Why do you use WordPress?
I use WordPress to build my clients' websites with, as it allows me to create flexible and customisable websites to a very high standard. WordPress is also an 'open source' content management system (CMS), which means you won't be 'locked' into a web developer's own in-house (and possibly inferior) CMS system. WordPress is extremely popular and easy to use, and it currently powers around 35% of all websites on the Internet. There is a large and international community of WordPress web developers, consultants and trainers who all share their knowledge about WordPress. I can tap into this collective intelligence and bring that wealth of experience to your project. My personal experience with WordPress dates back to 2007 when I first realised it could be used to build a complete website.
Can we add to the website while you are building it?
I provide my clients with a fixed cost quote to build their websites to a certain level and within a specific time frame. So we need to stay within the 'scope' of the website proposal to achieve that. However, I appreciate that circumstances can change quickly, so if the new feature or function is essential, I'll provide a new quote to add it to the website build. If it's not crucial, we can add the new feature after the website has gone live.
How long does it take to build the website?
Most websites can be completed within 3-4 weeks, starting from the date we've received enough artwork and content to get started on a design. We know from real-world experience though, that people get busy and a week can fly by, so whilst we love to get you online in three weeks, sometimes it's just not realistic.
What will my website look like on a smartphone?
This depends on the design we come up with or the template we use. Generally, mobile versions of a website are a simplified version of the desktop website, with all of the content going into either one or two columns. All of the websites we build are 'mobile-friendly' by default as we use developer WordPress themes that have this 'baked in' from the beginning. We test our websites using a specialist mobile device emulator, so we can quickly see at a glance how the site will look on different mobile devices.
Who hosts the website?
This is totally up to you. You can host with Web Matters or you can use your own hosting provider. If you choose to host with Web Matters, your website is hosted on our account with a specialist hosting company with data centres in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the US.
If you are not hosting with Web Matters, you will need to arrange a website hosting account with a web hosting company. If hosting with another business, you will need to provide Web Matters with your website hosting login details so we can install the final website on your hosting account.
Who do I call for help with the website?
If you host your website with Web Matters or subscribe to one of our ongoing website care plans, we will be your first point of call should something go wrong with your website.
If you host with another company, contact us in the first instance and we will determine whether it is something the hosting company needs to fix or if it's something we can resolve,
How long will it take to appear at the top of Google?
Nobody can truly say how long it will take for your website to appear at the top of search engine results pages as Google factors in hundreds of different ranking criteria. It also depends on how much competition you have online, the exact search phrases people are using to find your website and the number of other websites that are also ‘optimised’ for those search phrases. There are several factors that can improve your chances though. Building your website with WordPress is a good start as WordPress has some great Search Engine Optimisation fundamentals built-in.
Creating unique and interesting content on a regular basis for your website also helps to increase your visibility in the search engines. Launching your website and then forgetting about it is a sure-fire way to get lost amongst the noise online (and any new competition that can spring up).
How will I know if anyone is visiting my website?
We will install Google analytics software on your new website. You will see a wide range of statistics about your website including the number of visits, page views and the length of time people are spending on your website.