Website Development

Supply us with the content you want to present on the web, or let us generate content for you, and we will create a new website to suit your needs. We will gladly scale your website to your unique financial and marketing needs no matter if you are looking to start an online business or just want something to establish your online presence.

Hosting, Domain Names, and other Requirements:

All websites require a host and a domain name; some websites also require support for PHP, MySQL, POP3, or Linux. Most hosts will supply a free domain name and offer PHP, MySQL, and POP3 for free on their Linux servers. Although we do not offer hosting services, we have included, below, two hosts that we recommend. If you have already acquired a host you should inquire if they offer PHP, MySQL, POP3, and Linux hosting.

Lunarpages.com's Basic Hosting Plan:

Lunar Pages has great customer support and offers a lot of value for the price you pay. However they are prone to occasional down time.

Godaddy.com's Deluxe Plan:

GoDaddy is a great all-around host, however their customer support can be lacking.

Types of Website:

There are two primary types of website: static and dynamic. Static websites can be hosted anywhere and are cheap to create, however they cannot feature interactive content, are difficult to update, and cannot run special purpose scripts. Dynamic websites have requirements that limit where they can be hosted, have a higher upfront cost, and may require paid maintenance, but they allow a website to feature interactive content and may feature special purpose scripts that provide a level of functionality that cannot be found on a static website. Online calendars, blogs, galleries, user management systems, mailing lists, shopping carts, and content management systems are all examples of scripts that can only be installed on a dynamic website.

Content Management Systems:

Content Management Systems, CMS, are specialized scripts, such as WordPress and LightGate, that allow users to easily manage and update their own websites. CMS also provide a basic structure upon which other scripts can be cheaply installed as plugins. Almost all major websites are built around a CMS. If one of the common CMS does not suit a client’s need, a modified or completely custom built CMS can be constructed around our proprietary LightGate CMS to suit that client’s needs.

Which CMS is right for you:

Below we have a chart, which features a brief description of the CMS that we offer along with the pros and cons associated with each.

LightGate:

Originally developed for our own internal use, LightGate is a lightweight, reliable, alternative to WordPress. LightGate offers all the features of other major CMS, features a simplified page management system; that makes it easier for an inexperienced website owner to administrate their website, requires far less maintenance than most major CMS; thus allowing a website owner to save money over the course of a website’s existence; and is also highly customizable, which allows us to more cheaply customize a website to meet your needs. Despite its advantages customers must be warned that LightGate is not compatible with many of the major plugins that are available for other CMS and that its back-end, the portion of the website that website administrators will use to manage the website, is designed more for efficiency than appearance.

Pros:

  • Simplified Page Management System: LightGate includes a simplified page management system, which features a low learning curve and is designed to make website administration as simple as possible.
  • Highly Customizable: LightGate can lower the cost associated with creating a webpage due to its high level of customization.
  • Low or Non-Existent Maintenance Cost: LightGate will require little or no maintenance once it has been installed and as such it can save a website owner money over the website’s life span.

Cons:

  • Low Level of Plugin Compatibility: LightGate is not compatible with several major Plugins that are frequently installed on other CMS.
  • Back-end Designed for Efficiency, not Visual Appeal: Light Gate’s back-end was designed to be lightweight and efficient, not visually appealing.

WordPress:

WordPress was originally designed as a platform for bloggers and has since developed into a full featured CMS. WordPress is one of the most commonly used CMS today for small business and personal websites and as such it has a large support community that continually releases updates and plugins. Although WordPress' origins as a blogging platform make it ideal for blogging it also leads to the fact that WordPress is both difficult and expensive to customize. Similarly, because of its large size and large community, WordPress requires regular updates that may require the assistance of a professional.

Pros:

  • Plugin Compatibility: WordPress is compatible with a wide range of plugins which can add additional functionality to a website without requiring the development of custom scripts.
  • Designed for Blogging: WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform and is well suited to websites that are based around blogging.
  • Visually Appealing Back-end: Every aspect of WordPress is visually appealing, including its back-end.

Cons:

  • Low Level of Customization: Because of its size and number of features, WordPress is difficult and expensive to customize.
  • High Maintenance Cost: WordPress will periodically have to be updated in order to patch security vulnerabilities and solve various technical problems. Although a user may be able to install some WordPress plugins, others may have to be added by a professional. These updates may also break some plugins and customizations that have been added to the website.

Other CMS:

We will gladly install, update, and customize other CMS upon request. In the past we have worked with: Drupal, Simple Machines Forum (SMF), and Joomla.

Our Recommendation:

In general we suggest that customers acquire a website built around our Light Gate CMS in order to cut back on the costs associated with website customization, updates, and maintenance. However under certain circumstances a different type of website might be more appropriate:

  • If a website is only going to be updated once or twice a year and does not feature dynamic content a static website may be the best option.
  • If a website features highly specialized dynamic content then a dynamic website, either without a CMS or with a highly customized CMS may be appropriate.
  • If upfront cost is an issue, a website will require very little customization, a website requires compatibility with WordPress plugins, or if a website requires a visually appealing back-end a website built around the WordPress CMS may be the best option.

Web Standards:

Whenever possible, we ensure that our work complies with the standards set fourth by the W3C; this ensures that our services and products are compatible, efficient, and well-optimized. Depending on the specifications set by our clients, we also comply with current web accessibility standards including: WCAG, and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act. Our compliance with Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act is of special note, since it is required for all federal electronic and information technology, many non-profit services, and many services that are offered by local government. With this stated, it must be noted that we cannot guarantee the compliance of materials, layouts, and services supplied by a customer or third party.

Website Development Services:

(Please note, all listed prices are estimates and will have to be confirmed before a purchase is made).

Assessment of Online Information About Your Business, Product, or Service:

$15.00 per hour.

We can investigate the online information which is currently available about a business, product, service or individual.

Assessment of Social Media Usage:

Free.

Have us assess your current social media assets and determine how you can use them to improve exposure, customer relations, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Back-Link Generation:

$35.00 per hour.

We can generate quality, relevant, back-links to your website in order to drastically improve your search engine optimization (SEO).

CMS Installation:

$15.00 for the first hour then $35.00 for each hour thereafter.

We can install any content management system, CMS, that you have selected for your website.

Consultation on how to Take Control of Your Online Information:

$25.00 per hour.

Consult with us about how to take control of and manage the online information that is currently available about a business, product, service or individual.

Content Conversion:

$35.00 per hour.

If you have existing content that is stored in a database or other source we can convert it to work with your website.

Content Research:

$25.00 per hour.

In order to generate quality content for you, we may have to research the subject matter about which we are writing.

Custom Blog Script:

$75.00 - $3000.00.

A custom made webpage to which blog posts can be added by the website's owner.

Custom Calendar Script:

$75.00 - $115.00.

A custom made script that provides a webpage where the website's owner can supply information about events and scheduling. Occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Custom Feedback Form:

$75.00 - $115.00.

A custom script that provides a webpage where users can supply specific feedback and comments. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Custom Gallery:

$190.00 - $375.00.

A custom made webpage to which images can be posted and sorted into albums.

Custom Guest Book:

$75.00 - $115.00.

A custom made script that provides a webpage where users can supply general feedback and comments. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Custom News Script:

$75.00 - $115.00.

A custom made webpage to which news can be added by the website's owner.

Custom Scripts:

$35.00 per hour.

Have us create a custom application that provides unique functionality to your website.

Custom SEO Template Development:

$35.00 - $50.00 per hour.

A custom template, which has been optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website.

Custom Template Development:

$25.00 - $35.00 per hour.

A custom template can be created to change the overall appearance of a web application.

Custom WordPress Template Development:

$35.00 - $190.00.

A custom WordPress template can be provided to change the overall appearance of WordPress.

Dynamic Layout Development:

$35.00 per hour.

A layout featuring dynamic content. (This service can only be used with certain hosting packages.)

Dynamic SEO Layout Development:

$35.00 per hour.

Have us develop a dynamic layout, which has been optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website. (This service can only be used with certain hosting packages.)

Dynamic SEO Webpage Creation:

$35.00 per hour.

We will create dynamic webpages that has been optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website. (This service can only be used with certain hosting packages.)

Dynamic Webpage Creation:

$35.00 per hour.

A webpage featuring dynamic content. (This service can only be used with certain hosting packages.)

General Consultations:

Free.

We will gladly consult with you on how to best develop your website.

Light Gate CMS Installation:

$50.00.

It is highly recommended that you make use of the Light Gate CMS on your website.

Management of your Online Information:

$25.00 per hour.

Have us manage the online information that is available about you or your business. This can increase the effect of SEO, increase your exposure, and help to improve your reputation on the internet.

Plugin Installation:

$15.00 for the first hour then $35.00 for each hour thereafter.

Have us install any plugins that you have selected for your website.

Script Installation:

$15.00 for the first hour then $35.00 for each hour thereafter.

We will install any scripts or web applications that you have selected for your website.

SEO Content Generation:

$25.00 per hour.

Let us generate content for your website that has been optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website.

SEO Keyword Generation:

$35.00 per hour.

Generating targeted keywords for your website will drastically increase the impact of our search engine optimization (SEO) services.

Social Media Development:

$35.00 per hour.

We can develop social media assets for you in order to improve your exposure, customer relations, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Social Media Management:

$35.00 per hour.

Let us manage your social media assets in order to improve your exposure, customer relations, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Social Media Updates:

$35.00 per hour.

Let us update your social media assets in order to improve your exposure, customer relations, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Standard Content Generation:

$15.00 per hour.

Have us generate basic content for your website.

Static Layout Development:

$25.00 per hour.

A website's layout determines its overall appearance.

Static SEO Layout Development:

$35.00 per hour.

A static layout, which has been optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website.

Static SEO Webpage creation:

$25.00 per hour.

Let us create static webpages for your website that are optimized for search engines, in order to increase the amount of traffic that reaches your website.

Static Webpage Creation:

$15.00 per hour.

We will gladly create static webpages for your website.

Stock Calendar Script:

$15.00.

A stock script that provides a calendar where the website's owner can supply information about events and scheduling. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Chat Room:

$15.00 - $125.00.

A stock script that provides a real-time chat room. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Feedback Form:

$15.00.

A stock script that provides a webpage where users can supply specific feedback and comments. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Forum, Message Board, or Bulletin Board:

$15.00 - $125.00.

A stock script, which provides a forum, discussion board, or bulletin board upon which users can post messages and have discussions. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Gallery:

$15.00 - $50.00.

A stock script, which offers a webpage to which images can be posted and sorted into albums. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Guest Book:

$15.00.

A stock script that provides a webpage where users can supply general feedback and comments. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

Stock Mailing List:

$15.00.

A mailing list, which can be used to send out mass emails to users who have signed up. This script requires PHP, MySQL, POP3 and Linux and may occasionally require a professional to update it.

Web Application Development:

$35.00 per hour.

Let us develop a web application that meets your specifications and needs.

WordPress Blog Page:

Free with WordPress.

A webpage powered by WordPress to which blog posts can be added by the website's owner.

WordPress Dynamic Links Page:

Free with WordPress.

A webpage powered by WordPress to which links can be added by the website's owner.

WordPress Gallery Plugin:

$15.00 for the first hour then $35.00 for each hour thereafter.

A WordPress plugin, which offers a webpage to which images can be posted and sorted into albums. Layout options may be limited and occasional updates from a professional may be required.

WordPress Installation:

$50.00 - $90.00.

WordPress provides a wealth of features, however it has a steep learning curve and may require frequent updates.

WordPress Page Creation:

$15.00 per hour.

Let us create your WordPress pages.