Hi, we’re Suffolk Website Builder.
We’re based in Suffolk. We build websites. Amongst other things…
We’ve been designing, building and hosting websites for years and we try to keep things as simple and easy to understand as possible. We’ve spent time becoming experts in website development so you don’t have to be. You’re an expert in your business and what works for you, we’re just here to help you get online and get noticed.
We aim to offer a straight-talking approach, with honest and affordable pricing. Whether you’re looking for your first ever website, a revamp of an existing website, you’re looking to save money on your hosting, backup and security or you’re looking for some help to make a splash on Social Media and drive more customers to your website, we can help.
We’ll try and get to the point as much as possible, give you some idea of cost for each of our services so you don’t have to go looking for them, and we’ll include lots of hints and tips and things for you to think about in our news and blog post. Whilst we’re based in Suffolk, we work with clients across East Anglia as well as London and other locations. We’re here to help you make the best of your business, so get in touch, let’s have a chat about what we can do for you and if you are in the local area, feel free to pop in for a cup of tea.
Our web, design, online and marketing services
Website design & build
As the name suggests, first and foremost we build websites. We offer a full design service and can design and build completely new website, we can replicate existing websites to work on smartphones and tablets or we can redesign a website that you already have. We tend to build in WordPress, which is an content management system (CMS) which means you can update your website yourself at no additional cost to you.
Online shops / ecommerce
If you want to start selling your products and services online, we can help you develop an eCommerce retail website so that you can sell and ship your products all over the country. We typically use WooCommerce to build online shops. It’s simple and easy to use so you can edit and add new products yourself. We can tie in with Point of Sale (POS) system and synchronise stock across a bricks-and-mortar shop and your website.
Social Media Marketing
A key part of doing business online nowadays is promoting your business on Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We can help you make the most of these social platforms either through having us run your social media campaigns for you (for a small monthly fee) or by providing you with training, hints and tips and the tools you’ll need to drive more business and sales and get more enquiries for your business.
Hosting, security & backup
As well as designing and building websites, we also offer a website hosting service. This is basically like the hard disk space on your computer, in the cloud on our server so the world can see your website. We host sites for clients even when we don’t design or build the site. We offer a domain name (website address) purchasing service, security, malware removal, software update, backup service and email setup for any website that you have.
Search Engine Optimisation
We all know how important a high page position in Google is. Getting there isn’t luck, it’s a science. We understand how the search engines work and what people are typing in to Google to find the websites they are looking for. By having this understanding, and knowing what words to include in your website to attract customers, we can help you get more traffic. Taking it a set further, we can also help you with paid advertising campaigns through Google AdWords.
If you’re in need of company logo design, a leaflet or business flyer, booklet, brochure, posters, roller banners or any other design requirements that you can think of, then look no further. We’ve been graphic designing for the last 20 years (since Photoshop 4!).
We’ve worked with a number of local businesses in Suffolk over the past few years to design logos and flyers. We can also help with printing costs and delivery.
Latest news from our web design and hosting blog
Here you’ll find the latest news and stories from our blog. We’ll be providing a range of news, hints and tips, updates and useful information for whether you’re a client or not. We hope you like what you find.
The benefits of using Suffolk Website Builder for your Social Media Marketing Social media is so prevalent and so easily accessible now that it is a critical part of any marketing campaign for almost any business. It has to be done right because it’s all too easy to...read more
WordPress Security Update We received information that WordPress required some very hasty security updates this morning. We have updated all our client WordPress websites to maintain and secure their sites immediately and none of our managed sites have been affected...read more
The World Wide Web is 30 Years Old When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, he changed the world forever. It's been 30 years since a software engineer submitted a proposal for an information management system to help colleagues at CERN (The...read more
Why work with us?
We use WordPress, the World’s most popular website builder. WordPress is designed to allow you to update your website yourself as and when you need to. However, out of the box, WordPress is not exactly user-friendly for anyone who is not a coder or web developer. That’s why we install our visual builder so you can update your website with ease, we’ll even throw in our user guide and provide face-to-face or online training should you wish.
The standard WordPress experience
As standard, everything is done in the back-end, so you can’t see what’s happening to your website as you update things.
WordPress with us (a visual editor)
With the visual builder we install, you just click and type to change your text and adding images and video is a breeze.
What a website typically costs
Let’s get this out of the way up-front, no doubt you want an idea of how much a website is going to cost you, so here is a simple pricing structure to give you an initial idea. If this sounds like it may work for you, continue reading as I provide more information and some examples on the rest of my site.
SIMPLE BROCHURE SITE
A single long page brochure website. You can imagine this like an online leaflet or flyer with the main purpose of getting across a single service and to generate calls or emails for more information or quotes.
DETAILED BROCHURE SITE
If you need to get more detail across than a single page brochure site can, for example, if you have more than one service or offering to promote, the detailed brochure site will see you right. With up to 5 pages* of content, you’ll be able to get across all that you need.
SIMPLE ONLINE SHOP
If you’re looking to sell products from your website, you’ll need an online shop. The simple online shop includes up to 5 pages* of content, up to 5 products* (we’ll provide a guide to help you add more), up to 3 product categories* and 1 payment gateway*.
DETAILED ONLINE SHOP
The detailed online shop provides additional content with up to 8 pages of content*, up to 8 products* (we’ll provide a guide to help you add more), up to 5 product categories* and 2 payment gateways*.
*If your site needs additional content, please get in touch for a tailored quote.
Spread the cost – ask about our monthly payment plans
Examples of my work
Below you’ll find some examples of the websites that I’ve created in the last year or so. You can click through to see any of them live.
Photo On A Cake
A purely online business (no bricks and mortar shop). Photo On A Cake’s online shop had a special requirement to allow customers to design their own edible cake toppers on the site itself and submit them for printing.
Containers & More…
We launched the new Containers & More… website in January of 2019, redesigning the old website to be mobile friendly and moving everything on to our hosting. You can read our mini-case study in the blog section.
Kiwi Services is an agricultural and commercial fencing and maintenance company. They needed a brochure website to promote what they do, show photos of their work and to get potential customers to pick up the phone and request a quote.
Salters Dog Food
We took over the hosting of the Salters Pet Food website with a view to tweaking the existing design and content. The original website designer and the previous company that looked after the site, in our opinion, didn’t get the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) right. We’ll share a case study about this soon.
Sage Accounts Solutions
This company needed a new website that was mobile friendly, but also gave them the ability to update it themselves as and when they wanted to, rather than paying their agency every time they wanted to add new content. They also sell online training for Sage Accounts software and needed a simple online shop for this.
Buy Candles .Shop
Another purely online business, the target for Buy Candles .Shop was for customers to find the site when they search in Google for Birthday Candles, Cake Sparklers and so on. A nice clean design with an online shop an inventory management so they know how much of each product they have in stock.
Brick Party Bags
A specialist shop website for fans of all things LEGO® related. I built an online shop with some advanced postage mechanics in the background to allow for different packet sizes. I also designed the logo as well as the toy instruction sheets and helped ensure they were printed on Forest Stewardship Council sustainable paper.
Spectrum Yacht Coatings
Going live shortly, Spectrum Yacht Coatings is a mobile business and much like Kiwi Services, they needed a brochure website to promote their services, show photos of their work and to generate leads and requests for quotes by phone or email.
Adoption Card Shop
Adoption Card Shop needed two types of online store. One on their website to sell their cards (which I also did the graphic design work for) and another as an affiliate shop, to promote other people’s products in return for a commission when a sale is made.
What comes as standard
(e.g. what I don’t charge extra for)
Over the years, I’ve seen a number of web agencies charge extra for things that I think should really come as standard. Taking your business online for the first time, or upgrading an existing site can be daunting enough, without missing out on something you needed but didn’t know about or understand.
You don’t want to pay me to add text or images to your site after it’s live. I build on WordPress so you can run with it all yourself.
Websites load quicker and work better when your images are optimised for the web. I’ll sort this all out for you.
Search engine submission
It costs me nothing to let Google know your new site is there, so there’s no cost to you either.
I’ll provide a guide to updating your site using WordPress so you can feel confident about looking after your site going forward.
Setting up email addresses
This doesn’t take long and I’m happy to setup up to 3 email addresses for you as part of the build cost. If you need more, I can teach you how to do it yourself.
I’ll provide up to three design concepts for your consideration as part of the build cost.
Tea & Coffee
If you fancy meeting up for a chat about your website or business, tea and coffee is on me. Sometimes cake too.
Hosting and care packages
As mentioned above, there are some regular costs for running a website. These include hosting, backup and security updates for your site. More details and costs are below.
BROCHURE SITE HOSTING
A simple brochure website is for when you want to promote your business and services, but not sell products on your website.
Hosting for your website
Up to 10 email addresses
Content management access
Visitor analytics access
Larger, commercial hosting packages available, please get in touch.
Add Malware & vulnerabilities scanning and removal for just £3 a month.
Recommended: A secure certificate (SSL) as from July 2018 Chrome browser will show your site as not secure without one (£15 a year).
ONLINE SHOP HOSTING
An online shop requires a database for your products and a secure certificate to protect your customer’s card details when they order, the the hosting costs a little bit more each month.
As Brochure website plus:
Database hosting for online shop
Secure certificate (SSL) from just £15 a year required.
Larger, commercial hosting packages available, please get in touch.
MAINTENANCE, BACKUP & SECURITY ADD-ON
There are certain things you need to do to ensure your website is up-to-date and secure from the naughty people out there on the web. Whilst you can do this yourself, I’m happy to do it for you if you’d rather.
Regular website backups
Updates of themes & plugins
Fix bugs & optimise performance
Security white & blacklisting
Malware & vulnerabilities scanning and removal included
Add a firewall for just £15 per month
Websites is only a part of what I do. I’m a trained graphic designer and video editor (amongst other things), so here are some other ways that I can support you and your business.
Backup and updates
Available as a monthly add-on to hosting, I’ll make sure your site is always in tip-top condition.
Search Engine Marketing
Additional optimisation work or help with Google AdWords adverts to get your site high in the search engines.
A bit of extra work on your images can really make them ‘pop’. I’ll provide some before and after examples soon.
If you need some help writing the words for your site or blog posts, let me know. I’ve been writing copy for over 15 years.
If your business is completely new, I can help design a logo for you to use on your website, printed materials, van etc.
Leaflets & brochures
As a trained graphic designer, I can not only help design your brochures and leaflets, but help find the best printing prices too.
I can create simple online videos or edit footage that you may have to promote your business. Examples coming soon.
I’ve recently fixed a number of ‘slow running’ laptops for local businesses by updating the hard drives to the modern SSD standard. I also build PCs from scratch.
Get in touch…
If you want to have a chat about your website or any other design work, please get in touch by completing the form on the right. I’m just in Saxmundham in Suffolk, off the A12 and would be more than happy to meet up and discuss your project.