Mackay Website Design by WEBsmall
Affordable and customised website design for small businesses in Mackay & the Whitsundays!
Whether you are a psychologist or an electrician, we can help you put your small business online or revamp your website. We are Mackay locals who want other small businesses in Mackay to thrive and quality website design can help you do that!
Web Design | The WEBsmall Edge
While we do website design across Australia, we are passionate about website design in Mackay.
Your business is unique, so we design your website with your unique business needs in mind.
Our reasonable rates, together with our focus on your needs allows us to deliver great value for money.
7 Secrets to a Successful Website
We want your small business in Mackay to thrive and we want your website to help you do so. Therefore, we want to share some proven tips with Mackay locals. Here they are!
You need to be clear about what you want to achieve by having or revamping your website. Why? Because it influences what we include in your website design!
Great content helps your potential client to achieve what they wanted to do by visiting your site. At the same time, it helps you to land more clients.
Successful websites are structured in ways that users find easy to interact with. Help your users to find what they need, including prompting their next steps.
You want your website to look great and to reflect the personality of your brand. Colour, font and image choices matter. We’ll take care of the rest of your web design.
A quality CMS or Content Management System makes it easy to make changes to your site and makes everything else possible. We use WordPress. See Why WordPress?
People get annoyed with slow loading web pages. And, so does Google! We design fast-loading websites that both Google and potential clients love.
MOBILE-FRIENDLY WEBSITE DESIGN
Many people use their mobile phones to access the internet. This includes people searching for local businesses. And, the number of people who do is increasing every year. This is why smart businesses invest in websites that look great on mobiles as well as desktops. Plus, Google loves mobile-friendly websites.
How Much Does a Website Design Cost?
The cost of your website depends a lot on the complexity of its design.
At the higher end, small businesses can sometimes pay $3,000+ for website design. At the other extreme, you have low-cost, cookie-cutter sites where you have limited control over how it looks.
We specialise in designing customised websites for individuals, small businesses and non-profit organisations that generally fall between these two extremes. And, we offer Mackay locals just that little bit more!
A standard WEBsmall website costs $990.
Expert and friendly advice about the best ways to achieve what you want from your website
World’s most popular content-management system (WordPress) – see Why WordPress?
Up to 6 webpages, including a homepage and a contact form
Clean coding that follows best practices in website design
Email addresses associated with your website
Site security2 to reduce your risk of being hacked
As Mackay locals, we want to see other small businesses in Mackay thrive. Therefore, we offer to set up your Google My Business listing for free as part of our website design process.
This helps you get found by people looking for local services in Mackay.
We can set up your Google My Business local listing even if you don’t have a business address, as long as you service the Mackay area.
Some small businesses want additional pages or functionality on their website. Your options are virtually limitless, but always ask yourself if your ideas really help your business succeed. Here is a sample of some of these optional extras that you may want to include in your website design:
Social media integration
Advanced form functionality
Google Maps integration
What Mackay Small Businesses Can Expect with Our Website Design Process
A Quote & Initial Consultation
Request a quote and we will email you an estimate based on your needs. We then hold an initial consultation to discuss your needs further and answer any questions you may have, and revise the quote (if needed) based on this discussion.
Mackay locals have 2 choices. We can meet in person at a coffee shop or we can meet via video conference. Once we have a clear understanding of the scope of what you are after, we develop a firm quote and you decide whether you wish to go ahead.
An Outline of Your Site
The next step in the website design process involves constructing an outline (wireframe) of the pages you want on your site and how they fit into the hierarchy of the whole site. The wireframe also shows the essential structure of each page. You check the wireframe and approve it before we proceed.
After that, you need to select 1 or 2 fonts from Google Fonts for your body paragraphs & various sized headings. You also need to let us know your key colours. We recommend 1-3 colours as well as black and white. The Adobe Colour Tool may help you. We then develop a style sheet for your approval.
Generally, you supply us with the text and basic formats you want for each piece of text (e.g. a grid or a bulleted list). You can supply your logo, photos and other graphics you would like. We can source stock photos and design your logo if needed. We then use this content to fill out your website. Text content in Word or Google docs formats is fine.
The 5th step in the website design process involves styling the content you supplied in step 4 using the choices you made in step 3. We also add some decorative design elements. We show you what it looks like, you give us feedback, and we make adjustments. For Mackay locals, we continue making adjustments until you are happy!
Optimisation & Testing
The next step in the web design process involves testing all site functionality (e.g. links, forms, email). We also test how the site looks on mobile, tablet and desktop devices, as well as testing website speed. You can also test some of these yourself. Based on these tests, we fix errors and optimise the site for speed. We also set up email at this stage.
So far, your site is hosted as a staging site. For example, if your domain was smallbusiness.com your staging site would be staging.smallbusiness.com – staging allows for production and testing in a secure environment during the website design process. But at this stage, we transfer your site to your registered domain, and your website goes live.
1 Within the agreed functionality and design requests.
2 Standard site security includes: HTTPS certificate, automatic updates, password protection, unique login URL, malware scanning, brute force protection, web application firewall (30-day update), and scheduled backup service to DropBox or Google Drive.
3 Premium site security options include: All standard inclusions + advanced firewall, malware and backup features. This involves an annual subscription to WordFence and UpdraftPlus Premium.