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DIY Website Design and Why You Should Avoid It

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Florida Small Business Owners Avoid Costly Mistakes

Small businesses are always looking for affordable website design options and who can blame them? With the cost of running a business, we know that every penny saved counts. But, when it comes to areas where you should cut costs, you shouldn’t neglect asking yourself what the return on your investment, or lack thereof will be.

 “Affordable” Web Builder Services

Cutting costs by using the various web builders or “all in one” website design and hosting service options has proven disastrous for the majority of clients who have come to us for help after having chosen this route.  We have countless stories of wasted time, money and effort by small business owners. Imagine, spending a year or more trying to get your site built and RANKING on the web, only to realize you made a huge mistake.  Sure, some of these templates these companies offer look nice, but the functionality and capabilities do not. This is where the “up-sell” comes in, and where you will realize your necessity for other web design solutions.

One big issue with many of these DIY web builders, is that if you decide to host your website elsewhere, you simply cannot do so. Sure, you can copy and paste your content (text) into your new website on a new platform, but for the most part, what clients are being sold with free websites or web builders is hosting with some website templates thrown in to entice the user. We always recommend keeping your hosting and your web designer separate as by doing so, they will avoid many problems that come along with combining the two.

wordpress web design tampa bay flIs WordPress a Web Builder?

WordPress is a content management platform that is free to use. WordPress uses themes, but it is not a web builder. You can host a WordPress website with any host of your choice, although we do recommend some hosts over others. A WordPress website is very different from the web builders such as what you get with WIX or Godaddy and are far superior depending on your designer. DIY website design using WordPress can be difficult at best for most, however, once we design a WordPress website for our clients, providing they have the time and willingness to learn, we can teach you how to make simple edits and even manage the basic aspects of your website. If you need help after we’ve launched your site, we have affordable pay as you go options to help you to maintain, update and market your new website.

Are WordPress Websites More Affordable?

Because we charge a one time fee for a WordPress Website Design, once this fee is paid and your site is launched, you pay only for your hosting. This cost will vary depending on the host that you choose. Our minimum website design package is a 6 Page website design package, which start for as little as under $1000.

Learn More:
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Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

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Tampa Florida Website Design Special Offers and Coupons

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Website Design Special Offers

Bay Area Graphics & Marketing has Florida small business budgets in our focus and have since 2001. Providing small business owners with affordable website design and SEO and marketing services while maintaining quality and customer service is what we continuously strive for. We do this by extending special offers and discounts off small business website design services, SEO services and graphic design services. (YES, we do that too!)

Coupons Small Business Web Design Services, Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey

Below is just an example of how we keep your budget in mind. Our website design packages are already priced right for any Florida business. We know that every dollar counts thus, we find ways to save you money on design and marketing services that are necessary to the success of every small business. For example, every Wednesday is Web Design Wednesday at Bay Area Graphics & Marketing! Every Wednesday we have a special offer for website design services which can include:


Below you will find our current special offer that takes $100 off any of our website design or e-commerce website design packages. Remember, Bay Area Graphics & Marketing provides “full-service” website development services. We aren’t selling hosting and throwing in templates for “DIY” websites. In fact, many of our clients previously used these types of web builders, and aside from not passing the website optimization or search engine ranking test, these sites are restrictive and generally lead to more expensive plans.

If you’re interested in this or any other special offers, or you would like a custom quote for services, please reach out to us. Call 813-778-9548 or use the form below for prompt service. We’re confident that you will be pleasantly surprised at our “truly” affordable small business website design and marketing services!

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You’ve Launched Your Website Now What

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What to Do Once Your Website has Launched

So your website has just launched and after the excitement wears off you will hopefully be ready forTampa, Pasco County Website Design the next steps. Depending on the type of website you have and the industry you are in, the answer may differ. Additionally, the tasks could be much more extensive if your website developer neglected to do some of the more obvious things, such as including the proper meta data, alt tags for images, analytics or other “optimization” tasks. You should always insist that these things are included and completed prior to launching your website. Unfortunately, far too often they are not. Below you will find a few basic steps you will need to take once your website was launched properly :

Those are very BASIC tasks that you must perform once your website is launched. We cannot stress enough how this can vary, however.  Making sure your website is responsive and mobile friendly, adding schema or optimizing your website properly is something we do regularly for newly launched websites.  Some of the most neglected tasks that should have been included prior to launching your website are as follows and are included in our website design service.

  • Ensuring Meta Data is Correct and Thorough
  • Optimizing images for search engines and speed
  • Set up Analytics and Webmaster Accounts
  • Create and/or submit Proper site maps to Google
  • Check for problems with copy or site structure
  • Testing forms
  • Checking site security

Launching your new website is exciting and reaping the rewards that comes with a good website maintenance service Floridamaintenance and marketing plan is even better. In short, make sure you don’t neglect your website for in doing so, you won’t realize the maximum return on your investment. If you are doing all of the things  you think you should be doing, and yet you still can’t seem to get ranking, feel free to reach out to us. We have the experience it takes to troubleshoot problems that are often overlooked and at an affordable price.

Learn more: Call 813-778-9548 or email us for a quick response.


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What WordPress Site Owners Learned

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Accommodating Florida Small Business Owners With WordPress Website Design Services

Some years ago we began to accommodate our customer’s demand for WordPress websites. As a Tampa, Florida website designer who for years developed websites the “old way” we quickly became aware of the perks and the problems of WordPress and wanted to make sure our customers were well informed about their choices. This was especially important to us because many expressed their desire to use WordPress simply so they could perform their own edits. The thoughts of “DIY” website updates, web maintenance and marketing was an attractive perk for business owners who believed they could save money by self-managing their sites. Many found that the alternative do it yourself website options were restrictive, unattractive and horrible for ranking. So they looked to WordPress as a great alternative and we sought to accommodate those needs.

What Our Clients Learned About WordPress WebsitesTampa wordpress website design

Like just about everything, WordPress had it’s “quirks.” Customers found that the technical side of WordPress could be mind–numbingly confusing.  From theme choices, data-bases and plugins, widgets and security, the DIY WordPress option appeared to keep business owners fairly reliant on Website Developers. However, we sought out to help minimize that reliance. Small business owners who wanted to learn the basics found our help. And we still help those who have the time to learn the in’s and outs of some of the most crucial things they need to know about their WordPress websites.

Starting with The WordPress Theme

If we design your WordPress website, the first thing we’ll ask you to do is to choose a WordPress Theme. For most small business owners, having a custom theme designed is just not in their budgets. However, finding and choosing a theme isn’t as simple as “Oh, that looks nice.” There are a host of criteria that one should examine before purchasing a WordPress theme and an experienced Web Designer will help you learn what those are. Choosing the wrong theme can be the first bad choice you can make–and it can cost you. When applicable, we show our clients what to look for and why it matters and do so without lengthy dissertations or too much “techy” verbiage. Why? Because if and when a customer needs or wants to cut ties with us or other designers, we want them to be equipped with knowledge that will help them manage their sites properly. Switching themes “Willy-Nilly” editing theme files or even using the wrong plugin can be a recipe for disaster and that’s never good for business.

Self Managing Your WordPress Website

We offer a second bit of advice— If you’re going to manage your own WordPress website, be sure you completely understand and implement security on your site. You should learn how to back up your website, both the content and database and update WordPress, Themes and Plugins regularly. Guiding our clients so they understand the basics of WordPress helps them to fully understand the depth of self-managing. Learn more about updating your WordPress website or contact us for help.

Who Really Has Time to Update Their WordPress Website?
Often, customers hoping to save money and who have chosen WordPress as their CMS  realize fairly quickly that they don’t have the time to maintain their website properly. It doesn’t take very long for a website to become problematic, meaning; updates are not performed, security is a mess, and marketing simply went by the wayside. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.  Who really has time to do it all?

What WordPress Site Owners Learned

The root of the problem for most small business owners is finding affordable WordPress web design and website maintenance services. Bay Area Graphics & Marketing understands this and has made it easy and affordable for Tampa Bay business owners to obtain affordable website updating services, website maintenance, SEO and marketing services. We actually work with clients to offer them what they need, when they need it and at a price they can afford.

If you’re a small business owner who just can’t find the time to do everything, reach out to Bay Area Graphics & Marketing for friendly, reliable WordPress website maintenance and marketing services.

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