Affordable Website Plan for Small Businesses and ProfessionalsGet a beautiful responsive website for a modest set up fee and a small monthly fee for hosting and basic maintenance
How Does it Work?
When you purchase a custom website, the cost for planning, designing, and coding a website will be the most expensive part of the process. Once a website is finished, you will need a domain name and hosting. Also, most web design companies will charge you for any changes or additions you want to make to your website.
The Affordable Website Plan enables you to have a professional website at a low cost! We take care of all your website needs so you can concentrate on business.
The Affordable Website Plan uses modules for common elements that have been predesigned with most of the coding in place. This enables us to create a professional website in far less time and that saves you a lot of money! The result is an professional, well-designed website that you can afford! Your new website will instill confidence in you and your business.
Your new website will also be responsive. A responsive website is one that will adapt to mobile devices, which is important since mobile devices are used 50% of the time to search for goods and services on the web.
How Much Does the Affordable Website Plan Cost?
Summary of Expenses
Here’s the breakdown:
- Basic Set-up fee: $150
- Hosting fee: As low as $12.50 per month (see the Hosting options below)
- Yearly domain name registration: $15 (unless you register your own domain name)
- Free Basic Maintenance
- Discount for work beyond basic maintenance
- Up to 5 Free Email Accounts. Each additional email account is only $5 to set up. There is no monthly fee for email accounts.
The Basic Set-Up Fee
The basic set-up fee is $150. The basic set-up fee includes creating your website based on our predesigned modules. We will need to talk to you about your business and you can add any content and photos you want. If you have photos for a gallery, the basic set-up fee includes one free gallery up to 16 images. There are no upfront fees; you pay when the website is completed!
Most of the websites we create do not cost more than the basic set-up fee. However, if you want something beyond the basic set-up fee—such as an eCommerce site, stock photos, a blog, a portfolio, etc.—then an additional fee will be added to the basic set-up fee. If there is any cost beyond the basic set-up fee, we will let you know in advance so you can decide whether or not you want to proceed.
Once your website is ready to be publish to let the world know about your business, your files need to be uploaded to a powerful computer called a web server. Storing your website files on a web server is call hosting. Hosting only costs a few dollars a month. The monthly cost depends on what payment option you choose. Here are your options:
- Monthly Hosting: $20
- Quarterly Hosting: $54
- Yearly Hosting: $150
Most businesses pay a yearly hosting fee because the yearly hosting fee calculates to only $12.50 per month and they are not bothered with a monthly bill.
Domain Name Registration
In order for people to find your website, you will need a domain name. A domain name is basically the address for your website. For example, the domain name for this website is elanwebdesign.com. You can either register your own domain name or have us do it.
Domain names need to be registered with a domain name registrar. If you don’t already have a domain name and want us to register one for you, we charge only $15. Domain names need to be renewed once a year.
Basic Maintenance is Free
We offer free basic maintenance to our hosting customers. Basic maintenance includes edits to your content (for example, editing a paragraph or adding a new one). You can also submit up to 4 photos a month for free. We’ll optimize them, resize them, and do any editing that they may require.
Any changes to your website that require programming or more than 1/2 hour of work per month may result in a small fee.
Discount for Work Beyond Basic Maintenance
If you need some work done on your website that goes beyond basic maintenance, our hosting customers get a free half-hour of work within a 30-day period. If the work goes beyond a half-hour, our hosting customers pay only 50% of our hourly rate. For example, if you needed a new feature on your website that involve 60 minutes of work, you would get the first 30 minutes free and pay only half of our regular hourly rate for the remaining 30 minutes. Our regularly hourly rate for our non-hosting customers is $60 an hour. So, at $30 an hour, you would pay only $15 for the remaining 30 minutes.
Free Email Accounts and Forwarding
If you want, we will create up to 5 free email accounts using your domain name. For example, if your email address is email@example.com, we can create an account using your domain name: firstname.lastname@example.org. Much more professional! You don’t have to give up your Gmail or Yahoo account. We can have your new email address forwarded to your current email account. Or, if you use Gmail, we can help you to set up Gmail to send and receive emails using your domain name.
To qualify for the Affordable Website Plan, the client must host with Elan Web Design. Our Affordable Website Plan provides up to eight web pages. Additional pages may or may not slightly increase the set-up fee.
The client can cancel his or her plan at any time and receive a refund for any unused months if hosting has been paid in advanced. In other words, if you pay for a year of hosing and you cancel your plan after 8 months, you will receive a refund for the 4 unused months of hosting. Our Affordable Website Plan is based on proprietary modules that we created and they remain the ownership of Elan Web Design. The client retains ownership of any files he or she contributes to the website.
Elan Web Design will create up to 5 email accounts at no charge for its hosting customers. Each additional email account will cost $5 (one-time set up). There is no monthly charge for email accounts.
Elan Web Design will provide basic maintenance at no charge to the client. Basic maintenance only includes the addition or editing of text or the addition of up to 4 photos a month. Any changes that the client wants that require time or additional coding may be subject to a service fee. For example, if a client wants to add an additional feedback form or another gallery, there will likely be a charge. The client will be informed in advanced if there are any charges for additional work on the website.
If the client fails to pay his or her hosting fee on time, there is a 10 day grace period after which the website will go offline. To get the website online again, the client must pay his or her hosting up-to-date (from when the last payment was due). If the payment is 30 or more days late, the client will have to pay a $25 service fee to get the files online again. If the client fails to pay his or her hosting fee for more than 45 days, the website will be cancelled. To get the website back online, the client would have to go through the set-up fee process again.
I want to help you and your business. If you succeed, I succeed because you will remain a customer. If your hosting is due and you are having difficulty in paying it, call me to discuss the situation. If you are going to be late on your payment, just let me know and you can avoid your website from going offline or paying that service fee.
According to Steve Strauss, one of the country’s leading small business experts, a well-made professional-looking Web site is essential for any business. In an article in Entrepreneur magazine, Steve wrote, “If you have a business, you should have a website. Period. No question. Without a doubt. . . if you don’t have a website, you’re losing business to other companies that do.”