cygalski.net – Custom Website Design in London Ontario | Web Design FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


The following are questions frequently asked by website visitors and potential clients.


How much do you charge for building a website?

Web design fees start at around $1500 for straightforward projects, and fees vary according to complexity and scale of the design. Call me and let's talk, or if you would like a rough idea first, please have a look at sample Web Design Fees.

Do you redesign existing websites?

Yes, I most certainly do. It usually involves as much work as does building a whole new website and so costs accordingly. Of course, if all content of the existing website is top drawer and image files high quality and resolution, it might be possible to get things done with more bang for less. Let's talk.

How long does it take for a website to go live?

This depends on the same factors that determine the price tag on your website. The average being four weeks, a small simple website could go live in as little as three weeks, while a complex web design project could take six weeks. You should have a pretty good idea about the timeframe required for your project after we first meet for your no obligation consultation and quote.

What steps are involved in the design process?

The Web Design Steps page has the answers to this.

Do you set up websites at no additional charge?

Yes. Set up, spell-checking, link checking, and initial troubleshooting is included, as is your one year warranty.

Do you offer website hosting with website content updates?

$30 a month gets you a shared 3rd party hosting account at Webnames, Gandi or such, help with setting email address at your domain, and up to half hour of my time reserved monthly for website changes that you request or support issues, add $5 to this monthly for dynamic websites; or if your needs are such, $45 monthly gets you similar package but with optimization monitoring and tweaking upon request with a couple hourly findability sessions annually, say one in person and one on the phone. Please visit my www.digibee.net for details.

Is there such thing as web design warranty?

A one year warranty is included; errors both technical and typographical attributable to my work will be corrected free of charge within a period of one year of project completion.

Do you submit websites to search engines?

All websites are submitted to major search engines. These include Google, Yahoo and Bing. Inclusion is not guaranteed and could take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Can you get my website to list first in search engine results?

A lot of people are working hard to stay on top of what search engines are doing. Because the algorithms change often and differ a great deal from one to the next, no one can guarantee your certain placement in the search results.

Nonetheless, there are ways to improve your website's findability, reach, popularity, search engine friendliness and thus its positioning in search engine listings. In addition, there are paid advertisements - some of which can appear at or near the top of the search results.

I am on a budget; can you give me a deal?

If you run a homebased business and my sample quote of $1500 for straightforward website sounds steep, you could request that I build you a somewhat generic website, recycling a nice template and taking it easy on intensive custom work. This should easily amount to 1/3 off the price tag.

As an alternative, I may be able to offer 10% discounts on my custom built websites to NPOs and home-based one-person businesses.

Finally if you immediatly give me a plan of all pages for your website, all paragraphs and all images to be used on these pages, ready to be published, we should certainly be able to agree on a significant discount for the time I do not have to spend gathering content from you.

By the way, the less information you offer a designer about yourself and your business when you request a quote, the less likely you are to get deal, a quote, or any response at all. If you appear to be hiding something, doing business with you will appear in worst case scenario kind of way. If you would like a reasonable response, offer your first & last name, business name, nature of your business, location and telephone number. It's a lot easier to think quotes when you know you are dealing with someone real.

Don't see your question answered here?

Please feel free to ask your question by email or call 519 685-3904 Monday to Friday between nine and five. I am happy to offer answers and find out whether and how I may be of help.

Clients Say …

I worked closely with Mike for several years. He was enthusiastic about establishing our centre's online credibility. He was always cooperative and intelligent in his choices. I appreciate Mike's work ethic and his social skills. He is responsive and always ready to build meaningful business relationships.

Roman Molodynia, former Vice President, London Ukrainian Centre

Mike designed my website and has updated it over the years. He is professional and provides great results at a reasonable cost. He responds to emails and implements changes and updates to the website quickly. I would highly recommend him.

Beth Leaper, B.A., L.L.B, Barrister & Solicitor (Family Law)

Mike brings experience, reliability, and solid advice to his clients. He is very personable and easy to work with. His creativity is evident in his design ideas and ability to solve online problems.... CareerSmarts strongly recommends Mike Cygalski.

Linda Jack, Career Development Practicioner, CareerSmarts

Mike helped me with the content management system that I'm using for my website. All of his suggestions have greatly improved the content, aesthetics, and usability of my site as well as its rankings - I couldn't have done it without his help!!

Amy Ellis, BA (Kin), C. Ped (C)

Mike designed and managed our websites for two different rental properties that I was the Property Manager. In addition to these two websites he also designed and managed a website for a not-for-profit organization that I was involved with as President. Mike was very detail oriented when it came to his work. The websites would look good to me but he always had a way of making them look even better and more effective. I highly recommend Mike for any project.

Eugene Dustin, Property Manager & former President of Pride London, NPO

Over the last few years, Mike has helped us design and build three very good looking and highly usable websites. He has a keen aesthetic sense, a solid work ethic, and a broad range of skills. He knows how to take creative direction and how to accommodate preferences and individual tastes…

Paul Kurowski, Ph.D., P.Eng., Design Generator Inc. / Lightforms.ca

…He had no trouble taking well over a thousand images through the cogs of his design gracefully and without sacrificing aesthetics or usability. We are happy with his work.

Paul Kurowski, Ph.D., P.Eng., Design Generator Inc. / Lightforms.ca

Mike is a very knowledgeable website designer and is strong on deliver and follow up. He is always available and interested in building a solid business relationship without compromising important personal touches.

Chris Beaudry, Chris Beaudry Stoneworks

Mike, I've received lots of praise from suppliers and customers alike for the new, improved website!

M.W.

I highly recommend Mr. Mike Cygalski. He does excellent work and is easy to work with.

Tatiana Zdyb Ph.D., M.A., C.Psych, Zdyb Centre for Health Promotion

Mike, we can't thank you enough for the amazing job you did at building our website.

B.&M.S.

I cannot say enough about how pleased I have been by the service provided and the results achieved. I would highly recommend using Mike in the development of a webpage and ongoing service from his company.

William J. Doran, B.S.W. LL.B LL.M (Family Law), Barrister & Solicitor

The feedback was very positive — people said it reflects my personality, is easy to navigate, well laid-out and fun!

N.L.

We have been dealing with Mike for several years and have been pleased with his work from the very beginning. He is very accommodating to our needs and ideas.

Brian Burke, Strathroy Scale Inc.

Hey, and by the way, our Google ranking is amaaaaazing now. We are top three for most searches now. Thank you for everything you do for us. We are getting tons of jobs just from searches, so we are thrilled.

Owner of an Ottawa Based Creative

Excellent experience using Mike to revamp and redo our website. Very pleased!

Gloria Rolfe, Executive Director, Westminster Foundation

Mike... the info and service I received was beyond my expectations.

A.E.

We have been dealing the Mike for 6 years. He is extremely knowledgable and offers excellent customer service. Thank you Mike for all your help and services.

C.S., Owner, Forever Concrete Inc.

I have been getting a lot of calls from the website and others have been checking it out before coming to view the units. They are all saying how great the website looks. Congrats on a great job well done.

E.D., The Grand Estates

Mike Cygalski created our first website in 2008, and recently created new one for us in 2015 when our company rebranded. His web development is artistic, cutting edge, and highly effective in terms of achieving a strong search engine ranking (we have always been happy with our results, right from day one). Mike is honest, articulate, knowledgable and always easy to get in touch with. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike over the years, and have very much relied on him for our company's online presence. I would highly recommend his services.

B.&M.S., Old South Landscape Professionals

Mike, I just got my first assignment from the web site! I had cold emailed a business publication last week and they just called. They had obviously looked at the site...so thanks!

N.L.

I am so glad that I called Mike...the info and service I received was beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend him if you're looking to enhance your online presence!!

Amy Ellis, BA (Kin), C. Ped (C), On The Move Orthotics

Thank you Mike for all your great photos of our showroom and Fanshawe gym floors.

T.B., President, Flatout Flooring Inc.

...the font style and size, the graphics/colours of the layout-all make it easy to navigate and read, attractive, professional yet friendly...

Anon.

Thanks Mike, you're awesome!

Core Builders / LaRovere Construction Inc.

There is one thing I can say about it. I love it! I am sure the client will too.

Owner of an Ottawa Based Creative

Mike is a very easy person to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and excellent at explaining complex details regarding website design, trends and implementation. His direct contact approach is very client focused so you don't have to go through several layers of personnel to get quick accurate answers to your questions. I can't recommend both his skill level, knowledge and customer service high enough. A++

Michael Wilson, Owner, PC Audio

I highly recommend Mr. Mike Cygalski without reservation. Mr. Cygalski is easy to work with, is very creative, offers various packages (so there is something for every budget) and completed my website very quickly. Mr. Cygalski is also very accessible. Any time I need to make a change to the site he does so immediately. I am so pleased with the work that Mr. Cygalski did, and does for me.

Tatiana Zdyb, Ph.D., M.A., C.Psych

We have received great feedback and will wholeheartedly refer you to whoever we can. It has been and absolute pleasure working with you.

Sincerely, B.&M.S.

Overall - very cool, very easy to navigate...

Anon.

[W]ith a single element you not only get a beautiful eye catching image, but you get insight into the site, not to mention a massive design element to style the site around.

Design Meltdown, designmeltdown.com, on shiki.ca

Looks great - thanks. And I just landed my second assignment thanks to the site (and a good pitch)!

N.L.

Thanks, I have a lot of people who have seen the web site. A lot of people coming to see and apply have seen it before they came.

R.S., Huron Pines Housing Co-operative Inc.

Overall, it looks great, is easy to get around in...

Anon.

Well! and woo-eee that is a very fine web site. Obviously well thought out...

Anon.

FYI we've had lots of compliments on the site. Looks good.

G.P.

All the one-bedrooms are full and I have two two-bedrooms taken today and paid first cheques for them. I think it has lot to do with the website.

R.S., Huron Pines Housing Co-operative Inc.

We've been getting much positive feed back about the web site.... so many thanks again for all your hard work.

C.P.

Everything looks A-OK to me. Launch it! Go live! Yee-ha!

M.G.

We have had many favourable comments over the last months about the web site.

C.P.

Thanks again for all the efforts. The website has never looked so good.

E.D.

Just checked out the site. Looks greatttttttttttt.

E.D.

Overall, it looks great to me, accessible and easily readable, great images...

Anon.

Mike, just thought I would pass along this very nice compliment on the website from one of my engineers.

Regards, D.L., Lande Associates Inc.

I think that we should put this up today.... Thanks a lot it is more than I expected.

R.S., Huron Pines Housing Co-operative Inc.

Thanks for everything....... everyone loves your work.

S.A.

Thanks for making us look professional.

A.M.

Love it!! Waiting for your call.

J.K., Serial Entrepreneur.

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