Thanks for checking out my web design page, below I will go over my thoughts on website design, my design process and what I can offer you. Please click here for examples of my web design work, otherwise please read on.
For many businesses websites can be the first point of contact with its customers, it is of utmost importance to make a good first impression… a bad website will turn off potential customers believing that if you have a poor website you also offer a poor service or product and they may seek an alternative source.
The next most important thing is how your site is coded. A bad code will limit how well your website is rated by search engines. I adhere to all web standards to ensure that your website can be viewed on many different web browsers and screen sizes.
At Colourjam I use no pre-made templates; everything is created for you from scratch to meet your needs. Many web designers can simply buy a cheap web template (£10-20) and re-brand it with your information. I feel this is wrong because the client may pay hundreds for something they *think* has been received a bespoke web site, when in fact hundreds of other people could have the very same website.
Each websites I design is built from the ground up with your business in mind. My own content management system can also be altered to suit your exact needs. Search engines LOVE unique content so having a website that looks and works completely different to everyone else will give you a boost over the many template websites out there.
Web design is usually a term that encompasses a large amount of stages in the production of a website.
A recent study revealed it can take as little as 50 milliseconds for someone viewing your website to decide if they like it or not, so making that initial impression is very important. So from looks alone, if your site looks bad it won’t be living up to its full potential to get you business for your product or service.
To achieve stage 1 at Colourjam the client would usually give me a good idea of what they would like including colours, layout and links to any websites they like. From there I would create a layout and then send it to the client for their feedback. New versions would then be sent back and forth until the client was happy with the look of their website.
Reaching this visually appealing design is only the start of what is required from a website. A website that is designed to be successful needs to adhere to a few ground rules:
It all sounds simple but it’s amazing how many sites would not even use a couple of the items on that list.
At this stage the visual that was agreed with the client is turned into a proper working website. The site is coded to meet all current web standards, to help get the site listed in search engines, and make the site viewable on the plethora of web browsers available (for example Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari).
The client would then be sent a private link to view the finished website as it would appear on their web address. The feedback process would start again here with any updates completed to the client’s requirements.
The website is launched and made live for the public to view. The site is also submitted to various search engines to speed up the process of adding your website to their index.
After your website has been online for a few weeks the site is checked to see how it performs in search engines, and how popular it is with the public. Steps can then be taken to alter the site to optimise it to its full potential. This is often called Search Engine Optimisation.