The BeenDesigned Website Design Studio is a small design group consisting of a half-dozen website designers and trainers mostly based in London, Essex and Milan. We offer a personalised service aimed unashamedly at small business owners who want a cost-effective website that doesn't cost the earth.
We specialise in HTML and WordPress websites, largely because that's what the majority of our clients want or need, even if they don't know it! As part of our order process we ask clients to describe what they want their website to do and what they want visitors to be able to do. We base our quote and proposal on those instructions.
These days, lots of website designers put all their effort into collecting orders, which they then farm out to low-cost companies in India and Indonesia. As a business model we can't knock what they do, but it's not for us. We design websites because we enjoy doing the work. When we accept an order, it's checked through for any special requirements and then allocated to a designer, who will then design and build the site from start to finish, before it's fault-tested by other designers prior to delivery. This process means we restrict the number of orders we accept, to ensure we don't have more work than we can comfortably manage.
Although our clients come from a wide range of sectors, they usually want more or less the same thing; they want a website which promotes their business, selling their products or services. Just as importantly, our clients want to devote their time to running their business, not managing a website. You're probably the same.
We provide a customisable maintenance service for clients who like a simple life. Depending on your needs, we can host your website on our server, deal with website maintenance, security and backups, and even provide a page update service for when you need to change things on your website. We'll give you details of maintenance pricing when we provide your website design quote.
Like a successful business, a good business website requires careful planning. Our website design process deals with many of the important aspects. For example, we design websites that are attractive, easy to use and load as quickly as possible, to ensure visitors like using your website. In addition, all new website designs are fully responsive, so they are accessible to visitors using either PCs or mobile browsers. We also take care to optimise your page content, so that it achieves better results with search engines. However, there are still a few things you need to think about too...
Nobody can write the content of your website pages for you, and if they offer you should walk away. It's your website, and nobody is going to know more about your business, what it does, what you want it to do and how you want to promote it than you!
Before you do anything else, try to create a little map of the pages you want. Decide what pages you want on your website, and what you want to say on each page. As a general rule, the front page (called the index page) of a small business website provides an introduction to your business and lets people know what they can expect to find on the rest of your website. You could say that the front page of a business website serves the same function as a shop window, encouraging visitors to enter. Most pages should focus on specific, individual topics. We can't write your page contents for you, but we will certainly guide you if required.