Why I do (and love) what I do
Websites today are a far cry from when I started building them back in 2004. Back then YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc didn't exist. In fact, social media was a mix of two (failing) platforms being MySpace and Friends Reunited (now closed) and not much else. Thinking back, it is strange.
Even seeing photos and videos on websites back then was a rare thing. I had to pay something like £80 a month for a specialised video hosting company just to hold and present my videos. When YouTube came along in 2006, it was a blessing.
This is YouTube 2007...remember this layout? Me neither...
For more than 16 years, I have evolved along with all the incredible changes that have happened online and I have learned so much. I have too much invested in this business to stop now and I feel lucky to absolutely love what I do.
From Coding HTML to WordPress
After 10 years of coding my main photography website with HTML and CSS Styling, I moved to WordPress. I had been watching the evolution of WordPress and in 2015, after a decade of building websites, I felt it was powerful enough for me to make the switch.
That meant a complete overhaul of a very large site. Each page had to be re-written as the platform and pages were moving from .html to the WordPress ecosystem. A huge task. I haven't looked back since and still use WordPress on all my sites today.
Think of WordPress like your Smartphone. The almost infinite plug-ins you can add to your WordPress website are like apps on your phone. However, there is a caveat...not all plug-ins are created equally.
Because many developers are either not in it for the long haul or maybe even a little "devious", you need to use legitimate and trustworthy sources. All plug-ins, templates and hosting companies I use or recommend have:
The Benefits to You
The CMS (content management system) that WordPress uses is pretty simple to operate. Once the site is built and as long as you keep it up to date, the maintenance is very simple.
Couple that with the whole, amazing ecosystem that your website is built around and you will actually want to work on your online business. The tools available make running the online part of your business fun, trackable, exciting and successful.
I can hand over a website to a client (along with a small amount of training) allowing them to run the site successfully from thereon in. Of course, I am happy to do this for you on a monthly basis as part of an ongoing contract if you prefer.
Your business is only as good as the image you portray, especially online. Whether that is your words, the images, the videos or your products and services, everything is there to be judged by your visitors.
I have been a photographer from the age of 13 back in 1980. Even 40+ years later, I am still in love with photography. I can either teach you online or in person how to make the most of your online photos or I can do it for you. Your choice. You may even already be a competent and experienced photographer. Great. Use those talents!
Online video is only going to get bigger. If your business will benefit from video, get involved and learn how to create stunning visuals. If this is something you don't have time for or simply don't want to learn, again, I can help if possible.
I have created many short, professional promotional videos for clients in a variety of business genres. The latest one below was for a company that sells stunning, high end holiday lodges.
Most of my spare time is spent learning new techniques, buying or studying software and trying new things. I am able to provide specialist video for any website clients for their business including:
- 1Pro Res 4:2:2 quality video
- 2Aerial video
- 3Time lapses (including moving time lapses)
- 4Day to night and night to day time lapses
- 5A mixture of all of the above
Check out the short video below which illustrates moving time lapses, night time lapses and moving aerial time lapses. The latter is something that is incredibly hard to do and a short 10 second clip can take a day to produce.
Because of this, please note that the clips in this video and all media on this and my other sites are strictly copyright. I do sell the clips below as stock so if interested, please get in touch. Of course, I can also produce these videos on a bespoke basis for your business or service.
Get in Touch
So, if you've got this far, thanks for reading. If you would like me to help building your website, including any of the above, please drop me a line and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Remember, I do limit the number of sites I build in a month and I only have 25 slots available for hosting and templates.
Please use any of the methods here to get in touch. I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.
82 Rodwell Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8SQ, UK