Why you want me to build your new website
A web architect, not a department
This means having an expert directly offering recommendations, listening to your objectives, translating them into code and graphic design, making adjustments. Your website is not built by interns answering to an an account representative, answering to a sales manager.
Custom solution for your business
Every business is different. Every owner has different priorities. Rather than forcing your priorities into a template, I’ll use them to select the best methods and guide the use of my time.
Get in the race, skip the pain
No matter what the do-it-yourself websites tell you, there’s a steep learning curve to building a site the right way. I have been climbing this hill every day for 20 years, so let me take the first leg, then pass you the baton.
You hold the keys
You have ultimate control of your website. It’s your domain, your hosting account, and everything is accessible to you. You’re not locked into a “web design dungeon.”
“We would highly recommend Mark to any organization that needs experienced and affordable web development.”Tony Horling
“After meeting with him the first time, we knew he was the man for the job! We would definitely recommend him!”Dr. Michael A. Ganz
“Mark is a man of tremendous integrity, who does this work because he genuinely wants to help people. I recommend him without reservation.”Gregory Berg
What types of websites do I build?
Most of the websites I create are based in WordPress. This makes it very easy for you to edit copy, change menus, add new pages, delete old ones, insert photos, and so on.
All websites I build these days are mobile-responsive, meaning that their sizing and layout are designed to adjust to whatever device a visitor is using — whether a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile-responsive websites also show up more prominently in search engine results.
Search Engine Optimization
20 years of studying web traffic statistics has given me some knowledge about how websites get found — especially websites for small businesses without big SEO budgets and thousands of pages. I take special pride in making sure that the many details involved in basic website optimization are correctly executed.
- Restaurant websites
- Contractor websites
- Auto repair websites
- Medical practice websites
- Author websites
- Nonprofit websites
- Legal practice websites
- Driving school websites
- Photographer websites
- Consultant websites
- Special event websites
- Musician websites
- Band websites
- Salon websites
- Bakery websites
What you get:
- A real website, not a facade.
- Control of everything. You hold the keys.
- Custom installation of WordPress and plugins.
- High quality theme / website builder.
- Complete, custom website buildout.
- Content optimization, editing, and layout.
- Social share / follow configuration.
- Email list setup (if desired).
- Solid fundamental SEO.
- Basic Google Analytics configuration / filtering.
- Hands-on tutorial time.
What it takes:
- Full, finished sites average 40 hours / $3,000.
- Typical timeline is 3 weeks to launch.
- Bare minimum sites are possible: 20 hours / $1,500.
- Half paid in advance, remainder upon completion.
- Small jobs, tweaks, etc. $75 per hour, billed by the minute.
20 years as a web designer
Running a small business, you have to compete with bigger companies that can get away with offering less service because of their size. You learn your business more deeply than a team of recently hired staffers already looking to move on. You figure out how to get the most for your money, because there is no company budget for extravagance.
I understand — because this is my small business.About Mark
Your best marketing value
The cost of a website depends on how many working hours are required to build it. But let's say a high-quality website for a restaurant costs $3,000. Spread over one year, that's just $8.22 per day. Two years? Just $4.11 per day.
What does a newspaper ad cost for one day? Imagine that your website averages a mere 50 visitors a day — many of them specifically searching for a restaurant in your area. What's your profit if just one couple comes in for a meal? What if they enjoy it so much that they share your website with their friends from their phone at the table?
At your service
Your new website is mobile responsive, so it displays properly on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. It is optimized for social sharing, and with fundamental local SEO for search engines. It is built in WordPress, making it very easy for you to edit, add, or remove pages.
Suppose you need a landing page (like this one) for people who click an advertisement. Or maybe you want a shareable detail page for a special event. Perhaps you need to add a bio page for a new staff member, or news releases, or testimonials. It's all pretty easy — and if you need help, I have been here for my clients for 20 years.
Up and running in 2-3 weeks
We discuss what you need. I write a proposal. You accept and pay half up front. I gather raw materials from you and build your new website. You preview it. Final revisions are made, and the website goes public. We meet for a couple hours of tutorial time so you can learn the basics of running the site. I bill you for the second half. This whole process typically takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Reserve my time for your project today
Being a freelancer does mean I have less overhead and a lower hourly rate than many web design agencies in the area. But it also means I can only take on a limited number of new projects per month — about four at the most.
Let's talk about yours today.