Why do you do what you do?
I love writing code! It’s a satisfying way of combining logic, thought and creativity. It’s a very powerful material to work with. Every single character I type is part of something bigger. I craft websites to help bring about positive change in the world.
This comes in lots and lots of different shapes and sizes. One of my favourite things about what I do is learning about people and ideas. Forming connections. I don’t know what you do yet, but I know there’s a brilliant reason and I’m so excited to hear it!
I can help you share this with the world.
You and your work are unique. Together we can design and build a custom site that reflects this and supports you on your journey, whether you are just starting out, or you have an established practice.
First we will discuss where you are and where you want to be. How do you hope people will feel when they arrive on your site? What would your ideal client be like? What is the most important message that you want to convey? I can guide you in answering questions like this, then turn the answers into visual designs and finally, working code: a beautiful site.
I aim to be kind, calm and clear.
I know the importance of positive and regular communication and I’m sure you do too. I will keep you up to date on my progress, check in when I need something from your side and encourage you to ask any questions that arise. Throughout the process, you will have plenty of opportunities to provide feedback and suggest improvements.
Everything in life is more beneficial if it’s done gracefully, with good intentions and after at least one-breath’s worth of consideration.
“Our finished site is beautiful, does exactly what I wanted it to do and is easy to navigate. This helps us to present the best of ourselves online. It's easy for me to make changes but if I have any issues now that it's all finished I know that Ffion will be happy to address them. She is fantastic, calm, professional and above all lovely, happy and kind to non-techno people. I would recommend her any day of the week - in fact I have done so at least twice!” -Emily, Tinderwood Trust
There are a few boxes that any respectable website should tick.
The sites I build are:
accessible: easy to use by anyone and everyone
responsive: they adapt to different devices / screen sizes
high performance: streamlined for fast loading speeds
secure: with SSL encryption
easy to update: with a custom Content Management System (CMS) so you can keep things fresh (more on this in a moment)
SEO-ready: so you can optimise for better rankings on search engines
and, excitingly …
yours! I don't use any templates, I code designs from scratch, based on my Photoshop mockups. The resulting site (and CMS) is lean, bespoke and beautiful.
“The website Ffion has created for us is exactly what we were looking for. The look and layout is very clear and responsive. It was great working with Ffion who expertly interpreted what we were after and delivered everything to a tight schedule.” -Paul, The Asbestos Law Partnership
A website needs to be nurtured.
No matter how well designed your site is, you need to maintain it so that it continues to flourish. The good news is, it’s simple! You will have your own bespoke content management system (CMS), where you can quickly and easily add, change and delete content. I will encourage you to be self sufficient, and give you the tools and confidence to keep your site up to date. This ensures that what your visitors see is reliable, accurate and interesting.
But never feel alone. If you need clarification on something once we’ve signed a project off, or would like me to make substantial changes, I will be happy to help. I will provide a time estimate and let you know my current hourly rate.
For Django websites (the majority that I build), I manage your hosting for you. This means I make sure the site is running smoothly, everything is up to date and crucially, that regular backups are taken. I charge as little as £4/month for this and you will not need to purchase your own web hosting / web space, unless you really want to of course!
“I would highly recommend working with Ffion as a web designer. She is talented, enthusiastic and creative in her approach. The website she produced for my Arts Council project, (Prose Poetry UK) is exactly what was required and my work colleagues have all commented on the beauty of the design. Ffion is a pleasure to work with and very efficient and helpful in her approach. All our deadlines were met and the project was delivered early. I am delighted with the results. I have also learnt a great deal along the way and feel confident about maintaining the website.” -Anne, Prose Poetry UK
I’m good at what I do and I’m getting better every day.
Since graduating in 2015, with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering from The University of Manchester, I have been working as a freelance web developer and designer. Despite clearly appreciating the wonders of the computer, I always keep a real notebook and pen by my side. I love learning new things and I love writing them down! I always have my eyes open for a better way to do something. With each completed project, comes more confidence, a broader and sharper set of skills and more efficiency. Currently, the web framework I use is Django, and for e-commerce I use Shopify and Stripe.
“Ffion is a perfect combination of technical competence, willing efficiency, and genuine care - always sensitive to the individual project/client’s needs. A pleasure to work with no matter what the brief. I wish I had more websites that needed making!” -Ed Tullett
Do you need a copywriter, graphic / logo designer, illustrator or photographer?
I would be delighted to recommend one to you. I know some very talented (and friendly!) freelance professionals and can vouch for the quality of their work.