Frequently Asked Questions

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    Design

    While we don’t offer a variety of backend options, we do strive to make everything really easy for our clients to use, that is one of our core values

    We include the licenses in our project cost. We recommend using WP Engine for hosting, as they specialize in WordPress. We offer Care Plans that sit on top of the hosting, starting at $49 per month. See the full comparison here. If we need to use any additional special plugins that cost extra we will talk to you about it first. 

    We have an amazing photographer that we recommend: Elisa Cicinelli. You can work with her separately or we can wrap it into the full project.

    Yes, happily! Please ask and we shall provide. Feel free to ask about any client in our portfolio: https://smackhappy.com/portfolio/web-design/ 

    Yes! We can provide all of your print collateral, including business cards, flyers, brochures, ads, banners, and more. Here are some examples.

    We don’t outsource our work. We’re very picky, and have very high standards, so we tend to keep everything within our team. However, we are 100% open to working with your team of marketers, designers, or developers.

    We have experience in many industries. Feel free to review many of our happy clients‘ companies or our portfolio to expand on the different industries we’ve worked with.

    Every site we build is custom made, we do not use templates. Anyone can go use a template, that’s not why you hire us. You hire us to stand out from the rest and build something that reflects who you are, rather than trying to put you into pre-existing boxes. All of our websites are built with WordPress using a bare-bones theme that we customize based your client’s needs.

    Our Care Plans help us cover any future issues. By having us keep an eye on things we’ll notify you if there are big updates that might break the website. Otherwise, we make the updates and test and you never hear anything about it because most of the time things run pretty smoothly. 

    We do quality assurance and testing using Browserstack.

    Care Plans! When you sign up for the Bones plan, which is $49 per month, that includes hosting, SSL, malware scanning, daily file and database backups, site uptime monitoring, WordPress and plugin updates (weekly), monthly reports and more. 

    Most website projects take 2-3 months. Content is always the hold-up. The sooner you get to work on your new content the more likely we will finish on time. 

    We use tools like SEM Rush or GT Metrix to assess any technical updates needed to optimize the site appropriately.

    We include up to 10 stock images. Beyond that, we will pass the cost on to you without markup. We will always check first before making any purchases on your behalf. 

    We’d be happy to get this installed for you. The sooner you do it, the better for data comparison. Our care plans also come with Google Analytics tutorials to help you understand what to look for.

    Care Plans

    We include the costs of any premium licenses for applications that provide a wide range of services from spam protection to SEO optimization. We also recommend using WP Engine for hosting, as they specialize in WordPress. If we need to use any additional special plugins that cost extra we will talk to you about it first.

    You betcha! We love our clients and always want to maintain a healthy relationship. We would hate to lose you but we know that sometimes financial needs have to be adjusted. In the case that you do need to cancel, send us an email and we’ll stop your next payment right away.

    No one knows your audience better than you do, so we’ll definitely want to periodically sit down with you to learn all about your customers and content goals. If you’ve hired us to write, we will develop the content for you and incorporate what you send to us as best as we can. While it is common for our clients to send us ideas as we go...things like news, interesting articles, videos, and other inspirations...we’re flexible.

    Yes, we specialize in WordPress sites, and we use WP Engine to host them. They provide excellent security, daily backups, critical updates, malware scanning, and more. In case of emergencies, you can contact them directly if you can’t reach us and they’ll provide fantastic support. Full details here.

    Yes! We specialize in WordPress sites, and we use WP Engine to host. They provide excellent security, daily backups, critical updates, malware scanning, and more. In case of emergencies, you can contact them directly if you can’t reach us and they’ll provide fantastic support.

    Our support packages are set up like retainers, every month time slots are set aside for our Basic and Priority clients. When requests come in, they go into the queue and are taken care of. Time does not rollover due to resource limitations.

    While some meetings are included, we try to be as mindful as possible of the monthly support tasks needed each month. If the plan includes two hours of support, and we have 1.5 hours of meetings - little time is left to put in work. Email is usually the best form of communication because we can respond quickly, however, we know some clients prefer a phone call or video call. On the other hand, some clients will utilize meetings as strategy sessions. These sessions are intended to help form a path for growth and improvements to your website and online presence. Many clients use this time for screen-sharing to make small updates or training.

    If you received an email about your website files being compromised, make sure it is legit by calling your web hosting company and forwarding the email to our support team.

    Our next steps, as webmaster, is to reach out to your webhost about their protocol for a compromised website and a scan on their end to confirm where the compromised files are on the server. Under your website care we will restore a clean backup of WordPress, and then take note from the webhost about where the issue arose if outside of WordPress. This may mean the webhost recommending a third-party service to clean up the compromised files or additional security.

    The best way to prevent a compromised website is to keep WordPress and plugins up-to-date, which we do for you monthly under website care, as well as keep daily backups to restore in the event of an issue. Unfortunately just updating won’t prevent a hack 100% which is why we help work with the web host and third parties to restore your website on the event of a hack and institute security measures to prevent most known methods by hackers.

    If your website is not loading, first check to make sure this is the same experience for everyone at https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/

    If the website is down just for you, try clearing your browser history (cache and cookies) and reload, also checking your internet connection. If the website is down for everyone, shoot us a support ticket email, even though chances are that our website uptime monitor has already alerted us.

    If this happens outside office hours, call the web host directly and see what they can do to get the website back online. Chances are most likely it’s related to the following issues:

    • Your web hosting, domain or SSL certificate has expired and bill is due for payment
    • The web hosting is experiencing maintenance issues

    Anything outside of those we will investigate to bring the site back online.

    If you host with us, or we manage your website please email support@smackhappy.com

    Yes! We have a shortlist of go-to clean up solutions from plugin conflicts to image optimization that will improve your website from turtle speed to loading times under 2 seconds in just a few hours. Contact us to find out more about our WordPress Speed Optimization services.

    Although these plans have been set up for the sites we’ve built we are open to building a long term relationship with new clients in need of our TLC.

    First we’ll want to do a website evaluation to get familiar with your website and how it was built so we can save it in a pinch. During the evaluation, we’ll run through our list and make suggestions for improvements in order to proceed with a monthly plan. Contact us for more details about getting an evaluation

    Please leave the updating to us. Website maintenance is an integral part of updating and keeping your site working properly. At SHD we take great care to first backup the website, check the website, update, then check the website again for any changes. Our software keeps a record of plugins we update so if there is ever an issue we see what plugin version was changed and revert back.

    If you just update from your WordPress admin, SHD wouldn’t have that record. We update client’s site once a month so we can take the time to devote to checking your website thoroughly (either the 15th or the 30th). Also included on our monthly maintenance report are the performance and security scans. If in the event we ever catch a plugin issue, it becomes a support ticket and we address it before you. We also take care about which plugins we are updating and single out large updates (like WooCommerce) as its own task for additional quality control.

    We test in all the latest major browsers, plus one version behind, unless you have specific audience requirements. This includes smart phones and tablets.

    You’re hiring professional and pleasant people, with whom others simply love to work. You’re getting a business partner, one who truly cares about you and your customers.

    We will lay the process out in front of you clearly. We’ll move along at your pace.

    Depending on your graphics needs, you could get a logo, a website, print collateral, and social media items. Basically, everything you need for establishing your full brand identity. We’re a one-stop-shop, in a way.

    In addition to the above, you’ll get clear communication… and you’ll likely witness a quirky sense of humor in all of its cheesy glory.

    And here are your Client Bill of Rights.

    The purpose of our support plans is to prevent such things from happening, so ideally this won’t be the case. However, software as a whole is imperfect and things do break, servers do go down. In that situation, we’ll be notified and investigate as soon as humanly possible. We can’t promise that you won’t get hacked, but we do everything we can to prevent that and will be ready to restore your site to an unhacked state and boot the nasty hackers.

    We handle urgent matters as quickly as we can. Depending on how urgent your request is, you have options. You can send an email with the word “urgent” in the subject line. That gets our attention pretty fast. If email is not fast enough, then try texting. And if that still isn’t fast enough, then you should call. More details here.

    If we host your website with WP Engine and you can’t get a hold of us, you can contact WP Engine directly.

    All About WordPress

    About WordPress – Here’s a quick overview of WordPress from WordPress.org.

    Why We Love WordPress – Our clients have tried other platforms, and weren’t happy with their results, and came to us for help. We always recommend WordPress.

    Why WordPress Maintenance Is Necessary – Some folks may argue that WordPress is not secure. To those people, we say that’s simply not true. If you have a professional manage the maintenance of your site, there’s a very slim chance anything crazy would ever happen.

    We do offer personalized coaching sessions to cover the basics of WordPress to learn more about your site, and to answer any specific questions you may have. Please contact us to inquire. 

     

    WordPress Glossary – A glossary that lists the most commonly used terms in WordPress.

    WP Engine Hosting (for WordPress) – Because of these facts, all of our WordPress sites are hosted on WP Engine. We choose to work with them because their highly managed WordPress web hosting service comes equipped with enterprise-grade capabilities that guarantee superior security, performance, and scalability.

    Website Checkups

    As a Smack Happy client, you will receive clear guidance through the entire process, screen shots and directions clearly explaining answers to your questions, and a response to your email, text, or phone calls within 48 hours excluding weekends, holidays, and vacations. Read more about how we can support you: Smack Happy Website Support.

    We mostly focus on web design (mostly WordPress) and items surrounding that such as search engine optimization, user experience, and responsiveness. Outside of web design—we also do offer many other website services, from graphic design to strategic marketing planning. Another on-going service we like to offer all of our clients is WordPress Support Plans. These plans help to maintain your website health and ensure everything runs smoothly with no interruptions, day to day.

    Yes! When you work with us you benefit from everything WP Engine offers at a Premium level. We choose to work with them, because their highly-managed WordPress web hosting service includes enterprise-grade capabilities that guarantee superior security, performance and scalability.
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    We don’t outsource our work. We’re very picky and have very high standards, so we tend to keep everything within our team. However, we are 100% open to working with your team of marketers, designers, or developers.

    We can cater to your timeline and work as progressively or laid-back as you’d like. In a perfect world, where we are getting back to each other very quickly, we could potentially finish your project in a month or so. Realistically [however] most website projects timelines are between one to three months. Additionally, if it’s a larger site with many components, it could take six months.

    If you did need assistance implementing any of our suggestions and would be interested in joining our wonderful group of happy clients—we’re here to support you in any way we can.

    Support

    Yes, when you sign up for one of our Care Plans you can add this on to any level. Our IT Package is designed for small businesses that don’t have an IT person on staff. We’ll help you strategize infrastructure improvements, provide security for your devices and network, and offer proactive protection in various areas. Provided by BH Tech Connection.

    No one gets left behind! When our first projects finishes, we can move to an hourly contract or monthly Care Plan. In either case, you would ask for things as you need them. All work is billed in 15-minute increments. You would receive an automatic invoice on the first of the month. Plus, you can always ask questions, which are answered at no charge. We usually provide answers with screen shots labeled with instructions, arrows, and highlighting.

    We offer an add-on package in our Care Plans. The Social Media Package is ideal for businesses that have a limited budget but want to take advantage of social media to promote their brand, product and services.

    We test in all the latest major browsers, plus one version behind, unless you have specific audience requirements. This includes smart phones and tablets.

    You’re hiring professional and pleasant people, with whom others simply love to work. You’re getting a business partner, one who truly cares about you and your customers.

    We will lay the process out in front of you clearly. We’ll move along at your pace.

    Depending on your graphics needs, you could get a logo, a website, print collateral, and social media items. Basically, everything you need for establishing your full brand identity. We’re a one-stop-shop, in a way.

    In addition to the above, you’ll get clear communication… and you’ll likely witness a quirky sense of humor in all of its cheesy glory.

    And here are your Client Bill of Rights.

    We handle urgent matters as quickly as we can. Depending on how urgent your request is, you have options. You can send an email with the word “urgent” in the subject line. That gets our attention pretty fast. If email is not fast enough, then try texting. And if that still isn’t fast enough, then you should call. More details here.

    If we host your website with WP Engine and you can’t get a hold of us, you can contact WP Engine directly.

    Sales

    As a small business owner working alone its easy to get overwhelmed and suddenly have your business blow up. Things start to fall through the cracks and your quality starts to slip. You start to wonder if its time to hire someone to help out, but that’s such a scary idea. View our Time to Team Up resource hub for more information on how we can help you achieve the growth you want through hiring the right team.

    Yes! We can provide all of your print collateral, including business cards, flyers, brochures, ads, banners, and more. Here are some examples.

    Yes, we specialize in WordPress sites, and we use WP Engine to host them. They provide excellent security, daily backups, critical updates, malware scanning, and more. In case of emergencies, you can contact them directly if you can’t reach us and they’ll provide fantastic support. Full details here.

    Yes, when you sign up for one of our Care Plans you can add this on to any level. Our IT Package is designed for small businesses that don’t have an IT person on staff. We’ll help you strategize infrastructure improvements, provide security for your devices and network, and offer proactive protection in various areas. Provided by BH Tech Connection.

    No one gets left behind! When our first projects finishes, we can move to an hourly contract or monthly Care Plan. In either case, you would ask for things as you need them. All work is billed in 15-minute increments. You would receive an automatic invoice on the first of the month. Plus, you can always ask questions, which are answered at no charge. We usually provide answers with screen shots labeled with instructions, arrows, and highlighting.

    We offer an add-on package in our Care Plans. The Social Media Package is ideal for businesses that have a limited budget but want to take advantage of social media to promote their brand, product and services.

    Yes. All of our websites are set up with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. We can provide you with guidance as you create your content, and give you tips on how to track your rankings. We also offer a monthly Writing & SEO package to get you set up properly across the board and headed in the right direction long-term.

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    Every project is different. We tailor each website to our client’s needs. That means that cost varies a lot:  nothing we do is cookie-cutter. However, we can tell you that someone who needs a simple brochure website will pay less than someone who needs a site chock-full of features like e-commerce, an events calendar, or a portfolio. It really depends on what you need and what you’re trying to accomplish.

    You’re hiring professional and pleasant people, with whom others simply love to work. You’re getting a business partner, one who truly cares about you and your customers.

    We will lay the process out in front of you clearly. We’ll move along at your pace.

    Depending on your graphics needs, you could get a logo, a website, print collateral, and social media items. Basically, everything you need for establishing your full brand identity. We’re a one-stop-shop, in a way.

    In addition to the above, you’ll get clear communication… and you’ll likely witness a quirky sense of humor in all of its cheesy glory.

    And here are your Client Bill of Rights.

    We enjoy working with clients who are prepared to embark on a collaborative partnership who generally identify as a StartupSmall Business, or Large Company.

    Our clients love us. Seriously. Here is a whole page full of people bragging about us.