Good question and it depends what you want. Because I am freelance, I work on your site from its conception and planning right through to the launch at the end. Larger companies employ many people with different roles who will each have their input onto a site. In some cases, especially large database driven websites, this can be better but with the majority of websites, which are small to medium sized, you will arguably get a more personal touch going freelance and a closer developmental working relationship with the web designer. I don't have any overheads either, which makes me substantially cheaper.
Yes, I will give you login details to access the backend of the site. This will allow you to have total control of the content. The majority of my sites are designed using Wordpress (like this one) which is very user-friendly.
Depends on the job. I know that sounds a bit vague but it all hangs on how big or small you want your website to be; how much jiggery-pokery, special effects or animations you want or if you need a logo, etc. I work my quotes out at £20 per hour, to give you a rough idea. The best thing is to contact me with your ideas and I'll give you a no-obligation quote.
A number of ways. If I design your site for you I will do what is called 'on-page SEO' (SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation). This means that I will incorporate coding into each webpage which makes it visible to robots from search engine such as Google, Yahoo and Bing and you will appear in their listings. I will also submit your site to these search engines manually which helps the listing process along a little. The amount of links to your site, word-tags, the image file names and number of hits also have an impact on how high your listing is.
Yup, easy. I just need the web address of your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
Domain name registration is where you pay a company for your web address and there are thousands of companies on the net that provide this service. I have been using a company called www.bigwetfish.co.uk for around 5 years and they've never let me down. UK domain names generally only cost around £10 for two years after which time you'll need to renew it for a similar price. You may already have an idea of what you want your web address to be and you can do a quick search for it onthe Big Wet Fish homapage to see if it's available. Web hosting companies effectively rent space on the internet for you to park your website - generally around £40 a year.
I can if you want. Quick updates like uploading new restaurant menus or band gig dates I will probably do for a very nominal fee or maybe for nothing. More involved tweaks and jiggling I charge by the hour or by the day. I would say that no more than three updates a month is about right to have me look after your site. Any more than that and it's going to get expensive. If you plan to update your site more regularly, say a couple of times a week, you're in the realms of bloggy-type stuff and it would be wise to get used to updating the site yourself.
Yes please. After we've made an agreement to work together and depending on the size of the job it's 50% of the final quote. Bank transfer, cash and cheque are all fine or PayPal if you prefer. Any other questions, please contact me.