Before any design work is started, you will need to register a domain name and purchase hosting. The domain name is the name of your site; the hosting is the company that will keep your website on their computer so everyone can see it. No-frills hosting plans run about $6 a month. Basic extras like automated mailing lists and decent support are more like $8-10 a month. Some companies will even register your site for free when you purchase hosting (which shouldn't be more than $10 a year). The best deals usually involve purchasing a year of hosting in advance, so I recommend you be prepared to spend about $75-120 up front.
After that has been taken care of, the next step is design. The best way for you to expedite the design of your site is to have an idea of what you'd like before contacting me. If you have no ideas, please take a look at other sites (mine included) that work for you. You don't have to have everything figured out - we will work together on the details. At the bottom of this FAQ you will find different types and styles of pages to consider.
My rate is $50/hour. I require a deposit
of half the estimated full payment, to be determined after our initial
consultation. Websites generally start at 10 hours and depending how graphics-heavy
your requirements, go from there. If you choose my preferred hosting company,
I will deduct the first hour of work from your total.
Self-updates: If you are not familiar with HMTL, Dreamweaver, etc., the easiest way to add information and photos to your own site is by incorporating a blog, as you see here and here. Those who already have the means to access and update other aspects of their own sites should let me know if they'd prefer me to keep the code simple. Unfortunately, I cannot give tutorials at this time.
Please contact me via the form to the left with any questions.
Types of pages and their styles: