WP Web Solution’s goal is to provide quality information and community solutions to small to mid-sized organizations and individuals that:
- Can be easily extended to add new features
- Are maintainable, scalable, and secure
- Can be maintained by anyone who knows WordPress
- Use the best-of-class software, themes, and plugins
- Provide adequate performance and findability on the internet
This includes development of more advanced features to support business and personal goals using power add-ons for things like virtual communities, social networks, knowledge bases, e-commerce, advanced searching, directories, e-learning, social networks, and so on. Where possible, I’ll use off-the-shelf quality solutions to minimize the cost to you. Why reinvent the wheel?
In addition, I can provide custom tutorials and training as part of your contract, as well as ongoing site maintenance for security monitoring and updates.
What are the limits of what you will and won’t do?
I don’t generally do work on platforms other than WordPress and MediaWiki, though I’m a Weebly affiliate and can help someone get started on that platform (but I’m willing in any case to discuss your needs with you and help you find a solution that works, even if it means referring you out to someone).
Your website will run on a modern smart phone or modern browser, including: Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Firefox. I won’t guarantee compatibility and quality of display with older browsers and smart phones.
In general, I don’t do extremely large enterprise-level sites (think Amazon or eBay).
To ensure performance and reliability, I am an affiliate with the services listed on my Affiliates page: Siteground for sites that are less complex (for example, a forum or wiki) ($4 to $12 per month, depending on the size of the site and amount of traffic); I recommend WPEngine for more complex sites ($35/month), and KnownHost’s virtual private server plans for very large sites with many concurrent users ($28 to $80.50 per month) . It’s a good idea to register your domain name elsewhere, since this means it will be easier to transfer your domains if you move your hosting; for this, I recommend Namecheap which can also provide email hosting.
Put simply, there are great hosting companies, adequate hosting companies, and poor hosting companies. A complex social network site may not perform as desired on subpar hosts; if you want to host somewhere other than my recommendations above, you can write to me and I’ll take a look at their specs based on your site requirements.
I’m not a graphic artist, so I generally use stock photos to customize a site (as I’ve done with this one). I can develop simple logos, but I don’t do extensive graphics work. However, I can help you find someone to develop custom logos and artwork if so desired, and integrate the result into your site.
How does the process work?
The first step is determining what you want out of your site. I’ll provide an initial estimate based on the requirements we’ve identified, and recommend a solution. To the greatest extent possible, I’ll document what will be delivered for that price. This will include recommended hosting, software packages, other components, as well as hours worked and a monthly fee if you would like me to do ongoing site maintenance and support. I will not charge for research to determine a solution. Note that this will be an estimate, and any work requested above and beyond the original deliverables agreed to will be billed at $75 per hour.
Why shouldn’t I use a free solution, or have my nephew build it for me?
A free solution in most cases is fine for an online brochure or simple site, but if you’re looking for the sort of functionality an online community, wiki, or E-learning site requires, your options will be limited to whatever the free solution provides. This means the answer to “how can I do X?” will often be, “you can’t do that with our software”.
My personal recommendations for a free or low-cost solution are Weebly, Wix, or WordPress.com, which I discuss on the Do It Yourself page. For those who have simple site needs and are interested in doing it themselves, learning resources will be available through WPWS Learning on the Do It Yourself! page.