Web Design FAQ
Every agency has its own unique way of approaching web design. We’ve gathered some common web design questions to create an FAQ series we know you’ll find helpful. If others ask these questions, you may be looking for the same answers.
Ichor has been designing websites in Vancouver, Washington since 2014. We can’t wait to hear about your web projects.
How much does a website cost?We’ll work with you to develop a custom quote for your website project. We take into consideration how large your site needs to be, the type of graphics that are used or need to be created, how images will be sourced, what type of features or applications will need to be developed, etc. Because we custom-design each website, your website, and the price, will be unique to your needs.
Can you help my website attract high levels of the right type of visitors?
Absolutely. In order to make sure your website is easily searchable and remains easy for new customers to find, we offer search engine optimization (SEO) services. We start by performing an in-depth SEO audit to discover your ideal customers and how to capture them. From there, we help you implement a custom SEO strategy to make sure your page is highly visible. We monitor this SEO strategy on a monthly basis (as web trends and traffic are constantly changing) and make recommendations for how your website can take advantage of these insights. Check out our SEO FAQ page to learn more!
What is the website design process like?We begin all new website projects by going through a strategic consultation. We want to know about your needs, desires, and expected outcomes. We want to know things that you like and don’t like about your current website, how you envision the voice of your brand, and what you need the overall message to be. We also want to know things about your target market, who your customers are, and who your competitors are. Once we have an understanding of your business as a whole, we can put together a website design strategy. After developing a website design strategy with your specific needs in mind, we’ll develop designs with a focus on client conversion. With your approval, we’ll turn these designs into an actual web application, then launch your website.
How long will it take to make my website?
It’s reasonable to want to know how long it will take before your website is live. However, it really depends. No two websites are exactly the same, and we take the time to make sure your website reflects your brand and fits the need of your business. We do work very hard to meet your deadlines. In general, it takes anywhere between 1-4 months to complete a web project, depending on the scope of work.
Will I be able to edit my website?We use a content management system (CMS) to build your website. This means that once it’s done, you’ll be able to easily make edits to the content without knowing how to code in a computer programming language. Before we hand the website over to you, we will make sure you know and understand how the CMS works.
What platforms do you work with?We want to keep things easy to understand and not too complicated. In a nutshell, we can use whatever platform you desire if you know exactly what you want and are sure of all the pros and cons of the platform you choose. But if you are a business owner who is not familiar with the tech world, don’t worry. We will recommend the best platform that fits your goals and your business for years to come!
Do you work with WordPress?Yes, we do. In fact, WordPress is one of our favorite platforms. Some business owners might believe that WordPress is a platform that produces only cookie-cutter websites. While some web design agencies do build premade themed websites, Ichor only works with custom website projects. So, if we recommend using WordPress, don’t worry. You’ll get something unique and beautiful. Don’t believe us? Check out our case studies, most of which we built using WordPress.
Why is WordPress so popular?First of all, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) just like Drupal or Joomla, but with more active users, easy-to-use dashboards, and a ton of resources as it’s free, open-source software. Not to mention the number of plugins that are available to you free or at a very reasonable cost. This allows you to easily add features to your website without breaking the bank. For example, you can use existing plugins to implement memberships, take payments, set up an online shop, and so much more. We build the majority of our websites on WordPress, and every single one of them is unique and custom made for each client. Don’t believe us? Take a look at our case studies.
Can I pay you to maintain my website, long term?Of course. We’re happy to help maintain your website for as long as you need. Because all projects and customer needs are unique, we’ll work with you to put together a custom maintenance plan. A monthly project retainer for maintenance services starts at $450.
Our business is located in a different state, can you still take on our project?
Absolutely. We have experience working with clients in different states and different countries. We’ve found that close proximity has less to do with our success than maintaining excellent lines of communication between our designers and clients. Modern technology makes this easy to do, and we can work with your schedule to make sure you feel confident we are capturing your business’ needs properly.
Web Design That Works!
Our web designer, Jennifer, is passionate about creating compelling digital stories. She has been designing websites for small businesses in Vancouver and Portland areas since 2014.
She believes a great website should build trust between consumers and your business. And to do that, you need a custom-designed website with a strong foundation.
Have more questions about how website design works? Thinking to revamp or redesign your website? Contact us with the form below, and let’s talk about your project.