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  1. cc976a

    cc976a (42) Well-Known Member Trusted Trader

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    Hi All,

    Have just launched a new business and specialising in small business / mini site web design - Web Design Manchester

    Prices start from £99 for a small business / mini site design. All sites are bespoke and professionally designed (strictly no templates :D ).

    Although designed many sites before looking to build portfolio of sites built under this company and so as a special offer will give an exclusive 30% discount to a limited number of people on this forum - so a two page mini site for just £69!

    Once have enough takers will ask mods to close thread.

    Please PM if you're interested.
    Thanks,
    Dean
     
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    I'm interested.

    PM sent
     
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    julian (42) Banned Trusted Trader

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    No disrespect but £69 a bit steep for those..

    i'm no expert but it looks like you've used templates and in the design it looks like you've just overwritten the link css classess and overall style with <font> jobbies etc..

    the seo is not good either..





    they looked like hacked up tepmlates.

     
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    Reported Attack Site!


    This web site at Colouring Books | Download Colouring Books has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences.


    Attack sites try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

    Some attack sites intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
     
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    I got this too.
     
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    cc976a (42) Well-Known Member Trusted Trader

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    Wasn't sure how to quite answer this post but here goes.

    I have been developing websites for a number of years and ran a company for a few years before selling the business last year to a larger design company - and with that went many satisfied clients from small businesses to large companies with £millions in turnover.

    Never once used a template and passed of as a design. Categorically no.

    In terms of search engines:

    - Family Day Out UK receives over 27,000 uniques visitors per month from organic search engine placements;

    - Colouring Books receives over 1,000 uniques per month (from an exact of around 5,000) again most from organic listings;


    Tried my hand at domaining but miss the design element, so getting back in to it. I have had so many clients and none walked away not satisfied with the design, service or end result that was received.

    Mini sites always help if they look good and are visually pleasing, it's where I come in. Of course where SEO is of particular importance to the success of the business there is an increased focus on text, content, meta tags etc... but always strive to produce a good balance between the two. In the past have produced much work to prove this.

    Dean
     
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    There was an issue of an attack on the site which I was notified of yesterday. Since this point the malicious script was removed, possible access point blocked and passwords changed.

    I am checking now and not getting the same error and reporting appears clean.

    Will look in to.
    Dean
     
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    I got the warning message just now.
     
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    cc976a (42) Well-Known Member Trusted Trader

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    The site was taken down an hour ago though (?)
     
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    I can confirm that I got a "site down for maintenance" message around 6pm when I saw this thread.
     
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    cc976a (42) Well-Known Member Trusted Trader

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    Just to avoid any issues I have removed the colouring site from the portfolio (and taken offline) whilst it undergoes maintenance

    Reason for starting this thread was to increase the portfolio of this business. Still hoping to do this ;)

    Can provide a very realiable, honest service - with previous good SEO results and again will say no templates are ever used to build and design a website
     
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    Dean,

    Do you only provide table based designs?
     
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    Mmm, I find it amazing that with your previous years of experience you are still using tables for layout, tables should only be used for tabular data.

    It amazes me more that clients are willing to pay for sites coded this way, though I guess most clients don't have any idea of what constitutes good coding techniques.

    Your example sites do not show much promise of getting a good semantically well structured html document which IMO is the foundation of any good website.

    As far as SEO your gardening site has no heading tags no meta description and no other obvious SEO properties?

    I am sorry to say but I think your sites look as dated as your coding.

    Good luck anyway.
     
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    Hi Dean,

    Sorry not trying to be difficult..

    So just to clarify you coded all these sites by hand yourself?

    I don't mind the use of tables sometimes - in fact I almost think G likes chewing on an old-skool 'table site' sometimes as long as its clean and well formed markup.





     
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    Clean, well formed, and tables should not be used in the same sentence ;)
     
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    Wow - good job I didn't actually post this in the Reviews section.

    There is so much arguement when it comes to table based and fluid css design based websites. Yes I generally have centred on table based designs.....even with the years of experience I have had. Not to say I haven't hand coded a few XHTML / CSS strict websites. I have. Most people say that when you move to CSS you never go back - perhaps I am a small minority.

    Not to say though if part of the clients remit was a table-less fully compliant design I wouldn't take on the work. I would. The client is after all right. This is completely understood.

    Even some of the 'big boys' and respected websites on the net are rarelly html structured and make use of tables, hasn't stopped them in anyway.

    From an SEO point of view I have not seen much of a difference between the two, and have done much testing. Search engines are sophisticated enough today to determine the difference and 'read through' both table based and non-table based designs.

    You're right about the SEO for the gardening website. It is a 'mock'-up' drawn together from various image slicing. It is still very much work in progress (hence the note at the bottom). Yes for the more experienced it is an obvious downside granted, but the idea was to display design abilities, rather than fundemental precision coding aspects.
     
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    No - if client prefers can build without tables.
     
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    Tables are fine for SEO - trust me :)
     
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    I think they should actually - I agree using css for layout is nice but not the be all and end all of webdesign... used properly in the correct way they are fine.






     
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    The correcy way is to use them for tabular data.

    The only reason designers used tables is because the technology was not there a few years ago.
     
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