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Frequently Asked Questions


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How long will it take to build a small business website?

We'll always be guided by your timeframes but, in general, you should allow 3-6 weeks for total development time from the moment you provide us with your web content. This includes time to:

  • Build your website design prototype (1 week)
  • Code the design into a working website (2 weeks)
  • Add your content, check and test your site thoroughly before going live (1 weeks).

You can speed this process up by having your content (text/or any images you would like incorporated) ready to go before we start. A Website is the only marketing tool that works 365 days a year 24/7 for your business.

How much will a website cost?

Since a website is custom made, the cost of your website will depend on the simplicity or complexity of it. A simple three page website with navigational links between pages and a few images, for example, would cost much less than a Website that has many pages and images, several navigational links, forms, tables, animations and so on.

After determining what services and features you are considering, Northwoods Web Designs can provide you with a quote.  Keep in mind, a website consists of multiple services, including domain name registration, hosting & maintenance and the general design and development.

For those on a strict budget and do not what to pay the hefty upfront development costs, we do offer small businesses Pay Monthly Website Plans that offer everything for one simply easy to budget monthly or biannual billing.

Do I need a domain name?

Yes, if you don't already have one. A domain name, when placed in a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), becomes your Website address. Our domain name, for example, is northwoodswebdesigns.com. Our URL is: http://northwoodswebdesigns.com.

Domains names are required to be renewed/ registered yearly. No one actually owns one; they are simply rented from the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), thus the yearly fee.

A domain name can be obtained through a web hosting company, such as ours. Northwoods Web designs can assist you in the process of finding one and registering it on your behalf.

Will I need web hosting?

Yes, web hosting provides you with space on a server to hold your Website as well as email, so that it can be made accessible via the web. There are often various plans to choose from, depending on your needs.

Maybe you require a plan that supports e-mail accounts, interactive forms, or perhaps a large storage limit due to your website having many pages, images, or videos and lot of email accounts. If you do not already have Web hosting services, Northwoods Web Designs offers several plans to meet your needs.

Do you redesign existing websites?

Absolutely, we can redesign, retaining your company corporate style and them or we can redesign to give you a complete new image and brand. We can review your existing site and give you a free evaluation on it. We can redesign your website to take advantage of the latest web technologies.

What is Responsive Web Design and how does it correlate to my site?

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is where a website adjusts to accommodate the every increasing mobile devices which make up over 50% of internet browsing traffic. RWD assures the development of the site has the additional code neccessary to display properly regardless of device used visiting your site.

Billing

When is payment due for a new website?

A down payment of 50% is required prior to any project development. Once the design is approved and ultimately completed to your satisfaction, the project balance will be due.

Pay Monthly Web Design plans only require one month of payment down to begin work.

What types of payments do you accept?

We accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) as well as PayPal. On a per customer basis we will accept checks.

All our hosting clients have been setup with an billing account with Northwoods Web Designs. You can login to our Client Area to view and manage your services, view and pay invoices online via credit card and submit support tickets if necessary.

When are my renewal invoices issued/due?

Invoices are generated 10 days before their respective due date.

Site Maintenance

What is website maintenance and why is it needed?

It is important that your website continue to work well. This requires occasionally reviewing your website to be sure that the links are still working properly and images display as they should.

Managing a website may also include updates to your dynamic driven website, such as replacing old information and images with new or adding on to the exisiting website.

It also assures proactive monitoring is occuring and CMS Patching is accounted for to assure website is secure and performs well.

Separate Maintenance Plans are available for purchase and include enhanced hosting, update to text/photos as neccessary, proactive monitoring, HackGuard Protection and more so you can focus on your business.

How will I update my web ite once completed?

You have two options when it comes to updating your site’s content. First, you can have us do it either on a case-by-case, per hour basis or with pre-paid Maintenance Blocks of time.You would simply email the updates you’d like (or submit via your Client Area ) to make to the site, and we will take of it.

Or you can update your site yourself if your site is built with a content management system (CMS) like WordPress. We provide detailed instructions for using WordPress as a part of any new WordPress site launch. WordPress is very user-friendly! Click here for more information on our Maintenance Plans.