WordPress web design Norwich – a no brainer.

Why should you use WordPress web design Norwich and elsewhere?

I’m not religious at all, not a zealot, but I do try to convert people all the time – firstly into using WordPress web design Norwich and, much to the chagrin (coughs up dictionary) of web developers and agencies locally, convince people to work closely with a freelancer instead.

Why WordPress?

It’s a simple and fast interface, tried and tested millions of times over with a vast range of plugins, themes and versatility. It’s used by giant companies to sell their products or services, like Apple I’m told. Their website is a masterclass in sleek minimalism I’d say and it’s a WordPress website.

WordPress also makes a website build easier, particularly once you’ve mastered its intricacies, its foibles, its oddities.

If Apple trusts WordPress as their digital marketing platform to stand out from the crowd, shouldn’t you?

The other aspect about WordPress that shouldn’t be underestimated is that search engines readily index it. I’ve recently taken on a couple of Squarespace and Wix sites that were invisible on Google. By that, I mean even a search for them by name yielded nothing.

Now there may be other reasons? No site map submitted? No verification on Google My Business? But it does seem to hold true with so many non-Wordpress websites I see. A website built with WordPress seems to do better on Google in Norwich and elsewhere, I’d say.

The other great aspect of WordPress web design is that they are responsive. I laugh when I see web design agencies levying a monthly fee to make a website mobile friendly. Any good theme comes with that built in and you shouldn’t have to pay. Ever. If they want to charge, swerve them.

Some web developers claim to code from scratch but to me, it’s like saying I want to get to France by car; I’ll build a car from scratch when you can buy one new or used locally.

I highly recommend WordPress and premium themes for a responsive, easy to use website.

Now on to the agency bit.

Yes you do have specialists in a web design agency. You have coders, writers, social media “experts”, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers perhaps but you pay a steep price for this extensive experience and expertise.

I’m a freelance web designer and copywriter. I dabble in photography but my results are mediocre compared with a professional photographer. My logo designs are not the best. But guess what? I have a vast network of trusted connections I can call on to do graphic design, create logos, take photos.

I have my own web design agency, if you like, of trusted freelancers, who I can outsource to, without charging an arm and a leg to customers.

What I excel at (apart from modesty) is the full package of digital marketing, particularly social media and content marketing.

Having taught English for 27 years from Years 5 to Year 13, I have a way with words, extensive experience with serving my subject to a tough audience of 13 year olds on a Friday afternoon. I run another venture called Get Pro Marking as a nod to the past.

I began that career in a brutal church school in Oldham and aptly ended my career in a brutal church primary school, locally.

Spells in teaching in Manchester, Bolton, Stoke, Doncaster and Scunthorpe saw us relocate with two kids in tow to Norfolk 11 years ago, initially as a teacher but more recently as estate agent, writer and web designer.

The last six years have probably been the best of my life and I don’t use hyperbole often.

Exaggeration, in other words.

You and your Norwich business, or Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft company (or wherever) need words that make you stand out from the competition and as content marketers and web developers know, words are the most difficult part of web design. Projects based in Norwich or further afield can be put on hold for months because the words aren’t ready.

But when words are ready, this WordPress web design Norwich freelancer goes full steam ahead.

I’m a graduate in English, admittedly from the days when mullets were the height of sophistication, but I’d like to think that this expertise and experience is better than that found in most Norwich web design agencies.

Social media marketing is something I do well too. Look at my channels linked on here and decide for yourself whether I walk the walk. I pin on Pinterest, vlog and write on LinkedIn, post on Twitter and my Facebook page and positively go mad on Instagram with stories and updates.

I don’t sell, sell, sell constantly but what I think I’ve got from that classroom audience again is an ability to motivate and entertain.

How many Norwich web design companies are led by a classroom clown?

Just one – me – at Get Pro Copy Ltd, who specialises in copy and WordPress web design Norwich.

Contact me to find out more.

Affordable web design Great Yarmouth – where?

Are you looking for affordable web design Great Yarmouth – if so, this freelancer can help.

If I drive 3 miles down the A143, the congested route of Beccles Road, or the A47 (formerly A11, renamed to make us think we’d got a new dual carriageway?), I arrive in Great Yarmouth. It’s a funny place, desperately rundown in parts, yet with buildings and beaches that if they were in Aldeburgh, Southwold or North Norfolk, would have second homers flocking here.

It’s a town that is in need of inward investment and some increase in living wages as the poorness of the area is clear for all to see. In Norfolk terms, it seems an incongruous place, particularly given the regeneration of its neighbouring town, Gorleston, which, in my 11 years here, has seen massive improvement in amenities and property prices.

Great Yarmouth though is not so Great, which to my eyes, wandering the town and its periphery today is a bit of a shame.

Politically, I don’t align with the dominant politics here, yet I do feel some pride in what this freelance web designer and copywriter unearths on visits every month or so.

Great Yarmouth market

Take the market place. It’s a bit forlorn in parts, and rescued mainly by the many chip stalls. It’s surrounded by grand buildings, that have seen better days admittedly, that show its former stature.

Daniel Defoe called Great Yarmouth a finer place than Norwich – I think his opinion would probably change now.

The Fisherman’s Hospital, 1703

But wandering away from the gulls and chips, there’s a fisherman’s hospital on the east side, with almshouses and impressive statues and wall plaques dating from 1703. Across the road, St Nicholas Church or the Minster, is the largest parish church I believe in Britain. It has several claims to fame – Anna Sewell, of Black Beauty fame, was born next to it and the churchyard was notorious for body snatching.

Head east and Sainsbury’s car park is lined with medieval castle walls; these remnants are dotted around the town.

Northgate Street is home to houses of real historical merit, one of which we viewed and have written about before here, and the oldest residential building is in this area – dating back to pre 1400.

That’s some history.

South Quay is arguably more impressive – it looks out over the Yare and the herring trawler that is free to visit that marks the town’s fishing past, the Lydia Eva. The town hall is magnificent, as is the former Post Office, Star Hotel and banks that line this section.

Museums, like Elizabethan House and the Nelson Museum dot the quayside along with impressive Georgian structures like the Port Commissioner’s home, which is beautiful. I chatted today with the owner there as I was taking photos and learned more about its heritage and history.

The Rows also run along North Quay and South Quay – alleyways that are still numbered with many being cleared or bombed in World War 2. These provided access between the town centre and quayside and were bustling, I’d imagine, back in the day.

Time and Tide Museum sits off South Quay, as does the impressive Tolhouse Gaol, which is 13th century.

The seafront is no slouch either – the Hippodrome circus remains Britain’s only surviving permanent indoor circus – and the shows are superb; grand Georgian hotels, the wooden rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach and the iconic Snails in Joyland, which are listed. There’s a Royal Naval Hospital which is now residential and sought after as a place to live.

The beach is brilliant, with the sea cleanliness rated as excellent by the Environment Agency, as I blogged about on The Old Hall Caister’s website here.

The town of Great Yarmouth, from the outside looking in, has lots of potential. It has wealth from offshore and tourism, but I feel needs an injection of cash, lots of it, to make the town have some renewed civic pride.

It has beaches, broads, woodland walks and, despite my constant itchy feet for movement, Great Yarmouth is the place I’ve called home now for the longest period of my life.

That should tell you something about the town and area.

If you as a local business, based around here, need help with digital marketing, social media management, content marketing or affordable web design Great Yarmouth, I’d be delighted to help.

Does greed kill Norwich web design agencies?

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I don’t gloat when I see a web design agency locally or further afield go under, or cease trading. Far from it, I’ve been there myself in education – when I was metaphorically thrown under a bus – but that trauma is the past, a foreign country, it has become.

When I heard that a town I used to work in, Bolton, is so indebted as a football club, that no employees have been paid in March and April, it saddened me.

Admittedly, those footballers on high salaries shouldn’t need to panic, perhaps, but the groundsmen and women, admin staff, cleaners, cooks, physios etc, will be worried. No wonder.

I do think though that, in the context of many web design agencies, and possibly footballers, they’ve sacrificed themselves on the altar of pure avarice.

Locally to me, here in east Norfolk, I know of one web design agency who charge £199 + VAT per hour and another in Norwich who top trumps them at £400 + VAT per hour. Only this week, I pitched and won a web design contract, where the lowest quote nearest me was £3500 more.

Now don’t get me wrong.

I’ve few overheads. I work from home. I don’t pay for an office space, commuting, parking or employees. I’m a one man band. Sole trader in my own Ltd Company. Therefore, after tax, liability insurance and living expenses, much of my modest hourly rate for copywriting, management of social media marketing, web design Norwich and elsewhere, is profit.

I’m sure if I had a team of 10 developers, a large office, pensions etc to pay, £200 per hour would be logical. But it’s not for me. Nor for the target audience I’m working for.

ASOS, Amazon, eBay, Next are not going to come knocking on my front door, asking me for a new website or copy. Course they’re not. My target audience is start-ups, small and medium sized businesses who can’t afford web design agency prices but perhaps want the more customised approach of a freelance web designer and their prices.

Horses for courses.

I’m over the moon that two large companies with hundreds of employees in Great Yarmouth and Norwich have had me pitch to them for web design and each company (who I’ll showcase soon) have said Yes to my proposal.

That thrills me, no end, because it means that from scratting around a few years ago for copywriting, web copy and social media, I’m actually dead busy now.

It’s because my service is good, my prices are keen and I’m hungry to dominate the local web design market, by not growing or becoming greedy.

The Old Hall at Caister, with the lovely manager, Mike Gilbert, entrusted me with a web design and writing for him. Matthew Clarke, a mate, had his photography website done by me. Same with JS Swimming Pools. Ditto, Envision CAD and the delightful man, David Frazer, who is Gorleston-based.

None of these clients, who’ve become friends, have turned round and tutted at what I’ve done. On the contrary, they’ve paid for further services.

Further down the A12, I became quite handy with flooring websites in Chelmsford and Hornchurch with Softlay, Athena Flooring Contracts, Murexin and Simply Flooring Contracts and have since done other websites in the flooring industry in Bolton and Reading.

You see, when work stacks up, I don’t sigh or shudder, I embrace it. Yes there’s an expectation that I’ll turn websites round quickly, but there are inevitable delays as I do work solo and do have other tasks to cover and prioritise.

My point is this though – I won’t become so greedy that I’ll grow to hire a team, invest in offices. No. I’m happy with no commute, few overheads working with clients who see the quality of work I do and accept that sometimes lower prices can mean better quality.

I drive a decent car, have a great lifestyle and am happy.

Next year, I can officially retire too.

Money is nice, but delivering a service that is liked and loved is more satisfying, I believe.

What more could this freelance web designer and copywriter want?

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