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Self-Managed Website Design

Self-managed business websites are perfect if
you to manage your website yourself,
a great way to save money!

 

Self-Managed Business Website

owner of a small business store showing her tasty cakes

If you have the time and expertise, a self-managed website is the perfect way to go for your small business.

What is a Self-Managed Website?

A self-managed business website is one that has been set up in such a way that you manage it yourself: you add your own web pages, control the menu, edit the content of existing pages, add or replace images, select the theme you want to use, and lots more… You basically have full control over your website, once setup.

Content Management System

There are many ways of setting up a self-managed business website but one very popular way is to use so-called ‘content management system’ or ‘content management software’, CMS for short. As the name implies, they are designed to let you focus on the content of your website.

Popular CMS

There are many CMS’ out available, some free and some paid, some good and some not so good, some designed specifically for blogs, others for ecommerce and so on… Examples of popular CMS’ are: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, Magento, ZenCart, PrestaShop, and more…

Our CMS Choice

We have used Joomla and Drupal in the past and settled on WordPress as the CMS we prefer. See further on why!

Manage your very own professional small business website yourself

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

WordPress Setup

'Self-Managed' web design service infographic.To set you up with your very own self-managed WordPress business website, we will:

1. WordPress: we will install the latest version of WordPress on your current host (if you have one and if you don’t, we will help you get one),

2. WordPress theme: we will install a WordPress theme that will meet the look and feel you want for your website with a consistent color scheme. While we will have free themes (free) , you may prefer to use a paid theme you particularly like,

3. WordPress plugins: we will install a number of plugins we have found very useful since we have been using WordPress. For example,

- a plug-in that will enable you to edit the content of your web pages as you would in Word ie. by the use of a toolbar,

- a plug-in that will speed up access to your website by caching its pages,

- a plug-in that will enable you to have your pictures shown full size by a mouse click,

- a plug-in that will enable you to make your web pages search engine friendly. This plug-in is excellent and will require you to understand about search engine optimisation,

- a plug-in that will enable you to set up what information you want your visitors to send you on your ‘contact us’ page.

Get a professional self-managed website set up for you

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

To Help You Get Started

Furthermore, to help you get started with your self-managed website, we will take care of all the setting up and configuration so that all you will need to do is add content to your web pages. To that end:

1. theme: we will add some colours to your theme to make it match your logo (if you have one). If you don't have a logo, we will be able to help you with that,

2. logo: if you have a logo, we will add it to your self-managed site (as long as the theme of your choice allows us to do so),

3. slogan: we will put together a great slogan for your web site if you don't have one,

4. blank web pages: we will prepare 5 blank web pages with appropriate links on the menu. All you will need to do then is add content to these pages. These pages will be: Services, Portfolio, FAQ, Contact Us and About Us which are standard pages for websites,

5. a contact page: we will set up a fully functioning ‘contact us’ form on your Contact Us web page so visitors to your site will be able to contact you by email.

Make the changes to your small business website any time you want

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

Save Money with these Freebies

As a website designer, we want to give you a full self-managed website design package. Consequently, we feel that to complete your self-managed business web site, we must include the following extras FREE of charge.

FREE Social Media Plugin – Save $50

We will add social media icons (such as on each page of this website) so your online friends and visitors to your small business site can promote it to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

FREE Google Maps Plugin - Save $50

We will add a map location of your physical store (if you have one) so your clients can easily find your local business. This is optional if you have a local business.

FREE Search Engine Submission – Save $50

We will submit your new self-managed small business website to the major search engines to make them aware of its existence.

FREE Security Plugin – Save $50

WordPress websites are a target for hackers but fear not as we will install a WordPress plugin to protect your WordPress self-managed website. We will also do a few tricks of the trade to enhance the security of your web site.

If you have the time, self-managed small business websites are cost effective

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

WordPress Advantages

WordPress Web Site.WordPress Plugins

One of the great thing with WordPress (a very popular and excellent content management system) is the number of free WordPress plugins you have access to. These plugins will enable you to:

1. take care of the search engine optimization of your small business website so you can target major search engines (included with our self-managed website design package),

2. protect your self-managed website from hackers (included with our self-managed website design package),

3. monitor who the visitors to your small business website are, what pages they look at, how long they stay, and more...

4. have your latest Facebook posts displayed on your website (an example of which can be seen on the right hand site of our web pages),

5. display on your web pages any youtube videos (yours or someone else's),

6. and lots more…

WordPress Themes

The other great thing with WordPress is the huge range of WordPress themes (free and paid) available. This means that if one day you decide to change the theme of your website, then it is very easy to do, and you will not lose the content of your web pages or the structure of your website.

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

Advantages of a Self-Managed Website

man in fruit shop

Let us set up a small business website you can manage yourself. A great way to save money!

Save Money

Self-managed websites can be a great money saving idea if you have the time and desire to look after your business website yourself. You could pay $1000′s for a full professional business website to be built by a web design company, and then around $75 an hour for editing work to be done on your website.

But you don't have to.We can set up a professional small business website for you for a fraction of the cost (because we have low overheads) which you can then manage yourself.

Think of all the money you will save!

Flexibility and Convenience

Another great advantage to managing your small business website yourself is that, at any time of day or night, you can login to the admin section and make the changes you want: add new web pages, edit existing content, change pictures, and so on… all under your control! Why pay for someone to do it, when you can do it yourself when it suits you?

Any small business can benefit from a self-managed professional website

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

Requirement 1

Web Host

In order for us to be able to install a fully functioning copy of WordPress on your host, there are certain requirements that your host will need to meet. If you are not sure about how to check these, get in touch with your host and ask them if you can build your website using WordPress. This really should not be a problem as most web host supports WordPress.

Requirement 2

Internet Connection

Be aware that to use WordPress to manage your website, you will need to do all the work online through your browser. This means that you will need an Internet connection and a browser such as: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari and so on…

Website Design Cost 1

One-Time Fee

We have a very simple self-managed website design pricing plan: you just pay a one-time fee for the design and set up of your self-managed site + a premium WordPress theme if you want to purchase one you really like. And that’s it!

Your domain name and
hosting accounts
will be in your name

These will be your only on-going costs

We would not have
it any other way!

 

Website Design Cost 2

Not Included

Please note that our service does not include the following 2 things because they are handled by a 3rd party company. Additionally, we prefer these 2 things to be under your control as they will both require yearly payments via your credit card.

1. the purchase of a domain name such as www.my-business.com,

2.  the cost of hosting a website. Hosting refers to the ‘location’ where your web site will be located so that it is accessible through the Internet.

However, we will help you set up an account for both if you are not sure about how to get a domain name or how to do the ‘hosting’ thing.

We are always here to provide on-going support, even after we have set up your website for you

 

Only $495 for your very own self-managed website

 

Full On-Going Support

And if you need specific help not covered by the free ‘how-to’ WordPress videos, just get in touch with us and we will see what we can do to help you. We have been working exclusively with WordPress for quite some time now and feel that we can be a good resource for you, whenever you need us.

 

Note: all our prices are in Australian Dollars

Obligation Free!

Enquiries are of course obligation free.

Self-managed websites are the cost effective way
to have your very own small business website
to promote your local business online