Once you’ve picked your package you can pay your deposit online or in person when you come for your consultation. The consultation can be done by phone (I can call you if it’s long distance) or in person at my office. During our consultation we will make a website wish list and I will walk you through everything you’ll need to provide me with so I can start designing your site. To schedule your consultation:
We will also start completing some of the tasks on your PROJECT CHECKLIST which you can download and print out in advance to get started.
Before you can get online you need to sign up for hosting and register a domain name. Hosting is basically like purchasing your own piece of land in the internet world to build your website on. A domain name is your web address (example: www.mybusinessname.com).
I highly recommend using BLUEHOST. I’ve been using them for years and love them because they have great 24/7 customer support, their plans are extremely affordable starting as low as $3.95/mth plus you get a FREE domain name and 5 business email addresses! You’re not locked into a contract, so even if you sign up for 3 years you can cancel at anytime and get the rest of your money back, plus they have a 30 day money back guarantee
When choosing a domain name the best extension to use is .COM, but often times the one you want might already be taken by someone else, so you can try using another popular extension such as .NET or .ORG. If you really really want a .COM you can also play around with the spelling of your domain name or simply add a hyphen ex: www.Designer-Boss.com.
If you are located in Canada and your business is predominantly geared to locals you can use .CA. BlueHost doesn’t sell .CA’s but GoDaddy does, so you can purchase your .CA domain name from GoDaddy:
The next step is for you to get all of your content ready for your website and submit it to me. That includes pictures/images, slogans, all of the text/information you want to include on the different pages of your site, prices and product information if applicable etc.
The sooner you get your content to me the sooner your site can be completed. If you need help figuring out what kind of content you need, I can help so don’t hesitate to ask.
Your home page is the most important page on your website and should briefly tell visitors exactly what you do and who you are. Here are some ideas of what you may want to include on your home page:
If you offer products or services and you don’t want to have an Ecommerce site (online shop: MINI BOUTIQUE WEBSITE or PRO BOUTIQUE WEBSITE) then you’ll probably want a page dedicated to your products or services to give potential clients more details about exactly what you offer:
Image is everything so it’s important that you have really good high-quality images for your website. I will need a high-resolution logo from you. If you don’t have one I can create one for you (LOGO DESIGN SERVICES).
Depending on the nature of your business I recommend investing in getting professional pictures done, otherwise, good quality stock images can be purchased online for an additional charge.
I can also embed your Instagram posts on to your site so that you can have a photo gallery that displays your live Instagram feed directly on your site.
If you need help deciding what kind of images you’ll need or which route you should take, feel free to contact me at 416-320-3042.
Every package comes with a contact page which includes a simple contact form that will be integrated to your email address. Here is a list of some other information you may want to include:
You may want to have a separate About Us page if you have a lot to write or if you want to post a brief profile of employees/team members. If you don’t have much to write you can just add your About Us section to your home page.
All packages include an Instagram gallery which shows your live Instagram feed so every time you post to Instagram it will automatically show up on your website.
However, if you would like to have a separate gallery page and upload images manually, I can set up a separate page for that. You would just need to provide me with high-quality images to post, and a brief caption if applicable.
A terms and conditions page or section on your website is also an important thing to add especially when you have an online shop. Things you may want to include are:
If you want people to be able to book your services online and you don’t already have booking software, check out my BOOKING CALENDAR add-on. It enables clients to book directly on your website and you can manage your appointments and services from the backend of your website.
You’ll need to provide me with:
Once you’ve submitted all your content, the turnaround time to complete your site can range from 10 days to 5 weeks depending on the package you’ve chosen and complexity of your site.
Throughout the design process I will be in contact with you to get your feedback to make sure your site is coming out how you want it. Once It’s complete, you make your final payment if you’ve decided to pay in installments, then it goes live and you receive access to my DIY video tutorials on how to update and maintain your website.