We love building modern, high-performance, low-maintenance websites.  

We're pretty good at helping you protect, update, and grow your existing website too.

We create economical websites that give you total control over your online marketing with a special focus on generating usable leads that are most likely to become paying customers.  While we build new websites and fix old ones so that customers can operate their sites independently, we offer optional “one-stop-shop” professional services and support to help you get the most out of your online marketing.

Ongoing Website Maintenance

While we love to build modern, high-performance, low-maintenance websites we're also great at helping website owners protect, maintain, update, and extend their investment in their existing websites.

Should you consider website maintenance?

  • Are you a do-it-yourself-er who's run out of gas?
  • Have you lost contact with your former website developer?
  • Is your internal staff too busy to keep your site up to date?
  • Does your site still say "copyright © 2009" and you're not sure how to fix it?
  • Do you wish you had a virtual "web guy down the hall" you could call when you had questions or needed small fixes or new features?

If you say yes to any of these questions then a maintenance agreement might be right for you.

What would you get with a maintenance agreement?

  • Regular backups to a secure location
  • Regular software updates
  • Regular security scans to make sure your site remains *your* site.
  • Access to premium WordPress plugins and themes at no additional cost
  • On-demand consultation with dedicated local experts
  • Reduced rates on special development projects
  • Real-time monitoring of your website's health

Call (206) 390-8082 or email info@realbasics.com to find out why a maintenance agreement could be the cost-effective, time-saving, stress-relieving solution you've been looking for.

 

Website Updates, Upgrades and Repairs

Does your small to medium-size website’s copyright date still says 2010… or 2009… or 2006? Then what else on your site is out of date? I’ll help you convert your old site to a new, easy to edit and extend WordPress website.

Updated and upgraded examples include

We also upgrade existing FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or other HTML-only websites to WordPress. How do you know if it’s a good idea to upgrade your site to WordPress? If the copyright on your website still says 2005 or earlier then it’s probably still a useful site (because you’re still using it) but it’s also probably too hard to update with HTML-only tools.

New and Revived Websites

Full-Featured Websites

Full-featured websites including outside graphic design consultation, custom themes, custom code development, and deep collaboration on interface design.

Examples:

Basic Websites

Starter websites for small businesses, academic groups, and individuals! Based on WordPress: popular, modular open-source web software.  Your site might start out small but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Even very large companies and institutions use WordPress. So can you.

Basic Website examples include

 

Save Time, Money, Stress

Cost-effective, content-focused, leveraging your existing marketing materials including logos, advertising, brochures, and other promotional materials, using self-contained and user-maintainable software.

Make It Your Website!

You get to own the site. You or your staff can easily update and extend it. Your website becomes the central hub for online communication including all social media both coming (what other people say) and going (what you say on other social media), customer contacts like Constant Contact DRIP campaign, brochure and other document downloads, blogs and Twitter-like updates, testimonials, customer inquiries.

Focus on bringing you leads

The main purpose of any website has to be to encourage potential customers to contact you and to steer to avoid being contacted by people seeking services that you don't offer.

 

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