Frequently asked questions

To achieve a perfect understanding.

Can I visit Web Directions?

During the pandemic we are following government guidelines and remaining cautious to keep our staff, customers, and suppliers safe. We are limiting face to face meetings in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and are offering Zoom meetings as an alternative. Any face to face meetings at our office MUST be booked in advance. Disposable face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser are available throughout the office. Please do not hesitate to ring us on 01256 863007, or if after hours one of our staff will have access to the mobile number 07885 966085. (Text us and a member of the team will contact you back).

In what order will my work be undertaken?

Naturally, we would create your logo first (if you do not have one). This then gives us the colours and branding for everything else. If you have asked us to create your social media branding, business cards, digital letterheads or any other design elements, these would then be the next stage as this allows us to tie the website design in with your digital and printed materials.

Once the design elements are signed off (approved) by yourself establishing your brand identity your account handler will confirm the content of the website with you and ask our studio to carefully create your website. We are keen to ensure your branding and colours (including the shades and background colours) are all consistent, creating the best possible impression to your customers.

How long will it take & when can I expect to receive my website proof?

On receipt of ALL the website content from you, your account handler will prepare this ready for our web design team. Only when we have the complete content from you will your website be released to our web studio. Content includes your text, imagery, logos, social media links and contact info etc. All content from you MUST be supplied as Word documents, or in an email with clear instructions on text and imagery placement for each page. Please email imagery as attachments in JPEG format. Web Directions will NOT start any work on creating your new website site until we have received ALL your complete content. Incomplete content causes unnecessary delays and can lead to unavoidable extra charges to you before or after sign off of the website proof. Of course timescales depend on the size of your website and our workload, but typically a proof will be with you within 15 working days after the site has been released to our studio (after you have sent in the content). You will need to approve your initial desktop proof which we will email to you. At this stage you will need to check the proof carefully on a PC, not a tablet or phone. Once you have approved the desktop version, the site will be refined to view perfectly on tablets and smartphones before going live.

I would like to use Web Directions but I am in a long term contract with yell.com. How do I get out of it?

Are there likely to be any charges on top of my initial quote?

We build the initial website proof with the supplied text and images as per the agreed specification. Therefore time spent on changes/reworks to the supplied content that go beyond the initial quote/budget may be charged in addition, and will be based on an hourly rate of £55+VAT per hour. This is the same principal for artwork jobs such as business cards, brochures and email signatures etc.

Will Web Directions create the text for me?

Nobody knows your goods or services better than you do, but we are not all creative writers. You may have a family member or friend who can help you with the wording. A great tip is to look at what other people supplying the same goods and services have said, and use this as inspiration when writing your text. Please read our page regarding SEO and our content creation guide before considering the text of your website. We can write the text for you, after a meeting or phone conversation, but we would quote for this separately. If deemed necessary the professional services of a copy writer may be needed.

Is there a guide as to what I should be including in my website content?

Yes, please click on this link to view and download our ‘Content Creation Guide’ or alternatively ask your account handler to email this useful document to you as a PDF.

In short, we recommend a minimum of 300 words per page to allow Google and other search engines a good amount of content to read and analyse. The Homepage should include 1 or 2 paragraphs describing an overview of your business, your services, and your service area/locations. The text should be well written and include some of your priority search terms, e.g. ‘ABC Company offer call out plumbing services to Basingstoke, Hampshire’. Please also refer to the ‘What you should include when writing your website text’ section on our SEO web page here.

Will my website work on all types of Smartphones and Tablets, as well as PCs and Laptops?

Yes, your website will be totally responsive and easily read by your customers on all devices. Your website is checked in all mainstream web browsers to ensure compatibility.

How long does it take for my website to appear on Google search results after going live?

It can take 4-6 weeks for Google to update its listings and recognise a new website. This is the same for recognising any changes made to a website. We can force a ‘re-crawl’ of the website once the changes are made which will speed up the process, but it can still take a couple of weeks before you start to see any results. That said, once your website is live if someone types your website address directly into the url bar at the top of their web browser, it will display your website straight away.

All of our FAQ’s are important and need to be read and understood, but please pay very close attention to the question below before preparing your website content. If you need specialist advice about SEO for your website, please liaise directly with an SEO company. We can offer basic advice, but do not claim to be experts in this field.

Will my website be found if someone searches for my goods or service via Google?

Yes – but it depends on what the person is typing in the search bar. If you are expecting your website to appear on the first page of Google and numerous enquiries to start flooding your inbox from day one, it is not going to happen. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for Google to pick up your website, and even then where you appear on Google’s results depends on a lot of factors. The amount of unique visitors your site gets, whether you have any reciprocated links to other websites and how well you’ve written your website text all play a part. Unless you are paying for a Google AdWords campaign or for specialist SEO, you are certain to have a lot of competition against you on the worldwide web.

We are not an SEO company. If you want to pay a specialist SEO company, their charges will depend on your objectives; the size of your website, the type of goods and service you are providing are all taken in to consideration. We strongly recommend you think carefully about the content of your website and include in your written text, the keywords and phrases your potential customers may type in to Google to find the service you are offering/supplying. This information, preferably included in the home page text, will give you the best possible start for your own organic SEO input and Google should, in time (not guaranteed), pick up these keywords and phrases. Please see our SEO page here, and Brand services here to help promote your website. Please can we draw your attention to this Google Account – Knowledge Panel Product that we / or you can effect yourself after your website has gone live (instructions are on our website). If you have not included an address on your website then the chances of the google account (your knowledge panel) being effective will be greatly reduced. Google links the address displayed on your website to the knowledge panel, if the address is missing Google can’t increase your visibility. We also recommend a minimum of 300 words per page, particularly on the homepage, to allow Google and other search engines a good amount of content to read and analyse.

Payment – how does it work?

We will invoice you when work for your one off service is complete. Please be aware that your account handler may ask you for a small deposit before we undertake any website build and design work if you do not have any previous account history with us. These one off services include the build of your website, a new logo, business cards, e-card, social media branding or printed matter ordered from us. Payment is required after your sign off/or completion of the goods or services, or within 30 days if you have a positive account history with us.

If you have a monthly Direct Debit set up with us for other ongoing services, we can arrange to take a one off payment for any services mentioned above if you prefer. This one off payment will be taken from the bank account linked to your direct debit. Please discuss this alternative payment method with your account handler.

We reserve the right to collect any outstanding balance for your website (or any other one off service) directly from your direct debit account at any time.

Your monthly Direct Debit payment to us will cater for the ongoing monthly services supplied to you, including your domain, hosting, SSL certificate, email services, social media posting or any other regular services we are providing to you. Your monthly payment amount is simply the yearly cost spread over 12 months. You will receive an automatically generated invoice by email each month. To set up a Direct Debit with us please click here.

We will not be able to start working for you until we have a commitment from you and you have set up the direct debit.

If we are not supplying you with any regular monthly services, there will be no need for you to set up a Direct Debit mandate with us.

We reserve the right to use your Direct Debit setup to collect any overdue funds that are outstanding for your one off services. Our standard payment terms are made clear on your invoice. Please note: we will not alter your Direct Debit unless you add or remove any services throughout the year. If you would prefer to pay annually in advance for your ongoing services, we can take the payment by direct debit each year.

We cannot register your domain or set up the hosting for your website without having a direct debit mandate in place.

Your website will take a period of time to prepare for the studio, build and subsequently go live. Timescales depend on the size of your website and our workload, but typically a proof will be with you within 15 working days after the site has been released to our studio. If we have gone over the quoted lead time and you have already paid some monthly payments for hosting, domain, SSL certificate etc before the website is live then those payments will be credited back to you when you receive your one off invoice for the build of your website. If there are delays from your end, for example we have not received the complete content (text, photos, imagery etc) and we have been hosting a holding page since you instructed us to go ahead, we cannot issue a refund as costs are incurred for hosting the holding page.

If, in the unusual scenario, we have repeatedly requested final sign off from you after completion of our work, or we have not been able to finish the work due to incomplete content then we reserve the right to invoice you for the work we have done and if needed, take payment via the Direct Debit Mandate.

If you have given your consent for us to go ahead with the initial set up procedure for hosting and building a website, (domain registration, server setup, hosting set up etc) and then change your mind, you will incur a charge of £25.00 +VAT. We do not tie you in to a contract, however there will be a cancellation charge of £25.00 +VAT to cover our admin set up time. If your account remains in arrears without any contact from you, your website files will be removed and replaced with the following holding page until payment is received.

Please ensure you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions before proceeding with any services from Web Directions.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us on 01256 863050.

What if I change my mind after placing my order?

You may have a change of circumstances; a lottery win, a golden job offer or you simply feel, in hindsight, you cannot cope with the basics (setting up your email address with the details provided or the editing of your website). Whatever stage you are at with us, you can cancel your services at any time but we will require payment for the work we have done. We will automatically take payment from your Direct Debit initially, then cancel your mandate. If you have paid a deposit, any remaining balance after our costs have been covered, will be returned to you. For example, if you cancel the domain, something we pay for up front for a year at a time, the annual cost will be charged on to you. If we have produced any printed materials for you, but you have not had the website built, the print work will be charged but the website will not. If you cancel your order that has already been processed (we have registered the domain and set up your user account on our server) we will charge £25.00 + VAT in addition to the annual domain fee ( £15.00 + VAT for a .co.uk or £20.00 + VAT for a .com).

Why is my regular monthly hosting direct debit payment set up so quickly, and why do I pay it before my website is live?

Usually because you have asked us to purchase a domain. We purchase this in advance from Nominet, and subsequently pay them annually for your domain. Nominet is the UK’s domain name registry.

A reminder that if you have paid some monthly hosting payments before the website is live, those payments less the cost of the domain and email services (that Web Directions have paid for in advance), will automatically be deducted from your one off invoice for the build of your website. This invoice will be sent to you when you have approved the website and it is live.

Please note, depending on each individual scenario, that we reserve the right to retain hosting charges if the website has been held up in the development stage for an extended period of time as a result of a delay your end. If you have been sent a proof link to your website then we have been hosting the development version of your website.

What happens if I want to cancel my website and email services with Web Directions or move my services to another supplier?

We don’t sign you up to a contract. We hope that the level of support and service you receive from us will be enough to make you want to stay but we understand that sometimes clients decide to stop using our services. You are free to leave at anytime. If you decide to move to another supplier for hosting your website, email services or domain, we will assist you as much as possible to make it a seamless process, but we do charge a one off fee of £25 +VAT to cover the administration. As long as your payments are up to date we can simply email you the digital files, or supply them to you on a USB stick, or via We Transfer to give to your new supplier. You are welcome to view our terms and conditions here.

Do I need an SSL Certificate? How much does it cost?

You may have noticed that online security is on the rise and we recommend that you get an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) for your website, particularly if you have a contact form or online ordering. A lot of web browsers now are flagging up any website without an SSL certificate as unsafe so whilst it doesn’t stop people from potentially getting onto your site, it may put a lot of people off. An SSL certificate will display a little padlock in the browser to show that data collected through the website is secure. It gives users more confidence in you, and it may also help with your google search ranking, more information can be found here. The cost is £60 per year +VAT, paid monthly to us via the same direct debit arrangement as your domain(s), hosting, emails and social media payments.

Why do I need a privacy policy on my website?

Following GDPR, all websites should have a privacy policy. If you do not supply your own privacy policy, then we will use our generic one. It is all standard stuff these days, but you will need to read through this privacy policy to make sure you understand what you are agreeing to.

Can I edit/update my own website?

Yes, all our website are built using WordPress and can be edited and updated by you, the client. We will supply you with the username and password to enable you to change photos and text. However, we do ask our clients to leave the bespoke graphics, and any structural changes to us to amend for you. After your website has gone live, we can offer you a 1 hour training session where we will show you how to edit your wesbite. We also have a number of helpful user guides on our downloads page.

I’m not very tech savvy so will need Web Directions to amend my website for me at times – how does this work?

That’s fine, we are used to dealing with all levels of technical expertise so for our ‘novice’ clients, we always try to keep our charges low. You simply supply your changes to your account handler who will let you know how much they will cost before we go ahead. This work is charged by the rate of £55 +VAT per hour. Minimum charge is £25 +VAT.

What about WordPress updates and Plugin updates?

All non-ecommerce websites we build after June 2021 will have automatic updates enabled for both WordPress and WordPress plugins. The majority of the time this works great, but there are occasions when a conflict occurs that needs to be fixed manually, or rolled back to a previous backup. Websites on our hosting are backed up daily, but only on a 2 week cycle. It is therefore important that you (the client) check your website regularly and report any issues as soon as possible. We (Web Directions) cannot be held responsible for any issues that occur as a result of a WordPress or plugin update. If you would prefer a more personal update service, please contact your account handler for details.

If we built your website before June 2021, or if you have an e-commerce website, you can manually update WordPress and plugins yourself in the WordPress admin area. If we have been asked to make a content edit to your website, then we may perform the updates for you at the same time.

Is it difficult to set up the email account provided to me on my devices? Do I have to have one?

There are a lot of different ‘smart’ devices on the market which you can use for setting up and accessing your email on and because of this we can’t provide instructions or assistance for every device but it is very straight forward to set up. We have user friendly guides for iPhone and Outlook on the download section of our website or you can use this very handy guide from Vodafone for setting up your account on most other devices. Simply find your device and navigate to the IMAP mail set up guide. If you have any issues setting things up and require our assistance, there is a one off £10.00 charge per mailbox. This is added to your one off costs, your invoice form us when your website is live. Often it is easier to take your device to a local computer/phone shop/IT support specialist. You will just need to take the details we email to you with you.

You do not have to have an email address associated with the domain as a mailbox, however it does make you look so much more professional. You have the option to have info@, hello@ or enquiries@your-domain-here.co.uk displaying on your website (and business cards) set as a forward to your existing email account (Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo etc.). Please speak to your account handler if you need any further clarification.

After Web Directions has secured (purchased) my new domain name (my www – website address URL) and while the website is being planned and subsequently created, will there be anything on my domain for people to see?

Normally we will display this page or you can ask us to create something bespoke for you. This would normally be your logo with basic message and/or your phone number. This would incur a one off £25 +VAT charge. Alternatively, FOC, you could ask us to forward your domain to your company Facebook page, if you have one, until your new website is approved.

If I have recently registered a domain myself, can Web Directions take this over so all my monthly payments are in one place? Will I remain as the domain owner?

Yes we can take control from your current supplier, but we cannot transfer your domain for 60 days from the date of your original registration/purchase. Although Web Directions will hold and manage your domain, it will still be owned by you. Any associated monthly costs such as hosting, email accounts, SSL certificates and domain charges will be combined in to one ongoing monthly Direct Debit payment.

Who owns my website and domain?

You do, not us. You will have paid for your website to be created so it is yours. Your domain is registered by us and kept on our master account, but it belongs to you.

Emails – how does it work?

We provide you with the email addresses you require but please be aware it is your responsibility to download and back-up your emails on a regular basis. We are not accountable for any loss of data due to a hardware failure. Once your emails have been downloaded into your inbox, they are yours not ours. If you lose them for any reason, we will of course try to recover them if we can, but it is not our responsibility. We are simply providing you with the facilities to use an email address and are ensuring the emails arrive in your PC, Smartphone and or Tablet. Read more about our email services here.

Who’s responsibility is it to add my new email account(s) on to my devices (PCs, Smartphones and Tablets)?

Unless pre-agreed or you have an IT support contract with us, it is your responsibility. We provide an email service which can be accessed via webmail, it is your choice if you decide to access your account via a third party provider/software. There are many different email clients you could be using (Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird etc.) all with varying degrees of complexity. Each one has a slightly different procedure for email set up but we will show you where you can get instructions via the internet or you can take the settings we provide you with to an IT support company. We also have a number of helpful user guides for setting up your email on our downloads page.

Do you also provide printing services?

Yes we do, we print in-house on the ground floor. Please take a look at our other website www.printdirections.co.uk. Please note, if you are having business cards with your website these are printed on 400 gsm silk, Matt Laminated and 55mm x 85mm.

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