What should I look for in a web design company?
The fact is, you can build a website on your own with many of the online tools available, so why are you hiring someone? The answer is, you are busy and don’t want to waste weeks or months learning graphic design, HTML, online forms, etc. You want a design firm that will work with you, face to face if and when you have a problem. Look for a design firm in your local area who not only understands the needs of your business but also has a background in training and can teach you and your staff on how to best use your new site.
Think about what your ultimate goal is for building a new website. Is it to impress your friends with cool new technology, or is it to increase your business? At Pacific iWorks, our focus is on increasing your business, we look at the big picture marketing goals of each project, and create sites accordingly.
Look for a design firm that has a portfolio of projects that are similar to what you are trying to accomplish. Basically, look at their online portfolio.
How long does a typical web project take?
We include a detailed timeline within the initial quote, but generally you are looking at 3 to 4 weeks for any standard web design project. Of course, custom projects could take longer. We’ve worked on projects that have extended out over a year before initial launch.
How much is my website project going to cost?
See our price list here. Most website projects range from $1,500 up to $5,000 but highly customized solutions can run as much as $20,000 to $30,000. All pricing is based on $80 per hour.
How do I maintain my site after it is done?
If you feel confident that you are willing to put in the time to maintain your site on your own, we will build a content management system to allow you to easily make changes. Otherwise, see our price list for monthly maintenance contracts starting at $100 a month.
Does Search Engine Optimization really work?
See our blog posts on SEO. Search engine optimization works, but only to a certain extent. Search results are largely governed by the number of inbound links you have, or in other words, the number of other websites linking too your website. SEO is really the process doing two things; 1) making your site visible and friendly to search algorithms, 2) making your content attractive to other sites to try to get them to link to you. We cannot guarantee results in either area but we have a process that has proven improve ranking over time.