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Custom sites

Built entirely based off your designs, fresh and new each and every time.  I pride myself on creating websites that match static mockups and add a touch of life through entrance movements and user-interactions.  You design it and I’ll bring it to life.

What you get

A super rad, fully functional WordPress website for your client – built to your unique design specifications.  Completely customised using the best technologies and tools out there.  You get a friendly developer on your team to collaborate and create with.

The Process / How it Works

To Start

You tell me a bit about the client and their business and then we work together to create a sitemap, with notes about functionality.  This gives us an outline of which pages are to be included, an idea of blog and product categories (if necessary) and what special stuff the site needs to be able to do and show off.

Step Two

We chat about our calendars and the client’s timeline.  You then receive a formal estimate via email made out to you.  If the site is complicated I’ll also attach a brief detailing the extra special stuff included. Plus you’ll get a simple contract covering the nitty gritty details to protect us both from the dreaded nightmare client we both know is out there. 

Step Three

A deposit is paid to secure the spot in my calendar.  You get a link to a shared Google Drive folder for the project where you’ll upload everything I’ll need to build. I’ll create a shared Google calendar for the project to keep us on track and I add relevant deadlines for us both.

Step Four

I’m here to help as a sounding board, advisor and collaborator.  We can work together to come up with the best names for the blog categories, to figure out the ideal way for the menu to behave or the individual page structures that best convert.  I’m on your team to create the raddest site possible!

BONUS: If you need it I’ll give you a useful questionnaire for your clients to complete to help them write their copy (often a stumbling block in the process).

Step Five

One day after build starts you’ll get a link to the dev site.  I start with the home page, header and footer.  You take a look and give me feedback about spacing and font sizes and stuff.  We work together the next day to tweak the home page so that it looks perfect.  Then I roll out the rest of the site over the next week or two and you can check in at any time using the link – I may pop you an email here and there asking for feedback.

Step Six

Once the site is finished (between one to three weeks after build starts) and we’re happy with how it looks and works then you send the link on to your client for final approval.  Minor changes and tweaks are made from feedback sent to me.  We’ll work together to remind difficult clients that they can’t change their minds about design and content at this late stage without out-of-scope penalties.

Step Seven

Website goes live!  I migrate the site over to it’s permanent home on the internet and make sure all is working as it should.  Basic SEO is added to each page to make Google love it and we sit back to admire our work and have a well-deserved mojito and/or nap.

Step Eight

I send through links to instructional videos of how to add new blog posts using the unique templates I have created on the site, edit text and images and other basic stuff.  This gives the client the power to make necessary edits to their own site going forward.

Step Nine

My final invoice is paid and I add the client as a user to the site with full access to edit it as they please.  If they break it within the first week then I roll back to a backup from launch day free of charge.  They’ve got seven days to ask me any questions they may.

Step Ten

We all live happily ever after.

KIND WORDS

Thank you so much!

It’s been great working with Amy and having a developer that pays attention to detail, makes really great suggestions, and truly gets the overall vision.

~ ANDI
(Honey Creative)

Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course!  All the sites I make look great on tablet and mobile.  I adjust your design to work for different device sizes and ask for feedback from you to ensure that the design maintains it’s integrity and expresses the site personality accurately.  You can even design the site for mobile as well if you like (or only for mobile if you want to be ahead of the curve).

I only talk to your client at the end of the project when it comes time for handover (and I copy you in on all communication).  You get to maintain the primary relationship with your client and remain the main point of contact throughout the process.  You work with your client and I work with you.

They sure can!  Once the site is live I send links to tutorial videos showing clients how to do the basics.  They then also have access to more tutorial videos with instructions for higher level changes and additions.  It’s important to note that if the site design is very complicated then major changes will most likely be beyond them and will require expert help.

Yes, I do.  For the first week after the site is live I am available to restore the site to a backup from the day it went live.  I can also answer questions and provide any hep they may need.  After that first week all help, edits and restoration will be charged for at a full hourly rate, unless they have selected a monthly maintenance package.

Yes, I do.  I can also give advice on other hosting options for those special clients that need very active 24/7 support 🙂

We can totally work within the client’s budget.  But instead of us offering enormous discounts, we adjust the client’s expectations and create a site within their budget.  So instead of a 25 page ecommerce site with a portfolio that clicks through to 23 items and a blog with 76 posts and fifty million contact forms; they should consider a more simple site to start with.

We can even talk about my side hustle – Digital Sprinkles – where template sites are available for purchase for those clients with limited budgets.  

A website is an essential aspect of a brand and I will work with you to ensure that you are still in charge of the website process, even if the client doesn’t really have the budget for it.  We don’t want to see an ugly site that craps all over the gorgeous brand you have just worked so hard to create.

Yebo yes.  Copywriting, SEO powerups, monthly website maintenance plans and some other stuff to boost business marketing.  (I don’t offer Oxford commas – a bad joke for my fellow grammar nerds out there.)

Pop me an email and let’s chat about how I can help you.

Wow, what a question!  How dare you put me on the spot like that.

I would say my top picks for re-watching are (in no particular order):

  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Star Trek The Next Generation
  • The Office (US)
  • Rick and Morty
  • Gravity Falls
  • Blue Planet
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Archer
  • Glee
  • Star Trek Voyager
  • Kim’s Convenience

 

Favourite series with less re-watching potential:

  • Stranger Things
  • Masterchef Australia
  • Nailed It!
  • Jessica Jones
  • Jane the Virgin

 

I fucking love putting on series in the background and working!

Yes.  I love it so much!  It’s such a flexible CMS (content management system) where design possibilities are seemingly limitless.  A match made in heaven for bringing bespoke designs to life (heart eyes emoji).

I only work with clients that have just gone through a fresh branding or brand guidance process.  So if clients approach me directly, I always get in touch with the designer that worked on their brand.  That way we can work together on the site to ensure it speaks to the right audience and expresses the brand properly.

If a client has not recently been through branding, then I will refer them to a designer that I work with closely and that best fits their vibe.  If their budget really really doesn’t allow the whole process, then I’ll direct them to my side hustle at Digital Sprinkles.

A shiny new website and brand clarity go hand-in-hand and I will not create a bespoke site without brand strategy.

Yes, I do.  But only if certain conditions are met and if I have the time.

The client’s content needs to be ready and good to go right now.   And I mean right now – no time for a “quick” photoshoot, nor the classic “but I just need to decide on my prices” nor anything other proviso or quid pro quo.  I can also help by editing the copy from a previous site to fit with the new branding and target market to move things along more quickly.

The extra help will incur extra costs plus a premium rush fee will be applied to the project, but we can totes do it.

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