Where are you located?
While I live northwest of Calgary, in the area of Bergen, I am frequently in Calgary, Airdrie, or Cochrane. I can meet you at a location convenient for you anywhere in or near Calgary.
How quickly can we get started?
Normally, I should be able to meet with you within the a few days after you first contact me. After that, it depends on how ready you are to get started, and how many projects I have coming up. It could be within the next couple weeks, but if I am really busy, it could be a month or more before we can begin.
Do we need to meet in person?
I prefer face-to-face contact, but we can meet using video conferencing or a phone call if in-person isn’t possible.
How many web pages are included?
There is technically no limit to the number of pages we create. However, I will determine before we get started whether or not the size and scope of project you have in mind will be appropriate for me to develop. If I can see that it will be too large, I will recommend you hire a larger agency.
Can I choose my own website address?
Yes. But, of course if the address you have in mind is already taken, you will need to choose something different. Before we get started, you can do a domain name search online for free.
Can I edit the website myself once it’s complete?
Yes! Included in my fee is an hour of training on how to manage your website. You will be able to add new pages, edit existing pages and make simple changes. If needed, I am available to complete more complex changes for a small fee.
Do you do Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
SEO is a term that gets thrown around a lot, often used to lure people in. The way I build websites lends itself to being optimized for search engines right out of the box. However, this won’t automatically get your site to the top of search queries. There is more to search ranking than plugging in a few little bits of markup. The ultimate way to get to the top of search engine rankings is to have an excellent content strategy, and be constantly active online. I can help you do both.
Why is your cost so low?
I work independently, and use open-source software that is available to anyone for free. I have no office space costs, staff to pay, or expensive add-ons that you don’t need. I rent my own server space with CanSpace Solutions (an all-Canadian company), and do the server management myself. Above all, I keep things simple and practical.
Aren’t you undercutting the competition?
Absolutely not. In fact, you can go even cheaper than me by using a service such as Squarespace or Wix. Essentially, you are hiring me to build you a customized theme-based website. In the world of web development, it is actually really simple. You could do it yourself if you took a few weeks to learn how using free online tutorials.
There are companies who build custom website management systems, that are designed with your specific needs in mind, and they cost more money for good reason. If I suspect that your needs are greater than what I can provide, I will recommend you go with a larger company who will serve you better.