Our focus is Website Development. We build websites for clients in Bridgewater and along the South Shore of Nova Scotia using WordPress and StudioPress Premium Themes. All of our websites include the Genesis Framework and a Premium Theme of your choice.
WordPress is by far the world’s most popular “Content Management System” used in Website Development, and for good reason. WordPress is a powerful and mature technology with broad community support, and perhaps best of all – its free. WordPress enjoys about a 60 percent world CMS market share, with Joomla and Drupal coming in at a distant second and third place with about 7 and 5 percent respectively. WordPress allows non-programmer and maybe not-so-technical website owners the ability to manage their own content. WordPress allows you to add and remove pictures, text, pages, etc. with little or no prior experience. This can save you from hiring a website developer every time you need to make small day-to-day changes, which in turn saves you money and time.
The Genesis Framework comes packed with features – Responsive Design, HTML5 coding, SEO optimization, and State-of-the-Art Security.
StudioPress Premium themes are created to work exclusively with the Genesis Framework. They are light weight and focused, and free of much of the bloat found in many other themes. Most of their core coding has been removed and now reside in the Genesis Framework. Think about for a moment the increased likelihood of coding errors and bugs slipping into a theme if every theme developer is writing their own SEO and Security etc.. Now consider how much safer the software would be if most of the core coding was being written only once very carefully and then shared out to all the child themes? This is the StudioPress way of doing things, providing clients with a lightweight theme supported by a rock solid Framework. This design model provides you the website owner, and your website visitors, a truly “premium” experience.
The cost of website development depends upon the complexity of your project. Many fine websites are created using only a premade theme just as it comes “out-of-the-box”. This option offers you the most cost effective avenue to reach website ownership nirvana. Websites developed this way can be beautiful, functional, and can give your visitors a wonderful online experience. Often clients choose to modify a premade theme to suit their individual needs, or to add a personal flare. Cost for theme modifications are usually billed at a per hour rate, however if the scope of the changes are well documented beforehand we can provide a fixed cost quote.
There are a few additional costs associated with any new website, only some of which may apply to your situation. You have to register your domain name and renew it annually. Cost is approximately $5.00 to $15.00 per year. Our domain name for example, windyhilldevelopers.com costs $14.95 per year. You may choose to purchase a few “Stock Images” to fill in any gaps when you do not have the perfect picture for some part of your web design. We’ve used ShutterStock and Adobe Stock and have been happy with both. A licence to use an image on a website is approximately $10.00, and is a one time expense. Sometimes you may choose to purchase a premium plugin to add a specific ability to your website. Most often there is a free version, however on occasion a premium plugin is the way to go. Two very popular examples are Gravity Forms and WP Rocket. You will also need a place to “host” your website. It is worth your while to do a little research here as there are a lot of choices and a lot of hype. I suggest you read customer feedback and independent reviews, but know that a lot of the reviews are by the hosting companies themselves.
Services Offered at Windy Hill Developers
Basic Website Development Package
this package includes:
- Genesis Framework + Premium theme of your choice (free) – purchased separately these would cost $99.95 to $ 129.99 USD
- Basic website styling – colors, fonts, layout ( choices are sometimes theme limited )
- Basic content integration – your text, images, logos, etc.
- Installation of a standard WordPress Plugin set
- Website ‘Live View‘ – you will be able to watch online as web development proceeds
- Final product delivery in one of these formats – 7z, zip, gzip ( perhaps others if requested )
Website Development – Customization
We offer website customization services. Typical customization requests include adding additional pages, adding a non-standard page layout, installing plugins, adding custom forms and email support, eCommerce, and PayPal integration. Please ask if you do not see what you are looking for. Cost is at a per hour rate of $28.50 CAD. We can also supply you with a website development project cost if the project details are well defined and understood.
We will provide hosting services for your new website. Each website is hosted on its own Virtual Private Server, not a shared server. All servers use Solid State Drives, or SSDs and provide you with a generous 30GB of drive space. You also get 1GB of dedicated ECC RAM and a single Core processor. Should your website grow and require addition resources, they are easily added for a modest additional cost. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are supported.
Initial server setup includes:
- Installation of the Ubuntu operating system, currently at version 16.04
- Installation of a Nginx Web Server
- Installation of a MariaDB Database ( fully compatible with the MySQL Db – only faster )
- Installation of Phpmyadmin graphical database administration interface
- Installation of PHP programming language for core WordPress support
- Setup of your DNS records
- Firewall installation and configuration
- Installation of a SSL Certificate – provides the confidence of HTTPS to your website visitors
- Additional Website Security and site hardening
- Installation and configuration of your new website unto the server
- Install and configure UpdraftPlus plugin for the scheduled automatic backup ( daily, weekly, etc. ) of your website to your Dropbox, Google Drive, or other
Website Hosting and Maintenance Contacts are sold separately. Website Hosting is $20.00 per month and includes all the features as outlined above. A Website Maintenance Contract is $22.50 per month. A Maintenance Contract includes a website check twice monthly. We will check and install any WordPress, Genesis, or plugin updates that are available, and we will keep an eye out for any signs of intrusion or hacking. This maintenance contract also includes website restoration from your backup should it become necessary. We will always push out a fresh website and database backup before running any updates – just in case.
For your convenience and protection, billing will be handled via PayPal, we will never have access to your payment details. PayPal payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Debit Card, and of course you can use PayPal. We will consider other options should your circumstances dictate.