The House Special
WHAT IT IS
The House Special is my signature complete website design & build package created with designers and creatives in mind. I created it to be a simple, effective, and stress-free way for you to get a new website that reflects your business. See examples →
The House Special package includes everything needed to design, build, and launch a new website from start to finish.
Design & build
(up to 12 core pages)
Unlimited revisions until launch
WHAT MAKES THE HOUSE SPECIAL DIFFERENT
A wholistic approach. Most website designers rely on you to submit the copy for the site. I offer to write the copy then send to you for approval.
A signature process. Over the course of dozens of successful projects, I have developed a step-by-step process, which saves us both time and stress.
Flat-rate design fee. No open ended budgets or surprise costs.
This is our first working session together. We will discuss your work and your business so that I can know what’s important to convey on your new website. I typically record this session so that I can go back and use words you’ve used to describe certain things. This helps me write the new website in a way that feels authentic to your brand.
I create a new website based on our discovery session. At this point, what we have is the bones of the new website. The focus here is on structure, feel, and flow. The site will include your photos and some copy, but in many places it will use filler text as a placeholder. You will be able to view the new website online and approve the design. Note that your current website will still remain perfectly intact throughout the project until launch.
FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
At this point, you have approved design of the new website, and our focus turns to the content. Again I will record these sessions. Between sessions, I will write the content and send it to you for approval. Usually, we will need 2 to 4 of these sessions.
Between sessions, your homework will be to send me digital assets such as your logo, testimonials, etc. Between phone sessions, we stay organized by using Trello (an simple web-based task management tool)
SEO AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
At this point, we have all the content up on the new website. I will optimize the website for search engines. I will also check the site for typos and other fine details of the website’s construction.
This is a time for you to sit with the site and let it sink in. I recommend visiting it once per day and making notes about anything that feels not quite right. I also invite you to share the site with family/fiends/peers and ask for their feedback.
I will send you instructions how to pay for website hosting, and I will disconnect your domain name from your old website and connect it to your new website. At this point, your website is officially live!
This is when we say “hurray!” and make a plan for future updates to your new website so that it evolves with you and your business.
The entire project usually lasts approximately 4-8 weeks from start to finish.
$3090 in 3 payments: 1/3 to book, 1/3 to start, 1/3 to launch.
A note about website hosting: I design all my websites on Squarespace, which is a paid platform that includes website hosting. You will pay Squarespace directly. Price: $18/month if paid annually. More details at squarespace.com/pricing
HOW TO BEGIN
I currently have 2 spots for December 2018. If you believe the House Special is a good fit for you, I invite you to reach out and inquire.
"Yian listened to our direction and goals and implemented them in the final design of our new website."
– Eric Mauskopf
"Yian went about his work much like a practitioner goes about a healing session."
– Maria McNash
"Yian took the time to understand the heart of who we are and elevated our website beyond what we could have conceived of alone, and he helped us craft language that feels true to our brand."
– Dane Austin Design
"Having this new website gives me the confidence to present myself to the world."
– Heather Bentley
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will happen to my old website?
Your old website is literally a collection of files on a server. After launching your new website, subscription to your old server can be discontinued. The essence of your website is the content itself. Think of a website redesign as transcribing words from an old tattered book into a freshly bound book. The essence of the book is the words, not the pages they are printed on.
How easy is it for me to update my site myself after launch?
Because I build on the client friendly Squarespace platform, your website is able to easily evolve with your business. Clients who are comfortable using a computer can do basic tweaks and modifications to their site after launch without relying on a designer. I also offer website updates as a service.
Can I keep my current domain name?
Absolutely. Your domain name can be pointed to your new website at the time of launch. Note that your old website hosting will no longer be necessary. I build on the Squarespace platform, which hosts all its websites on it's own reliable servers.
I'm not an interior designer. Can you still help me?
Yes. While I do specialize in interior designers and other creative professionals, I can work with others. Shoot me an email to inquire.
Will my new website look good on mobile phones?
One hundred percent. All my websites adjust to any device. Try it for yourself. Open any website in my portfolio on your mobile phone.
Will I be able to keep the SEO juice (search engine optimization) they've built up with my current website?
Yes. SEO juice is contained in the URLs of your website, not in the actual files of your old website. When we redesign your website, we will take care to use the same URLs are your current site in order to avoid losing any SEO juice.
Why pay a web designer when there are free options?
For the same reason someone might prefer to pay an interior designer to design their home rather than doing it themselves: professional design and implementation. Also, what I offer goes beyond just the design of your website. I also help you with brand positioning and copywriting.
Can another web designer work on a site after launch?
Easily. Many designers are now familiar with the Squarespace platform, and sharing access through the Squarespace backend requires merely a click.
What if I'm oblivious to all things website related?
My clients may have varying levels of web knowledge and sometimes don't even know which questions to start with. Rest assured, I'm here to help.