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  • What constitutes a small website - and how much does one cost?

    For purposes of pricing a site, we refer to a small site as a collection of eight or fewer pages. The main pages could consist of Home, About Us, a Service page, and Contact Us. The site would have an interactive navigation bar (mouse rollovers), and the Home page would be static with images. Additional charges borne by the client would include annual fees from the Hosting Company for hosting ($120/year) and if you require more than a half dozen email addresses. This site is an example of a small website. The cost per page for a fully responsive site is $300.00.

    Our hourly rate, outside the scope of creating a new website, is $120.00 per hour, billed in ten minute increments.

  • Will my site work on mobile devices?

    Yes, using responsive design, we ensure our sites work on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

  • What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

    A content management system (CMS) enables you to maintain the content on your website without any additional software our technical skill. When using a CMS, you can add new pages, upload images and be in full control of your site - all you need is a web browser and an internet connection.

  • How long is a page?

    In most cases, a page should scroll no more than two to three times the height of the browser window. Many visitors won't scroll down a page, and information "below the fold" or out of view when first loaded may never be seen. A page should also not be weighted down with content that is slow to load over a phone connection.

  • How do I find a place to put my website?

    MediaPressions offers reliable web hosting services that includes the SSL Certificate your site needs in order to be secure (HTTPS), email, unlimited MySQL databases, 1 GB RAM and 2 CPUs. Plus, you'll have the comfort of knowing that your web designer is also keeping an eye on your site's performance. All for just $120.00 per year. And, unlike the competition, we don't jack the rates up after the first year. At the end of the year, if you're happy - we're happy....and the price remains $120.00 per year.

  • I already have a website - can you just add to it?

    There are most likely considerable differences between the pages you already have and the site you desire. Generally, it's quicker for us to create your new site from scratch than it is to rewrite code from your old site.

    Our hourly rate, outside the scope of creating a new website, is $120.00 per hour, billed in ten minute increments.

  • How do I obtain my own web-name (i.e., my_name.com)?

    A business domain name is often in the form of www.MyName.com. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages and coordinates the Domain Name System (DNS). They ensure that every address is valid, and they oversee the distribution of Domain Names (and associated IP Addresses). We are happy to assist you in choosing your Domain Name - and getting it registered with ICANN.

  • I own my own digital camera, can I send you digital images?

    In a word, yes. However, we will most likely edit the images in order to obtain the best color balance and to speed the process of loading in browsers. We will compress the images to reduce the number of colors and/or pixels per inch to reduce the files size of the images. This process can greatly increase the speed with which your pages load - which is important in order to keep people from "clicking off."

  • How much would it cost to add a Shopping Cart to my site?

    Depending upon your requirements, shopping cart programs vary from free to very expensive. We'll be happy to assess your needs and then make recommendations of e-commerce vendors who best suit your needs.

    Our hourly rate, outside the scope of creating a new website, is $120.00 per hour, billed in ten minute increments.

  • Once my site is created on the Internet, why would I need to update it?

    In order to encourage return visitors, your website must be updated from time to time. In addition, search engines take into account how often a website's content is refreshed. Stale sites sink in search results.

  • How do the search engines find my site?

    The Internet now supports millions of websites, and each search engine has its own rules for how it collects data about your site. To make matters more confusing, these rules change often. As sites are created and submitted to search engines, the engines will either index the site immediately...or it could take up to several months depending upon the waiting list. If you wait for the search engines to find you, you'll be missing out on potential hits. So, we will submit your site to the search engines at no additional charge.

  • How long does it take to see results from SEO?

    Although some results can be gained in weeks, most SEO strategies take MONTHS to see the benefit. Google wants these efforts to take time. Optimization is not a quick process - a successful campaign can be judged on months, if not years. Progress depends upon many factors.

    How old is your site compared to the top 10 sites?
    How good of a resource is your site?
    How much unique content does your site contain?
    How long do people spend on your site - and how many pages do they view?
    How many positive reviews do you have (Google My Business / Facebook / etc.)?
    Is your website relevant?
    Is your website written naturally - or is it stuffed with keywords, spammy links, etc?

    It is in Google's best interest to rank the "best" sites at the top of their results - it ensures people are happy with the results, and keeps them coming back to Google. Build a great website with relative content, and the results will follow. Even if it takes longer than you expect or desire.

    For insight, directly from Google, click the button below. The video is from 2017, but it is still highly relevant.

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