Fully responsive websites

A good website is like water – it is flexible and built to dynamically adjust to any device it is loaded on. Our websites are built to look great on all devices.

Search engine optimised

We’ll bring our 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.

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.

Website design prototyping

Decent web design starts with extensive research. We’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.

Web hosting and domains

After building your website we’d be happy to host it for you, serving it to visitors with my snappy WordPress optimised hosting running LiteSpeed on SSD storage. We additionally offer supported WordPress web hosting for security, speed, content updates and peace of mind.

We 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 our 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 our web design services.

Forward blog website mockups
WordPress circle

We 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stable, fast and incredibly well supported by a growing open source community, which means it’s unlikely to go out of date any time soon.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, whoishostingthis.com and wordpress.org ]

free plugins available for WordPress

We can host your website too

When we build a website we know how it runs, so we’re the best people to keep it running smoothly. So after building your website we can offer extra website services, like super fast and secure WordPress optimised web hosting with an additional ‘in-house’ discount as a thank you for being a loyal customer.

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

cPanel screenshot

Our website development process

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

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The ‘hello’

We’ll meet for a no obligation chat to make sure we 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 we come up with genuinely gives you long-lasting value. Our aim is to never churn out an ill-considered or ill-fitting solution, even if it would make us easy money.

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

After initial contact

in 3 days

Research

This when the fun starts. We’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 the fun really begins, putting meat on the bones.

We’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.

in 5 days

by the 12th day

Build

As you develop the content required for your website, we’ll set to work building it. All our websites are built with their owners in mind, so after adding initial basic content we’ll show you the ropes so you can hone things right to a T.

If you’re providing all content for your website we’ll need it by the end of this process. Otherwise we can help you out with copywriting or bring other copywriting pros 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, we’ll hand you the keys. The website becomes your intellectual property, it’s all yours.

If you’d like, we’d be happy to continue hosting the website for you at low cost. We offer special discounted hosting and support packages to our own web dev customers. It’s a good arrangement because we 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, we’ll keep it all running smoothly.

approximately 3 weeks from the start

The ‘hello’

We’ll meet for a no obligation chat to make sure we 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 we come up with genuinely gives you long-lasting value. Our aim is to never churn out an ill-considered or ill-fitting solution, even if it would make us easy money.

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

Research

This when the fun starts. We’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 crystalises.

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 the fun really begins, putting meat on the bones.

We’ll create website wireframes (rough sketches planning the site layout) and/or full visual mockups, which will spur the ideas and creativity of your team.

Build

As you develop the content required for your website, we’ll set to work building it. All our websites are built with their owners in mind, so after adding initial basic content we’ll show you the ropes so you can hone things right to a T.

If you’re providing all content for your website we’ll need it by the end of this process. Otherwise we can help you out with copywriting, 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, we’ll hand you the keys. The website becomes your intellectual property, it’s all yours.

If you’d like, we’d be happy to continue hosting the website for you at low cost. We offer special discounted hosting and support packages to our own web dev customers. It’s a good arrangement because we know the ins and outs of your website, and by this point you’ve got to know us as a company. No need for fancy server migrations, we’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. We design sites to be responsive so they’ll display beautifully on devices of any size.

With your WordPress website we’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. We 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? We 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 our cheap web design rates for one to three page websites:

Great value WordPress web hosting

We offer three hosting and domain management plans. This naturally includes basic hosting level support for your WordPress website.

 

All options are better value for money than DIY website builders like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Shopify, especially when you hire me to build the website for you.

Wordpress hosting deals

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