Andrew Whittle
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Aug 20, 2015

New mobile friendly CMS website for Alison Diamond

Manchester based Alison Diamond approached me in July to re-design and build her new website. The old website was built on the WordPress CMS platform, which proved slow and clunky to use. I new solution was required.

Alison Diamond

I began by designing each page in Photoshop for both desktop and mobile view. Each visual was supplied via InVision, which gave Alison the chance to see how the design was going to work on desktop and mobile devices and interact with a prototype.

Following a few refinements to the flow of content I then began to build the site and hook the design into a CMS. The old website used WordPress which was very slow and editing pages in WordPress is not always the easiest of tasks. I suggested another CMS call CMS Made Simple. This CMS is perfect for small to medium sized sites, pages load quicker and managing content in the CMS is straight forward.

Once I added all the content I then tackled the optimisation of images to improve page load time. For example each header image on each of the pages uses four images. Depending on the device the user is using a different image is displayed.

The next stage was to optimise the site for search engines and undertake final testing. After the final stage of testing the site was approved and made live.

Click here to view the new website.

Here is what Alison had to say about the project.

?I first came across Andrew's work while looking for someone to redesign my old website and make it responsive across mobile platforms. I was impressed both by the quality of his sites and the prompt response to all enquiries, so we decided to go ahead. The initial design was very impressive, incorporating all the publicity photos and information in a polished, modern look, after a few tweaks it went live within 2 1/2 weeks. Communication was very easy during this period and all my emails answered quickly. As a musician my website is extremely important in keeping me employed so I was delighted to see the new site looks great and works smoothly across all devices. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andrew to anyone.?
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Kind words from my clients

?Andrew has recently designed and developed 3 different websites for me 1 of which has already launched and is performing extremely well in terms of conversion rates.

In terms of the process from start to finish, I had an idea of features that i wanted on my site but I had no idea of the layout. Andrew gave me his own recommendation on what he thought would work well in order to make the customer journey as simple as possible and based on our current conversion rates he's got it quite spot on.

Andrew provided me with daily updates regarding the progress of the site from the design phase to the site build. In total the length of the project was just over 2 months. The website has passed all security checks and although the site is just 1 week old has surpassed all our forecasts and projections. I would highly recommend working with Andrew, his designs are aesthetically excellent and he has mastered simplifying the customer journey and has helped me get off to a flying start with my new business. ?Ocean Capital Ltd -

?Andrew has been great and guided me through the process of development to completion...

If I have had any questions he has been prompt and completed all tasks in good time. He has a good eye for details and I have asked him to help me further with my development of training and other materials for my business.?Embryarch Ltd -

?Having recently brought our website into the 21st century, I can thoroughly recommend the work of Andrew. He is professional, friendly, and a pleasure to work with.?MG Caravans -

?The service received from Andrew is fast and efficient. Andrew always interprets the brief accurately and delivers a first class service. I have worked with Andrew for several years and would have no hesitation in recommending him.?Aura Health & Beauty -

?We would like to thank Andrew for our new CMS website and the help, support and guidance whilst creating it. Andrew is approachable, friendly and didn?t talk in technical jargon which we didn?t understand. Andrew is always there for help and support to answer even the silliest of questions. Once again a big thank from everyone at Nutshaw Kennels.?Nutshaw Kennels -

?Andrew listened to what I needed and provided me with a fresh new website, identity and leaflet. He guided me through the process of getting my website online and now I rank page one on Google. I would highly recommend Andrew.?Jacqui Rostron -

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