I am a business management graduate living in the St Yrieix la Perche area of Limousin, South West France. I have over 20 years experience working with computers, including systems analysis and development, performance and efficiency monitoring, software systems training and over 10 years experience in website design. I cover all areas of the Charente, the Dordogne and Limousin, South West France and beyond.
On this website, as well as advertising my website design services, I try to take you through everything you need to know about the process of website design in plain understandable english from conception to publication on the internet and how to keep your website at the top. Hopefully, you will have a better understanding of how a successful website works, what is involved and what dangers and pitfalls to avoid before commencing your project whether that is a new website, a website make-over or a french translation.
Take a free initial consultation with me at your computer, during which time, using live examples on the internet, I will demonstrate exactly what is needed for your website to be successful. I will show you exactly what I am able to offer you through my personalised service and I will explain why I take many extra steps to ensure that your website is designed, registered and optimised down to the smallest detail.
If you are foreigner selling a product or a service in France, regardless of whether you live in the country or not, then it is assumed that you are also selling to the french public. Therefore, you have a legal obligation to have a french version of all your advertising, including your website.
The Toubon Law (LOI no 94-655 of 4 August 1994 relating to usage of the French language) is a law of the French government mandating the use of the French language in official government publications, all advertisements (including websites), all workplaces, in commercial contracts, in all government-financed schools, and some other commercial communication contexts.
In website design the old adage "You get what your pay for" could not be more relevant.
Unless you have a basic knowledge of website design and development and how all the elements fit and work together, there is a risk that you could end up with a website that, even if it looks fantastic, may never reach your target audience.
A poor website is a costly mistake that can drive away potential customers and lose you or your business money.
Research and Plan
Design and Build
Optimise and Test
Launch and Promote
Analyse and Maintain
Simply creating a framework and layout for your website and inserting your text and photographs is not a guarantee that your website will be effective. It is essential that, before commencing the design stage, your competitors and target audience are well researched and your website structure is well planned to account for your best keywords, the best navigation and features, future development and configuration of folders and files on the server. By working together on the research and planning, we ensure your website will get off to the best possible start and there will be little need for lots of amendments and tweaking later on.
Everybody's needs are different and therefore I design your website from scratch to your specifications. I use no templates. Not only is consideration given to presenting a professional looking website to your potential customers, I also take account of speed and performance, ease of navigation and ensure that your website is search engine friendly.
In order for search engine spiders or crawlers to be able to find your website, a good level of search engine optimisation is essential. Throughout the design process I ensure that your website is fully optimised for all the major search engines down to the smallest detail.
Your website also needs to be found on the internet so, every website I publish is also registered with all the major search engines.
Before publishing your website to the internet, each page is passed through numerous validation, performance and compatibility tests to ensure it is totally free from bugs or errors and to confirm that all elements comply with current coding standards and practice.
Whether you have had a new website or a website makeover, you may already have a domain name and/or may wish to receive all your files on disc and arrange your own hosting or you may wish to use an existing domain name but switch your hosting. Whatever your needs I can easily tailor my domain name and hosting services to suit your requirements.
Every web page requires a certain amount of regular website maintenance, promoting, updating and testing. It is important to consider how much control you wish to take for the after-care of your website. I can tailor your ongoing maintenance and after-care to suit your needs from simple online website maintenance training, to full maintenance contracts.
In actual fact, whether you are based in the UK or France, if you sell a product or provide a service in France, you have a legal obligation to have a french copy of all your advertising, including a french website. For more information on french websites visit my Website Design and Development Page or see the sidebar snippet regarding Toubon Law and french advertising.
If you would like a free no obligation consultation regarding any element of website design or a free SEO analysis of your current website or if you just have a question or would like to leave some feedback please do not hesitate to e-mail me comment on my blog or give me a ring on 0555 08 48 89.