Web design and development
I provide a specialist bespoke web design service that goes far beyond making your website look fantastic. First of all we’ll discuss your website and establish the main objectives. After researching the target market I’ll provide an initial concept of how the website looks and functions, which acts as a basis for further discussion and feedback. Once the concept is signed-off I’ll develop it into a fully responsive website, ready for deployment – simple!
Setting up your website
The technical process of setting up a website can be quite daunting to the uninitiated. However it needn’t be difficult. I will guide you through each step, providing you with the best advice on domain name registration, web hosting and email services. You may already have a website, but you’re unsure if it’s good value for money or even setup correctly. With a quick check I can usually put your mind at ease or provide a better, more cost-effective solution.
Mobile and tablet friendly
Today 60% of all websites are viewed on mobile devices, and ‘mobile friendly’ websites now rank higher in Google searches. A modern website needs to cater for all sorts of different screen sizes, from large desktop computers to tiny handheld devices and everything in between. To achieve this I design websites with flexible layouts and graphics that change size and position depending on how the site’s viewed. It’s a term referred to as ‘responsive web design’.
Updating your website
Your website should be treated as a living breathing entity. One that grows with your business and helps promote new products, services and achievements. Websites I design are incredibly easy to update – text, image, video, even page layout can be edited using an intuitive drag and drop content builder. The control really is in your hands! Alternatively, you may prefer it if I look after your updates, for a small fee.
Online help and support
To make updating your website even easier I provide step by step guides, complete with screenshots, for many of the tasks you’re likely to perform, such as uploading images to the media library, creating a news post with images, editing a slide and adjusting animation timings. These quick reference guides are built right into your website so you never have to worry about losing them and they can be updated to include more tasks as and when you need them.
Search Engine Optimisation SEO
Search Engine Optimisation is the process of improving your website’s visibility with search engines like Google and Bing. The more visible it is, the higher it will appear in search results. It’s certainly a complicated subject but not a ‘dark art’ like some will have you believe. Writing good quality, original content that’s relevant to your audience is the best way to improve your website’s visibility. With every website I include online tools that check your content automatically and suggest ways of improvement.
Maintenance and security
From time to time your website will have important updates to install – just like your smartphone or laptop. These updates help to keep your website safe, secure and one step ahead of malicious hackers. If running these updates is out of your comfort zone I can take care of this process for you. I check and resolve any incompatibility issues before updating your live website. I also make backups of your website and database every day, for extra peace of mind.