Web Design FAQs
Websites aren’t simple off-the-peg purchases. So the best way to get started is by scheduling a callback or video call to discuss your goals. It’s quick and easy, and even if you’re too busy for that right now, you can book up to two weeks in advance.
Still, it saves time to address some common questions first. So please check those out below — then click the button to let me know the best time to call.
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Why should I trust what you say about web design?
How can Netcentrics.co.uk help with my website design?
I specialize in helping small firms grow online by crafting websites that mean business. So I’ll work closely with you to tailor a web design solution to your specific needs and audience.
It doesn’t stop there, though. A great website without onoging marketing is like a Ferrari stuck in a garage. If you’re new to all this, there’s a lot to learn; if not, you already know marketing is an ongoing competition. So I can provide various marketing services if needed, as well as ongoing support and startup coaching too.
I’m very busy — how can I find time for this?
Step by step:
- Get started. Book a call, or pick a plan (see the “How much…” item for links to more info). Until you commit, distractions will keep appearing.
- Relax. Building effective business websites takes weeks or months, not in a few hectic hours or days. So I’ll walk you through the process, working around your other commitments as far as possible. If investors or events beyond your control have set urgent deadlines, definitely book a call first, though. Otherwise, you’ve got time, and I can help you find it.
I’m not confident with web stuff — can you help?
Yes. We all have our own experience and skill sets. Helping small business owners like you is mine. Asking questions is better than learning stuff by trial and error, so never feel awkward about it.
How long does website design take?
Timescales for building websites vary depending on the project’s complexity and scope, and how quickly you can provide feedback when required. If all the content is available up-front, and you aren’t busy, a very simple business site could be built in a fortnight or less. That’s assuming you want it done well enough to compete. However, because most small business owners are busy, most projects take two months or more.
Do I need to get a logo, domain or hosting first?
Not really. I can help with those — otherwise it’s easy to make common mistakes. Just book a call, and we can discuss what you’ll need to get from where you are to where you want to be, and how to get those things sorted.
Can you provide content for my site?
What factors are important when designing a website?
Success takes more than strong visuals and catchy copy writing. So it’s essential to consider your target audience, ease of navigation, responsiveness across different devices, search engine optimization (SEO), brand identity, site security and support for ongoing marketing strategies.
Can I update my website content myself?
Certainly — if you want to! I normally base sites on user-friendly content management systems (CMS) to let you make changes and additions to your website’s content easily. If you don’t think you’ll have time for that though, let me know and we’ll discuss other options.
Will my website be mobile-friendly?
Absolutely! In today’s digital landscape, having a mobile-friendly website is crucial. So all the sites I build are “responsive”, adapting to different screen sizes to optimise user experience across desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.
How much does website design cost?
The cost of website design varies widely, based on the size and complexity of the project. So we’d normally need to discuss that in depth, on a scheduled call or video meeting so that we can focus on the details, free of distractions. That said, over the years, I’ve developed a few flexible packages that cover most common startup requirements:
- Affordable sites — editable sites with setup payments split over several months to help your cash flow. Covering anything from simple templated brochures to bespoke e‑commerce, these range from about £1500 to £3500 in £300 or £500 increments. These also offer 100% green, high-performance, secure UK hosting, security updates, ongoing support, email and more from £75/month. Some clients qualify for discounts on these prices, whilst others choose to add extra features to them, so these packages work out as the most flexible, cost-effective options around for small firms.
- Budget sites — built on proprietary systems, these aren’t as flexible or user-friendly as my affordable sites, but can support basic blogging and ecommerce from just £900 plus £60/month. So if your site isn’t business-critical but you still need basic marketing features on a low, fixed budget, these sites can help.
- Basic “Static” sites — simple, non-editable (aka “Static”) brochure sites. These can be limiting, as they can’t support more advanced marketing strategies like blogging. Still, if you’re on a very tight budget, just want to present a few pages of info with a contact form, and don’t want to do any future site edits yourself, starting from £600 plus £60/month these may work for you.
- One page sites — a single, non-editable page that can present a few sections of info and a contact form, from as little as £45/month. Such small sites can’t attract much traffic on their own, so really need to be supported by paid ads and/or offline marketing like networking or vehicle livery.
More bespoke projects, like large website redesigns, will still need to be individually assessed and start at £3000. Finally, bespoke web development (programming)to implement processes specific to your business), starts at £10,000.
Have you got a portfolio of similar sites I can see?
Yes — and no. It’s here, but I don’t keep it up to date as testimonials are far more important in web design. You’re not a carbon-copy of any of my previous clients, so your site will have different images, content and branding. What will stay the same — I hope — is that you’ll be as happy to work with me as the previous clients who provided those reviews.