Web Design

Website Design

I offer a webdesign service that will allow you to have a fully working and functional website on the internet that can be used to promote your business or personal interests.

I can offer a complete package, taking your information and presenting it in a good looking template, complete with your own domain name and hosting package. In addition I can provide updates to your website and add extra items or pages should they be needed at a later date.

You do not need to know anything technical at all in order to gain a presence on the internet. I can do all the technical work behind the scenes and explain and present things to you in simple layman's terms.

I will openly admit that I prefer to use existing design templates in my websites. This is because I can spend less time coding from scratch (which means a reduced price for you) and it means that I can be sure that your website will look good and work properly.

A good website is not full of flash animations or whizzy gadgets. Most websites need to follow simple and clear design rules and present their content in an efficient and clear manner. I have many templates that can be used to show off your business or personal interest in such a way without any complications and without having to annoy or frustrate the end user. My templates will work with modern browsers presenting information with clarity and speed.

Please be aware that although I can tailor the site to your needs and provide what you wish, we will have to come to an agreement beforehand. It would be unreasonable to expect to have an Amazon or eBay clone coded by an individual on a small budget. I will be very honest and open with you as to what my capabilities are and the limitations of your chosen package or budget.

I would much rather be very upfront with a client about exactly what it is I do and do not offer as part of a package. Once I have the full details what the client has in mind I can provide a clear and more direct quote but below I have offered some guideline figures. Please note that these are just rough figures and not meant to indicate a particular package.

Case Study: If you look at my Scouting Resources website you will see a site that rakes in over 10 000 unique visitors every single week and that has existed for 15 years on the internet. 15 years for a website is a very long time indeed and it grows in popularity every day. It contains a vast amount of information and resources and has undergone many changes in design over the years. To create such a site from scratch today would be no easy undertaking as it is hundreds of pages rich in information and content. Over the years I have spent many many thousands of hours working on the site and I would estimate that in the past year alone I would have devoted a few hundred hours to that site alone.

Considering the fact that the site needs a host (and therefore yearly hosting fees and maintanance routines), it generates a lot of feedback ( and therefore many email accounts to be set up and maintained), it has a wealth of content (and therefore many hundreds of pages to look after and correct minor errors), it has many thousands of visitors a week (and therefore bandwidth to pay for and logs to keep an eye on) and it has a massive amount of unique, quality content (and therefore a great deal of time to source, produce, write, check and maintain that content) it would not be unreasonable to suggest that, should I have charged an average of just £10 an hour for the work (which is a very low wage for such skilled work) the total cost for the last year would run to something like £2250.

High price to pay? It would be very wrong of me to suggest that I could create your website from scratch for just £50. I am a very honest person and I can provide a very detailed breakdown of costs in both time and money required to maintain one of my existing websites if you wish. I simply could not afford to spend 50 hours producing your website, and pay the hosting and domain fees for such a low price. I would never charge you "silly money", only a very reasonable rate for what is proven professional work, and on an hourly basis. You will not be charged a massive flat fee that is artificially inflated. If it only takes me a small amount of time to create your site and you are happy for it to remain reasonably static throughout the year then your bill will clearly reflect that in a low rate. If however you expect me to create a multi-page goliath that requires updating every week with new content provided by you then I will have to charge you for my time and expertise.

Please be aware that I follow the Scout Law in all aspects of my life and I provide an honest and upfront service. If you contact me with your needs and wishes we can discuss the exact details until we have something we are both happy with.

Business Details

Darren Dowling is a sole trader.

Business Address: Fir Tree Close, Romford, RM1 4RU

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