WordPress is our first choice when building websites. It’s easily maintained by the client (that’s you!) after handover and is an affordable option. Coupled with Woocommerce it can also be an online shop, but we recommend this only to small hobby type businesses because of it’s limitations and need for updates.
WordPress does need to be maintained and updated to stay secure and functioning at it’s best, and we offer a maintenance package should you want some help with this.
We like to use Shopify for professional online shops who need a stable platform. It’s not as functional when it comes to blogging, and should you want to have a blog to drive traffic to your shop we recommend you have a WordPress blog on a subdomain.
If you feel Squarespace is a better fit for you, we can use this platform to host and build your website.
What are the costs?
When considering getting your business, professional/personal blog or project online, cost has to be considered.
There are the basic costs for branding, website design, and recurring domain and web hosting costs.
If you’re planning on having a shop of any kind you’ll have to consider adding an SSL certificate for the safety of your customer’s details, costs for accepting credit cards and/or PayPal transaction fees as well as any extra plugins you may need for shipping calculations etc.
You might want to look into having at least basic Search Engine Optimization done, as well as marketing to get your website and brand known.
Finally, ongoing support and maintenance costs should also be considered.
The Nitty Gritty
Steps to take
Before anything else, you’re going to need a domain name. Check that the domain name you want is available before you settle on your business name/branding.
Shopify and Squarespace include web hosting in their monthly fee but if you’re using WordPress, you need web hosting. We use WP Engine for our WP clients, and through our account you can take part of their dedicated WordPress hosting for nearly half price at $15/month (normally $29)
Please don’t go with the cheaper options out there, as they are cheap for a reason.
Now it’s on to getting your content ready, your branding in place and thinking about what kind of website you want for your business or blog. Make sure you have your content proof read and that it’s at a final stage when you send it through to be uploaded to your site.
Our questionnaire is a great tool to get you thinking about the important questions about your business online presence. Spending some time working on this will greatly enhance the end result and the speed at which we can finalise your website.