Frequently Asked Questions for Web Designers

Have a question about web design? Check out some of our most frequently asked questions for web designers. This is not a full list, as we understand that each project’s details may vary. Also, prices can vary, as we follow a ‘Build-to-Suit’ model, in order to give clients what they need, and nothing you don’t. In the event that your question is not addressed below, please fill out the Contact Us form, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

How long will it take to build the site?

A typical small business site takes 4 to 6 weeks of development, CMS sites about 6 to 8 weeks, and eCommerce sites can take 2 to 3 months or longer depending on their complexity. In reality we can complete the work in a faster timeframe, but we do not want to mislead our clients by promising them a timeframe that does not include time for client feedback and testing. Both of these elements are critical to launching a successful website that is designed to meet your business's needs, and should not be rushed.

How much does a website cost?

Our small business sites start at $850, however it is difficult to discuss price without first gaining a complete understanding of the details of your project. Our pricing varies on the specific functionalities and development required for your project. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation quote and we will review your project details to determine cost, timeline, and requirements in a detailed proposal.

Can I use my own hosting provider?

Yes. We offer hosting and domain registration to our clients as a convenience, but you are free to choose any hosting service or domain registrar that you would like.

Will I be able to update the content on my finished site?

We do offer Content Management Solutions, which is what you will need if you would like the ability to update your site's content yourself.

Will I own the site when it is completed, including the source code?

Yes, upon project completion all source files are transferred to your ownership by a choice of delivery, most commonly by placing the site on your host's server.

What are some common items I must consider to have on my website?

Websites can have many customized programs to run on your website, however most common items you must consider are unique logo, contact us or quote form, photo gallery/portfolio, social media links, visitor tracker, downloadable forms, jobs and career form, and the list can go on. Please contact us for a free consultation in order to go over your specific needs.

How many developers do you have?

MediaLinkers has around 50-60 full time, tenured developers. They are our employees; we do not contract-out or outsource, so rest assure that your project stays in our hands.

What programming languages do you use?

We use an up-to-date mix of basic, intermediate, and advanced programming languages; however, we pride ourselves on being adaptable to using whatever language best fits your requirements.

Why should I choose custom over a template?

While templates make work for some, many business owners find it difficult, if not impossible to change or manipulate a template or turn-key solution. You also run the risk of someone else having the same design or programming code as your business (which is more prone to hacking). Building your business solution from scratch ensures it works exactly how you need it to work without the cost of changing something not really meant to fit your needs.

Is my information kept safe?

We are committed to safe and secure practices with your information internally, with a multitude of precautions in place to maintain security. In the case of private and intellectual property, we can also sign a Non-Disclosure at your request to assure that your ideas stay your ideas.

What is the process like?

You will be assigned a dedicated project manager to communicate all questions, concerns, or requests. Your project manager is available by email, phone, or meeting, and 24 hours or less response time is standard. We offer unlimited revisions during the design phase until the prototype for the home page is approved. Once a design is chosen, we assign a developer to program the website according to the project scope. We will present the working site on a demo server for modifications/edits and testing to be done as modules are completed. It is after the site is approved, we will place the site live and test that it is working on the specified domain.

Where are your developers located?

Our developers are not always available to meet in person, but they are local to both our offices here in the US and overseas as well. Since you communicate directly with your project manager, you usually won’t need to speak directly with a developer as your project manager will handle the appropriate designations and task assignments, as well as quality assurance from our team.

Do you outsource?

Absolutely not. We do use offshore development to lower costs for you, but all of our offshore staff are full time, in-house MediaLinkers employees. Our clients work directly with our Atlanta project management staff that coordinates all aspects of the project and provides direct customer service. This allows our clients to take advantage of our extremely low development costs, while still having the full confidence of being able to call, email, or have a live meeting with a representative right here in the Atlanta area.

We can't leave our office. Can you come to us?

Sure! We offer a free initial visit to your office to discuss your project requirements and to gather details for your proposal. Any follow-up meetings will be arranged if necessary, however, its necessity will determine if we need to charge a fee for on-location; discussing this with your project manager is always best.

What is the lead time for starting a project?

None at all! We schedule our workflow in an efficient development timeline, and we are ready to start when you are. We also carefully monitor our resources to ensure that we have staff available should the workload increase unexpectedly.

Can you provide long term development?

We can provide a dedicated programmer to work on your assignments as if they are a part of your team. Temporary or Permanent, we can meet a multitude of needs according to your requested workflow.

What is your process for completing a web design project?
  • Planning - Determination of needs, timeframe, and structure.
  • Prototype - Finalizing the overall look and feel of your site.
  • Build - Constructing the actual website.
  • Testing - Using all aspects of the site to ensure functionality.
  • Go Live - Launching the site on your chosen domain.
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