Website Design

Let's build a site you love
 
I specialise in getting small businesses and solopreneurs online.

All too often website ‘newbies’ are convinced by well-meaning friends and family that they need all-singing, all-dancing websites, when in fact they can have something that looks great and does a fantastic job for less hassle and less cost.

So, whether you just want a web presence so that people can find you or want to build an e-commerce empire, I help you create a website that fits your needs.

After your site is live you can choose to manage it yourself and only pay for hosting and your domain name when they are due. This gives you complete control over your site with no other ongoing costs. If you want a little more support, choose my full management packages which include your hosting & domain name and all changes for a fixed monthly cost.

*For the E-Commerce Empire site. full management DOES NOT include adding products to your shop or monitoring inventory, but you will find that simple to do with a little training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to questions I usually get asked…

Do you use WordPress for my site?
The simple answer is no. I love WordPress, but it takes time (and money) to keep it updated and is far more labour intensive than other platforms. It’s like buying a car in kit form and putting it together yourself!

I recommend Create for businesses that want great looking sites that are super-easy to maintain.

If you still have your heart set on a WordPress site you’ll need to contact me for a bespoke quote and I still may try and convince you that you don’t need one!

How much will it cost me to set up?

My table of charges is listed above and includes three standard packages starting at £400. There are no hidden extras in these (as per my pledge to the ethical move) and you will get a fully-functioning site for that price.

Ongoing costs for hosting start at around £70 annually and domain name at around £20 biannually, as long as you manage the site completely yourself. If that’s all a bit too much to handle then I can do it all for you as part of my full management service. Those prices are listed above too.

For bespoke sites not covered above, please contact me.

Do I already need to have a domain name?

No. You can use an existing domain name if you already own one, but one can be purchased for you if you don’t. I recommend having both your domain and hosting with the same company as it makes life a whole lot simpler, but this is not a requirement.

The price above includes a domain name as standard. Multiple domain names can also be forwarded to your new website if required.

What is SEO and do I have to pay extra for it?

SEO (search engine optimisation) is included in your website design.  It involves making your site visible and relevant to search engines. There are lots of companies that cold call or email website owners offering this service for hundreds of pounds but you do not need to pay extra for this.

Your site comes with a Google Analytics dashboard so you can see exactly how visitors are finding you and how long they stay on your site.

The biggest asset to SEO is your content – the more relevant your content and the more you keep it up to date the better your ranking. So whether you want to update your site or you want me to do it for you, your SEO ranking will benefit from regularly adding new content.

What support do you provide once my site is live?
It depends on which package you sign up for:

Self-Managed: If you’re going it alone and want to self-manage your site once I’ve built it for you I will provide you with a 2-hour training session to help you get to grips with the backend of your site. It is then your responsibility to maintain the site and make changes when required. Invoices for hosting and your domain name will also then go directly to you for payment.

If you ever get really stuck and need me to do any future work or teach you about social media or anything else digital, my standard rate is £40 per hour for Digital Mentoring or less when booked in a block of 4 or 8 hours.

Fully Managed: If you sign up for a monthly management package, any changes you need will be made within 48 hours and all of your ongoing costs are included in the monthly fee – including your domain name and hosting. If you have a shop feature, this also includes helping you set out categories, creating postage zones, and setting up email responses, but does not include adding individual items to your shop or managing your inventory.

Does my website come with an email mailbox?

The websites I create come with email forwarding, meaning that emails to your domain name (e.g. hello@yourdomain.com) are automatically forwarded to an existing email address for you. This works well for most of my customers as many of them already have email addresses they use for their business. It also helps keep costs down.

If you definitely want a separate mailbox (or more) then please discuss this with me as it can be added on to your package.

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