Below we’ve included the questions that are most commonly asked about our services. Please contact us if your question is a different one, or you are in need of additional information.
Since E. Curtis Designs is a small company we don’t have a lot of overhead expense and we do our own Internet marketing; and we believe that by providing a great service at an affordable price will result in future design projects and referrals from our clients. If you’ve done a bit of searching, you will have noted that most designers either don’t mention their pricing, or charge at least twice as much as we do. Our philosophy is that a website needs to be affordable, both in its development and ongoing management.
In most cases we provide our clients several working themes to choose from to ensure that we have a clear sense of your design expectations. The layout chosen is then edited to your specific development needs
When we provide an estimate we allow for approx. 30 minutes of routine change requests per page to stay within the estimate range. If ongoing changes are requested, or additional content outside of the scope of the estimate are requested, then these would be billed per our hourly rate and would be additional to the development cost once the hours for project completion has been exceeded.
Having worked with many hosting companies, we partnered with a company that provides a fast and secure hosting platform that utilizes the best hosting features. Since we buy our own hosting space we are able to pass on this savings.
Once the final payment has been received we will provide a PDF guide on the Theme’s specific settings, provide links on how to work with WordPress it it is new to you, and provide an overview guide on how your site was developed with respect to what is needed to administer content. Additional training by phone or video is available per our hourly rate.
We can’t guarantee a high ranking and those who say they can are misleading you. Since all the websites we design are optimized for SEO most of our clients achieve a high search engine ranking after a few months, or sooner. We also provide advanced SEO services, which includes recommendations for layout, content, and metatag choices that will help in your site’s ranking.
For a low cost we will submit your website to the top search engines, directories, and Internet Yellow-Pages; after which, we will track your website’s progress utilizing Google’s Analytics and Webmaster Tools, and provide you a weekly report of how your website is doing. We also offer an optimization service for websites designed by other designers where we will optimize all your pages for SEO ranking and provide suggestions for improvement in the layout and code for SEO and ADA Accessibility as needed.
Social Media marketing is a pretty broad area, and for this reason we focus on the most commonly used platforms. These include: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Blogs. You can learn more about how we assist our clients with each of these on our social media page.
Once the website has been fully paid for you will own it and there is no monthly fee of use. We do request quarterly payments for websites that exceed $1000.
As needed, we are pleased to set up a low-cost payment plan that will work with your finances.
We maintain websites we have designed per our hourly rate. Updates are billed to the quarter-hour (changes that take 15 mins or less are $8.75), and we invoice our clients per our billing cycle (typically every 2-3 months).
All of our websites are customized to our clients, so a cost estimate is based upon the needs of a client, not arbitrarily packaged. Our clients only pay for what they specifically need, and the final cost is representative of only the work that has been done.
E. Curtis Designs is a sole proprietorship owned and operated by Edmund Price. Other design professionals may be employed to assist with a portion of a project upon a case by case basis, though all work is overseen by the owner, and all projects are completed in-house.
Upon site completion we provide low cost site updates, and in some cases will make site changes without additional cost. Our primary goal is that our clients are fully satisfied, and we will make every effort to ensure this.
We primarily build CMS websites utilizing WordPress, though we have worked with older Joomla versions, PHPNuke, and TYPO3.
We primarily work with WooCommerce for WordPress. We also have experience with PayPal using their button and shopping cart functionality, with VirtueMart for Joomla, OSCommerce, CSCart, Prestashop, and ZenCart.
We will build a site for you no matter where you live, though any shipping expense of site materials will be the client’s responsibility, and we do require a 50% deposit up-front for developments outside of our geographical area.
When a change is made to a page a previous version will be stored in your computer’s cache. Cache refresh is typically based upon one’s individual browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc) settings to ensure that pages load fast. In most cases all you need to do is refresh the page a couple of times; yet you may need to go into your browser settings and clear the cache to see the updated pages. Note that there are also cache managers on hosting servers than will affect the page update time, and some websites use an htaccess script that will define a website’s cache settings.
The scripts we use in our designs are current with the latest design standards, and as such are compatible with FF1+ IE6+ Opr7+. This means that they are compatible with Mozilla Firefox version 1 and above, Internet Explorer 6 and above, and Opera version 7 and above. Most people do have current browsers (all new computers will have recent browser versions), so compatibility is rarely a problem with these scripts.
Edmund Price has many years of technical experience writing for diverse businesses and institutions; this experience includes training and writing in the field of print journalism, hospitality training and management relations (employee manuals, reference lists/tests, training agendas), business proposals in the design industry, and a degree in Liberal Arts which included tutoring college students on the proper use of English and how to organize thoughts and convey words effectively. In addition, Edmund has been building websites professionally since 2002; this experience has provided a clear sense of what is necessary in regard to the effective conveyance of text content.
Edmund Price, and other designers we work with, have advanced training and education in website design, graphic design, and web scripting languages. During the development process we use advanced image editors and coding tools, and will hand code as necessary.