Websites Can have a lot of confusion about them with domain names, hosting, D.I.Y, Google, design and how it all goes together, "free" web page building sites and tricks they use to get you in.
How people visit your website has changed dramatically in the last few years with the majority of people now using mobile phones over desktop computers. So it only makes sense that your site NEEDS TO BE easily readable and adjust to any device - wide or tall, big or small.
In fact Google announced back in 2015 that they will not rank as well sites that aren't mobile friendly when searching from a mobile device. So if you have an old website that isn't mobile friendly, it won't rank as well as your competitors mobile friendly website.
This type of website design is called " RESPONSIVE " design.
See for yourself - if you are viewing this website on a laptop or normal monitor simply resize your browser window and see what happens or visit the site with your phone or ipad and see the difference. One website that responds to whatever devise size screen that it is viewing the site without shrinking the text and make your an easy experience for all visitors.
Why Change your site
- Google ranks these site over old sites
- Most people look at your site through their phones
- Design adjusts to screen size automatically
- It's just one website
- Only have to edit one site for changes
- Fonts remain readable even on small screens
- Images are sharper
- Navigation adjusts to screen size
- Navigation stays at top of page (optional)
- No need to zoom in read content
- Base templates to choose from
We have been in the website industry for over 12 years and have decided to stop doing big development sites and just specialise in what the everyday small business needs - an affordable 1-3 page website that is simple, fast loading, clean, classy, responsive and easy to read and navigate with a call to action.
We can look after everything for you or just part.
1). If your customer base is Australia it is always best to get a .COM.AU domain name. If you are doing something that has not country based or global it would be best to get .COM - If possible get both.
2). It is good idea to have your website domain name be the same as your business name to save confusion and keep things consistent and easy to remember for existing customers.
3). Web search Marketing - It is best to some research into what people who what your good and services type into search engines - for example if your business was a printer and your business name was 'ABCD Printing' and you wanted printing from local people on the Sunshine Coast it would make sense that if you are targeting customers from search engines would be to have a domain name "sunshinecoastprinting.com.au" so it targets location and your service. As people would search that more than typing in your actual ABCD Printing unless they know your business. In this case it would be best to get both domain names so you capture all customers.
Websites can be complex but we will explain things in a step by step stage and simple way to get what we need from you like text and images and a plan of attack so that we can have your new site up within 7 days.
We will have statistics emailed to you weekly or monthly in a PDF format.
Search engines and how they rank website are constantly changing because spammers and marketing people are trying to hack their process and trick sites like Google to rank sites higher than normal. With this said Google has revealed there are a check list of qualifications that site need to meet to get the optimum ranking.
There are things we do and very practical things that you can do to greatly help push your site up the ranks. It is a constant battle because if your competitor changes things then that can push your listing down. We can create a report that tells us what changes your competitor does and so what we can do to counter attack. Also you can always write or add better content to your website for Google to rank better.
But if you have a content site, try to read out some of your articles or whatever you wrote, and ask people whether it sounds natural. If it sounds conversational, if it sounds like natural language that we would use in your day to day life, then sure, you are optimized for RankBrain. If it doesn't, then you are 'un-optimized'.
In general, these offers usually include automated tools that insert keywords and other code on your web pages and then they submit your site to Google and other search engines.
Your risk: The fully automated solutions offered by many hosting companies and CMS vendors are usually outdated. Nowadays, these methods don't work anymore. In general, automatic optimization and link building is considered spam by Google.
Your risk: Your relative might know how to code an HTML web page but that doesn't mean the he or she has any SEO knowledge. Not everyone who is good with numbers can do your accounting. Bad optimization can do more harm than good. So just be aware and ask the questions.
As everybody has different requirements and there are cheaper options out there - I am telling you straight that other sites have either cut service or quality or undersold you - and we don't want you go through changing things 2-3 times a year, as well as your site going down because you simply saved $10-$20 - and then have to pay another person or company to make those changes to fix- WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE with a minimal fee simply because we have less overheads - to set up and manage, we have a base price with options available:
- To register a Domain Name on your behalf - .com = $40 per year, .com.au = $60 for 2 years
- Website Hosting: - $125 yearly
- SSL - Secure certificate (to make site secure): - add $95 yearly
- Responsive and search engine ready website START at - $699
- To enable you to EDIT EXISTING TEXT & IMAGES ADD + $250
- To enable FULL CONTROLL of content/Wordpress ADD + $810
- Additional contract work - we charge $80 hour +GST
- If you want me to do changes to website for you/same day - $80 hour or minimum of - $40
No hidden costs - you own and have control of everything - no hidden escape fees like so many firms catch you with.
To keep costs down, we have a range of pre-built templates to choose from or we can custom build if you like. This way what we need from you is simply content text and images and colours and we can have your site up within 7 days.
Websites tend to use a lot of IMAGES but we often do not make efforts to compress & optimize them. You have to remember the larger the image, the more time it takes to download and therefore this slows your website loading times affecting the user experience. Most of the time your customer will leave your website if it does not load within 3-5 Seconds. Therefore, it only makes sense to resize, optimize & compress your images before using it on your website. Images Compression is important as it considerably reduces the size without losing the quality.
We use Photoshop ourselves, but what if you don't have Photoshop? as it is quite expensive. Here are 2 free programs that can help you.
As a rule, there are three common file types that are used for web images which are JPEG, GIF, & PNG.
For images with a Flat Background use JPEG images, for images with a Transparent background use PNG images and for images with Animations use GIF images.
For Windows use Riot for compressing JPEG Images & PNG Gauntlet for PNG Images.
For MAC use ImageOptim