Studies have shown that having a decent website gives credibility to your brand, services and products. GE Capital Retail Finance’s Annual Major Purchase Shopper Study revealed that 81% of shoppers do online research before making a purchase, with 61% going directly to the retailer’s website to check out various product details; such as warranty, pricing, availability, and shipping information. Having a Facebook page is also important but it doesn’t give a good impression of what your company is about, or make it easy to find information that one might be searching for before purchasing a product or service. Not to mention the obvious but some people aren’t on Facebook and you don’t want to miss out on potential customers either.
There is no single answer to this question. It really depends on the needs of your project. Every website is unique and requires different functionalities; we design and develop custom websites specifically for you or your business. We will ask a lot of questions to assess your needs and quote based on that assessment. Most of our sites cost between $3,000 and $5,000, but can be more or less depending on needs.
Did you know that building a website is a lot like building a house?
- You need an address for people to find you. Your address on the web (URL) is usually a domain name. You can purchase one domain name (~$20 per domain name per year, renewed annually) or several and just reserve them until you’re ready to develop a site. Domain names can end in many extensions depending on the purpose of the site: .com (commercial), .org (organisation), .gov (government), .ca (Canada), etc…
- You need the property or land on which to build it. On the internet this is called web hosting because you rent space on a server that hosts your web site. Your domain name(s) are then pointed towards your hosting space.
- You need a general contractor to construct your dream home. Web by Craig (WbC), in addition to being able to provide you with your domain and hosting, specializes in designing and building you your dream home…page! With a team of skilled specialists we can build your entire web site brick by brick making sure every component is up to your standards and ours.
It usually depends on the client more than us. We are often waiting for the client to provide us with certain requirements. On average, we aim for a five to eight week turnaround. How much input you can provide during the initial stages, your responsiveness with feedback, how soon the content is delivered – all this affects the speed of completion. The functionality needs can also be a factor – the more complex the site the more time to develop.
Definitely not! While we are happy to meet you face to face we have clients all over the world. We can work remotely, have video conferencing with screen sharing and send and receive all the resources needed.
Depends on if you got a Monthly Website Package or went À La Carte.
If you have a Monthly Package then we will update the site for you, ensuring it’s properly done and remains looking professional and functioning optimally. Exceptionally if you have the blog add-on then you will be able to add, edit and delete blog posts on your own and if you have the ecommerce add-on then you will be responsible for adding, editing, deleting products and managing the orders.
If you chose the À La Carte route then you will be in charge of updating the site on your own. We will give you a half hour training session to help get you on your way.
We are a full service creative agency. That means in addition to Web Design and Development we also do graphic design, printing, brand identity, logo design, promotional items, copywriting and more. See our services page for more info.
When someone searches on Google, Bing or any search engine a list of results appears. SEO makes it more likely for your site to be at the top of that list for the key phrases you want to target. For example, if you have a dental clinic in Brooklyn we would people searching for “Brooklyn Dentist” or “Dental Clinic in Brooklyn” to have your website appear at the top of the results. Furthermore, we want the Title and Description to be well written to entice potential customers to click on it and go to your site. Search Engine Optimization is a long term investment because it can take time to get results usually it takes 4-6 months of work before you see the real returns. SEO is usually ongoing work since there is always competition and even if we manage to get you to the top of Google, if we don’t maintain your ranking may slip over time. However, it is a vital digital marketing tool and worthwhile investment. It gives you increased visibility, authority, more web traffic and a better user experience for your customers. Contact us for an SEO package for your website.
Having a mobile-friendly website is more important than ever which is why all our sites are built to be responsive. That means they respond to fit the screen size that they are being viewed on. We work hard to make sure your site looks good on a variety of devices.
Usually that is you. You are the expert on your business. Generally speaking it’s best if it comes from you. However, if you need help, we can recommend copywriters who can help clean up, or write, original content for you at an additional cost. We also have translators and photographers should you need.
Web hosting is extremely important! When it comes to hosting, you get what you pay for. We offer several different levels of web hosting depending on what your needs are. If you’re not sure what is write for you we’ll be happy to help you figure out which option is best for you and explain why. If you have a Monthly Package no need to worry the hosting is included and we have already matched the monthly package with the appropriate hosting.
Custom websites can be a big investment and not all small businesses, non-profits, or individuals have that kind of moolah right off the bat. We have created Monthly Packages that start at only $85/month with no set-up costs. We also offer a discount for non-profit organizations and sometimes arrange a check exchange. We have also helped find and apply for grants so that your website will still be within your budget. Just let us know what your budget limit is at the start and we’ll find a creative solution to ensure you get most, if not all, of your needs satisfied within your limitations.
For the Monthly Website Packages the first month is taken as a deposit to start work. Then you pay each month after that (unless you prefer to pay annually which can be arranged and usually comes with a discount 🙂
Usually if you chose to go À La Carte then fifty per cent of the project cost is due up front as a deposit to start work and the remainder before the site goes live. For more details check out The Web Design Process. For very large projects we sometimes break it up into four payments and therefore a twenty five percent deposit is required to start.
Yes! Our social media experts will evaluate your existing accounts, or create them if you don’t have yet. We will then suggest a posting schedule and strategy to jump start your social media presence. We can create posts and respond to people for your business.