Why should you choose me to design your website? I especially enjoy designing websites for creatives. Artists, authors, musicians; they often see the world a little differently. They’re unique and sometimes a little unconventional, like me!
Ink2Art takes pride in being very intuitive when listening to you describe what you imagine for your web site. If you describe the feelings that you want your visitors to experience the moment that they enter your site, the ambiance, the colors and the mood, I can usually produce that for you. I believe that comes from the creative “artist within,” and my life experiences. It is very important to me to create a site that portrays those feelings for you.
Whether it’s a personal site, or a business site, what you show the world when they visit your web site for the first time will determine whether they leave, come back, or tell anyone else about your site. It is extremely important to make your visitors feel welcome, and happy to have entered your little corner of the web. I know that I can accomplish that for you.
During the process of designing your new website, you and I will be working closely together to achieve exactly what you want. You and I. That’s the advantage of working with a small studio. You deal directly with me. When your site is finished and published for the world to see, I will always have your back. You can contact me at any time, I’ll be here.
All too often, I get requests from visitors to help them salvage their web site. They have already hired someone to design it, they are horribly disappointed with the results, and now they “need it fixed.”
It is much more difficult to try to “fix” a web site than to start from scratch. I’d like to suggest a few things to look for before you hire someone to create an online extension of who you are.
- Get references – nothing speaks louder than clients that have had experience with the company that you are considering hiring.
- Call them on the phone! If you are comfortable talking to them, and they explain everything to you without making you feel “dumb,” this is a good sign! Do they sound like they know what you’re trying to achieve on your site? YOU are hiring them to do work for you. Feel good about it!
- How easy is it to get in touch with this company? Have they responded to your inquiry? Have they made themselves available to you in a timely fashion?
- View their portfolio. Is the work that they’ve done of good quality? How is their own website? Does it appear that they will be able to do what you’re looking for in your site? Are they experienced?
Finally, as in all aspects of life, don’t try to cut corners now by hiring the least expensive. It may cost you more in the long run if you are not happy with the results. The reverse is true also. The most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best!
After we’ve talked about what you would like, as far as the number of pages, who your audience is, and the type of site it will be, I will send you a cost estimate. If you agree to what I have outlined and quoted you for the site, I will then send you a contract – which essentially reiterates what the cost estimate stated except with some legal mumbo jumbo added (to protect you as well as me). Once the contract is signed by both of us, and you have paid a 50% down payment of the total cost, we can begin.
One of the most important parts to designing your site, is that I know anything and everything that you want. What if you don’t know exactly what you want? That’s why I will ask you a bunch of questions, such as your favorite colors, fonts, what mood you want your site to reflect—playful, serious, funky, plain—the list goes on and on. The more information that you give me, the sooner that I will be able to create something that you’ll fall in love with right away.
If I have a good handle on what you want, chances are I will create something that you like within the first or second design that I show you. That’s what constitutes the time frame for the most part—how soon you like what I have created. Once you’re happy with the basic layout and appearance, the rest is downhill from there. Communication is super important since I’ll be sending you links to your test site frequently to get your feedback.
Many of my clients come to me not knowing a single thing about how all of this web stuff works. They just know that they want a web site. That’s what I’m here for.
A domain name is the name of your web site. Keep in mind that you can’t always get what you want. To find out if the name that you want isn’t already taken, you’ll have to do a search on a site such as GoDaddy. Type in the domain name that you’re considering using to see if it’s taken. You’d be surprised at the odd combinations of names that are already registered to someone else. If the name is taken, keep trying different ideas to come up with a unique name that will fit your web site. Using your own name is always a good start.
Web site hosting means that you need a place on the Internet for your site to live. It has to “live” somewhere and have an “address” so that people can visit you. Both domain name registration and hosting are recurring fees to be paid in yearly increments.
It doesn’t matter where you live. I have clients all over the country, and everything is done via email. We can chat on the phone as well.
It all depends on how much work is involved to create your site. How much time, how many graphics, how intricate it will be. I quote per project. We’ll discuss everything before you commit.