Web Design

Modern, affordable, securely hosted, responsive websites. What more do you need?

Responsive web design is a necessity nowadays. People access information on phones and tablets of all shapes and sizes. Many still use a laptop or PC. Your website needs to fit them all. All our websites are mobile friendly.

That brings its own challenges.

Most organizations and businesses need a website. Chances are, if you don't, you're missing out on potential customers. There are a number of tools out there that can help you build your own, decent website. But sometimes it's best to get someone else to do it for you - when was the last time you did any plumbing?

Here at Made in Trenbania, we take our web design business very seriously (as well as enjoying what we do!). We keep up to date with the web, which changes rapidly, to ensure we keep ahead of new technologies, techniques and build our website following best practice.

At the heart of your website is the "Content Management System" (CMS). This is what you will use to edit your website. We use WordPress and Drupal (you may have heard of them). They allow you to easily make changes to your website without needing to know any code (leave that to us).

What is 'web design'?

Web design is a process that covers much more than whether a website looks good or not. Pages need to be easy to find and follow a logical structure. Page layouts should present information clearly.

At the very start, some research on your audience and identification of the key goals of the site is very important.

The planning

Once you've commissioned me to create your site, I'll ask a number of questions (and you'll probably have plenty for me). These will help me develop a picture of what you need and understand your goals, your audience, your budget.

I will then offer advice so that the words you put on your website will work towards those goals. The actual content of your website will make a huge contribution to how you rank in Google's search engines.

Designing and building

Depending on the budget, we may produce a rough design to show our ideas for the site. This is then used for discussion and feedback. Or we may develop directly on the web, so you can see the website evolve. This will be on a secret part of the internet for only you to see.

I can create your website using your photos, videos and artwork, or photos and videos taken by me and graphics I design, or source from elsewhere.  This is a collaborative process and I'll need your input to form a final design for your website.

Rest assured, I'll be thorough and take great pride in the work I produce, so you'll get the best deal for your budget. I constantly check the code I use against 'web standards' and accessibility guidelines to ensure your site works across a range of browsers (they all behave slightly differently) and is available to as many people as possible.

We can integrate your site with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and a host of other good stuff!

Hosting

I can provide very reliable and secure web hosting for your website - your very own bit of the world wide web! This is where your website will be reached by the rest of the world through your choice of domain name - for example, this site's domain name is madeintrenbania.com.

If you'd prefer to register and manage your own domain name (perhaps you've already bought one), I can still arrange for your site to be hosted with me, we just need to tell your domain registrar where your website is. Don't worry, I can help you do it or do it for you.

You can have email addresses too, of course! Mine here is hello@madeintrenbania.com. There are a number of ways we can create email addresses for you. What I don't do is use the web hosting for your email - this isn't considered good practice.

Launching

Once you're happy with your new website, it's time to launch it. Cue the fanfare and champagne! It's always a really satisfying feeling for me 'switching on' a new website and watch it sail away into the sunset. Well, not quite 'sail away' - still a few things to do!

But watch it I will... making sure I'm prepared to sort out any queries you may have about your site and how it's performing. I install things like Google Analytics, submit your site to Google and Bing to get it found in search results more quickly and measure a number of things that you could consider a 'health check'.

Onwards

I can provide guidance on how to manage your website. While you host with me, I'll speed up your site, I'll backup your site every day and keep your website system up-to-date - that means regularly updating WordPress or Drupal and any plugins or modules installed on the site (which is as important as brushing your teeth - if you don't do it, there could be problems lurking further down the line). I also set up some systems to prevents people hacking your website - unfortunately necessary, that's one vital part of what we do.

We will make your website not only look great, but it will be designed to encourage your visitors to take the actions you'd like them to.

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