In conjunction with our web partners, Independent Web Marketing, we provide a website set up, hosting and management service specifically for artists, musicians and those involved in the creative world, who either need help setting up their first website, or who have an existing site that's not fulfilling its potential.
IWM's experience in providing web service for hundreds of operations in diverse industries all over the world, married to our knowledge of this market sector, puts us in a unique position to provide a tailor made solution specifically for you too.
Firstly, Internet users expect more from a website than ever before. They judge you from the moment they land on your website. Don't give them reasons to leave your site and start looking at your competitors!
There is no excuse for having an amateur looking, or out of date website. And with over half the world now browsing the Internet using a mobile, it is also essential that your website is responsive and mobile friendly. If it's not, over half your potential customers won't even be able to view your website properly, and it won't get indexed properly by Google either!
And remember, we have a vested interest in your website being a success. If it is, you'll stay as customers forever, and perhaps introduce others along the way.
Our normal service includes creating your responsive, mobile friendly website and uploading content for up to 10 pages. We then train you how to edit and manage your own content via some "bite sized" training sessions over the phone and by email, and we then continue to monitor you as you add more. Our focus is on setting you up with what you need now and giving you a firm foundation for the future. We let you build from that at your own pace, with us here in the background to guide you. The key things to begin with are to write good content and to ensure you have a clear call to action (i.e. buy online, or contact you) that allows your customers to do business with you in a hassle free manner. This costs $950 USD.
If you needed us to add loads more content for you, or create a more custom, personal, design, it could cost more, but we are sure you will find it easy to add content yourself.
The website is hosted on our cloud hosted website platform with an incredibly easy to use content management system. The web platform costs $49 USD per month (or $495 USD per annum) and includes unlimited pages and e-commerce as standard. All upgrades, maintenance and new feature integration is all handled for you. The web platform includes easy to use tools for text, images, files, blogs, forms and products etc, and can be edited from anywhere using any device connected to the Internet. You don't need any technical knowledge or special software - just a normal web browser.
If you want to sell online, we'll guide you through setting up a Stripe or PayPal account to process credit card orders too. These are easy to set up and there's no monthly cost. The money goes into your Stripe/PayPal account and then gets emptied into your bank account.
If you need mailboxes which can be set up on your computer, tablet and/or smartphone as IMAP accounts so your mail synchs between devices, we charge $30 USD each. They include spam and virus protection and 25GB storage. If you are happy with your current mail service, that's fine. We can just host your website. We also offer mail archiving for an additional $30 USD pa per mailbox.
If you already have a domain, it can stay where it is and you simply amend your domain's A records (which control your website) to point to 220.127.116.11. If you'd like us to host your mailboxes, you change your MX records (which manage your email) to mx1.emailsrvr.com and mx2.emailsrvr.com (or we can do this for you).
If you don't already have a domain, we can register one for you for $30 USD pa.
On one hand we can just be a "passive" web host. The content management system enables you to be as self sufficient as you want to be, whilst knowing you have access to us whenever you need advice and practical support. On the other, we can be more "proactive" and can work more closely with you on an ongoing basis to really help you to get the best out of your website and use of the Internet generally. It's up to you really! Our site marketing set up service normally costs from $475 USD and includes setting up (and/or training you to use) Google Analytics and Adwords, advising on social media (Twitter, Facebook etc), and setting up newsletter/bulk mail systems etc. if not already in place. You can decide whether you want to do this now, or we can help you with it down the road.
Mobile apps are a huge growth area and with set up costs starting from $950 USD, this is something else that you might well benefit from. It might be something to discuss further down the road. See www.web-marketing.co.uk/apps for more information.
IWM's website at www.web-marketing.co.uk is both an online brochure and a knowledge base, designed to be read by both new and existing clients. It explains all the various things that need to be done, why they are important and how they affect you. It explains how you could do these kinds of things yourself, and gives you options for us and IWM to do it all for you. We try and do this in "plain English" and demystify the process from a technical point of view. It tells you everything you need to know and allows you to implement anything new at a pace that suits you. It's designed to motivate you into doing whatever it is you need to do to make your website work for you.
IWM's website section at www.web-marketing.co.uk/websites is particularly relevant and important for you as it explains what we do for our clients, and why we do it this way. The answer is nearly always because it is better or more cost effective and reliable for you. You can read it in bite-sized chunks and keep referring back to it but the core pages cover our approach to establishing successful websites. If nothing else, it arms you with valuable knowledge about what makes a website successful.
Ignore any GBP costs you see. We have put together various options direct with IWM in USD and these are generally lower anyway!
We hope this information is helpful. Contact us when you are ready to proceed. Generally it takes 10 - 14 days to complete a website, but of course this depends on size and complexity. Once your website is open and "active" we send you an invoice by email for you to pay via debit/credit card or PayPal if you prefer.