There’s so much to think about when you are starting up your new business. It can be overwhelming. 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 growing your clientele.
Your website is 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 are 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 noticed 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 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 pride myself on 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 website, your domain name, meta tags and much more. I give you advice on this as part of your package.
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! For your site 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 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, 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 transferable), in case you want to make a small change to your website, or you have a query that you would like me to answer.
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 updates as and when you need. Useful for News/Updates/Events pages. I build my CMS modules into your website. The CMS is not database driven, and your content is not hosted by any third party, ensuring your website and its content is kept secure.
As your business grows and changes your site may need to grow and change too. Your website is not set in stone, and we can work together to add to it at any time in the future. Following the initial build, 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 with 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!
No two websites are the same. Many of my projects start off with a blank canvas. You are your business, and it's important that your new website is as individual as you are - this is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
I take the time to to find out more about your business, your customers, your goals and your competition.
If you haven’t got a look and design in mind, I can help you with your branding. If you haven’t got any idea what to write for your content I can help with that also. If you need good quality images I can give you advice.
Recognising you, as an individual rather than just another website design customer is one of my strengths. I work with my Clients, rather than for them, to ensure a successful end result.
Quality content is the essential part of your website. It needs to serve both your customer and the search engines. I work hard to get your website to function with both.
We can work together on writing the content for your website, and I can help source images, or give you advice. I have seen online businesses fall along the wayside in the past because the website owners haven't paid much attention to the quality of information made available to the visitor. This matters. Google operates with sophisticated algorithms that are updated continuously and it notices and rewards websites who make an effort to provide relevant, and helpful, content.
I can give you advice on how you can structure your content that will be rewarded with Google love!
Functionality goes hand in hand with design. Website browsers are getting updated all of the time, and Developers have to work hard to keep up with the changes. From 2018 all of my new websites will be built using stacks based on Foundation by Zurb, or Twitter Bootstrap. Two of the most advanced front-end frameworks available.
These platforms lend themselves beautifully to modern full-screen, mobile first website design projects.
We have all been on websites, looking for information, and come away after struggling to find it. Optimum customer experience is paramount. Easy and intuitive navigation is key - we won’t give your customer brain-ache before they have even approached you!
You have a 5-second window to make an impression, and I will build your site with this in mind.
Everything needs to work, as a user would expect it. If your website is complicated, or if there are elements on it that don’t behave as expected, your customer will move on. We will work together to come up with the best way to engage your visitor.