All of your design questions answered (we hope)
1. How much do design services cost?
Design services can range in cost, but Blinebury Design offers full-service solutions for your company including print, branding and website design. We utilize open source platforms to create unique projects so you can feel at ease knowing that your costs are for our design and development services and not for fancy-schmancy software. We never overcharge you just because we can.
Our projects are billed on a per-project cost, so you’ll know the price up front before the work starts. Currently, starting costs for our projects can range $8,000 to $15,000.
2. Why do I need branding design services?
Your branding, if properly planned and designed, will serve as the window to your business, as well as tell its story. It will be most people’s first impression of you and your business.
Branding also goes beyond a logo. Blinebury Design will design the “look and feel” that will harmonize with your logo and materials in a way that further represents you to your audience.
3. Can Blinebury Design host my website?
Blinebury Design does not host client websites. Our preference is that each client obtain and maintain their own domain registration and web hosting needs. We can surely advise you on what services are available, but we are strongly opposed to up-charging your hosting costs to make some additional money each month.
Not sure what web hosting is? See #4 below.
4. What the heck is hosting? I have no idea what you're talking about!
Every website needs a website address (the dot com/net/org) and a place to “live” (website hosting). Blinebury Design can suggest domain registration and hosting providers. Once you purchase what you need, give us access and we’ll do the rest. You maintain the billing for your web hosting and you control your own domain name.
5. How long does it take for the average website to be designed and go 'live' on the interwebs?
Wow, tricky question! This is difficult to estimate because every client’s project is unique. There are three major components to every website project: Research and content strategy, design, and development (actually building your site with code). After we all agree on what content will be featured, we go to work on design and development while you gather and create content (we will be happy to recommend copywriters, photographers, videographers, and anyone else you may need to help with what you need). Along the way, we will work together to tweak designs and functionality.
When all is said and done, the average small business website can take anywhere from eight to 16 weeks to complete. But rest assured that we will establish a timeline with you during the preliminary stages to keep you on track with your desired launch date!
6. Do I need a blog?
Sure! Blogging is a great way to drive traffic to your website while adding personality to your web presence. Recently we have been incorporating blog-style areas on many of our website projects so that our clients can dabble with blogging without making that “full blog” commitment.
7. Will I be able to make changes to my website once it is online?
Yes! Isn’t that great? No more late night calls to the ol’ web designer asking her/him to change a date on your website. Our website projects utilize an easy-to-use content management system. You’ll have access to the website once it is “live” on the interwebs. You won’t, however, be able to alter the overall design of the website. That way our design retains its integrity but you get to keep your content up-to-date. Pretty cool, eh?
8. Will you show me how to make changes to the website?
Another big YES! Once a website project is up on the web, we will provide you with the training materials necessary to update the website yourself. We will provide you with an awesome PDF file full of screenshots of YOUR website with all of the specifics for adding pictures, editing content, adding pages, making a blog post and so on. For clients out of our area, we can also provide you with an online video tutorial to get you going. Our Philadelphia-area clients can opt for a one-on-one training session!
9. Do you offer web-development-only services?
Blinebury Design has worked solely on the development of several projects in collaboration with other design studios and agencies. In this role, we were supplied full designs that were then translated to WordPress websites. We are open to pursuing development-only jobs with other studios or agencies. Please contact us for more information.
10. How do I discover more about Buckus and Tulip Patch?
Our pups are both rescues from the American Bulldog Rescue—an organization that means a great deal to us (their website was a labor of love)! From what we know, Buckus is a purebred American Bulldog from South Philly. He was apparently rescued after his previous owner died and was living with “a whole lot of cats”—we’ve heard at least ten! It is our belief that he was named after Rocky Balboa’s dog Butkus (whose namesake was Chicago Bears defensive legend Dick Butkus) and that the spelling was changed in his transition. We didn’t change his name because as soon as we saw him we just knew… he was Buckus.
Tulip Patch is our crazy lil’ lady. We fostered Tulip for about seven months and despite some interest we were meant to be her forever family or, if you prefer, her foster failure family. We jokingly refer to her as Brutus (or Crowbar) because she is anything but a delicate flower. She’s a mutt – we think she’s some combination of Boxer, Pit and Bulldog. Interestingly, Tulip’s tongue is always sticking out, even when she is asleep. She also responds to German sometimes. What a weirdo!