FAQ

Our prices depend on so many factors, it’s impossible to say in one sentence. Avoid any web developer who can answer this question without a long talk.
There are many reasons. Here are seven good ones.

1. We build powerful websites.
If you need a site with all the bells and whistles, contact CMP Development Group. Database integration, video, audio, ios and android integration, e- commerce — no problem.

2. We emphasize simplicity.

Some firms love to build complicated sites. Not us. We choose the simplest tool that will effectively accomplish a task. Simple sites load faster, are easy to use and are less prone to problems.

3. We’re affordable.
CMP Development Group has very low overhead. No fancy office in Buck head, no snooty receptionist, no latte-sipping sales weasels. Just hard-working Internet professionals chained to their computers. (Just kidding. They’re not really chained to their computers. They’re chained to their desks.)

4. We are friendly.
Most of our clients have fun working with us. We make the web design process easy and pleasant. We speak in plain English, not techno-babble. And we love what we do for a living.

5. We’re honest.
Our business has grown word-of-mouth and we intend to continue growing this way. We’ll treat you fairly and do a great job so that you’ll want to continue working with us after your site has launched. And, we want you to tell all your friends and colleagues about us.

6. You’re the boss.
We’ll give you options and the tools and information to make good choices. We’ll give you our recommendations, but ultimately, every decision about your website is yours.

We’ve seen those ads on the side of the road, too. Be wary of anyone who says they’ll build you a web site or sell you a car for $600. There’s a possibility they’ll take your money and run. What’s more likely is that they’ll take your money and then build your site with a template. They may have a lot of templates to choose from, but they’ll all be rather generic. They’ll ask you for five pages of text and then slap it into a template and that’s it. You can’t have custom graphic design; you can’t have any interactivity; your site won’t be optimized for search engines and it will look like a $600 site.

Remember, a consultation with CMP Development Group is always free and we just might be able to prevent you from wasting a thousand bucks.

Absolutely. Our goal is to please you. We can’t do that without your input. If there are other sites with a design style that you would like to emulate, we can do that. If you have a logo or brand collateral that you’d like us to work around, that’s no problem. We’ll be sure your new site will be a consistent and integral part of your overall brand.
We have an extensive network of creative associates that we work with. We would be happy to make a recommendation.
Unfortunately, because of the custom nature of our work that’s a difficult one to answer. Each project is unique and is different for each client. While our minimum fee for a project is $2,500 some projects have exceeded $20,000. Your needs and goals will determine the cost and complexity of a project. Larger and complex sites obviously will cost more than a simple and small “brochure” site. For all but the most complex projects we will provide a free estimate that will outline the work to be performed and the number of hours we anticipate it taking to complete.
Again, this depends on the size and difficulty level of your site and our current work load may also affect your completion date. Most projects take around two to three months. If a project takes longer than a couple of months to complete, the most frequent delay is that we have had to wait on content from the client. We’re pretty persistent about getting it, but sometimes clients just aren’t able to give it in a timely manner.
Much like getting a new phone number and waiting for the phone books to print the new directory with the number listed, search engines need time to “publish” a new database that includes your site. Due to our successful strategies for marketing your site, the dominant search engines, Google, bing! and Yahoo will normally pick up a site in a few months. The site may not rank highly at first, but can be found for your company name for instance. Ranking at the top of the results can take over a year depending on the search engine. Google in particular performs strangely at times. We have documented them ranking a site on the first page of the results as quickly as two months, only to have them push the site back to page three or four for the remainder of a year. Google also appears to favor older domains, seemingly penalizing newly registered domains.
Yes, the monthly fee covers the hosting of your site. Web site hosting is similar to telephone service. You pay AT&T,Verizon or Quest so when someone calls your phone number it rings and connects you. Web site hosting works along the same lines… when a prospective customer searches Google and clicks on a link to your site, or even types in your domain name directly into their Web browser it’s the hosting service that connects them to our Web servers where we provide the requested page to them. Your monthly fee also covers nightly backups of the site, monthly reports of traffic and visitors to your site, the storage space your site occupies on the server and the monthly data transfer (Internet traffic) consumed by the site.
Yes, monthly we analyze the logs from the Web site (that record every visitor to the site and which pages they view) and produce a detailed (nearly 40 pages) report of activity at the site. It contains the number of visitors, the pages that were viewed, which order the pages were most commonly viewed in, which search engines drove traffic to your site, and which keyword phrases were used to drive that traffic. These monthly reports can be accessed via the Web or we can e-mail a copy of them to you.
The length of time it takes to create a fully functional website is based on several factors. Custom design work can take anywhere from 1 – 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design and the number of revisions you require. The development phase requires an additional 1 – 6 weeks, depending on the number of pages, and the functionality required. Of course, these are general guidelines, and we will make every effort to meet the timeframe you have in mind.
We specialize in responsive HTML, CSS and Flash, but are very experienced with Mobile app development and content management systems like WordPress, Drupal, and others. Although it’s unlikely, if there’s something we can’t do, we can reach out to our network of partners for additional services (at no additional cost to you).
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. We build your website on our development server, and provide you with a username and password so that you can log in and monitor the progress of your site. During this phase, we encourage your feedback if something isn’t quite the way you envisioned it or if you’ve changed your mind. Once your site is ready and you have provided your approval, we release it live on your server and submit your URL to the major search engines.
We give as much latitude as we possibly can. After you’ve identified the general format and color schemes of your preferred design, we’ll complete up to 2 rounds of major revisions at no charge. All minor revisions are provided at no charge.
Yes. Our web design and development service includes configuration of your email accounts, detailed monthly traffic reports and basic search engine optimization services. Basic SEO includes submission of your site to the major search engines, and the setup of your primary meta tag information (Page Title, Description and Keywords). Additionally, your site is built from the ground up with search engine friendly technologies and methods.
Yes, we do have template sites – we can show you some themes to select from.
In general, we don’t recommend the use of templates, but they may be appropriate in certain situations. For example, if you absolutely must have a site launched within the space of a few days, or if you are on an especially limited budget, a template might be an acceptable short-term solution. However, these instances should be the exception rather than the rule for these reasons:

1. Most templates do not conform to important usability and search engine guidelines. If you’re not meeting the needs of your users, or if the search engines can’t easily index your site, then you’ll simply be wasting your valuable time and money with this approach.

2. Most templates do not lend themselves to quick or easy modification. If you require design modifications, it’s important to understand that they can substantially increase your total cost.

3. Templates purchased from the major online vendors may be used hundreds or even thousands of times, even by your own competitors. A cookie cutter design doesn’t attract much lasting attention. Good design is a reflection of your business, your strategy and your audience.

For small projects, 50% of the estimated fee must be provided prior to beginning work, with the remaining payment due upon completion of the project. For larger projects, an initial payment representing one-third of the estimated total fee is required. The second payment is required upon the halfway point, with the final third due upon completion of the project.
Yes! For one time changes, we will provide you with an estimate before beginning the work and charge at our standard hourly rate. If you anticipate regular needs for maintenance, one of our Ongoing Maintenance Plans may be more cost-effective for you.

The Pay as You Go Plan: Call us when you need to add to or make a change to your content. We’ll complete your request within 48 hours, and bill you at our standard hourly rate. Urgent requests can generally be completed within a few hours for an additional charge.

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