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FAQ’s

What will I need for my new website?

Apart from the actual design of the website which I do, you will also need

  • A registered domain name
  • A hosting account

These are yearly fees paid to an external service provider.

What is a domain name?

This is the name of your website and it is where your website will be located. For instance the domain name of my website is www.samidesigns.co.nz. These normally cost around $15-$30 per year. If you don’t yet have a domain name sorted then I would recommend CrazyDomains they have .com’s from $6 per year and  .co.nz’s from $15. They also offer hosting plans (the space where the website is stored) and this ranges from $3 – $6 per month depending how long you take it out for.

Check out my tutorial on how to set this up with crazy domains.

Hosting…What is it and who do you recommend?

Hosting is the server space on the internet and where your website data is stored.
If you are buying your domain through CrazyDomains, then why not get the hosting with CrazyDomains too. Their Premium package is plenty enough for your new site and costs around $72.00 per year if you take out a 12 month plan. The longer you take it out for, the cheaper it is.

Check out my tutorial on how to set this up with crazy domains.

Do you build responsive websites?

Yes all of my websites are mobile friendly and responsive, meaning that they will look great on mobiles and tablets too.

What’s CMS and WordPress?

CMS stands for Content Management System. CMS websites allow clients to add and edit their own website pages through a personal login area. Nowadays I design and code all of my websites in wordpress which is a well known CMS, and this gives my clients the flexibility to update and change the content of the pages when needed.

Check out my tutorial on how to edit a wordpress website page.

Why do you use wordpress?

WordPress has so many advantages over normal static HTML websites. Here is just a short list of some of them:-

  • WordPress is favoured by google and it is search engine (SEO) friendly, making your pages easier to find in google
  • WordPress has thousands of plugins that can be added to your website to extend the functionality of it
  • WordPress is very easy to learn and use, even for beginners
  • Updating content is very easy for anyone, even with very little or no knowledge of code and you can do this from anywhere in the world by logging into your account
  • The wordpress software is updated frequently, so therefore keeping you up to date with bugs etc
  • Worpress is safe and offers online security to your website through the use of plug-ins that make it safer
  • You can easily integrate it with Social Media such as facebook
  • WordPress adheres to all the Web Standards and keeps your website Internet compliant

What is SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)?

SEO stands for “search engine optimisation” and it is the process of getting search engines such as google to find your website and rank it accordingly. The higher you are ranked in google, potentially the more traffic and customers you should get. There are ways in which you can optimise your wordpress website so that it’s more attractive to search engines and I when I build your website, I will search engine optimise it as best as I can so that google index’s it correctly and search engines pick it up.

Check out my basic tutorial on “Tips for SEO

How do I find a print shop?

I don’t do any printing myself however I am happy to work with your local printer and follow their design guidelines and sizes when designing. If you are still unsure on who to use though, then I would recommend vistaprint who are an online company and print pretty much whatever you want. They are very cheap and quite often you can find coupon codes on the net for up to 60% off their prices making them even cheaper :-). If you can’t find any coupons, then let me know and I will be happy to find some for you.

Do you do all of your work?

Yes of course, I do not sub-contract out projects. You will be working directly with me at all times.

What are your payment terms?

For new customers I require a 50% non-refundable deposit for bookings and prior to starting the project. (Unless otherwise arranged with me).
The remaining balance is to be paid within 5 working days of completion of the project.
I accept bank wire or cheque.

Do you design ‘flash’ websites

Not any more, the reason being is that they tend to be outdated, they don’t always work on all browsers. They are expensive to update and they don’t tend to be search engine friendly either. I use wordpress for all my website builds, which are coded in HTML and CSS. WordPress websites are loved by google’s search engines and can be updated by you through a personal log-in area.

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