SEO

New WordPress Website For H3D Exhibitions

Long-standing clients H3D exhibition design have again employed Design Credo to develop their new website.

Based in Liskeard H3D asked Exeter based design Credo to redevelop the site in order to reflect current web-design standards particularly responsive web design which their old site had ceased to do.

Further to this we wanted to provide a better platform to allow easy categorisation and ergo filtering of the growing collection of folio cases; this means that dynamic menu development is built in.

The new website is very much a collaborative approach though; following one-to-one training Louis West of H3D has been able to create many of the pages and has pretty much created the news section and portfolio sections single handed.

Prior to starting the re-development Design Credo provided H3D with solid training covering the need to employ strong SEO skills throughout the website in order to glean the maximum advantage from organic SEO. This meant that the newly developed pages would perform well immediately.

The new H3D site currently being rolled out based on the WordPress platform is hosted by Design Credo and can be viewed here.

New Headshot Photography Website: EX1.co.uk

Reflecting the growing interest in and importance of great headshot photography a new Exeter based headshot site has been launched at EX1.co.uk.

Created by Design Credo this site is WordPress based and hosted in-house. As well as adding focus to the headshot photography work of Andrew Butler the website is designed to provide:

  • A gallery of typical headshot photography
  • An understanding of what headshot photography is
  • A good range of headshot FAQs to support prospective clients
  • Backend support systems to streamline booking and client communication
  • Strong SEO for headshot photography in Exeter and Devon

Designed as to compliment the existing AndrewButler.net website it is intended that the new EX1 will develop its own identity as it develops.

So Busy Sam Shut the Site Down!

Customer Feedback

I used Andrew Butler at DesignCredo as an SEO service and to look over my website. I already had a DIY package website which was ok but cluttered and on about page one thousand when you google searched my business. As a bespoke wedding stationer and a sole trader it was vital that brides could find me when Googling key wedding words.

Andrew completely transformed my website. For a modest fee he helped me to quadruple my business within weeks. He de-cluttered my website, suggested content, set key words and introduced me to social media for business. I followed all his tips to the letter and almost instantly I was found on the front page of Google every time.

In the last 6 months (as I temporarily wind down the business to do an MA) I have ceased all other marketing, such as wedding fairs and magazine articles, and I still consistently get inundated with enquiries. They all say “we found your website, it looks fantastic! Can you do…….?”

I can’t thank Andrew Butler enough. I recommend his service wholeheartedly.
Sam Aspden SamAspdenDesigns

Footnote

Only issue……I’ve shut down (under construction) website as I’m fully booked till August, starting MA in September and couldn’t manage the constant enquiries I was having to turn down! Nice!

For the record Sam was a bit of a start pupil, she asked what else she could do on a limited budget herself and we suggested she set up a free WordPress blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Remembering that she couldn’t be found on Google even by her own name this has to be viewed as a result!

Customer Feedback

It’s nice when out of the blue one gets an email to ask if it is ok to mention something like this in a post? So, to Stuart from H3D, his words, I had nothing to do with it. I guess the only thing he didn’t mention was that after we set the framework up Stuart did all of the leg-work of populating the pages;

What to do with the (old) H3D web site?

Andrew Butler from Design Credo said.

‘Stuart, I hope you don’t mind me saying, the work on your web site is great, (he was letting me down slowly) but the site is a bit …… well; disappointing.’

‘It is just a portfolio site really.’ Was my rather weak reply.

Ok I knew it hadn’t been updated for a while and it was kind of static. But Andrew’s comment and especially the “disappointing” word sealed the deal. I had heard the truth and something had to be done.

But what?

We mainly design exhibition stands – the office is in South West UK on the Devon Cornwall border. Our clients are based all over the UK, some in Europe, some in the USA. We design and build for events all over the world. But there are other things we do as well and they should at least have a mention on the site. Shouldn’t they?

Deciding the old website needed throwing away was a simple decision, but the horrid task of deciding what it was replaced with was to come. Designing for other people and companies is so easy compared with DIY (Design It Yourself). Then there are all of the new must haves. A blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to name a few. How does all of this stuff fit together and how do I make it all work? What to include? What tone should it and any writing have?

I wrote a list and drew a plan for the new site. Feeling very pleased with myself I took it to Andrew at Design Credo.

Andrew politely looked it over and then started from scratch. There was so much I had to learn.

The site is now done. Well, I say “done” but it will never really be done. It is an evolving animal with great potential. Andrew has been my sherpa up the mountain. He knew everything about the journey, but I had to walk it if I was ever going to continue alone. Dangerous tracks I was about to walk down had diversion signs placed at their start. Baggage was searched and thinned down. Encouragement was provided when the going got tough.

Going live was reaching the summit. Walking down and carrying on in the real world is now mainly my job. Although I still receive the odd call out of the blue with an encouraging word or sometimes a wrap on the knuckles.

If you need a new web site or even if you think you don’t … go and see Andrew Butler.

Oh, and I suppose I should also mention. Andrew has sorted out the site hosting, made our email work properly, is giving ongoing SEO training and will soon be doing the same for my wife’s new business. With my chosen searches H3D now features on the front page of Google and I can do the same for my clients and their projects.

Did We Mention Design Credo’s New Site?

When this WordPress site first started it was a bit of a plaything, we used it to test ideas, plugins sometimes a bit of a mess-around; we are still P1 on a Google search for Beyoncé+Exeter.

And sometimes we showed how success could bite; our Don’t Call Me Shortly caused so much interest that we set up a Tumblr to offer a soft landing place for people to bounce to.

Now it is time for a new Design Credo WordPress website.

A Tighter Focus

Earlier in 2012 we set up the new AndrewButler.net site to offer a better platform to view (and sell) our photography. We are pleased to report that December 2012 was both the highest viewing month for the photography site as well as the month with the greatest total number of visits for both sites.

This site is intended to provide a much tighter focus for the design related aspects of our work.

Work In Progress

The new Design Credo site is deliberately stripped down and simplified. Built on a responsive WordPress platform it will display differently on various viewing platforms such as smart-phones, tablets and full sized screens. We are still uploading folio items so don’t expect this site not to change over the coming days and months.

New WordPress Website for Kevil’s

Exeter based Design Credo are proud to announce the launch of a new WordPress website for Paignton based BMW custom bike builder Kevil’s Speed Shop.

When we first met Kev Hill he had just commissioned a website but in a brief time the site had become more of a liability than an asset by failing to communicate the sheer quality of his product. The old site can be viewd here.

The new Design Credo website has been designed to offer a good visual presentation of the bikes created by Kevil’s whilst also allowing a more detailed examination of the quality of the paint, parts and fabrication. The site is based on a responsive WordPress framework meaning that it will present differently on various viewing platforms such as tablets, smart-phones and of course full sized screens.
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