Website design prototyping

Decent web design starts with extensive research. I’ll develop that into a content map, then further into wireframes and however many full-fledged visual prototypes you need before starting work.

Online ecommerce websites

Over the last twenty years the growth of ecommerce has been steady and unstoppable. The last few years has seen the introduction of some fastic new tools for people who want to start selling online. Get your slice of the pie.

Content Management Systems

A CMS gives you full control over the contents of your website’s pages posts, files and documents and handy tools to update the design across the whole website.

Fully responsive websites

A good website is like liquid – it dynamically adjusts to fit any device it is loaded on. Our websites are built to look great on all devices.

Search engine optimised

I’ll bring my experience to bear on your website, building a site that search engines will start to rank with no hitches. This sets you up beautifully for future SEO work.

Web hosting and domains

After building your website I’d be happy to host it for you, serving it to visitors on snappy managed WordPress optimised hosting running LiteSpeed on SSD storage. We keep everything up to date for security, speed, content updates and peace of mind.

I design websites to look great on all devices

Around 50% of web traffic nowadays is carried out using mobile devices, so it’s really essential for modern websites to be built with all device sizes in mind.

Gone are the days of separate, clunky mobile websites that double the effort needed to update content. All my websites are built to be fully responsive from the ground up, which means they respond and resize to suit whatever device they’re being viewed on.

This comes as standard with all Lucid Rhino web design services.

Forward blog website mockups
WordPress circle

I build websites with WordPress

It’s a powerful platform. It’s versatile, stable, fast and incredibly well supported by a growing open source community, which means it’s unlikely to go out of date any time soon.

The former head of Google’s webspam team, Matt Cutts, said “sites built with WordPress are capable of ranking higher in search results because the CMS takes care of 80-90% of Google’s crawling issues.” This means WordPress is SEO friendly.

The flexibility of WordPress makes it a very popular option. Unlike DIY website builders you will own all your data and you have many options for web hosting and future development, no strings attached.

 

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of the web is built with WordPress

new comments posted on WordPress blog posts every month

[ WordPress stats from digital.com and wordpress.org ]

free plugins available for WordPress

I can host your website too

When I build a website I know how it runs, so I’m the best person to keep it running smoothly. So after building your website I can offer extra website services like super fast and secure WordPress optimised web hosting.

You’ll get your own dashboard for full admin control. This naturally includes access to free SSL security certificates, email hosting and domain management. 

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My website development process

While each website has unique requirements here’s a rough sketch of the process to build and design a website:

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The ‘hello’

We’ll meet for a no obligation chat to make sure I understand your goals, the problems you’re aiming to fix and your target audience.

This is about making sure we’re singing from the same songsheet so that whatever I come up with genuinely gives you long-lasting value. My aim is to never churn out an ill-considered or ill-fitting solution, even if it would make easy money.

I’ll create a detailed specification document clarifying expectations and setting out key milestones. I’ll provide a quote for the work and once you’re happy we’ll proceed.

Research

This when the fun starts. I’ll look at your competition, brainstorm concepts and ideas, prepare mood boards and start sketching out a million ideas. If you have your own ideas this is the ideal time to chip in before the plan crystallises.

Design

This is about far more more than making things look pretty as good design is the key to a useful website and communicates quality. This is where we start putting meat on the bones.

I’ll create website wireframes (rough sketches planning the site layout) and/or full visual mockups, which will spur our ideas and creativity as we go.

Build

As you develop the content required for your website, I’ll set to work building it. All my websites are built with their owners in mind, so after adding initial basic content I’ll show you the ropes so you can take on the site after it goes live.

If you’re providing all content for your website I’ll need it by the end of this process. Otherwise I can help you out with copywriting or bring other copywriters on-board, though expect that to impact the launch date.

Go live + further support

The big day arrives. Once you’re happy everything’s as it should be and you’re comfortable updating the website yourself, I’ll hand you the keys. The website becomes your intellectual property, it’s all yours.

If you’d like, I’d be happy to continue hosting the website for you at low cost. It’s a good arrangement because I know the ins and outs of your website, and by this point you’ve got to know Lucid Rhino as a company. No need for fancy server migrations, I’ll keep it all running smoothly.

The ‘hello’

We’ll meet for a no obligation chat to make sure I understand your goals, the problems you’re aiming to fix and your target audience.

This is about making sure we’re singing from the same songsheet so that whatever I come up with genuinely gives you long-lasting value. My aim is to never churn out an ill-considered or ill-fitting solution, even if it would make easy money.

I’ll create a detailed specification document clarifying expectations and setting out key milestones. I’ll provide a quote for the work and once you’re happy we’ll proceed.

Research

This when the fun starts. I’ll look at your competition, brainstorm concepts and ideas, prepare mood boards and start sketching out a million ideas. If you have your own ideas this is the ideal time to chip in before the plan crystallises.

Design

This is about far more more than making things look pretty as good design is the key to a useful website and communicates quality. This is where we start putting meat on the bones.

I’ll create website wireframes (rough sketches planning the site layout) and/or full visual mockups, which will spur our ideas and creativity as we go.

Build

As you develop the content required for your website, I’ll set to work building it. All my websites are built with their owners in mind, so after adding initial basic content I’ll show you the ropes so you can take on the site after it goes live.

If you’re providing all content for your website I’ll need it by the end of this process. Otherwise I can help you out with copywriting or bring other copywriters on-board, though expect that to impact the launch date.

Go live + further support

The big day arrives. Once you’re happy everything’s as it should be and you’re comfortable updating the website yourself, I’ll hand you the keys. The website becomes your intellectual property, it’s all yours.

If you’d like, I’d be happy to continue hosting the website for you at low cost. It’s a good arrangement because I know the ins and outs of your website, and by this point you’ve got to know Lucid Rhino as a company. No need for fancy server migrations, I’ll keep it all running smoothly.

What will you get as standard?

Just over half of all traffic on the web now comes from mobile devices. I design sites to be responsive so they’ll display beautifully on devices of any size.

With your WordPress website I’ll also set up the following as standard:

  • Search engine optimisation tools
  • Site caching and minification for super fast site loading. Your users will love you, as will search engines.
  • Rock-solid website security. This is especially important for e-commerce sites. I can provide you SSL certificates for free with an additional hosting plan.
  • Google Analytics to help you track where visitors come from and what they do on your site
  • On-website spam protection
Hello World figure

Optional extras

E-commerce

Are you looking to sell physical products, event tickets, downloads, subscriptions, or even to simply accept donations online? I can build online e-commerce shop functionality into the site. This includes stock management, product variations and a checkout that can calculate shipping and tax. If you sell downloadable products your website can make money for you in your sleep.

This can integrate with all major payment types (Visa, Mastercard etc) and various online accounting systems.

If you market to customers with email lists email marketing provider automation can be built in.

Special deals for small websites

What it says on the tin. This is for when you need a simple web presence and don’t want to have to pay for loads of bells and whistles you’ll never use.

See my lower web design rates for one to three page websites:

Great value WordPress web hosting

I offer three hosting and domain management plans. All three include professional WordPress website management as standard for the best performance and peace of mind.

 

Over time this can be a better value for money than DIY website builders like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Shopify.

Wordpress hosting deals

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