If you're a typical client, you'll want a website to perform a function; maybe to generate sales or enquiries, provide 24:7 advertising or persuade people to visit your business. You won't want to pay too much, you'll want the website to be effective, attractive, accessible to people regardless of whether they are using a PC or a smartphone and you'll want it to be affordable too. If you run a business, you'll be looking for a website that isn't going to take lots of time to manage. If that's the case, we can help.
BeenDesigned is a small website design studio that consists of a small group of designers working together as a group. We believe in keeping life simple and we try to our work simple too. We specialise in designing effective, affordable and attractive responsive websites, and we provide maintenance services to ensure our clients don't have to waste endless hours learning how to manage their websites instead of running their business.
If you want to get a website for a small business, you want it to do something, and the first thing a designer needs to know, long before creating your site, is exactly what you want your website to do! For example, you might want it to include an online shop or, if you have a business like a kennels, you will need your website to tell clients about who and where you are, generate enquiries and bookings. If your business offers services you might want to focus on presenting your services and encouraging people to visit you in person.
Once we know this, we can build a website which does what you want, efficiently and effectively. During the design process our designers assemble the components necessary to ensure your website does all the things you asked for, and then structure it to ensure that it performs well in searches on sites like Google.
There are many factors which decide how successful a website is in Google searches. Among the website design features that make a difference are the loading speed of your site and whether it is fully mobile-friendly. Our websites are based on current best practices and are responsive and fully mobile compatible. In addition, we design websites that are optimised for best SEO performance, so you don't need to pay extra for that.
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The contents of your website are what will ensure your website's long-term success and ratings on google, but looks and first impressions count for a lot for real visitors. The more attractive and interesing your website it, the more likely it is to be sucessful and achieve your aims. It's a fact that if your website is unattractive and uninteresting or has a navigation system that isn't clear, people will just go elsewhere. Our designers take care in ensuring that all our websites are as visually attractive and interesting as possible, not just for people viewing them on PCs but also on mobile phones and tablets.
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Below are a few examples of some of the websites we have created. We have been creating websites for several years, so rather than only show our more recent designs, we have included a selection, some old, some new. Some of our designers live in Italy so quite a few of our clients are also based there. We started out by designing websites for language schools and private teachers, and also for catteries and kennels, so most of our work comes from referrals in those areas, but we now offer the same design services to clients of all types.
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There are many factors that contribute to making the perfect small business website, and most relate to good planning. Our design process deals with most of these things. For example, we ensure your site is attractive, easy to use and loads as quickly as possible. We also design your website to be compatible with all the major browsers, both for PCs and also mobile visitors, and optimise your website to obtain good results with search engines. However, there are a few things you need to think about too...
Before you start writing the content for your website, you should create a little map of the pages you want. As a general rule, the front page of a small business website provides a general introduction to your business and provides signposts the the content on the rest of your website. In effect, the front page of a business website serves the same function as a shop window, encouraging visitors to enter.
Where possible, pages should focus on specific topics. For example, if you're planning a website for a kennels and cattery, you will probably have an 'about us' page containing information about you and your business, what experience and qualifications you have, and so on. Then you might have a page called 'cattery' which contains details of your cattery, the accommodation and facilities you offer and so on. Then you would have a 'kennels' page with information about your kennels facilities. You would probably have a 'prices' page with details of your prices, payment terms and so on. If you want people to visit your business, a 'how to find us' page is a good idea, with a map, your business address, telephone number and maybe opening hours too. In most cases you would also want 'make a reservation' or 'contact us' pages containing forms for visitors to complete, and also a repeat of your business contact details again.
Apart from making your site better for visitors, dividing information into logical sections helps you with Google. When search engines visit your website they read your pages and decide what the focus of each page is, so that they know which pages to show when people perform searches.