Web design and build offer

Bronze

Great for start ups

£99/per month
Responsive Website
Bespoke Site Design
Initial SEO Set Up
Blog
Landing Pages
Google Analytics
High Speed Hosting
Unlimited Phone & Email Support
Monthly Performance Checks
Up to 6 updates per year
Monthly SEO Work
Private Server

Gold

Great for bigger companies

£399/per month
Responsive Website
Bespoke Site Design
Initial SEO Set Up
Blog
Landing Pages
Google Analytics
High Speed Hosting
Unlimited Face to Face Support
Monthly Performance Checks
Unlimited Updates
Monthly SEO Work
Private Server

Web Design, Build & SEO Packages

If you’re a start up business or even if you’ve been trading for a few years, it’s critical that you have a well designed website. Great web design is key.

Your website is often the first thing that a potential customer reads about you. Your website allows them to research your business.  Also, it helps you explain why they should buy from you and not from one of your many competitors. Without a great website, you’re relying on word of mouth or your sales people on the ground and those tools can only reach so many people.

As it’s often the first contact a potential customer has with you, it’s critical that your web design conveys the right professional image, the appropriate messages and allows these potential customers to easily find the information they need.

We understand that a well designed website is often a large outlay for any business. Especially small and medium sized enterprises. Cash flow is critical to any company but can be more so for smaller ones. 

We can help. Not only can we design and build a great web site for you, with smart SEO, we even enable you to pay for it over a longer period of time. Helping you to ease cash flow!

 

How much does it cost?

We’re offering a range of web design and development packages between £99 and £399 per month. All will give you a professional site, with solid SEO at launch. Whilst also spreading your investment over a longer period. The higher prices include more ongoing support, especially in large site updates and SEO.

We have teamed up with Guardian Angel PC Support to bring you these offers for web design, web development, SEO, hosting and support. What’s more, depending on the package you choose, we’ll also supply logo design, business card design and discounts on future design work.

We initially put these packages together for start up businesses. As well as those that have been trading up to three years. But we’ve found they’re also working well for more established companies.

The table above should give you a clear understanding of what you get for your money.

Some of our web clients

General terms

Minimum Contract Term 18 Months. We require three months in advance when we start the design and development work. You’ll need to sign up to a direct debit plan to pay for the remaining monthly amounts.

For clarity, this means you pay 3+15 monthly payments. At the end of the minimum contract term you will have the option to extend the full contract or continue site hosting. That ongoing site hosting will be at a lower rate than you’ve been paying for this design and build package. If you do not wish to take up either hosting or a renewed package, your site and hosting will terminate on the final day of your contract. If you wish to continue your hosting subscription only, your access to other services that were previously discounted will cease and standard-rate fees will apply. Once your contract has been terminated a small administration fee will be chargeable if you require your assets to be collected/downloaded and sent to you for ongoing use.

Standard copyright laws apply. ‘Bespoke Site Design’ will be tailored towards the agreed instalment budget and client’s needs. If additional services are required from either An.X or Guardian Angel and fall outside of the plan, these services will be quoted separately.

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Why you need an optimised or mobile friendly website

Mobile optimised or mobile friendly?

 

I come across too many businesses that still don’t have a website and are relying solely on social media, which isn’t for everyone, and of those that do have websites most of them are not really making the best of them. You need to make sure your site is optimised and ready to deliver good results. Having a mobile friendly website is good but having a mobile optimised website is better.

The main difference is the design approach which then affects the user experience. A mobile friendly site is usually designed first for desktop and will work on mobile but may be missing some features. It’s effectively a slimmed down version of the desktop site. A mobile optimised site on the other hand is often design from a mobile first perspective and loses none of it’s functionality or user experience when viewed on either mobile or desktop.

Why should you care? According to an Ofcom study, reported widely in the Autumn of 2018, Britons check their mobiles on average every 12 minutes and are online for 24 hours each week! Almost everyone who uses the internet these days are using their mobile phones to search for your products or services. Around 40% of all eCommerce sales are happening using a mobile platform. To cap it all, as of October 2017, Google adopted a mobile-first policy so it is prioritising mobile over other platforms in terms of search results. The better your site is on mobile, the more likely it will rank higher in Google search.

Page Speed

This is yet another important factor as most people are so impatient and want everything instantly. Google revealed that people expect a website to load in just 2 to 3 seconds. 53% of people said that they would abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. So this doesn’t give you much time to grab and keep their attention!

Content Is King

Google does not like thin content, Search Engine Watch recommends more than 300 words per page to ensure a website can be indexed. If you want to rank higher on search engine results pages, it is important to make sure your content is long-form, informative and tonally right for your clients or customers.

 

Getting The User Experience Right

This is the most important factor to consider when designing your website, because if your visitors aren’t happy with the quality of your site they will leave without looking at your products or services and more than likely go to one of your competitors.

 

User Interface

Search engines are complicated beasts, they are no longer finding results base on exact word match keywords. They are looking at search history, geographic & demographic information and a whole lot more. Just because you technically optimise your site doesn’t mean it will perform as you want it to. It requires a more in-depth understanding of who your client base is to create content and an experience that is tailored for them. You need to consider developing one or more customer avatars to better understand their needs and wants. Then once you have this it will be easier to create a site that appeals to them.

 

 

We hope that you have found these hints & tips helpful and should you need help bringing your site up to date or have any questions please let me know, I am happy to help.

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An A to Z of SEO Terms

An.X’s A to Z Guide

A.

AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages

A coding protocol that renders your pages using optimised HTML code. Making them load faster on mobile devices. It helps mobile pagespeed, which is a priority for Google. Be aware you can lose layout and formatting for the sake of pagespeed using an AMP framework, which often means you’ll have to have two versions of a page – one for desktop and one for mobile.

Anchor text

The anchor text (otherwise known as link text) is clickabletext, in the form of a hyperlink, on a web page. An anchor text is usually highlighted and if you click on it, you will be forwarded to the target URL. The target URL and the anchor text are shown separately and the reader only sees the selected anchor text on the website, and not the URL. General guidance suggests that the anchor text should be relevant to the content it’s linking you to. So, try to avoid generic terms like ‘click here’ or ‘more information here’.

Alt Attribute

This is a snippet of text attached to an image that helps search engines and screen readers understand what that image depicts. 

 

B.

Backlinks

A link pointing to one website from another website. It is usually desirable to obtain backlinks to your site’s content from relevant sites that are well regarded by Google. Doing so, should help your own page’s search visibility.

Black Hat SEO

Marketing techniques and practices that are against the guidelines set out by Google (and other search engine owners). Using them on a site may increase its visibility in the short term but are likely to lead to that site being penalised by Google. Avoid using!

Bookmarks

An option, provided by most web browsers, to ‘save’ your favourite websites or web pages on a personal list for quick access. Many web-based services have also been created to allow you to bookmark and share your favourite resources, e.g. Del.icio.us is a popular social bookmarking site.

Broken Link

A hyperlink which is not functioning or does not lead to the desired location. When clicked, they often show errors such as ‘404 page not found’, or ‘bad gateway’ or ‘internal server error’. Most large websites have some broken links, but if too many of a site’s links are broken it may cause search engines to rank a page as being less relevant.

 

C.

Content

The text and images that are posted on a website. This is the lifeblood of your SEO efforts and no amount of technical SEO work will fully compensate for poor quality or outdated content. Quality content is essential for influence and maintaining SEO rankings.

Crawler

You’ll normally see this term described as a search bot or spider. Basically, it automatically browses internet sites in order to analyse them. Search engines, such as Google, use search bots (Googlebot) to maintain their index by listing new sites, deleting non-existing sites, and updating the ones in the index.

CMS

This is an acronym for ‘Content Management System’. It is a tool used to create, update and manage the content on your site. Usually only accessible after you log in to your site, the format and processes used to update content will differ dependant upon the platform you used to create the site.

 

D.

Domain

An internet address or addresses, which usually come in sub-sets and are hierarchical. These addresses share a common suffix or are under the control of a particular organization or individual.

DNS

An acronym for Domain Name System. This is the Internet’s system for converting alphanumeric names into numeric IP addresses. When you type a web address or domain name into a web browser, DNS servers will return the IP address of the Web Server associated with that name.

Duplicate Content

Duplicate content is the name given to content that is very similar or identical to that found on other websites or pages within a site. Duplicate content has a negative influence on the search engine ranking as search engines don’t know which version to show to users and can result in dropping all versions of this content from display results and / or ranking the wrong version. Google prefers high-quality and unique content. When optimizing for SEO, duplicate content is found and replaced.

 

E.

Evergreen Content

This is content that is always relevant. This definition list is evergreen content for instance. It always stays ‘fresh’ for readers and you should aim to have some of this type of content on your site.

External Link

This is a link which references another domain. It is a hyperlink that points to a destination URL that is somewhere other than its own host domain. There is currently some debate amongst SEO specialists whether having external links is helpful for your own ranking. Here at An.X, we think that linking out to other related resources is a good way to help search engines understand what your site is about. So, we usually recommend linking to relevant content on high quality sites.

 

F.

Fetch as Google

This is a tool within the Google Search Console suite that enables you to test and see how Google searches and renders any URL you input into it. You will be able to see if the URL can be searched and whether any resources on it, such as the text or images, are blocked to Googlebot.

 

G.

Googlebot

The name given to the crawler (spider) used by Google to browser and analyse sites.

Google Search Console

This used to be called ‘Google Webmaster Tools’. It is a free service provided by Google to enable webmasters to check the indexing status of their sites and optimise them for visibility (better indexing).

Google My Business

A free tool provided by Google to allow you to list your business and enable it to be found on Google Search and Google Maps.

 

H.

Hidden Text

This is a Black Hat SEO technique that places text on a site that is visible to crawlers but not to site visitors. It is the dubious practise of adding extra keywords to a site without adding any real content. It will usually result in a penalty (loss of ranking for example) being imposed on the site by search engines.

Homepage

The main page of a website.

HTML

An acronym for ‘HyperText Markup Language’. It is the coding language that all sites use to allow them to appear on the internet.

HTTP(s)

An acronym for ‘Hypertext Transfer Protocol’.

Hyperlink

A dynamic link on a webpage that, when clicked, take you to another page. This link can be to another page on the same site or to another site altogether.

 

I.

Inbound Link

A hyperlink that directs a user to another website. It is an inbound link in relation to the destination site. Inbound links generally help with the authority and search visibility of the destination site so long as the site making the link is relevant and has good authority itself. 

Information Architecture

This is the structural design of shared information environments; in this case a website. 

Internal Links

Internal links are Hyperlinks that refer visitors to different subpages of the same website. Internal linking is one of the most important instruments of search engine optimisation as it helps search engines understand the information architecture or relevancy of the linked pages. Useful links also add value to the reader as they help them find further information faster.

Invisible Text

See ‘Hidden Text’. In this case it usually involves using a font colour that is the same as the background on which it is placed. It makes is hard or impossible to read by the user but not by crawlers. It is considered to be spam.

 

J.

Javascript

A programming language that can add dynamic interactivity to your website and is commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers.

 

K.

Keyword

A word used to find pages when conducting a search or a term used for searching about a particular topic. Keywords are certain words or phrases that describe a page’s content. A website should be optimised for certain keywords so that the search engine sees how relevant the site is for search queries.

Keyword Density

Keyword density is the ratio of a keyword or key phrases to the total number of words on that page. Keyword density is one of the most critical aspects of successful search engine optimization. There isn’t a set rule on the ideal keyword density to achieve a better ranking. It is generally accepted though that good keyword density helps search engines define what your page is talking about and can influence that page’s rankings. 

Keyword Phrase

A phrase used to find pages when conducting a search. See ‘Keyword’.

Keyword Frequency

Keyword frequency is the number of times keywords occur in the text on any given page.  The theory is that the more times a keyword or keyword phrase appears within a web page, the more relevance a search engine is likely to give the page for a search with those keywords. But don’t overdo it – see ‘Keyword Stuffing’.

Keyword Research

The process of discovering what keywords your intended audience are using and using that information to better optimise your pages for both users and search engines. More simply, researching the most relative and popular keywords for a given site.

Keyword Spamming

A technique of placing multiple copies of keywords in a page to increase the keyword density by using hidden, invisible or tiny text.

Keyword Stuffing

Repeatedly using the same keyword(s) in page content or Meta tags with the aim of improving search ranking. It is ablack hat SEO technique and may result in the site incurring a penalty from search companies.

Knowledge Graph

An enhancement to Google’s search engine which delivers new information quickly and easily by deeply understanding the meaning of the search query. It is a knowledge base used by Google and its services to add value to its search results with information gathered from a variety of sources.

 

L.

Landing Page

The page on which a visitor arrives after clicking on a link or advertisement. Landing pages serve as entry points of a website and are important for marketing and advertising purposes. They are keyword-optimized for the search engine so that they appear higher in the search results when certain keywords are searched for.

Link Analysis

The process of researching and recording the quantity, quality and status of links, both internal and external, a website has.

Link Building

A process of increasing the quantity and quality of backlinks to a site. This is often achieved through outreach, submission, and PR.Since backlinks are external links, the optimisation takes place on third party sites. This is a very important element of SEO as Google and other search engines classify backlinks as recommendations. 

Link Farms

These are sites created and maintained for the sole purpose of building links between member sites. They are not necessarily the same as Directory Sites, such as Yelp, as they mostly contain unrelated content and are of low quality. They are usually a violation of search engines policies and will often harm your site’s ranking rather than help it.

Link Juice

This is a term used to define the value or equity passed from one website or web page to another usually through hyperlinks. Search engines see links as recommendations and link juice is passed / increased when that recommendation comes from a relevant, high value source.

 

M.

Meta Description

The meta description is a short passage of text (up to 156 characters) that describes the content of an HTML document. It is a summary of the contents of a webpage and  is commonly used by search engines to display as the preview snippet of the search engine results pages. If you do not provide one then Google will create its own using the first few sentences displayed on the page or from sentences that contain the keyword being searched for.

Meta Tag

This is HTML content in the header section of a webpage that attempts to provide search engines with information about the contents of that page. For example, the keyword tags, meta description and title tags are all Meta Tags.

Mobile First Indexing

This is a policy adopted by Google that means that it will predominantly use the mobile version of the content of a website for indexing and ranking.

 

N.

Nofollow

An attribute attached to content which is used to prevent a link from passing link authority or link juice to the URL that content is hyperlinked to. Commonly used on sites with user generated content, for example the comments section of Blog posts. It tells the Googlebot not to track that link.

 

O.

Off Page SEO

Off Page SEO or Off Page Optimisation describes all the SEO activities that are outside of your own website. It is all of the external factors, such as backlinks and content marketing, that influence the ranking or search visibility of your site. 

On Page SEO

On page SEO or On Page Optimisation are all of the SEO activities that take place on your own website. This is the only part of SEO that you have direct and real control over. It is normally a combination of content activities, around writing good clear copy containing relevant keywords and technical aspects, such as meta tags, relevant URLs and so on.

Orphan Pages

Any webpage that is not linked to any other pages on that website. These are pages on a website that have no incoming links and a lack of navigation elements or guides that would enable visitors to find and visit other pages. They are usually dead-end pages and stand apart from the website’s normal link structure.

Outbound Link

A link to a site outside of your own or a link that point from your website to webpages of different domains.

 

P.

Pagespeed

The time (speed) it takes to load a webpage on a bowser. Mobile pagespeed – the time it takes to load a page on a mobile device – is a ranking factor for Google search now. In general, Google recommends that it takes 4 seconds or less to load a page.

Page Rank

A ranking algorithm created by Google to calculate the importance, authority, and reliability of a web page using a scale of 0 – 10, with 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Google calculate the page rank of a webpage by taking its entire inbound links and on-page factors into account.

 

Q.

 

R.

Re-index

How often a search engine updates its index. Google updates its index once a month. You can manually ask Google to re-index your site using Google Search Console.

Robot

A program that operates automatically without user input. A webcrawler or spider is a type of robot, which crawls websites and processes the information it obtains for data storage and retrieval purposes.

Robots.txt

A text file placed in the root directory of a website that provides instructions to search engine spiders about which files and directories to ignore when crawling a website.

 

S.

Schema Markup

This is also known as structured data and is a set of coding values that can mark out content according to type, properties and enumeration values. When used on a website, it can create rich snippets (enhanced description) of that site’s content at the top of search engine results pages.

Search Engine

A search engine is a database system designed to index and categorise internet addresses.

Search Engine Marketing

The process of promoting products and services on the internet through managing the information presented by search engines and directories. This encompasses the purchase and placement of advertising as well as website optimisation.

Search Engine Optimisation

The techniques used to maintain and improve the position that a website or webpage appears in search results.

SERP

An acronym for ‘Search Engine Results Page’ – the page of listings shown after you enter a search term or query into a search engine. These listings or results are known as snippets and contain the title, link, and meta description. The aim of all SEO activity is to obtain a higher position in the SERPs. SERPs will display both paid search results (ads) as well as organic results (web pages shown by rank for that term).

Spam

Although differently defined for email, in relation to search engine marketing this means any attempt to submit or place deceptive information with the aim of ‘tricking’ the search engine to place a web page higher in the SERP.

Spider

An automatic web program used to crawl the web, read the information on websites and process it for storage. See also ‘Robot’ and ‘Crawler’.

Stop Word

Commonly used words that are considered by search engines to be irrelevant and which are therefore omitted from search algorithms. Examples include ‘the’, ‘and’ etc.

 

T.

Title Tag

The title tag is the title of a website and is used by browsers to display at the top of a browsing tab and is also often used by search engines to display on the SERPs. It is accepted that title tags should be short, precise and relevant to the content of the site as well as containing the page’s keyword at or near the beginning of it.

Traffic

The actual visitors to a web page or website.

 

U.

Unique Visitor

A real visitor to a website tracked by their IP address. Unique visitor numbers are lower than traffic numbers as each visitor is only counted once even if they visit multiple pages in the site.

URL

An acronym meaning ‘Uniform Resource Locator’. Each website, web page and other content (e.g. PDFs, videos, images, etc) has a unique URL. It is commonly referred to as the web address. Generally, it is good practice to include the target keyword for that piece of content in the URL itself.

User Search History

The storing of an individual’s web search activity in order to better personalise their experience. Earlier search history will often influence the SERP for later searches.

 

V.

 

W.

White Hat SEO

This is the opposite of Black Hat SEO and is the process of following best practice guidelines and avoiding spam tactics when carrying out optimisation techniques and strategies. Naturally, here at An.X, this is our standard process.

 

X.

XML Sitemap

The XML stands for Extensible Markup Language, which is a markup language designed to improve data delivery over the web. An XML Sitemap is a document attached to the code of a website that aims to help search engines better understand the structure and content of that site.

 

Y.

YouTube

A video hosting and streaming service owned by Google that allows users to freely upload videos to a webserver and users to watch and comment on them. YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google itself. At least 55% of all search results in Google contain at least one video.

 

Z.