For website projects I usually book 4-5 weeks in advance.
The average semi-custom project (WordPress Option B) usually takes between 2-3 working weeks from start-to-finish, and the average fully-custom project (WordPress Option A) usually takes between 4-5 working weeks from start-to-finish.
Note that the time-to-completion for a project very much depends both on the scope of the project (larger projects take longer) and the turnaround time for feedback. I’ve worked with many clients 1:1, which tends to go quickly, and also entire marketing teams, which tends to go more slowly. I’m glad to work either way, but you should know that it will effect the schedule.
I give all my clients advice and tools to help them discover what’s most searchable and relevant for their project so that their content is designed to connect with their target audience and search engines, but I am not a copywriter. While I am glad to advise you, you will need to provide me with the actual text for the various pages of your website. I also think it’s nice if your website copy is written in your own voice.
I am glad to refer my clients to a great web copywriter if you want to hire professional help.
I’m glad to work with your assembled team on your project with you, either answering questions for others about what we need for the website or providing information to them so that they can do their job successfully.
Absolutely. Once your new site is ready to go live, I can archive the old one for you and replace it with the new one so that there are only scant moments of downtime during the transition.
Although I build every site I create with simple maintenance & updates in mind, everyone is different. Sometimes clients who are technically savvy can take their site and run with it and I never hear from them again. Some need a helping hand with bigger items occasionally. And others want/need someone to do everything to do with updating their site. I’m glad to work with any scenario, and reserve time in my schedule for ongoing maintenance for my existing clients. I can usually get to smallish updates within 3 working days, and will provide an estimate for how long something will take me before I begin work. For any work that I do like this I charge hourly at $105/hr, and send an invoice at the end of the month for any time accrued. This kind of maintenance is only available to clients for whom I created a website.
I’m also available to answer questions and/or do WordPress tutorials to help my clients do updates themselves, and phone or email consultation is also billed hourly. Fully custom projects automatically include an hour of tutorial time.
Separate from content updates, I also do WordPress (and plugin) updates on a monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly schedule for any of my clients who want/need it. Wordpress & plugin authors regularly release updated versions of themselves (just like the Apps on your phone) and you want to stay on top of these because they often fix bugs and patch security holes in addition to adding new functionality.
For WordPress & plugin updates I take a site backup, then take care of all available updates, then optimize the database to keep things running smoothly and remove spam or extraneous/expired WordPress files left from the update. I charge $35 each time I do this and it’s only available to clients for whom I created a website.
Every phase of the project is designed to help me create a website that leverages your author brand and achieves your goals.
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