small business website design
Sydney, Neutral Bay, Manly, Northern Beaches
Have a small budget but still want a small business website design that looks professional?
Looking for an affordable website designer to build you a startup website?
We design all our small business websites to be mobile friendly, have all the mod cons, & the ability to expand as your business grows.
Our experience has taught us that most people don’t have a clue about what’s involved in setting up a website, so we have simplified the process.
Our small business website design package includes all the elements needed to create a professional website.
small business website design package includes;
A WordPress design of your choice.
A mobile responsive website.
User friendly, so you can manage the website ongoing.
A logo designed if you need one.
A Blog to help get visitors to your site.
Social Media connected to your website.
Google ready images [optimised] with no copyright issues.
Website security set up, to keep your site safe.
Anti-spam [to prevent bad links in your site].
Training on how to use your WordPress website.
Small business website design ready for the Internet.
Small Business Website Design Packages starts from $695.
What’s involved in a small business website?
Hosting + Domain
The first thing to do, when setting up a small business website, is to get hosting and domain.
Hosting is where the web pages, and content are stored.
It is very important that your website is hosted on reliable, fast hosting servers that supports WordPress and offer great support and security.
We DO NOT use overseas hosting companies . This ensures, quick support from an Australian technical support person.
This also ensures problems are fixed quickly.
Hosting is paid yearly.
The first year it costs $100. This is part of our small business package price.
Then after the first year we will invoice you every year for $150 per year [approximately].
This cost includes the hosting and management fees.
We will monitor your hosting [server,] and update PHP and WordPress software when needed.
It will be up to you the client to keep your plugins and theme up to date.
If you don’t have time to do basic updates, then we can offer you one of our maintenance packages.
The basic one starts from $49 per month and includes;
- Update plugins.
- Make sure old plugins are replaced.
- Update theme.
You have your own hosting
If you already have hosting, we will check whether we think it is suitable for your website.
If not, then we would recommend you change to our hosting to ensure you get the best website performance and support.
We do not recommend using crazydomains, godaddy or zip hosting. The reason being is based on our experience with dealing with these companies and nothing else.
The domain name, is the name of your website.
The name of your website can have a big impact on your business, so we recommend you purchase this yourself.
We do not purchase domains on your behalf.
You need to provide your address, ABN and personal details.
It is better the client purchase their own domain for security measures.
Once you purchase the domain, you can send us the login details to we can connect it to your new website.
It usually costs – $30 for 2 years [approximately].
Always buy .com.au if you are an Australian business.
Buy up any other versions of the domain to protect your business against someone else copying.
Domain name (com.au) will need to renewed every 2 years.
Some clients may have a domain name already.
We just need the login details to connect your website to the domain name.
We use WordPress
WordPress is very popular software
We use WordPress so updating your website is an option for you.
Its easier to manage and update using the content management system.
You don’t need to know or use code.
This allows you to maintain control over what is added to your website and helps save you some money on paying for updates.
WordPress also has thousands of apps [plugins] that you can use for free, so it will save you money in the long term.
Wordpress also has many themes [designs] for you to choose from.
Making the possibilities endless!
If that’s not for you, then we are happy to do all your updates including text and images for $90 per hour or a monthly or quarterly fee.
Mobile responsive design
Choosing a design
In wordpress we refer to the design as the theme.
The design or look of the website is governed by the theme.
We will provide you several WordPress references to search for the best theme for your website.
For example; we use themeforest.net [this is an affiliate link] and highly recommend it for WordPress themes, images and plugins.
Or you can send us links to websites you like the design of, and we can use these websites as a guide to create your site.
We are definitely open to any design ideas you have.
After you have chosen the design we will start building the website.
Custom home page design
We build all our sites with a custom home page.
This means the home page will look different to all other pages in your website.
Your home page should showcase your website.
We set up your home page relative to your business goals.
All important content will placed strategically to maximise conversion rates.
All the important content should be noticeable from the moment the visitor lands on this page.
This is very important for users to take the appropriate action.
We have many years experience in small business websites, we can advise you on the best possible landing page to convert visitors to customers.
We will add all the content for up to 10 pages for the basic small business website package.
You MUST supply us with all your written content in a Word document.
All content must be proof read by you (the client) before submitting to us.
We allow 2 small revisions to text or images in this package, any further revisions will be charged at the hourly rate of $90.
You will be able to do your own revisions yourself once the website is finished.
Images for pages
In the basic $695 small business website package we provide;
One FREE stock image per page.
The images will be relevant to the nature of your website.
We will source these images and add one per page together with your text.
If you require additional images, this would be outside the basic $695 small business package. We would need to discuss this for pricing.
If your require a logo we have a graphic designer who can create you a professional logo for an additional fee.
Otherwise there are lots of great websites, that we can give you to get a less expensive logo designed.
Where to find other images & logos for my website?
You can search for free images in Google.
There are lots of websites that supply free images.
You will need to create an account with most of the following websites to access the free images.
Use your own images
Oh course, you can use your own images.
All you need to do is share these with us with Google drive or dropbox.
We will the make them web friendly and load to your pages.
Our basic small business website package starts from $695.
For $695, we set up maximum of 10 pages – [unlimited pages are available].
You may not have enough content to add 10 pages to start with, but you should think about writing more content as soon as you can.
Adding more pages, is easy as we can show you how.
Adding more content will help list your website better in Google.
Content must be well written and relevant to the goods or services in your website.
Adding relevant content will gradually build up your website power and help you rank better with all search engines.
We can provide copywriters for you if you need assistance in writing content.
Writing content would be an additional cost.
What is a blog?
A blog is a list of articles on your site, that feeds into one page. Kind of like the Facebook feed.
Blog topics should be relevant to your website content and interesting.
Having a blog is a great way to add content into your site regularly.
Blogging helps your website list better in Google
The search engines love fresh content, as long as it’s relevant, unique and useful to the reader.
Try to give your customers something for free that is worth value – like some “free tips” or “free advice” in your area of expertise.
This can be a great way to attract more visitors to your site.
We recommend that every website has a blog.
If you are not sure about what to blog about, we can give you some ideas.
Blogging at least once a month is recommended.
Social Media plays hand in hand with your blog
Social Media is a huge factor in creating social awareness on the Internet about your business.
We set up the Social Media Like and Social Share icons on your website.
This allows you to share your blog to Social Media and allows your visitors to share your content. Which is a very important factor in getting ranked well in Google.
Share icons – are required so visitors can share your content. This is a crucial part of social media networking.
Like icons – are required so visitors can like your Social Media profiles, share and like your posts and again help share your content on the web.
We set up your the icons on your website in this small business website package.
You must however set up your social media accounts prior to us adding them to your site.
Google friendly home page
What does Google friendly mean?
Google friendly means how your website is seen by Google.
There are many factors involved in making your website Google friendly.
We ensure your home page is immediately made Google friendly.
We do this by adding your core keyword phrase to the places where Google looks for it.
This will ensure you home page gets listed in Google appropriately.
We can set up a Google map usually in the footer on your site and/or on the contact page.
This is good for your visitors to see exactly where your business is located.
It also helps the search engines list you locally in Google.
Customers will often search for your address on their phone to find you.
Users usually scroll to the footer to look for your physical address when they are on the move.
So having a Google map is essential for any website or business with a physical address.
Opt in/Sign up
What is an opt in or sign up feature?
A signup or opt in box aims to collect users email addresses.
Having a way to collect emails from visitors is a great way to build up your database and gives you the opportunity to send out Newsletters with give away’s, promotions, e-books and more.
We will set up this feature up for you, even if you don’t have any offers to begin with.
We recommend setting this up with Mailchimp.
We will add a simple contact form for you to capture your visitors details.
A contact form looks professional and gives the user another way to contact you.
Your contact details, including email and phone number should also be included in your contact page and footer.
This ensures the user can easily contact you if they want to.
Set up email
We can set up 2 custom email address’s with your domain name extension.
For e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom emails look more professional than a personal email such as yahoo or hotmail.
We then provide you with the username, password and mail server so you can set this up in your preferred email client like Outlook, Mac Mail or Gmail.
Security & Spam Control
Security is very important for your website. Especially for popular software programs like WordPress.
We want to make sure your website is safe from the beginning, so include a website security plugin.
This plugin will notify you of when the site needs updating and if anyone every logs in, so you can track and monitor your website.
Spam is considered damaging to your website.
Spam injects your site with dodgy links or irrelevant links.
You definitely do not want to be associated with such sites.
We install a plugin that stops this from happening.
And will stop your site from getting inundated with spam.
We can provide all our clients with some basic WordPress training face to face or by Skype, so you have the option to do simple updates including:
- How to add a page.
- How to add text.
- How to edit text.
- How to insert, update or delete an image.
- How to add a post to the blog.
- How to add an image to a post.
- How to update your plugins.
- How to update your theme.
Cost for training is $90 per hour
Small business website maintenance
We build our websites in WordPress which will need to be updated several times a year.
These updates can be completed by the client at their own risk.
We install a security system on your website that will remind you of these updates.
Updates are crucial for the security of your website.
If you would like us to manage the updates for you, we charge $49 per month.
This fee also includes a full backup of your website and database, updating plugins and basic theme updates.
Monthly updates are required to keep your WordPress software up to date, to ensure the website remains functional and to make sure it is safe from hackers.
Sometimes website can break if the software, plugins and theme are not kept up to date with the latest versions.
Maintenance can include, updating the software, keeping backups of the website and database, optimising images for fast loading speed, deleting old content, making sure the speed of your website is optimal, updating plugins (apps), deleting old plugins which can slow down your site, updating themes, monitoring security & restoring your website if ever hacked.
We can decide once your website is built what updates you are confident to do yourself if you have time, and what we can do for you for a small monthly fee to ensure your website is kept at its best.
With the small business website package [$695] , we require a deposit of 50% up front for all clients and balance on completion.
Contact Let’s Build a Website further for more information about our startup website package.
How to get started
How to get started
- Let’s chat on the phone, so we can get a clear idea of what you need.
- We will ask you some questions and get you to send us a small brief by email of what you require in the website.
Some areas you may include in the brief;
- What pages you need for e.g. home, about, contact, services, blog and other pages.
- If you need a blog. We would recommend you have one for Google (if relevant).
- Are you adding video.
- What would you like the home page layout to look like – e.g. a slider, images, columns, newsletter sign up, social media, recent posts and more.
- You could send us some example website’s that you like the look of.
- Colours you prefer.
- Font types you prefer (optional).
- If you have a logo or do you need one made up (we can help with this as well).
- Or if you have no idea, we will do our best to interpret the best design for your business needs.
Small Business Website Design Cost
All website are different, our small business website design packages starts from $695.
We are the small business website experts on the Northern Beaches, Pyrmont, Neutral Bay, Manly, Freshwater.