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|What software do you use for building a website?|
|FAQs - FAQs - General|
|Written by Tim Black|
|Saturday, 04 January 2014 12:04|
A potential client asked,
Do you ever set up websites and if so...which programs do you use?
Yes, I do web development on the side. The main thing I've done is set up websites for churches and other organizations, then maintain those websites as needed.
If all you need is a blog, I recommend using WordPress (http://wordpress.org).
If you need more features than a blog (e.g., image gallery, calendar), I recommend using the Joomla content management system (http://joomla.org), 3rd-party Joomla extensions (from http://extensions.joomla.org) to provide the extra features, and a RocketTheme layout template (see http://demo.rockettheme.com). This combination using Joomla is how I've made most of my clients' websites.
You'll have to register a domain name for $10 or so a year (I've found Dreamhost.com provides the lowest price). I provide free web hosting for my clients on my account at Webfaction (http://webfaction.com) because their tools and expert-level support save my time (so my clients' money). If a project is large enough, to provide clients flexibility to change the plan in the future and certainty regarding the cost before the contract begins, I prefer to divide it into several smaller contracts, and charge one lump sum per contract. In the past I've estimated projects at $30/hr for Christian organizations, and $40/hr for others, but am considering raising my rate, since 5 years ago my subcontractors averaged $70-80/hr.
I have more questions for you but will leave it at that for now ;-)
If you would like more answers, send me a list of what main pages of content, and what main features, you want in the website, and I will be glad to provide an estimate.