Web design & development

I make smart looking websites. Fast, intuitive and affordable, they're perfect to promote your business or service online with little or no maintenance required.

I make simple, effective websites

Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on their website, I get that. If you're a small business and working to a budget, that's no problem. More often than not a simple, professional website which includes the key facts about your business, your contact details and some good quality photographs are all you need to make an impact online.

If that sounds like you, then let’s talk. I’m an experienced web developer who creates smart, simple solutions that reflect the quality and professionalism of your business. I’ll host your solution and get you found in Google, too. With some well crafted content and some high quality images I’ll create an online presence that you’ll be proud of. It’ll be easy to find and simple to use.

Whatever your business, whatever your budget, whatever your need, we'll find the option that suits you. Read about my approach to pricing.

Web design Whitley Bay
Web design Whitley Bay
Web design Whitley Bay

I provide an end to end service

When you're designing and building a website there's usually some fiddly stuff to work out, like hosting, domain name configuration etc. I can do all that for you, or help you understand what to do. Whichever works for you. And depending on your comfort level, we'll find the best software to create your website. My go-to options are WordPress and Google Sites and between them they cover approx 50% of all websites and should work for you too.

Not sure which one's best for you? Read my WordPress versus Google Sites guide.

Websites from scratch

I can create a website based on your design or use the inspiration you provide to create something unique to you. If there are websites you've seen that you like the look of, I can use inspiration from these to create a design for you. Typically I will mock up a page layout or two for you to review and agree before we get going. 

Template based websites

To keep costs under control we can use a pre-made template to get your website started, then customise it to meet your needs. A template or theme provides a layout for your website pages, and then we can configure the colour palette, logos, fonts, spacing, imagery etc to make it unique to you. Templates take a fair chunk of time out of the process and hence make it a cheaper option.

Basic SEO is included

You will not end up on page one of Google overnight, no matter what anyone tells you. Each website I make comes with basic SEO built in. Code, content and images are optimised for Google index. There are plenty of 'on site' and 'off site' things we can do to improve your website ranking in Google over time, and I'll explain what these are. It's important that your website is alive, not just live.

If you do want to turbo boost your SEO with Google’s free business services and more advanced techniques, then talk to me.

Website features (functional and non-functional)

Experience has shown that there are features you need, and features you won't make use of. I make sure your website will do what you want and have room to grow. There are functional features (things you will make use of), and non-functional features (things you benefit from). You get all of this as standard.

Functional features

Non-functional features

Update your own website content

You'll probably want to edit your website content at some point. To change an address, or add a new page or menu tab. Good news! I use WordPress and Google Sites so if you're comfortable working in Word or Google docs you can edit your own website content too. Using a standard web browser can log into your site and add pages, posts, images and text whenever you want to. There's no software to download or complex instructions to follow.

Want to work with me?

I know what it takes to set up and run effective online presence. I make, manage and optimise websites for local businesses; my web design services include everything necessary to get an online presence to be proud of.

You might think that if you work with a smaller web design services firm you won’t get the quality or service you’d naturally associate with a bigger agency. That’s not the case. I don’t have the overheads of a large agency and if you’re doing a project with me, you know it’s me working on it and not the latest intern or some guy who used to fit kitchens for a living.