Content management means the ability to log on to your website and change the text and pictures that appear on it yourself. This is an excellent solution for people who need to change the content of their website frequently. The other options are to learn HTML, CSS and PHP and alter your own website code, or to employ a web programmer to do this for you. Because content management systems dynamically generate pages based on information stored in a database on the Internet, they can be extended to produce interactive websites such as blogs, forums, collaborative books, community websites, and so on.
All my websites are now built with a content management system, unless specifically requested otherwise. Currently, my preferred CMS framework is Drupal, although other frameworks may be considered and I have previously built websites with rudimentary bespoke content management in PHP. I am however willing to maintain your website content for you at my normal hourly rate should you require this service.
For most clients, a portfolio website is all that they require, for which my basic price is £495. The site can be elaborated and expanded to provide more complex functionality for which I am happy to provide a quotation. I will often include in the basic price a few minor enhancements at my discretion.
I will supply the website with a bespoke mobile-friendly design. This can be adapted from your existing company's or organisation's advertising material, or I can produce an original design to suit your requirements. I currently make all new designs responsive to provide an optimal viewing experience on a wide range of devices, such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Please see my portfolio for examples of my past work. I will set up and configure this site for you and enter the initial content for you as per your instructions.
Included in the basic price:
- Bespoke mobile-friendly design
- Multiple photo galleries
- An article blog
- Interactive contact form with anti-spam defence
- Initial five freestyle pages
- 2 months free maintenance and support
You can, of course, set up an unlimited number of pages yourself using the content management system. If you wish me to set up extra content for you, I will charge at my normal hourly rate.
Note that you are expected to pay for your own domain name and hosting, as the price is variable. I can arrange the purchase for you as part of the service. (The hosting I currently use will actually give you a .com or .uk domain name for free for the first year. Please check with me that this still applies.)
Although the essential portfolio site is sufficient for most, many clients require more complex functionality than is provided by default. If I have already built a portfolio website for you, more functionality can be added to it. Sometimes, all that is required is the addition of a new content type and a display. In this case, my normal charge is the same as for maintenance: £25/hour. However, if more advance functionality is required such as eCommerce, I can give you a fixed price.
Please get in touch and let me know what you need; I will give you a quotation