How long does it take to build my website?
We have what we call 'Design Dates'. That means that you get a scheduled 2 week design period that we put you down for on our calendar. How far out that is all depends on how booked we are. When we book your date we will begin prep work and planning for the site's content and design. You will have the time between booking and your design date to prepare, but once your design date comes it is a 2 week design process from start to finish.
Do you limit the number of revisions on my site design?
NO. We believe in making sure you are head-over-heels in love with your website! We do however have a policy that there are no revisions allowed past the Launch Date of your website. Up until then, you are welcome to let us know what revisions or tweaks you would like. But we are sure that after our thorough collaborative process, you won't have many to worry about!
What is the difference between a web designer and a web developer?
There are definite differences between web designers and web developers. They are most certainly the two equally vital sides to the same coin. One is a creative expert and one is a technical expert. Web designers focus heavily on the aesthetics, content, and user experience of a website, while web developers focus on programming, function, and coding. That is the simplest explanation.
So who should you choose to build your website? That depends on your end goal. But probably BOTH. If you are looking to have a new web presence designed to emotionally connect with your audience, or to redesign your current branding, then a designer would be right for that. If you are needing a native application built, complicated eCommerce solutions, a database, or client login integrations you will need a web developer. This of course will vary between projects, but this gives you an idea of how to differentiate the roles.
Are you developers or designers?
We are designers and artists. We do not provide extended HTML or coding services. However, we have extensive experience with Squarespace and can sync your site with many third party integrations, add several custom CSS code options through the CSS code injection, embed almost any code or link into your site pages, as well as incorporate a wide range of features and functions Squarespace provides through their robust platform. Additionally, we are able to incorporate custom graphic designs directly into your site design.
What platforms do you build your websites on?
We are SquareSpace Designers. We only design on Squarespace. This platform provides a gorgeous user experience, a robust yet simple to use CMS for our clients, as well as being a stable and trustworthy platform. While developers can provide more complicated web solutions for their particular market, we can be more efficient with simple, beautifully designed web solutions for you, without compromising quality. The cost savings is passed on to you and we are able to deliver your website with faster turnaround, while focused on your content and design. We find that while our clients might be able to build their own website on a DIY platform, they may not have the time, budget for a large build, or might be in need of our professional photography, design expertise. We can also incorporate graphic design into our web design. There are a variety of ways for us to serve you in the design of your website and you can rest assured in knowing that we will discuss all of the options available to you, including the website features needed to achieve your goals.
Do you use templates to design websites or are they custom?
Squarespace sites begin with a basic template, meaning a framework for function and style editing. However, Squarespace provide as close to unlimited flexibilty that you will get with a template driven platform. We are able to create and design stunning custom work through the style editor and tools provided, as well as incorporate our custom CSS code to customize your site. So you won't find any cookie-cutter designs here! We are committed to your brand and style.
*Note: For ethical and legal reasons, we are unable and unwilling to copy the exact design and/or exact layout of another site even if it's in a different industry.
Do I own my website?
YES! The website we design for you is YOURS! We design on a platform that you have purchased a membership on and are ready for us to jump in and design for you. After the design is complete, we provide you with training and then you simply take over. This also allows you to update your content at your convenience.
Are there any fees that are NOT included in your pricing?
YES. Squarespace hosting fees and domain registrar fees will be soley the client's responsibility to maintain. Hosting fees vary depending on the type of website plan needed. We will help you determine the best fit for your business. Additionally, If you are wanting paid stock images, you will need to pay for those separate from your design fees. (I do have access to a large number of free stock images.)
What services are included (and not included) in your website design packages?
You will find everything that IS included here on our website design services page. Copywriting, however, is not included. You will need to write your own content, or hire a copywriter, I only do final grammer, spelling, and check for flow and function. I can help with ideas when it comes to message and branding through our design meetings. I have also written blog posts that focus on contect writing here that may help.
Do you do SEO? Will I get leads or traffic to my website?
We provide basic SEO services upon initial setup of your website. Squarespace already has built in powerful SEO features you will never need to touch. There are also specific sections in the backend of your site that are just for your SEO descriptions on search engines. Leads and traffic all depends on how you use your site following the design project. This can include blogging, marketing, updated content, keyword research, etc.
However, we do NOT provide extensive SEO or Keywording research for your website project. You will need to provide that keyword rich copy to us to be incorporated appropriately per your request. We can provide basic knowledge of where to incorporate the verbage you will use for your SEO and keywording in the appropriate section of Squarespace.