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Your website should look fantastic. It should be easy to navigate and read.

What You Get:

  • Unique Site design
  • Content Management System
  • Multiple Site Features
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Google Analytics
  • Site Backup Facility
  • Sitemap & Site Submission
  • Instruction Manual
  • Personal support
  • Regular Maintenance 

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Whether you want a simple brochure-style site or your needs are a little more complex, I can help. Designing and building a website involves creativity and a variety of technical skills, coupled with expertise and experience. That's what I'm here for. You can discuss your needs easily and get answers to your questions with a minimum of fuss or jargon.

What’s more, you can have all of this from as little as £450 for a standard site.

Front page of the Leith Folk Club website
Front Page of the Martin Lennon music website
Front Page of The Union Gallery website

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First Steps

My job is to help you get your message across clearly and simply. Whether you're an individual, an established company or a brand new SME, the internet is the ideal place to show the world what you do. And whether you’re starting with a blank canvas, or you have some ideas about how your site should look, or you already have a site that you want to improve, I can help.

I find it helpful to work (and think) around three primary topics:

  • Structure & Functionality

  • Style & Content

  • Updates, Support & Hosting

Structure & Functionality

To start with, we need to agree what you want your website to do. So, imagine you're a potential buyer for your own products or services. What images would you want to see? What questions might you have? What information would you need? If you’re not sure, have a look at other websites that feature products or services similar to your own and get some ideas.

Front Page of The Venetia Berry Art website
Front Page of the Pilates To The Core website
Front Page of swimmer Duncan Scott's website

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Once we’ve agreed what you want your website to do, we can start working out the structure. Easy navigation is an absolute must. I usually recommend that you use your 'home' page to introduce yourself and describe what your website is all about. an 'about' page will describe you and what you do in more detail. You might want a ‘portfolio’ page to show off your products or services and you'll very probably want a ‘contact’ page so that site visitors can reach you easily. Finally, a ‘testimonials’ page can be a fantastic asset if you’re lucky enough to have clients who’ve said nice things about you. You might also want to think about a blog, social media links (Twitter, Facebook) and, if you have premises, a link to a Google map.

Style & Content

The style of your website should reflect who you are and what you do. Are you a company keen on projecting a strictly professional image? Or perhaps you’re a musician or artist looking for a something more relaxed and creative. Here are the fundamentals that will help you project the right image:

Well written text: Content is key. Really, it is. What do you want to say? And how do you want to say it? Do you want to sound formal, professional, friendly, funny? Whatever tone of voice you choose, make sure you stick to it… although you can relax a little in your blog – they can be personal and friendly even if the rest of your site is quite formal. Make sure you mention yourself or your company and the things you do quite frequently, but don’t let the resulting text sound overworked and clunky. If you're not comfortable writing your own text, I can recommend a professional copywriter who’ll wave a magic word wand.

High quality images: Pictures, whether commissioned or from a stock library, will really bring your site to life. Bear in mind that if you want an image to cover the whole screen, a tiny photo taken on a smartphone is going to end up a bit pixelated. And that’s putting it mildly! I’ll keep you right on image size and resolution. Oh, and I work with some good photographers too…

An excerpt from the Instruction Manual about images
Excerpts from the Instruction Manual discussing images

Updates, Support & Hosting

OK, we’re nearly there. Now, you’ll want to update your website on a reasonably regular basis – introducing new products, adding a testimonial or updating your blog. So, once your website has gone live, I’ll give you a step-by-step instruction manual along with log in details for both your website and your Google Analytics account. This means you can do all the updating yourself but I’m only a phone call away if you need help or support.

An excerpt from the Instruction Manual
Excerpts from the Instruction Manual

Finally, all websites need to have a host – this is basically space on a server which stores your website files and provides internet connectivity to let anyone keying in your domain name reach your site. I strongly recommend leehair.co.uk for hosting. Lee’s service is exceptional and fast (and indeed, exceptionally fast) and he hosts Froghouse Design for me. His charging structure is blissfully simple too:

  • Individual - £10 pa
  • Club or Charity - £30 pa
  • Business - £70 pa

What’s not to like? (Of course if you want to use a different host that’s fine, and I’ll check them out to make sure they support all the features I need for your web build.)

Logo design and printed materials

Your site uses your logo and your unique visual style. Any leaflets, business cards, flyers and posters you use should all use the same visual style as your website, and if you have a look at the Graphic Design section of this site, you'll see I can create this for you too.

If you already have an identity or logo, and a visual style in place, I can happily integrate this into your website’s design scheme.