What do I need to do to have my very own Website?

First, you need to register a domain name of your choice. A domain name is the name you want to give your website. For example, the name of the website you’re on right now is Boheema.com.  Once you register a name it is yours to keep it as long as you pay to renew the registration.
Second, you must choose a web host and sign up for an account.  A web host is a company that has many computers connected to the internet and provides storage for the contents of your website.  The actual contents of your web pages are stored on the web host’s computers so that everyone who types your domain name into a browser is able to see your website from anywhere in the world.
Third.  Now you have to either figure out how to build your own website, or hire someone like me to do it for you!  Creating your website takes a considerable amount of planning, and it is important to prepare almost all of the information and artwork you want to display on your website before you begin laying out the design.  It is also important to keep the purpose of your website in mind at all times.

How do I get a Domain Name for my Website?

You pay for it of course!  Basically what you are paying for is to register the name of your choice with an establishment known as a domain registrar.  The company you choose to do this with is not so important.  You can pay for registration 1 year at a time or choose to register a name for several years.  The only other choice you have to make is whether or not you want to pay extra for private registration.
Private registration blocks people from looking up who a domain is registered to.  Domain registrars will include this service for an extra fee.  If you’re cheap and don’t want to pay for this service, you can just change the info you provide to your domain registrar so that if people look you up, they get false information.  If you use this technique, the only contact info they may be able to get is your email address.
The two domain registrars I can recommend are GoDaddy.com and Yahoo.com.  I can recommend them because I have used them and am familiar with their service.  No, they don’t pay me to recommend them!  Be careful when you buy your domain name though as both companies (especially GoDaddy) try to sell you a bunch of add on features you do not need.

Which company should I use for Web Hosting Service?

Like domain registration, the two companies I can recommend for web hosting service  are GoDaddy and Yahoo.  In my experience, these two companies provide reliable service.  Just watch it when you sign up, because they always try to sell you a bunch of things you don’t need.  All you need is basic web hosting service!

What do you need from me to start building my Website?

Ahhh, my favorite question!
  • Design Considerations – I need a detailed description of what you want your website to contain.  Tell me the purpose of the website, and everything you want it to do for you.  It would be helpful to know your preferences as far as colors or any special graphics that you would like incorporated into the site.  I also like to know the “feel” you are going for (Business, Artsy, Modern, Dark, Light, etc…).  Do you have a logo you want me to use?  If not, I can make a custom logo for you.  If you don’t want to be bothered with any design details just give me the information you want the website to contain (text, images,video, etc…) and I can make it all work for you.
  • Website Content – What type if information you would like your website to display?  For example, a basic website may include the following items: About Us, Photo Gallery/Portfolio, Contact Form, Contact Information, and a Google Map of your Location with driving directions.  I can’t write all of your content for you, so you must supply me with all the text and photos that you would like displayed on your website.  I have a Photography business as well, so if you need special photos I can come to your location and take them for separate fee, or we can work in my studio.  If your needs are fairly straightforward, I can create a simple and pleasing website for you with very little guidance.  If you have an Old Website that you want refreshed, I can take all of your text content and images and put them into a new and more modern website design.  The advantage of this is that the software I use will allow you to change certain content on your website with only basic computer knowledge.
  • Theme Selection – For most website designs I use a program called WordPress.  One of the many reasons I use this venerable software is that it allows my clients to quickly select a beautiful look for their new website.  It does this through a theme or template system.  Once you select a theme for us to work with, it is very easy for me to modify the template of your choosing by adding your logo, or by changing the graphics, colors, layout, or fonts.  If you’d like to browse through some of the available templates you can look here:  WordPress Themes.  Using this system allows me to cut down on the time needed to build a website, thereby saving you money.  All of the WordPress websites you see in my portfolio were made using modified themes.  See the next FAQ section for more information about WordPress.
Here is everything I will need from you Before I start working on your website:
  1. Your Logo and Domain Name.
  2. All Photos and Text to be used on the Website in their final form.  This includes:  Text and/or photos for your About Us page, your desired contact email for the contact form, the address and contact info you want on your Location Page, and any other Text or Images that must appear on your new Website.
  3. Web Hosting Server login information for FTP and Database creation and Domain registrar login information so that I may set the nameservers for you.
  4. Your Choice of Theme and any changes or modifications you want me to make to the Theme.
  5. Which page of your website you’d like to use as the Home Page or Landing Page.
  6. If your Website Package includes options, I need to know which items you have chosen to be included.
  7. Any extra/optional items you would like for me to add to your chosen website package.

How long will it take for you to build my Website?

I work quickly and at reasonable rates.  Turnaround time is dependent on my current workload.  I try to complete all projects within two weeks of when we sign the work contract, and I usually do not sign the contract for a job until I can complete it within that time limit.
In order to assure a quick turn around time for my clients I make sure that we have everything for your project laid out before I start working.  Having all the text, logos, and images ready ahead of time helps things go quickly and smoothly.
To learn more about what type of information I need from you before I begin building your website, click here.

How much will it cost to build my Website?

Well, that depends on how complex your website is and how much time it will take for me to put it all together.  Websites start at just $250, and I have some great packages for Small Businesses and Artists starting at $399.  Take a look at my Packages & Pricing page for more details.
Hourly work is billed at $50 per hour.

What is your payment policy?

Very Simple:  For websites costing less than $500 I require payment in full before I begin working.  For websites that are $500 or more I require half up front and half upon website completion.
Payment will be made once we have specified our work agreement in a contract.  The contract may be signed by hand or agreed upon via email.
I accept payment via paypal or in cold hard cash.  Paypal allows you to use Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, or your bank account to make payment.
For websites over $500 — When I complete your website I will notify you via email that the work has been accomplished according to our contract.  Payment is due within 48 hours of this notification.  If you would like any changes to your website at this point that were not specified in the contract, those changes will be billed at my hourly rate.

What is WordPress and why do you use it?

I build most websites using software called WordPress.  This software can be used to create both websites and blogs.  I use it for several reasons:
  • It is powerful, flexible, and reliable…no they didn’t pay me to say that.
  • It is one of the top content management systems in the world.
  • It allows its end user (You!) to modify and add content to your website with only basic computer knowledge.  This has a huge advantage in that you will be able to make changes to the text and images and grow your website without having to hire someone for every little detail.  Your website can evolve as you need it to.
  • WordPress had a large selection of available themes which are highly customizable and flexible.  This makes it easy to get the look we’re going for and present information the way you want it.

Do you still have questions???

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me any time.  If there’s something else you think I should cover here in the FAQ, just let me know and I will try to address it!!!