Helping people get online with my $500 website program

The $500 Website Christmas Special is always a joy. I’ve ran it for the last two years and and I really like helping people who want to learn to help themselves. Plus I think it is fun teaching people how to use WordPress to expand their reach.

Let’s keep it going all year!

I’d like to continue to offer this special for people who have a really good reason to ask me to work at cost. It’s not practical to undercut myself on a regular basis but I know that there are people who cannot afford to hire someone to create their websites. I’ve learned from talking to people, they then wonder if they missed something or if they could have done a better job or maybe just need to tweak something…maybe that’s you?

I will make room for one contract per month at this price. There is an application process; just fill out this form by the 15th of the previous month. I will review the applications and maybe follow up via phone or email, and let the selected applicant know by the 20th.

It will include a year of hosting, a domain, and four pages set up for you. You will also receive my “Create a Website in 90 Minutes!” content creation class, a training I’ve given for Rochester Community Education to full rooms for three years.

This is, other than the limited number of themes to choose from and no ecommerce, a package I usually bid out at $1,000-$1,500. 

For a small fee, your training can include my “Start Creating a Keywork List and Boost your SEO using Yoast” training developed for WordPress MeetUp presentations at the Rochester Public Library and at the Rochester Community Education.

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The Details

I’m going to make it as easy as I can for you. If you are selected, we will talk about what you need and if you decide to move forward, I’ll send you the contract and a worksheet that will help me understand what you want your website to do.

Yes, there is a contract to protect both of us. I’d do without if I could, but it outlines what we can expect from each other.

I do want to hold a getting-to-know-you conversation. I will ask a lot of questions about you and what you need from your website. I’ll ask you to send me any images you have and anything you’ve already written that you want to be included. Don’t have any content? No worries. I’m going to write something for you to get this up. I won’t make any claims for you that you haven’t provided, just good stuff that will put you and your industry or interest in the right light. You can go in and edit it later.

Something you can do while you wait is to take a peek at the themes I will use for your project. All of the themes developed by are stable, responsive on all types of screens, allow for customizations and load quickly.

Yes, there are more themes. So many of them…let’s get you swimming in the internet waters first, OK? All the lovely built-in options are great, sure, but I’m more concerned we get you a website that performs well. I want to concentrate on you.

So, within a short time, maybe as quickly as two days, you will have a functional website. It will include:

  • Home page, frequently used as a call to action page
  • Blog page
  • About page
  • Contact form page
  • Strong search engine optimization set up
  • SSL certification so people don’t get that “unsecure” warning on Chrome. Included with hosting.
  • A year of hosting ($165 value)
  • A year of domain services ($9-24 value)
  • Two hours of training on how to maintain and add content to your new website, including how add functionality and how to boost visibility. ($150 value)

Your website will be hosted on FlyWheel, a WordPress hosting company based in Omaha, Nebraska. I balanced out my wish to support local companies with excellent service a couple of years ago, and I’ve never regretted my decision to work with FlyWheel. And while I’m now in their affiliate program, I’ve been singing their praises for years. Here is one time they saved my bacon: I was in a client meeting and pulled up the client’s website. It was down! And I know it was up just 30 minutes earlier! I contacted support via chat while I was talking to my clients about the work I had recently done. Within three minutes, FlyWheel support had responded, fixed the site, and sent me an email to explain which plugin upgrade had brought down the site. Sweet!

More Details

Do you already own a domain? For another small fee, I will help you move it to your new website. I don’t include this in the $500 package because sometimes this is as quick as updating two lines on your domain’s DNS settings, and sometimes painfully difficult to do. We can talk about this as a separate task.

You get to decide if you want to continue my services to maintain your website or if you want to handle that on your own. My plans are here. 

And that’s about it! I’m very much looking forward to working with you.