Your small business website is essential to grow your business.
I build affordable websites tailored to meet your business needs. Here are some examples.
To ensure your website can be easily expanded as your business grows, all the small business websites I build are powered by WordPress.
If its good enough for a quarter of the world’s websites, I think its a good platform for my customers.
WordPress is a very popular platform, continually developed and improved by a global team of enthusiasts and there is plenty of end user support for it (training videos, user guides and so on). Its also very easy to add new features, functions and tools.
There is no licence fee for using WordPress and most of its plugins. You may however need to buy a licence to use some designs (“themes”) and advanced plugins. [If you do, I will let you know.]
My approach to building your website on WordPress is to respect it as a platform for supporting your business as it grows. I therefore avoid making changes that would prevent new features from being able to be added or that would affect your site’s security, stability or from being able to be upgraded.
There are thousands of designs (“themes”) covering a range of styles and sector-specific needs, and one of the first things I do with you is to agree a design you are happy with.
I have worked with WordPress since 2005 as I love using it, and I think you will too!
I believe that your website should be “SEO ready” when it is launched.
To me, that means ensuring that your main website pages have the correct url and “meta” information to help them rank well.
It’s not full SEO – though that can be added on as an additional service – but the things I do have been proven to give you an advantage over the many websites that do no SEO at all.
I create a google analytics account for you if you don’t have one, and set your website up with a google analytics tracking code so that information such as the number of visitors, where they came from, how they found it and the pages they looked at can be compared over time.
I also set up a mini analytics summary on your WordPress dashboard, so that when you log in to WordPress after your website is launched, you can see some statistics about visits immediately.
This is the area that really determines the price you pay for your website.
It is driven by how much content you have, how much of the content loading you will do yourself and how many functions, tools and features you want on your site.
I can either load your content for you or show you how to do it. And I can add a range of functions, tools and features for your site’s users, including online shops, store locators, price calculators, newsletters and more.
All websites I build include 12 months support.
I do a number of “technical” checks and set up backend tools to ensure your website continues to support your business. These are things that you won’t notice until something goes wrong (!) but they help keep your site secure, stable and working.
I check your website works and displays correctly on desktops, tablets and mobile phones. I also check it on Chrome and Edge browsers.
If you are replacing an existing website, you may already have lots of visitors going to it. I set up redirects on your new site to point your visitors from your old site to the relevant pages on it. Not only does this prevent you from losing customers but it is also important for SEO.
If you have lots of external links on your website, over time, some of those links might change. I set up a tool to monitor broken links on your site so I can fix them for you.
I use Formidable Forms for your contact form as it also keeps details of every completed contact form submitted through your site, just in case you don’t receive them via email.
I set up your site with google search console, test your site’s page speed and install tools on your site to ensure it loads as fast as possible. I also advise you if there are issues with your hosting that may need to be addressed to further improve your site speed.
I make your site as secure as it can be by installing tools to fix areas of vulnerability without slowing your site down or making it difficult for you to access.
If your site requires an SSL certificate (for example, if you are selling through it), I can set that up for you.
If you allow users to post comments, I install and set up a tool to filter and remove spam.