To Do List

You have taken the first step by deciding you want a website for your business.
Here are a few things you need to do so we can get started. 

Call me - let's talk - 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 and I will call you back, 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 achieve it.  Write down everything that comes to your mind about what you would like on it 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?  

How do I pay for the web design work and what does it cost? How 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.  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.  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.

Agreement - After we have talked and you make the decision to have Sherlock Designs build your website, you need to go to the Disclaimer page and read my terms, etc. and then type in your name and send the form to me.  I will do my very best for you and I will be there for you when you need me, but I can't guarantee success with your website.  Please print out the Contract and fill it out.  Please mail it to me or call me for my fax number.

Pricing - For pricing click here for more information.  After you have decided which plan you would like, click on the buy now button and buy the plan you want.  If you do not have a hosting service and you want us to host your website, please buy that also.  We require half of the design fee as a down payment, and if you are hosting we require that fee paid at the same time.  Final payment is due within 2 weeks of the completion of your website.  If you want the maintenance program you will pay for that at the same time as the final payment. 

 

Getting Started

What is a domain name and how do I get one?  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.

Where do I get a guestbook and mailing list? (Optional)
1.  Please go to www.bravenet.com and sign up for a free account.  Because this is a free account advertising will be on the guestbook page.  The mailing list is an opt in one that also has advertising on it.  Paid accounts without advertising are available.
2.  When you have received a confirmation email from them please forward it to me.  

Where do I get my shopping cart?  If 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.  
1.  Please go to www.mals-e.com and sign up for a free shopping cart.  **If you are going to have a gateway merchant account that authorizes charges then you must buy the Premium shopping cart, the free one will not work.
2.  When you have received a confirmation email from them please forward it to me.  I will need 2 different passwords.  One is to retrieve the orders and the other is to get the payment information.
3.  In order to set up your shopping cart I will need a number of questions answered.  After I have received your mals-e information please go to http://www.sherlockdesigns.com/shopform2.htm and fill in the questions.  You will need to cut and paste this link, as I am having a major problem with spam on that form.

Can I take credit cards?  I 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, you must have a business account.  There is a $35 annual fee and then a transaction fee, which is very reasonable.  To sign up click on the banner below.

Sign up for your FREE ProPay account.

PayPal -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 free, easy and convenient.  If you do not have an business account click on the banner below.  I need to know your account name so I can include it in to the shopping cart, I do not need your password or any other information from them.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.
Click on the banner above to sign up for your merchant account.

Where do I get the backgrounds, etc. for my website?
Graphics are included in your package price**, unless you pick custom graphics from another artist, in which case you pay the artist their fee.  After talking with you I will design 2 - 3 different web pages for you to look at and pick from, more if needed.  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.  Based on what you have told me you want I will design up to 12 different pages for you to pick from.  If more are required there may be an extra $50 graphic charge.

Descriptions - Gather all of the information for each product, name, size, colors, description, order number, etc.  You know your product best, and what you want it to say about your business, so send the information to me in a word document and send it as an attachment in your email.  Send a few at a time.  I will edit for phrasing, spelling, etc.  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.

Pictures - The 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.

If 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 raggedy67301@terraworld.net

All about me page - Most 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, or about your company, 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.

Promotion of your website is essential to get traffic to your website.  A one time submission is included in your initial web design package.  We highly recommend that you sign up for one of  our monthly submission packages

Sit 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. 

How do I pay for the web design work and what does it cost? How 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.    We can customize a package for you - tell us what you want and email us for a quote.    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.

Web Design by Sherlock Designs
Connie Sherlock
P.O. Box 332
Independence, Ks 67301
620-331-7814   fax 620-331-2230

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