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Website and Blog FAQ

There are so many choices and decisions to be made when setting up a blog, designing a brand new website, or even doing a makeover on an existing website. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be fun, exciting, and a way to learn new technologies. We will work through your initial questions and get you on your way to becoming a WordPress wizard! The FAQ section below will help you understand more about the process as well as other considerations to factor in.

MORE INFO ON WEBSITE SET-UP
Let’s Get Started!
A starter list of questions to ask yourself before we begin.
Set-Up Cost/Details
Specifics about what the basic set-up package covers.
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GETTING STARTED

How do we get started?
Simple. Just review the questions on the Let’s Get Started page, answer what you can, and then give me a call!

How is payment handled?
A 50% deposit is required to get started, with the balance to be paid upon completion. This does not include the domain, hosting, and theme, which need to be purchased first.

How long will it take?
The time depends on a few factors such as my schedule, the size of your project, and how soon you can get me your content. In some cases the whole process can take as little as a week.

WHAT ABOUT CONTENT?

Will you write the content?

It’s best if the content comes from you, in your own voice. As I add your content to your new website, I’ll share my ideas, based on my experience, with you and make suggestions. If you prefer to have me write the content for you, I can do that on an hourly basis.

Can you provide artwork?

It’s best if you have your own images (photos, clipart, etc.) for your website. I can help you find what you need, but there may be an additional charge. Artwork is subjective and finding just the right image can be very time consuming. Only you really know what you are looking for.

Will you design my header?
I can use your artwork to create a simple header. If something more elaborate is wanted, there may be an additional charge or I can refer you to a graphic artist.

How many pages can I have?
With WordPress there is no limit to the amount of pages you can have. You can always add more over time as well.

Can I have videos?
Absolutely. If you already have videos on YouTube it only takes a couple minutes to embed videos onto your blog.

Can I have pictures on the blog?
Yes. I will show you how to upload photos to your website in our final consultation. Please have some digital images ready and we will go over the sizing and general requirements for placing them on your WordPress site.

Can I have a photo gallery? Slideshow?
Yes. I’ll be happy to do this for an additional charge.

Can I have fill-in forms?
Yes. I’ll be happy to do this for an additional charge.

Can I have a store on my site?
Yes. I’ll be happy to do this for an additional charge. When it comes to e-commerce there are hundreds of choices, but Woocommerce is an excellent choice.

Can I just have a couple PayPal buttons?
Yes. You will need to have a PayPal account in order to set these up.

DOMAIN AND HOSTING

Will you handle the domain registration and hosting set up?
Yes. I can set this up for you.

What if I have an existing website and just want to add a blog?
I can usually add a blog to your existing website without too much difficulty. Please contact me so I can look at your website and give you more specifics.

What if I already have a web host?

If your site is not currently at a WordPress-friendly host, I can help you transfer your website for an additional charge. I recommend BigScoots because of their ease of use, customer service, and cost.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

Will you submit the site to search engines?
I’ll submit your site to Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) included?
Yes, basic SEO is included, but keep in mind SEO goes hand-in-hand with your SMO (Social Media Optimization) and needs to be done on an ongoing basis.

Is SMO included? Will you help set up accounts and profiles on twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc..
Yes. I’ll be happy to do this for an additional charge.

Can we add widgets, badges or gadgets for twitter, facebook, etc…
Yes. I’ll be happy to add these to your website.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

How long will it take me to learn WordPress?
You should be able to learn the very basics in a few hours. But because WordPress is extremely flexible and expandable, it’s possibly to continue learning new features as long as you’re interested in learning.

Do you take on larger clients on an ongoing basis?
Absolutely! If you have a project you’d like to discuss, please feel free to contact me.

Will I be able to make changes myself?
Yes. That’s the beauty of using WordPress. You will be able to login to your website and make changes online. I am available to make changes for you though if you prefer not to make changes yourself. (my hourly fee will apply)

Will my blog show up on Google right away?
It can take a few days to a few months for your website to be indexed by Google. This is something I do not have any control over – it’s a Google thing. And, although I have had great success in getting my clients’ websites to rank well, I do not guarantee that your website will show up on the first page of Google (or any other search engine). If anyone makes such a guarantee, you should run the other way.

Do I have to have a blog?
It’s your choice. We can set it up with or without a blog. If you decide later you would like to have a blog, it can be easily added.

Can I add pages later as needed?
Yes. We will cover how to add pages in the final consultation. It’s easy!

What if I have follow up questions?
I’ll be happy to answer a few short questions after the package is complete. If, after that, you would like blogging coaching or help with your Worpress website or social media consulting, I’m available at my hourly fee.

What other services do you provide?
Whether you’re interested in a corporate website, LinkedIn consulting, Facebook page setup, or other social media consulting please contact me.

What’s the difference between a website and a blog?
The terms are becoming more and more interchangeable. A website contains content that you write (static pages). A blog contains content you write that your readers may comment on. The blogging framework (WordPress) is designed so that blog (or website) owner and visitors can interact easily.