I hope the information here gives you a good idea of the whole process and how I work, but I’ve kept this as brief as possible so do please get in touch to ask for more details about anything at all.
SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH
There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but if you get in touch, I will be happy to discuss your ideas and give you advice on your website without any obligation to take it any further. I am always happy to meet clients to discuss ideas and I will put together some examples of how your future site could work.
DOMAIN NAMES & HOSTING
If you don’t already have a domain name and/or hosting package for your site I can sort that out for you and make sure you get the right name and the right package for your needs.
Making sure your website works well on mobiles and tablets is increasingly important . It might even be the most important thing for you. I usually design ‘responsive’ sites – that means the site detects whether it is being accessed from a desktop or mobile and the design and functioning responds accordingly. I can also create two version of stye site if necessary with either the whole site or key pages designed for mobile viewing.
UPDATING THE SITE
I design sites to make them as easy for you to update as possible. All the sites are created using WordPress, the best CMS (Content Management System) there is and extremely user-friendly. I can provide instructions to enable you to update and change your site in the future.
Getting your website as far up the search engine ratings as quickly as possible is always important. I use the best SEO (Search Engine Optimisaton) tools to do that and I can also advise you on what you can do to promote the site offline too.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…whatever social media outlets you use or want to use, I can ensure your site is fully linked in to them. You might, for instance, want to have a live Twitter and Instagram feeds in your site.
If you want to sell stuff on your site – whether products or downloads – I can set up an easily manageable eccommerce section to your site, using a Paypall and major card payment systems
The cost depends, of course, on many things – the kind of site you want, the amount of work involved, the amount of content preparation, the use of audio and video, etc, etc. So the price will vary, but whatever your budget, you will get a made to measure site. Once I have a clear idea of what you want I will give you a quote with various options and once the price is settled, there will be no hidden costs at all.
You can have unlimited use of video on your site if you want. Videos streamed from Youtube or Vimeo can be used throughout the site. You can have videos as a background image if you like too.
I can also edit any videos you might have and make sure they are uploaded in the optimum size and quality for the web.
Your site can have unlimited number of audio tracks. I like to use Soundcloud to deliver high quality, quickly streamed audio, but other options are available too.
If you need a logo designed – both for the website and versions for other things, like business cards and letterheads – the I will be happy to do that for you.
I have extensive Photoshop skills so anything you need in terms of photo manipulation, cropping, resizing and even sourcing new images will be no problem. I can also recommend talented photographers if you need a set of new promotional images.
All images on your site will be compressed to provide the best balance between quality and speed of delivery on the web.
It’s very important to keep text on the site as precise and well structured as possible and, as a former journalist, I can any writing and editing skills you may need for your text content.
How long it will take depends, of course, on where you are starting from and what you want. You could have a new site up and running in 24 hours if your needs are simple. Once I have a clear idea of what you want, I will give you good estimate of how long it will take.
You might know exactly what you want, you might have no real idea. You might already have a site that just needs tweaking, or you might be starting from scratch. Whatever your starting point I will be happy to talk through what you need and what will best serve your needs.