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I’ve designed effective Web site templates for you to get your work and contact information up lickety split and resume work in the studio within the same day.

Imagine: An Effective Web Site

Friendly, Adaptive, and Personal. This, you can do.

Whether your a seasoned creative entrepreneur or just starting out, we understand your budget. From proven template designs to custom Web presence, you need a home that fits your style and budget. Together, we can make this happen.

Our experienced-designed template projects are built just for you.

One main reason I’m creating Web sites on WordPress is because I believe the biggest obstacle for any small business like yours is waiting for your designer/family member/kidnextdoor to make changes on a timely basis.

Imagine: An Affordable Web Site

Friendly, Adaptive, and Personal. This, you can do.

Whether your a seasoned creative entrepreneur or just starting out, we understand your budget. From proven template designs to custom Web presence, you need a home that fits your style and budget. Together, we can make this happen.

Our low-cost projects are built just for you.

Let’s walk through your needs together.
Our Products
One Pager
  • You want your site up and running -now!
  • You don’t have a ton of information
  • You only want to show a few products
  • You don’t sell online
  • You want a calendar to keep your peeps up-to-date
  • You want to include your phone # and email address

This one pager is perfect for keeping your presence known, relevant, and informative. Not much else is needed.

 

Yes! This sounds like me!
5+ Page Template
  • You want your site up and running -tomorrow!
  • You’ve got a number of photos you’d like to showcase
  • You want to make your updates when you want them
  • You’re not tech savvy but you can manage updating simple text and hitting save.
  • You want a separate about page and calendar page
  • You may/may not sell online
  • You want to add pages as you see fit
  • You want a policy page that describes your terms at length.

As long as you have all your assets, we could reasonably have your template site up within 30 days. Optimally, 15 days, but life tends to get in the way.

Yes! This sounds like me!

Modern, Affordable Single Page Web Site Templates

WordPress Theme Installation and Set-up

WordPress empowers you to make changes whenever you want them.

Modern, Affordable 5+ Page Web Site Templates

What’s Included in the 5+ Page Web Site?

WordPress Theme Installation and Set-up

WordPress empowers you to make changes whenever you want them.

Your Template Choice (from a standard set of 3)

Fundamental design to making your business shine
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6 Standard Pages

Requisite pages for any creative’s Web site

Your Color Palette Choice (from a selection of 3)

Color palettes are carefully composed to evoke an emotional response and support the beautiful product you craft.

Email Opt-In Integration

An easy way to collect the names of fans and customers.

Social Media Integration

Essential part of your online presence.

External Shopping Cart Widget

ETSY shop enabled widget.
WordPress empowers you to make changes when you want them.
What’s Not Included
Product Photo Manipulation
Graphics
Layout Revisions
Web Site Updates & Maintenance
Logo Design/ID System
Brand Messaging
Hosting & Domain Transfers
Additional Blog Customization
eCommerce Shop
SEO
Membership Sites
External Mail Service

Why Aren’t These Included?

Each component above is a project all its own and it will stray outside of your budget.

They are available as ala carte items, however.

My strategy is to create a clean and efficient Web site that will contain everything you need as a small business creative. I also respect that you need this part of your business up and running as soon as possible.

I recommend that you read the FAQ to learn establish tiered workarounds. Each FAQ will provide clear options for your budget.

Versatile DIY Support

 

I believe the biggest obstacle for your small business is waiting for your designer/family member/kidnextdoor to make changes on a timely basis.

This is why I am building simple sites that you can maintain that includes Versatile DIY Support.

  • It can be overwhelming to dive into something new.
  • You want your site up and running and you want your updates when you want them.
  • However, you would like assurance that if you break anything, it can be restored by your personal admin.

You get the best of both Worlds!

Which DIY Support Would You Prefer?
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DIY Major

Your Web site is up and running, now you just want to make the updates yourself.
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DIY Minor

Your Web site is up and running but you need help making updates occasionally

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Why Do I Have to Have a Web site (if I have ETSY, BigCartel, etc)?

Regardless of the market you’re working with (ETSY, SquareUp, BigCartel, etc), you want a central hub for all of your activity. These markets come and go -nothing is permanent- so it’s up to you to build your home. It’s much easier to point your customers to yourwebsite.com first vs a convoluted address that contains web site address, forward slashes, hyphens, shop dot com again. Crazy, huh?

I’m here to simplify your business home.

How Long Will It Take?
Provided you have all the content (words + pictures) needed to fill the template, it should take no more than a month. Ideally, 2 weeks, but that rarely happens due to schedules and this little thing called ‘life.’
What If I Want Changes to the Template?

Let’s start with what I know works.

The templates I’ve created are based on years of experience with architecture design. These basic templates are fundamental to making your business shine. Any derivation will create this thing called ‘Scope Creep’ and that incurs additional fees.

Consider Phase by Phase Implementation
After your Web site has been up and running for at least 6 months, then by all means, consider whether changes are a good idea.

Let’s say you decide that you’re going to make your own changes. After fiddling with it you realize that you’ve made a horrible mistake, we can remedy that with a backup replacement. I know you’re probably feeling empowered to make updates, but don’t confuse those with design changes.

You Love My Work But Want Your Own Custom Site
If you want a completely different site, I can do that, too. Just so you know, custom sites incurs extra fees.

Can You Make Changes To My Photos?

Making changes to photos or creating graphics from scratch are not included in this template.

Note: Photo/Graphic dimensions are available with the template for your own use. Photo/graphic dimensions will be provided upon contract signature & deposit.

If you want/need changes above and beyond the basic guidelines, we can accomplish this one of a few ways:

  • I can provide you images the size needed for your templates (for a small fee), or
  • I can provide full Photoshop file template sized with the photo/graphic dimensions so that you can import, crop, and fidget with your own (for a fee), or
  • I can make all photo sizing changes (for additional larger fee).

Filters, clean up, special layouts are not included. If you want these special features, let’s talk.

Can you tweak or design a logo for me?

Making changes/tweaks to your logo or creating a logo from scratch are not included in this template.

What is included is text logo & tagline (if you have one). This means your business name and tagline are typed out into text. Once I receive your graphics (if that includes a logo) then I replace the text logo w/your graphic. Otherwise, the text logo remains the same.

If you want/need changes to your logo, we can discuss your logo as a separate project.

Is hosting my Web site and domain the same thing?

In short, no.

  1. Your new Web site will be hosted through my recommended ISP, and
  2. If you already have a domain name, I will help you move it if you desire.

It’s just easier to keep both your domain and web site in one place. Because I have over a dozen, believe me when I say that you can quickly lose track of your assets.

Do I need a blog?

I highly recommend it -even if you don’t update it as ‘frequently as the experts tell you.’  This injects life into your static Web site and helps Google more than you know. This also confirms that you’re still in business -a definite question among customers who are curious about whether they can purchase a piece from you.

A blog is a place for you to make announcements about

  • New products
  • Awards
  • Upcoming shows
  • Partnerships
  • and more.

A blog will be part of your basic template, so you’re covered.

Can I sell from my new Web site if I have ETSY (or BigCartel, etc)?

In essence yes, but not directly.

Based on these templates, I have included the ability to pull in your ETSY shop (or any other shop) with a widget. The widget pulls in categories where ever you want them on your Web site. However, this does not mean you’ll be selling directly from your Web site. The widget gives your products the ability to be linked to your ETSY shop, however each image sends the customer back to the ETSY web site.

Take a look at SteampunkStewie.com. It’s a live site using the ETSY widget and you can see it in action.

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Can I have a separate shopping cart?

Creating a shopping cart at this time is not included in this template.

This template gives you the ability to showcase your work with or without pricing.  Revealing pricing on the Web site is a very individual decision.

Again, based on these templates, the ability to pull in your existing ETSY shop (or any other shop) with a widget is available if you desire.

What's the Difference Between Setting up a Shopping Cart & the External Cart Widget?

To set up a shopping cart specifically for your site is a huge undertaking. This takes hours of set up time and definitely not within budget parameters I’ve outlined above.

If you’re already selling your work on ETSY, BigCartel, or another marketplace, pulling in your work shouldn’t be too difficult. I’ll do this with a WordPress widget that a 3rd party has built for free.

Take a look at SteampunkStewie.com. It’s a live site using the ETSY widget and you can see it in action.

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What's the Difference Between Email Opt-In Integration & External Mail Service?

Email Opt-In Integration is an easy way of capturing emails on your Web site. I will be using a widget to do this.

An External Mail Service is a 3rd party application that you pay for to send out fancy emails to your email lists. This is not included in your template.

You can choose to select and pay for an external mail service (MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc) or you can send emails from your own email inbox. As always, the choice is yours.

Can I make changes to my Web Site?

Yes, you sure can.

Once your Web site is uploaded to your Hostgator/ISP and incurs a full backup, then you can make changes to your hearts content.

Your new web site will be on the WordPress platform. This is perfect for accessing it and making changes as often as you need. You can also access WordPress anywhere in the World, on any computer. You can give someone you trust access to make changes, too, with a password that you create.

Another reason I’m creating Web sites on WordPress is because I believe the biggest obstacle for any small business is waiting for their designer/family member/kidnextdoor to make changes on a timely basis.

WordPress empowers you to make changes whenever you want them.

I'm Not Feeling Confident About Making Changes, Can You Help Me?

I completely understand. I would be delighted to help.

Since I’m a woman who likes options, I’ve got a couple of options for you in the terms of:

Versatile Support
Many clients keep me on as their Admin in case things go terribly wrong. I can get you out of the jam without breaking a sweat. Have you hit save before you made ‘that change?’ No problem!

Because you’ll be making updates yourself, how much support do you think you’ll want?

  • MUY (make updates yourself) Major
    Your Web site is up and running, now you just want to make the updates yourself.
  • MUY (make updates yourself) Minor
    Your Web site is up and running but you need help making updates occasionally.

When you decide, let me know! I’m here if you need my help.

When Do I Get My Web Site ?

Your Web site draft will be created under a special name on my Web site (ie. yoursite.lisa-stewart.com). There you will be able to see your choice template and review all the content I’ve received from you.

This will be live but no one will know that it exists. This is called the sandbox.

Once you approve all the content and are happy with your sandbox version of your new Web site, I will upload it to your ISP upon receiving your final project payment.

After your Web site has undergone a backup, then you can make changes to your hearts content.

Do you take payment plans?

For the one page Web sites, I require payment in full.

For Web sites more than one page, then yes! My payment schedule usually looks like this: 40/40/20. That means 40% deposit, 40% upon the first review, and the remaining 20% at final review before your site is launched on your domain.

How We Communicate

Once we go forth with our partnership, you should hear from me regularly –and that means every three business days or so.

Usually, this means by email and/or by phone –even in person on occasion. I always follow up our phone and personal conversations with an email to clarify what we spoke about. Email followup is so that we each understand our objectives and action items.

I also provide status reports on the design and development phase of your project.

The progress of your Web site depends on how quickly you’re able to respond to my phone calls and emails. If you find that life’s got you by the short hair and you’re unable to respond coherently, please send me a quick note telling me so. I understand that life has its own set of ideals and we can work around that.  If life suddenly turns grim for me, I will let you know. I strive to lead a drama free life, so should something ominous reveal itself (like death of a family member) that will definitely put things on hold for at least a week.

Are you ready to build your presence now?

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