Choosing a web design company can be a tough decision, especially when there are so many to choose from. It’s important to find a company that understands your needs and takes you seriously. After all, you’re not just putting a web design project in their hands, you’re entrusting the image of your business to them. The aim of this guide is to help you to ask the right questions so that you can be confident in your choice and to help you avoid making costly mistakes.
Build your own options
Of course you can try building your own, there are lots of options out there that are free/cheap. You can also paint your own house or tile your own bathroom, there are plenty of DIY shops. You can also file your own taxes, ‘they’ always make it sound so easy. But consider this…. if this is your livelihood and your business why would you put the work in the hands of an amateur or someone giving it a go. You wouldn’t, you’d want a professional who is not going to accidentally paint the ceiling, who’s not going to put in a wonky tile and you need someone who knows a few inside tricks to help you beat the competition. In summary… hire a professional.
What are your website requirements?
Generally speaking your website needs will fall into one of the categories below. You’re either unhappy with the current site and need some changes made to it, or perhaps you want to start from scratch or you have started a new business venture and need a new website. Often people have been hacked and their site is missing or doesn’t look right and most importantly in the current climate, if your website is not responsive… it needs to be and fast !
Make it Mobile
Domains & Hosting
Unless clients specifically request something different, I generally use WordPress to create my websites. There are various reasons for this this but principally it helps keep the development cost down, thereby making my services available to a wider audience of small and medium businesses. This Content Management System is perfect for both brochure and eCommerce sites
Put simply this just means that your website needs to change its structure and format to match the device the User is viewing your website on. As a result of recent changes Google has made to their search algorithms it is now more important than ever that your existing website is responsive and that any new website built looks and works perfectly on any device, from Desktop to Tablet and smartphone.
Reliable email is key to any business. Having a professional email address so that customers or potential employers can contact you could be the difference between getting the job or failing. If you would like a professional online presence (website) so that you can start to manage your own ‘brand’ with a matching email address in your own domain for example firstname.lastname@example.org – I can help.
Search Engine Optimisation
I include a basic level of optimisation throughout your new website to help you get found on Google for your preferred keywords. There are many more actions that I can perform to make your site as visible and attractive to the major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. If you are looking for support of an existing site, I can also help here too. This is not an overnight process and I always recommend you work to a schedule of at least 3 to 6 month to see some real improvement and continue this each month to ensure you stay there.
1st Class Technical Support
The last thing you need is to receive your completed site and be left on your own. I offer a range of packages to support you throughout the year and are always at the end of the phone or email for quick and clear support. Even our ad hoc support packages allow you to make essential changes to your website without breaking the bank.
Logo Design & Branding
If you haven’t got a company logo, thats hats not a problem. Sometimes you may feel you do not need one, in this instance we can simply write your company name in a web font at the top of your site. If you want to take the next step and start to manage your company brand, I can produce a simple logo that you can use throughout your company stationery.