Last updated: 13.10.18

We are regularly asked lots of similar questions from fellow website designers and potential clients. We’re not really surprised as website design and digital marketing can be both confusing and overwhelming when you’re just getting started.

It’s for these reasons that we’ve listed the answers to all of our common queries and will continue to add to the list as time goes on. We hope you find these helpful, as always if you have any further questions, please let us know.
 

Contents

How much does a website cost to build?
How long does it take to build a website?
What other costs may I face when launching a website?
How hard is it to get to page one of Google after launching a website?
What things should I do regularly to improve my web presence?
How can I spread the word about my website launch?
What type of hosting should I use for my new website?
Should I pay for and use an SSL?
What things should I make sure my website designer implements?
How do I make my website compliant with GDPR?
What should I bear in mind when redesigning my website?
How do I make sure my website is safe and secure?
Why use WordPress for my website when it is only a blogging platform?
What theme should I use for my WordPress website?
 

Answers

 

How much does a website cost to build?

The cost of actually building a website differs. Ultra cheap options can be found through oversees freelancer websites, prices increase for a local freelance web designer and are even higher when involving an agency. For a basic website you can expect to pay from £300 to £3000+. Remember you get what you pay for – find out more about this in our blog post on the topic.
 

How long does it take to build a website?

Depending on the size of the website you can expect a project to take from 2 days up to months. For a basic website you should not be kept waiting longer than 2 weeks for your website to be built (and we can normally complete it much quicker).
 

What other costs may I face when launching a website?

Apart from the cost of someone to build the website, your main expenses will be your domain name and website hosting. A domain name costs between £6.99 to £15.99 per year depending on the extension (e.g. .co.uk or .com) and the provider you are buying from. In terms of hosting, super cheap options start at £3 per month and run up to £50. Again, you get what you pay for!
 

How hard is it to get to page one of Google after launching a website?

Probably the hardest question to answer of all of them. SEO should be viewed as a longer term strategy for driving traffic to your website however this does not mean you can’t see results quite quickly. If you do all of the right things it’s entirely possible to see results within 3 months, although you’ll have to work hard to develop trust with the search engines due to your website’s infancy.
 

What things should I do regularly to improve my web presence?

There are loads of things you can do to improve your website presence. Firstly, make sure you let everybody you know about your new website. Next, ensure you set aside the time to blog about things your customers want to know or need help with. Blogging is fantastic for lots of reasons, learn more here. Ensure that you’re taking this blog content and posting it to your social media platforms (set them up if you don’t have any!) and through any existing newsletter lists.
 

How can I spread the word about my website launch?

In the early days the quickest way to bring traffic is to let friends and family know about your new website. You may want to consider paid advertising through social media and Google ads – both platforms can drive decent interested traffic to your website. If you have any existing newsletter and contact lists these are also great for getting more people to visit your new website.
 

What type of hosting should I use for my new website?

Hosting comes in many varieties but at the beginning a small site will not need more than “shared hosting”. As you grow and your website receives more and more visitors you may want to upgrade to a dedicated server or cloud hosting option, but in the beginning you’ll be paying for a lot more than you actually need.
 

Should I pay for and use an SSL?

You should 100% install an SSL certificate on your website, mainly for the security benefits it provides but also for the small beneficial effect it has on your search engine visibility. Whether or not you pay for an SSL is up to you, but there are options where you can implement one for free. Some hosting providers will also include an SSL certificate for free.
 

What things should I make sure my website designer implements?

There are lots of behind the scenes elements to websites which makes it easy for unscrupulous designers to cut corners without you knowing. Crucially, your designer needs to create you an SEO-friendly website which observes best practice, optimise your website to load as quickly as possible, ensure the site is compliant with new data protection legislation and secure it against common threats and vulnerabilities. Learn more here.
 

How do I make my website compliant with GDPR?

Your compliancy boils down to what data you are collecting, why you are collecting it, how you are collecting it and what you do with it. This includes all of your newsletter sign ups, cookies and anywhere else that a user can input their data. For more information go here.
 

What should I bear in mind when redesigning my website?

You need a slightly different approach when redesigning an existing website than when you are creating a brand new one. Amongst other things, you’ll need to ensure that you are not losing any of your existing search engine rankings. Read more about this topic here.
 

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ow do I make sure my website is safe and secure?

There are numerous ways that you can make your website more secure and by following best practices you significantly reduce the likelihood of it being compromised. The best way to do this is via a plugin and you can read a step by step guide on how to implement it here.
 

Why use WordPress for my website when it is only a blogging platform?

It’s a common misconception that WordPress is only a blogging platform and cannot scale. With low start up costs and endless extensions it is entirely possible to run complex and highly visited website using WordPress. Whether you require an e-commerce website, a membership portal or booking system, WordPress can accomplish this whilst remaining simple and easy to manage.
 

What theme should I use for my WordPress website?

There are tonnes of themes out there and we’ve tried many of them. Our absolute favourite is Divi by Elegant Themes for it’s ease of use, comprehensive documentation and flexibility. If you haven’t heard of Divi, we highly recommend you check it out.
 

More FAQ’s coming soon!

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Liam is a website designer and digital marketer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He spent many years working within the charity sector before moving into the marketing space a number of years ago. Liam always strives to do something slightly different with every project and always designs to deliver results, not just pretty websites.