The Arxus SmartSite is a new kind of website
for small and mid-size businesses. The SmartSite is more affordable
and delivers a higher quality website than other solutions in
the web industry today. Our SmartSite development framework is
a unique and innovative method of creating successful websites
that meet the goals and objectives of our clients.
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Key benefits of a SmartSite:
- Reach new markets and expand sales
- Get more from your marketing budget
- Build stronger customer relationships
- Increase productivity and efficiency
- Gain a serious competitive advantage
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What the SmartSite product includes:
- Finished Website:
Complete and functional SmartSite, fully tested and proofed.
- Complete Web Plan:
Includes site architecture, website blueprint, industry and
competitive analysis, project content list, plan for ongoing
maintenance of the website, and other relevant planning information.
- Visual Design Concept:
Original website design, follows usability principles (user-friendly,
easy to navigate), speaks well to your target audience.
- Project Extranet:
Includes our online Client Service Centre where we present all
documents and other project work (such as design sketches).
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At Arxus we're aware that small and mid-size businesses are a
vital part of our economy, and we believe it is very important
that all businesses take advantage of the Web as a tool for growth.
But, there's a catch-22 here. Small and mid-size businesses often
don't have huge budgets for website development. While many large
companies dedicate six or even seven figure development budgets
annually to their websites, smaller businesses simply can't afford
Many companies are forced to build their own
site with little knowledge of how to do it right, or they spend
very little money (perhaps only one or two thousand dollars) with
an inexperienced web developer and are left with a site that doesn't
do much, isn't updated regularly, and often times is worse than
having no website at all. A poor website can have a negative impact
on a company's image and credibility.
So what's the solution? Well, we think it's
the Arxus SmartSite, a new kind of website for small and mid-size
businesses. The Arxus SmartSite is based on a modular framework
which makes use of proven industry-specific website architectures,
proper planning, and solid design and usability principles.
The easier way to explain it is that our SmartSite
is a lot like a pre-engineered building. The basic structure and
method of construction are systemized which speeds assembly and
lowers costs, but there is lots of room for custom planning and
features to meet the different needs of any business.
The Arxus SmartSite is the best of both worlds.
You get a high quality custom designed website with powerful features,
and you get it at an affordable cost.
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Ballpark Costs (any taxes are on top of what is listed here)
It's tough to give an exact cost before we know what you need,
but we can give you a ballpark estimate that will help you plan
your budget. There are basically three levels of web development.
1. We develop a SmartSite for your business,
and you take care of content development (writing a profile of
your business, describing your services or products, taking a
few photos, and so on). Some businesses can put this information
together fairly easily, using existing brochures or catalogs or
other company materials. So if you can handle the content, the
SmartSite will cost you between $3,400 and $5,100. A SmartSite
project typically takes 40 to 60 hours of work. The level of planning
and design needed for the project affects the number of hours
and the final cost.
2. We develop a SmartSite for your business,
and we take care of the content development for you (or your communications
agency or marketing firm handles content). Many of our clients
like this option because they simply don't have the time to do
it themselves. Content development typically costs between $1,000
to $3,000 for the average small business website. So let's say
content costs you $2,000 (most of our content projects end up
right around $2,000) and the SmartSite is a 50 hour project ($4,250).
Your total cost is $6,250.
3. We develop a SmartSite for your business,
and we also develop some web applications such as a Content Management
System or an online email newsletter database. We don't run into
this option much, since the vast majority of small businesses
do not need complex web applications. And the costs are impossible
to nail down. An application to power an email newsletter could
be $600, while a complete Content Management System could be $10,000
or more. So the costs here could be anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000,
or even higher if you truly need a very complex and expensive
set of web applications and advanced features for your website.
Rest assured, we meet with all our clients to
determine their needs and we give you a firm price quote before
any work begins. The vast majority of our SmartSite projects fall
between $4,000 and $6,000. And we never sell our clients anything
that won't deliver value to their business. We believe that your
website must deliver a return on investment for your business.
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