These days there are many ways to get a website up and running, often for free. But there is a trade-off, and that is that you are pretty much on your own when you get you stuck, and you are limited to a set of stock layouts which can be difficult to customise.
If you’re tired of dealing with faceless interfaces, it may be time to talk to a human.
Whether it’s a personal homepage, a blog (web log), a business site or a fully fledged e-commerce portal, I can help make your dream a reality. Here are some of the services I offer:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A website is an information resource, usually a collection of web pages, that can be found under a “domain name”, e.g. “www.bbc.co.uk”.
It may be a blog (web log), where people write articles which are usually sorted by date, it may a personal home page or it may be a shop front, where people can buy stuff.
Whatever it is – it’s your little home in cyberspace to do with as you wish!
The first thing you need for your website is a domain name…
A domain name is an unbroken string of text that identifies a “place” on the internet. They often start with “www”, e.g. “www.bbc.co.uk”.
You type this string of text into the location field of your web browsing app to get to the website you’re looking for. It’s like a telephone number for a website.
You have to make a small payment to register a domain name for a year or more. Usually you can only register the domain name you want if no-one else has registered it. You can check if the name you want is free on a site like this: https://hostinguk.net/domains
Once you have your domain name, you need somewhere to “host” your site…
Web hosting refers to the server on the internet where your website resides. A server is a computer that “serves” pages or services.
A hosting “package” refers to all the services you may get as part of your hosting, such as email addresses, an online email app, a way to upload files to your site etc.
All of the above I can provide to you with your website.
A responsive website is a website that “responds” to the device it is being viewed on and adapts itself to that device.
For example if you look at bbc.co.uk on a desktop computer and then compare how it looks on a mobile phone or tablet device, you will see that rather than just a miniaturised version of the desktop site, the layout of the site has actually changed to best utilise the size of the device.
Social media integration means coupling your site into social media platforms such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter etc. This can be achieved by creating a presence for your brand on these platforms and adding your location onto places like Google Maps.
I can help get you set up with this. Of course the potential exposure of being on these platforms will be down to your brand continuing to engage with these platforms.
Yes. Your site will be hosted on the WordPress platform, which gives you the ability to log in and make changes to your site.
Not a problem. If you have domain name registered with another provider, it is usually a simple process of pointing your domain name to a different web server that hosts your new website.
You do. When I register a domain name for a client, I do it in their name but give myself administrative control over it. This means they can take back control over it later since they are the legal owner of it.
All content of the website is owned by you and can be taken to another provider if you wish.
Here are the last three sites I made:
No. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a whole area in itself that people get paid a lot of money to be expert in.
Some people may tell you that they can get you high up in Google very cheaply. But think about it, if we could all do that, we’d all be top in Google then we’d be right back where we started.
Sometimes people come up with ways to cheat the system and artificially get a site high in Google. But this only lasts until Google cottons on and either removes the site altogether or at least penalises it, and then the trick no longer works because Google have updated their algorithm.
There’s no way but the hard way, and that’s to make a site that is really good for what you’re offering, is regularly updated, and that other respected sites link to.
I can, however get you submitted into the main search engines and help get you into the relevant directories relevant to your brand.
First take a look at other sites or blogs that are in the same field as the one you’re intending to make. Make a note of things you like or dislike about them. You can also make a note of things you like in other websites, not necessarily in the same field as yours.
My sites are built on the WordPress platform, for which there are many pre-made “themes” available (these determine how your site looks). There are many, many themes available, some free and some you pay for. A search on Google for “wordpress themes” will bring up many options, you can see some of the free ones here: https://wordpress.org/themes/browse/new.
Think about what you want the site to achieve, for example do you want to sell items from it, pass on information or share photos? Where will you get the photos for your site from?
I am not a photographer but I can help with basic photos and also help you to source stock photos (that is, photos that already exist and may be free or may have to be paid for).
Think about how your site might be found, what sort of searches would find your site, for example if you have a holiday cottage website in Cornwall, people might search for “self catering accommodation Cornwall”, maybe that search brings up a website that lists accommodation in Cornwall, and that might be a good place to get your site listed on.
If your question not answered here, please Contact me.
My name is Jeremy Wray and I spent over ten years at the BBC working on their website. Now I work for myself and can help you build your website. I am based in Leytonstone, East London, so if you’re in or around this area we can always meet to discuss your requirements, or we can work over cyberspace!
Drop me a line using the form below or call me on 07950 380 711