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Web Design

Bespoke Development & Design

We have designed and built websites for many different clients, from start-ups to multi-national corporations.  Our work ranges from completely new websites, through to re-designs and ongoing maintenance. We primarily offer web design in Horsham but also service clients throughout West Sussex and London.

We favour flat, clean, modern design that lends itself well to responsive web design (mobile friendly) and use the industry standard "Bootstrap" framework to ensure the websites' code can be understood by any Developer in our team so that maintenance is not overly difficult.  

Responsive web design allows us to create websites that work perfectly on all devices from mobile phones and tablets through to desktop computers. This means, the website will even work perfectly on devices that haven't yet been released to market!

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Bespoke Development And Design
Planning For Success

Planning for Success

Before we start designing a new website, we need to undertake the planning stage.  This would normally involve creating a full website sitemap to understand how all of the pages relate to each other and ensure that pages appear with the right  prominence within the website.  This really helps to get everyone thinking about how the site will work and can identify any issues with the old version of the website (if there is one).

Once the sitemap has been agreed we can begin to focus on the layout of the pages.  At this stage we produce wireframes to show where the elements of each page will sit.  This allows us to quickly present different options and discuss whether the most important parts of the page are in the right place.  The idea is to help present the most important things to visitors as easily and clearly as we can.

When the wireframes are agreed with the client we can confidently move onto the design stage and then start to build the new website.  For more information, please either contact us or read more about our processes.

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Dave (at Made Simple Media) was just wonderful, he created a really beautiful website design for me which is so simple to use and update as required. Fantastic support service too.

USER EXPERIENCE (UX) DESIGN

User Experience or UX for short, is the overall experience of a user when they use your website.  We design and build websites to offer a good user experience by making sure the website works well for users and allows them to easily find what they are looking for.

Your users may fall into different groups.  Imagine a charity site, they may have the following user groups: People who want to donate, people who want to help fundraise, media and the charity staff themselves.

Each "persona" wants different things from the site, so we design and build the site to have an excellent user experience for all.  Users also use different devices, so we need to make sure the website works well for people on mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktop computers and touch as well as mouse-based devices.

There's much more to it than that, we also look at user journey, site speed and how to present services and products in a way that users can quickly and easily learn about them.

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User Experience Ux
People On Laptops

Designed to Convert

There's no point having a nice website if your visitors can't easily enquire or purchase from you.  When a visitor buys from you, or contacts you from the site, this is known as a "conversion".

When designing new websites, it is vitally important to consider what conversions you want and how to help your websites' visitors to convert as quickly and easily as possible when they land on every website page.

We use Google Analytics to set up "Events" which help measure conversions and track the behaviour of visitors on your website.

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Made Simple Media have done excellent work for me over the last two and a half years. Highly recommend!

After Going Live

Once live we install Google Analytics will then start collecting data about each visit to the site.  How many people visit a day, for how long and what do they look at?

Search Console is another tool provided by Google that is extremely important when launching a new site.  Search Console keeps an eye on the health of your site and flag up any technical issues that could be affecting it.

Once live, we fully test new websites to ensure they are running as fast as possible and there are no obvious issues with broken links or how it displays at different screen sizes and in different browsers.

We provide all clients with extensive guides on how to update their websites, or if you like, for a reasonable cost we can visit your office to provide a comprehensive CMS training course.  Another alternative is for you to leave any future additions or updates to us and we an make any changes you require, charged at our usual hourly rate.

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Speed

Speed Matters

How quickly your website pages load really matters.  If your website is slow, visitors will leave quickly without converting and you'll see a high bounce rate in Google Analytics.  What's more, if you are paying for advertising, such as Google Ads / Adwords this will be a huge waste of money too.

When it comes to speed, the faster the better.  We optimise all new websites by reducing the amount of http requests, optimising images, using PHP 7 and Opcache, adding expires headers and various levels of caching etc.  The results mean you have a dramatically faster website than an unoptimised one.

We offer super-fast hosting that can immediately transform a slow website to a fast one with minimal cost.  Please read more about our Concrete5 hosting and Wordpress hosting pages.

In addition to these user experience considerations, there is now an SEO impact too.  Google is now starting to rank fast websites higher up in their search results than slower websites.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I need a professional web designer?
With a professional web designer you have access to someone on the phone and email who can answer your questions and guide you through the whole process. Websites designed by us are bespoke to you and perfectly represent who you are and help build your brand. DIY website builders like Wix are ok, but you may find you hit a wall when you want to do something and the system cannot do it. With a bespoke website, the answer is nearly always yes!
Are you an established web design company I can trust?
Yes! We have been going since 2014 and incorporated the business in 2015. Our team have many years experience prior to Made Simple Media working in other roles at other companies. We look after over 100 websites and have excellent client retention. We are here to stay!
How much does a website cost?
It's really hard to say because every project is different. The cost depends on the functionality that the site has, the number of pages and what content needs to be added on each page. We quote for what you need and want and don't try and fit you into a package.
Do you also host websites?
Yes, we host many websites. We are a reseller for a leading UK based company who offer the best level of support that we have found in the marketplace Our hosting is fast, stable and secure. Please enquire for more details
Are there any ongoing costs with a new website?
Some clients like to arrange a monthly maintenance retainer with us, others just pay for anything they need on an ad-hoc basis. There is also a yearly cost for hosting, email with free domain name. There are also occasional upgrades, although if you go for Concrete5, it is very low maintenance and requires less updates than most other systems.
What website technologies do you work with?
We work with Concrete5 CMS and Wordpress. We don't currently work with other systems.
I would want to meet you face to face, is that possible?
Yes! We like to meet our clients face to face and are happy to travel to you for a meeting, providing you are located within London and the South East of England.
My company is not based in the UK, can you still help?
Yes, we have worked with clients in Europe, Australia and the United States.
Do you also offer marketing services?
Absolutely, we offer SEO and PPC services like Google Ads, please ask us for details.

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