A domain name is the unique Internet name that identifies your
website and tells the Internet servers where your files are
located. For example, the domain name of this website is
Domain names are rented on an annual basis from an
Internet Registrar. Some Registrars offer discounted domain
names, with the most common fee being about $40 a year. The
choice of a specific domain name could be advantageous to the success of
your website. One of my services is to assist my customers in the
selection and purchase of a domain name.
In order to be viewed on the Internet, your website files must
reside on a web server. Large companies can afford to purchase
their own web servers and high speed Internet connections. Most
small companies rent this service in the form of a hosting
Hosting charges vary depending upon how much traffic you expect to
have, what special features you may require and the services that
are bundled into your hosting account rental agreement.
My basic bundled website hosting fee is $25 a month including personal email and technical support. It is
common to bundle other services such as maintenance, website
optimization or consulting into a hosting fee. How much you will
pay depends upon the services you require.
These are the computer files that make up your actual website. A
website designer arranges the files based on a design. The design
includes graphic images, photographs, navigation, text and a great
deal of programming. How these components are arranged makes up
the majority of what you are paying for and the results should
perform the tasks they are designed to do.
Optimization (SEO) is the process of making specific modifications to a
website in an attempt to influence Search Engine ranking in a
positive way. If the primary goal of your website is to
create sales leads, this requirement needs to be built into the design in the
A website that can not be found is
Most Search Engines
rank your website by the quality of your content. Google
also takes into consideration the number of in-coming links
pointed at your website. Search engines can and will bar you or
knock down your ranking for errors, attempting to stuff your
pages with repetitious keywords, using copy from another
website or allowing your content to become old and stagnant.
Search Engines optimization is making specific modifications to a
website that influence Search Engine ranking in a positive way.
How can I reduce the
cost of my website?
With today's economic challenges, successful Internet
professionals work with their clients to deliver quality products
and services at prices they can afford. Website design fees vary
greatly depending upon the amount of creativity and labor
involved. Creativity is the most expensive component in any
website. If you do not know what you want and do not
have useable graphics, photographs or text content, you can expect
to pay more than someone who has everything ready to go. A good
way to reduce these costs is to invest time looking at other
websites before requesting a price quote. Do you see any designs
you like? Do you have company brochures or printed sales
material? Often these items can be the catalyst that leads to a
good website design for your company.
What if I need to change to my website?
A website designed to attract and keep customers needs a
consistent flow of fresh content. In addition, your search
engine ranking will fall if you do not update your website
frequently. I am very flexible when dealing with website
changes and updates. One option is to pay by the hour only
when you need a change. This works for companies that require
infrequent updates. Another option is to negotiate a flat
monthly fee which includes a predetermined number of labor
hours at a discounted rate. A third option is to negotiate a
standard amount each time a specific update occurs, such as
the posting of a quarterly newsletter.
If you would like a quote for any of my services, please
contact me by phone or by email. If you use email, please
include your contact phone number and a best time to reach you
by phone. I do not provide quotes without discussing
your project before hand. I want all of my customers to be
pleased with the results of my work and it is important to
define your expectations and requirements before quoting a
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I am here
to help you in any way I can and want your business Internet
project to be as successful as possible.