A well designed website should not make you think - it should be easy to navigate and users should be able to find the information they are looking for in an instance.
By sticking to established conventions I try to ensure the best possible user experience for all visitors to a website. I recommend the book Don't Make Me Think! by Steve Krug to anyone interested in finding out more about website usability.
SEO (search engine optimisation)
It doesn't matter how good a website looks if no one ever finds it. Search engine optimisation is crucial to the success of a website and therefore it should be integral to the design of the site rather than an after thought. Working to accepted and trusted organic SEO methods I ensure sites perform well in all major search engines without employing unethical methods.
I continue to follow and monitor the performance of sites in search engines and if needed advise on how performance can be further improved.
To ensure every single website I produce displays correctly I test them in multiple Mac & PC browsers, inclduding Chrome, Internet Explorer (versions 7 and above), and Safari. In addition, I also check sites on mobile devices including the iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones.
I personally use wordpress for a number of my own websites, including www.macsessed.com, and can provide custom themes for your wordpress based blog.
images & graphics
Images can really add to the visual appeal of a website, by using online libraries such as iStock Photo and Fotolia I am able to source high quality photographs and graphics without having to worry about copyright issues.
Although content writing isn't a service I provide, I can put you in contact with a couple of excellent UK based writers.
hosting & domain names
I have found Heart Internet to be one of the most reliable and affordable providers of hosting and domain name packages - they provide the hosting for most of my personal websites.
No two web design projects are ever the same and pricing can be dependent on many factors including the following:
- features required - blog, contact forms etc
- is the project a redesign of an existing site or a completely new site
- will any images be provided or will they have to be sourced
- how many pages will be required
However, as an example, a typical 4-6 page brochure style website starts from £500.
Please contact me with as much information as possible and I will be happy to provide a quote specific to your requirements.