7 Common Web Design Questions – Answered!

In 270net’s two decades of designing websites, we’ve answered a lot of questions pertaining to web design and how our services can help your company.

We want to help you understand the web design process and how we aim to help you navigate it. Today, we will tackle 7 of the most common questions we get about web design.

1. Why do you use WordPress?

Today, WordPress powers over 25% of websites, and for good reason. It’s an open source content management system (CMS) that allows a user to easily edit website content without having to know any coding. Being open source also allows developers from all over the world to leverage their strengths to make WordPress better with each update.

Some of the benefits of having your website built with WordPress are:

  • You can easily update your website yourself;
  • There’s a ton of support and documentation for the software;
  • The software is constantly being updated to keep up with modern web standards; and
  • We happen to specialize in WordPress theme development!

2. How do you use WordPress?

Curious about how to use WordPress? We offer free training sessions to all our Encompass clients, showing them how to navigate the administrative dashboard and their website in general, from adding posts and pages to uploading images and documents.

3. How do I show up on the first page of Google?

This is a great question and one we get often. Extensive research has been done on this topic and many experts have come to the same conclusion: it depends. Not the answer you wanted to hear, is it?

Never fear. 270net’s Web Design team ensures that everything we can do on the design and development side of the house is done to make sure you have the best chance to land on top of Google’s search pages. With that said, the main things contributing to your website getting on the first page of Google are time and digital marketing.

A study conducted by Ahrefs showed that “only 5.7% of all newly published pages will get to Google Top 10 within a year.”

So, what does this mean?

It means that, depending on your industry and competition, the chances of your website ranking in the Top 10 search results on Google are very small, especially if your website is less than one year old or you have only started adhering to digital marketing standards within the past year.

Our best advice to get your website on top of Google is to start using Digital Marketing Best Practices right out of the gate.

4. How long will it take to build my new website?

This is an age-old question that remains to have the same answer: it varies.

Once you sign and send in your contract, it takes anywhere from one to three months on average (sometimes more). Much of the time frame is going to be determined by the size and complexity of your new website.

To give you a few examples:

Crawley & Thomas Insurance (Less than One Month)

www.crawleyandthomas.com

The time frame for this project was quicker than usual, as the client had an “under construction” landing page up on their domain. We designed, built, and transferred the content into the new website in under one month.

Given we had the content from the old website before it was taken down, and there were only a handful of pages, we were able to finish this project as efficiently as possible resulting in a shorter time frame.

MTBW (One Month – Average Time Frame)

www.mtbw.com

This was an average-sized project for us, with over a dozen pages as well as a blog (that dated back to December 1996!).

We designed and developed the website within the first two weeks of starting the project and spent the remainder of the month transferring over the content.

The part of this project that took up most of the time was styling and transferring the blog section from the old website. Over 30 posts including the images and content had to be transferred over to the new website by hand as the old website was built with Wix.

Cedar Brook Academy (3+ Months)

www.cedarbrookacademy.org

Cedar Brook Academy has been a longtime client of ours. They have over 550 enrolled students from more than 260 families in the area who all use their website to check on events, grades, and homework assignments.

We used WordPress to build a completely custom membership website to allow all faculty, students, and families to use the website in various ways. This resulted in a time frame that spanned a few months to work out and test all of the custom functionality for their website.

That’s a big window, but it should give you an idea of how long your build may take depending on what you have in mind.

5. Who takes care of my website once it’s built?

If you sign up for our Encompass package, the answer is us! With Encompass, you get unlimited maintenance from the 270net crew for the duration of your commitment.

If you are not on our Encompass package, no worries! We can still take care of edits to your website such as editing content, updating a menu item, or adding an image to a page. We also take care of the bigger technical edits like updating plugins or adding new functionality (like a photo gallery or online store), all for a small hourly fee.

We pride ourselves on our customer service and are happy to provide all of our customers with a turnaround time of one business day.

6. Will my website work on a phone/tablet/laptop/desktop?

Yes! Every single one of our websites is designed and developed to work on any device a consumer can use to view your website.

Our designers are meticulous in making sure that your website looks its best on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, as well as all major web browsers.

7. Why are you so meticulous about making sure your website is responsive to all devices?

Using mobile phones to access the internet surpassed desktop usage in November 2016. Mobile devices are being used more and more over their desktop counterparts on a global scale. That’s a big reason why we build our websites to be completely responsive.

If you have any questions about web design and how we can help you, please feel free to contact us anytime!

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