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FREE Website – limited offer

For a limited time, we’re offering our readers (yes, that’s you) the chance to get a completely free website if you don’t yet have one. Interested? We thought so. Read more below.

Is a FREE Website right for you?

It’s natural to worry that you’ll get left behind, just because you don’t have a website yet. You may already have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page, and that’s great. But, if people are searching for your goods and services online, then you could be missing out on potential business. Worry no more, because a solution is at hand. Its a FREE website from us.

In a previous article, we discussed exactly why you need a website. But as most business owners know, websites can be expensive. Yes, we make expensive websites too, but you might not be ready for one of those yet. We’ve been through the start-up process ourselves and know how hard it can be. It was for that reason, we came up with this solution. A single page website where you can present your business, services, etc. and link back to your social media pages. Don’t get us wrong. A properly designed website is absolutely the right way to go. In fact, we’d recommend that you go for our full design service. However, if you’re not in a position to do that yet, then our free offering, makes an excellent starter website.

We can do this, because we’ve simplified and streamlined a single-page design, which is flexible enough to match your own brand. If you’re interested in this offer, we’ll send you some instructions, explaining how to provide us with the information we’ll need. Your colours, images, words you want to use, and contact details. Also, if you have your own logo, we’ll include that as well. If you don’t have one, or any kind of brand identity, we do have a logo design service, but it’s not something we’re offering in this service. If that interests you, please get in touch.

Is this website really free?

Short answer – yes.

Long answer – All you need to do, is provide us with your domain name.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s the name by which your website is known, like my-company-name.co.uk. If you don’t have one, we could put your website in a directory (folder) of ours. That would make your web address, something like https://brightonwebtech.com/your-company. However, this is a very bad idea, for the following reasons:

  • You’d be building zero reputation with any of the search engines. This “reputation” is known as domain authority, and takes time and effort to build up.
  • You wouldn’t appear as professional as you would with your own domain. In fact, it would look like you’re part of our business.
  • As some point, you’ll probably want to get your own domain name, but if you’ve already had business cards and stationery printed, you’re going to have to manage web traffic going to the old address.

If you need to find out more about domain name, you can read our recent article about it here. We can help you buy your domain. A .co.uk domain, typically costs around £10, and will need renewing annually. It should be noted though, these free websites will need to be hosted by us, and not on any other hosting platform. The reason is, we’ve managed sites on different platforms, and they’re rarely setup the same. The only way we can provide this service for nothing, is if everything goes smoothly. Our experience has taught us, hosting on other’s servers, is not always the case.

How do I get support for my site?

This free website offer, includes setup with your own provided images, logo, text etc. Then, once it’s published and available on the internet, we’ll take a backup of the site (for disaster recovery reasons). Also, we’ll automate any future software updates, to keep it safe and secure.  It’s possible that you’ll want to change or update information on the site, which we’re able to do for you, but there’ll be a small charge for this, depending on how long the update will take us.

Can I upgrade in the future?

Yes you can. It’s our hope and expectation that, as your business grows, you’ll need much more from your website and will need one with more bells and whistles. When you’re ready to upgrade, we’d love to talk to you about it. Our full service gives you much more in the way of features and support. You don’t have to use us to design your advanced website, but it’s our hope that you will. We possess  design skills for many types of website, from portfolio sites, all the way up to eCommerce stores, selling goods direct to the public.

We also consider ourselves developers. The phrase web developer means different things to different people. To us, it means having the ability to create bespoke functionality though design, implementation and coding.

What will my free website look like?

As mentioned above, your free website will be based on a standard layout. You’ll have the opportunity at the beginning, to specify your colours, logo, images and text… even fonts. This will be enough to make your site feel like a good fit with your business. To see our interpretation of the design, you can have a look here.

What’s the next step?

If, as we expect – especially as you’ve made it to the bottom of this article – you’re ready to proceed, either with our free website offer, or our more advanced website design, your next step is simple. Contact us here, and we’ll start the ball rolling.

Website design at Brighton WebTech

How To Get Things Right With Your Website

Why You Need a Website

As a web developer in Brighton, I always ask my customers why they want me to build a website for them.

It should be obviously, really. They’ve come to me to develop a major part of their marketing, something that they obviously want and need – but why, exactly?

If you’re not sure of the exact reasons behind the admittedly eminently sensible decision to employ me, you may not succeed in your endeavours. You can’t just “have a website” unless you have clear expectations of what you want it to do for you. And, as the architect of your future website, I need to know what I’m building and why I’m building it for you. Does that make sense?

Here are some pointers to help you think laterally when it comes to your all-important presence on the internet.

Are you looking to legitimise your business and to make a great impression?

Well then, that’s an excellent idea and you should certainly talk to me.

Picture this:

You’ve sallied forth to a networking event, you’re wearing your shiny shoes and you have a smart business card with all your contact details on. You have your website address clearly displayed for lo, I have built you the website of your dreams.

You make an excellent contact, someone with whom you could definitely do some business. They WILL look you up the next day. If your site is easy to navigate, with lots of professional yet friendly-sounding content, plus compelling calls to action PLUS a good photograph or two of you, tremendous things will happen. Your website has most likely consolidated the good, if not exceptional first impression that you made.

The message here is: you are a great business person who literally means, well…business. Job done in terms of a website.

And guess what, a well laid out site will make your prospect want to contact you.

No website? The following will most likely happen: Your name will be put into Google. You may come up somewhere, most likely as a LinkedIn contact. And yes, you will be judged for not having a website. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself when you next meet someone without a website at a business networking event. You feel a little bit disappointed, don’t you?

It’s a bit like turning up to a party without a bottle of wine.

Do you want to generate leads for your business via your website?

This is similar to the above point, but from a different angle. Your website should be the hardest-working tool in your marketing arsenal. Full of information about what you do and how you are solving your customers’ problems (you do know how to write about that, don’t you?), your prospects will be knocking at your proverbial door in no time (Ok, emailing you), seduced by your persuasive words and subtle calls to action.

Your crisp, focused, friendly and professional website has just generated a lead for you. And, this is business that you didn’t have to go out and get yourself, which is entirely gratifying.

Tell me about this when we meet, so that I can design something extremely well fit for purpose.

Being found by your target market

We need to talk about this next bit, too: So…you need an SEO-friendly WordPress website, with lots of perfectly-written, user-friendly content that gets shared. Also, some VERY good, sometimes tricky on-page search engine optimisation on each and every page, each for your key search terms. Oh yes, and that fiddly alt text over images.

Yes, you can learn to do this yourself, but I work with someone who can do this for you. You’re busy for goodness sake, let us take care of this on your behalf.

Taking it to a higher level, if you want consistent leads from your website you will need to exchange links and articles with like-minded businesses, even your competitors.

Do You Want to Generate Sales from Your Website?

If you sell products, a good quality e-commerce site in WP is de rigeur.

You will need a website that, at the risk of stating the obvious, makes it very easy to buy your products on-line. And yes, some websites (not mine, of course) operate a ridiculous Sales Prevention System where would-be customers simply give up in frustration and check out a competitor’s site instead. I’m sure you’ve had this experience yourself.

Excellent e-commerce sites are “clean”, simply laid out, with top-notch images, clear, in-depth product descriptions and VERY obvious “add to basket” functionality.

Again, let’s have a chat about this as I can most definitely help here.

Other Things to Consider

Your website will be open 24 hours a day and will expand the reach of your business on a worldwide scale.

You should refresh the content on a regular basis, adding blogs and new articles as often as you can. Remember, you have a ready-made market place just waiting to hear from you.

Offering an FAQs page, for example, puts you in a strong position as the provider of great information about your business.

So…if you’re thinking about a website, think carefully about why you think you need one and importantly, about what you want it to do for you. Whatever you need, I can help you achieve it so just give me a call and let’s get started.