Client: Louise Rapple Moore
What the client said:
We couldn’t be more delighted with the choir website that Clare has created for us. She made the process so straightforward – she listened so carefully to everything we needed, and then suggested various options for us to choose from. She was super pro-active about suggesting things we didn’t even know we needed which have made the site look amazing and work extremely smoothly. All the ‘back-end’ things we worried might be tricky – like selling tickets and linking events to people’s calendars – she sorted out easily and efficiently. Her attention to detail is superb, from the colour palette to the fonts used, and her rates were very reasonable and represented excellent value for money. We would recommend Clare very highly indeed.
Client: Louise Rayner
What the client said:
Clare originally designed my website about 5 years ago. As a complete novice when it came to website technology, I needed someone who would listen to my design ideas and who would then be able to translate these into a coherent and stylish website, which she did brilliantly. She has continued to maintain the website on a regular basis and responds to requests for any necessary tweaks, changes etc. quickly, leaving me to get on with the job of teaching and music-making!
Client: The Saint John Singers
What the client said:
Clare has designed the website for The Saint John Singers. I researched many amateur choir websites prior to Clare’s design and what she has created stands head and shoulders above our “competitors”. She has been a pleasure to work with and is very reactive to any requests we have made. Please take a look for yourselves – the proof of the pudding as they say…
Client: James Allen
What the client said:
Working with Clare has been a delight. She really got under the skin of what was needed and conjured this into a super website representation, not only with what I thought I wanted but with things that I hadn’t even thought about. She is thorough, methodical and, above all, focussed on the best result. Thank you Clare! Top class.
Websites need a bit of tlc from time to time to ensure they continue to look fresh, are running smoothly, and include the latest security protocols.
A development package with Vivace Websites includes minor updates after your new website goes live for up to three months.
Also available is an ongoing support and maintenance service for sites that Vivace Websites has developed. This would include housekeeping behind the scenes and updating content on the live website as required. Housekeeping can include: regular updating to the latest versions of WordPress and its themes and plugins, important for closing any security loopholes; cleaning out old content and spam comments; and optimising the database for maximum performance. Options are to charge either a flat rate in advance per month, quarter or year, or in arrears at an agreed hourly rate.
Your website is probably not the only way you currently, or possibly would like to, interact with your audience. Your other communications platforms such as social media and mailings can be very effectively integrated with your site. These can also be set up on your behalf if not already in place.
Your website can be integrated with your social media accounts to very good effect, for example:
- Your live Twitter, Facebook and Instagram page feeds, events and/or followers can be embedded on your website, as individual feeds or a social wall, which helps to keep your website content fresh.
- Social media sharing can be added to your website so your visitors can easily share about you on their own networks, and drive more traffic to your website.
- Your blog posts could automatically be shared on your Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn profile.
Example of a Social Wall
Your website can incorporate a sign up form for your audience to receive your regular newsletters, updates and marketing emails. For example, you could have a sign-up or contact form that integrates and automatically updates your Mailchimp mailing list.
We can also help you set up and get going on Mailchimp, creating your mailing list and a template for emails that reflects your website design.
If you need events calendar functionality this can be added to your website that links with for example Google Calendar or Eventbrite. Google Calendar or Eventbrite events can also be embedded within the website.
Your website can be designed to show your video and audio content. Your video and audio content, hosted on third party platforms such as Youtube, Vimeo and Soundcloud, can then be embedded in your website.
So you would like a new website, or a makeover of your old site, but you don’t have the time or resources to take it on yourself? Vivace Websites offers an affordable web design and development service, tailored to meet your unique requirements, with support throughout the process.
Vivace Websites will take you through the whole process from your initial enquiry, through understanding your requirements, to designing and developing your new website.
The service includes the following:
- Initial discussion for establishing project brief
- Designing the your website
- Setting up the domain name and website hosting
- Building your new website
- Search Engine Optimisation
Initial Discussion for Establishing Project Brief
The process would start with an initial discussion about your organisation and what you want to achieve from your website. A new website can be designed from scratch, or an existing website can be refreshed. The style and structure of your website will be designed to achieve your business goals.
Designing Your New Website
In order to achieve your business goals the design will: be instantly engaging, reflect your organisation’s brand, be easy for your visitors to navigate to and through your key content, provide a call to action if applicable, and enable them to find answers to their questions quickly and easily. In addition the design will incorporate any functionality you require such as ecommerce, event management and membership services.
Setting up the Domain Name and Website Hosting
If you don’t already have a domain name we can advise on registering your domain name and setting up your website hosting with a well-established and reliable company. If you already own the domain name the hosting must have some minimum requirements for functionality, and administration access would be required.
Building Your New Website
Following approval of the design the website will then be developed.
Our websites are created using the Wordpress Content Management System (CMS) so that it can be edited by you, meaning you do not need to rely on us to maintain your website. We provide you with access to a web based admin tool using a secure login, to access your website. You are able to edit your website from any computer without the need for specialist software.
If you are not happy to update your website yourself, we are happy to provide ad-hoc maintenance or monthly maintenance contracts to suit your needs.
When the build is nearing completion, it will be made available to you (with password-protection) for testing and comment. Once you have approved the new website, it can be set to go live.
As well as developing a new website from scratch, content and functionality can also be added to an existing website.
Copy can be written for your website if required based on material that you provide.
Registering Your Website with Search Engines
Your website structure and copy will be designed to attract a high search engine ranking. Your website will be submitted for indexing by popular search engines, such as Google and Bing. In addition search engine optimisation (SEO) can be set up, with keywords and descriptions of all content on your website for search engines to use in indexing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take?
This very much depends on what you require. If content is provided in a timely manner, ideally in advance of the design stage, this will speed up the process. As a rough estimate the design stage usually takes approximately two weeks and the development stage approximately six weeks.
How much will it cost?
This also depends on your requirements and the type of content and functionality you require. A brochure website with up to about five pages of content would be at the least expensive end of the cost spectrum starting from £500, each additional piece of functionality, such as ecommerce, events management or membership services, would be costed separately. Please note that you would also need to factor in the set-up and ongoing costs of the domain and hosting, and possibly some functionality. Contact us to request a free consultation.
What do we need to provide?
In order to estimate costs you will need to provide an outline of your requirements. These will include content – i.e. how many pages you think you will need – and functionality – e.g. whether you want a shop (ecommerce), a blog, events calendar and booking, social media integration, discussion forum, etc.
For the design stage it would be useful if you could provide an idea of how you want to present your organisation – the look and feel of the website. We can help talk this through and it’s always helpful to look at the websites of similar organisations to see what you like and what works, and what doesn’t. Also for the design stage, you would need to provide your logo or any photos and other images to be incorporated in the design.
For the development stage, you would need to provide copy, any other images, audio, video, documents for download, and any other content. Guidance on file formats and delivery can be provided. It’s helpful to provide as much of this as possible before the design stage as this can otherwise slow down the process. If applicable you would also need to provide the domain name and email addresses you need to be set up. If you already have a domain and hosting, and you need a refresh of an existing website, admin access will be needed. In addition access details to to any other accounts that will be integrated with the website, eg Facebook, Twitter, Mailchimp, etc. and names and email addresses for the users who will manage the website.
Do you need a new website, outgrown your current website or does it just need a revamp?
Vivace Websites can work with you to clarify your goals and what you would like your website to achieve, in terms of audience engagement and communication. We will then develop a proposal for a new or refreshed website to achieve those goals. This can be a stand alone service, or as the first stage of a web development project. After receipt of the proposal should you wish to continue to the development stage the cost of the proposal will usually be offset.