We have been looking at services a website design company in UK would generally provide, and we have got to a conclusion that some of the promises they make in relation to offers are somehow unreal and a bunch of big fat doughnuts to make you think they even cook you breakfast for the first 6 months.
Free unlimited website changes and updates
When you see something like this in their offer package, think about it. Updates and changes take time, and time translates into money. If you don’t have any ongoing paid support contract with your website designer or website design company in UK, why on earth will they keep on investing man hours for you after the website has been built and paid for?
There are two possible scenarios here:
The unlimite free changes are advertised in their package, but in reality they give you access to WordPress and you are more than welcome to do them yourself (provided you don’t screw things over)
Some hosting providers have auto update options for WordPress, so your website designer or website design company in UK doesn’t need to do anything
Your add-ons also have options to auto update, but I don’t see that happening as sometimes updates on add-ons might crash things around, so add-ons would need to be updated manually.
Website encryption or no encryption?
Right, we’ve touched this subject many times, and we will shout it out loud. Encryption is free in our days through a company called LetsEncrypt who offers free SSL certificates. You just need to make sure that your website designer or website design company in UK knows what their doing and how to install it on the domain.
Also you need to know that having your website over HTTPS is a must for Google ranking. In the next couple of years, Google will outrank any website that don’t have encryption certificates installed.
Wordpress mobile friendly website design
I mean let’s be honest, I haven’t seen many WordPress themes out that are not mobile friendly.
Any website in our days should be mobile friendly by default. Over 70% of website traffic comes from mobile devices, so why would someone design a WordPress theme, which is for commercial use, and is not mobile optimised? Is like saying “we can build an air plane that can fly”. Last time I’ve checked, air planes were meant to fly, so guess what, if it doesn’t fly then it is not an air plane.
So WordPress and mobile friendly come together as a package, it is not a specific website designer or website design company in UK feature.
You own your WordPress website
Not really. No matter how much you pay, you don’t really own anything. You’re renting space on someone’s servers to host a domain name for which you pay a reservation fee every year. It’s like renting an apartment. Its not really yours, you live in it if you pay, and you don’t have to move as long as the landlord doesn’t sell.
We come across many clients that before reaching out to a website designer or website design company in UK, they would go ahead and buy their own hosting and domain.
That’s not a bad idea, any website designer or website design company in UK should be able to work on any hosting provider, but aren’t you throwing money out of the window?
Most website deals come with free hosting and domain name, so why do you want to mingle with that stuff? Have you got any knowledge about maintaining hosting and domain names? If the answer is no, then let the website designer or website design company in UK buy it, it is most likely included in the website price anyway.
I have rarely heard of website owners not being able to get a copy of their website files if they change their website designer or website design company in UK. So if you feel like you need to change agencies, they can hand you your website files, and the new website designer or website design company in UK you hire can install them on a different hosting package. Domain names can be transferred too.
Social media and Google maps integration
These terms are now being used a lot, and people tend to fall for all fancy offers related to social media and Google.
Now let’s get things straight.
To fetch social media feeds on a website is a straight forward process, you install a free add-on on your WordPress website, add your Facebook or whatever social media account credentials, and here pops the feed, integration done. Again, this is no specific to a certain website design company in UK or website designer, all in the WordPress website development business should have this as an integral part of their packages.
And Google maps integration is the same process as the social media, and again this would be standard practice.
Social media account along with Google My Business are free to setup, and anyone that can navigate a website can setup these accounts.