do I get started?
is a domain name and how do I get one?
I get the backgrounds, etc. for my website?
What kind of pictures
should I send?
Where do I send
writes the descriptions?
is an "all about me" page?
Where do I get a
guestbook, counter, etc.?
do I get my shopping cart?
take credit cards?
Now what do I do?
How do I pay for the web
design work and what does it cost?
For more questions and answers visit our FAQ
have taken the first step by deciding you want a website for your
business. Now it is time to get started. Write
down everything that comes to your mind about what you would like
on yours or want it to look like. Surf the web for sites
that you really like and don't like, write down their url
and what you liked or disliked about them. Now based
on your notes make a list of the features you would like to have
on yours. Do you have a favorite color that you would like to
use? Do you have a name for your new website? If not
jot down some things that describe what you do, what your product
is, your specialty, what you are hoping to convey to your
customers. When you have an idea or a feel for what you
might want - call me 620-331-7814, or send me an email with your
phone number and give me a time that is convenient for me to call
you. We will discuss what you want and how we are going to
domain name is the name you are giving your website A
domain name is the name you are giving your website (such as www.sherlockdesigns.com).
Most are .com, but you can also get .net and .biz. You can
register your domain with us for $15 and free set up.
are included in your package price, unless you pick custom
graphics from another artist. We have a graphic shop with
backgrounds and websets, we also have some very fine graphic
artists that we use. Your basic graphic package will
include, 2 - 3 backgrounds, navigation buttons, logo and animated
banner. I do not use a lot of graphics because they take too
long to load and your customers may leave before your entire page
is loaded. To see some of our graphics visit The Graphic
best pictures are digital, but if you have photographs that is
fine also. You can either email them to me or send them in
the US mail. When sending pictures via email only include 1
or 2 per email. Large files are hard to send and to
receive. If you send photos in the mail I can scan
them. If you send a disk with your information and pictures
please pad it well - they are easily broken in the mail.
you are sending them by US mail please send them to Connie
Sherlock, PO Box 332, Independence, Ks 67301. If you send a
disk with your information and pictures please pad it well - they
are easily broken in the mail. If you are sending them in an
email send them to email@example.com.
all of the information for each product, name, size, colors,
description, order number, etc. You know your product best,
and what you what it to say about your business, so send the
information to me in the form you would like to use. I will
edit for phrasing, spelling, etc. Send the information by
email or attachment. I will also need a list of all the
words that describe what your products and your website are.
List every word that you can think of that relates in any way to
your product or website.
people like to know a little about the person they are buying
from and besides that it personalizes your website. We want
your customers to feel welcome and like they are buying from a
friend, so I highly recommend an "all about me
page". Be brief, a little about you and your family,
how you got started, etc., they want to know you but they don't
want to read a book about you. Also include a picture, if
possible. I know not all of us are "photogenic",
20 something, beautiful, rich and thin. People will relate
to a smiling, cheerful face.
are many free guestbooks, mailing lists, counters, etc. that
you can get. One of my favorites is from Bravenet. It
is very easy to customize to fit your website and easy to
understand. Please go to www.bravenet.com
and sign up for a free account. When you have received a
confirmation email from them please forward it to me. I will
set it up for you and customize each one to look like your
you are wanting to sell products on your website a shopping cart
is essential. We can set it up to take checks, money
orders, credit cards or Paypal. The shopping cart we use is
on a secure server which enable customers to put items into a
virtual shopping cart and check out when they are through
shopping. Please go to www.mals.com
and sign up for a free shopping cart. When you have received
a confirmation email from them please forward it to me. If
you want your password changed please send me an email with the
new password. I will set up each item with a shopping cart
and I will customize your shopping cart to look like your website.
highly recommend that you take credit cards. More than
likely you do not have a merchant account from the bank, but if
you do we can use that one. A very low cost credit card
company is Propay. You "run" your credit cards
through them and when the money has been collected you can
transfer it into your checking account. There is a $35
annual fee and then a transaction fee, which is very
reasonable. For more information go to www.propay.com.
I do not need this information sent to me. If you do not
have a paypal account, you should have one. Paypal is a name
that online shoppers know and trust, they may not give you their
credit card number, but they will use Paypal. It is easy and
convenient. If you do not have an account go to www.paypal.com
for more information. I need to know your account name so I
can include it in to the shopping card, I do not need your
password or any other information from them.
back and be patient!! I know it's hard. I will do
my best to get your site up as quickly as possible, so the more
information you send me as quickly as possible, the quicker I will
be able to finish. I usually allow 2 - 3 weeks to complete a
website. But the time will vary depending on what you want,
when you get everything to me and how busy I am. When I have
the first few pages up I will email you so you can look it over
and let me know what you think. If there is something you
don't like I need to know, after all this is your home on the web
and you need to be pleased with it. I will do my best to
please you. After you have decided on the graphics,
etc. I will not change it. After we have decided on
the graphic package any additional changes or graphics there will
be an additional fee.
much does it cost? Payments? We will design a
website to fit your needs and budget. We have a variety of
website packages to choose from. For pricing
click here for more information. We can customize a package for you -
tell us what you want and email
us for a quote. We require half of the design fee as a
down payment. Final payment is due within 2 weeks of the
completion of your website. We will not upload your finished
site until payment is received. The down payment is not
refundable, so please make sure that you are satisfied with our
arrangements before we get started. If you are not pleased
with the site, we will do our best to make improvements to satisfy
you. No refunds for services will be refunded. We
accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, checks or money order. If
we have not received your information within 3 months, unless we
have made a special arrangement, our contract will be considered
null and void and the deposit will not be refunded.
If you have decided to have us
design your website please click here for "My
To Do List"
by Sherlock Designs
P.O. Box 332
Independence, Ks 67301
620-331-7814 fax 620-331-2230
Email us for more information