It is not unusual for a client with an existing website to approach us for a site redesign. We are more than happy to assist with this (if I had to keep my decor looking the same way it did 10 years ago I would go nuts!), but there are a few considerations to keep in mind. We do charge an additional $50 to build your new site on a hidden domain if you would like to keep your existing site live during the design process. When the development site is complete, we will transfer the new site to your existing domain, replacing your old site. The transfer process can take up to a week (during which time your either your old site or new site will be viewable at your domain, it simply takes time for these DNS changes to propogate throughout the Internet), so we require a “soft launch” during this transfer period. We recommend waiting until this period has elapsed (times not guaranteed) to officially announce your new site design if you wish to do so via social media, etc.
First, we will need to know where your site is hosted, where your domain is registered and what platform your current site is built on. We can assist you with these determinations. On occasion, an existing site host either does not support WordPress installation, or does not allow for an additional site to be added. In this case we may suggest an alternate site host, or you may also need to upgrade your current hosting package, resulting in a possible additional hosting fee. Of course we strive to keep your costs low and this is an infrequent occurrence, however it does happen so we like to give you a heads up. We are happy to clarify further and present your options once we have your current site hosting and domain registration information. Additionally, our pricing is in part dependent upon the current content included on your site. If you have an existing site with many pages of content, portfolios, etc., additional charges will be incurred to transfer this content to your new site. Our base pricing of $1500 is for a 5 page website (usually Home, About, Portfolio, Services or other information, and a Contact page). If your existing site includes content in addition to 5 or 6 basic pages, we will of course need to charge a bit more to transfer this content to the new design. Additionally, extensive portfolios may incur an additional fee.
Therefore, please email us before proceeding so that we may provide you with an estimate of any possible additional charges. We never surprise our clients with hidden charges or fees at the completion of the site design process so we find that it is best to make sure that everyone is on the same page at the start of the design process.