Frequently Asked Questions: Website Design

This frequently asked questions page provides answers to common questions asked by clients regarding the website design and support services.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered below please contact me at [email protected] or via the contact page.

Why WordPress?

WordPress powers 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019. It is easy to use, is a very flexible platform to build on and has a great community and support network. Best of all WordPress is regularly updated with new features. Whether it is just a simple blog, business website or a digital hub, quite simply it is the easiest way to manage a website! A showcase of WordPress powered websites can be found HERE.

What kind of website can WordPress support?

Virtually any kind of website can be created. The flexibility of WordPress is one of its major strengths so you can create a website that can do pretty much whatever you need it to do. Adding media like video and audio is simple using shortcodes – i.e just copy and paste the YouTube video link to add the video to your site.

What does a new website cost?

The cost depends on a number of factors but it mainly comes down to the size and complexity of the site. The more functionality a website has, the more it will cost to set up. Another factor is the text, images and artwork for the website which adds a considerable amount of work when building a site. If photographs and text are already available (from an old website for example) then it makes the site-building process far more straightforward.

A simple four to five-page website costs £295 with the price rising to £1000+ for the complex multi-page websites. Quotes can be given.

Who looks after the website?

Once the site is built then the running of the website can be handed over to someone else to run. If advice or help is needed at a later date then I can be contacted to sort any problems out. I can also continue to look after the site if required.

What is the yearly cost of running a website?

A website needs to be hosted on a server and other costs will include domain name renewals. These are the yearly costs. If I maintain the site then a basic maintenance charge is £95 for the year going up to £225 for sites that require regular monitoring and maintenance.

What if you already have a WordPress website?

No problem. The support service helps WordPress website owners who need someone to talk to if a problem is encountered or the site needs to be developed further.

How do I edit the site?

WordPress has an easy to use, built-in editor so you can edit text, add photographs and create pages with ease. If you have ever created a document using a computer then the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) should be easy.

WordPress also has apps for IOS and Android that enable posts and pages to be created using a pad or phone – great for those who like blogging on the move.

Will the website be mobile friendly?

Yes. The website design will use a theme that is responsive to the viewing device being used. This means that from large computer screens through to mobile phone screens, the site can be easily read and navigated as well as looking great.

Is WordPress safe and secure?

Yes. WordPress has a very good security record and is regularly updated to keep it as secure as possible. Security plugins can provide extra layers of security to stop attacks etc. Backup services can also do daily backups of the site so that if the site is ever damaged or lost, it can be recovered quickly.

What are plugins?

Plugins are additional software that plugs into WordPress to add extra functionality. Photo galleries, social networking, forums, social media widgets, spam protection, calendars, fine-tune controls for search engine optimization, and forms, etc are just some of the tools that can be added to a website. If there is something you would like your website to do… then there is probably a plugin available that will let you do it.

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