Want to build a website? Deciding on the right agency for you is not the easiest of tasks. At Fort Hartley we believe in full transparency with our services and costing.
Web design pricing is an incredibly underdeveloped aspect of the modern online industry. An agency being transparent about pricing places you, the client, back in control. We appreciate how hard it is for customers to establish how much they want to invest when they don’t know how much things cost.
Our agencies policy is honesty, about our pricing and the merit behind our ideas. It is the foundation on which we have built our success. As an industry, we’re taught to believe that he who mentions price first loses, and so much time is wasted as a result. We want to create great designs and assist businesses in their growth, not hamper them.
WHERE DO WE START?
A business name is a good start. A domain name is a better start. A domain name that hasn’t been taken is a great start.
– Can I purchase my own domain?
Of course, however, if you would rather us handle the task, we’d be more than happy to.
– What if i have Already Bought my own domain? What happens then?
Not a problem, with your domain sorted out, we can take over. If you need and advise or help, we are a phone call away. Just provide us with the details (usually in the form of an email which your hosting service provides their clients) and we can start our work.
HOSTING (EMAIL AND WEB)
Every website needs reliable hosting, this is after all where all your website files are stored. A web host allows users to access your website and all the information contained on it. We work with and recommend a variety of excellent hosting companies. If you choose to host your site with us, you’ll enjoy reliable, professional, secure service at all times. Peace of mind with a website is always our client’s first prize. So take solace with us, relax and focus on doing what you do best…growing your business. Hosting services includes your email and support.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A WEBSITE?
It depends. Certain sites may take hundreds of hours to strategize, design and build; others will take much less time. Every site is unique (that little snowflake); every customer is unique, every business has its unique requirements. We do not do guesswork, because it creates more work. We take time to strategise and understand your business and needs from the top-down. Giving you an intelligent, informed estimate of how long the job will take.
HOW MUCH DOES A WEBSITE COST?
The fees attached with creating a new website depends on exactly what you require, how many pages, the content on those pages, all sorts of things. We never just stick a finger in the air and make a wild guess. We’ll find out everything we need to know before providing a fair, accurate and sensible quote for your project. We have created a basic pricing menu to provide a guideline to first time clients.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS FOR MY WEBSITE?
If you host through us, there are hosting charges. You will have the option to move onto our on-going support and maintenance plan. Equally, if you want us to continue to improve your search engine (SEO) – then on-going search engine optimisation is a paid service. Other than that, we always make extra charges – if there are any – crystal clear up front so you know exactly where you stand.
DO YOU WORK INTERNATIONALLY?
With offices in both Cape Town and Gauteng, and clients in America, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. It does not matter where you are based. Like all the best web design teams we harness the connective power of Skype to maintain excellent collaboration and communication. Wherever you are based, you’ll enjoy top class service and seamless communications.
IS MY BUSINESS TOO SMALL FOR YOU TO WORK WITH?
Every business starts somewhere. We want in on the ground floor. We work with larger clients as well as smaller businesses of every shape, size and flavour. Whoever we are working with we bring the same set of skills to bear on your project and deliver the same level of excellence.
DO YOU FRESHEN UP EXISTING WEBSITES?
Yes. Sometimes it is not necessary to rebuild a house, it may just need a fresh coat of paint. If your current website needs a facelift, we’ll tell you instead of recommending a brand new site.
DO YOU OFFER ON-GOING HELP WITH OUR NEW SITE?
Yes. Not often, but at times, clients want to take full responsibility for ongoing website updates, security patches, content amends and so on. However, most clients prefer to take advantage of our well-priced support plan, cr
DO YOU OFFER ON-GOING HELP WITH OUR NEW SITE?
Yes. Not often, but at times, clients want to take full responsibility for ongoing website updates, security patches, content amends and so on. However, most clients prefer to take advantage of our well-priced support plan, created to ensure websites are in tip top condition at all times.
IS IT EASY TO GET ON GOOGLES FIRST PAGE?
A page one position in the Google search results is like speaking to an actual person in a call centre. In the past, it was relatively easier to achieve. With web development nowadays it is a far more challenging, and getting it wrong can affect your reputation. A guaranteed route to a page one position is through Pay Per Click (PPC); AKA paid advertising. Which we offer. And if anyone tells you they can ensure you a page one slot through natural SEO, it’s a trap. Having said that, we know exactly what to do to maximise your chances and we have the necessary SEO expertise to do so.
CAN YOU WRITE THE CONTENT FOR MY SITE?
Of course, we have a staff of online copywriters. We can provide original, intelligent, interesting, relevant SEO-friendly content for your website, blog and online advertising materials, the kind of content prospects love to read and share, and which drives healthy levels of response and conversion. We can also write copy for printed collateral like leaflets and brochures.
CAN YOU HELP WITH MY SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social media is about more than tweets and likes. It is a strategy…a tactical thing, and the results prove it is worth doing properly. We’ll explore the potential together, figure out a suite of achievable goals and make a plan to achieve these aims. Then we’ll help you get there, as social media is about consistency.
CAN YOU RUN ONLINE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS FOR US?
We create strategies and content for online marketing and SEO to support your business’s brand and search visibility, and our results speak for themselves. If you need expert help with digital marketing, we’ll put a pitch together for you.
WHAT IS WORDPRESS?
WordPress is a free platform on which website designers and developers build websites. It provides both flexibility and functionality that we – and you – require without having to resort to raw code. We love it, as do millions of business owners. The backend content management system (CMS) is simple and intuitive. And we can use it to create any kind of online presence you want, from a basic brochure website to a more complex forum or a complete ecommerce site selling thousands of products.
IF WORDPRESS IS FREE, WHY DO I PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES?
WordPress is free to use. We charge you for design and development services but once your site is finished, you don’t have to pay any ongoing costs for using the WordPress platform itself.
CAN YOU CONVERT MY EXISTING WEBSITE INTO WORDPRESS?
Yes, we can migrate your website to WordPress. And we’ll do all the technical stuff to make sure you don’t lose any search engine visibility equity in the process.
For further information please give us a call or use our contact page to email us directly.