I’ve been building websites since 1995 and providing WordPress web design services since 2007 when I set up Colony of Ants Web Design. Formerly a Chartered Librarian, with responsibility for IT, the skills I learned then have served me well when it comes to organising information-rich websites and project management.
I build most of my websites using WordPress and the Genesis Framework, which adds an extra layer of security and several other benefits. If you are interested in the technical details, you can find out more about the Genesis Framework here.
Website beginner? Worried about your IT skills?
Feeling worried at the prospect of your very own website? Concerned that you may not have the necessary IT knowledge? I particularly enjoy helping first-time website owners to gain confidence and learn new skills.
Prices vary depending upon your needs and increase according to the level of complexity and your training requirements. Pay just 50% of the price to get started and only pay the remainder when you are perfectly happy that your site is to your liking and ready to launch.
A website should be a central part of your business or organisation and easy to maintain. Where possible, it should save you precious time, enhance the way you work and reduce your marketing budget by making use of social media instead of expensive print.
It should evolve with your business and keep up with the latest technical developments. I do enjoy working with clients who are in for the long term and take a real interest in how their website performs.
I use WordPress, which makes it easy for you to update your website (but provide an updating service if you would rather leave that side of things to me). I build WordPress sites using the Genesis Framework, which provides a robust and secure base for your website. I use WooCommerce for my eCommerce websites. I’m also happy to explore other options.
Want to sell products online? I can help with that too. Using WooCommerce, I can build you a fully-featured online shop and show you how to promote it.
Search Engine Optimisation
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the use of a variety of methods to help your website gain a good position on search engines such as Google. During your first year of support, I can equip you with the knowledge to make a decent start on this. You can then chose whether you would like a higher level of support, depending on your needs.
Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help to drive visitors to your website when used effectively. It needn’t be as time-consuming as you may think. I’ve picked up plenty of tips and tricks over the years that I’m happy to pass on.
For the first year, I’ll support you with SEO advice on attracting visitors via well-written website copy and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. No being left to work it all out for yourself!
Logo Design and Branding
Included in the price, I’m happy to design a logo and basic branding at no extra cost for startups. I provide one year’s free support and hosting, and I’ll help you to market your site using social media for the first year as well.
Training in the use of your website is included on the price of every site. If you already have your own WordPress site, I can help you to expand your knowledge. Contact me for costs.
If you want to create your own WordPress website, I’m happy to help with advice and support. Just one 3 hour session will put you on the right path. I provide a consultation service and can advise on the best way to go about it, fix any problems and provide support to help you get started.
Friendly client support
The best bit. We work together to ensure your website is successful. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience and working with clients who understand the true potential of their websites.
It’s good to talk, so get in touch to find out more.