Website Design

Every company needs a website. I specialise in creating self-manageable websites that once set up require very little maintenance and that are easy to adjust as you need. 

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You may have a very clear idea of what you need from your website and what you want it to look like, or maybe you just know you need one. Either way, I can help you to create what you need. I specialize in designing with Wix.  Once set up properly it is very easy for businesses to self manage, meaning you save money in the long run as you don't need to come back to me every time something small needs changing. Although you are always welcome too.

However, I also work in WordPress, Shopify, Squarespace and more. My goal is to create a beautiful website for you that represents your brand and also has great functionality in order to make your life easier and to attract the clients you need.

Building your website and making it pretty isn't enough on its own. You also need to consider your SEO, traffic flow and how often your site successfully converts clients. For instance, it doesn't matter how pretty this site is and how well it represents me if you can't find the information you are looking for.

So even if you don't use me this is a reminder to check that your website designer isn't just making it look shiny but are actually helping you to generate sales and income through your site, or reaching whatever other goals you may have!

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Even if you currently have a website it may be time to update and make your site more engaging and interactive. If your website doesn't represent you and what you do well then it's most likely not creating the sales conversions you want it to.

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Examples

Bellow are just a few of the websites I have created for you to peruse. When you submit for a quote mention in the comments if you'd be willing to be listed as an example. 

Questions for your designer...

Even if you don't choose to use me as your designer I still want you to be an empowered purchaser so here a few of the questions I suggest you ask, based on my own experiences and bad experiences clients have told me about...

1. Check your quote includes everything:

A previous client of mine came to me after their previous designer kept adding on fees for photo edits, icons, content copy etc. Often these things do cost extra because it's extra time for us however add ons like that should be disclosed at the start and you should always be given the option to do it differently if you wish.

2. Check they will also build your mobile site:

A lot of today's website traffic is generated by mobile devices and mobile sites need to behave differently so make sure your designer can make the necessary adjustments.

3. Check you will be allowed access to everything they create:

Another client of mine came to me because the designer they were using had generated icons and logos for them for their website and they wanted to use those same items on their social media. The designer agreed only if the client paid for the materials again. This can be the case for some designers but you don't ever want to get caught out unaware so be sure to clarify.

4. Make sure they can achieve all the functionality required:

It's very easy to make a pretty website but if you need a members area, ticketing services or shop make sure they can include those functions and in a way where you feel confident interacting with them or you will have to go back to your designer for every new ticket, new shop item etc.

5. Talk to them about self-management:

You may want your designer to do everything for you and that's okay but if you are looking to cut costs it's important you can do the basic edit yourself, particularly if you have a shop or members area that needs regular updating. So talk to them about what they will be designing in and ask them about what training they can offer to help you become proficient. 

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Your Designer...

Diana McLaren has been working as a freelancer helping small and medium businesses improve their online presence and branding since 2015.

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