In today’s times, it seems like there’s a web site for everything — every business, every non-profit, every artist. But the truth is, not everyone does, and those who don’t are often at a disadvantage. Metro Girl can make it so you too have a web site!
How many times have you heard this?
“I know somebody who would love to know about your store. Do you have a web site?”
“Hi, I’m calling to find out, do you have a web site?”
“I had a horrible time finding you… I wish you had a web site with a map.”
“I’d like to volunteer for this — is there somewhere I can download volunteer forms? Like, what’s your web site?”
If you had a web site, the answer to these people would be a resounding “YES.”
The beauty of a web site is the ability it gives for an organization or individual to market themselves and services customers 24 hours a day, without the owners having to do a huge amount of work.
Metro Girl has helped clients leverage their web sites to make a big difference.
an artist was able to put his whole portfolio — including movies of his “automata” in action — online and as a result, got personal commissions from people all over the country, plus entry into prominent art shows
a city government was able to present a major civic project to the public and provide updates 24/7
an author reached fans worldwide with a site that shows off not only her writing but her personal interests, including magical work and cats
a condo association was able to make building info accessible to its residents as well as potential buyers.
Building Web Sites
Metro Girl builds web sites from the ground up. Unlike some companies, Metro Girl doesn’t use templates and then simply run a client’s information through the electronic meatgrinder. Instead, web sites are created based on the client’s specific needs.
The development process involves:
Without a plan, you might as well not have a site! In the planning stage, I meet with the client and find out their needs, expectations and dreams. I then share my abilities and lay out the process. Once that is done, I gather the client’s existing materials and create an initial design document, from which I create a prototype design, which I then present to the client for feedback and/or revision.
Design & Development
During this phase, Metro Girl creates the site design, adds in the content, adds any extra features the client wants, tests the site, edits the site to meet client approval, and creates documentation.
At Metro Girl, I take care of the technical stuff so you don’t have to! As an Interland web hosting reseller, I can get my clients their own domains (http://www.yoursite.com) at a generous discount rate and set up hosting accounts in a timely and efficient manner.
Metro Girl web promotion services include registration with appropriate services as well as extensive advice on other ways to advertise, from including the URL on print materials to advertising online.
Once you have a web site, you can’t just let it sit! Part of Metro Girl’s pledge to customers is that I will maintain your sites in good working order and keep the content fresh. From updating content to adding graphics and any other technical changes to continuing site promotion, I do my best to take care of my clients’ needs. For more about Maintenance, see Web Site Fixes & Maintenance.
Web Site Pricing
At Metro Girl, we don’t have the overhead of a big web firm and thus, we don’t have the prices of those big web firms. When you pay for a web site, you’re not paying for fancy offices or a room full of computers or secretaries, you’re paying for a one-person company a lot smaller which can nevertheless create a web site that looks professional and serves your needs.
Most new web sites are billed using a flat-rate fee, meaning Metro Girl presents the client with a price based on an estimate of the project scope (how long it will take, what resources it will require, etc.) After a contract is signed, but prior to starting work, Metro Girl requires a 50% deposit. The remainder of the fee is to be paid at completion of the project.
Maintenance work is billed at an hourly rate.
More info under Pricing.