Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. Why can’t I just copy a logo that I really like?
A. Much like copying a book is illegal and just plain wrong, copying someone’s logo, website or other creative property will get you in serious trouble. Fines and penalties can be several thousand dollars, and we’re just not willing to risk that. Not everyone sees copying as a form of flattery so we cannot reproduce another artists work.
Local search and SEO
Q. What is local search and how does it differ from SEO?
A. Local search is your business’s local listing with search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (no one uses yahoo), but never the less, this is the list that is most times accompanied by a map to your location. This differs from “global SEO” which is explained in the next question.
Q. What is SEO?
A. SEO stands for search engine optimization. This is done by making sure your page is built with adequate keywords and other information that helps search engines understand your site and what it’s all about.
Q. Will SEO put me on the first page of Google?
A. What a slippery slop this can be. The simple answer is kind of. The more descriptive your site is the better search engines understand it. This, along with many other things, go into a rating system which the search engines use to determine how “worthy” your site is to rank above others. Just like building your personal reputation doesn’t happen overnight neither will your site reputation. So in short it takes time, and just like your mother always told you, good things come to those who earn it!
Q. What are edits and how many do I get?
A. Edits consists of anything other than errors and omissions made during the design process. The amount of ongoing changes and edits will be dependent on the support and hosting plan you chose. Reference your service agreement for exact details.
Q. I have photos and graphics I need touched up or edited before placing them on the site. Is that included?
A. Edits include both graphics and/or text.
Q. Is creating new content considered an edit?
A. In short… It can be. However, you will most likely save money if we treat it as a new project.
Q. What is hosting, and why do I need it?
A. Your new website will need a place to stay once it’s built. Think of it as an apartment. It will have its own address on the web so others can find it.
Q. Why does the cost of hosting vary so much and why are you higher than some people and lower than others?
A. Going back to the apartment analogy, hosting prices vary depending on where your site lives. Some apartments are more expensive because they offer more amenities. In the hosting world, these amenities come in the form of space, bandwidth, email allocation and more
Q. Can’t I buy my own hosting?
A. Yes you can! However, depending on the hosting provider, we may not have adequate access to maintenance and update your site.
Q. How many email addresses do I get with my account?
A. If you choose not to host with us, your hosting provider will more than likely have an email plan available to you as part of your monthly payment. If you host through us, you may purchase email as an add-on to your support and hosting agreement. We do not include email as part of the design of your website.
Q. You guys are designing me a website. How long until it’s ready?
A. Completion varies from project to project. We like to have the site ready to “go live” 30 days from the time we sign the service agreement.
Q. What would keep a site from being ready in 30 days?
A. People get busy and sometimes a project gets put on hold for some unforeseen reason. Assuming you have all your content ready and there are no unforeseen delays, we should have your site ready within the 30 days allotted.
Q. What is adaptive web design?
A. Adaptive websites adapt to the width of the browser at a specific resolution or “trigger”. In other words, the website is only concerned about the browser being a specific width, at which point it adapts the layout.
Q. what is Responsive wed design?
A. Responsive websites respond to the size of the browser at any given point. No matter what the browser width may be, the site adjusts its layout in a way that is optimized to the screen (sometimes you may lose some functionality). Is the browser 280px wide or 5000px wide? It doesn’t matter because the layout will respond accordingly. Well, at least if it’s done correctly!
Q. Where are you guys based out of?
A. We are located in Decatur Alabama however we can have clients from all over the United States. We’ve designed webpages for many businesses in Huntsville Alabama as well we like to stay in the southeast but we can offer our services from coast to coast.
Q. Can you guys help me with my marketing?
A. We love anything marketing from Huntsville Alabama to Birmingham Alabama but again we can offer our service from cost to cost.
Q. Can I meet with you guys in person to discuss what marketing is right for me?
A. Absolutely! Our office is located in Decatur Alabama and we will travel to Nashville Tennessee, Huntsville Alabama even Birmingham Alabama if need be. (Travel expenses will be billed) but we are also available through Skype @thepurpletieco
Q. I think I’m ready but I have a TON of questions about my web site can I call you?
A. Sure! We’ll get you a free 15 minute web design consultation and we’ll try our best to answer all the questions you have about your new web site.
Q. Does my new site come with support or a warranty?
A. Your site does not come with a warranty. However, we will fix errors and omissions based off of the original scope of work. If you choose a monthly support and hosting plan you will receive services based on the plan you choose.
Q. What is the best way to submit a request for support?
A. Email is typically fastest, but our phone lines are always open. 256-585-6425
Q. If I choose not to have a monthly support and hosting plan how will my request be handled and how will I be billed?
A. you can always pay per incident, but it’s not advisable. We obviously provide the same level of support to all of our clients, but contracted clients do get priority service. Each per incident charge will be billed at our current hourly rate with a minimum of 30 minutes.