I get asked these questions so frequently, I thought I’d list all the answers on a special page right here.
Why is your grammar so bad? / What’s with the name? / Shouldn’t there be an ‘a’ or something there?
Sigh. The name is inspired by Paul McKenna’s series of self help books – through which he promises to make you all kinds of things (rich, happy, confident…) but never website (or any other noun for that matter). I suppose you might try to look at it as an attempt at humour on my part, and hopefully not a serious intellectual property violation. Next…
How much does it cost?
Please have a look at the price list, which contains full details.
What’s a WordPress?
WordPress is the backbone that supports over 25 million websites and blogs worldwide, including this site and most of the sites I develop. It is flexible, easy to use and quick to design with. By building my sites with this software you get access to great features, and a “back end” that makes it as easy to update your pages and blog posts as it is to send an email.
Do you only make websites for musicians and performers?
No, I’m happy to take on any web design project you might have. Just ask and I’ll see if I think I’m the right man for the job.
Do I need to have my own photos and artwork?
Not necessarily. If you’re based in London I can arrange to have pictures taken by an experienced photographer. I can also create digital artwork and logos based on even the most basic of images, so you don’t necessarily have to shell out. Stock photo libraries and content from FlickR and elsewhere on the internet are also great resources for expanding a design.
How does the design process work?
Firstly I’ll ask you to send me all of the resources you currently have, such as photos, artwork and biogs. You can also tell me a rough outline of what you’re after, and it can be very helpful as well if you can find some existing websites that you like and tell me why. Some people have very clear ideas of what they want, other people are happy to leave the ideas to me.
I’ll then create a few mock-ups of your site. These will be static images to demonstrate (generally two or three) different design ideas. You can look over these and decide which you prefer, or perhaps decide to use some elements taken from each. We’ll discuss your preferences by email, Skype, phone or in person, and I can create fresh mock-ups until we have a design with which you’re happy to proceed.
I’ll then get to work on the site itself, creating a living, breathing version of the mocked-up designs, which you’ll be able to access and review using a password. After further consultation, tweaks and revisions, the site will be ready to launch. I’ll send you an invoice, you pay me, then the site goes public.
What happens if I don’t like the site?
That’s fine. You pay me after the design is finished and just before I hand over the keys. If you’re not happy with the result, there is no obligation to pay me and the site – in theory… it hasn’t happened yet – simply gets deleted. I only ask that you don’t make a similar arrangement with another designer while the work is still in progress.
What if I want to make changes to the site?
With WordPress you can make any changes you like to the text of the site at any time, as well as uploading images to galleries or to include in your blog posts or static pages. You can also add new pages based on existing templates and these will appear in the menus. If you’d like any more substantial changes made to the design, you can just get in touch and I’ll negotiate a price depending on the amount of work involved.
How do I pay for hosting?
Your site can be hosted within my account on Hostmonster, one of the most reliable services around. I will charge an annual fee of £40 for administration of this.
Alternatively, you can set up your own hosting account (this generally costs somewhere between £50 and £100 per year) and use that instead if you prefer. I’m happy to help you migrate your site across.
Why isn’t domain name registration included in the fee?
Domain names (i.e. the first part of the web address, like google.com) vary massively in cost to register, from a few dollars to tens of thousands. I’ll guide you through the process of selecting and purchasing a domain as part of the service, but the price you pay for the domain itself is up to you. Bear in mind that you can start off with a cheap domain name and later add on a more prestigious one if it becomes available. Sites can run happily in parallel on more than one domain (e.g. you might want to own the .com, .net and .co.uk versions of the same address).
I already have a URL and hosting provider. Can I still use them?
Yes. If you have an existing account set up with a hosting provider, assuming they support the necessary SQL databases (in some cases you may have to upgrade your package for this), I’ll be able to transfer the site over to them.
How do I contact you?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +44 (0) 7714 954705.
Do you have any jobs?
I don’t have any jobs for anyone now or in the foreseeable future, as I work freelance from home and I like it that way. I do call upon freelance illustrators and photographers from time to time though, so if that’s you, feel free to get in touch with your portfolio.
Do you also design WordPress themes? I’d like to buy one.
Soon, brother, soon.