Q?How Much Does a Website Cost?

This is one of the most common questions I’m asked, and the response is always the same: it depends on the website.

Websites can vary in price from around $1 a month to $30,000 to develop and design – there are even free websites! But, the single most important thing to consider is which model fits your business and offers the most benefits at the right cost. So, it’s a game of balancing budget and the right business tools.

Price varies so much because there are so many options. You may have a personal portfolio website or you may have a full online eCommerce store with over 10,000 products. Your business may be just you or it may be a firm with 200 plus employees. Your site may feature some personal copy, an image of you, and a contact form or it may have to track packages, process payments, and teleport users to distant locations (still working on this feature).

Effectively, your website should be your number one marketing, and even for some, sales tool. To find out which fit is best for you, we offer free first time consultations.

Levy Media Marketing
Located in “The Cloud”

Telephone: +1 (480) 381-3093
E-mail: info@levymediamarketing.net

Q?Do I Really Need a Website?

When asking this question the first thing you have to ask yourself is, “why do I need a website?” This can be broken down into two generalized categories. Either you need a website as a credential (“a way of saying I’m a credible professional, you can find me online here”) or you need a website for your business (eCommerce, advertising, etc.)

Fact is, if your competition has a website and you don’t, you’re losing business to your competition. Websites are an easy, affordable, and the most effective way to communicate with your audience and/or customers. Put simply, Yes! if you’re in business, you need a website.

Q?Why Use Organic Search?

Organic Search results are the results that show up in order of relevance in a  search engine. Another option is Paid Search, but this may not always be the better route and doesn’t necessarily guarantee you more traffic. Firstly, Paid Search results are often overlooked all together by searchers (more than 60% of searchers tend to overlook them). Also, Paid Results still receive ranking for their relevance, and if your website doesn’t have the content to add credibility, then you probably won’t receive the results you desire. This is why Search Engine Optimization is often the best route for Online Advertising. Having a high ranking in organic results will often produce the most web traffic for your site and the best return for business.

Q?Freelancer or Firm?

The cost effectiveness of using a freelancer or private web designer/developer can often be very appealing, but what risks might you be taking by going with one? When choosing anyone to work with, consider the strength of their portfolio, professionalism, testimonials, and customer reviews, if possible. You’re aiming for a long term relationship with your web professional, so research is important.

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I’ve heard plenty of stories where someone working with a freelancer paid them, didn’t receive their website, and never got refunded, so ALWAYS HAVE A CONTRACT. Furthermore, there are preventative steps you can take to protect yourself when getting a new website (find out more here).

Another thing I see often is people bartering for a website. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but I’ve seen it have less than desirable results. Here’s the thing, if you’re building a website to represent your business, and you want to look professional, leaving it in the hands of your twelve year old nephew who claims to be a computer wiz or your good friend who made a birthday cake once probably isn’t the best idea – just food for thought.

Q?How Long Does It Take to Get a Website?

There are various types of websites online today. The website’s genre, size, and features will all affect the amount of time it takes to design. Average basic sites can take as little as a couple weeks to three months to create, while eCommerce and other large technical sites can take as long as three months or more to design and develop.  You can get your website sooner, however it will alter the cost, and depending on your website budget this may not be the most cost effective route for you.

Q?What is a Content Management System?

Content Management Systems (CMS) allow our clients to accomplish tasks conveniently from the destination of their choosing. Furthermore, clients can update, create, index, edit, review, and publish material via a user-friendly interface installed on their personal computer or a server, depending on the type of CMS.