I’ve been designing and developing valid & semantic websites for around 12 years; both full and part-time, within businesses and out on my lonesome as a freelance website designer and developer. I take pride in my work, and think it’s a bit of alright.
A website should not only look good, it should also be functional and provide the user with the information they need without fuss. As the website owner you require the right tools to grow your online presence, and that’s what I will provide you with.
The websites I design and build are built to order, done right, ‘by the book’ without cutting corners, optimised for search engines and come with the ability for you to track visitor interaction and edit your own content.
Complete One Stop Shop
As a multi-skilled web guy I take care of the whole process. I look after all the steps from initial meet & greet to ‘go live’. The inbetween bits — requirements definition, wireframes, design mockup & development, front-end build, CMS integration, testing, and optimisation are all covered. I also offer ongoing support, feature extensions, website hosting, domain registration and setup. I’m a trained programmer and have a background in business and creative design. My work speaks for itself.
Attention to Detail
I continually stumble upon websites that have gone live that probably shouldn’t have. It’s generally little things not important to some developers, but to me they matter. My websites are done properly. I treat them as my own and am proud of them when I list them on my portfolio. Web Browsers render markup differently and cross browser compatibility is the bain of my existence (it really is a pain in the arse!), but I think it’s important that websites display correctly for all. Blood, sweat and tears because I care.
Original Design & Code
Every website I design and develop is built from the ground up. No prebuilt one-size-fits-all jobbies, no rejigged WordPress themes or rehashed mashups. Really there are no one-size-fits-all online solutions. There are some nifty modules and cool features we can incorporate, but your website needs what you need it to have, not what a similar businesses’ website has. Simply put, your needs are different from that person over there’s needs. Your website should be your own, completely unique, not someone elses.
As a WordPress preferred developer, many of my websites are integrated with the WordPress platform; the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress is used on millions of websites and enjoyed by tens of millions of people every day, created by and for the community. This means there are hundreds of people all over the world developing it, providing the most feature-rich and easy-to-use content management solution available. It’s super easy to work with and fast becoming the first choice Content Management and Blogging System for website developers worldwide.
You’ll love it.
Search Engine Optimisation
There’s no point having the slickest, most visually stunning website if no one can find it. Search Engine Optimisation (with an ‘s’ here folks!) has become a majorly important part of running a website. Businesses spend bazillions getting their websites ranked near the top of search results; being listed above your competition is key. With that in mind, I’ll guide you with content writing and when it comes time to build, use semantic markup and well structured internal linking behind the scenes, plus generate a special sitemap for engines to crawl and find your pretty pages. All this and many other SEO best practises Google loves, provided as standard.
Understanding more about your visitors is really important. Knowing what’s popular, and what’s not allows you to make adjustments that can influence your website’s success. You may not be aware, but it’s actually possible to find out a lot about your website’s visitors. Demographics such as visitor location and language, information about social engagement, the average time spent on a page, where users entered and exited your website, whether they were new or returning visitors, how they found you, the keywords they searched, which pages were most popular and much more can easily be monitored so you know more about your audience.