Responsive website design & front-end development.

What I Do by Andre Armacollo Freelance Web Designer

The “mobile-first” approach

The fact websites are very important assets to any business isn’t news but what you might not know is that the amount of people surfing the internet using smartphones has been increasing yearly and is expected to overtake those using laptops and desktops sooner than later. On that note, the mobile-first approach becomes a vital part of any responsive design and development process.

As the names suggests, the mobile-first approach is a technique used to start the design of a website layout from the smartphone screen perspective all the way up to the desktop one. A great benefit of this approach is that it enables visitors to interact with your brand, products and services in a unique and very personal way considering they will be using their smartphones on the go wherever they go.

Making life easier with CMS

CMS stands for Content Management System and is where the website will be installed and managed from. It is an amazing tool for developers but more importantly for you, the end user. WordPress and Magento are two of the most popular ones but the right one for you will depend on your project goals.

Let’s assume you don’t have any of the required coding skills and to be honest you might not need any. Once you get familiar with the chosen CMS interface, you should be able to add and remove videos, images, texts and links by yourself.

Customisation & Updates

If you already have a website but can’t think of anything more boring than customising and updating it yourself, let me help you with this burden. I can do as little as few simple tasks such as software and content updates but also take on a variety of custom changes you may require such as the installation and configuration of new plugins, pages, features, etc. Let’s get your project up and running!

Pricing.

When it comes to pricing, the honest answer is - it depends. It depends on the style of website you’re looking for (informative, e-commerce, portfolio, etc.) as they will require different types of functionality, it depends on what you need me for (web design or web development or both) and also, it depends on how much extra work will be required from me (photo re-touching, croping, compressing, etc).

A good way to get a quote is by sending me an email or message explaining what you have in mind and want to achieve with your project. In most cases I am able to provide a very close figure based on it.

Hosting.

As you probably know, to be able to run a website you need to buy a hosting package and register a domain name. What most people don’t realise is the hosting package is one of the main factors for a website to have a fast or slow speed so it’s very important to choose wisely. I don’t offer this service myself but will be happy to help you choose a provider and get everything registered and setup.

This is where it gets tricky. There are quite a few companies out there so how to pick the right one? You should be looking for those with good reviews on page load speed, server reliability and user-friendly support. After few disappointing experiences with some of the most popular advertisers, I found IONOS (1AND1) and have been using them for my personal projects for many years now and can strongly recommend them to you as well. They have different packages but all of them will offer you the first six months for almost nothing and you’ll get at least a domain registration free for life.

SEO Implementation.

When I develop a website, I always make sure it is built in accordance to the best practices in responsive design, user experience (UX) and search engine optimisation (SEO) in order to increase its chances of being as close as possible to the top on the related search results pages of Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

On the other hand, the website on its own isn’t enough to stand out from your competition on the SERPs and for that reason a relevant SEO strategy is fundamental but keep in mind that it is impossible for anybody to guarantee you a top position. The good news is there is a wide variety of techniques that can be applied to ensure your website moves higher than its current position. If you think your website could do much better, contact me to learn more about the possibilities.

Let’s get your project up and running!

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