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Website building advice.

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I am looking at developing a website for my practice.

Just pricing up everything and would love to know if anybody could recommend a website development company that they have used. I am only looking to set up a simple website design nothing too fancy.

I am a complete novice when it comes to websites etc, would love to hear how much others have spent on their website.

Appreciate your replies.

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By Duggimon
08th Jun 2017 09:41

Prices can range from £20 to £50,000, it really depends on what you want on there. Is it just information or do you want people to be able to make appointments, pay bills, access secure areas for document sharing etc? How will it be maintained? What will your clients or potential clients use it for? Who will write the content?

I think your first step has to be figuring out what you actually want it to do rather than how much you should budget. Getting a website because everyone has a website is a mistake many businesses make and invariably results in a boring pointless website that does the bare minimum and is barely better than a man outside with a sandwich board.

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By Stuart_P
12th Jun 2017 10:38

Duggimon wrote:

I think your first step has to be figuring out what you actually want it to do rather than how much you should budget. Getting a website because everyone has a website is a mistake many businesses make and invariably results in a boring pointless website that does the bare minimum and is barely better than a man outside with a sandwich board.

This is good advice. For the majority of builds we do here at PracticeWEB, we find that the goals can be grouped under three headings of growing the brand, growing demand and growing loyalty.

The OP has described that they are looking for an acceptable web presence. That first step on the road to really getting the most out of digital. More specific campaigns can be built on this further down the line but it's crucial to get this first part done right.

We've recently published some blogs on content marketing and local search, both of which are often key things we recommend accountants address. Here's some links

http://www.practiceweb.co.uk/blog/why-should-accountancy-firms-make-cont...

http://www.practiceweb.co.uk/blog/why-local-search-important-your-firm

Here's a bit more on what we do, including some headline rates. http://www.practiceweb.co.uk/what-we-do

Stu

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By Chris Maslin
08th Jun 2017 09:45

If this is your first website, my view would be to get a Wordpress based theme that you can easily update. You could DIY the whole thing, but you'll find a bunch of low cost web bods who will help you through the whole process for a few hundred pounds, which I think would be money well spent.

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By pond
08th Jun 2017 10:23

Thanks for the replies.

I was hoping to just advertise my services, contact details and areas covered.

Would like to ideally redo the website once I am established and have more funding.

Will look at Wordpress.

Thank you.

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By 356B
08th Jun 2017 10:52

Why not just clone another website (with suitable alterations for name/address etc)?

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By newstarter01
08th Jun 2017 14:21

The cost for mine was £550. I paid someone to do it. I'm not very tech savvy and didnt want it to look rubbish. Make sure its on Worpress so it can be played with. Get the log in details from the website developer too. Then dont forget you need to work on the SEO side of things otherwise you will have a website which no-one will know or find unless they type in your website address and that's a tautological waste of time and money.... some say you can do SEO work yourself, possibly, but its all time , and 'experts' can help for around £400/month to ensure your website comes up early in a google listing..

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By pond
08th Jun 2017 14:44

Sounds like you were in a very similar position to myself. I was expecting the cost to be in the region of 300-500 from the top of my head.
I have researched the SEO, google addwords side of things and hope to invest in that side of things once I have made a few clients and up and running.
Thanks for the reply you’re a star.

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By Jakarmi
08th Jun 2017 14:45

Mine was about £250 back in 2008 and this give me pages for home, services (then a page for each service - accounts, payroll etc), testimonials and a contact us.

The web developer took on a graphic designer as work experience a few years later and offered her to do a trial overhaul of it which if I didn't like then he'd return it the way it was and not charge. It looked good in fairness so I paid up.

I'm then charged every year for the domain renewal for the website. I pay about £120 & VAT for this but I'm sure you can pay this directly for much cheaper if you want.

I don't pay anyone for Google ranking etc.

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By pauljohnston
13th Jun 2017 10:08

My sole piece of advice is to make sure you own and control the domain. Buy it throught 1&1 or someone simalar. YOur website developer can nbuild the site but you have ultimult control

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By 356B
13th Jun 2017 11:24

As suggested, make sure you own the domain, AND make sure it's registered to you at your address and that you have details of passwords etc. Disenchanted webmen can be b-l-o-o-d-y minded individuals.

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By Hancox and Co
13th Jun 2017 10:40

Depending on what you want your website to do, it might be better looking at alternative online platforms. A good Facebook page could reach more people locally at a much lower cost; likewise an engaging professional facebook profile could also acheive your objectives. We find we are able to service our clients through our facebook page sending out messages and updates; and our recruitment of new clients is mostly through personal recommendations and 'word of mouse'- ie current clients tagging our MD's professional profile in posts etc. All comes at a much lower cost than a pro designed website. Saying that we do have a website too (wordpress that I created), and a domain we own for our website and email addresses (approx £50/year).

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By David Winch
13th Jun 2017 14:57

Wise advice from Duggimon and PaulJohnston.

Just as you would advise a client to seek professional advice on Accountancy matters, I advise you to seek professional Marketing advice to structure your web presence before you spend/waste any money on the detailed design.

David Winch
Sales & Marketing Consultant, Cambridge

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By rawa363
15th Jun 2017 11:27

Wordpress is quite insecure and because of its wide use has become a target for hackers. There are a number of alternatives that are much easier to use. One thing you must ensure is your website will cater for mobiles, tablets etc. I would suggest you look at Jimdo or Duda both are excellent easy to use very fast and comprehensive. I have used both, Jimdo has SEO built in and shows you how to do it so your site ranks highly.

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By ShayaG
15th Jun 2017 15:14

WordPress is a big target - it's estimated that something like 50% of websites use it. But is maintained by a dedicated team, and, because it is so heavily scrutinised, I feel quite comfortable with it.

Important point: keep installing wordpress updates as they are released.

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By ShayaG
15th Jun 2017 13:03

If you are interested you could buy cloud hosting. Many, like GoDaddy, will have simple web interfaces for installing WordPress. WordPress itself is very user friendly and comes with hundreds of templates to choose from. It is designed to be configured over the internet. It took me about ten hours to get a professional looking (non accountancy) site up and running.

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By ShayaG
15th Jun 2017 13:11

Also would suggest you stay away from Amazon EC2 hosting - very complex to configure - best left to the pros.

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By Glenn Martin
15th Jun 2017 13:19

I did my own in the end as was struggling to find someone who understood what I wanted, they all seemed to think it should look very corporate with man in suits in boardrooms or with goldfish leaping out bowls.

I bought a wordpress theme and got a pal who is a bit more tech savvy to cut and paste it together. It has worked quite well, but the theme I used has limitations and few amendments i am wanting to add don't seem to be available. I paid about £400 for some basic SEO once the website went live. It certainly produces clients and I have barely scratched the surface of what it could produce. I am looking at paying a professional to do Version 2 of site at a cost of about £1500.

There are also a number of accountant specialist firms who will do your site and all newsletters and data feeds as a subscription based service of £150 per month that will get you up and running quickly but the sites may end up looking a bit "samey" if they have done 100's of them.

Bizink are specialist in sites for Xero focused accountants although are not that cheap.

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By pond
16th Jun 2017 21:22

Thanks for all the great replies...

Its been a real eye opener...

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