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1 Donegal Web Designers based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal
1.3 Some typical questions & answers about our website design services in Donegal Ireland

Donegal Web Designers based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal-county-crestSometimes a simple web design theme is all that is required, maybe something that has been created before. Such as a cheap website design theme with a few modifications for you by the web designers, right off the shelf. Sometimes….

Customised graphic design for your business website design is certainly more time consuming and is a more expensive or rather it is a bigger investment in your business. However, it is much more effective and certainly really worthy of considering some custom Graphic Web Design. Even if it is only for the home page or the branding.
The main thing is that you do ensure that you find web designers in Donegal who are competent and trustworthy. Not just someone selling a low priced, low quality option and a handful of misguided promises, just because they think it is what you want to hear. Or worse. Work with someone you can meet locally, ensure you know how to find them if you ever need to do so.

Quality Website Design

Your business website design is way too important to leave in the hands of an amateur designer or developer in Letterkenny or anywhere else. It is your shop or office window online. How do you want to look? If you want to look cheap and slow or inefficient, then hire the low cost option. If you want to look professional and well qualified, then engage a professional web design agency, ideally one in Donegal, with a local team of web developers and website designers. Donegal has the experienced talent you need, a few wonderful graphic designers who can design for web specifically. The ability to design for web is critical, so do look for proof of previous websites designed. Find these Graphic Web Designers in Donegal – who are focused on web, UX and UI

As well established Donegal Web Designers, based at Ballyraine in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, we work with design themes, only if necessary. And mainly we work with talented local Donegal web focused graphic designers, so talk to us about what you need for your particular web design project. We only work with Clients where we feel we can create a good return on any investment by them. We have happy web design Clients in Killybegs, Mountcharles, Glenties, Donegal Town, Bundoran, Ballybofey, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Fanad, Ros Guill, Bunbeg, Annagry, Ardara and lots of towns in between, right across county Donegal. And in all or most counties of Ireland. Check out website design portfolio – see Our Web Design Work.

We are very much focused on Legal, Construction and Financial Sectors. We do not work in Hospitality or Retail eCommerce sectors.

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Can a Graphic Designer also do effective Web Development ?

MeanIT Graphic Design vs Web DevelopmentNo, is the short answer.

Graphic Design is a left brain activity, whereas Web Development is a right brain area. Most web developers fancy themselves as graphic designers and create poor or mediocre website design at best. Same with Graphic designers, many think that they can create a website design and then put it on the web and it will just work forever – wrong ! Ferrari do not ask their designers to physically build the car, nor do they ask auto mechanics to design it.
Good web design agencies in Donegal or elsewhere, try to employ a good senior graphic website designer and a good senior web developer. These are two very difficult positions to fill well, so very few manage to do it. Even if they do, they rarely hold on to the staff very long. So, getting the right web design agency is critical for any long term engagement by you.

You can accept that you might have to employ two people in Donegal, but ensure that they can work together on a web design project. The Graphic designer could develop something that will cost more to build, unless they talk to the Web Developer about the best layout first. Between them they should work together to keep costs down. Any Graphic Designer who is not used to working in Web Design, will generally design for Print, which will lead to poor web design and low conversion of visitors for your business. Get a web designer in Donegal that can show you loads of examples of website design work done, with happy clients in Letterkenny or around the county, similar to the work you want done yourself. Also check out their “style” to see if you like it. They all have their own design style, so you want to be sure that you like it. Generally, their “Look” is going to show through all their work. Web developers are the same, they like one code or one website platform more than any other, so they will work with .Net or Joomla or WordPress. These are very different platforms, so get advice on which is best for your project. Ideally, get a dependable web design agency in Donegal, which has the experienced local team to to handle the entire project for you, from planning to web design, web development to SEO Search Engine Optimisation, Digital Marketing and ongoing website support.
Another benefit, if you do live in Donegal is that you can sit with this ‘Team’,  your team, in their office in Letterkenny or Donegal Town, wherever it is located, to discuss your website design. If you ever need them again, you will know where to find them.

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Can you get a website developed offshore and save you money?

Yes, absolutely. And most so called web design agencies in Donegal and throughout Ireland, actually offshore the web development work because it is so much cheaper than paying someone living in Donegal in Ireland.
Does it work well? It is certainly cheaper, but no it generally does not work out well. Normally, it leads to the pain of you having to get a website done again in a year or two when you realise you made a mistake. Plus you have lost a year or two of potential business. What would that mistake cost you?

Before you pick a web design agency, visit their physical offices, meet their website designers and web development team. Talk to their web developers and graphic web designers and project managers. This is too important a decision to make and get wrong. Where is your accountant based? Do you offshore your own workers/staff or are they based locally? Where do you get your car serviced? Where would you get a hip replacement – in Letterkenny University Hospital, Blackrock Clinic or in some Eastern European country for half the price. With important decisions you know it is important not to gamble and simply hope for the best. And your choice of website designers for your business is an important decision, just like getting a hip replacement.

Plus it is nice to know that you are investing in your own community in Donegal. Probably the community that you expect to support your own business. #keepitlocal #LoveDonegal

Some typical questions & answers about our website design services in Donegal Ireland

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Is it a WordPress website?

Yes. We are a 100% WordPress open source web design agency. We do not work with Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Shopify or any other ‘locked’ proprietary platforms.

On top of the WordPress platform we apply a page builder to make it easier for you to use the website. And we then ensire the website page load speed times are good. This is our jam 🙂

How long will the project take?

The planning takes one week. The design usually takes two weeks, plus any delay due to revisions at your end. The Development takes two weeks from the time we receive your website content, written and photographic. Then a week to optimise and test, so usually between 4 to 8 weeks.

Could you please clarify who will be doing the work?

Our own team based here in Ireland, mainly Donegal. We do not offshore our work The developers and project managers are team members on the web design agency payroll. The designers are all local and hired per project, as they all have different styles. We match the right graphic designer with your project. All website are custom designed for you individually. We do not even offshore SEO, as our SEOs are also on the staff.

Will it be responsive and optimised for mobile viewing?

Yes, we actually design for mobile first viewing and then make desktop work too. Mobile page load speed is very important, especially since Google introduced Web Core Vitals, as an important ranking factor in 2021.

How many pages should do we need?

This depends on how many services or products you want to promote. It could be as low as 5 and as high as you like.

Who provides the written content and photos for the website?

You do. We can get written content done for you by a writer. And we can buy photos for you too if you need them.

Where will my website be hosted?

We do not sell or resell hosting. It is too important to be used as a way of making a little side profit. We recommend suitable WordPress hosting for your specic WordPress requirements. The hosting, like your domain name, should be in your name and on your credit card – much like the deeds of your house.

Do we need a blog?

No, you do not. However we often recommend having one. This is to allow you add supporting content for your main service pages. If you have a service page called Conveyancing, then why not write a supporting blog article about what is required to get conveyancing done. Or what are the typical charges are in relation to conveyancing.

Will we be able to update our new website after it is delivered?

Yes, absolutely. We will set you up as a User. And we will provide you with a Website User Manual. Plus you can book training with us as often as required. The website is a Content Management System and is designed to allow you add, edit or delete content.

What happens if you get knocked down by a bus?

We are a web design agency with a team of people and we have someone to replace everyone. If one of us gets knocked down, you will stil be in good hands.

If you get knocked down, we will be available to train up your replacement in how to use the website.

Can we put video on the new website?

Yes. You post your website videos on Youtube or Vimeo and we use the links or embed code to make them appear on your website. We do recommend using good quality video for your website and social channels.

Do you offer any kind of guarantees or warranty on your work?

Yes. Unusually for our industry, we do in fact stand over our work. We agree targets. We even offer money back because we only take on projects where we know we can add value. We have never had to give any form of warranty refund.

Do you handle emails?

No. Website hosting and email hosting are two different things. Or they should be. You could set up email on your website hosting. But if the website is offline for a few days you will survive. Having your email services down for a few days is much more stressful.

We recommend you get your IT guys to set you up on AWS or GSuite, Outlook or Microsoft Office. eMail is usually critical to a business.

What search engine optimization tactics or techniques are included?

This depends on what is agreed. We like to plan the SEO Search Engine Optimisation in advance. We can do the keyword reseach for you. Or you can do it. We can make all the pages SEF search engine friendly.
Or we can optimise all the pages for the agreed key terms or phrases. You decide on how much SEO we do for you. We even offer ongoing SEO services if you require them. This what gets the website found and converting visitors.

How does getting a new website design affect my current SEO and page ranking?

Very important question. If you have a website already, it is critical to bring over any Google history to the new website. This is so valuable, so we make the most of it. 301 redirects may have to be done. Getting is wrong is common place and can be very expensive in lost sales.

Can you guarantee Page 1 listing ?
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No. Google does not allow for that.  Otherwise everybody would be at it. However a good SEO specialist should have an idea if they can do it. This is still a wild guess, until the first few months have been done.

Will people be able to find my website in a Google search?

Yes, we will submit a Sitemap to Google to let them know your website is live, including all of its individual pages. If someone searches your domain, you will lbe found. If they search your trading or company name you will be found within a few weeks. It does take time to rank on the top most pages. That is an SEO or Search Engine Optimisation issue. You may engage us to work on your SEO or you may engage someone else or even do it yourself, if you feel you have the skills. Where you do rank will depend on your SEO and your competition and how good they are at SEO.

What search engine optimisation tactics or techniques are included?

This depends on what you ask us to do. We can make the pages of your website search engine friendly. We can work on optimising your website for agreed key terms or phrases. We can even do the research on your behalf to determine the best key terms to optimse for in your case.
We will submit a Sitemap to Google to let them know your website is live, including all of its individual pages. If someone searches your domain, you will be found. If they search your trading or company name you will be found within a few weeks. It does take time to rank on the top most pages. That is an SEO or Search Engine Optimisation issue. You may engage us to work on your SEO or you may engage someone else or even do it yourself, if you feel you have ths skills. Where you do rank will depend on your competition and how good they are at SEO.

How long does it take to get on Page 1 in Dublin ?

Druids-Glen-Golf-ResortThis is a very common question. The truth is that this varies depending on the competitiveness of your key terms or words or your industry. And how well your competitors in the Leinster region do their Search Engine Optimisation. Nobody can honestly guarantee you a Page 1 ranking for Dublin or Ireland. However, a good SEO might give you an indication after the first month or two. It depends on how competitive your business is in search. As any golfer in Portmarnock or Luttrellstown or Druids Glen would tell you, it is all about playing the course in front of you on any given day

Can you offer a lower price ? I see other people asking for less.

Dublin-City-GPOYou will see people offering to do SEO for less money. Some will even guarantee more traffic or higher ranking for some words. Or higher CTR click through rate. Usually these guys just want your money and it is a numbers game for them. They are forever selling and getting more short term clients. That is how they work. Check, in an Incognito window, for private browsing, if they even rank for the services they offer themselves. Look at their Google Reviews and see if businesses like yours recommend people like them.
What you invest is up to you. The more you invest the better the results in leads or sales. If you could invest €500 and get back €1500 or invest €5000 and get back €15,000 – which do you want? However the fact is that the first few months are a gamble, to find out if we can do what we say and deliver results. You decide where you want to start and commit to one SEO Ireland provider.

Can you guarantee more sales ? Will we definitely make more money ?

We may be able to generate more traffic, better traffic, more enquiries, however it is still down to you to make the sale. If we get 100 more people a month to your door, how many can you convert.

How many months are needed ? How long does this SEO take ?

The-River-LiffeySEO is never ending. And if you do get more traffic and more sales, why would you stop doing it?
Only after a few months will be be able to tell you how long it should take to rank for a key word or term.
Pick someone to work with and try them for 3 or 6 months. That is the extent of your investment or gamble with them. Maybe have a review meeting after every 3 months.

 

 

 

 

How many keywords are included ?

We get an idea of keywords from you and then we research your competitors and add them to the list. Then we can start with one or two or however many you want. But lets see what the list looks like after a month or two of grunt work by us. Only after a few months will be be able to tell you how long it should take to rank for a word or term. Some words or terms may take longer than others for your industry.

Do you offer the audit free ?

No. This is work for a day or two or half a day a month and we charge for it. Ignore the FREE online options that are generic, just to hook you. Pay for the Audit and then decide if you want to proceed with the SEO that’s it. Commit to 3 or 6 months and try it. If you get the wrong team, just move on to a new team.

What is included in Technical SEO?

Title Tags Optimisation
META Tags Optimisation
Back Linking
Images Optimisation
Sitemap update submissions
Broken links
301 Redirects
404 error check and repair

What is included in On-Site SEO?

On-page edits
Content Optimisation
Internal Link Optimisation
Alt tags
Meta Descriptions
Page Titles

What is included in Off-Site SEO?

Web 2.0 Pages
Social Signals & Bookmarking
Google My Business edits/management
Citations
Reviews

What sort of SEO tasks do you do ?

In no particular order here are some of the tasks we do for SEO clients, depending on what is urgent at any given time.

Technical SEO
Fix technical SEO issues
Fix any canonical or cannibalisation issues
Ensure domain variations all point to the root, as in http://www.meanit.ie and https:// www.meanit.ie  to https://meanit.ie
Clean up existing links
Clean up code
No Index paginated results
Test mobile friendly version rendering and speed
You can address mobile-first indexing
Improve site delivery for core web vitals
Check HREF LANG configuration
Ensure hosting environment is adequate, secure, fast with no IP neighbour issues
Check that robots txt file is correct
Test and improve accessibility

Content SEO
Write up a content strategy
Write new, high quality, topical content
Work on domain overall authority in your industry
Expand on topics covered in page content relative to your industry
Edit pages to respond better with end user intent
Create content around Brand promotions elsewhere
Cull or curate old content or reduce number of pages
Ensure all content is original or paid for
Check all images are correctly sized for web
Check all images are correctly named with proper naming convention
Clean out any old images from Media library

On Site SEO
Work on internal linking
Improve ‘Brand’ trust
Add to or improve Schema
Tweak or improve Page titles to engage in SERPs
Tweak or improve meta descriptions to convert more visitors
Use or improve anchor texts
Use mini menu structure with jump links in long articles
Create and A/B Test landing pages

Off Site SEO
Build new relevant links
Disavow unsuitable links
Work on your Google My Business entry
Work on Linkedin business profile
Work on Facebook business page
Check external links to your internal pages
Resolve any current Google Search Console coverage issues
Do NAP audits for listings with your Name, Address and Phone number
Get more reviews
Compare competitor sites and reverse engineer
Do some PPC or engage someone to manage a campaign
Constantly check, add to, improve and edit Web 2.0 listings

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A Web Presence Checklist, for the senior partner

12 things to oversee the web presence for your legal practice

LinkedIn including company profile page and personal profile for you and all employees. Post some articles about your services, giving some useful advice, sharing insights or sharing industry news. Connect with logical potentially good connections. No sales pitch, just hello with a short line to make the connection, like swopping a business card at a networking event. Read our Linkedin Guide.

Facebook – keep it a basic entry for the practice just to turn up in Facebook in search or get reviews. You could use it to get reviews from people who spend a lot of time on this platform. Or use Facebook to advertise your services, if it is right for your target market.

Website focusing on the services that you want to specialise in, the ones that make you the most margin and that you are happiest to deliver. Bear in mind that you can offer services that you do not personally have to deliver, but make you margin. You do not have to deliver you do not necessarily have to be involved in the process whatsoever. Who is responsible for your SEO Search Engine Optimisation? Read our Guide.

Include SSL – This is the little padlock that appears on the top left corner, to indicate the site is safe. This is not just for eCommerce websites.

Google Business Profile – Have you got one? Is your Google Business Profile profile populated, as in photos, service details, opening hours, blog items, reviews. Independent Google Reviews are fuel for your practice. Get as many as you can. Remember to reply to every single one of them. These are happy clients or people who are in need of attention. Read our Guide.

NAP – Include nap NAP everywhere that you write your address, search Google to see where you appear and ensure the NAP is exactly the same everywhere, including the Eircode.
Do any Google search of your name in an ‘Incognito window’ to see what people see on their computer when they do a search of your company. Whilst you’re there also do a search for solicitors in your town or area. Also do a search for the legal services that you want to promote in your area. Such as conveyancing in Dundalk or conveyancing solicitors in Dundalk.

Recruitment – Your website can also be used for finding new team members, rather than going through the expense of recruitment agencies. This tactic would generally be known as being a part of your overall content marketing strategy. This is where are you create content on your website that will attract people who are looking for certain things. Whether that be a specific legal service or a job in a legal practice that looks attractive to them.

Google Page Insights is a tool that is free and will give you an idea of the speed of your website. Google gives a lot of weight to a fast loading website, especially on a mobile view. Websites are being measured by Google more and more for their mobile view as a key metric.

Google analytics is also free and will give you an idea of the number of people travelling to your website visiting your website on a monthly basis. Use the overview to see how many people visit your website on a monthly basis to see if it’s going up or down. Google Analytics is a great tool but having a high numbers visit your website does not guarantee a conversion to a customer. In order to get conversions you continually need to add content and optimise content and compete with whoever your competitors are. A very simple search for a legal practice in your area will show you who is ranking number 1, 2 or 3. These are the competitors or people you’re competing with, so you need to be better than them. Read our Guide.

Google – With Google Ads you can spend a fortune easily. So if you want to use this platform, get to understand it or engage a specialist. It can be very useful in the short term or to use whilst you are working on your website and SEO. Read our Google Ads Guide.

Conversion. However, bear in mind even if you are number one and you get click through so people visit your website when they land on a page on your website. You have to work on the content in order to get them to convert from visitor to customer. This is your user experience as in UX through your User Interface referred to as the UI.

Reports – Ensure someone is producing a monthly report to measure the numbers. As Peter Drucker said “What gets measured gets managed — even when it’s pointless to measure and manage it, and even if it harms the purpose of the organisation to do so”. Ensure you get a Google Analytics report. And ideally have a report created, so that you can see the numbers at a glance.

Conclusion:
As a senior partner you do not need to do all of this work. This is not what you’re qualified to do and could be way below your paygrade. Unless you engage someone who can deliver a high return in the long term and needs to be well compensated in the short term. Get a proper Digital Marketing Plan drawn up.

However, somebody has to do the work. It would be good if you could use some of these tools to see if the person, practice manager or web agency is doing a good job with your investment.
The bottom line is the practice should be kept busy. And ideally be able to recruit enough staff to deliver services. As a senior partner if you allocate a half hour every month to review these basic reports, you will then be in a position to see what is being done on your behalf.

Read the monthly reports from your Digital marketer. And if needs be, have a conversation about what needs to be improved. The Digital marketer will need a budget to do the search engine optimisation or create graphics for the website. And possibly doing advertising on LinkedIn or Facebook or anywhere where your potential customers are hanging out. Without sounding like an ambulance chaser you can have your content found when people do a search for chiropractor or osteopath or bad back or medical negligence. Get ahead of the curve.

How much time, hassle and money would it save you to have any and all advertising done online through your own website by a competent specialist agency?
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