Why should I want a website?
The Internet business environment
has changed dramatically over the past several years. Customers
now expect you to have a website where they can view your products
and services in detail.
Why should I use ted strauss
websites for my site design?
I have over forty-five years
of experience in computer programming and design, the last fifteen
in website design. I am a full-time website designer, not a student,
hobbyist, or someone in another business doing this as a sideline.
Your site will be designed and tested by me personally.
I know it is tempting to have
a friend or relative design your site - for little or no money.
But ask yourself whether they will be willing to go through the
iterations necessary to arrive at your desired site. Also, will
they be willing and available to update your site when you want
to make future changes? And can you repeatedly tell them when
you don't like some things in the design without fear of offending
How much will it cost?
Will there be cost overruns?
Most of my charges are fixed
and listed on my Detailed Costs page.
For example, site designs start at $495; a 10-page site can cost
as little as $720. Cost overruns occur only if you ask
me to do additional work that was not included in the original
How can I be assured that
you'll complete the work for the cost/schedule we've agreed to?
I pride myself on professionalism
and assure you will not be disappointed. I encourage you to contact
any of my clients and ask about the experience of designing a
site with me.
How long will it take to
complete my site?
The design of the initial
(home) page is a cooperative, interactive process between you
and me. We will work back and forth until you are happy with
the result (there is no additional charge for this). After this
page has been established and I have received the rest of your
materials, it normally takes no more than two weeks to complete
I don't live near you in
New York - is this an issue?
I have clients as far away
as Washington State, Maine, Florida, New Mexico, and even three
in Europe! One of the beauties of the Internet and eMail is that
proximity is no longer an issue. My clients tell me they often
feel I am working in the room next to them.
How do I get started?
Once you are comfortable with
my work, I'll ask you to send me a deposit. When I receive
that, I'll start the eMail dialogue to get the "look"
of your site settled.
Once my website is launched,
who maintains it (adds pages, changes photos, etc.)?
I maintain most of my clients'
sites. They are free to maintain their sites themselves, but
most find it convenient and affordable for me to do it.
What do you charge to maintain
Unless you ask me to change
something, there is no charge. There is no retainer fee. You
continue to be responsible to your web hosting and domain registration
company(ies) for those costs. My charges to add photos,
pages, etc. are the same as those costs during the initial design.
See my Detailed Costs
I already have a website.
Why should I consider a redesign?
I offer prospective clients
a complimentary, no-obligation evaluation of your current website.
Areas I consider are download performance, layout, design "no-nos",
intra-site links, and image efficiency. This will point out opportunities
for improving your site.
Additionally, a site which
is not updated every few months or redesigned every few years
becomes "dead", like an identical advertisement running
in a magazine month after month. Your customers will tire of
returning to your site if they see the same thing every time.