By Lane Lester
Your organization should have a website, whether you need one or not! That may seem ridiculous, but it’s not. People expect to find organizations and businesses on the Web, and if they don’t find you, they assume you’re not staying up to date in important matters… whether that’s true or not! The prestigious Nielsen rating service determined that “74% of people determine who they will do business with locally using online computerized search engines such as Google and Yahoo”! If you have thousands of dollars to spend, you can have a designer create a snazzy website that will really stand out. Or you can pay me just $250 to install an attractive one for you like this one or one of these others I’ve done for folks in Northeast Georgia and nearby places. Each site has a Contact Us page, so you could ask them if they think they got their money’s worth from me.
- Mount Airy
- Mount Airy
Not located in Northeast Georgia? The Web Doctor is an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory website builder. My newest client is in Arcadia, Florida, the Creation Adventures Museum, and it’s coming along nicely. Here’s a site recently installed for a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania organization: CR Ministries. A new organization in Austin, Texas has a new website from the Web Doctor: Greater Austin Creation Theory Group.
WordPress Is the Solution
I’ve done hundreds of sites, but the above will give you an idea of what you can expect. The main thing that makes it possible for me to charge so little is that I install all my websites with WordPress software, which has many advantages, including:
- The software is free of charge with over 30,000 plugins to make it even better.
- It is very popular with one of every five websites using WordPress.
- It is very powerful. Just about any type of website can be built with it.
- Using the available options you can have a website that looks the way you want.
Building a Website
Domain Name and Hosting Service
You will need a domain name for your business. The domain name for this website is the-web-doctor.com. I will help you find and register one that’s available and fits your business. It’ll cost you less than $10/year to own it. To have a site installed, you have to put it on a server, which is a computer that’s connected to the Web and equipped to handle visitors to your site. For no charge I will set up an inexpensive (less than $5/month) server account for you with the hosting service I use for all my websites. I get no commission from the company; I just like the way they do business.
Times Have Changed
In the past, clients could select a free or paid theme, and I would tweak the underlying computer code to their preferences. Those days are over.
Now that people are visiting websites with their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, a website must look good no matter what device is used to view it. A good website is responsive, which means that it automatically adjusts its layout according to the device a visitor is using. Responsive themes are very complex, and it’s important to get one that is both powerful and flexible.
Which Theme Is Right for Your Website?
I have available for new clients two responsive themes which you can choose for no extra charge. By specifying the layout, formatting, colors, and other styles, you and I can use either of these to create a unique site that’s just right for you. You may also search online for other free or paid themes that I will be happy to install for you on your new site.
I have purchased a multiple site license for Creativo, which provides maximum flexibility without computer code editing. I and my clients have easy access to all of the controls, so changes can be made after I am no longer involved. You can read more about Creativo at its developer site, Rocky Themes.
For a very different look, you might prefer Blox Pro, another purchase I’ve made for my clients. It provides four different color schemes: orange, pink, aqua blue and beige. It has lots of exciting options to truly make your website your creation. You can view a full description and a demo site at CyberChimps.
Building Your Website
Your website is going to need content: articles, pictures, product lists, whatever you want your visitors to see. Each item of content on a WordPress site is called a post or page. You can easily create and edit your own posts and pages with the WordPress software. However, if you think your time would be better spent otherwise, I will be glad to make the posts and pages for you for $20 each.
Some of my clients have been able to pick up the use of WordPress on their own. Others have found it a bit daunting, so I’m available to provide personal instruction if you live nearby. It will cost you only $20/hour, and there’s a two-hour minimum charge to make it worth the drive.