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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you develop an easy-to-use custom e-commerce site?

Yes we can! Our software developer will work with you and your project manager to either build a custom e-commerce accounting software system and/or shopping cart or CMS system for your online store or customize an existing cart to fit your specific needs. Since we customize carts to fit our clients’ needs, you can count on our software developer to make it user-friendly for your customers on the front-end and for you on the back-end.

Can you give me a free quote?

Yes! Please fill out our quote request for or give us a call/email to get started. If you are located in Central or Northern Iowa we can meet in person to discuss ideas.

Can you help improve my search rankings?

We can’t promise you’ll be number 1, but we will use the best SEO tactics available to us to make sure you have a site that is search engine friendly and ready to play nice with Google. Working with our SEO and Content team for ongoing SEO and marketing work will ensure your site is optimized for Google, Bing and Yahoo and has content that is clear and user-friendly.

Do you offer additional services?

Yes! In addition to web design, we offer:

  • Custom Programming/E-Commerce
  • Branding/Identity
  • Website Hosting
  • Vehicle & Vinyl Graphics
  • Business Cards
Do you offer logo design?

Yes! We would love to work with you on your company’s overall brand and identity. If you are looking for a full refresh of a current website, or start from scratch, we can help you redesign a logo that will best fit the look you are going for both online and print. Once we have a logo designed for you by one of our lead designers, we can apply the logo to any marketing and PR documentation you are wanting.

Do you outsource work overseas?

No, we do not cut corners and all work is completed in-office by our staff.

How do I get my website to the top of search engine results?

While it takes time for changes in your website to improve your search engine results, we will work with you to develop a strategy for specific, realistic goals. Many of our current clients have seen dramatic improvement in their website rankings after changes have been made.

How do I track who sees my site?

A website is one of the most effective ways to advertise. Through Google Analytics, you will be able to see how many people are coming to the site, how long they are staying, where they are coming from, what pages they are viewing, where they are located, etc.

How long does it take to create a professional custom website?

The timeline will depend on our workflow as well as your website’s size, features, and other specifications you provide us. Your ability to provide timely feedback and/or website content will be needed to help meet your timeline goal. Our project timelines vary depending on the project’s size, your availability, and our workflow when you start the project. We are able to work to meet specific deadlines and goals as necessary.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business since 2001 and have gradually grown to our current size primarily through the referrals of our longtime customers.


How long until my website design is up and running?

Webspec Design recognizes how crucial it is to have a website as quickly as possible in order to generate more revenue. We work on a timeline specifically for your project depending on the features and functions you are looking for. We like to take the time to meet with you to get your website’s purpose and user’s goals nailed down before we construct the content and design around them.


How much does a website typically cost?

Each site we develop is unique and has its own set of specifications. Our custom websites typically start at $5,000-$10,000 and we will work together with you to develop a plan and budget that meets your needs. Webspec Design stands by our claim that we will not sell you anything you do not need. We are focused on providing the best value for the high quality site you will receive.


How much does hosting cost?

It varies depending on the needs of your website. We have elite performing servers with managed hosting services so your site’s speed and security are constantly monitored. You also get scheduled backups and regular security updates to your website included in the cost of your hosting. Our managed hosting option costs $100/month.

How often can I make changes to my website design?

Webspec Design creates websites to ensure functionality and a user-friendly set up so you are able to easily change content to your website at any time once it’s live. As for the initial design, Webspec Design will work with you from the beginning to make sure that you are getting the end result the way you were wanting it to be designed.


I am looking to change web development companies. How would I switch?

We can work with your previous developer (or directly with you) to ensure an expedient and smooth transition. Many customers who come to us have had a negative experience in the past and we look forward to earning your business, building our partnership and providing you with the positive experience you deserve. Please review our work and testimonials for references.

My relative does websites for cheap. Why should I hire you?

You can expect a better return on investment when working with Webspec Design compared to a freelancer. If cost is of primary concern, we are always willing to find a way to work within your budget. The average freelancer often goes out of business in under five years; we, however, have been in business for nearly fifteen years. Therefore, we are able to develop a working relationship with our clients and are available for support or additions for many years to come. In terms of quality and efficiency, it is rare to find an individual who is an expert in everything that comes with web design and development, which is why we have invested in personnel who each have their own areas of expertise.


Once my site goes live will I be able to edit it?

Whether we are building your site in WordPress, Drupal, Magento or a custom admin, you will be able to edit your website on your own. We are also available for technical support after the launch of your website.

What are the benefits to hosting with Webspec?

Not only does that ensure that all your web services are done in-house, it also means you’ll get the best site risk management possible. We have servers in several different locations and perform daily, weekly and monthly backups of your site.

What if I don’t like your design?

While we do diligent research and spend time with all our clients to determine the best design strategy, we want to make sure you are excited about the outcome. We provide an initial draft to receive feedback on before programming ever begins. We will make design changes as needed while working within your budget to ensure you are satisfied with the look and feel of your design.


What is responsive web design?

As opposed to designing a separate mobile website, which is often a subdomain of your main website, responsive web design allows your website to display beautifully and functionally on the same URL across all platforms and devices. Responsive web design gives your viewers a user-friendly layout that adjusts to the specific device they are using. For your users, this means your website will respond to any device or screen size, while maintaining the natural flow of the content and navigation.


What is the difference between a template and custom website design?

A website template is the same design shared by many different organizations. We specialize in custom designs specifically for your organization. This almost always proves to be more professional, flexible for future additions and cost effective in the long run.


Why should I choose Webspec Design?

Unlike most firms, we will treat our relationship as a partnership, not a project. We will work to ensure that the website is a success and a quality marketing tool for years to come.


Will I be able to find cheaper hosting elsewhere?

We do not obligate you to host your website with us and have several customers that do work with other vendors. While there are thousands of cheap web hosts online, the main difference in hosting with Webspec Design is that we do not overcrowd our servers and if there is a problem you can simply give us a call rather than waiting several hours to see your issue resolved or website come back online.

Will I be able to see my website as it is being developed?

Certainly! We will work very closely with you to document the details of your site, answer all of your questions, provide you with frequent progress reports, and upload design previews.


Will I own my own website?

Yes, all work completed and fully paid for is owned by you as the customer. We will work hard to continue to earn your business and are always available for support and additions. Be wary of “build your own” or “proprietary” solutions as it usually means the website will need to be fully rebuilt if a different provider is desired in the future.