How quickly can you build my website?
Obviously it can vary, and will in part depend on how urgently you need the site to be up and running. But if you’ve already written the text, and know (roughly) how you’d like the site to be illustrated, a first draft can be ready for your inspection within three or four days. Perfecting everything – both to my satisfaction and yours – can take as long again. In summary: it can all be done in little more than a week.
What if I want to add or change something later?
Long after everything’s been signed off and paid for, I’ll still be happy to make any changes or additions you’d like. Or I can show you how to edit pages yourself – it’s not difficult though it may take you a while to get the hang of it. I can even provide you with an illustrated PDF manual (nowhere near as thick as the pretend one in the picture), tailored to the specific attributes of your site. If you decide to make edits yourself and accidentally wreck a page, just let me know and I’ll repair the damage 🙂
I’ve seen a website I like the look of. Can you do something similar for me?
Probably, though it may depend on certain specific characteristics of that site. Let’s give it a try though!
Are your prices lower for revamping an existing website?
In most cases it takes as much work (or even a little more) to rebuild an old website as it does to create a new one from scratch, so my prices are the same for either type of job. If you think your website might be an exception to this rule, please mention this when you contact me.
What things are likely to cost extra?
The most commonly needed extras are stock images. Many are available from free sites like Pixabay (my personal favourite), Unsplash (which used to be the best but is now too focused on monetisation) and PxHere. But if you require a very specific type of image then it may have to be paid for. This especially applies to pictures of people. The more competitive photo libraries usually charge £5–10 per image. I’ll gladly do the picture research for you at no extra cost – and I’ll advise you of the price before buying an image on your behalf.
Apart from that, I hope you’ll almost always be pleasantly surprised to find that something you suspected might incur an additional charge is actually free. Rarely, it may be the opposite. No such caveat about extra costs applies to the £900 ‘Bells and Beluga’ package, which is inclusive of stock images and anything else you might want.
Can the site use my favourite font?
Your website’s text can be set in almost any typeface in existence. However, if it’s not a Google font or a standard web font like Verdana, displaying your favourite font could cost you around £100 (including italic and bold versions) except with the ‘Bells and Beluga’ package. I’ve written a separate page expanding on this subject. Please click here if you’re interested.
Does the price include VAT?
My annual revenue falls well below the taxable turnover threshold, so I am not registered for and do not charge VAT.
What are your payment terms?
After the job is completed to your satisfaction I’ll send you a PDF invoice by email. Ideally I’d like to be paid within 30 days, by bank transfer or by PayPal.
Can’t you do everything for me? Even sorting out the domain name and web hosting?
If required, I can purchase your domain name and/or web hosting and do all the account management work related to this. I will add a modest administration fee for this service and bill you annually or biennially in advance – whichever you prefer. The combined cost of domain registration and web hosting (including my admin fee) is likely to be around £150–200 a year, including VAT. There could well be a hosting discount for the first year, which I will pass on to you.
You may be able to find a cheaper alternative if you shop around and buy registration/hosting yourself – and you may prefer to own your site directly rather than have me own it on your behalf. Indeed I recommend this. Also, you’ll be able to recover the VAT if you’re registered. However, some clients prefer to minimise their involvement with everything web-related and are happier leaving it all to me.
Any other questions?