Web design

Web designLet’s get you live

A simple website is often all you will need, unless you sell online, and even then it doesn’t have to be rocket science.

The main thing to remember with web design is “content is king”. Yes, it’s great to have a host of lovely images and photos, but if your content is weak, you’re wasting your time.

You need a good idea of what you are trying to achieve before a website is even started. You be amazed how often I’ve been approached and asked to build a website for someone and the conversation has gone something like this:

Client “Hi Steve, can you build me a website?”
Me “Of course, what are you after?”
Client “It needs to be really good and better than my competition”
Me “Sure, of course, what content do you have?”
Client “It’s got to be amazing”
Me “Do you have any content or images for this new site?”
Client “Umm…”

I build a lot of Drupal and WordPress sites these days and having them work on phones and tablets is vital. Both of these systems allow you, the user, to update the site yourselves. I’m also happy to build more static sites which don’t need to be updated regularly.

There are a number of example of sites I’ve built on the examples page. I can also give you links to many other more corporate sites on request.

e-commerce is huge!

Get in touch if you need help with any aspect of e-commerce. I could list it all here, but it would take you all day to read it. Just drop me a message with your questions or requirements.

Staying alive service levels

One thing that’s important to know is what happens after your lovely new website is live and online. Once your site is up and running it’ll usually take care of itself. Sometimes your website will need updates to the system and other odds and ends.

My responsibility for your site ends once your site is live, unless you choose my website maintenance option. See below.

I will always create weekly backups of your site by default without any charge.

Your new website without any ongoing maintenance

Once your site is live it’s over to you. Systems like WordPress and Drupal all have ways to upgrade to the latest versions of any parts of the site that need updating and I’ll happily point you in the right direction for this. Static sites which don’t need updating can happily sit there for years without any need for maintenance so I’d advise you of this early on. If you do need help at any point I’ll be happy to take a look for you for my standard maintenance fee.

Your new website with ongoing maintenance

This option includes monthly checks and system/plugin/module updates if required. You’ll also get 24 hour site monitoring with checks every 2 hours. Just let me know during the site build and I’ll factor it in. It’s a good way to know your site is as secure and updated as possible.

I’ll only advise this if I think it’s necessary.

*Note that this does not include design or structural updates or changes.

Give me a shout to discuss your needs or answer any questions you might have.