Websites – they come in many forms and is something that you cannot simply leave un-attended. There are also plenty of options available out there. From DIY sites that is built using a website builder like Wix, Weebly, Shopify or Squarespace or it’s offered by the hosting company itself. Some of these are free to use and you might have to contend with a .wix or .weebly domain extension (not recommended for serious businesses). They also don’t have many options to choose from when it comes to your unique brand.
Then you get custom website content management services like custom WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Magento sites etc that you will need a website designer for.
Most small businesses can benefit from a well designed CMS-type website like WordPress and which is our website system of choice. It’s easy to update and, with some training, self-manage. It can be set up to maintain itself most of the time. Annual check-ups will still be necessary to ensure it’s free of viruses and hacking.
A good website designer/developer will offer/recommend you the best option to suit your business needs and it’s usually a good idea to shop around a bit before you decide on someone to assist you.
Rented vs Owned
It’s very important to remember that websites can be owned or rented. Owned websites are what that name says, it’s yours, from the domain name to the content and photos on it. Rented systems will require you to pay a monthly fee over and above your monthly hosting and will in the end not belong to you or be registered in your name. It may be more economical as the monthly payments are usually very low.
At Hot Coffee Media we understand the importance of owning your brand and business, therefore we only offer the Owned website product which carries a once-off fee to design and build. Once the website is handed over we send you a copy of the website back-up files and PDF versions of the pages for your records. This can be a saving grace in the case of a website hack or if it disappears.
We do offer supporting services such as hosting profile management and website updates that may be necessary from time to time and charge only when we have done work on your instruction.