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Website Design Services

Before you read about our website design services, there's something we should say. The Manchester Cattery Directory has now been merged into the British Cattery Directory, and so we no longer have any particular need for this domain name and, if you haven't seen elsewhere, it's currently available for sale. In the meantime, we added these pages to keep the domain 'alive' in Google's eyes, which will help whoever buys it, and at the same time to promote our own services.

Services we offer

We like to stick to what we do best, so we work with WordPress and HTML websites. Even if most visitors wouldn't know the difference, HTML sites and WordPress websites are very different under the skin. What type is best for your website depends on what you want your website to do. HTML websites are often called 'brochure' websites as they are 'static'. Each page of an HTML website is like a page in a magazine, or a brochure. It has all the words and pictures that the site needs, but isn't interactive. For example, this website is an HTML website. Provided they're built properly, HTML websites are stable, reliable and don't need much in the way of maintenance. The simple truth is that for a huge percentage of businesses, an HTML website is actually the best choice, even if they have certain limitations.

We also design WordPress websites. WordPress is a program that runs your website for you. It has an admin area for site owners that makes it very easy for you to create new pages and edit existing pages. HTML sites don't have that. If you want a website that takes data and does stuff with it, like for example a website that includes an ordering system, or an online payment system, WordPress is brilliant. If you want to add a blog section to allow visitors to post comments on your website, WordPress is probably the best solution on the market.

Unfortunately, WordPress sites are more expensive to run. Depending on what you want your site to do, you may need to pay an annual fee for various bits of software, even if there are also many software 'add-ons' that are free. WordPress needs memory to work, and needs good quality hosting to make it run properly. WordPress sites are the main targets of hackers, and need constant maintenance to keep them secure. They're also a little slower than HTML sites. Still, for something like our Cattery Directory, they're more or less essential. A WordPress site can do things that simply aren't possible with simple HTML.

But none of that matters!

If you want a website for your kennels, cattery or any other business, the only thing that matters is what you want your site to do. What do you want visitors to your site to be able to do? You need to know that, or at least have a rough idea. Your website designer can then tell you what type of site is best suited to your needs. You don't need to know which is best; we'll tell you.

Quite obviously, a website for your business needs to looks professional and be reliable. You also need a site that is accessible for visitors no matter what kind of browser they are using, PC, tablet or mobile phone. The good news is that we produce professional websites, which don't fall apart every Monday morning, and which are fully responsive and compatible with all browser types. So you don't need to worry about that either.

A business website needs to look professional, must be accessible for visitors no matter what kind of browser they are using, PC, tablet or mobile phone. The good news is that we only produce professional, fully responsive websites!

Design Services and costs

Our standard prices for HTML website design are shown below. Once finished and approved, we provide you with the website in a zip format, ready for uploading and installing onto your web hosting. Prices for HTML websites are based on the number of pages you require and include, where necessary, the additional scripts for things like image galleries and contact forms. Any additional costs, if necessary, will be explained in your pre-order quote.

Website Hosting and maintenance

If you don't want to deal with website hosting, server security, site maintenance and backups, we can offer that service as an extra. Similarly, if you don't want to spend time updating your pages, we can also do that for you, leaving you free to run your business. If you are interested in these services, tell us and we'll include the cost in your quote.

Free website builders

Yes, there are various sites which offer free website builders. Generally, you register for an account and host your site on their hosting. Sometimes they 'include' a free domain name too. Sounds good. You can then use various building tools to create your own website. It might end up looking like it was built by one of your cats, but it will be free. Unless you pay for one type of 'extended' or 'pro' service or another, you'll find adverts and links added to your site. But it's free. If you sign up for something with a 'free domain name included' but then get fed up with owning a crap website, you'll find you can't simply take your domain name and go elsewhere. Your domain name was free and doesn't belong to you. Replacing one of these free websites generally involve kissing goodbye to the domain name you were using. It sucks, but it will be free. It's your choice..

HTML Website Design

Website design and creation - up to 6 pages£350
Website design and creation - up to 12 pages£600
Website design and creation - up to 24 pages£1000
On-Page SEO OptimisationIncluded

WordPress Websites

It's not possible to provide honest upfront prices for WordPress websites because the actual cost will depend on what you want your site to do, and therefore what (if any) extra software is required. Each WordPress website is priced individually. Until we receive a description of what you want your website to do, we can only offer an approximate 'guide' price here. Prices for Wordpress websites start at £600.

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