I have a client who has an website for their local business that they’ve had for almost 20 years. It’s not well-designed visually, it’s cluttered, and there’s tacky things like the main logo that has been apparently scanned in low res from a photo and then seemingly cut out in Photoshop with the background of the photo still visible! The whole site, while functional, is just messy, cluttered and doesn’t even look “legit.” I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable placing orders through them online, although they have a good reputation and a lot of high-volume online sales.
So the client came to me asking to make them a new website. I don’t know anything about HTML, coding, Wordpress, nothing. Client knows this and said they’d be fine if I could just make them a website on Wix, as they really dislike what they currently have. Money seems to be an issue, which is why they’re willing to go with me, someone who does not make websites, instead someone with knowledge and experience in this particular realm.
Now, I’m looking into Wix, Wordpress, site builders, “SEO,” “ranking on Google,” etc to educate myself, and the client, before going further. I don’t want to take their money and stick them with a site that they’re going to have issues with in regards to things like search results. The client is willing to risk it to just have a better looking site. I still don’t feel comfortable with that, as they no nothing about how the internet works, and I don’t want them to find out the hard way.
So I got to thinking:
Wait a minute. They already have a website that they own and was built with Wordpress. If that website is already connected to the domain, and presumably the previous designer or web person already did what they needed to to do in order to get this website and their business “ranking” and all that on Google and other search engines, why not just redesign that one?
Could I try my hand at redesigning what they already have now on their Wordpress-built site, instead of creating a potentially limiting and faulty Wix site? Keep in mind that they want to also ditch their third-party e-commerce page and handle their e-commerce directly using Wix, which I know is an additional monthly fee ON TOP of all the other Wix fees. It sounds better in the long run to just redesign their current website, cancel their third-party company that currently handles their e-commerce, and get WooCommerce.
Back to me: I know nothing of coding, WordPress, etc. Is it even realistic that I could redesign their existing Wordpress site, changing colors, replacing stock photos with real ones, and stuff like swapping out the ugly low-res JPEG logo with a high-res Illustrated-designed logo that I made? All in a decent amount of time? Say, within a month, give or take? Or is the learning curve just too steep for an absolute beginner in this particular case?
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.