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Frequently Asked Questions

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Website Design FAQ's

How much does a new website cost?

The cost of a website can vary greatly depending on its complexity, number of pages, and specific features. Key factors that influence the final cost include content creation, graphic design, and advanced SEO and marketing strategies.

On average:

Small Business Websites: $4,000 to $6,000

Medium-Sized Business Websites: $7,500 to $15,000

Large Corporate Websites: $20,000 to $50,000

For a precise quote, please contact us for a consultation.

Do you have a portfolio of completed websites?

We have completed over 250 website design projects and likely have experience in your industry or similar to what you may be looking for. Reach out to us, and we can work with you to provide live sample links to similar websites in your industry. Additionally, all of our websites are completely customized without the use of templates, so we can create whatever you envision. If you have examples of sites that you like, we can use those as inspiration as well.

Do you build e-commerce (online store) websites?

While we specialize in a variety of website design and marketing services, we do not build e-commerce websites. However, we recommend using Shopify.com for your e-commerce needs. You can start building your e-commerce site yourself using their user-friendly platform, or you may consider hiring a developer who specializes in Shopify to help you create a professional and functional online store. Shopify offers excellent resources and support to ensure your e-commerce venture is successful.

Do you work with startup companies?

We are happy to work with startup companies, but it’s important to note that we may not be the most cost-effective option for all. Our expertise lies in partnering with established businesses or those aiming to make a significant investment in their online marketing efforts. If you are a startup with ambitious growth plans and a commitment to investing in a professional and impactful online presence, we would love to explore how we can support your journey. However, for smaller ventures or those with limited budgets, you may find more suitable options elsewhere.

Will my website be mobile-friendly?

Yes, your website will be fully mobile-friendly. At Valpo Web Design & Marketing, we prioritize responsive design to ensure that your website looks and functions seamlessly on all devices, including smartphones and tablets. This approach not only enhances the user experience but also improves your site’s performance in search engine rankings. Whether your visitors are browsing on a desktop, tablet, or mobile device, they will have a consistent and engaging experience.

Will you maintain my site for me? Can I edit it myself?

Yes, we provide ongoing management of your website, including content changes, picture updates, adding pages, and more. The websites we build are crafted using WordPress, Elementor, and advanced coding, making them not DIY-friendly. While we don’t offer training for you to edit the site yourself, we don’t prevent it either. However, 99% of our clients prefer to have us handle ongoing hosting and management. They simply submit a support ticket or call our office for any edits or updates. This ensures your website remains up-to-date and professionally maintained without the hassle.

If you are looking for a DIY option, we may recommend a different website platform not provided by us. However, you should know that by using DIY options, you sacrifice professional, user-friendly design and advanced functionality.

How long does it take to build a website?

The typical timeframe to build a website is 6-8 weeks. However, this can vary significantly based on several factors, including:

  • Approval of Drafts: How quickly drafts are reviewed and approved.
  • Client Information: The timely provision of necessary information and materials from you.
  • Our Workload: Our current project workload and availability.

Additionally, the size and complexity of the project can also impact the timeline. We strive to deliver high-quality websites efficiently, but these variables can affect the overall schedule. For a more accurate estimate, please contact us to discuss your specific project needs.

What will you need from me?

To ensure a smooth and efficient website development process, we will need the following from you:

  • Text Content: If we are not writing the content for you, we will need the text for each page or at least an outline of what should be included on each page.
  • Images: Provide any specific images you want to use. If we are using licensed stock photos or a mix, please let us know your preferences.
  • Approvals of Drafts: Timely review and approval of drafts to keep the project moving forward.
  • Domain Name Logins: Access to your domain name account if applicable, to set up and configure the website.
  • Branding Guidelines: Any existing branding guidelines, including logos, color schemes, and fonts.
  • Functionality Requirements: Details of any specific features or functionality you need on your website.
  • Contact Information: Up-to-date contact information for key personnel involved in the project.

By providing these materials and information promptly, we can ensure a more efficient development process and deliver a website that meets your expectations.

How long will it take to get to the 1st page of Google?

Achieving a first-page ranking on Google depends on various factors, and it typically requires a long-term commitment and strategy. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Competition: The level of competition in your industry and for your targeted keywords can significantly impact the timeline.
  • Current Website Status: The current state of your website, including its existing SEO foundation, can influence how quickly improvements are seen.
  • Quality of Content: Consistently creating high-quality, relevant content is crucial for improving your search rankings.
  • Backlinks: Building a strong backlink profile from reputable websites is an essential part of SEO.
  • Technical SEO: Ensuring your website is technically sound, with fast loading times and a mobile-friendly design, is vital.
  • Ongoing Efforts: SEO is not a one-time task but an ongoing process. Regular updates, continuous optimization, and adapting to algorithm changes are necessary.

Typically, you can start seeing some improvements within 3 to 6 months, but achieving and maintaining a first-page ranking can take 6 to 12 months or longer, depending on the factors mentioned above.

In order to rank effectively, you will need SEO services from us on an ongoing monthly basis. It’s important to have realistic expectations and to understand that SEO is a long-term investment in your online visibility and success.

Do you do SEO for my website when you build it?

Yes, we include on-page SEO as part of our website development process. This involves configuring an on-page SEO plugin for titles, meta descriptions, and other key SEO elements. If we write the content for your website, it is SEO-optimized by default to help improve your search engine rankings.

However, for the best results and to achieve sustained visibility, it’s important to continue with ongoing SEO services. Regular updates, continuous optimization, and adapting to algorithm changes are crucial for maintaining and improving your website’s search engine performance.

I already have a website, can you take it over or redesign it?

We can certainly redesign your website by creating a new one. Whether we can take over a website without a full redesign depends on how it was built. Most of the time, we can take over an existing site, but we will need to “re-build” it using WordPress and Elementor. Even if you already have a WordPress website, if it isn’t built with Elementor, we will need to “rebuild/clone” your existing website.

This process essentially gives you a brand new website while maintaining the look and feel of your current site. Most of the time, we recommend a completely new build to leverage the latest design trends and functionalities. However, occasionally it makes more sense for us to take over and clone the existing site, particularly if the current design meets your needs and only requires minor updates.

The cost for this is much less than building a completely new site but still offers the benefits of a new website, such as improved performance and ease of management. This approach provides a balance between cost efficiency and the advantages of a professionally rebuilt site.

Can you help me improve my site without building a new website?

Generally, we do not improve existing websites without a rebuild. We utilize WordPress with Elementor and advanced coding as needed to ensure the highest quality results. Our tools and process are designed to provide a superior website, so we focus exclusively on working with these tools.

Many times, we take an existing site and build it to our standards. This can either be a completely new design or a “clone” of the existing site. Either way, you end up with a superior product compared to what you may currently have, benefiting from improved performance, functionality, and design quality.

What platform do you build your websites on?

We build our websites on WordPress, utilizing the Elementor page builder and advanced coding as needed. This combination allows us to create highly customizable, responsive, and user-friendly websites. WordPress is a powerful and flexible platform that enables us to deliver professional-grade websites tailored to meet your specific needs and preferences. By using Elementor, we ensure that your site is not only visually appealing but also performs optimally.

Can you help me write content for my website?

Yes, we have in-house content writers who specialize in creating website content. This includes content optimized for SEO and tailored to promote and sell your services effectively. We do not use AI-written content, ensuring the highest quality and avoiding any potential penalties from Google or other search engines for AI-generated content. Our team is dedicated to providing original, engaging, and professional content that enhances your online presence.

SEO & Digital Marketing FAQ's

How much does SEO cost?

The cost of SEO services can vary based on several factors, including your location, industry competition, and the specific needs of your business. On average, our clients spend between $1,000 and $5,000 monthly for SEO services. This investment is tailored to help improve your website’s search engine rankings, drive more organic traffic, and ultimately grow your business. For a customized quote, please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and goals.

How Long does SEO Take?

SEO is a long-term strategy that requires patience and ongoing effort. Typically, you can start seeing some improvements within 3 to 6 months. However, achieving and maintaining top rankings on search engines can take 6 to 12 months or longer.

It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that SEO is an ongoing process that delivers sustainable, long-term results. For the best outcomes, we recommend a commitment to ongoing SEO services.

General FAQ's

Do you only serve clients in Northwest Indiana?

While our headquarters is based in Northwest Indiana, we serve clients and business owners all over the United States. In fact, many of our clients are not local. Originally, when we were founded in 2013, we strictly worked with local clients. Over the years, our company has grown, our capabilities have expanded, and now we work with clients nationwide. We have become a leading agency in the home services space, partnering with a large number of contractors to drive leads and grow their businesses. No matter where you are located, we are equipped to provide top-notch web design and marketing services to meet your needs.

Will you meet with me face to face?

Yes, if you are local, we are happy to meet with you face to face. Our office is located at 225 Aberdeen Drive, Suite C, in Valparaiso, IN, and we offer in-person consultations and meetings by appointment. For the majority of our clients, we rely on phone, Zoom, and email communication to ensure efficient and effective collaboration, regardless of location.

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