Gazebo on Mill Pond, Milton Ontario | © Steve Bonin 2012
Your website deserves serious attention by a serious web designer. Web design is more than pretty pictures with a few keywords scattered about. A serious website design requires planning, attention to detail, a knowledge of SEO, Search Engine Marketing, colour theory, typography, human psychology and the ability to write for the web. We do all this and more.
Milton Town Hall Circa 2010 © 2010 Steve Bonin
The Bonin Family first settled in Milton in 1922 at Christie (Kelso) and have remained in the Milton-Heights area ever since. The Harris Family came here in the early 1940's. Ron Harris, the founder of Harris Stationery and Office Supplies, on Main Street Milton, was an active figure in Milton politics, serving as counsellor, Deputy-Reeve and Reeve at the Town Hall. He was also a founding member the Milton District Hospital Board, that built the original hospital at its current location. He was also instrumental in the beginning of Milton Chamber of Commerce, of which we are still a member.
The Bonin and Harris families joined forces in 1959. B.A. & Zella continued to run the business on Main Street until 1987. I took over the reigns in 1988 and the business changed focus, away from office supplies, toward business services, including graphic design, custom programming, then website design and development and finally to Search Engine Marketing.
Personalized, individualized service! My partners and I work daily using Skype and Google Hangouts much like a virtual office. Over the years we have all found niches where we excel and we freely trade knowledge and experience. We also do work for each other.
I outsource any social media posting because it is a whole other job in itself. I also have others in my group do PHP/SQL Database manipulation, I can do it, but I am not proficient.
So what you get when you hire HarrisWeb Creative are the skills I have honed over decades and the expertise of some very smart individuals around the globe.
Domain Registration, that is to register a domainname for your use only, is perhaps the cheapest part of owning a website. Usally domainnames cost between $4.00 to $15.00 this depends on the TLD - Top Level Domain you want, i.e. .com, .ca, .net, etc. Often time host providers, like BlueHost, offer the first year's registration for free with a hosting package. Domainnames should be easy to remember with no punctuation or spaces. Type it out and make sure the letters cannot be read differently like Experts Exchange became expertsexchange.com
Hosting is the next thing you will have to pay for. The price for hosting varies from about $3.00 per month to $50.00 per month. Often resellers charge high rates for managed hosting. Unless you have many changes and want someone to upload all those changes for you, hosting should be in the $6 - $12 range per month, paid annually. The level of customer service is important, call the hosting company and ask questions, see what kind of responses you get and base your hosting on they answer.
I will setup hosting and register your domain for free but you will have to pay the hosting and registrar directly. In general I tell my clients to bank on $100.00 per year for this
Building a website is a complex task that will require a great deal of input from you. Most of my clients are not prepared for the level of involvement expected of them. The reality is, the more involved you are, the happier you will be with the outcome of your site.
Websites start at about $1000.00CDN, This will get you 1 or 2 pages. Most websites fall in the $2000 to $3000 dollar range.
I use a general formula for pricing websites for clients:
The Home Page costs more because all the design, colours, typography and navigation structure have to be worked out at this point. Normal pages usually contain some images, and 500 - 1000 words of content. Simple pages can contain an image and 250 - 500 words of content. A contact page, or about us page falls into this category. Super-simple pages include maybe one image, probably not, and very little content, like a Thank you page or custom 404 error page.
Shopping Carts or photo galleries are priced separately and depend on the level of work involved.
Every client requires different things to market their website. I have clients in the fashion industry that require a high level of social media contact and run facebook PPC campaigns. For other clients in the industrial sector social media is really minimal and AdWords PPC is more relevant to their niche. Another client, in the medical field, requires some social media, some AdWords PPC and continuous blog posting - so, everyone is different.
I work on different things for each client so I have constructed different packages for clients to choose from. All packages are paid monthly on the first of the month, minimum of 3 months.
includes 2 hours per month:
includes 4 hours per month:
All work is to be performed on a single day each month; work date to be predefined. All projects must be submitted before work date. Any overruns will attributed to next month's allotted time.
includes 8 hours per month + 2 hours overrun:
All work is to be performed weekly, 2 hours per week. Overruns of 2 hours per month are allowed to finish projects.
includes 16 hours per month + 4 hours overrun:
All work is to be performed weekly, 4 hours per week. Overruns of 4 hours per month are allowed to finish projects.