Web design services offered

Working with you

It is usually possible to design a website without ever meeting the client face-to-face. Most communication will be done via email, and some by telephone. Sometimes it is helpful if we can meet to discuss your plans, and we can arrange this at a mutually convenient location such as your workplace.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

The idea behind search engine optimisation is to increase the probability that a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing will list your website as high up the list as possible after a user inputs relevant keywords into the search box.

Your business depends upon it being quickly visible and accessible on the World Wide Web. I apply a good knowledge and understanding of effective search engine optimisation seotechniques during website development.

There are several ways to achieve this, and any professional designer will incorporate basic search engine optimisation techniques as standard. It is possible to enhance even further the success of search engine optimisation results by building in more refined and efficient techniques, and these are reflected in the levels 1, 2 and 3 shown on the design costs page.

 

Submission to search engines

Manual submission of your site to search engines to put your URL (ie. domain name) onto their radar.

Design technologies used

  • WordPress
  • Joomla!
  • Drupal
  • pHp/MySQL
  • Apache/WAMP server
  • cPanel
  • Flash animation
  • HTML/XHTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Ajax
  • Spry framework
  • jQuery
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
  • Adobe Creative Web Design Suite (Flash,
    Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop)

Content Management System (CMS)

You have the option of performing some of your own updates using a CMS, such as text edits, adding/removing images and adding downloads such as PDF files, Word documents, application forms, and for the more adventurous, even adding new pages.

Building CMS into your website comes at a higher cost and requires training on how to manage your site effectively using this technology. This option is best suited to clients who already have good IT skills and are familiar with computer logic to some degree.

Maintenance and updates

Website maintenanceThe content on your website needs to reflect the current status of your organisation or business. Outdated content will not encourage visitors to return to your website and they are likely to lose interest in what you have to offer.

You need to keep on the ball, introduce new content, weed out the old, add new images and even colour schemes to maintain a dynamic and interesting website.

My hourly rate is £45 and I charge a minimum pro rata fee of £12. Please refer to my design costs for further information.

Monthly support options- includes technical support

Choosing a monthly support package is an ideal way of ensuring that your website stays in top condition and has safeguards in place to minimize the risk of cyber/malware attacks. Save on the cost of content updates, benefit from inclusive web design time, and reduced additional work.

Monthly support options start from £40 per month. Please download this pdf document to view the Budget and Premium options.

Browser compatibility and HTML/CSS validation

Not all Internet browsers behave in the same way and one of the many tasks for a web designer is to ensure that what we design is rendered, or displayed, correctly in commonly used browser platforms.

In addition, the coding we use to build the site must conform to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) guidelines on maintaining web standards. This is an international community led by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and without whom neither of us would be thinking 'website'.

All websites designed by JSL Web Design are tested for sound HTML, XHTML, CSS and other scripting languages, and test driven on browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and mobile applications.

A word about browsers versions:

I recommend that clients ensure they are using the latest version of their preferred browser. Web designers can design, to a certain extent, websites that are viewed on old browsers, but it seems a retrograde step to build into a website all the coding variations necessary to achieve this. For example, Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is notorious for not rendering content accurately, it is time to upgrade to IE9!