There’s so much to think about when you are starting up your new business. It can be overwhelming. Can’t see the wood for the trees? Maybe I can help. I know exactly what is needed to get your website up and running and submitted to the search engines, freeing you up to concentrate on other things.
Your website is the one of the most important contributors to the success of your business. Even if you are relying on word of mouth recommendations, the first place most people will go BEFORE they contact you - is your website.
What they will do next depends on what they find…
My approach is friendly and relaxed, yet professional. I work hard to get results. I thrive on new challenges, which is why website development is perfect for me. I work on an Apple and the software platforms that I use are continuously being improved and developed by a team of dedicated programming experts - there is always something new and exciting around the corner!
Keeping things simple gets harder as time goes on. The website design and development industry is flooded with buzz words and acronyms. They can be intimidating and, if you are not that way inclined, just a little boring! I would much rather show you what you can have on your website that will be functional as well as attractive. So I promise plain talk only.
If there is something that you don't understand you can ask me. No question is too embarrassing!
Apart from advertising, and word of mouth, your Clients will come to you through search engines and links from other sites. Getting recognised by the major search engines, such as Google, is not automatic! There are a few hoops to jump through first. BASIC SEO (search engine optimisation) is included as part of your website package. I will create a Sitemap and will submit your website to Google. Also, after the publication of your site, if you would like to see a monthly breakdown of the traffic to your site I can send you monthly Google Analytics Reports for you (this is optional and is included as part of your managed hosting fee).
To boost your presence on the web It helps to have search engine friendly content within your pages. I can give you advice on all of this and there is no extra charge. I pride myself in how well many of my sites do on Google, however where you appear on the Search Engines is dependant on factors such as: the quality of your content, the size of your site and your domain - to name a few! See FAQ for more on Google
For your website to have a presence on the internet, your files will need to be stored on a server in a central place, with a Web Host. You can have a website built, but without a hosting package it is a product that has no-where to live, and no-one will ever see it! So, in order for your website to show on the internet you need three things 1. a domain name 2. a website and 3. a host to host your website.
I provide a Managed Hosting Service for the websites that I build. I use a preferred host which is based in the UK. This host works well with the software platforms that I use and I trust their support, technical and development services. I handle any technical queries and raise the relevant support tickets, direct with the host, in order to solve any problems, that may arise, on your behalf. The managed hosting service includes setup of emails, basic monthly Google Analytic Reports (optional), security and software updates, regular backups and full restoration of your website in the event of server failure.
For your convenience I am happy to include up to 20 mins of my time free of charge, in any given month (not transferrable), in case you want to make a small change to your website, or you have a query that you would like me to look into.
Of course, don't forget, if you want to make edits yourself you can opt for built-in CMS modules (Content Management System = on-line editing functionality). You will be able to log on to an admin area from any computer and do your own updates as and when you need. Useful for News/Updates/Events pages. I build my CMS modules into your website so your hosting details are not shared with any third parties.
As your business grows and changes your site may need to grow and change too. Your website is not set in stone, you can add to it at any time in the future. All the work I do for you will be charged at either my hourly or daily rate, depending on what needs to be done.
I can help you through anything you do not understand. I am only a phone call/email away for advice and assistance on anything to do with building a website for your business!
I am a Freelance Website Designer and Developer based in Kendal, Cumbria but can build websites for small businesses outside of this area also. I will give you a link to a working copy of your site and you can monitor its progress as I work on your project. You will be surprised how much we can achieve without meeting face to face!
I get a number of enquiries from people who don’t actually need me to build a website, but they are stuck, need advice and just don’t know what to do next. Is this you? Maybe you’re building your own website, or you want some advice on SEO. I might be able to help!
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