the fine print

Blog Design

Terms of Service

)ur $500 WordPress package is meant as a basic and affordable alternative to blog design packages that can run into the thousands (at least once a week a potential client requests a blog design like Gal Meets Glam or The Barefoot Blonde. These blogs cost many thousands of dollars). Therefore, please understand that we may not be able to offer some functionality so please inquire before ordering if you have something specific that you would like. We know that blog design can be an expensive and intimidating process, and our aim is to provide a super-chic and affordable alternative. For live examples of blogs we have recently designed and what you can expect, please view the portfolio on our Blog Design page here (click on image to view live blog). To avoid disappointment, please make sure that you thoroughly understand our offerings.

BLOGGER OR WORDPRESS.COM TO WORDPRESS TRANSFERS

We do not do Blogger to WordPress transfers.  If you wish for a WordPress blog design and are currently on Blogger, you MUST have your blog transferred and running in order for us to work on it.  For more information on the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, please visit this link.  We do not currently design on WordPress.com.  If you are on WordPress.com and wish to switch to WordPress.org, we recommend purchasing Wordpress.com’s Guided Transfer service.

PHONE CALLS

We do not accept phone calls at any time.  All conversation is limited to email.  We do not Skype or chat.  We are readily available via email Monday through Thursday, EST and are closed most American holidays.

EMAIL

We do not set up email accounts. This needs to be done directly through your hosting provider. We will not log into your gmail account for privacy reasons.

PLUGINS

We only offer graphics for Facebook or Twitter, we do NOT set up FB or Twitter auto-posting, you will need to install your own plugin for that.  Also, we are graphic designers, and blog design services do not include things like plugin settings, setting up stat counters, Comment Luv, etc.  Our specialty is graphic design. Pricing is for custom artwork and installation only.  

HOSTING + DOMAIN

Please be aware that to run a blog on WordPress.org (self-hosted WordPress), you will need to purchase a domain name and hosting prior to us beginning work on your blog.  The following providers offer One Click WordPress Installation and are recommended by Little Blue Deer:
bluehost.com
godaddy.com We do strongly recommend that your purchase site lock and site backup add-ons.

SKILL LEVEL EXPECTATIONS

A “word” about WordPress:  Wordpress is a powerful, SEO-friendly hosting platform.  However, it is not as user-friendly and easy to use as Google Blogger.  Please be aware of this.  If you are brand-new to blogging or not comfortable with computers, this may not be the platform for you.  If you are open-minded and willing to spend some time familiarizing yourself with WordPress, go for it!  It will be a fun and enlightening experience!  However, if you do not feel comfortable with computers in general, we encourage you to start with Blogger , it will probably be a more enjoyable experience for you.  We do not teach you to blog, so please take a moment and check your comfort level with technology in general before proceeding.
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REVISIONS

Pricing includes 3 revisions.  We pride ourselves on offering custom and unique design, so if you still need adjustments after 3 rounds of revision, we are delighted to do so at a fee of $50 per revision!

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Please keep the contact information of your site host if you experience any technical disruptions to your blog.  Additionally, we are not available to add or update plugins or change other functionality once your site is complete.  We will store your graphic files free of charge.  We offer a large array of WordPress blog design tutorials here to help you get started.  Little Blue Deer’s services are turn-key.   Our goal is to design a solid blog using the WordPress content management system that the client can easily maintain on their own (eg. update text and photography).

CONTACT FORMS

We install best in practice WordPress contact form plugins. However, it is your responsibility to periodically test your form, we are not responsible for changes in email settings or other lapses in plugin or server communication. We are not responsible for loss of profit or traffic due to contact form issues.

MOBILE THEME

Your blog design will be mobile-friendly.  Please keep in mind that a mobile theme is NOT your full website design, it is simplified for mobile devices.  We understand that clients generally hire Little Blue Deer for our design flair, please understand that for your website to appear mobile-friendly to Google some of your custom design elements may not be visible on the mobile version only.  This has nothing to do with us or our design, it is due to very strict Google policies on text and graphic appearance.

BROWSER COMPATIBILITY

We do not guarantee that your blog will render the same on all browsers. We design primarily for Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox and we recommend that you use the latest version of one of these browsers for optimal viewing.

SITE SECURITY

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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

-Email setup (you should set up any email with your domain registrar)
-SEO services.  If you wish for more information on SEO referrals, visit this page.  Please keep in mind that WordPress is search engine optimized, however, we do not offer any additional SEO services and do not guarantee Google or Bing page ranking or loss.
-Additional pages other than a static About page (your provide photo and content) and contact page with contact info.  A blog is not a website.  A blog consists of a post feed on the homepage (NOT a static homepage) and About and Contact pages (WordPress only).  We are happy to add additional static pages for you, but any extra pages or page customization (eg. post category pages, etc.) will incur an additional fee.   This will be discussed beforehand, rest assured we will never surprise you with a bill for extras at the end of the project.
-Photoshop services (Need a photo adjustment?  Two photos per slide in a slideshow? This is available for an additional per photo charge)
-Technical support.  You will be provided with the contact information of your site host if you experience any technical disruptions to your blog.  Additionally, we are not available to add or update plugins or change other functionality once your site is complete.  We will store your graphic files free of charge.
-Phone calls:  we do not accept phone calls at any time.  All conversation is limited to email.  We do not Skype or chat.  We are readily available via email Monday through Thursday, EST and are closed most American holidays.
-Logo design.  A blog header, though custom-designed to fit you and your unique brand, is NOT a stand-alone logo.  If you wish for a stand-alone logo with fully-scalable files and the rights to use all files, you will need to purchase our logo design package separately here.