Customized WordPress Websites and Blogs for Private Practitioners, Solo Professionals and Small Businesses
Your website is the online face of your business. To be successful, it must make a favorable first impression and then give a pleasurable experience to your website visitors.
With an expertly-crafted website…
- Your website visitors will easily locate what they need, then take action to achieve their objectives.
- Your online presence becomes an asset that helps accomplish your business goals.
Well-designed websites produce a hassle-free experience for you and the visitors to your site. I use WordPress to create websites with a professional look and feel based on a clean code structure that is good for SEO.
Your WordPress website may include, but will not be limited to, features such as:
- A customized premium WordPress theme for a high quality, attractive and modern appearance
- Mobile-responsive design that automatically adjusts to different screen sizes
- Easy site navigation
- A blog
- Design graphics and image optimization
- Contact forms and mailing list subscribe forms
- Social media follow and share buttons
- Audio and video players
- Password protected pages
- Security and malware protection
The possibilities are nearly endless!
I can also help you with:
- Domain name registration
- Signing up for web hosting
- Setting up email addresses on your web server
For enhancements to your online presence, see my Web Extras and Consulting Services.
“You consistently exceed my expectations with your ever so responsive customer service and your careful, thoughtful advice. Your design for my website has stood the test of time and has also been flexible enough to grow as my consulting and research practice has grown.”
—Lynne C. Levesque, Historian and Writer
Why is WordPress my choice of platform for developing websites?
After many years of hand-coding static HTML websites, I realized in 2012 that new web design technology was needed to meet the growing demand for advanced features so my clients’ websites would serve them well for years to come.
Of the several coding methods and platforms available, I chose WordPress because of it’s flexibility, affordable cost (WordPress, itself, is free), built-in mobile-responsiveness, and the thousands of themes and plugins available to serve almost any requirement a website owner might have. I was already using WordPress to add blogs to clients’ websites, so it made sense to use WordPress to build the entire site.
A WordPress website has the following advantages:
- Versatile themes and features that can be adjusted as your business evolves.
- The ability to add and edit content yourself.
- Reliable performance on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones.
- Code that meets basic search engine optimization (SEO) requirements.
- The software is updated continually so it always meets current web coding standards for optimal performance. Search engines like clean code and a well-functioning website, too.
Since it was first released as a simple blogging platform in 2003, WordPress is now a full-fledged website content management system (CMS) used by tens of millions of individuals and businesses such as BBC America, Chicago Sun Times, Garth Brooks, Katy Perry, The Obama Foundation, Sony, Walt Disney Company and the Rolling Stones. Learn more at wordpress.org.
Frequently Asked Questions About Web Design
Q: How long does it take to build a website?
A: Generally speaking, creating a basic informational website with four to ten pages takes 6-8 weeks.
Your project may take less or more time based on a variety of factors:
- The size and complexity of your website
- How soon I receive the final versions of your text, images and other content ready for publishing
- My schedule and availability
- Your schedule and availability
Q: How much does a WordPress website cost?
A: Costs vary depending on the site’s size and features. Just like a house, a website can be small or large, basic or complex, minimalist or fancy. A typical small business website that I design and build costs between $1200.00 and $3000.00. When we talk during your free initial consultation, we will discuss your specific requirements so I can give you an estimated quote for your project.
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- Domain Name
You will need a unique domain name to serve as the address (URL) of your website. If you don’t already have a domain name, you will need to register one with a domain name registrar such as Namecheap or GoDaddy. Pricing for a domain name can be as little as $12.00 or $15.00 per year, depending on the registrar you choose.
- Web Hosting
You will need the services of a web hosting company to store and display your website. Hosting fees usually run around $10.00 or $20.00 per month. I can help you find the right web hosting company and hosting plan for your website. One hosting company that I currently recommend is SiteGround.
Getting started with your first website can seem like a large expense, but remember that it is an extension of your business — your front office in the online world. I am happy to find ways to work within your budget requirements.
Q: If I have a graphic designer create the web design concept, can you build the website based on that design?
A: Certainly. Several of my clients have brought web design proofs to me from the graphic designer who created the logo, business cards and other branding concepts for their business.
Q: Will you help me if I want to build part of the website myself?
A: Yes, if you are using WordPress.
If you are the do-it-yourself type, then go for it! If things aren’t turning out the way you planned or you run into something that you can’t figure out how to do yourself, I’ll be happy to provide assistance.
Or, I can design the website, install and customize the theme and plugins, create the home page and a few basic pages, and then turn it over to you to create additional pages.
Q: Will you be available after the website goes live?
A: Yes. Providing ongoing support to my clients is an important part of my business. Once your new website is finished, I can assist with updates and maintenance or provide guidance with additional features that can help grow your business online.