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The different costs involved in setting up a website can seem complicated at first, so I have put together a guide to explain what to expect.

  • What is a domain name?
    A domain name is the address of a website e.g. A domain name is separate from your website. it is the online equivalent of having a sign outside a shop which tells customers what the name of the shop is. When choosing your domain name bear in mind what people might type into Google when searching for products or services in your industry. For example, if your name is Jane and you bake and sell cakes in the Cotswolds you are likely to receive more traffic to your website if your domain name is than if your domain name is because people are more likely to type 'Cotswolds cakes' into Google. On the other hand your brand name may be more important to you - I wanted as my domain name. When you tell me what domain name you would like I will search to see if it is available (or if someone has already purchased it...) and try to acquire it for you.
  • Can I have an email address that matches my domain?
    Yes, you can. It looks professional to have an email address that matches your domain. So, if your domain is you could have an email address and/or etc.
  • Will my website appear in Google search results, and what is 'SEO'?"
    SEO stands for search engine optimisation. It is the process of optimising a website so that it is indexed and crawled by search engines such as Google (and Bing etc.) in the hope that information from the website will appear in search listings so that potential customers / readers can access the content on your website. There are numerous ways to optimise a website and this is a constantly evolving field. We will liaise to identify which aspects of your business or services you would like to highlight to potential customers, and I will optimise your site accordingly as part of the web design and set-up process.
  • Which platforms do you use to build websites?
    I use Squarespace and Wix to build websites. Both are excellent platforms with millions of users worldwide. Both have pros and cons. WordPress is also hugely popular - if you are looking for a WordPress site you will need to find another designer as I don't work with WordPress.
  • Do you offer website redesigns?
    I offer website redesigns if your current website is built on Squarespace or Wix. If your current website is built on another platform I would want to set you up with a new website on Squarespace or Wix when your subscription with your existing platform ends.
  • How much does it cost to set up a website?
    Please see my Pricing page for helpful information about the costs involved in setting up and maintaining a website.

To use an analogy, imagine you want to run a bakery...

Please contact me if you have any further questions or if you would like me to put together a quote for you.

After site launch I would be happy to do website updates and maintenance for you at my hourly rate of £30 per hour. Many clients find this works well and is reasonable in terms of costs. It also means they don't have the learning curve of acquainting themselves with Squarespace or Wix, and therefore makes them more time-rich! But if you would like to do your own site updates after launch I also offer training on how to use Squarespace/Wix at my usual hourly rate of £30 per hour.

If you would like me to purchase a domain for you or set you up with a custom email account to match your domain, I can do this at my hourly rate of £30 per hour.

It includes:

  • Squarespace or Wix account set-up

  • Site design

  • Advice on site structure

  • Basic copywriting assistance

  • Sourcing professional quality free stock images (occasionally it is necessary to purchase a stock image at approx £10 per image)

  • Providing graphics/icons for the site (if required)

  • Basic SEO to optimise the site and increase the chances of it being picked up by search engines

  • Advice on how to make your site GDPR-compliant

  • Connecting a domain name you already own

  • Up to two rounds of revisions after initial first draft

  • Small necessary tweaks after site launch 

  • Being on email to answer any queries and guide you through the process

My one-off flat fee for web design tends to be between £700 - £1,000 and is payable on completion of the work.

My fee will depend on the functionality you require and how many pages your site will consist of. Each site is different. Once you have sent me your website copy and site structure I will be able to finalise my fee with you.

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