Custom Website Design
Beautiful and results focused websites
Once upon a time, there were two website designers who wanted to make the lives of their clients SO much easier.
Because why should creating your website be , when it could be…
How does it work?
Here we set the foundations. To start with we send a questionnaire to learn more about your business, your goals and your customers. This helps us to really understand what you need and create a website that’s the perfect fit for you!
If you’re writing your website content yourself, we’ll send you a customised content workbook that will guide you through the process of writing your content. It’s important to make plenty of time for this so that you’re not rushing to meet the deadline! We give an estimated timeframe for each page that you can plan into your schedule.
Meanwhile, we’ll be setting up the structure of your website and making basic customisations such as uploading your brand fonts and your colour palette.
When you’re finished with the content workbook, we’ll send the information over to Laura at Worditude (an expert copywriter!) and she will report back with any edits or suggestions to make your copy the best it can be.
When we’ve got all of the foundational information (design brief/questionnaire, final text content, branding etc), we can start on the designs!
We always start with the home page as this sets the tone for all other pages on your website.
We’ll use the perfected home page to work on the rest of the web pages and we’ll check in with you as we go to make sure that all pages are hitting the mark. There’s space for 2 rounds of revisions here.
At this stage, we’ll also set up the legal pages needed on your website, integrate with any of your marketing tools, make sure the website looks great on all browsers and devices, improve the speed of the site if needed and make sure it is secure. A big chunk of the time in the ‘middle’ is spent on your website behind the scenes, not just on the design that everyone will see!
We’ll have a final review of the website together when it’s all finished to make any last tweaks.
We’ll also test one more time to make sure everything is perfect and then it’s go time!
When your website is live for all to see, we’ll help you to shout about it! On our own social media accounts, we’ll be sharing your new project, but we can also create social media graphics in your own branding for you to share too.
Your website will go live on our portfolio with a blog post that documents the project and information about what you do.
When your website is finished, you’ll receive a guide on what to do next, from promoting your new website to ongoing care and maintenance – like a ‘taking care of your new pet’ guide! Alternatively we can look after it for you. Either way you won’t finish the project wondering ‘what do I do with it now?!’.
WordPress now powers 35% of the internet. Consider how many websites you visit every day – at least 1 in 4 of those websites are likely to be powered by WordPress.
According to codeinwp.com, roughly 500 new websites are built with WordPress every day, yet they all look and function differently.
We won’t bore you with more statistics, but you have to admit they’re impressive!
This is why we personally use WordPress:
- It’s insanely flexible. WordPress can be used to build a simple brochure site, a membership site, an ecommerce site, a blog… With the addition of thousands of plugins (these add extra functionality), your website can be anything you want it to be.
- You can expand easily as your business grows. Start with one page and add as many as you like in future without having to pay extra or jump through hoops.
- WordPress itself is free. To have a self-hosted website, you’ll have to pay for hosting and a domain name, but you’ll never have to pay for the WordPress platform that your website is built with.
- WordPress is easy to use. It’s not made for tech gurus, it’s made for people who want to manage their website without having to know anything overly technical. Our clients love this because it means that if they want to make small edits themselves they can do that straight away, without having to wait for their designer to do it and without having to pay extra.
- WordPress is designed with search engines in mind. There are also great plugins available to help with search engine optimisation so you’re more likely to appear higher up on Google.
Do you offer SEO?
No, but we do work on making the website SEO friendly using a plugin called Rank Math, adding alt text to images, tagging headings correctly, making sure the website speed is up to scratch… For the more in-depth work, we’ve got experts that we can recommend.
What if I need more pages?
That’s absolutely fine, we can work together even if you need 500 pages!
Generally websites don’t need that many pages to explain what you do and how you can work with people (keep it simple!), but sometimes the 8 pages just aren’t enough. If you need more pages, let us know.
How much time will it take?
The time it’ll take to write the text content depends on your schedule but altogether we estimate 8-11 hours. That includes some work on your core messaging (it’ll help make writing the rest of the content much easier!) and 3 sales pages.
We don’t start designing the website until we have the content because it is so difficult to create a custom website built to your unique business and goals without knowing all of the information! The text content really does influence the design and is an important part of your website.
The website build itself usually takes between 4-6 weeks from the start date.
I want something more… E.g. a membership site, digital course, online shop, or any other special feature.
We have very limited availability for more advanced website projects but please get in touch to tell us about your project and we’ll email back with more information as soon as possible.
Can I edit the website myself?
Yes, you can, and that’s the beauty of WordPress. You don’t have to have any knowledge of coding to be able to edit your own website, because WordPress makes it so simple.
We provide videos and guides to the website once it’s complete, and we’ll always be there via email if you’d like to ask us anything in future. We are happy to jump on a Zoom call and walk you through it too.
Can you write my website copy?
We’re not a copywriters, but we work with amazing copywriters. Laura from Worditude has provided a workbook that will guide you through the process of writing your own text content, but if you’d like someone to write your website copy for you, let us know and we can introduce you to some wonderful people!