Web Design Bristol

  • Affordable Web Design & Marketing in Bristol

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  • 500% return in 1 month

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Web Design

We create designs that engage with the user and deliver results.

Search Engine Optimisation

We can help achieve top rankings and increase hits to your website.

Logo Design

We deliver strong brands by unique designs & imagery.

Professional Web Design Bristol

Helping you and your business become more successful

We are web designers and marketing experts covering Bristol, Portishead, Westbury on Trym, Clifton, Clevedon, Taunton, Bridgwater, Exeter, Weston Super Mare and Somerset  who help generate sales and leads with optimised website designs and search engine friendly websites.

What can we achieve for YOU and your Business? We maximise budgets, deliver stunning Bristol and Somerset websites, utilise online and offline marketing strategies to maximum effect and help achieve a great return on your investment.

We are straight talking and we know how to deliver results fast. Our ideas and suggestions have helped businesses become more efficient and cost effective – just see for yourself!

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Web Design Results

Footfall increase over 30% compared to last season’s marketing
– Tourism Sector, UK

5 times return on investment on single order alone
15% increase in sales since new website
15% increase in leads since new website
– Business to Business Sector, Bristol

20 times return on investment on single contract alone within 7 days
– Electrical Sector, Somerset

Doubled our contact rate through website Podcast
– Charity in Bristol

Feedback

“Just wanted to thank you for all your support with our new website; after much work we are really pleased with the new design and are already seeing some great feedback (and, more importantly, enquiries!)

“A trustworthy, professional creative designer, providing solutions that deliver cost effective results.”

“I really enjoyed meeting Ben Smith and discussing the concept I was after. He really listened, and implemented what we had discussed, plus he really put in the work, and listened to any further suggestions without any problem. I would thoroughly recommend him”

“Just a quick thank you for producing my new website. Very pleased. Already having enquiries through the “contact us” facility.”

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Design and Marketing thoughts…

WordPress Designer

Are you looking to make updates yourself? Change layouts? Add images? Delete pages? Update your blog?

We can help install, configure, update or create your new website with all the above features in wordpress. Besides wordpress design and build – we can assist with security, hacking cleanups, resubmission to google, blocking unwanted visits – contact us to see how we can help.

Secure hosting

We offer many packages for web hosting – all to suit your business requirements. Our packages are very affordable, including emails if needed, we support PHP and ASP (Linux or Windows) if you prefer.

We have excellent support and uptime – we can even migrate your current website to save you costs.

View hosting details.

Logo design and rebranding

Are you looking for a new brand image in 2017? We have helped many companies locally and worldwide to improve their identity in competitive markets.

We can tweak, upgrade or completely redesign your logo and then provide brand guidelines to successfully apply your brand consistently across all media including letterheads, business cards, web design, vehicles, brochures and all marketing materials.

Copywriter services

We can supply content for your website, improve on current copy or completely re-write. We can supply you regular content to keep your website uptodate via your blog, newsletter or guest blogging on other websites and even help with Facebook or twitter brainstorming.

View more details about our copywriting service.

A rough guide to website design prices in Bristol

As virtually every business needs a website these days, the question often asked is how much should you pay for a website to be designed and built for you?

Assuming you will not do it all yourself using the build-your-own services available on line, the answer is it depends. What do you want from your site, how do you want it to look, what functions do you require it to have and what support are you looking for going forwards.

If it is a simple selling site for a recognized product – herbs and spices perhaps or DIY tools, you may require a simple, easy to navigate site containing information and ecommerce facilities. In this instance, you might just need your site built for you to be able to add content and be looking to manage it yourself. You would be looking in the low thousands for such a site.

However, if your business is in a design sensitive/lifestyle selling field, such as fashion, architecture, boutique hotels etc, where image is extremely important to the visitor, or if you are in a field where quality of the product is to be stressed – expensive cars, an exclusive restaurant, exotic foreign holidays, high end handbags etc and this needs to be reflected in all aspects of what you do and nowhere more so than your website, your shop-window to the world, then you may well want to pay for a fully integrated design, that has a smooth flow and oozes quality on every page. A good designer can help you with quality of images and presentation help sell products and services use of moving images, design and other clever devices would help to illustrate the ambience of your product or service, your ideas, achievements and concepts.

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These sort of uniquely designed sites, where everything from the typeface used is carefully considered by a professionally trained designer, is more likely to be up to £5,000 range for a smallish client.

Sites that are for on-line businesses and which, therefore have the potential to grow hugely and which will involve not only slick and efficient ecommerce but also further marketing functions such as recognition of the visitor with items such as ‘you may also like’ and ‘people who bought this also bought this’ type functions, can cost thousands. Beyond a certain point – where you pay for a thoughtfully created attractive core design – it is the complexity of the sites functions that dictates the cost.

Given the huge variation in website design prices, when you are briefing website designers/builders and asking them to quote it is essential you do not ‘compare apples with oranges’, in other words always say exactly what you are looking for to each possible candidate in order to get a properly accurate estimate and properly comparable prices. Consider up front, not only what you want for your site now, but what you may want if as organization grows. Assess also the sort of ongoing support you will require, SEO ranking help and on-line marketing techniques etc. There is no point in having a lovely looking site if no traffic visits it.  A good web-designer will discuss such matters with you in preparing your estimate, as well as visualizing and story-boarding the site with you.

Are web designers becoming obsolete?

We dont think so!

It is a fair question in an era when slick and professional looking websites can be designed using the template resources and sophisticated ecommerce platforms available on the web and when you can subscribe to the tools needed to analyse and quantify visitors to your site, to ask why is the professional website designer still required to design, build and oversee the running of your site.

If you are just starting out in a small business, it may be that your time can be spent in setting up your site, you can learn what you need to from the internet and do the work yourself. You can design an attractive if formulaic site using the on-line templates available. You simply may not have the money at that point to do anything other than do everything yourself.

As your business starts to grow, however, as in many areas of life where we pay for services, whether you decide to get your site professionally designed will probably be firstly, a question of weighing up the value of time to a business against money to be spent. In other words, are you willing/can you afford to put in the time, or would it be more cost effective to employ someone for a fee so they can use their experience and specialism to do this for you. An analogy with something as complex as graphic design, coding and the work involved to keep up with the various aspects of SEO and other online marketing is, with that of legal work – you could run your own divorce – for example – if you take the time to learn what you need to know and then have the time to do the work required.  The availability of do it yourself law has not seen the end of the solicitor. Sometimes it is just better to leave it to the trained and experienced experts.

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With web-site design, as with any type of design there is that extra element –creative flare. Are you able to think of various visual ideas as to how your all important shop window should look and how to follow this through at every level of your site? Do you understand your market and the ‘look’ that reflects this and would make your site, particularly really stand out?  Your strengths may lie in completely other areas – you may be an inspiring life coach, a wizard with accounts, or a brilliant engineer, but not have an eye for graphic design.

Looking to the future of your site, here is another area why web designers and builders are far from becoming obsolete.  To run a successful site, you need up to speed with the very latest platforms available in the fast moving world of the internet. Keeping you compliant with the latest SEO trends, is another key area. Bear in mind too, as your business grows, your site will grow too, but also it will evolve. The world of websites is far from static. You can feel more confident about this if you are in partnership with a good web designer who can monitor and develop your site to reflect accurately your organization’s changing needs.

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The benefits of using a freelance web designer

Deciding to use a third party at all to help you design your website will be your first decision when embarking on launching your web presence, given that there are plenty of template DIY site platforms out there. Deciding you need to bring in help can be based on such factors as – how good are you (when you have to do it from scratch) at graphic design and writing copy? How long will it take you to make the site look and function as you wish it to – ie the cost in terms of your hourly rate of dedicating yourself to do something that stops you earning that hourly rate? And last, but by no means least, are you prepared to take the time to learn about and monitor your SEO, to learn about the latest trends, to write blogs, utilize all marketing opportunities etc?

For an SME, which finds that any of the above factors will be a hurdle, the use of a freelance web-designer is a good solution.  You will be speaking to someone who does these kinds of things for a living and who will be up to speed with all the latest developments in his or her craft. You can get, up front, accurate estimates of how much designing, developing and maintaining your site – and making it work to its optimum performance for you – will cost.  You can discuss your vision for the site at the outset and allow the designer to use their visual skills to realize your idea. You can explain what you want the site to do and discuss options (and their costs) of how this can be achieved. You can learn about the on-line marketing available and decide on the strategies you wish your website designer to employ and prepare yourself for your campaigns.

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The use of a freelance designer gives you all the skills but for less of an outlay than if you went to a large agency. The reason for this is not because of a lack of quality, but rather because a one-person band does not have many employees’ wages to cover or an expensive studio to lease and maintain.  Additionally, it is a fact that sometimes, well known design studios, having worked for large prestigious organisations will then trade on the kudos of working with household names and this may, inevitably, push their prices up and they may not even be interested in ‘small-fry’ anymore.

Bristol Student Advice: Are  apprenticeships in web design for you?

It might seem slightly strange that, given the do-it-yourself and do it all on line nature of the internet with the excellent platforms and some excellent on-line information (often free), that a traditional apprenticeship with a web-design company might still be an worthwhile option for anyone wishing to pursue a career in web design. In fact, for exactly the reasons of everyone being able to do their own design and SEO these days, there arises the need in the market place for individuals and companies to able to offer something more  – deeper, broader and more polished.

You could do a course, this could be a useful foundation to teach you to code and expose you to the fundamentals of design and there are plenty of courses out there.  And, this could be a good start to expose you to the various coding languages you will come across. The advantage of an apprenticeship thereafter, however, is that you get a foot in the door of an existing company which is successful enough in what it does that it is able to offer apprenticeships in the first place. Additionally you will be using the things you have learned, and are learning, for real, on real projects with real clients.  It will also help, of course, that you will be paid while you are learning.

Working in such a company, crucially, you also get human connections in the industry (connections which are more than vital and ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ on any social media). This mixing with other creative people will help you expand your knowledge of the nuts and bolts of what you are learning, they will inspire the creative side of you, may fire your competitive edge, and will spark off new ideas and modifications of ideas. Ultimately, if and when you decide to move on you will have contacts in this fast moving industry which can help you to stand out from the crowd, even if you then want to go it alone. If you get an apprenticeship with a well respected company this will open doors for you if you wish to work as an employee.

Apprenticeships are available for applicants who have achieved various levels of education from O’level upwards. In all cases, however you would be expected to have some knowledge of the field you wish to go into in terms of being conversant with the basic platforms and you should also show active interest in design and the wish to offer the optimum for your client. The payment levels for apprenticeships around the country vary, depending on role and location.  See for example, the details below describing a recently advertised apprenticeship for someone who has completed O’levels, for a company in the south of England.

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage
£200.00

Working week
Total hours per week: 37.50

Apprenticeship duration
52 weeks

Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Web Developer

This position offers the chance to join a small specialist Digital Marketing and Technology Company to develop performance websites, web applications and mobile applications for business.

We work in the most competitive environments using the very latest technologies to create the best possible user experience in web applications.

Much of what we do is ground breaking and so the technologies used are often new.

Skills required and summary of role:

A basic level of understanding in one or more of the following technologies:

  • Html5
  • CSS3
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Ajax
  • Cordova
  • Node.js
  • Linux/Apache/Nginx
  • SSL/Secure Servers
  • Apple Xcode/Eclipse
  • Hybrid/Web mobile apps
  • MYSQL
  • PHP
  • ASP
  • RUBY
  • Python
  • Dreamweaver
  • Photoshop
  • Joomla/or Drupal
  • WordPress

Customer service is paramount to us, so the individual should be, above all, personable and able to communicate at all levels.
You must have, at the very least, a basic understanding of SEO which we can build upon with practical training and through regular workshops. You will receive thorough training in optimisation techniques, theory and practice working within an accomplished, professional team of developers and copywriters.

You will need to have the ability to work closely with our superb design team and contribute ideas and technical solutions. We like our staff to be friendly with ability, drive and the willingness to learn.

An ability to stick to a brief is required, along with the initiative and enterprise to contribute ideas and develop projects.