ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Hi, my name is Trudy, I am a Web Designer from Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent. I chose to name my website 'Web Seedlings' as with my own business, I want to help small businesses and sole traders grow and flourish into successful companies by helping you not only to attract more customers, but to create a platform for business networking with a practical, contemporary and visually appealing website.
I am a Diploma qualified Web Designer but also have design and editing history throughout my career along with two Design Degrees. My fresh up-to-date knowledge of Responsive Web Design means that your website will be crafted to provide an optimal viewing and interactive experience across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).
Please browse my examples of work and contact me so we can unfold your ideas and aspirations.
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Web Seedlings understands when starting a new business just how important it is to get known, but also how you achieve this on a tight budget, which is why I offer a lower cost website with an affordable monthly maintenance fee that isn't the cost of a large agency.
When building a website it's not just the technical skills involved, but understanding how a consumer takes their journey to reach your site. The first process will involve getting to know you and your business, understand your competitors and what you want the consumer to get from your site. This research will then be used to identify the trending keyword search phrases and create content that is relevant, understanding consumer priorities and the advice they are looking for. Web Seedlings will then build a bespoke and stunning website centred around the keywords and objectives of your business, that not only is a 'shop window' for your business, but is unique in its own design and functionality.
At Web Seedlings, websites are built in raw HTML code that does not rely on third party Content Management Systems (CMS) or Website Builders that have restrictive templates, advertising and plugins to slow your pages down when loading. Web Seedlings websites therefore have more freedom, flexibility and longevity, but more importantly, can create a unique design just for you. Most consumers will only wait between 6-10 seconds for a page to open before they abandon it. For example, Google takes page load speed so seriously that it’s now a ranking factor. In other words, if your pages don't load quickly enough, your site may slip lower down on Google's results pages.
My packages are specifically tailored around Small Businesses, giving you a Web Design that is configured to allow Google (and others) to find and index your site, which is the first essential step towards driving more business to your website. I will also maintain your site so you don't have to spend valuable time on the phone to a support team.
Every website needs to be 'hosted' somewhere - i.e. all the files, images and databases that make up a website need to be stored on a server and maintained. All Web Seedlings websites are hosted with the UK based company Krystal, established in 2002, who provide Award-Winning In-house 24/7 UK Based Support, are rated the best web hosting company by many popular review sites and use the LiteSpeed Web Server, ensuring your website will load faster.
At Web Seedlings I believe a website is not simply just a one-off exercise, websites also need to be maintained, not only from a technical and security perspective, including software updates and bug fixes, but also by keeping the content fresh and up-to-date, which is why Web Seedlings refresh your website on a regular basis, to ensure its presence on the internet is always current and thus helping with your Google ranking. The technical maintenance for your site is included in the monthly fee.
2018 saw a significant change for online privacy and data protection, and the introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were extensive. Regarding Brexit and the EU, GDPR has now been made part of UK law and renamed the ‘UK GDPR’. There are Privacy & Data protection guides available on the internet which relate to most businesses which I can help you with if needed, and I will provide the text you will need for the cookie page.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - It's no longer enough to simply put a website on the internet, you also need to ensure it can be found! At Web Seedlings all these factors can play a role:
Fresh, unique, organised and easy for your target audience to read. I can help write new, or refresh, your existing web page content ensuring keywords or phrases help to improve your visibility.
A well-structured site provides your visitors quick and easy access to find what they want, but it also provides search engines a sense of your priorities and the role a page plays in the bigger picture of a website.
The world is mobile, by chosing a responsive website, mobile friendly websites are now a key ranking factor for Google. I can ensure your website works across mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers giving visitors on any device the best experience of your business.
Having a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram can certainly help to increase followers and thus increase your visibility, but also helps with your ranking too. Web Seedlings can either provide support guides in creating accounts or direct support with your social media.