOUR timeframe, I won't hesitate to let you know. Your satisfaction and my reputation are very important to me.

To ensure clear and timely communication, you will receive scheduled progress updates. These can be scheduled at the beginning of the project and handled through phone conversations or email - your choice.

The first phase of this solution involves mock-ups, as mentioned above. Once you let me know the type of appearance/theme you are interested in (by providing some example URLs), I go to work creating unique graphical representations with modifications based on your preferences. Multiple iterations are usually required to hone in on a client's desired website look.

At the conclusion of the project, I will provide a detailed recap of what was done, along with:

  • Instructions on how to backup your website (I will handle the first backup for you)
  • A privacy policy customized for you site and ready for your edits
  • A Terms of Use or TOS template tapered to your site and ready for your edits
  • Copies of all files, as mentioned above.

Website Launch and Hand-Off

To ensure that your site is as search engine friendly as possible, I provide SEO updates for each web page. This involves adding carefully chosen keywords, page descriptions, title tags, and alt attributes (meta tags).

Also, as part of the launch process I will:

  • Submit your site to Google, Bing, and Yahoo
  • Create and configure a Google Analytics account for your site an give you a brief overview on how to use it (optional)
  • Create and configure Webmaster Tools accounts for your site for both Google and Bing
  • Create an XML sitemap and submit it to both Google and Bing
  • Create and submit a robots.txt file and submit it to Google and Bing
  • Show you how to monitor your visitor traffic usiing Google Analytics (optional)
  • Show you how to update your content (see training below)

Site Maintenance, Training and Support

Website maintenance is included for 60 days after the live date. Two 2-hour training sessions via phone are also included. More sessions are available at additional cost. My goal is to have you comfortable handling your website maintenance and two sessions should be adequate.

If you prefer, I can handle your site maintenance after the 60-day support period. This would be based on an hourly rate or a flat monthly fee depending on the volume of changes and your preference. For example, an online store with only sporadic product changes might be best suited with an hourly rate and a website with daily or weekly content changes would be best handled with a flat monthly fee.

If you would like a price estimate, click the button below. It will take you to my Contact page. Simply complete the email form providing as much detail as possible about your site requirements. Thank you.

Request a quote button

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