Web Design

WordPress Web Design

User friendly website designs

The Web Design Process

Using WordPress web design create beautiful, responsive and functional online presence is just part of the process. Web design companies, agencies and freelancers built their reputations on providing excellent service, while exceeding client expectations.

  • Every project that I take on, is fulfilled with attention to detail and a sense of pride in the completed work.
  • I work quickly and am always available for communication.
  • I meet with clients at my office in Tipperary or in their place of business.
  • I can additionally talk on a Skype call, if they are elsewhere in Ireland.
  • I usually build a sample front page on a domain which I own, so that the client can see if they want to hire me.
  • I can build a wireframe of the proposed website for clients who require this.
  • I delivered project on time and in budget.
  • I provide training on how to use the website.
  • I provide support for the website for six months, at no additional cost.

WordPress, the ideal Content Management System

WordPress started out as a blogging system but has evolved into a complete CMS, which is used for brochure sites, catalogue sites, e-commerce sites and large scale websites.

Over 74 billion sites or over 18% of all self-hosted sites use WordPress as their web platform of choice. WordPress uses a system where the theme or child theme can be modified to the users ‘ specifications. There are free and premium templates available for people, who are happy to go that way. These templates can be modified by an experienced developer, to get very close to what the client requires. I prefer to use a WordPress framework such as Genesis or Thesis, as I find it is more flexible, to achieve the required end result.

There are over 49,000 WordPress plug-ins in its repository. These can be used to add functionality to a website. Common plug-ins to use are Yoast for SEO, WordFence for security and a backup plug-in, such as Updraft Plus or BackUpBuddy.

 

Why I use WordPress!

  • WordPress was the largest market share CMS market and as many users are already familiar with this content management system, it will reduce levels of training.
  • WordPress is open source, which means it can be self- hosted with no additional costs for downloading, installing or upgrading.
  • It is highly customisable, allowing designers and developers the flexibility to create and modify layouts and functionality.
  • It is search engine friendly out-of-the-box and I installing the Yoast plug-in, it is even better.
  • There is a massive WordPress community who exchange ideas, provide support and generally make WordPress better for them to use.
  • It is easy to make a responsive, mobile friendly website with WordPress.
  • WordPress has been around for a long time and so is a mature CMS.

Contact me for a free quote for your WordPress Website Design!

Website Redesign

Snowdrops for saleMany clients require a web redesign. They are happy with their contents with the look and functionality of their site is not adequate. I can redesign a website from a PhotoShop PSD file, which the client has purchased. I can also do a complete redesign for the client.

A lot of older sites are not responsive. This means that they do not function well on smartphones or tablets (not mobile friendly). Every website that I build or redesign will be responsive, mobile friendly and will be optimised for search engines and load speed.

I usually start with the client’s logo and branding, to get an idea of the colours, fonts and images that will work well on their website.

The topography of the website is also important, as the fonts and text sizes are important elements to convey a company’s message.

Each web page should be optimised for one or two keywords and have a strong call to action.

Contact me for a free quote for your Website Redesign!

Mobile Responsive Design

Responsive website designYou need your website to be seen on all devices and all browsers. By using a responsive site design, the end user experiences a better result. Google reports that 61% of visitors will leave a web site, if it is not easily viewed on a mobile device. Consequently, Google reports that it considers a responsive web design to be the best solution.

With a responsive web design, the same content is served to all users. The content stacks differently on different devices and screens. This is achieved by using mobile CSS and media queries. These detect the screen size by preset break-points and displays content accordingly.

Google estimates that viewers will leave a website if the website is slow to load. It seems that the crucial time is two seconds for a mobile device and 4 seconds for a desktop. As a result, Site speed is a very important consideration, when considering the web design.

 

Contact me for a free quote for your Mobile Friendly Website!

E-Commerce - A fully featured online shop

E-commerce is basically selling products and services online. The advantages of e-commerce are:

  • Low overheads compared to running a bricks and mortar store.
  • Online stores can be open 24 hours a day, 365 is the year and customers can buy or browse from different countries and different types time zones.
  • E-commerce stores can be as simple as selling one product or service or a large catalogue of products.
  • Customers can buy online with your credit cards safely and securely.

There are many WordPress plug-ins which help make e-commerce store a possibility. WooCommerce and MarketPress are just two of the e-commerce plug-ins which I have used. Customers can pay securely through PayPal or pay by credit card through Stripe.

Contact me for a free quote for your Ecommerce Website!

Web Development with WordPress

Web Development is the functional side of web design. A WordPress web developer builds the back office and front office components of the website using WordPress core, Html, CSS, PHP, JavaScript. He will also choose the plugins for functionality and compatibility. There are some server side technologies that need to be used in the functionality of the website, such as MySQL databases and CRON jobs.

Testimonials

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Guy de Schryver

Field of Blooms, Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Michael did a great job my website www.fieldofblooms.ie. I have received a lot of positive feedback on the functionality & design of the website, since it was rebuilt. Michael provided great training on how to use the website to best effect and now I am able to add new products and edit webpages myself.

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Becky Holingshead

Pallas Stud, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Thanks to Michael, for all the hard work in building our website, www.sporthorses.ie. He is very approachable for support and provides excellent training on how to use the website.

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Gerry Moran

We got in contact with Michael through a mutual client, and he designed our new website at wallstone.ie . He was very professional to work with and provided prompt and knowledgeable advice, on how best to build the website.

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Eddie Guerin

Guerin's Pharmacy , Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

We were impressed with the level of support and service, which we received from Collins Computer Services. We would recommend Michael to anyone who is thinking about a new website.

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Diarmuid Leonard

PhotoBooth365, Castletroy, Limerick.

Michael provided me with a sample front page for my new website, www.photobooth365.ie . When I saw it, I knew that I found a web designer that I could work with. Having been frustrated by some web designers in the past, I was very careful about who I chose to work with, for my new web design project. I would recommend Michael’s web design service to anyone and in fact, I have recommended him to my friends in business.

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George Kott

Lumag Ireland Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

We required a website to sell landscaping machinery and Michael was recommended to us, by a client of his. He was professional, quick & provided excellent training on how to use the website. I recommend Michael to any the business wanting a web site developed.

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Betty Gleeson

Silvermines Historical Society Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Michael built a website for our historical Society and continues to maintain and upgrade the website for us. He is excellent to work with.

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Marc O'Donovan

After being let down by another web designer, Michael built us a responsive website, which ranks at number one for our main keywords. Michael is professional, courteous and works quickly and I recommend him to all.

Bernie Stapleton

Stapleton Mouldings Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Michael was recommended to us by the Local enterprise office to do our SEO. Michael recommended a complete web rebuilt as our website was not fit for purpose and would be difficult to rank. After he built on web site, it ranks well for our keywords.

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Eamon Hartnett

Coving Ireland Kilkeary, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

After our website designer went out of business, Michael rebuilt our websiteI recommend at a reasonable cost and to a very high standard.

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EscapeToLoughDerg.net Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Thank you Michael Collins from Collins computer services with all the help in building our self-catering accommodation website. We regularly get commended on this website and we are very pleased with it.

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Amy McAllister

Amy McAllister Antrim, N. Ireland

Employing Michael to SEO my music website has been the best musical investment I have made in recent years. I would recommend his services to anyone, Amy, harpist and singer.

Kevin McSherry

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

I have known Michael for the last 10 years, when he developed our first website. I have used the built subsequent websites as understands what I want in a website. I recommend him highly.