I am proficient in both Joomla and WordPress. But my expertise extends beyond those.
- Completely redesign your site
- SEO Expert
- An "answer-man" for most things Internet related.
Joomla! was originally called "Mambo" until 2005 which is when I initially began working with that CMS. The original developers broke away and created "OpenSourceMatters", then named their Content Management System (CMS) "Joomla!".
When Joomla Began
is where I am now, but my beginning was just prior to the breakaway from Mambo and, like everybody else, I was learning how to make the best use of a CMS. The projects I created worked perfectly. It's a much better platform than anything else, but that also depends on your needs and expertise. I became highly proficient in developing and maintaining Joomla.
Before Joomla! I was creating hand-coded Web sites using...Notepad. Originally, before 2000, I dabbled in building Web sites using HoTMetaL - that was prior to any others, even before Dreamweaver. I've worked with many CMS and will choose Joomla! over WordPress or any other CMS every time.
To this day I'm one of very few developers who can and still uses a lot of hand-coding. Staying up to date with CSS methods and HTML allows me to quickly make something work as necessary without trying to edit "core" files. When core files are changed, it's necessary to do it in such a way that the changes are not eliminated when the CMS software is updated.
If you have E-Commerce needs, Joomla! should be your only choice. If you have just 3 to 5 pages of text only, and you don't have some elaborate mandates, then Joomla! will be "overkill" for your project, but still a very good option.
Are There Hidden Costs?
Where are the costs in creating or redeveloping a site? The template. Most of the CMS are free, and you "can" find free templates. But usually the templates you find for free are less than desirable. You can buy one, but most are overly bloated with code that require studying them for at least a week to understand how they can be edited - not practical. If you buy one, make sure it's simple to edit and works with whatever CMS you are using. Also make sure that the developer updates the template at least once a year. If not, then the chances of your template lasting you more than a year before it falls apart on many devices is slim.
I prefer Themler. It can be used "within" your Web site to create precisely what you want - and need. You have 100% control over the template without having to know any coding. When you purchase Themler you also get a desktop version. With that you are able to create on your desktop or create within your Web site, and you can "export" your creation to import in either your desktop or Web site. In short, using Themler allows you to have your "own", independent Web site that has software to design your site to your specifications. And you don't have to purchase additional bits of software.
Creating a template that works well on all devices can take a week of time. Buying a template that is overly complicated (as most today are) is relatively cheap to purchase, but "very" costly if you want to change "anything" about the template due to the time to figure out how. The only developers who can make changes quickly are those who created the template - and they charge a premium price for any editing.
Some examples of previous projects are found on both sides of this article. Each Project is 100% custom designed to the clients' requirements.
Take a few minutes to send your project information in order to obtain a bid for your project.
Content Management System (CMS) Professional
What does it cost in 2020 to have a Web site designed, developed, updated or fixed?
My hourly rate is $60. Much of the work I provide is done at a much faster rate then the average developer charging a great deal less per hour. The difference is in the experience and techniques learned in more than 20 years. Therefore, when you are quoted a much cheaper rate, you will most likely end up with a lot higher total price due to the time it takes the developer, and, you will pay for the developer to investigate or "figure out" how to do something. I don't work that way.
When I invoice a client, my time is only documented when I'm physically applying code or designs. I do NOT charge for learning something, looking up "how to" or other such things that you most certainly pay for from other developers and companies.
There are a lot of things to consider when deciding "how much" you should consider paying a developer. But if you work with those "off-shore" for $20 per hour (or less), you have no recourse if something goes wrong, or the project is never completed and you paid more than 50% up-front.
Gone are the days of $200 Web sites. Today, you should plan on about $1,500.00 for a custom designed website. That's about 25 hours of work (for me). That's really not much time either. Often times a developer will spend weeks developing a website because there are a lot of questions to be answered by the site owner who may not be able to communicate as often as the developer has questions.
Whether you purchase a template for me to install or have me create a custom template for you, that is the basis today for most websites - installing or creating a template. If you prefer to purchase a template, be sure you know that the template is simple to edit. If it's not, there will be a great deal of time and money for any editing.
If you prefer that I design a template for you, please be aware that your input will be necessary and you should avail yourself in order that the development will take little time.
Take a few minutes to answer the following in order to get an idea of what your project costs may reach.
Something most people don't consider is maintaining your Web site. Who's going to update the site monthly in order to assure the site retains it's security? Who's going to make necessary changes from time-to-time?
I will do that for you. It takes "me" perhaps 10 minutes to go through an entire update process which includes backing up your current site before updating.
If you have installed Themler, or some other template software creation tool, you will need to update that, or, provide the security credentials in order that I may do that for you. Beyond that, it's a very simple process to update your site and back up your installation. Most every month Joomla and WordPress are updated. When they are, most of the software you have installed in addition to your CMS will also need to be updated. If something does not update every couple of months are most, it may be time to consider something to take the place of that software. Security measures are studied by quality software companies. If there is no update, that means the developer(s) is not keeping up with security measures, and preparing the software for new versions of server software - which is critical.
I'd be happy to discuss with you the maintenance for your Web site. Please contact me today.