You see, when it comes to owning a website, there is ALWAYS recurring costs involved. It doesn’t matter if you have a small 5 page site or a 30 page site. However, most web design companies won’t tell you this. They usually sell you a website for very large price, and forget to mention the ongoing maintenance needed until after the site is launched.
So you end up paying a large up front investment for a brand new website and then either don’t have the budget pay for monthly maintenance, or don’t think you need it because you spent so much on the new site, it shouldn’t need any support or maintenance right?
This is why I don’t believe in one-time website pricing and why I strongly believe in monthly pricing.
What I’ve found over the years is that the number one thing my clients needed the most was someone to maintain their website on a ongoing after it was launched. Things like backend updates (WordPress, themes, plugins, database, PHP), security scans and patches, consistent backups, uptime monitoring, and of course ongoing changes & edits.
These are all things that every website needs, every month – there’s just no way around it.
Most people don’t fully realize or understand the importance (and benefits) of monthly website maintenance.
If potential customers find things wrong when they are visiting your website, they won’t stick around. Most business owners don’t have time to constantly check their website on a consistent basis. So they have no idea if their are any issues, if it’s functioning correctly, or even worse, if it’s down! Imagine if you had potential customers going to your website, and your website was down and you didn’t know it. Not only does that leave the wrong impression, but it could even cost you a new customer / client.
For example – if any part of your website (backend, theme, database, plugins, hosting, etc.) is not consistently updated, it becomes unsecure and very vulnerable to hackers & malware attacks. And if you don’t have consistent backups running, you’d have to redesign and rebuild the entire site from scratch if it were to get hacked or go down!
Believe it or not, this happens very often because most small business websites are not being properly managed. And when this does happen, it’s going to cost you because you basically have to pay for a new site all over again!
Trust me when I tell you that it’s much cheaper to keep up with maintaining your website instead of waiting for something to happen or for it to break.
In addition to that, as your business grows, your website will need to grow with it. That includes making ongoing edits & changes such as adding or removing content, images, create new pages, put special announcements, minor updates to current content, and the list goes on. Unless you are a web designer, you won’t be able to do any of this on your own.
This is why I believe businesses will benefit the most from a flat monthly rate with a very small up front investment. The start up cost is very small and won’t break the bank, and your monthly payment is affordable and predictable (meaning it’s the same every month). You also never have to worry about your website being down or not working, because we build and maintain EVERYTHING for you as well as provide ongoing edits & changes when needed.
Here are some very typical recurring website costs that most people don’t think about and most web design companies won’t tell you up front (this is all included with our flat monthly fee):
– Domain Registration & SSL Certificates: $10 to $100 annually
– Themes, Plugins Special Software: $250 to $1,000 annually
– Hosting & Security: $150 to $500 annually
– Ongoing Design & Updates: $400 to $1,200 annually
Your monthly rate will never change and you’ll never get a surprise random bill or any unexpected fees. The price you see is the price you pay, and that’s out it should be. Our goal is to build a long lasting relationship and help you throughout the life of your website.
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Redesign My Old Site?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s our specialty. We love transforming an older / outdated website into a beautiful modern, mobile responsive website that will bring in more customers.
Do You Do Logo Design & Branding?
We work with trusted design & branding specialists who are great at logo design. We’d be happy to handle the project for you and coordinate it with your website.
Do I own the completed website?
Yes, you own 100% of the website. The one time design / setup fee is for the website design. If you decide to cancel the monthly website hosting & management plan, will will send you a zip file of your website to upload to another web host or give to another web developer to manage.
How long does a typical site take to build?
In General, most design projects last between 30 – 60 days, but it really depends on the project. Pending clear communication and all information provided at the beginning of the project, we will usually have a homepage and a few sub pages ready for review within 15 days. Once the design and layout is approved by you, we’ll move forward with the rest of the site.
Do you use templates or pre-made designs?
Absolutely not. Once we have a good understand of your business, we built a customized, unique website that best represents your businesses goals, values, and shows potential customers why you are the best choice.
Are there any startup fees?
Yes, there is a small one time start up fee for the design / set-up of your website. After that it’s one low monthly fee to host & fully manage your site.
Do you provide hosting & maintenance plans?
Absolutely. This is actually a big part of what we do, and one of the most important parts of your website. Once your site is live, making sure it’s always updated, secured, backed-up and online 24/7 takes quite a bit of ongoing work. We provide all of this (including site edits) for one low monthly cost.
Can I make changes to my site after it's live?
Once the site is live, we provide ongoing maintenance & support, which includes any ongoing edits & changes you need. You just send us the changes you want to make to your site and we’ll get it done, no hassle. We respond to all requests within 24 hours.
Can we cancel our plan at any time?
You certainly can. Wile we sure hope you love our service and are happy with it, we would never want you to pay for something you aren’t happy with and we would never hold you hostage!
If we cancel, what happens to our website?
The website & design is 100% yours. We will provide you with a .zip file backup of your website in it’s entirety. This will make it easy for your next web developer to bring it online for you elsewhere. We’ll also work with the new developer if needed to make a smooth transition.
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