Yes. If you are struggling to figure out what you’re going to need on or for your website, you might be surprised at how easily we can help you.
We tailor each web design so specifically to the client’s requirements that it is impossible to to give one price as an answer to this question.
We need to fully understand your requirements before we can give you a quote.
hamiltro website design has always been a custom-design agency: every website unique. We did try making a template. Because we have so many clients who are artists, the rise of templated site-builders prompted an experiment in providing customizable templates for artist websites in 2015. It didn’t turn out to be an idea we wanted to pursue. Our clients tend to be people who want a unique look and our strength is in custom design, not creating one-size-fits-all solutions. There are some decent options among the templates available (Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc) for those who aren’t ready to invest in full custom design.
However, there are options that we can offer those on low-budgets who wish to have some degree of custom design.
For large projects we work to a fixed quote. Once we are clear about what you want we will create a document of understanding of what work will be covered for the price before beginning work. You will have the opportunity to confirm or change the document before we proceed.
Our design process begins with a discussion with you about what you need for your site and also your preferences about website look and functionality. Depending on the design brief, we may also undergo extensive design research before beginning a draft design for you.
What may surprise you is that it’s not the need to be able to visualize what you want that matters most to get started but the need to know what you want your website to do for you.
Yes. All our new design is fully responsive so that your site will look good on every device people use to view it. We can also optimize older sites for mobile devices without having to do a complete re-design if you like.
We will build your site in a way that Google and other search engines can easily index the content and they will include it in their search results. You will not immediately appear on the first page of results for every search query for which you’d like to be found (there is competition for all search terms) but we can work with you to gain increasingly better search results over time. Your best bet is to focus on what is most unique about you and what you offer — and to compete hard for that niche. If you think about what you would write in the search field if you were looking for someone just like you and optimize for that, it will help.
Yes. We can add both social sharing links (Facebook “Like”, Share on Google+ or LinkedIn, pin to Pinterest, Tweet this, etc) as well as social follow links to social media accounts that you maintain.
Usually what we do is create a Dropbox folder into which you can upload copies of your content (texts, images, mp3 files, mp4 files and pdfs) and from which we can download everything.
If you prefer to use Google Docs, that works too—or, when you only have a little content, email.
For full website design and development, we customarily request a 1/3 payment to begin designing, with second and third payments following at approximate 1/3 and 2/3 progress points. The proportions and timing vary according to the size of project but this is the most typical arrangement.
Domain registration and hosting do not need to be purchased through the same company, so you may like to shop around for domain registration, as prices vary. However, our top recommendation for a hosting company — bluehost.com — offer one free domain name registration with each hosting account, and that is a good option.
The images you send will be re-sized for you to reasonable sizes for the web but it if you take the time to reduce them all to about 1000-1500px high before you send them, the uploading process will be faster—especially if you have a lot of images.
Regarding what size they need to be displayed at, you need to think about the size of the device screens on which they are going to be viewed, among other things.
Yes. The simplest and least expensive method is to embed a Paypal donate button on your site (does not need to be the generic Paypal-looking button). We can do this for you entirely as long as you have a Paypal account and give us a user login — or you can create the button in Paypal yourself (follow their instructions) and just give us the button code they’ll give you.
Yes. We can set up domain-based email for you as soon as you have purchased your domain name and hosting space.
It’s often the case that people will purchase their desired domain before they even begin the website design process or purchase a hosting plan. If you wish to have your website hosted with a company like bluehost.com (recommended) and the domain name is registered elsewhere, you can either point the domain name to the host company’s servers (e.g. ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com) and keep your registration where it is — or you can transfer the domain registration to the new hosting company.
Your site will be appearing in search results for what is unique about it (which may, at first, only be your name) within about a week after launching it, but it won’t be in the top results for more general descriptions of what you do.
It takes a lot of work over time to move up in search results for search terms that relate equally to other individuals and companies who were already on the web.
Unless you have specifically requested a static html site, we will develop your website in a content management system with a user interface that does not require knowledge of code to use.
Yes you can. We can set you up with a Google Analytics account and you’ll be able to see not only how many people are visiting but also much more.
If your site disappeared completely, it is most likely that you missed a payment for domain name registration or hosting. If you set up auto-pay, check that your credit card had not expired. Unless a long time has elapsed since your site went down, it should be an easy matter to get it restored. Another possibility would be if you fail to respond to requests to keep your registration contact details up to date.
If your site has just stopped displaying properly or has error messages, there could be other issues—such as software upgrades by your hosting company.
If it’s the password to your content management system you’ve forgotten, click the “Forgot password?” link on the login window and you’ll be sent first one and then another email to get a new password. You can change it to one you prefer later.
If it’s the password to your hosting or domain registration account you’ve forgotten, the process will be similar.
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