Website creation helps you secure control over your web presence
Perhaps you’re asking yourself why you should fork out money to have a website created? Especially when people such as that nice Mr Zuckerberg offer extremely comprehensive platforms free of charge? Platforms that enable you to communicate with fans and present your news, music, video clips or excerpts from your books to them?
The answer is simple – your own website belongs to YOU, not some enormous American corporation. You retain complete control over it! How it looks, how it works, even whether you’re allowed to publish a photo of a buttock or a female nipple or not. You’re not dependent on any possible changes to their algorithms.
You’ve been considering creating a website for ages, but have no idea how to go about it?
Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of your own website for a long time, but have no idea of the website creation options? Which system would be the best? How to plan and structure a website? How your own website can reach your target audience, draw them in and ideally convert them to fans or readers – and later, buyers?
I’d be pleased to help. Whether by just installing and setting up your website, so you can add content yourself, or by taking care of the design, setting up a few essential pages and then adding your content for you. I can also help with more comprehensive solutions, such as setting up a multilingual website. I can help you at the planning stage, with the design, website setup and, if required, with management of the website once it’s online.
How I help you fulfil your dream of your own website
Benefit from my many years’ experience
I created my first customer website – for a musician – in 1999. There then followed a whole load more – not just for musicians, but also for labels, artists, authors and other (solo) self-employed people.
Up until 2013 or so, I had designed, planned and created a few dozen websites. But then no more until 2019.
Why’s that? From 2005 or so, customers in the music industry began paying ever-increasing attention to social media, neglecting their own websites. Things reached a point where hardly any musicians or authors were wondering if they needed to have a website created. As a result, none engaged me to do so. Luckily, I had plenty of other things on the go.
(So this explains why there are currently no samples of previous website projects shown on this website. In this sector, things from just a few years ago are akin to something from the Stone Age!)
After a break, back to website creation – on the basis of updated knowledge
So after a six-year break, during which I mostly worked as a German to English translator, I’m back to website creation. Initially for myself, in order to apply all my newly acquired knowledge, but now also gladly for customers again.
Over the last year or so, I’ve learned an incredible amount of info and best practices relating to website creation. The best ways to plan and structure a website today. How to ensure my website can be found. How to best present my services and products. The processes. And the more I learned, the more I still want to learn. And so I will!
It would therefore be a real shame to withhold all this knowledge for myself alone. I would therefore be pleased to apply my knowledge to your project, so you too can benefit from it!
Website creation – the packages
Website setup (no design)
You know how to add your content, but aren’t comfortable installing and setting up your website? I’ll set up your WordPress website, using a theme (= template) of your choice.
Website creation – standard website
Ideal for musicians, authors and (solo) self-employed people who finally want to have their own website created. I create your website using the WordPress system, on the basis of a premium theme (= template).
Website creation – a website in two languages: German and English
Ideal for musicians, authors and (solo) self-employed people whose native language is German, but who would like to reach an international audience. This enables you sell more music, books, products or services! I create your website in English and German, using the WordPress system, on the basis of a premium theme (= template).
Website creation – prices
You’d like to retain some control over your web presence, and would therefore like your own website? Your investment for this when you engage me.
* All stated prices are net prices, not including legally applicable VAT.
‘Setup only’ package: I set up your website on the basis of a theme of your choice. You are responsible for adding your content.
The other packages: Prices include the design, setup and creation of your website to the extents stated above. You provide me with all content (text, images and any audio or video etc).
All packages: A premium WordPress theme is included in the price. Any additional costs for third party products or services (such as premium plugins) at your own cost. Whether any such products or services are required depends on your project. We will clear up any such questions before I start! Domain name costs and hosting costs also at your own cost. Logo design or similar also not included, but may be possible for an additional charge. Various additional options (such as newsletter system, blog, shop, setup of additional language versions etc) also possible at additional charge.
1 German–English translations of up to 5,000 words (source text). More words at additional charge. If your website’s subject matter matches my knowledge and experience – you should only translate things you have some idea about! And as a British person, I translate into British English. See my German to English translation page for more information.
Website creation – combi packages
Website creation: How I go about it (for the sake of transparency…)
By nature I was always (and still am) someone who always wants to reinvent the wheel – including when creating websites. I didn’t want anything to do with ready-to-use templates or themes. I didn’t want to create a website that could look exactly like thousands of others.
I therefore spent ages creating my own templates, where necessary on the basis of a framework for Joomla. Looking back today, that was a massive waste of time, because today’s templates/themes are really comprehensive, but can also be comprehensively adapted.
Meanwhile, I’ve switched from Joomla to WordPress. (Even though I still like Joomla and may well use it again – especially because I invested so much time in learning how to use it so all those years ago!)
So for website creation these days, I’d be using WordPress and a ready-to-use WordPress theme. I’m not a programmer, although I know some HTML and CSS. Even the best, most fully-featured themes need to be customised.
I also bring my design flair to your project. Websites created by programmers look like websites created by programmers, and we don’t want that!
Just so you know.
I’d like that!
You’d like me to create a website for you, so you can draw interested parties to you and ideally convert them into readers or fans, and then later, buyers? And at the same time without handing the control over your web presence to giant corporations in the USA?
Picture sources: The websites and packaging I created for the example band I made up, Goat Botherer, © Paul Jackson. iPad photo © Kelly Sikkema at Unsplash. Goat Botherer background image is a collage from photos © Takis Politis and © M Wrona at Unsplash. Other collages, photos and graphics © Paul Jackson.