Generic Website Design FAQs

At the top and bottom of the page is a categorised FAQ menu aimed at answering the more specific questions that 7 Web Solutions get asked.
Below is a list of the most common generic questions that we are frequently asked. You will encounter some of the questions below in the categorised sections as well. Click on the question to open and close the answers.

How much money does a website cost?

This depends on a huge number of factors including: what features will be included in your website? How large is the project? Do you want additional services with your website such as marketing or campaign management? Do you need hosting? Do you need the website maintained?
An accurate answer to this question as it is usually posed to us is impossible to answer, but we have tried to give a more accurate price guide in our Pricing section of the website. Monthly rental packages are negotiable, with buy out options after 12 months. This is particularly popular with start up businesses who are not financially ready to afford the cost of the solutions that their particular business needs to stand a chance On Line. This also gives them the comfort of knowing that should the business venture fail, they have not wasted lots of money on something they only used for 12 months. Considering all of the other risks that a new business needs to take financially it is some relief knowing that we too are prepared to risk only getting paid a fraction of the cost of work that we have carried out. Fortunately that has not happened yet and so far so good, but as we too understand the daunting uncertain first year in online business only too well, it is our way of trying to make that time for new businesses, or businesses looking to venture into Online business, a little less stressful. It also guarantees that we want the business to succeed and will assist you in any way we can and stand by you. Many web design businesses focus on what you can afford. However if the solutions that you can afford are not sufficient to make your online business succeed, then it is a total waste of money. This allows the client the opportunity to choose the best possible solutions for the business based on what they actually need rather than what they can afford at the time of start up.

How can I save money on a website?

In each of the FAQ categories at the top and bottom of the page we narrow down specific areas where money can be saved on specific areas of a project. For example, a client who has the design of their website and all of the content including all text and images optimised and ready for web, provided that it is done in an organised and professional way, can cut out a lot of time consuming work thus saving themselves money. Or perhaps the client has a good understanding of HTML and CSS and would like to maintain the website themselves, thus cutting out the expense of a Content Mangement System and future costs of web maintenance. Another area where money can sometimes be saved is by being flexible with deadline. Often a business will pay us more to complete a project quickly, so we even that out by saving money for our more flexible clients.

How long does it take to complete a WebSite?

Understandably this varies enormously from client to client, depending on how large the construction is, if the project is to be released in stages, how many different elements there are to each web site, whether the client has content prepared for the website, how many other projects we are currently working on etc. The fundamental cause for a slow build process is waiting for content from clients, and major changes in requirements during the build. This is why the website planning process is so important to help achieve a fast turn around time. The time it takes to complete a website is largely determined by the clients own deadline and requirements. An average website, once content is ready, can be ready and online in as little as 1-2 days to a working week.

Is it necessary to have a meeting?

For roughly 90% of projects a meeting is not necessary atall, but for some projects a meeting is either beneficial or in some cases absolutely necessary ( particularly big projects with many different people working on them from different companies ). In most cases phone calls and internet communication are perfectly sufficient. Besides which, for many projects a meeting makes little sense financially adding a substancial percentage in comparison to the total cost of the project, particularly for foreign clients.

What are the first steps that I can take to help towards the website?

First and foremost, deeply consider what it is that you actually want the website for. What is it that you want the website to do for you? This may sound a strange question but there are many different reasons for wanting a website. Having a clear set of requirements helps us enormously during the web planning process, and also helps us to give you a far more accurate costs assessment in the initial quote.
If you have no real preferences on how the website will look, this can make it a long period of trial and error. Even providing us with just a few links to websites that you really like can help us reach the right result a lot sooner. Having content prepared or atleast bullet points detailing what you want included in the content, and images for us to use or atleast what kinds of images you want included all adds up to making the process smoother. A computer generated design mock up or a hand drawn design mock up is fine too.

What do I need to do towards my website?

This varies enormously from client to client. During the intial web planning process we determine exactly what each of the roles will be for the project. This could mean that the client need do almost nothing or very little indeed, through to the client having an active hands on role during parts of, or throughout the entire project process, and even physically working alongside us contributing to parts or all of the project. For more information read Website Planning.

Who will administer website maintenance once it has been completed?

It depends entirely on each individual client, they can administer all of the maintenance themselves or use us to maintain either all or parts of the website. We also offer complete online Website Management for your website which covers website maintenance. Costs of this will depend on how much needs to be updated and how often.
We build websites to be easily and quickly maintained. Maintenance includes things like adding new project images, updating new products, refreshing the design, adding links, changing text content etc.

I know I need a website, but that is all I know, what should I do now?

Firstly you can relax, we will not take advantage of you for not understanding the minefield that is the world wide web. We offer a complete step by step walk through process highlighting all areas where we can help you, and help you choose which website solution is right for you. This allows you the opportunity to have some input into the website and helps in making informed decisions as to what should be included in the website. However, if you are too busy and you just need it done, then we can still make you a professional website ( We can provide content writing and image sourcing ) which is exactly what we have done for many others in your situation. These people inspired us to devote an entire section of the website to this very issue. For more information read: Why?What?How?

Is the cost of the website a one off payment or do I need to pay more in future?

Depending on what payment package has been agreed with the client and what other services the client requires, usually the only other costs are an annual hosting fee and your domain name renewal. Typically this can be achieved for under £50 per year.

Will the costs of a website keep going up each year?

The costs of domain renewal and hosting have stayed relatively stable for many years, so in short the costs should stay the same or there abouts. The costs of any maintenance or campaign management or any other on-going service that we provide will similarily remain stable as it too has done for many years. Any future fluctuations in price ( Sometimes services come down in price ) will be announced with plenty of warning prior to change.

How will people find my website once it is On Line?

The section Web Optimisation FAQs gives more answers to this question and others like it. In short, people find web sites via an array of different avenues. Via search engines ( which is why as standard we offer Search engine optimisation for all facets of your business. For example, standard text searches, image searches, product searches, news searches, Local Business searches etc), via a huge number of directories ( this is covered further in Networking under directory listings), via links from other websites ( this is covered further in Networking under 'Link Building' ), via review sites, news sites, relevant website portals to your particular business, clicking on advertising links, such as Google Adwords ( this is covered further in Advertising ),or an advertising banner for example. The list is endless, and we devote an entire section of our business to helping clients not only get traffic to their website, but relevant traffic ( people who are actively seeking information on a service they provide, or looking to purchase something that they sell). There are many many ways to achieve this, and each business will require their own methods of attracting visitors based on objectives, budget, level of competition for attracting visitors to their specific service/product etc.

What is ftp?

FTP, or File Trasnfer Protocol is a method clients can use if they are maintaining their own website to transfer files ( such as to upload images, video, web pages etc ) from a local PC to a web server. There are a number of ftp software programs available on the internet to choose from, including good free programs. This allows for updates to be carried out 24/7. It is easy and fast to learn to use and if required we will guide clients throughout the installation, set up process and beyond until they are comfortable using it.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a unique web site address that you choose. This is what the user will type in with the extension, eg .com .co.uk .net .eu etc. Our domain name is www.7websolutions.com.

What is a URL? What does url mean?

A url is the WWW address that a user will type into their browser to access a website. URL stands for 'Universal Resource Locator'.

What is Website Hosting?

Web hosting is an internet hosting service that stores your website and all of its content such as text, images, video, file downloads etc. and makes this content available to users immediately whenever the website is accessed. The need for reliable web hosting is vital for your website to be available 24/7, fast and reliable. We can provide hosting for your website, typically for £30 per year, unless the site is either very large or has a lot of rich media content such as streamed video. Immense volumes of traffic can also raise hosting costs, but not significantly.

Can I choose a different web hosting company to host my website once completed?

Yes, once your website has been completed it can be hosted wherever you like, we can take care of this for you too.

I am currently hosted by another hosting provider, but would like to switch over to 7websolutions hosting, Can I do this?

Yes you can, and we can either guide you through the process or take care of everything for you.

How do I get content to you?

In almost all cases content can be sent to us online, either by e-mail attachment or by uplaoding files to a temporary server so we can download and retrieve them. If this sounds complicated then do not worry, we can either talk you through the process or if you feel more comfortable then you can post them on DVD or mini flash drive etc.

What formats / file extensions should text be sent in?

Text can be sent in any format you choose, we have even recieved hand written content and made do. Typically by an email or in email attachments in files such as a Word document, Open Office document, a notepad.txt file etc. For more data based content any spreadsheet software file extension is fine.

What formats / file extensions should photographs / photographic images be sent in?

This depends on many factors which will be assessed before sending and if needed we can guide you through the process. Photographic images that require any kind of editing or preparing for web should be sent in its rawest state, preferably the source file. Or a .Tiff or a .psd, or if not then the highest quality .jpeg.
Photographs that have been prepared ready to go into the web site should be in either .jpeg, .gif or .png, depending on a number of things which again will be assessed and discussed before sending. Photographs can also be sent as prints also, we have excellent scanning facilities which has proved very useful compiling businesses old Projects and Portfolio photographs and digitising them to prepare for web, and more often than not preparing high quality digital image files for other design based projects the client may have now or in the future. We can also professionally enhance and if necessary salvage old images when required.