You’ve decided you need a website for your business, and you’ve started to think about all of the questions that come with designing and launching a website. How much does it cost? What kind of design do I need? In this blog post, we will answer some of the most common web design FAQs about website design. We’ll help you understand what goes into designing and launching a website, and we’ll provide tips on how to make the process as smooth as possible. Let’s get started!
Web Design FAQ
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is the service that stores your website’s files on a server. When someone types in your website address, the files are loaded from the server and displayed in their browser.
There are many different hosting providers available, and it’s important to choose one that fits your needs. Not all web hosting is created equal. Some providers offer more features than others, some are more reliable, and some are cheaper. It’s important to do your research and find the best provider for you. Your web design team may have recommendations specific to your needs or may handle setting this up for you.
How can I be found on search engines?
In order to be found on search engines, your website must be indexed. This means that the search engine robots will crawl your website and add it to their database. In order to ensure that your website is indexed, you’ll need to submit a sitemap. A sitemap is a file that contains a list of all of the pages on your website. Once your website is indexed, you can improve its ranking by optimizing your content and adding keywords. Your web design team can help with this process.
I am not a designer, how can I explain what I am looking for?
If you are not a designer, it can be difficult to explain what you are looking for in terms of website design. However, there are some tips that can help. First, try to be as specific as possible. Instead of saying “I want a modern website,” try saying “I want a website with a black and white color scheme and minimalistic design.” Second, use images or websites that you like as inspiration. Show your web design team examples of designs that you like, and they will be able to get an idea of what you are looking for. Finally, communicate openly and often with your team. The more communication there is, the smoother the process will be.
How much does a new website cost?
This price can vary greatly from web designer to web designer. It can also vary depending on the features that you need and the complexity of your website. An e-commerce website that sells products will be more expensive than an informational website. At Brown Creative Group, we offer a Website Pricing Guide to help give you a better idea of what you can expect to pay based on the number of pages you anticipate for your website.
What if I have an existing website and just want an updated look?
If you already have a website and want an updated look, your web design team can help. They can repurpose the majority of your existing website content with a modern and more functional look and feel. Your web design team may also recommend adding new features or plugins to enhance your website’s functionality in the redesign.
What is a content management system?
A content management system (CMS) is a software application that allows you to create, edit, and publish content on your website. A CMS is beneficial because it gives you the ability to manage your own website without having to know how to code. This can be helpful if you want to make changes or updates yourself, without having to rely on your web design team. There are many different CMS options available. WordPress is a popular open-source CMS that Brown Creative Group uses.
How do I choose a web design company?
Choosing a web design company can be difficult. There are many different companies out there, and it’s important to find one that fits your needs. When choosing a web design agency or contractor, you’ll want to consider the following:
Experience: How long has the company been in business? What kind of experience do they have with website design?
Portfolio: Take a look at the company’s portfolio. Do their previous projects reflect the style that you are looking for?
Services: What services does the company offer? Do they include domain registration and web hosting? Are they familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) and digital marketing?
Price: How much will the project cost? Be sure to get an estimate.
How long does it take to launch a website?
This can vary greatly from agency to agency. Brown Creative Group’s turnaround time from start to finish is typically 8-12 weeks.
Should my website be mobile-friendly?
YES, your website should be mobile-friendly. In 2015, Google announced that they would be ranking websites based on their mobile-friendliness. This means that if your website is not mobile-friendly, it will likely rank lower in search engine results pages (SERPs). A responsive design is the best way to make sure that your website is mobile-friendly. Responsive design automatically adapts to the size of the screen on which it is being viewed.
Do I have to be local to work with you?
No, you do not have to be local to work with Brown Creative Group. We are happy to work with clients from around the United States and even around the world.
Will I be able to update my website once it launches?
Yes, you will be able to update your website once it launches. Most CMSs include a user-friendly interface that allows you to make changes yourself without having to know how to code. You will also likely have access to a support team who can help you with any questions or problems that you may encounter.
Can I start selling products online?
Yes, you can start selling products online with a new website. Many web design companies offer e-commerce solutions that allow you to sell products and services on your website. They will likely include a shopping cart plugin or application as well as payment processing integration. Brown Creative Group offers WooCommerce, a popular open-source e-commerce solution. Be sure to work with an expert who can guide you through this process.
Will you maintain my website for me?
We can! We provide on-going support for many of our clients. This can include hosting, website updates, SEO, and digital marketing efforts (blogging, landing page design, e-mail marketing, etc.) Contact us to discuss your specific needs and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
How does payment work?
We provide two convenient ways to pay for your new website:
50% + 25% + 25%
Once we have provided a fixed estimate and you’re ready to get started, we collect 50% of the total to begin work. After design mockups are approved, we collect 25%, and the final 25% when the website is ready to launch.
At Brown Creative Group, we offer financing, which is a great option if you are looking to conserve cash flow. It’s easy to qualify and there are no pre-payment penalties so you can pay it off earlier and save interest. About 30% of our clients take advantage of this option!
Ready to Get Started On Your Website Design Project?
Whether you need just a few pages on an existing site or are looking for a web development team for an entirely new site, at Brown Creative Group we make our web design process as easy as possible for our clients. Our team will help you every step of the way, from choosing a domain name and web hosting to developing an SEO strategy that works for your business. Still have questions? Ready to get started? No matter what stage you’re in, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!