Website design and development by Motuweb Design

Developing a new website or re-designing an existing one?

The earlier you talk to me the better. If there will be a team of people involved, I’m happy to attend meetings so that I can contribute at the earliest possible stage, minimising the chances of bad decisions being made.

I will give you free advice on:

  • registering a the best domain name
  • which Domain Registrar to use
  • what kind of site you need
  • organising web hosting

The most important decisions to make before commissioning any web-design work, are how often your site will be updated, and who needs to be able to do it. The initial build cost of a website could be as little as 10% of the total lifetime cost if you make lots of changes and employ a web designer to do them all.

Static HTML or WordPress?

If all you need is an online brochure, I can build you a Plain Old Semantic HTML site (in the trade we prefer to use the acronym POSH). This kind of website is much cheaper to host, and requires no on-going maintenance. If you anticipate less than a dozen updates each year it will likely be the most economical solution.

However if you want to do updates yourself or allow comments from visitors and other Web 2.0 features, then WordPress is the best available option.

Valid, accessible, cross-platform code

How will you benefit from hiring an experienced HTML & CSS coder like me, instead of using a cheap, off-the-shelf solution, or even DIY?

You get a site which works properly for everyone, including:

  • visitors with small-screen devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • people with disabilities
  • visitors using a range of browsers
  • visitors with low bandwidth
  • non-human visitors such as search engine robots

Minimal Budget?

If you are on a strict budget, I recommend you get a free site at wordpress.com. You won’t be able to use all the features available with the full version, but the price is unbeatable!

I can help you migrate to a self hosted WordPress installation down the track when you have funding available.