I design clear, accessible websites to meet your specific needs, that are easy to maintain. Every website that I create is built from the ground up to suit your business – you’ll find no ready-made templates here. I will work with you to develop the appropriate structure for your website and, through the use of clear design and efficient coding, ensure that your visitors will be able to find what they are looking for quickly and efficiently.
As your business grows and your needs change, I will work with you to ensure that your website remains relevant and evolves to include the features you and your visitors demand.
I hand craft the code for each website I design to meet published World Wide Web Consortium standards for XHTML and CSS. This means that search engines like Google will be able to find and understand your content much more easily, resulting in a higher natural ranking in search results. I also ensure that your website design meets the current legal requirements for accessibility and that your visitors will receive the best possible experience, regardless of the web browser or device they are using.
You shouldn’t have to call me every time you want to update some text on your website or add a new photo, so I build all my websites using content management systems. This means that you can take ownership of your content and keep it updated, easy and quickly, without having to come to me to do it. So you save money and are able to keep your website completely up-to-date. However, I am happy to undertake the maintenance of your website for you if you would prefer.
I generally use either Textpattern or ExpressionEngine as the backend of the websites I create, depending on budget and the demands of the website. Both are extremely powerful and are very flexible in the type of websites that can be created with them. There are also a wide range of extensions and add-ons available for each of them to suit almost every conceivable need.
If you wish to register a new domain name for your website, then I recommend using 123-reg.co.uk. I have been using them for registering my own domains since 2002 and can’t fault them. They are a UK-based domain name registrar, but you can also register domain names using any of the top level domains (.com, .net, .org, .eu, etc.).
I suggest that you register as many different variations of your chosen domain name as possible to try and secure your little corner of cyberspace and prevent competitors from grabbing a similar domain name and potentially getting visitors that should be coming to you. It is a simple and common task to alias one domain to another so that all traffic to the variations of a domain name point to the same website on a master domain. Use the box above to search on availability of your chosen domain name.
Searching for a web host can be a bewildering experience. With so many different options and literally hundreds of companies offering hosting services, it can be difficult to know who to trust and which service to choose.
Whilst you are, of course, free to host your new website at the hosting company of your choice, I can offer affordable, powerful hosting that gives you room to grow. You can have as many email addresses as you want, and you will have plenty of storage space and data transfer included. Should your website become successful beyond your wildest dreams (and I hope it does!) and starts to attract large numbers of visitors, I can arrange to migrate it to a very flexible, expandable and cost-effective platform.