I’ll build a website that meets your needs as closely as possible by piecing together a theme, plugins, graphics and code.
I’ll help you set up the pages and menu of your site and show you how to update the content yourself.
In some cases, I can help you with an existing website rather than starting from scratch.
If you’d prefer to build your own website, and are just looking for guidance and a helping hand, then have a look at my blog articles.
Three ways to use WordPress
- Most of the time, I use self-hosted WordPress.
- However, I do think that WordPress.com has its place and would choose it in some circumstances. See my blog article “Self-hosted WordPress Versus the Rest“. WordPress.com does not allow you to install your own themes and plugins, unless you opt for the relatively expensive Business Plan, but it has some advantages.
- In certain situations, it might be worth considering a static hosting solution, such as HardyPress. My blog post “Building Static Websites Using WordPress” explores this approach.
What I Need From You
If you decide to hire me to help you with your website, I’ll ask you to answer as many of the following questions as possible. You don’t have to answer them all and remember that nothing is set in stone – content and styles can be changed even after the site is complete.
If you’re building a website yourself, then these questions could also help you as you plan the site.
The Purpose of Your Website
Why do you want a website?
What action do you want people to take as a result of visiting your site and is this different for different sections of the site?
What sections do you want your site to have? For example:
- What you do
- Contact form
- How to find you
- Image Gallery
Do you want a blog as part of your website? Note that this does not have to be called “blog”; it could be: Latest News, News, Updates, Diary, Journal, Recent Work, Articles.
If you do want a blog, then do you want your blog posts to be shown on the home page of your site, or on a separate page?
Please provide as much content, e.g. text and images, as possible. It doesn’t matter if this is just a draft as it can easily be changed. Please ensure that all photographs, and other images, have been legally obtained and respect the copyright and licensing requirements of their creator.
Orbit Media Studios have a useful checklist in their article “What to Put On Your Homepage“.
The Look and Feel of Your Website
Do you have a good idea of the structure, layout and appearance that you want? If so, please describe this and, if you can, include sketches, diagrams and / or examples.
It would be very helpful if you could give me some links to websites with features that you either like or dislike. My collection of “Website Design Inspiration” links might be a good starting place.
When considering the appearance of your site, you may find it helpful to put together a mood board to help you reflect on styles that you like. This could be pictures from magazines, photos you take yourself or a board on Pinterest, Canva or Milanote.
It may also be useful to consider what sort of person your site is aimed at and to think of words that describe your vision for your site.