Want to know more details about our web development process?
Check out our frequently asked questions below.
What does the website development process look like?
1. First, we’ll set up a time to chat to make sure we’re a good match for each other.
2. If we decide to move forward, we’ll have you sign a contract and pay a $500 USD deposit.
3. If you already have a website, you’ll provide us access to it.
4. Once we have a signed contract, a $500 deposit, and access to your website if you already have one, we can get started!
5. You will have an Alley Digital team member to guide you through this whole process, dedicated to making sure you get the website you want. All our team members are state-side, native-English speaking, college graduates with extensive knowledge of WordPress, Divi, and the rest of the tech stack we use to make your dream website. Your project manager will do his best to be available when you need to communicate with him via email, phone call, or otherwise.
5. To make the process as efficient as possible, we recommend you send us inspiration for each page of your website including home, about, contact, blog, etc. You can find great example pages and website templates for standard websites here. If you’re interested in Alley Digital building you a web application, you can look at templates here.
6. As we approach exhaustion of funds, we’ll request more in $500+ increments. We bill against each $500+ deposit at a rate of $50/hour for building a standard website and $80/hour for building a web app or website with web app functionality.
7. We’ll keep track of all billings in a shared Google sheet that you can view any time.
8. Whenever we have an update, we will let you know so you can view and make request for changes if necessary.
9. We’ll develop your site in such a way that you can view it at any time to see the website in progress. When you’re ready, we can seamlessly transition your URL to your brand new site.
How much will it cost to build my website or web app?
We bill $50 USD per hour to build a WordPress website and $80 USD per hour to build a web application with Bubble.io.
On average, our clients spend $2,600 to help them build a standard website without web app functionality.
Expect to spend $5,000+ on a web application.
Your website may cost more or less depending on a variety of factors.
If you don’t already have a website, expect to pay an additional ~$15 per year for your domain and between $5 and $35 a month for web hosting.
How do I know if I need a website or web app?
If you want users to be able to sign into your website, create a profile, publish content, or interact with a tool (like a calculator) you may need a web application.
Otherwise, a simpler WordPress website will probably be all you need.
How long will it take to build my website or web app?
We’ve had some client’s websites take as little as a couple of months and other client’s sites take much more time.
However, we strive to never be the bottleneck and try to make changes and turn-around happen ASAP!
Our use of no-code tools enables us to develop solutions more quickly than a standard web development turn-around.
What is your refund policy?
We don’t offer refunds for any billed time or any costs incurred like graphic design fees, stock photography, or website or web app templates.
Is graphic design, custom photography, or copy writing included in your web development services?
Graphic design, custom photography, and copy writing are not included in our fee.
However, we’re happy to enlist graphic design services or source great stock photography for our clients.
We have accomplished some of our client’s graphic design goals for as little as $50.
Sometimes we can also find inexpensive or free stock photography the meet our clients’ needs.
We also have copy writers on the Alley Digital team who can help you with your copy writing needs.
Check out our copy writing page to learn more.
Why do you bill hourly?
We’ve tried other billing structures only to find that we ended up not getting paid for a lot of work that we did.
Hourly billing is the only way we can insure that we get paid for all work that we do.
What technology stack do you use?
WordPress is the most popular content management system, it’s free, and it is highly versatile.
Anyone from solopreneurs just getting started to big companies like the New Yorker use WordPress.
Divi is the most popular WordPress theme and offers its users the ability to customize nearly every aspect of their website with live front-end editing functionality.
Although Divi usually costs $89/year, we offer it to our clients for free.
We recommend (and use) WP Engine for web hosting because of their superior customer service, blazing fast hosting, and hosting optimized for WordPress sites.
Bubble.io is a no-code tool to build web applications visually using drag-and-drop functionality at speeds significantly faster than the standard development process.
If you have a different technology stack you want to use, we’re open to it.
Can you code a web app for me?
We can build web apps for our clients.
Check out this page to see the sort web apps we can build.
In our initial call, we’ll make sure we can build the website or web app you want.
Just let us know what you want your website to do, and we’ll see if we can help.
Will the website you make me look good on mobile devices?
We make sure every website we make looks great on all devices. We live in a mobile-first world so we understand the importance of a seamless website experience across devices.
Will I be able to maintain the website or web application once you complete it?
One of the primary reasons we use no-code tools to build websites and web applications is so that our clients can manage our creations once we hand them over. When we pass off the completed website to you, we can be as involved as you want in its maintenance. However, if you want to manage the website yourself, our recommended WordPress theme, Divi, has an intuitive user interface that you can use to make website changes, big or small. You can test out the Divi interface here. If dealing with Bubble.io, the user-interface can be more complex than Divi but is still designed for non-technical users to make changes. You can test out the Bubble editor on their website here. Of course, if you’d rather we maintain your website or app, we would be happy to help.
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