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. Talk to us and explain your needs and we will quote you a price for the project.
With any new website there can be a few additional costs, only some of which may apply to your situation. You will 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 should you 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 “paid” examples are WP Fastest Cache Premium and Wordfence Security. 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. We suggest you read customer feedback and independent reviews, but know that a lot of the reviews are by the hosting companies themselves. Ask and we can help you come up with a good match for your needs.
Services Offered at Windy Hill Developers
This could include
- The Genesis Framework plus a Premium StudioPress theme of your choice (included free) – purchased separately any one of these would cost between $99.95 and $ 129.99 USD
- Website styling – colors, fonts, layout
- Content integration – your text, images, logos, etc.
- Installation of WordPress Plugins, most of which are free. We will help you pick appropriate ones.
- Help you set up a regular website backup schedule.
- Install website security.
- Product delivery in one of these formats – 7z, zip, gzip ( perhaps others if requested )
- Install your new website on your Web Hosting platform.
- Install your SSL certificate.
Website Updating and 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.
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.