Web Design. Image credit: Andrew Dunn, 1 November 2005: www.andrewdunnphoto.com

Web Design

Time for a new website? Let me help.

Whether you’re looking for a site you can manage yourself, a refresh of your current site or a fully managed site, I can help. Get in touch to find out more about web design.

What sort of site will you build me?

I can provide you with a site that you manage and update yourself, or one where I take care of that for you. The choice is yours.

If you plan to manage your site, you’ll be using WordPress, a powerful content management system. WordPress is used by over 75 million websites worldwide, is free to install and simple to use, but is also flexible enough to allow your website to do whatever you need it to. If you haven’t used this system before don’t worry – you’ll get a complete handover and comprehensive instructions, and I’m always on hand to lend support when needed.

If you don’t want to manage your site, I can provide a site built without a content management system – this means that I’ll make any updates that you request to the content or design of the site.

Whichever option you choose, your site will be suitable for mobiles, tablets and desktop machines as standard. With 1.2 billion mobile internet users worldwide, a responsive website is no longer a luxury but a necessity – the sites that I design are all made with this fact in mind. Your site will also be set up on Google Analytics, allowing you to monitor who uses your site and how they find it.

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Responsive site designs make your site accessible on any device

I can also organise your domain name (your website’s address) and hosting (your site’s spot online), or you can organise this yourself.

Do I really need a website?

Yes – you almost certainly do. Your website is your digital business card, with the potential to bring you into contact with a whole new audience. 90% of UK adults in 2018 are internet users, with the internet used by all age groups. What’s more, the number of internet users is only growing, especially among the older generation. In 2011, only 20% of adults aged 75 and above were recent internet users, but by 2018 that figure had risen to 44%. Virtually all adults aged 16 – 34 were recent internet users (99%).

I have a social media page – isn’t that enough?

It’s a good place to start, certainly. But social media is never fully under your control, and is limited in the content that it can display. Social media companies can and do change their algorithms which control what content rises to the top of your audience’s newsfeeds. There are also character limits or other restrictions. In contrast, your website is yours and yours alone.