I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 North East Expo business event at Newcastle Falcons today (27/04/2016).
I wanted to try and help you to visualise this concept which will probably result in you thinking how obvious it sounds but I am amazed by the amount of websites which still do not follow this principle.
You know that unsettling feeling when you’re half way through a project and you’re presenting design concepts? No major feedback, smiles across the table, heads nodding yes. Home run right? No, that feeling scares the sh*t out of me because you know there’s complexity lurking below and it will surface before you’re done solving the…
I am a big fan of Chrome and I now find that I could not live without some of these extensions for my web design projects. Here are the ones that I have currently got installed:
I was getting frustrated by the same old facebook and twitter share buttons and most of the tools out there are either very standardised or complicated. I wanted to use my own style share buttons for some of my web designs. I have aimed the tutorial at Squarespace websites but the principles should work with any site.
I had previously tried a free trial of one of these services promising to get ‘Real’ ‘Quality’ Twitter followers for your business account and I must say that I was not really satisfied with the results. That is until I signed up with SocialQuant.net.
Hey everybody, it’s time to look at other people’s portfolios and get slightly jealous again! And guess what? For the first time ever, the majority of the websites we feature come from our very own readers. If I said I was proud of you guys, would that make this weird? Anyway, if you want to…
What does a website cost?
You wont find many designers who will have set prices for website design and there is a good reason for that.
Each project is so different with so many different options that the designer can use that most designers (including myself) want to give you the best price but also the best options for your project. In order to determine this, we need to look at each project individually and quote on the job.
Speaking from a my business, as a rule of thumb, a website design will usually cost between £500 & £2000 depending on what is required. Start-up businesses will usually have a limited cashflow which is why I also offer monthly payment options to spread the cost as it is in my interest too that your website is successful and in turn, your business.
Why hire a designer when you can build a website yourself?
There are many platforms out there such as Wix, Squarespace and WordPress etc. that let you build your website on a template. These are very good services and I use Squarespace for a lot of my smaller projects. I would encourage you all to have a go at building a website as even if you don’t get exactly what you are after, you will have learnt a lot more about websites than you knew before.
When you hire a designer, you are asking somebody to design your website. They may use a template based platform to keep the costs down, however, they will use a lot of design skills to maximise your conversion rate. Things like colour psychology to reflect the feeling that best suits your type of customer, complimentary colours for ‘Calls to Action‘, fonts that suit the brand, placing of key information and ensuring that you are giving the information in various forms to cater for the different types of customer. They will also ensure that your website is responsive to all devices and that there is a consistent flow to the site. These are just some the reasons that you hire web designers such as myself. We haven’t even talked about the image selections, infographics and manipulation of these.
There is a lot more to designing a website than just placing elements onto a template but by offering plans like monthly payments to help with start-ups, I hope that more people are able to have their sites professionally designed and stand out online.
If you would like to find out more about the monthly payment schemes or just want a free quote for a design, please get in touch.
Hewlett-Packard, that giant of computing, has just released its new logo. Um… again. Well, not really again. Sigh. If you haven’t heard, there’s two Hewlett-Packard’s now, okay? Now, I’d really like to tell you that this is because of alternate time-lines crashing into each other, or because HP is going through its very own Spider-Clone Saga.…