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1610, 2020

Spanish with Victoria

October 16th, 2020|

My partner, Victoria, is starting a new venture for her Spanish language business. Moving from face to face to online teaching means now that the whole world is her oyster, not just local people in Sheffield. It’s been an exciting challenge to develop a new website to promote Spanish with Victoria alongside the development of the business model. We are launching the site early to capture some business before the Christmas period ready for an intensive online course to begin in January, and the website will develop enormously over the next couple of months.

910, 2020

New site for a Sheffield music teacher

October 9th, 2020|

Many of us are finding news ways of working in the Covid-19 environment and having to think a little differently about how to reach new clients. This has been the case for the owner of my latest website. Fiona Robinson is a music tutor specialising in flute, piano, recorder and music theory lessons. Pre-Covid all this work was done in face to face lessons; more recently she has moved to online teaching, and now, going forwards, it will be a combination of the two. Fiona’s new website, only days old, has already shown up in search results and yielded its first new enquiry, which is very reassuring!

906, 2020

Go-Mann Adventures back in business

June 9th, 2020|

Many of my clients have suffered big, or complete, losses of business over the last few months. I’m happy to have been able to work with one of them, Go-Mann Adventures, during this period to carry out a complete overhaul of their website in time for the coming weeks when they are able to resume their business. For Manx residents I can highly recommend their offering – do go to the new website for Go-Mann Adventures and choose a guided walk or skills course from the great selection on offer. UK residents will need to wait a little longer until it’s possible to visit the Island!

2003, 2020

Photo projects – 10 years on

March 20th, 2020|

Starting in 2011 I began a series of photography projects involving documenting the whole retail areas of towns and villages in the Isle of Man. They were fun and fascinating, even at the time. But of course the real value of such projects is revealed years down the line when you can look back and see the changes. So I’m looking forward to repeating the first of the projects next year in Peel and revealing just how much has moved on. If you’d like to get involved, and, in particular, can suggest sources of funding for the work, please get in touch. >> Peel 2011

1803, 2020

Move to online meetings

March 18th, 2020|

My work is generally quite a solitary affair, but you can’t beat face to face to meetings at least once for every project to really to get to grips with the issues and ensure the best outcomes. In steps Covid-19 and turns all upside down. So now for the foreseeable, I’m proposing to use online methods for meetings, with Zoom being my preferred option, but I can accommodate clients’ own preferred methods, including Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp etc.

2702, 2020

Green shoots of spring

February 27th, 2020|

As I look out of my office window (into my back garden) I see nature springing wonderfully back into life, and it feels like my work life is mirroring that at the moment with some new and vary varied projects coming on stream. I’m in the early stages of developing new websites for Sheffield For Europe, a genealogist, a poet, and a music teacher.

401, 2020

New year highlights

January 4th, 2020|

One of the highlights of the beginning of the year is to publish the shortlist of the best photographs of the year in the annual competition for Peel in the Isle of Man. I’ve been running the competition for about 15 years and am never disappointed by the beauty of the town as displayed in the photos. You can can see the shortlist on the Peel Online website, or head over to Facebook where you can more easily share the images with friends.

1411, 2019

Are you getting ripped off?

November 14th, 2019|

I’ve been contacted by two potential customers in the last few days with shocking stories of being ripped off by extortionate monthly fees for their website. Enticed with promises of free website design, they have then been subjected to poor service and high prices. I have set out a much fairer alternative for them that should give them better results and for a much lower price overall. Of course they may find suitable services elsewhere too, but I’m happy to offer them my approach and a little free advice! Please do contact me if you believe you’re not on a good deal at present.

1410, 2019

My ethical approach to design

October 14th, 2019|

The way I work is important to me, and my job satisfaction depends on it. I believe that a sound working relationship with my clients benefits both of us.

Firstly, I keep prices low by working efficiently with you to get the job done quickly, but without cutting corners. I assess all projects for value for money and specify the project such that spending more would not be justified by the benefits, and spending less would lose too much.

After site completion I offer complete flexibility over methods of keeping your site up to date. I can train you to do some or all of the updating yourself, or, if you prefer a hands off approach, I can do it all for you. And importantly, I only charge for the time taken to do your updates, often only a few minutes – there are no minimum fees.

Throughout all the work the advice you receive is impartial, and if I think someone else is better placed to do your work I’ll tell you. Or if I think your proposal would not give you value for money I’ll discuss it with you and see if we can find a way to ensure your money is well spent.

Overall I hope you’ll then be very happy with my service and happy to recommend me to your contacts. Almost all my business comes from word of mouth, although a recent customer found me on a Google search for “ethical web design”, which was very nice to hear!

209, 2019

Walk for Freedom

September 2nd, 2019|

After a long summer break with lots of travelling with the family, it’s now back to school time, and back into a busy period of work for me throughout the autumn. I’ve just set up a quick blog for clients and friends, the Andersons, who are about to embark on a gruelling walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Good luck to them, and you can follow progress at John’s Walk for Freedom. I’m now looking forward to meeting up with various clients, new and old, in the Isle of Man in a couple of weeks’ time.

2105, 2019

A busy month

May 21st, 2019|

I love how very varied my work can be, and I’m quite busy now with a number of new projects underway, in addition to looking after around 60 existing websites. There has a been a new site for my plumber – we have been each other’s clients for around 7 years; a new site for the Isle of Man Tour Guides association currently at draft stage; a new site with a very quick turnaround for a local coaching company. Also under discussion at the moment is a new website for a hospital consultant!

2603, 2019

A job for the nicest and best Spanish teacher

March 26th, 2019|

My partner, Victoria Munguia, has a business that provides private tuition to learn Spanish. She gets most of her students through the website I set up a few years ago, and it achieves top rankings on a number of relevant search terms. It was time however to bring the site up to date with a new responsive design and an SSL certificate to keep those good rankings in places. Spanish Tuition Sheffield

1203, 2019

Website for Sheffield for Europe

March 12th, 2019|

This job is a little different from the usual. Sheffield for Europe, a non-party political group campaigning for a people’s vote on leaving the EU, have a new website very capably set up by another volunteer, but more manpower is needed to maintain it. I have stepped in to do my bit to help ensure there is democratic solution to this issue, this time based on fuller knowledge of the options on the table.

1701, 2019

New for Old

January 17th, 2019|

Much of my work these days is with existing clients. Some of them need regular SEO and promotion work through social media, which is usually carried out each month. But a big part of my current work is in redeveloping old HTML websites to bring them up to date with fully responsive designs, and an easy to use content management system. The latest is example is a new site for Malden Roofing in Sheffield, whose previous website had been serving them for a whole decade!

1409, 2018

Isle of Man Biosphere Partner

September 14th, 2018|

I have become a business partner of the Unesco Isle of Man Biosphere. For me, this particularly signifies that, in my work with clients on the Isle of Man, I am aiming to:

  • Protect our natural resources – I work from a paper-free office and have a zero commute time to my office in the back garden. I encourage clients to make the best of paper-free marketing by using websites and social media;
  • Develop our economy in a sustainable way – I’m proud to work in a very ethical way, supporting other small businesses like my own through provision of effective websites, that are also very good value for money.
  • Support and promote our cultural heritage – for example through my involvement with many cultural and community based organisations over the years, notably Peel Heritage Trust, and Peel Online on behalf of Peel Commissioners; Peel Carnival and I did a website for the Manx Energy Advice Centre in its early days.
  • Engage with the local community – in my projects to photograph the retail sectors of 4 Manx villages and towns I touched upon almost the whole working community in these places, recording a key aspect of life to be preserved for future generations. Through Peel Online and other local authority websites I aim to engage with the local communities through provision of information on local life, events, and places to visit.
1109, 2018

New website!

September 11th, 2018|

New website.

I’ve been designing websites since 2002, but this new site is only the third I have designed for my own business! I’d like to say that my sites were so future proof that they didn’t need replacing any sooner, but that might be stretching the truth a little. It is true that I have been busy enough with client work that I haven’t found enough time to devote to my own, a familiar story for many a tradesman I think. It’s also true that for me, like many of my clients, having a website, or doing any kind of promotion, is a necessary evil in order to help the business flourish. I am lucky that almost all of my work comes through word of mouth, and the website really isn’t there to attract lots more work. Instead it is a way for people to find me if they have already heard of me, and a way to find out a bit more about what I do; to find out more of what is involved; and to get to understand some of the jargon.

The site is a work in progress and I’ll be adding more over the coming weeks.

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