Why Not Use a Template Design?
Template websites are a good low-cost alternative to get your website off the ground for a fairly minimal outlay. Website templates are quick and easy to use, and some of them are attractive and well designed. However, choosing a template design means that the template can easily be used by your competitors as well as anyone in any other industry.
What does this mean?
There are a number of reasons using a template design may work against you. Firstly, search engines don’t like duplicate sites. If someone out there has the same or a very similar website, your website could be pushed out of the results or even de-indexed. This could happen even if your website has been on the web for longer than the other website. Secondly, if a competitor does use the same template as you, this may lead to confusion for the customer which in turn may mean they click through to your competitors’ website and not yours.
A custom designed website is a little more time and effort, and the upfront cost may be more, but it will be a reflection of your company’s goals, strategies and vision, and help to give customers more confidence in your business.
How much does a website cost?
The cost of a website depends on a number of factors, including how many pages you need, how much design work is involved, what type of website you require, ie: standard website or shopping cart, whether you require custom designed forms, if you have written your own content or if you’d like us to write it for you, plus other factors. To get an estimate, contact us.
Can Velvet Web host my website?
Yes we do website hosting. We offer premium hosting infrastructure hosted here in Australia. Contact us for a price.
How long does it take to design a website?
As mentioned in the the cost of a website above, it depends on what kind of site the client requires and how much work the client requires us to do. It also depends on the client’s capacity to communicate with us in regarding information we require, such as providing us with content (if we aren’t writing it) or reviewing content and design, providing feedback, etc. If your website is urgent and you have a deadline, we can accomodate that in most situations.
Does Velvet Web use a CMS (Content Management System)?
A Content Management System (CMS) allows the client to log in and update/edit content as they please. This is a very handy feature in today’s web design landscape as it gives the client the ability to keep their content fresh and up to date, which is something that search engines love. There are loads of CMS’s to choose from, all being convenient to achieve the desired result but often with disadvantages when it comes to custom web design and other issues such as page load speed and security.
We use VelvetCMS. VelvetCMS is an in-house, custom built, easy to use CMS program. VelvetCMS is constantly being developed using state of the art web technology with our focus is on SEO techniques.
For more information on our CMS please click here.
Does Velvet Web write the content?
We do appreciate the time involved in writing the content for a website. That’s why we do offer web content writing services. Sometimes our clients don’t have the time to write content for themselves, as they are busy running their own business. When writing content we focus heavily on current on-page SEO practices so that our clients get the most out of their website’s content.
Can Velvet Web re-design my website?
A website may need a re-design for a number of reasons. Whether it be that the client’s business is rebranding, or restructuring, or perhaps their website is just dated and needs a refresh or re-developed so that it’s responsive. For whatever reason, Velvet Web Can re-design your website.
To discuss your requirements and get an estimate of cost and time frame, contact us.