warrensamu

web services that rock

Web Developer

Internet Marketer & SEO Consultant

Meet Warren Samu

I team up with individuals, businesses, and organizations around the world. With 20 years of experience and skill, I can help you implement, realize, and exceed your online goals! Based in San Diego, California - I founded my professional web services in 2008 and expanded to a fully dedicated service in 2011. 

I stand by the philosophy that minimalist code and organic growth produce the best results.

I also know Kung Fu 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you charge?

I charge $65 per hour. For websites, a typical project can cost anywhere from $600 to several thousand dollars depending on the scope. Marketing and search engine optimization services usually cost in the low to mid hundreds for the initial work. Ongoing services cost accordingly.

I operate within your budget. I make recommendations and adjustments to the project to meet your short and long term price goals.

I do charge for my communication time as well.

Do you require a retainer?

I do not require monthly retainers. I am available if and when you need me. Whether that be a month or a year after we finish a project or service.

Will you take on finished sites or web projects in flux?

Yes! No matter where you are with your online business, no matter the condition of your website (or site to be), I am ready to jump in and lend a hand

Will you work with my CMS?

I can work with almost any CMS. There will always be a rare few that I can only provide limited support for.

Do you provide estimates?

Yes, but estimates are only as accurate as the information provided for the proposed project or service. I will include a buffer in my estimates to account for adjustments and unforeseen issues that could arise. However, changes and updates to the scope of work come with additional costs.

Do you take small clients?

I take on clients of almost any size. I work with self-employed, sole-proprietors, small businesses, local businesses, foreign businesses, and larger companies.

Do you take on web development work from other companies?

Yes, I frequently collaborate with other creative studios and marketing firms. They send me their concepts and I code the website. Sometimes I am brought on as a consultant to fill in the gaps for a web project or provide a second opinion. My ongoing professional relationships include Studio 318Firewheel Marketing, and Four Fin Creative. I’ve also worked with Grove Media, Kathy Ling, Shana Yao, Rebecca Feldman, and Thomas Le.

Do you require contracts?

Rarely. Most of my business comes from referrals from good-standing clients. However, I will enter in contracts at the client’s request. I might also request a contract for an unusually large project or from a new client outside of my current professional connections. The time to create and modify the contract will be added to the project’s overall cost.

Do you host websites?

I am a shared web hosting reseller through HostGator and provide full cPanel hosting for a competitive rate to my good-standing clients who wish it.

How will I pay you?

I am happy to receive checks. I send out my invoices through PayPal at the beginning of each month and ask that you pay within 15 days of receipt. You can pay directly through PayPal. I can also arrange for pre-negotiated payment timetables. Late payments can accrue late fees.

Will you meet in-person?

Yes, I am more than happy to meet in-person to begin a project or on a ongoing basis. Most of my clients do not require in-person meetings. Usually, geography and time constraints make such meetings costly and inefficient. You will be charged for travel time and expenses, as well as the time for the meeting.

What's your process?

Here’s a basic outline of a website project:

Phase 1 – Exploration and Drafting – All of your desired functions, features, and design elements will be mapped out. If needed, third-party services, programs, and plugins will be introduced and researched. Any original scripting will be determined. A visual draft of the website homepage and interior page examples will be created and presented to you for approval.

You will pay 25% of the estimated project costs before Phase 1 begins.

Phase 2 – Development – The website will be developed under the approved drafts and with the elements agreed upon during Phase 1. You will be given the chance to review stages of the project development and provide feedback for adjustments.

You will pay 50% of the project costs over the course of Phase 2.

Phase 3 – Launch – After the completion of the project, you will be given the opportunity to review the completed website in total. Small adjustments and modifications will be made at this time.

Once given the greenlight, you will pay the remaining 25% of the project costs and the website will go live.

Do you offer warranties or maintenance?

Not exactly. Given the fast pace of Internet technology and the likelihood that clients will be utilizing services, programs, and scripts with multiple third-parties, I cannot promise that the final package will stand the test of time. Even over the past couple of years, with the advent of the smartphone and tablets in mainstream use, the Web experienced a huge shift toward mobile-friendly and responsive designs. Successful websites built just a year prior to the shift began seeing a necessity to update. Right now, there's a huge push for all websites to be encrypted. Change is good, but it also means doing business online requires frequent modifications. Services available today can be gone tomorrow.

I do guarantee the quality of my work. If an original script or foundational element I code ends up with a bug or not working properly due to my own oversight, I will correct the issue and make it functional again at no cost to you.

I cannot guarantee the functionality of any third-party scripts or services beyond the project launch.

I am more than happy to return to a project or marketing plan to update and adjust for obsolete entities and broken features. I am also available for ongoing maintenance, supervision, and consulting.

Where do we start?

It all begins with a phone call. I do not charge for the first 15-30 minutes. During that time, you and I will discover if we would like to work together. We will determine the next steps involved. Any project planning beyond our first call will be charged at my hourly rate. 

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warrensamu

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