Central Iowa Web Design
Web design to compete with Silicon Valley for Main Street Iowa businesses without spending Wall Street Money.
Web Design, “Iowa Nice”
As a freelance web designer in Iowa, I cut out the overhead marketing agencies and other website firms in Iowa charge. Plus, you get to work directly with me to make sure your vision doesn’t fall on the deaf ears of bureaucracy.
According to a study performed by Visual Objects, nearly 76% of consumers check on the online presence of a business before visiting the physical location! The internet has become the leading method in which people find information, including new businesses, and it’s why for websites are often the most important investment a business can make.
Quality websites don’t need to be ridiculously important, though. I aim to build websites for every budget! That begins with understanding the priorities of your website goals and how to best implement them without sacrificing important considerations like responsive design, search engine optimization expertise, and site speed considerations that boosts your site’s inbound marketing abilities.
Website’s have become 24/7 sales representatives. Combining a beautiful website that expresses your brand’s personality through design and writing styles combined with local search engine optimization makes a website a powerful customer acquisition tool.
That focus on customer acquisition is what sets 515Hosting & Web Design apart. I don’t just build websites, I specialize in web design rooted in search engine optimization. Because when it comes to your website, it’s important not to ignore the underlying importance of what web site content is supposed to do…
Web Design For Small Business
I build websites for the mom and pop shops who know bacon and eggs, patching tires, and patchwork quilts. Unfortunately, many technology companies prey on those small businesses, charging them thousands for copy and paste WordPress sites and selling them expensive “business plan” hosting they don’t really need.
515Hosting & Web Design is different!
My business was built to serve main street Iowa.
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Many small businesses end up with sub-par, DIY websites that don’t look great on mobile devices, aren’t optimized for search engine indexing, don’t use features like content delivery networks or caching for faster performance, and fail to provide even basic concepts like alt text for images – important aspects of climbing search engine rankings.
My objective is to set myself apart from other freelance website designers in Iowa by meeting your design expectations and then exceeding them with my experience in solid SEO and an optional continuation plan that keeps the momentum of growth.
Located near Des Moines, Iowa, the goal of 515Hosting & Web Design is to build websites for businesses that do more than look good. Let me focus on your web design, search engine optimization, and web hosting tasks while you focus on what’s important – growing your business for your amazing Iowa customers.
Start with a free consultation to see how I can build a website for your Iowa business and more.
What type of websites can I build?
Personal sites are typically very few pages and mostly static content that’s infrequently updated. You might use one just to provide some information about yourself along with a link to your resume, a way for people to contact you, and maybe links to your social media content.
With frequently updates, blogs add a layer of dynamic content to your website. While the general layout of pages is likely similar to a personal site, blogs often incorporate newsletter signups, pop-ups, and are often more feature rich than a static site with little visitor interaction directly on the site.
Often, small business websites will have more pages than a personal site and also include a blog. Business websites also provide crucial leads as a lifeblood to the business. As a result, additional attention to analytics, email deliverability, and maximum uptime become incredible crucial.
Building beyond static sites
Iowa eCommerce Web Design
Is your business interested in selling products online? I provide eCommerce solutions for Iowa businesses and beyond. Having a shop and online payments integrated with your website is a great to increase revenue, expand your customer base, and lower overhead through additional sales channels that don’t require physical locations. If you’re already selling online through a 3rd party market place like Etsy or eBay, a built in shop could be a wise investment with lower costs.
While there’s nothing wrong with using vendor marketplace sites like Etsy, they can quickly nickel and dime shop owners. With Etsy, each individual listing requires an up front fee and you must also pay a fee per inventory of that listing. Once you make a sale, you also get charged a 5% transaction fee and if the buyer found the item through an Etsy add, it could be as high as 15%. Add on other miscellaneous fees and payment processing fees and what appears affordable starts to really add up.
Like Etsy, eCommerce store builders like Shopify can appear cost friendly, but at nearly $30 per month per store it is far from the most economical – especially if you multiply that by multiple websites.
Building your own website not only puts more control in your hands to pick up and move service providers, but you can typically cut your monthly bill in half or more. Plus, if you want multiple stores, you can simply consolidate them onto one web hosting plan, clone the website to a new domain and immediately have a second store without additional fees.
When you’re dealing with membership sites and financial transactions, SSL certificates become absolutely necessary to protect customer form data. It’s recommended that additional attention is given to ensure emails are deliverable by using an email API service to send automated emails from WordPress. Backups should also be taken much more frequently (potentially hourly or more) to avoid loss of orders.
Pop-up boxes requesting sign up to a newsletter in exchange for coupon codes can be extremely effective. Store owners can also benefit from abandoned cart emails that attempt to recover sales from individuals that leave the site with items in their cart.
Connecting with customers on social media can often be the biggest contributor to generating traffic to a website. Incorporating social media into your website can be a great way to flip this around and turn website traffic into social media engagement. Providing visitors with simple ways to find your social media profiles, follow you directly from the website, or even see what you’re posting without clicking a link can quickly increase your social media followers where you can continue to connect with them.
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Whether you’re writing about the best handmade soaps on your blog or selling them on your website, let 515Hosting & Web Design get you on the fast track to online success!
Over the years, I’ve noticed many small businesses get sold into “business” plan hosting they don’t really need. It isn’t uncommon to see a local, small-town Iowa restaurant paying $30 a month to their local telecom provider for “business package” hosting merely because they’re a business.
In fact, many small businesses are buying enough bandwidth and storage in those “business plan” hosting packages, they could handle the daily web traffic of every mom and pop shop in the area!
In addition to building you a responsive, mobile-friendly and modern website, I also offer a variety of web hosting packages to replace your overpriced plans.