Matt Heppell

Web Designer & Developer

Services

Web Design

Once I have a full and in depth understanding of your business I will set about producing up a design mock up for your approval. This allows me to create your site exactly the way you want it, and changes can easily be made at this point rather than altering the appearance at a later stage. 

Only once has the design been approved will the development process begin. I have a distinctly clean and modern style, taking a minimalist approach with an emphasis on having excellent usability.

Whatever your business, having a well designed and easy to use website can make a real difference. I understand the need to create a website that is tailored to your specific requirements and that carries strong brand recognition so the design process is vital.

Development

I absolutely love developing and there are few better feelings that starting on a fresh, challenging project. My development skills are entirely self-taught and over the years I've built up exceptional knowledge of both front and back end technologies, meaning I can confidently build any website of any size in any industry. 

Building my own online fantasy sports platform was a great learning experience for me. It allowed me to build up solid knowledge of PHP and MySQL whilst maintaining a codebase which now receives millions of pageviews every year. I've also spent time building other large scale websites which include custom built features such as complex entry forms, online payment, invoice generation and automatic confirmation emails. 

I have created mobile apps using the Ionic framework, custom database driven applications and batch sending email solutions.

Responsive

With more and more people now browsing the internet on mobile devices, it is essential that your website looks great on any screen size. If your site fails to loads properly on a smaller screen chances are you might lose a potential customer.

For these reasons, together with the fact that Google now takes into account how your site adapts to smaller screens when raking mobile search results, mean that having a website that is responsive is crucial.

All my websites are responsive as standard and I achieve this through the use of Foundation: a lightweight, advanced responsive framework.

CMS

Building a website around a CMS can be extremely beneficial as it will allow you total control over the content of your website with no technical knowledge. You’ll be able to to easily update and edit all your website content via an admin user login.

I have many years experience using Drupal (this website is built on Drupal 8) so I'm very comfortable using it and I've used Wordpress sparingly as well in the past.

I will only use a CMS where it is absolutely necessary as I feel they can be clunky and restrictive at times. Too often business owners don't have either the time or the inclination to update their own website, making the CMS integration pointless.

SEO

I think we'd all agree that appearing high up on all top search engines is vital to your business in order to get an edge on the competition.

Unfortunately there is no magic formula to ensure your site ranks at the top and although search engines take many factors into consideration, I will do everything in my power to give your site the best chance to appear as high up as possible but please be patient - it doesn't happen overnight!

It's worth noting that there are other factors other than the actual website structure that will impact your SEO. For example, search engines love to see regular content being added to websites and healthy backlinks from influential websites so there is also stuff you can do for yourself.

Support

Unless I'm out on the bike or standing in a cricket field at the weekend, you'll likely find me working hard in my home office which means I'm usually by the computer so I can quickly respond to an email.

Once a new website has gone live, this is by no means the end of the working relationship with the client - I'm always happy and available to assist with support queries or to make any further amendments to your site at any time.