custom web design and branding in Montreal
custom web design?
Why custom web design when there are templates available everywhere?
The biggest advantage of getting a custom web design is that your website will definitely stand out from the crowd and give you an edge over your competiton : an asset in today’s web environment.
Also, custom websites are more search engine friendly and easier to customize, so they tend to rank higher on search engine than websites built on templates.
Finally, a custom website is adaptable to your business needs and makes it easier to integrate your company’s branding into it.
Custom websites grow as your business grows, especially when you’re using a content management system (CMS) since you can update your custom website from anywhere. Easy peasy.
which platform do you use?
For custom websites, Geneviève Fournier Design uses WordPress with the Genesis Framework.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to easily add or modify content on your site, according to your needs. Search engines and marketing departments love WordPress! It makes your website easy to modify. The interface is intuitive, secure, and easy to manage for the users (you!). WordPress has a 15 year proven track record: more than 30% of all websites are built with this content management system — including Disney‘s official website, Sony Music‘s, Obama Foundation‘s and New York Times Company‘s among many others. here are a sample of some of the world’s best WordPress sites.
Genesis is a specific platform within WordPress. It launched in 2010 and contains a very streamlined code based on the best practices in the WordPress environment. This means that your website will be faster, more secure, and faster to create. It also provides excellent tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
how does it work?
First of all, tell me about your project by filling out the online form. I’ll get back to you within 48 hours.
Together, we’ll determine what your needs are. That should take about 30 or 60 minutes via Skype, Messenger, or by phone.
Then I’ll send you an estimate of the cost and the time required for your project. Once you approve the estimate and I receive the first down payment of 50% of the total amount we agree upon, the work can begin.
As your custom website is being crafted, you will have access to a demo website — hidden to the public — where you’ll be able to see how it’s shaping up. It’s very convenient to be sure we’re on the same page.
When half the work is done, I will require a second 25% down payment to proceed to the next step.
After the verification and correction rounds, everything will be ready to launch your site. It will go live as soon as I receive your final payment (the 25% left).
Here we go!
Since every custom website created by Geneviève Fournier Design is unique, what’s included depends on your needs. In general, a website would include the following:
- installation and configuration of WordPress and Genesis;
- finding a theme and integrating it;
- customising the selected theme’s features using HTML, CSS, JS, PHP;
- integrating recommended plugins;
- making sure your website adapts automatically to various screen sizes (“responsive design”);
- testing your website on the Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers;
- two rounds of revisions/corrections;
- integration of your website on the web hosting service of your choice.
Many other services are available!
how long does it take?
To design a custom website is a bit like building a house: each project is different. Everything depends on how elaborate the project is, the amount of details required, the time available to complete the site and the budget.
So, the time required and the budget for each project can only be properly evaluated after an in-depth discussion.
Tell me about you project!
what’s the payment process like?
Geneviève Fournier Design accepts bank transfers.
Since each custom website is unique, the payment process is flexible. In general, Geneviève Fournier Design asks for an initial down payment of 50% of the total amount before starting a project, followed by another 25% down payment when about half the work has been completed, and the final 25% upon completion. Only once the final payment has gone through does the custom website go live.
how do you calculate the cost?
Each custom project Geneviève Fournier Design takes on is unique, and costs vary according to the time, the functionalities, and visual elements (for example, illustrations, design elements, videos…) that are required to create it.
However, blocks of hours are available if you need technical assistance.
Get in touch with me for details!
will I be able to manage my own site by myself?
Geneviève Fournier Design uses the WordPress CMS. This means that the user (you) can change and add to content very easily.
To get you started, I will create personalised video tutorials to show you everything you need to know to be as autonomous as possible.
If you would prefer not to have to deal with anything technical at all, Geneviève Fournier Design offers a site management and upkeep package on a monthly basis.
What’s more, you can also purchase blocks of time for consultations with me, if you want to be semi-autonomous, but still be able to quickly get help if you feel you need it.
Contact me so we can find the solution you need!
do you have special pricing for non-profits?
Geneviève Fournier Design loves non-profits and offers a 30% rebate on the regular rates.
Get in touch with me for more information!
do I have to be in Montreal?
Not at all!
Geneviève Fournier Design can create custom websites for clients from all over the globe!
do you offer consulting?
So you already have a WordPress website but you’re experiencing some technical difficulties? Maybe you’re having trouble modifying your site’s layout, or adding an animation, or installing a plugin, or setting up an online store, or devising and implementing an SEO strategy…
I can help. My tiny digital agency, which specializes in custom web design and branding, is also offering troubleshooting consultations.
The process is simple and it starts with a conversation (via phone, Skype, Messenger, or Zoom). We discuss the issues you’re facing, so I can get a clear picture of the situation. This initial talk usually takes about 15 minutes, and it’s completely free. If the problem proves to be simple, I can often help you solve it right there, for free.
If it becomes clear to me that the issue is more complex and will require some time to resolve, I will tell you so during our talk, and then, by email, I will send you an estimate for the consultation. The fee I charge will depend on your specific situation.
If you decide to proceed, you just pay the consulting fee, and I begin analysing the situation in depth and formulating solutions. I then send you a short report that lists the possible solutions, and what these would cost to implement.
Once you have my analysis, it’s up to you to decide if you want to go ahead with the proposed steps.
I want my clients to feel free and easy. With a consultation, my aim is always to help you make informed choices and find the best solutions for your online presence.
Have something in mind?
Get in touch with me and let’s talk about it!