This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation.
I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced a number of websites but charged nothing or a token gesture to the people (my friends) that I've worked with.
Going forward as a freelance web developer, I'd like to know what tools do people use to engage their clients with
In all my successful ventures and going forward, I have used bootstrap, it offers the versatility of being designed from mobile devices upwards (I explain that to the client).
One issue with bootstrap, is, it doesn't provide a pretty backend WYSIWYG editor (like wordpress does) for the client to use - This means that I cannot charge a one-off payment to the client but instead have to negotiate a long term arrangement. The long term arrangement isn't the issue, but getting there is. In many cases clients want a solution they can manage themselves, and I refuse to use wordpress (snob - maybe).
So, these are my questions:
Negotiation: Whats the best way to negotiate a long term arrangement in terms of webpage design, hosting and ongoing maintenance? I gather charging an hourly rate for work done when the site is complete is the obvious answer but how do people factor this in to their original project proposal?
Template Documents: Are there any pro forma documents used for web design and costing that people have found to be beneficial?
Time scales: When it comes to proposing time scales for the implementation and having read: How granular should an estimate be for building a web page? are their any pro forma documents that people use to do that?