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FAQs

How does this work?

In just a few simple steps and a short time, you'll be able to have your new professional website. You can either pay now and select a website design afterwards (in which case we can help you decide), or select a site first (see below).

  1. Look through and view the demos of the hundreds of our professionally designed websites (under WEBSITES).
  2. When you find a website you would like to be the design of your website, SELECT it by clicking the "Order This Website Now" button (on the top right of that websites demo page).
  3. You will then be able to select from a Payment Plan that works best for you.
  4. Once we receive payment, we will contact you to get everything we need, and then we'll take care of everything. 

What about a domain name?

We will help with and/or take care of everything. More specifically:

  • If you have a domain name you wish to use (or an existing website you want replaced), we will guide you with the steps you must take, and do everythin necessary on our end.
  • If you don't have a domain name, we will help you decide on a good available name and get it.
  • Your new domain name will be completely in your own name, meaning you control it. So we don't do the unscrupulous trick that sometimes happens when a company sets things up in their own name, and later uses that control to "hold a website client hostage".

Do I need hosting?

All websites need to be hosted somewhere. If you already have hosting, we can use that (assuming it meets modern necessary technical specifications)*1 . If you do not have hosting, we will provide hosting at no additional charge for 1 year. We can manage everything (updates, security, etc.) so you don't have to. Or if you want more control once the site is complete and paid for, we can provide you with a control panel so you are still in control of your website.

If we are providing hosting, we can also include up to 3 email addresses on your domain.
i.e. info(at)yourdomain.com , yourname(at)businessname.com , etc. You can use these email addresses with any email client (such as Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) or online via a web browser (from any computer).

*1 While most quality hosts should meet the technical specifications required for the technology we use, there are many cheap hosting plans that do not. We cannot guarantee that your website will run unless the technical specifications required for the technology we use are met.

What if I already have hosting?

We do not require you to use our hosting. Once you have paid the monthly payments for your MTO term.*1, your website can be moved to your hosting provider*2. You can elect to pay off your MTO immediately or at any point.

The support we are able to provide, however, is significantly limited if your website is hosted elsewhere.

*1 Your MTO is your Months To Own and varies depending on which Payment Plan you choose

*2 While most quality hosts should meet the technical specifications required for the technology we use, there are many cheap hosting plans that do not. We cannot guarantee that your website will run unless the technical specifications required for the technology we use are met.

This is an incredible value! What's the catch?

When you select a website design from our huge selection, we are utilizing a design and functionality that we already have completed. So the work has already been done. There is no need for us to do it again, and we are passing the significant savings along to you!

Are the photographs included?

No. The content seen on the sample websites include professional stock photos and other "dummy content". All of the content (wording, photos, etc.) on your website will be your own content that will replace the dummy content.

However, if you wish, we can use professional stock photography (and/or video or illustrations) for your website. You will need to legally aquire the photos and usage rights. This can be done easily and inexpensively at a stock photography agency such as 123rf.com (recommended)

Stock Photos from 123RF

Are the background videos included?

No. The content seen on the sample websites include stock video and other "dummy content". Some of the sites use short video clips for backgrounds. All of the content (background videos, photos, wording, etc.) on your website will be your own content that will replace the dummy content.

However, if you wish, we can use professional stock video (such as for backgrounds, etc.) for your website. You will need to legally aquire the video and usage rights. This can be done easily and inexpensively at a stock agency such as 123rf.com (recommended)

Stock Photos from 123RF

Is my website proprietary?

This is a very good question. Your website is built with Open Source. What that means to you is freedom, because you are not locked into a proprietary deal like you are with Squarespace, Weebly, Wix. Those and other proprietary website providers hold you and your website captive by locking you into a dead end path.

This also means with a OKDnet Budget Sites website, the technology used allows for much more flexibility and future options. And not only can handle whatever needs may arise, and are confident you will be happy with us, but if for any reason you need to take your website elsewhere and have someone else work on it, not only is that possible, many other developers will be very familiar with the code and system.

Once I've signed up, what is needed from me?

Photos, the copy (or wording), etc. So this could also include (but doesn't necessarily have to include) a logo or branding, videos, etc.*1

Basically, the placeholder dummy content will need to be replaced with your own business content.*2

Once the project kicks off, we will help by providing you with a list of suggested content, along with further guidance if you feel you need or want our further input.

Since every business is different and has other priorities and obligations, we are flexible and will work with you at a pace and schedule that is right for your business.

*1 Depending on the selected website design, which can be used for reference. 
*2 Pages or sections that are not needed can be removed.

Can I get an original website design?

Well, yes and no.

Designing a website (from scratch) along with the coding required to convert that design costs money. The whole purpose of OKDnet's Budget Sites Program is to eliminate that cost for businesses that either don't have the much larger budget required, or that simply appreciate how much they can save going this route. And the fact of the matter is, most businesses, especially small businesses, do not need a 100% original (or "bespoke" as it's sometimes referred to) website.

However, if your business has a larger budget, at least $5000 or more, and would like an original design and/or a more custom website or functionality, see our main website at http://okdnet.com and contact us to discuss your project.

Can you customize the website design?

That depends on what you mean.

Of course we understand you want your new website to be your own, with your businesses content. We will replace the placeholder dummy content with your business copy, photos, video, logo, etc. to make the website uniquely yours.

In addition, each different website we allow you to select from is different in the degree of customization built in to allow for certain changes. So certain customizations to design aspects like color schemes or font styles, and more, may be available. If so, we can do this. In other words, we will make any customizations in as far as is available already built in to the website you've selected.

On the other hand, our budget pricing plans do not include any further design or styling in the code. If this becomes a real need, we will quote you an additional fee.

 

What about pages? Can our website have more or different pages?

Your website can have an add an unlimited*1 number of pages.

*1 Unlimited pages means your website content management system will allow for the easy creation of an unlimited number of pages. Filling those pages with actual content takes time, however. Pricing includes adding your content to pages similar to the selected website demo pages. While we are willing to help beyond this (If you wish for us to do this), we reserve the right to decide what is reasonable.

What about the menus? Can the menus on our site be different?

Yes, the actual verbiage of every menu item can be whatever you choose. For example: Contact Us vs Contact vs Call Now

In addition, your website can have an unlimited*1 number of menu items*2, and if the design supports it, sub-items*3 under each menu (this depends on pages and sections of your website)

*1 Unlimited menus items means your website content management system will allow for the easy creation of an unlimited number of menu items, and even additional menus. However. Pricing includes setup with the menus and pages the menus link to similar to the selected website demo pages. While we are willing to help beyond this (If you wish for us to do this), we reserve the right to decide what is reasonable.

*2 & *3 Menu Items & Sub-Menu items are determined by a number of things such as the theme design, space limitations, and what pages or sections of a website should be included in the menu. Simply observing the menu structure of a website design you are considering can give you an idea of what is possible. If you have questions, please contact us and ask.

Can I get an eCommerce website to sell products?

Some of the websites you can select from are designed for eCommerce. We have included these websites because they are not limited to eCommerce. However, while a Budget Sites website could include basic eCommerce functionality and perhaps much of what you want, it does not include typical eCommerce functionality. With all the many different eCommerce features and functionality possibilities, you may in fact want or need more than a Budget Sites solution in terms of website design/development. If this is what you want, because of the additional necessary level of development, the Budget Sites pricing would not be applicable to your project.

We can provide eCommerce functionality and setup for additional fees, and are happy to discuss your needs. Contact us and request a quote if you are interested in selling on your website with eCommece.

How long will it take to complete my website?

We can have your website up and running very quickly with the placeholder dummy content, usually in only 24-48 hours (so 1-2 business days).

Replacing the placeholder dummy content with your content will depend on how quickly you can provide us with the required content. Don't worry, we will help you through this process, and since every business is different and has other priorities and obligations, we are flexible and will work with you at a pace and schedule that is right for your business.

Is the website ours to keep?

Yes, we can provide you a copy of the website database plus all the necessary files and code once you have paid your 12 monthly payments (months to own or MTO).

You are free to pay any remaining payments off early at any time.

What about licensing?

Not only is all licensing included and the rights retained by you, ithe open source licensing is what is used my millions of other websites. Basically, you don't need to worry about licensing.

For those that want to know more, your website will contain open source code based on one or several of the following licenses. GPL1, GPLv22, MIT3 they can read about the various licensing included, here below.

1The GPL is a widely used free software license, which guarantees end users the freedom to run, study, share and modify the software.

2 The GNU v2 is the most commonly used open source licence. Approximately 70% of the projects in the software repository Sourceforge use the GPL v2.

3 The MIT License is a free software license originating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is a permissive free software license, meaning that it permits reuse within proprietary software provided all copies of the licensed software include a copy of the MIT License terms and the copyright notice.

Will my site be found? What about SEO?

The short answer is yes and no. This is actually a very complex subject, and the answer to this question is long and not always clear. Anyone who tries to gloss over it or tell you otherwise is not being honest.

Some common sense goes a long way here. First of all, you need a professional site in the first place. When a prospect does view your website, it needs to do a good job at making the right impression, and then getting them to take action, etc. 

Once you have your new professional website, who finds your site, how many do, and from where, etc. will change over time and grow. 

Generally speaking, our websites are coded with SEO best practices, so that Google and the search engines will better index and then rank your website. And we will work with you so that the content we use to make the website yours specifically, will help with SEO and to get you the right visitors and ultimately more clients & customers.

Beyond this, there are a lot of things we can do to help, but they are budget driven. And since the whole purpose of OKDnet's Budget Sites Program is to provide businesses with smaller budgets a way to get started with a new professionally designed and built website (the first step in the process this question asks about), let's get your new website going, and then when you are ready and have an additional budget for additional marketing, you can see our main website at http://okdnet.com and contact us to discuss any further marketing.

How is OKDnet Web Solutions different from OKDnet Budget Sites?

OKDnet Web Solutions provides full service agency solutions. OKDNet Budget Sites is a program we created for an easy, affordable website solution with everything included! 
OKDnet Web Solutions is probably more ideal for those businesses that have the required larger budgets and want or need more than OKDNet Budget Sites.

So we have solutions to help regardless of your business size and needs.
 

About Budget Sites

Budget Sites by OKDnet is a program created to help businesses that do not have the budget typically required for a custom designed & developed website. Instead, you select from hundreds of websites already designed & coded, and we make it yours at a fraction of the cost.