• Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included with all of your packages?
  • Set amount of Content Pages to start
  • Domain name Setup (not purchase) and hosting for your website
  • Set amount of pre-configured Email Address
  • A Contact Form
  • Social Media Integration
  • Ongoing WordPress core updates
  • Site security and backup configuration
  • Recovery & Hacked/infected protection
What’s NOT included with all of your packages?
  • Custom Design – We don’t create any new design elements for you.
  • Custom Copy – We don’t create any new web copy for you.
How long has Virtually(Creative) created websites?

Virtually(Creative) was founded in 2005 by Al Romano. With over 10 years of development and design experience.

How much does a website cost?

The cost of a website can vary depending on various factors, just like the cost of a house may vary. We have tried to make our pricing as transparent as possible, you can see it all up-front on our Pricing page.

How does the payment process work?

There are two types of payment types, subscription-based or one-and-done.

Subscriptions can be monthly or annual.
One-and-Done are bulk payments that can be divided into installments.

Payments for subscriptions or One-and-Done packages occur online via the website.
Payment options at checkout are Stripe, Paypal or EMT (Email Money Transfer).

What kind of businesses do you work with?

I work primarily with small start-ups, large corporations, nonprofits, B2B, B2C and others  across many business industries such as technology, food, apparel, health + beauty, travel, arts, and more.

Over the years, I’ve helped businesses improve customer service, market their products, and attract customers. Functionality requests range from basic to advanced. I take the time to get to know your industry, organization, and competitors to ensure your site supports all of your goals.

How long does it take to build a website?

Our standard websites take approximately 30 days to create. Our E-commerce (online store) websites take approximately 60 days to create. Time will vary from project to project.

Who will I work with during the project?

Our clients work directly with me, Al. Virtually(Creative) is a solo, freelance development operation that consists of just one developer. Depending on the size of your project additional talented individuals might be included, but all queries and concerns go through the developer, Al.

What platform do you build your websites on?

For standard projects, I build all websites on the open-source Content Management System (CMS) platform called WordPress.

Some projects might have different requirements and other CMS platforms might be used (Drupal, ProcessWire, Magento etc…).

Do you work with non-open source platforms like Expression Engine?

No. We are exclusively an open source freelance shop. In choosing to build with one technology stack over the past 10 years, we have become experts in open source content management platforms and can create extremely custom solutions for our clients.

Do I own my website?

No, not in terms of resale value.

But you do control everything about your website. Open Source platforms are free to use, but you can’t claim ownership of the free platform itself.

Think of it like leasing a vehicle; you didn’t make your car, you purchased it pre-built but, once it’s yours, are free to drive and use it how you wish.

If for any reason you decide you want to take your site to another hosting service and/or get another company to service the site, I will happily assist you in making the transition as effortlessly and efficiently as possible. The website is yours to control after all, and I want you to take it wherever you go.

Can you help me update my existing website that another web firm built?

No. We only support websites that we have fully built. We have this policy so that we can 100% stand behind everything that is developed. There are issues of liability when multiple programmers touch the same code over time.

“Too many chefs in the kitchen…”

Can you help me write content for my website?

Yes. We include copy writing and editing in all of our proposals. We also build your sitemap and help structure the foundation of your website in the planning stages.

Can you help me source photos for my website?

Yes. We will help you source stock photos from sites such as www.123rf.com and similar stock photography sites. We will also help you sort out the best pricing plans when picking stock photo services.

Where is my website hosted?

All websites that Virtually(Creative) creates must live on web servers typically within Canada or the eastern United States. Either hosted by Virtually(Creative), or with your own hosting of your choice.

The companies Virtually(Creative) relies upon for web hosting are Digital Ocean, GoDaddy, Pantheon, Heroku and ServerPilot.

Digital Ocean does provide cloud hosting within Canada (Toronto) if you specifically require physical cloud architecture within Canadian borders.

What type of web hosting does Virtually(Creative) use?

Virtually(Creative) houses clients on a variety of hosting environments depending on a client’s specific needs.

We often use:

How is my website backed up?

All websites under the WordPress CMS are backed up and hosted off-server in a Google Drive account. Website Backups are part of the WordPress Upkeep & Maintenance Service.

How much does web hosting cost with Virtually(Creative)?

Virtually(Creative), bundles hosting with our Website packages. Under the hood, our hosting is powered by SiteGround and DigitalOcean.

Virtually(Creative) is also recognized as GoDaddy Pro Developer and service reseller and can easily manage and upkeep your GoDaddy accounts and services, too.

We also provide a discount on GoDaddy services when purchased through Virtually(Creative).

Hosting is included with your Solo, Entra and Shopaprenure packages and can scale up with usage, storage and security requirements.

Will you provide a full copy/backup of our site if requested?

Yes! All websites are backed-up as part of the development process for your project.

Once your project is complete, to continually have automated backups after launch, a WordPress Upkeep & Maintenance Service Subscription is required.

Downloadable backups can be requested for no additional costs as part of the Subscription service.

How do you provide support for clients?

Virtually(Creative) supplies support for all clients using Email or Facebook Live Chat on the website.
Clients can send an email and that becomes the start of the support-ticket.

What’s with the name?

The name Virtually(Creative) is a double entendre. As a web developer, its a joke using a convention in coding. Creative is a variable of the function virtually.

function virtually(creative, variable 2, variable 3, etc..) {
    // your code would live in here...
};

It can be interpreted as “while in the virtual space, one can be creative” or, that
“creativity can only come while virtual”. This is because in real life, using a paintbrush, I am useless. I prefer a mouse/keyboard over a paintbrush/pallet as my artistic tools of choice.

Where do I login to manage my hosting?

You can login to your hosting dashboard using this link.