BrazenlyFor Hire

I made my first web­site some­time in the late nineties, back when HTML 4.01 was the stan­dard to meet, and the “cool” things to do involved chang­ing the col­or of the scroll­bars or intro­duc­ing tran­si­tions between page views… Things which I’m glad to have seen gone by the wayside.

In those near­ly fif­teen years, I have picked up plen­ty of use­ful knowl­edge, large­ly cen­tered around Word­Press.

This knowl­edge goes beyond know­ing how to tin­ker with a block of code; I have come to believe in peo­ple, hav­ing seen too many com­pa­nies with admit­ted­ly great prod­ucts or ser­vices treat peo­ple as num­bers, clients, or (worse case) nui­sances. Respect & a friend­ly per­son­al­i­ty are what I bring to the table. And while I’m not opposed to doing work for larg­er com­pa­nies, I pre­fer work­ing with indi­vid­u­als or small busi­ness­es, help­ing them to find a foot­ing online, a foun­da­tion from which their online pres­ence can grow as needed.

Services

So what can I do for you? (All prices are in USD.)

If you don’t see a ser­vice you need, don’t hes­i­tate to get in touch!

Basic Start

If you don’t have a web­site yet, I want to help you get up & run­ning! When com­plete, you will have a ful­ly oper­a­tional web­site await­ing your content.

  • I high­ly rec­om­mend Dreamhost for your Web host­ing needs. It’s only about $120 per year, comes with a free domain name for the life of your host­ing account, and offers unlim­it­ed band­width & stor­age, great sup­port, and much more.
  • For con­tent host­ing, I rec­om­mend Word­Press & for mes­sage boards (forums), phpBB.

Pric­ing:

  • Instal­la­tion & ini­tial con­fig­u­ra­tion of one major pro­gram (such as Word­Press or phpBB): $150
  • If you don’t already have a web host & domain name and want those things set up for you as well, add $50 to the above price.
Basic Start + Training

This is the same as the basic start pack­age above but it includes two hours of “boot camp” train­ing to get you start­ed adding con­tent to your site. I’ll do my best to antic­i­pate your needs dur­ing this train­ing, but if you could be pre­pared with the ques­tions you need answered before­hand, that’d be fan­tas­tic. The mode of this train­ing (whether via instant mes­sen­ger, phone call, or in per­son [if you’re local enough]) is up to you.

Price: Whichev­er “Basic Start” pack­age you choose + $125

Word­Press Basics

Word­Press is a fan­tas­tic plat­form in & of itself, but the chances are good that you’re going to want to extend your site beyond the basic fea­tures of Word­Press. Whether you’re want­i­ng to improve spam pro­tec­tion or add a list of your most pop­u­lar posts, this is the pack­age for you.

Pric­ing for this pack­age is whol­ly vari­able; I’ll dis­cuss with you the par­tic­u­lar needs of your site, from which I’ll be able to quote you a fee.

Word­Press SEO

Any­one who claims to be an expert in search engine opti­miza­tion is lying to you. The fact of the mat­ter is that SEO is a mov­ing tar­get. I believe in a sim­ple, com­mon sense approach to SEO, and this pack­age will include up to two hours of 1‑on‑1 train­ing (in the same man­ner spec­i­fied above under “Basic Start + Train­ing”), reg­is­tra­tion of your site with Google, and a review of up to five posts or pages on your site for SEO qual­i­ty. I believe it is impor­tant to use your own con­tent as you write it for this so that you best know how to apply SEO best practices.

Price: $250

Dis­claimer: I make no guar­an­tees or promis­es regard­ing search engine place­ment. Attain­ing high-rank­ing results for qual­i­ty key­words is dif­fi­cult to do, and I’ll explain why dur­ing the train­ing ses­sion when I explain the best prac­tices that may help you attain bet­ter rankings.

Tech­ni­cal Sup­port & Maintenance

Whether you have spe­cif­ic issues that need sort­ed out (web­site dis­play­ing errors, some­thing is too slow, plu­g­ins won’t install prop­er­ly, you need some­thing changed around and it’s beyond your abil­i­ty, etc.) or you sim­ply want a pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance overview, I can help you out with that! Min­i­mum bill­able time is one hour of work, and the cost is $75 per hour.

If you want some­one who will keep your eye on your site, ensur­ing every­thing (core soft­ware, plu­g­ins, themes) stays up-to-date and work­ing smooth­ly, $500 will get you six months of cov­er­age, with at least four checks on your site per week. (For every addi­tion­al six months of cov­er­age, the price is dis­count­ed; i.e., one year of cov­er­age is $950, 18 months is $1400…)

Secu­ri­ty Audit

The Web is full of bad peo­ple (or com­pro­mised com­put­ers, run­ning amok) that want noth­ing more than to gain con­trol of your web­site. The rea­sons for this are diverse, if there is any rea­son at all, but a great deal of these prob­lems can be stopped. If your site is pow­ered by Word­Press, I would love to help for­ti­fy your site using a vari­ety of tricks & tools I’ve picked up over the years. This audit cov­ers pro­tec­tion against both spam­mers & hack­ers, and it costs $350.

Dis­claimer: No sys­tem, even a secured one, can be con­sid­ered 100% secure. There­fore, includ­ed in the $350 is one year of recov­ery cov­er­age; if your web­site is com­pro­mised, I will assist you in get­ting back up and run­ning as smooth­ly as possible.

And more!

It’s hard to antic­i­pate all the needs you may have, so if you don’t see a Word­Press-relat­ed ser­vice here, get in touch! We might be able to work some­thing out.

Note: Visu­al design isn’t my forte. While I can adapt free or open source designs to The­sis — my Word­Press theme frame­work of choice — cre­at­ing new & orig­i­nal designs is not in my skill set. But if you need small design work or refine­ments, get in touch!


Rick Beckman