...Or Why My Website Took Me So Long
I’ve just released my new website (whitestarsystems.co.uk) and I’m very proud of it. But it’s taken me 18 months to create. It’s been a journey. I’d like to share that journey with you here.
Do you feel that your business really needs a website, but your current budget won’t allow such a large outlay?
Or maybe you don’t want to invest in an expensive website yet, in case your fledgling business changes direction or focus and your money would be wasted.
I offer a Startup package – designed specifically for businesses like yours. You get all of the pages you need to get started – Home, Services, About and Contact and either a Blog or Testimonial page. You'll also get up to 10 e-mail addresses to go with your site. All for a modest up-front cost and only a little of your time.
It’s not built from an industry-specific template – it’s designed just for you. OK, it’s basic, but it’s based on a solid foundation, so you can add new features when you want. That means it can evolve and grow as your business does. So, it’s not just a stop-gap solution – it’s a strong base to build on.
And it has a friendly back-office function that lets you manage the content on your pages and even add new ones.
You get the same 100% money back guarantee that you get with my main websites - so if I build you a site and you really don't like it, you can walk away and pay nothing (although you don't get the site, of course!).
There is a small monthly fee of £10, to provide space on a server to host your website. But this includes monitoring of the site, and applying critical security patches to the software that runs your site. This means that your site should be safe from hackers, viruses and other threats.
Startup Website (one-off cost)
Monthly Hosting charges
This is a fancy term for making your pages attractive to search engines like Google. Your basic site will allow SEO to be added to it, so you can do it yourself if you want to. This is where many free website services leave you. However, adding SEO content is a very specialist skill - so much so that I outsource all of mine to a trusted partner company.
The Digital Editor will analyse your site (once it's built) and tweak it to help you get found by search engines. I have worked with Heather since 2014, and trust her with all of my clients' SEO requirements.
Startup Search Engine Optimisation
You may not want to manage your own content, or you may want to start adding new features to your site straight away. In this case my Support Package will suit you just fine. For a small monthly fee of £20*, you get 3 hours of my time per quarter to make whatever changes you want on your site. And if you use all of those hours up, you get extra hours at a discounted rate.
Monthly Startup Support Package
Min. 12 month contract
*£20 is a special rate for startups. After 12 months, you will need to select one of the standard packages.