How much does a website cost?

One of the first questions I am often asked when talking to a prospective new client is “How much does a website cost”? .. and if they have asked several different companies they will have received several different answers!  So why is that? Start-up fees – Initially you have costs just for existing on the web – your domain name ( or for example) and web hosting which is basically storage space for your site.  Domains are quite cheap these days – as little as £4.99 depending on the […]

New website for Dorstan Limited

Lesley Clarke Web Design has just finished creating a small business site for Dorstan Limited. They are electrical contractors based in the West Midlands and have a wide range of clients consisting of organisations in the industrial, commercial, domestic and agricultural sectors. Testimonial: “We are delighted with our new website that Lesley Clarke created.  She has designed a website which is easy to navigate, impressive and that has exceeded our expectations. Lesley was a pleasure to work with and gave us advice on different aspects we needed to consider when […]

Chrome’s “Not Secure” error message has arrived

Does your site show the dreaded “Your connection to this site is not secure” error message? Have you been putting off having as SSL Certificate on your website? Google has been warning us for some time that from July 2018 all http sites will be marked as “not secure” in the Chrome address bar. Google marks encrypted sites with a green padlock: And had been marking unencrypted sites with this notice: But now they are taking it a step farther, and will be marking sites without SSL as “Not Secure.” […]

Does my small business really need a website?

Top of your to-do list should be getting a website created. If you dont have a website you will run the risk of not reaching potential customers through social media and search engines and also of driving away your current customers. Before you print a business card or spend a penny on advertising, you need to start marketing by having a website. A website helps you connect with new customers Customers want easy access to your information – If you don’t have an online presence, it’s more than likely that […]

Creating “Creative WordPress Sites”

Heres something I never thought Id say I love my job!! Becoming a freelance web designer is one of the best things Ive ever done. Every day, and every website, is different and has new challenges. By far the greatest thing of all is working with WordPress or rather creating with WordPress. Right from the start of a new job and the initial introduction to a client and their business WordPress opens up a world of possibilities – what Theme and Plugins to use, what colour palette, whats the best […]

Copywriting for the web

What your website says is as important as how it looks. Writing for websites is different to other styles of writing. Its different to writing a brochure or sales catalogue. Its definitely different to writing a book. Its also very different to writing an essay. The aim is to keep webpage copy concise, search engine optimised and consistent. The tricky thing about web copy is that it needs to connect with a wide variety of people; yet every time someone reads it, they need to feel that your brand is […]

SEO. So what’s that all about then?!

What is SEO? SEO, short for Search Engine Optimisation, helps websites to be found by search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. SEO is a blanket term used for all the different factors that web designers and the like do to improve organic, not paid, search engine results. You can pay to get to the top of Google search results but getting to the top of an organic search is free and can have higher and more long-term return on investment. As top positions on the search engine result […]

Is your web site “responsive”?

What is Responsive Web Design? The goal of a responsive design is to create an optimal viewing experience across multiple devices such as computers, tablets and mobile phones. No matter the screen size, the view should be completely intuitive and satisfying to the customer. The rise in mobile devices is only the beginning of a shift to more convenient web usage. As wearables such as smart watches become more popular, it’s necessary to make sure your website can be viewed anywhere by your users on any device. Do I need […]

I know a website is essential but do I need a Facebook Business Page too?

When marketing a business we all know that a website is essential and that Facebook is almost a necessity, but did you know that it is against the Facebook Terms to use your personal account to represent something other than yourself e.g. your business. Unlike your profile, Facebook Business Pages are visible to everyone on the internet by default. You, and every person on Facebook, can connect with these Pages by becoming a fan and then receive their updates in your News Feed and interact with them. As of March […]