I’ll build a WordPress 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 WordPress.com“. 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 / Services
- How to find you
- Image Gallery / Portfolio
- Blog (note this could also be called: Latest News, News, Updates, Diary, Journal, Recent Work, Articles, etc.)
- Contact form
Any of the items listed above could form part of a homepage rather than being displayed on separate pages.
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.
I recommend some clear and helpful guides by Gill Andrews: “Creating an Effective Homepage“, “How to Write a Killer About Us Page for Your Small Business Website” and “Website Content Checklist“.
Please ensure that all photographs, and other images, have been legally obtained and respect the copyright and licensing requirements of their creator.
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.
If I am building a self-hosted WordPress website for you, I may start with my “Blank Slate” website but choose just the sections that are relevant to you, re-arranged according to your requirements. (Note that this is a work in progress). I can also incorporate any features that appeal to you from my “Standard” demo website.
The Look and Feel of Your Website
It could 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.
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 will appeal to your target audience. This could be pictures from magazines or photos you take yourself, or you could use Canva, Milanote, or a board on Pinterest (see this blog post by the brilliant Melissa Love at The Design Space “Using Pinterest To Nail Your Next Creative Project“).
Don’t worry if the idea of creating a mood board is overwhelming though; it’s not really necessary. But please do provide a colour palette as a starting point. See my Colour Scheme Suggestions page for inspiration. You may it easiest to pick a palette from one of the sources listed under the heading “More Ideas” towards the bottom of that page.
It would be 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 and you can find some other suggestions at https://www.designacademy.io/web-design-inspiration/.