Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes:
Getting your online presence to the point that it is functional and manageable for your business can be a daunting task! Having a professional website has become an absolute MUST for all business owners, big and small; however, not every entrepreneur knows exactly what they’re venturing into when getting online. Whether your Small Business has an existing Web Design, or possibly you’re just starting out and you need a Website, here are some frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your next Development:
What should a website cost?
Ultimately this is going to come down to the individual business, as well as what you are looking for as a customer. Basic advertising/marketing sites with limited functionality are very affordable, and most Small Business Web Developers can work within almost any budget to help get you online.
Should I do it myself, or hire a company?
If you have some previous experience working online, why not! But keep in mind one of the golden rules for entrepreneurs is: LET PROFESSIONALS, BE PROFESSIONALS. If your business has little to do with Design/Development then it’s likely a better usage of your time to let someone else take it off your hands. Chances are your time could/should be better spent focusing on your business and getting help is something we all need from time to time. The time you will INVEST into learning how to build a website is likely better spent focusing on your product/service/staff…etc.
What is the biggest mistake I can make if I decide to design/develop myself?
Should you decide you want to take on this task the most important thing to remember is that your website needs to be responsive. It needs to change/mold to different devices/browsers of all different shapes and sizes. More than 50% of your traffic will come from a mobile device, so make sure your website shows up great on a phone/tablet!
How long does building a website take?
Again, this is subjective to the individual product. But a typical development for a simple website should not take more than 2-3 weeks.
How do I gauge if my website is working for my business?
The majority of websites are built with Google Analytics to help you track your audience, the methods in which they use to find your site, and which pages are getting the most hits/traffic. This can help you with deciding which of your products/services you need to focus on the most.
Is there a preferred Management System when building a website?
Whatever you’re most comfortable with! Here at Red Anchor Studio we do exclusively WordPress websites due to their ability to be self managed by business owners, as well as relying on advanced features/plugins from other developers.
Being online is important. But having a PROFESSIONAL look is even more important! Get it done right the first time, and make sure your relationship with your Developer is one you can rely on.
Web Development & Design are passions of mine, and so is Small Business! I am determined to give my clients the best possible online presence in an affordable and professional manner. Contact Me Today!
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