I'm not just your web developer - I'm also your cheerleader - super excited for your business and here to cheer you on and share my knowledge as we create a beautiful, functional and strategic website for your brand.

Shopify Store Design

Get up and running with a beautiful, fast and conversion-optimised online store powered by Shopify.

WordPess Web Design

Custom-designed and goal-orientated WordPress website made with love and respect for your unique business.

Premium Web Care

Includes maintenance, Blog Vault backups, security, Analytics reports and content updates and edits for WordPress websites.

Marketing for eCommerce

Marketing coaching and consulting for new and growing eCommerce businesses.  Let’s create an actionable marketing plan to help your online store grow.

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All web design packages include:

  • Crisp, clean and functional design that puts user experience first.
  • Website strategy: We set clear goals for your website aligned with your business goals.
  • Planning: I help you structure your website and help you decide what pages, copy, images, videos, product categories and product filtering systems you should have.
  • Organised, streamlined and efficient project management process.
  • Marketing strategy guidance.
  • Help with setting up your Facebook Pixel, Facebook and Instagram Shop and MailChimp email marketing.
  • Payment gateway and shipping guidance for eCommerce.
  • On-page SEO and Analytics set up.
  • Tutorial videos showing you how to update and manage your website and 30 days' tech support after going live.

"Meg is amazing to work with. She did everything I asked of her and more with so much patience and proficiency. Meg helped me with things over and above what I commissioned her to do when she realised that I didn't know even the minimum. She not only did the work but taught me how to do it myself in the future. Her video instructions and manual are always within reach and I refer to them whenever I do anything in my website. In addition to this, she read my intentions with my website perfectly and provided exactly what I had in mind from the gorgeous look of my shop to the mood and feel I wanted to create. Also, there was never a delay in communications even though we are countries and time zones apart. I could not have chosen anyone better and I would commission her again in a heartbeat."

– Bianca Smith, The Eco-Conscious Kitchen

FAQs

Discovery

We meet over coffee (KZN Midlands clients) or virtually over Zoom/Skype to chat about your project and business. I will then send you a proposal that contains the scope of work, service contract and costing. The contract needs to be electronically signed and returned to me and the 50% deposit made in order for the project to start.

Planning

I will set up the project in my preferred project management tool, ClickUp. This will contain the project milestones and to do lists. I will help you decide on what pages and marketing funnels your website needs. I will also help you set clear and achievable goals for the website.

Collecting Content

Once we have a clear understanding of the structure and focus of your new website, I will ask you to upload all the content (copy, images, videos and product sheet) to a Dropbox folder I create for the project. I require all content to be in the Dropbox folder by the scheduled project start date.

Design & Development

I will set up the website and design the pages. If building an online store, I will also set up your chosen payment gateway and all store-related emails and notifications.

Review & Testing

I will ask you to review the website and send all changes to me in writing. I will test the website functionality and make sure the design works perfectly across different screen sizes and popular browsers. I will then connect your website to Google Analytics and finalise the on-page SEO.

Launch

We launch your new, beautiful website! I provide 30 days’ tech support after the launch to iron out any issues that may occur and to answer any questions you may have about managing your new website. I also offer Premium Website Care for WordPress websites, which includes a premium backup service (Blog Vault), security monitoring, monthly Google Analytics report and up to 2 hours of web development or admin (content updates, blog publishing and designing new pages).

Yes! While I specialise in eCommerce, I also design brochure-style WordPress websites for small businesses. I particularly love working with female entrepreneurs, lifestyle brands and businesses operating in the travel and tourism industry.

I believe that Shopify offers the best eCommerce solution for product-based businesses that have ambitious growth plans. In my experience, online retailers switch to Shopify (from WordPress/WooCommerce, Wix, Weebly or Squarespace) as soon as their store starts getting greater traffic and higher volumes of sales.

Why is this? Shopify offers a fully-managed eCommerce solution. Super-fast cloud hosting is included in all Shopify plans, which means Shopify online stores load fast and function fast (very important for conversion-optimisation). Shopify provides 24 hour support, so if anything ever goes wrong, they will jump in and fix it, free of charge. Shopify stores are easier to manage and update, plus Shopify provides a free app so that merchants can manage their store on the go, from whereever they are. It’s a superior, purpose-built eCommerce solution and the perfect fit for businesses that have ambitious growth plans.

I build all non-eCommerce websites in WordPress. 

WordPress is the world’s most popular website software, powering over 25% of websites. What I love about WordPress is that I can build a complex website with advanced functionality, and then hand it over to my client who can easily manage and update the website because of WordPress’s intuitive content management system.

I include one-on-one training and video tutorials in all my web design packages.

I aim to launch websites within 4 – 8 weeks from the project start date. However, this is dependent on you sending me all the required content before the scheduled start date. In my experience, projects are usually always delayed due to clients not getting the required content to me when required.

I require 50% of the total project cost to be paid before planning and design begins. The remaining 50% is due before going live with the website.

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