WordPress Web Design Services & Maintenance

WMS NZ WordPress site designers are experienced WP consultants, with expertise in maintaining websites, tech support and SEO consultancy… It makes perfect sense to discuss a design & maintenance package for your new project with us…

Design, Hosting & Management

We deliver full-service web designing and management for small businesses for all niche markets. Outline your project ideas, and I am able to provide you with helpful advice and a no-obligation web page proposal covering creation, testing, implementation, maintenance and support. I can advise on:

Design & Layout – Themes

Always use a premium WordPress theme platform! This is not the place to be thrifty and a reputable theme development company provides an upgrade path and support built in plus standards compliance, security, functionality and support for the full WordPress feature set. The following are excellent examples:

  • Generatepress theme and library layouts
  • Astra theme & starter layouts
  • Kadence Themes and blocks

These are proven to be among the fastest-loading themes available.  And DO use a theme with a “child theme” option! Competent WordPress site designers will build a custom / bespoke layout on a robust base, and they will:

  • Stick to the built-in WP Gutenberg page editor to maximise page speed and performance.
  • Avoid the bloated code inherent in Page Builders like Elementor Pro for the same reason.

US$60  is an insignificant price to pay for a robust platform on which to base your website’s design and layout.

Free themes are high risk in terms of features, functions and security and at the least, may not be compliant with current HTML or CSS standards. Themes from dodgy sources may actually come pre-loaded with malware and/or phishing code implemented!

Page speed & core web vitals

Page load speed and UX (user experience) should be mission-critical factors in your choice! Not least because Google has baked website speed optimisation into ranking algorithms since mid-June 2021.

Mobile friendly & responsive is a prerequisite

Themes must have a ‘mobile responsive structure’ because that’s also a Google ranking factor. Such themes dynamically resize depending on the device it is being displayed on; desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone… This delivers the best possible viewing across all devices from a single version of your website. More than 50% of your visitors are likely to be using a smartphone…

Here’s a small sample of Generatepress-based layouts from our WordPress portfolio:

Web presence costs

The average cost for a website and maintenance on a small business site includes:

  • Domain registration – a .nz or .co.nz domain costs around $30 per year.
  • Site Hosting ** ranges from “cheap and cheerful” shared hosting at US$5 per month to premium A2Hosting.com “Turbo” shared hosting at US$23 monthly. The average cost for good NZ-based hosting is $200 per year.
  • Designed and built costs start at $2,495 for a small site.
  • The annual maintenance costs start at $385 per year.

Therefore, the cost of a full-service domain, hosting, design and management package for a small business website starts at around: $3,000

Recommended Options:

  • On-site SEO package – $1,695
  • Citation building – creating good quality links TO your site. No incoming backlinks cripple search enginee rankings. Package cost is: $700

Note:** Avoid “WordPress Hosting” and stick with ‘proper’ cPanel hosting services. The much-vaunted WordPress hosting plans are a “one size fits all” option with predetermined features to enhance WP performance for non-tech-savvy users. The hosting Control Panel is minimalist and bereft of normal options. That leaves you with very few opportunities to tune the hosting’s PHP settings. Basically, my opinion is that you pay more and get less…

Web Page Design Proposals

Please contact us to request a website build and maintenance cost proposal for your new project. No cost to you, and no obligation…

Page last Updated on Sunday, October 1, 2023 by the author Ben Kemp