Most think you have two ways to get a website: 1) Someone does it for you or 2) You do it yourself.
I present a third option called a Together Build, where I build your website with you.
Unlike a DIY website build, you are accountable to me, so your site will be complete in five or six sessions.
Unlike getting your site built by a designer, it will be done in five or six weeks rather than two – three months and at an average savings of 50%.
A Together Build isn’t just about getting a site built; we start by developing a plan that will help you focus and give you shortcuts to growing your business online by using your website as a business-generating tool.
And then your website will be built, in a collaborative, live format, with your marketing plan baked into it from the start, to attract and engage your ideal audience online.
The Together Build™ Process
You begin the process by securing your Together Build™ with your initial payment.
You have three payment choices:
- An installment plan of $187 a month for 12 months.
- Two payments of $1,000. The second payment occurs 30 days after the first payment.
- One payment of $1,900. This option gives you a bonus of one additional Together Build™ session.
After the initial payment has been received, I will ask you to schedule your Together Build™ sessions with me.
The Together Build™ sessions are one-on-one conducted via an online meeting where we share screens. You will see my screen as I build your site live for you.
Each session is three hours. The Together Build™ consists of five sessions (unless you pay for the entire Together Build™ process in one payment, in which case you will receive an additional session for a total of six sessions). I recommend scheduling the Together Build™ sessions one week apart so you have your new site launched in five or six weeks.
The first session is a foundation session. We develop a plan to use your website as a business-generating tool based on where you are at in your business and where you want to go. We will also go through a check sheet of items that cover technical aspects, like hosting, domain, what you have for branding, and if you have a website already.
The second session consists of choosing a theme, installing it, and planning for content and marketing.
The third session is when we will put in your content and get the home page set up.
The fourth session is for putting content in your sidebar and/or call to actions on your site and customizing the appearance of your site.
The fifth session is where we adjust anything else needing adjustments and make your site go live!
If you pay for the Together Build™ in one $1,900 payment, you will get a sixth bonus session. This session can be used for additional customization to your site, additional training on how to use your site, additional online marketing strategies, search engine optimization strategies, or even email marketing help! It’s your session; use it as you wish.
What’s included in a Together Build™
Five Together Build™ one-on-one sessions via phone or Skype and through screen sharing where we will build your WordPress-based site together. You will see my screen as we build your site live. You’ll share your ideas, needs, and goals for your site. With that information, I’ll choose a theme for your site, install it on your web host (which I will help you set up if you don’t have one), incorporate your content, and lightly customize the theme (details of how much customization is included are covered below). We can use these sessions how you want. If you want to discuss content strategy, we can. If you want to research your competition with me, we can. But if we go off track from the actual site build, I will bring us back to our main focus quickly to keep us on track to be able to launch your site by the end of our fifth session.
One StudioPress theme
We will choose a theme together and I will install it for you in your hosting. I use themes made by StudioPress. StudioPress themes are premium themes made for WordPress websites. We have about 50 themes to choose from.
Email access to me for help and feedback
During the time of the build, you will have access to me for questions and feedback via email. If you write me on a business day, you normally will hear back from me the same day.
Custom videos created for you during our Together Build™ sessions.
If you wish to maintain your site and would like me to show you how to work with your site, I will do that while we are building your site and I will record my training for you. The videos I create will be provided to you at the end of each Together Build™ session for you to download and have permanently.
Some people only need a couple videos, others need training on everything. It’s up to you, entirely.
Light customization of your website theme
This means that if you have a logo, we will put it on your website. If you have colors for your business, we will change the theme to reflect those colors. If your company fonts are Google fonts, we can incorporate those; if not, in most cases we can change the theme’s fonts to look a lot like your company fonts.
A mobile-friendly (responsive) website
The themes I use are mobile-friendly and responsive. This means the site changes in relation to the size of the device on which it is being viewed.
Google Analytics setup
I will install Google Analytics on your website so you can track visits, traffic sources, the behavior of your website viewers, and more. After the code is installed, I’ll show you some of the basics of what you can do with Google Analytics to help your website work better for your business.
What Can be Added to a Together Build™
Shopify Shopping Cart
While it is possible to set up a very simple “buy” button during the time we will work together, setting up a shopping cart is a lot of work. If this is something you would like, I have special pricing of $2,197 to develop an online shopping cart using Shopify.
If you would like to include a Shopify shopping cart, the time to build the site and plan for marketing with the cart is more involved. You will receive three bonus sessions, so you will have a total of eight Together Build sessions with me instead of five.
The price for the Together Build plus Shopify is for my time to work with you. Your domain name, WordPress hosting, and Shopify account are all accounts you will acquire and pay for in addition to my fee to work with you. Before purchasing your domain, hosting, and Shopify, I highly recommend having your first Together Build session with me so we can discuss the best account options for you.
What’s not included in a Together Build™
Your domain name is something you will need to purchase. I’ve been using GoDaddy for years with my clients and feel they are an excellent option since they do a great job providing domains, hosting, and many other tools that small businesses need at reasonable prices with great customer service. A domain name is purchased on a yearly basis and typically will cost between $8.00 and $20.00 a year.
Not sure about getting a domain name yet? We can go over this during our first Together Build™ session.
Website hosting, unless you select the 12-month installment plan.
Websites need to be hosted. A host is where your files and database for your website reside. This is different than your domain name.
If you purchase the Together Build™ with a 12-month installment plan, I will install your site on website hosting that I purchase. At the end of the 12-months of payments, I release the hosting account to you. You will then need to pay for the hosting on your own.
If you purchase the Together Build™ with a one-time payment of $1,900 or with two payments of $1,000, you will need to purchase your own hosting. Not sure how to purchase hosting or what type of hosting to get? No problem. I will help you with this during our first session working together.
Most WordPress Hosting accounts charge between $9.00 – $30 a month. The account I recommend is GoDaddy’s Ultimate WordPress Hosting.
Yes, we will incorporate your logo, company colors, fonts (if possible), and we will put your content on the website. But in order to complete the Together Build™ in five sessions, the design customization doesn’t include changing the layout of the theme we or the creation of a custom theme.
While it is possible to set up a very simple “buy” button during the time we will work together, setting up a shopping cart is a lot of work. If this is something you would like, my pricing for that sort of site begins at $3,000. Please contact me if you are interested in this for a custom quote.
WordPress can do a lot of things. Many of these things are done through plugins. We can select and install plugins during a Together Build™. If your needs are not something that can be met by the built-in functionality of the theme we work with or by a pre-built plugin, you’ll need custom programming. The majority of my clients haven’t needed custom programming because we can usually find a plugin or two that will do the job.
Search engine optimization.
Depending on the setup needs of your site, there might be time for discussion about how to rank in search engines. This is something I help lots of my clients with, but it is a large topic and typically isn’t something we are able to get into during a Together Build™. If you are interested in search engine optimization, let me know while we are doing our Together Build™. If there is time, we can totally get into this topic; I’d be happy to. But I feel I should give you fair warning that normally there isn’t time to delve deep into search engine optimization.
Social Media, Paid Ads, Landing Page Development, and Content Writing
These are all things that I can do on a custom basis with you, but they aren’t included in the Together Build™ package. If you decide to pay for the Together Build™ website in one $1,697 payment, you will have a bonus sixth Together Build™ one-on-one session with me. If you wish, you can use the bonus session to get into any of these topics with me.
Option 1: A 12-month installment plan of $187 a month.
- You’ll begin by making your first $187 payment.
- After your payment has been processed, you will receive a credit card authorization form to complete. This form will allow me to charge your credit card $187 each month for 12 months. Your payment will occur on the same day each month. For example, if you made your first payment on the 5th of the month, all subsequent payments will occur on the 5th of each month.
- Once the recurring payment authorization form has been received by me, the Together Build™ process outlined above on this page will begin. The only difference in the process is I will secure your website hosting account for you (you will secure your domain). After all 12 payments have been received, the website hosting account will be released to you. Not sure what all this means? I will walk you through the process once we get started, but in short, the hosting account is where your website files and database live.
Option 2: Two payments of $1,000.
- You’ll begin by making your first $1,000 payment.
- After your payment has been processed, you will receive a credit card authorization form to complete. This form will allow me to charge your credit card $848.50 30 days after the first payment was made.
- Once the authorization form has been received by me, the Together Build™ process outlined earlier on this page will begin.
Option 3: One payment of $1,900.
BONUS If you pay for the Together Build™ in one $1900 payment,
you will receive one additional one-on-one Together Build™ session with me.
- You’ll begin by making a payment for $1,900.
- Once the payment has been received by me, the Together Build™ process outlined earlier on this page will begin.
- You will receive one additional Together Build™ session with me, for a total of six sessions.
Option 4: A Together Build including a Shopify store for one payment of $2,197.
BONUS If you pay for the Together Build™plus Shopify,
you will receive three additional one-on-one Together Build™ sessions with me, for a total of eight sessions.
- You’ll begin by making one payment for $2,197.
- Once the payment has been received by me, the Together Build™ process outlined earlier on this page will begin.
- You will receive three additional Together Build™ sessions with me, for a total of eight sessions.