Before requesting a new web site, you should have some idea in mind of your requirements. If you are a company for example, you may already have a corporate logo and some documentation like letterheads, invoices and business cards. To appear professional, you will probably want your web site to reflect you existing corporate image, so be ready to supply examples of any such documentation to help aid you in the design process, so that the look, colours, fonts and so on that you choose can try to match your existing corporate image. If you are a new company, you ought to be thinking about how you want your new corporate image to look, and your web site can be designed to match it.
Many sites, particularly personal web sites, like to display photographs or other images to the visitors. This is often done by showing a group of reduced (in size) photographs on a page (known as thumbnails) and when the visitor clicks on any of the thumbnails, the full sized photograph is then displayed. I can also offer a different method of displaying the full sized image, by using some software often known as a Lightbox. Rather than trying to explain how this works, click the thumbnail on the right to see it in action for a single image. Below is an example for a group of images.
This feature has various options (e.g. single photograph, linked photographs, captions, etc.) and I can discuss these with you, if you wish to use the utility.
Whilst it is my responsibility to prepare the basic structure for the site, such as templates, the HTML code for individual web pages, the design structure and colour scheme, etc., it is your responsibility to provide me with the actual content that you want me to put onto your site. This will include such things as the wording to go onto each page, any images, logos or photographs to be used, and functional details such as the navigation process to be used, form layout, optional extras etc. etc (more below). This will be discussed with you throughout the whole design process of course, so don't feel daunted by it. Whilst I can give some advice over content, it is your web site and it must reflect you or your business. And no-one knows that better than you do.
Information can be supplied to me in person, by email, phone, on CD/DVD or any other suitable method. If you cannot arrange photographs yourself, I may be prepared to visit your location(s) and take photographs for use on your site, as long as you will agree to recompense me for any reasonable expenses that such a visit may entail.
Content Management System (CMS):
The above features form the basis for my basic static web sites. However there are times when the web site content needs to be more dynamic or when control is required over the content of the web site by that site's owner, rather than relying for changes to be made by your WebMaster. This is normally achieved by developing the site under the control of a Content Management System (aka: CMS). There are many CMS systems available, but two of the most popular and reliable CMS systems are Drupal© and Joomla©. Wordpress© is another CMS application more dedicated to blog type sites. Another advantage is that the code for all three is Open Source (that is 'free' to you and me), but there is still quite a cost to installation and customisation of such systems.
These are all based around their own template structures. They all provide starter templates within the systems themselves, and there are many more commercial and free templates available as well. I can install any of these CMS systems onto your ISP, use your choice of template and do the customising to make it unique for your own web site. You will then be responsible for placing the content onto the site yourself, using the administrator functions built into the CMS system. Support will be provided if required.
The above are good for complete CMS control of your site, but not so good if you already have a static web site and want to convert it to CMS control, or if you only want portions of your site to be CMS managed, with much of the rest of the site remaining mostly static in nature. For these situations I have developed my own CMS system, called the KenKode Content Control Centre (aka KKCCC). This is particularly designed to bolt on to existing (static) sites and mange the dynamic content on just a portion of a web page (or several). The interface is easy to learn and use, and is tightly customised to the need of the your unique site, rather than the more general interfaces of the above CMS systems (which can be more difficult to learn and use). If your web site would suite this kind of dynamic content control, I will be happy to give you more information on KKCCC.
Search Engine Optimisation
Whatever the size of your site, I will initially work with you to get your overall design requirements, and what functionality you wish for your web site. I will then prepare a one or more page sample (depending on the complexity of your requirements) in PDF format for your approval at a fixed price of £15.00 per sample page, as a deposit for the initial effort involved. Small changes can be made at this stage for no extra cost, or significant changes/extra sample pages can be produced at the same cost as before. After obtaining your approval on the design and the full requirements for the site, a fixed price will then be agreed with you. 50% of this total will then be payable. The deposit (as already paid) will be deducted from this payment. Once the balance is received, work on building the actual web site will then commence. At this time, you will be required to supply the necessary text, images and other content that you wish to appear on the site.
Hosting is the term given to how your web site is made available to the general public. Your site is built and tested on our internal systems. However, this is not available to you or your visitors. The web site has to be copied (technically: uploaded) to special servers on the internet where the site can then be used. A company that provide this service is called an Internet Service Provider, commonly referred to as an ISP company. If you already have a web site, I can upload to your existing ISP, or I can arrange for an ISP to host your new web site. This is normally through Orpheus Internet, a reliable, professional, friendly UK company with excellent access to their support staff on the rare occasions when this is required. Or I can use an ISP of your own choosing if required.
If you would like to see how affordable a site might be to prepare, please see my Web pricing page. If you are ready to discuss your new web site requirements, please get in contact through my Contacts page.