Web Design FAQ

Here are the details about my web design services.  Click on a question to learn more.  Contact me with any questions.

FAQ

What standard features would my site have?

Included in the cost of any website I design are the following:

SEO

Your site will undergo Search Engine Optimization to increase its visibility on Internet search engines like Google and Bing.

SSL certificate

A Secure Sockets Layer certificate is a padlock on your website to show that your data is secure.

Mobile readiness

Your site will be developed on desktop, but also work and look great on tablet and phone – where a majority of people are now searching the Internet.

Backups

Your site and its data will be backed up regularly.

Who and where do you service?

I service anybody who wants a new website. I can also re-design or edit an existing site, which I can make possible by arranging the transfer of the site to my web hosting provider.

Even though Sight & Sound is based in Southern Alberta, Canada, I can design a website for you no matter where you live.  I can do an in-person, initial consultation which might cost extra depending upon travel distance.  This is the best way for me to get a good sense of you and your business, organization, or institution.  While there, I can also take photos for your site – upon request – which will make your site even more unique.

Instead of – or in addition to – an in-person consultation, I will use e-mails, phone calls, video chats, etc. to make sure everything is done to your liking.

Do you do website photography?

Yes.  Click here to learn more.  I also sell stock photos.

Do you design logos?

I can design a basic logo that is text-based.  I can turn a more complex sketch that you provide into a logo; I’m just frankly not creative enough to design such a logo from scratch.  For more advanced logos with intricate designs or artwork, I would suggest hiring a graphic designer who specializes in logo design.  Contact me with an idea and I’ll be honest about what I can and cannot deliver.  Here are examples of logos I’ve created.

Do you design small websites?

No customer is too “small” or unimportant.  Sight & Sound will work with you whether you want a single- or multi-page site, or whether you want it to be basic or more sophisticated.  You might say that Sight & Sound is your small-business specialist!  I also regard the small town/rural customer as equally as the big city customer.

Your small business specialist!

One client is a small business owner who wanted a basic website.  He also used my website photography service to get unique, professional photos.  Click the logo to view the site.  And yes, I designed the logo.  Nothing too artistic – but hey, it works, right?  Simple.  Clear.  Concise.

How much does a website cost?

Sight & Sound will design a quality site for an initial cost that reflects your specific needs and a reasonable annual hosting fee.  Here is a breakdown:

  1. The initial cost to design/re-design your site. To help determine this cost, an in-person, initial consultation will be needed – or one through e-mail, phone, and/or video chat.
  2. The fee for an in-person, initial consultation, should you want one (this is optional). See details in “Who and where do you service?
  3. An annual hosting fee to pay for hosting your site on a web server, with the first year due up front.
In other words, Sight & Sound doesn’t offer “package deals” or one-size-fits-all options like “$___ per page.”  Every site is different and so each site should cost different.  A flat rate could mean a small site costing what a larger site does.  And beware if somebody offers you a great deal up front for a larger site – you will likely be charged higher hosting or maintenance fees to make up the difference that will cost you more in the long run. Here are other costs, no matter who you hire to design your site:

DOMAIN NAME. You can't have a website without one! This is your “web address,” like mysite.ca or mysite.com. You have to buy one first and then pay to renew it. You can either buy this yourself through a provider like GoDaddy or, if that’s too intimidating, I can do this for you and then you would reimburse me. Sight & Sound wouldn’t own your domain name, you would, but you would simply be simply choosing to let me link the website that I develop for you to your domain name until you choose otherwise.

SITE CHANGES/UPDATES. Many web designers will charge a flat monthly or annual fee for maintenance and/or updates – whether or not they actually do any! Sight & Sound will only bill for any maintenance or updates as requested and approved by you. Please note that this is different from a hosting fee, which is necessary for any website.

PLUG-INS (if needed). These enhance the look and/or functionality of your site. Many are free, but if there are certain plug-ins that I cannot find the best free solutions for, then you will be billed for these as well, but only upon your approval.

PHOTOGRAPHY. Quality photography is CRUCIAL to a quality site and well worth the extra cost to pay somebody for. I can do your website photography, or you can hire somebody else or use existing photos. I also sell stock photos.

Do you already have a website?

For only $49, I can provide a complete Website Health Checkup.