Freelance Web Design Blog

The work, snippets, thoughts, ideas & opinions of a freelance web designer.

  • 6th November 2023

    Leveraging Local SEO to Boost Business

    Let me share some thoughts on what I think you should be looking to buy for the perfect domain name.

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  • 30th June 2022

    How to Pick the Perfect Domain Name for Your Website

    Let me share some thoughts on what I think you should be looking to buy for the perfect domain name.

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  • 14th June 2022

    The Ultimate Freelance Web Designer Guide

    A detailed guide on my experiences, thoughts and advice on getting started as a freelance web designer.

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  • 13th October 2021

    Introducing Steamboat

    Introducing my indie iOS application launching late 2022, Steamboat.

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  • 28th April 2021

    Adapting to the 11ty Workflow

    Switching from Perch to a Jamstack setup with 11ty, Netlify and Netlify CMS.

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  • 10th March 2021

    Mental Health as a Freelancer

    COVID-19 has changed us all in many ways. I wanted to write about what I've learnt and how I cope with the demands of being a freelance web designer.

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  • 27th January 2021

    What is Jamstack?

    Learn why I use Jamstack and how you can get started. Learn about the benefits and best practices of Jamstack when combined with Netlify.

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  • 11th December 2020

    Writing Modern CSS with Blyth

    I wanted to document and write about my principles, methodologies and share some wisdom that I’ve built up over the years.

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  • 4th November 2020

    Creating a CSS-Only Horizontal Ticker

    Creating a small ticker component for announcements and alerts.

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  • 2nd October 2020

    How to Create Consistent & Reusable CSS with BEMU

    Creating a consistent set of style principles for consistency and reusability that scales.

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  • 18th June 2020

    Becoming a Freelance Web Designer

    I wanted to create a post I could direct people who contacted whilst also trying to help anyone searching on how to become a freelancer. I’ve listed the top 5 questions I get asked, with an attempt to answer them the best I can.

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  • 21st January 2020

    Web Design Books to Read in 2020

    Being a freelance web designer offering a wide range of services means you can find yourself deep in projects for months and focusing on one specialist area.

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  • 29th January 2019

    Using Laravel Valet with Perch

    I've recently made a switch from MAMP Pro, to Laravel Valet. This article shows you how to setup local development with Perch and Laravel Valet.

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  • 9th February 2018

    Focusing on Details - User Experience

    I wanted to write about something I felt very passionately about, user experience. In everything I do, I need to think about who I'm designing for and almost second guess how they are going to use the pieces of technology I design.

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  • 5th February 2018

    A Big 2018

    An average person has 41 apps on their phone, but here are 5 more apps that I’d recommend to any designer or developer for optimising your workflow.

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  • 1st June 2017

    Why SEO?

    In the second of my SEO series, I’m going to look at the way small businesses approach SEO, and why your business should be marketing online.

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  • 18th May 2017

    Redesigning the Visit Herefordshire Website

    I'm very excited to share with you an experimental project I've been working on: a redesign of the Visit Herefordshire website. Please note, this is a personal project done off my own back just for a bit of fun!

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  • 8th May 2017

    5 things to look out for when hiring a web designer

    In my post this week, I’m looking at what you should be looking for when hiring a web designer.

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  • 24th April 2017

    What is SEO?

    As a business owner, you've come across the term SEO. It's an acronym that gets used often and it definitely is extremely important to get your website noticed.

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  • 2nd April 2017

    My Workspace Setup as a Freelance Web Designer

    At the beginning of this year, I wanted to review my workspace setup, in terms of both physical and technical worlds, and try to become more productive, both when on the road traveling, and at home. During this process, quite a few tools have been changed to try and become more efficient, and make my transition between devices easier.

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  • 27th January 2017

    SEO for Perch - Chirp

    I'm so proud to introduce Chirp SEO for Perch.

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  • 25th June 2016

    Working with Humdinger Days

    I've been working with Humdinger Days as a freelance web designer for quite a while now, and it's really exciting to see how we've progressed. I've offered them the opportunity to introduce themselves to my readers, as well as giving them the opportunity to showcase their awesome site! So here goes...

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  • 25th June 2016

    Should Web Designers Follow Trends?

    I’m quite active in the web design community and there’s always lots of discussions about trends. I’ll attempt to breakdown why trends happen and what that means for us web designers.

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  • 27th January 2016

    Website Foundations - Online Marketing

    Online marketing is growing year on year. Businesses are becoming worried about the state of their online presence.

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  • 10th December 2015

    My First Year as a Freelance Web Designer

    The end of the year is fast approaching and what a year it's been. It's always a good time to reflect as we prepare for Christmas, so here we go.

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  • 20th August 2015

    Using a Local Web Designer

    A simple search on the internet will provide you with multiple choices when it comes to appointing a web designer or design firm to look after the development of your website. One of the choices you will have to make is whether to go with a local designer or to look further afield.

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  • 5th August 2015

    SEO Friendly Web Design – Top Five Tips

    Any business owner knows there’s more to web design than simply putting a website together with a Home page, an About Us page, a Contact page and a few pages worth of info about your products or services.

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  • 2nd July 2015

    Web Design - Generating Sales

    One of the things I most hate about web design is “design for its own sake”. There are plenty of examples of what I’m talking about around the internet.

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  • 5th June 2015

    The Truth about Web Design

    Anything that has the word “design” in it, is often considered to be a creative art form that requires some kind of magical inspiration before it can be embarked on.

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  • 1st May 2015

    Using a Freelance Web Designer Rather than an Agency

    As a business owner, let’s take a look at one of the biggest questions you’ll have to ask yourself when deciding to develop or redevelop your website – should I use a freelance designer or should I go with a larger agency?

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  • 15th December 2014

    Website Foundations - User Types

    Explaining the thorough process I go through with each and every website and mobile application, to focus on user experience.

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  • 8th December 2014

    Why it's Hard Being a Freelance Web Designer

    I love what I do, and I feel very privileged to be involved in so many exciting projects. But being a freelance web designer is hard.

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  • 16th November 2014

    A Freelance Web Designer Like No Other

    I hear lots of web designers/developers say, "I can't design", or "I let other people design". Some people are natural designers, and have a raw talent for design, others have the eye for it, and can learn very quickly, whilst others genuinely do struggle.

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  • 9th October 2013

    5 Apps to Help Optimise Your Workflow

    Here's 5 more apps that I’d recommend to any designer or developer for optimising your workflow.

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