WordPress Website Design & Build

Why use WordPess?

WordPress powers over 30% of the entire internet. This means your website is not niche. It can be updated by many people and can be moved from one hosting provider to another. WordPress is extremely portable. This is a very important consideration because it gives you choice. You are not locked into me, although I am confident you’ll want to continue our professional relationship.

I recommend 2 WordPress solutions: WordPress.com hosting for a simple, but effective website, and 3rd party WordPress hosting for those who want more functionality, greater control and administration.


Why Choose Me?

I believe every small business should have a great website that does exactly what it needs to.

I take the time to understand your requirements in depth. This allows me to recommend a solution that’s right for you. When we are finished, you will own everything: your domain, your hosting, and your website. You are then free to update it however you like. I offer ongoing support and training if required, because I know how daunting maintaining a website can seem.


WordPress.com: Simple and Affordable

My recommended beginner website is an all-in-one WordPress.com solution. This means your domain (website address), hosting (website ‘house’) and your website is all provided by WordPress.com. Running costs start at just £4 per month, plus an annual domain fee. It is perfect for people who don’t need complicated functionality and don’t want to worry about maintenance.

This doesn’t mean you have a ‘cheap’ website. It offers great functionality, including:

✔ Modern, SEO optimised website
✔ A good range of free themes (‘looks’)
✔ Blog / News functionality
✔ Elegant image galleries
✔ Contact form
✔ Social Media sharing and links
✔ First year’s domain for free
✔ Basic site statistics
✔ Search console integration
✔ Anti-spam and threat protection


WordPress.org 3rd Party Hosting

Kualo Eco Friendly Website Hosting

For anything other than a beginner website, I recommend 3rd party hosting. My preferred host is Kualo.

Kualo offers enterprise-grade email spam filtering and threat detection. And that’s something most hosting companies don’t provide. In addition, they are based in the UK, offer great prices on domain renewal, and are powered 100% by renewable energy.

3rd party hosting is more ‘self-service’. With flexibility comes some complexity. Email settings will need to be configured. Databases may need to be maintained. The right plugins need to be installed. There are definitely ones to be avoided! Selection of the correct theme is also important. Plugins and themes also need to be updated. And a robust backup and restore strategy needs to be in place. That’s where I add exceptional value, bringing my IT architecture and design experience to bear.

I operate a reseller programme with Kualo, which allows me to offer you their great hosting at an extremely competitive price. Or you can buy direct from Kualo. It’s up to you which you choose, and I can quote different options.

Third party hosting also offers:

✔ Many more themes (free and paid)
✔ Access to Yoast: the leading SEO plugin
✔ Extensive plugin functionality to customise your site
✔ Email obfuscation, to cut down on spam
✔ Extensive site statistics using Google Analytics

WordPress.org and a 3rd party hosting solution is probably the right answer if you want more control over your website, and have a technical leaning. You can still do all of this with WordPress.com though.

I can help configure the hosting, install the right plugins and themes and support you on that journey.


Hosting Packages

Simple, flexible & cost effective hosting packages

I don’t include support in my hosting packages, although you will get some minor plugin updates. Instead this is optionally charged at a flat rate of £30 per hour, billed monthly. This way you get as much, or as little, support as you need. Or, if you would rather manage it yourself, you can.

standard hosting

STANDARD

£60 pa

  • 2GB SSD Disk Space
  • Dedicated email addresses
  • 512MB RAM
advanced hosting

ADVANCED

£75 pa

  • 2GB SSD Disk Space
  • Dedicated email addresses
  • 512MB RAM
  • Litespeed caching

pro hosting

PRO

£150 pa

  • 2GB SSD Disk Space
  • Dedicated email addresses
  • 1GB RAM
  • Litespeed caching
  • Memory and Database caching
  • Extra processing core

Included as Standard in all packages

99.9% Uptime

Email Spam Filter

2GB SSD Disk Space

Free Lets Encrypt SSL

Whilst the Standard Package will be sufficient for most websites, Advanced and Pro bring many extra performance measures for sites with heavy concurrent usage.


Optional Extras

Get more flexibility by adding these optional extras to your hosting

Automated Security Checking

£

15.00 pa

Daily or weekly security checks for malware, vulnerabilities and blacklisting

Uptime Monitoring

£

15.00 pa

24*7 monitoring with alerts if the site goes down – for additional protection beyond the standard 99.9% uptime guarantee

Broken Link Monitoring

£

15.00 pa

Automatic notification of any broken links – especially useful if you link to external websites, over which you have no control

Daily Automated Backups

£

30.00 pa

Monthly backups are included in the hosting, but if your site is very dynamic you may wish this added protection

Automated Performance Checks

£

15.00 pa

For dynamic websites, automated performance checks help to ensure your response times do not degrade


My hourly support contract covers all the essentials:

  • plugin and theme upgrades, with backups and testing to make sure everything still works
  • critical security alerts patched as quickly as possible
  • content updates if you don’t feel comfortable doing them

Access to Yoast, the leading SEO WordPress plugin

Even if you choose WordPress.com, you can also have access to Yoast, the leading WordPress SEO plugin, on a test site. This will allow you to check your content against your keywords, and get feedback on your SEO score. If you wish training on Yoast, this can be provided.*


*Some knowledge of WordPress admin will be required.


Pricing

Website build from as little as a few hundred pounds

After an initial consultation, I’ll discuss website hosting, domain and theme options with you, making a recommendation. After that we’ll agree to a fixed scope, for which I’ll provide a fixed price quotation. The scope can, of course, be varied, for a corresponding cost.

My standard payment terms are half of the cost up front, together with any initial expenses (domain name, hosting, premium theme or plugin purchases) and half on completion.