What is the right price for expert assistance? Frankly it varies. Large computer consulting companies charge well upwards of $100 an hour. My auto mechanic charges $75 an hour. An on-site visit from a big box store can run $100 or more.
In general I will never charge more than my auto mechanic does per hour and often much less. To schedule support or get an estimate use the Contact Form.
The days of the high-priced web site and needing a full time web-master are pretty much over. Basic site hosting and much of site design have become quite affordable. Adding and updating site content does not have to require skills much beyond basic word processing.
Just like working on your House or Car, the more you can do, the less you have to pay someone else to do. The Wordpress or ClassicPress 'back end' provide a stable, flexible, and low cost foundation for your site and makes adding content and updating existing content quite easy.
Small Business or personal site: $300 first year.
Initial cost of installing and basic customizing a WordPress or ClassicPress backed web site for personal blog or small business. Once setup, your site will be quite user friendly. Most users can update text and pictures on the site with out professional assistance.
- 1 URL annual registration
- 12 Months of web hosting
- Secure Sockets Layer SSL
- Regular off-web-site backup
- Initial web design and setup, including up to four hours of support and assistance learning to use Wordpress or ClassicPress.
- Installation and setup of Wordpress or ClassicPress web site back end.
- Assistance choosing and modifying Theme to meet your needs.
- Support and consulting time after the included four hours at $45 an hour (if you need it).
- Installing and configuring supporting software (plugins)
- Note - some Plugins have an extra annual cost which is not included in the package price.
- Ongoing annual cost: can be under $200.00
- One year Hosting, and URL annual registration
- Secure Sockets Layer SSL
- Regular off-site Backup
- Regular monitoring, updating WordPress or ClassicPress engine
- Updating plug-ins and core themes
- Two hours of support
If you are sure you need more than that, ask for an estimate.
If your site needs extra resources, such as on-line purchasing or has a high volume of traffic (thousands a day), the site hosting cost may need to be higher.
- Get in touch for a free consultation and a ball-park estimate.
Personal Support and assistance
My pledge to my clients is that I will always charge reasonable prices for consulting and support. I will get to know your needs and provide real support and assistance.
About Domain Registration.
In the small business or personal site package it is assumed that the site will located on a shared server and the domain name will be assigned to Clif Graves Consulting as administrative contact. This helps to keep the costs down and makes monitoring and updating the site with security patches less time consuming. Should you want to move to a different host or no longer want my services, I will assist you in transferring the domain name.
I currently use SiteGround https://www.siteground.com/ for my web host and can recommend them.