After meeting with lots of prospective and current clients, we started noticing some common questions, so we decided to add a Frequently Asked Questions section to the website. If you have a question that isn't listed and answered on here, please feel free to ask us.
What do I need to start building my website?
You need three things:
- A Domain Name - A domain name is what your visitors will type in the address bar to find you (for example: www.mrtechnique.com is my domain name). A .com domain name is the most commonly used extension. There are many other extensions (.net, .org, .gov, .edu, .tv, etc). You can do a quick search for a domain name at ddwhois.com.
- A Web Hosting Company - A web hosting company is like your space that you lease for your business except it's on the web. This is where all of your website files go.
- A Professional Web Designer - Last but not least. I wouldn't get your brother-in-law unless he does it professionally. Remember the old cheesy MySpace pages? You don't want your website looking like that. I'm assuming you're thinking of using us, and we are thankful that you are here.
Do you design and develop websites for businesses only located in Atlanta?
We prefer to work with people in the Metro Atlanta area. If you're within in a 25 mile radius of Atlanta, then we can work with you. Some of our current clients are located outside of Georgia, but we're no longer taking business outside the Metro Atlanta area because we prefer to service companies local to us. Why? Because it's easier to meet face to face.
How many pages can I have on my web site?You can have as many pages as you want. Some of the main pages you'll want to consider are: Home, About Us, Products or Services, Contact Us, FAQ. In addition to these main pages, you'll want some complimentary pages as well to enhance and expand on your main pages. For example, you may want to add a testimonial page or a page to describe a service in depth.
How long does it normally take to build and host a web site?
We could have an informational 5-10 page website done in a week or less if you respond to my questions in less than 24 hours. Many of our websites have taken less than a month to complete because of timely correspondence. If you don't respond to us, the website could take a few years. We had past clients that have taken TWO YEARS to get their content to us. Don't be that client. Please.
How much does a website cost?
This is the $64,000 question, but your website won't cost you that much! My WordPress sites start at $3500. We've gone as high as $10,000+ on a website. Sure you could spend $500 with somebody else, but don't expect much of a return. With your help in generating content for your business, I will help you make your money back and then some.
What makes you so different than everybody else?
Honestly, we don't know. We're not here to toot our horn and judge ourselves. Talk to some of our clients that you see on our website development portfolio to get their opinions on our services.
Do you have maintenance plans?
Yes, we do. We believe in establishing relationships. Please read our mission statement. A few of our clients have asked us to update their website and help improve their search engine ranking.
Do I have to stay with you to keep my website?
No. Once we design your website, you own it. We can give you access to one of our Dropbox folders with your website files and database (for WordPress sites) to take to another web designer. If we purchased the domain name for you, I always make your company the legal registrant. Many web designers will make themselves the legal registrant either out of pure laziness or because they want to make it hard to leave them.
Can I see how many visitors I've had on my website?
Yes, if we host your website, you are provided with website visitor stats. We like using Google Analytics though. It gives us really detailed visitor stats like city, state, what keywords they typed, what search engine they used, etc. Google Analytics even let you compare months.
Do I get an email account with my website?
Yes, some hosting companies will give you the ability to set up email addresses under your own domain name. If you let us host your website, you can set up as many email addresses as you want. Google GSuite and Microsoft Outlook 365 are other options.
If you design my website, will I find my website on the search engines?
Yes, your website will eventually be indexed by search engines. We do a little bit optimizing with your title tags. If you want us to do search engine optimization work on your site, We'll set up local directory listings, build links, add relevant keywords, and more.
Can you get my website on the 1st page?
We don't promise 1st page results on search engines, but we can tell you that we have gotten clients on the 1st page for relevant keywords. It's a team effort. You provide us with information (words, photos, videos) about your business, and we will optimize it for you. If you're not willing to talk about your business, then we can't help you. This sounds easy, but it is not. Try this exercise, type up a 10 paragraph document discussing your business. Make sure that each paragraph has at least three sentences in it.
Can you update my current website?
Yes, we can. We just need to have the FTP login information, and if you have a CMS, We'll need the admin login and passwords as well.