Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ)

How much do you charge for a website?

Why should I hire RAW Design Lab?

I saw an ad that says they can build a web site for $500. Why shouldn’t I use them?

How much input will I have in the whole process?

What is your web development process?

Does RAW Design Lab provide web-hosting services?

How long does it take to get a website built?

I am setting up a new business. Should I set up the website once I launch my business?

Will you set up WordPress with a specific theme on my domain so that I can upload the content myself?

FAQ

How much do you charge for a website?

The short answer: Once we know the complexity of your website, we can create a personalized quote for you that will fit your budget. WordPress websites start at around $3000 and Wix websites start at around $1500. Quick-sites and Small Business Startup Specials are generally $999.

The long answer: Some clients cannot afford a fully custom coded and designed mega-website but still require a website that fits their needs. Some clients can afford their extensive and deeply customized code and functionality. The cost of the website will depend on many factors which will be realized within our consultation and put into a proposal for you.

Remember, the cost of one 5 page website with extensive content will not cost the same as another 5 page website with short simple text.

To get an idea of a ballpark cost, give us a quick Call and set up a consultation. We’ll ask you several questions regarding your website requirements and present to you your ballpark figure, an estimated cost range. If you would like to get a firm quote, we will develop a proposal, which will take more time and will delve deeper into your website details.

Why should I hire RAW Design Lab?

  • We build great websites that are customized to fit your needs and wants
  • We are affordable. We can match a website plan to your budget
  • Costs are for work done, not dubious monthly costs with nothing to show for it
  • We believe in simplicity, clean design, and well-coded backend
  • We stand behind every website because every website we make represents us
  • We are friendly people who just want to help you get a great website up and running
  • We are honest. We don’t hold your website hostage, we are upfront about work and costs, and we really believe in our process and the services we provide
  • You run the show. Meaning, we are providing a service to you and for you. We listen to your needs and wants to guide us on our interactions. Your satisfaction is our goal

I saw an ad that says they can build a web site for $500. Why shouldn’t I use them?

If your budget is only $500, then there is no argument to not use them. Compare what you get from that company to what we offer. Ask yourself what are you sacrificing?

Before you sign anything, get quotes from a few different companies. Use the one that you feel the most comfortable talking with, who will put your needs above how much money you represent for them, and who will develop a great website that resonates with you.

How much input will I have in the whole process?

As much as you want. Some people like to be involved and others want us to use our good judgment. We have several stages in which we require your approval before we move on to the next stage and we provide you with the opportunity to give your input at every stage of the process.

Even if you are not involved in the development process, we still allow you to see the website at each phase.

What is your web development process?

  • Provide a free consultation
  • Develop a design proposal. This is our roadmap
  • Kick-off consultation to review all details and establish your hosting requirements
  • Gather and create documents and written content
  • Mockup of barebones website using chosen theme
  • Develop the website architecture, database, categories, schema, and other backroom coding stuff
  • Begin code tests, browser tests, and functionality tests
  • Create all pages and load up all content
  • Make final tests and launch
  • Develop an AfterCare plan or teach you how to maintain your website on your own

Does RAW Design Lab provide web-hosting services?

The short answer: No. We do not host websites and this is a good thing for you.

The long answer: I get this question all the time, so I'll explain how I see it.

A good hosting company is a large and complex institution and will have extensive safety precautions, power and data redundancies, high performance data connections, and 24-hour employees managing their systems. All of this will be wrapped into your low monthly costs.

If you use a smaller web development company or an individual (like me) to provide your hosting along with your website, they are (usually) not the actual hosting company but an affiliate to a larger company and they are passing the hosting costs to you with (usually) a markup. You are essentially paying them to manage your hosting at a higher cost to you but they are not the actual hosting company.

It is basically the same if you get someone who hosts as an affiliate or if you get someone who will provide the service of managing your hosting solution. Either way, it means that when the servers go down, or your website is compromised by a hacker, that your web development contact has to mediate with the actual hosting company to fix the problem.

If you purchase a website with a large company that does actually provide their own hosting solutions, you may not always have the ability to move your website to another company if you do not like their services and they may require higher monthly costs for nominal increases of service (like more bandwidth).

At RAW Design Lab, we will suggest a fully-vetted high quality hosting company or give you a choice that will be dependent on your platform and budget and meet the technical requirements of your new site. We set up your hosting account under your name so that all costs, permissions, and renewals are under your control. You’ll pay the host company directly and you may contact them directly. Or you can have RAW Design Lab manage your hosting solution for you.

How long does it take to get a website built?

In general, a website could be launched 8 to 12 weeks after project start date if everything runs smoothly, but it also depends on how big the website is going to be, how complex it is going to be, and what kind of functionality will be in the website.

Factors that will make the process longer: lots of custom coding or graphic design work, lots of photo optimization, lots of complicated plugins, and delays on the client-side (such as content not finalized).

Factors that will make the process shorter: limited custom code, simple content, content that has been finalized. Also, choosing a platform like Wix will eliminate a lot of coding on the backend and speed up the process, though it is not the most professional platform.

I am starting a new business. Should I set up the website after I launch my business?

My recommendation would be to establish your web presence a few months before you make your announcement that you are open. This is because it takes a few weeks to a few months for your web address to be searched and indexed by search engines such as Google. Having your web address indexed is the only way your website will be listed in the search engine results pages (SERPs).

Having a Coming Soon placeholder page will allow you to direct interested visitors to your current Facebook page, add a short form to send them a website launch notice, or to supply direct vital information such as your phone number or estimated launch date.

Also, building your website before allows you to simultaneously launch your business and your website rather than wait another 2 or more months before for your web presence starts.

Will you set up WordPress with a specific theme on my domain so that I can upload the content myself?

Yes. Setting up and configuring the WordPress core files and theme on the host can sometimes become complicated and some people might not want to deal with it even though they know that they are perfectly capable of uploading all their content once WordPress has been loaded.

We can do this for you. Contact us here to discuss the details.