WEBSITE DESIGN PROJECTS FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORS IN IRELAND

Over 20 years of helping Irish Financial Services businesses be effective online

Now taking applications for January 2024 – apply HERE.

FINANCIAL ADVISORS WEBSITE DESIGN IRELAND PORTFOLIO

Most people do not want a website, you want more calls or better calls, so talk to us about that now.

WEBSITE DESIGN IRELAND FINANCIAL SECTOR PROJECTS PORTFOLIO

Web Design Ireland for Financial Advisors

Are you looking to grow your business or get a more professional website design? Or maybe just want more pre-qualified leads?

“We help ‘Professional Financial Services Businesses’ to be effective online to get the clients they really want….do the work they like to do and make the margin they deserve to make”

Great website design and digital marketing advice, ensure that you are effective online, rank well in Google searches, and attract the customers and staff you really want.

Faster – More Secure – More Visible 

MEANit Video Testimonial | Pascal Curran | Advice First Financial

Pascal Curran of Advice First Financial, Letterkenny, Donegal talking about their experience working with MEANit Web Design Agency and SEO.

Website Design Dublin GCFS Gwen Clarke Financial Services

“Thanks a Million !!!!!! It is a pleasure working with you. Call in anytime you are passing for a cuppa”

Gwen Clarke

Financial Adviser, Gwen Clarke Financial Services

Advice-First-Letterkenny-Donegal

“Web is a nightmare – MEANit is a dream..” Michael and his team built a new website for me recently. I found Michael’s no jargon, no BS attitude was actually what I needed.

Pascal Curran

CEO, Advice First Financial Services

Website Design Ireland Clear Group Accounting

“Very professional. Initially I found you by doing a Google search for website designers. Then I looked at your Portfolio of work. Then I picked out a few of your clients who looked good, then I did a Google search for their services in their areas around Dublin to find that they all ranked very well on page 1.

Tom Watson

CEO, Clear Group Accounting Dublin

Website Design Donegal Bonner Gill

“Very happy with this result, well done. Our website looks fantastic”

Michael Gill

Senior Partner, Bonner Gill Accountants Donegal

Smart-Accounting-Ireland

“Very Happy! The website is having an impact already and we are very pleased with the service from your team. We will be back soon as we have some more work for you to do for us”

Paul Carr

Senior Partner, S MacRory & Co Donegal

Website Design Sligo Dorrin Financial Services

“We like it to be Professional”

James Brett

CEO, Dorrin Financial Sligo

Website Design Dublin Trillium Capital Investments
“Ours is a complicated business, so we needed a website that helps us explain in a simple fashion. Well done”
James Garza

Trust Fund Manager, Trillium Capital

Successful Financial Advisors want to be as professional online as they are off-line.

With so many experts and platforms and apps, it’s difficult to know where to begin, right?

Meet Michael from the MEANit Web Design & SEO Team

With over 20 years of experience in the web, we can help you develop an overall Financial Services web presence to give you the opportunity to engage with your chosen audience. This helps ensure that you get to do what you want to do, with the people you really, really want. If that sounds interesting to you, get in touch now for a complimentary chat. Let’s see if we are a good fit for you!’

WHAT OUR HAPPY IRISH FINANCIAL ADVISOR WEBSITE DESIGN PROJECT CLIENTS SAY

Excellent
Based on 44 reviews
Niamh Kane
2022-07-21
Its a straight up 5-stars for Michael & all the team at MEANit Web Deisgn. We cannot recommend this company enough for creating our website for PVC Fencing Donegal. From initial enquiry, Michael was on the ball with his informative advice & we feel he listened to what we wanted to achieve. He coordinated a great team to help us each step of the way & we found everyone extremely friendly & approachable. We will continue to recommend this company going forward. Thanks again, Niamh & David - Pvc Fencing Donegal.
Francie Coyle
2022-07-14
I have been working with Michael over the last while in connection with creating a unique community website for our area. He visited us on a voluntary basis and gave us a comprehensive overview of the partnership required between our team and web design companies like his. He has continued this approach all along and is always available to give advice and direction when needed. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his team for your project, big or small and I am confident you will find it a productive and rewarding experience.
Martin Johnston
2022-07-06
Thank you to Michael, for all your help and advice. Very responsive with emails and phone calls. Which means alot, when your looking and needing work done! Highly recommend Michael, so informative and his attention to detail, is 2nd to none !! Continued success to you Michael! Regards Martin
Eunan Cunningham
2022-06-30
Míle buíochas! Our sincere thanks to Michael and his team at MEANit for producing an excellent website for us at gteic Cill Charthaigh. We had a very tight timescale in which to work with a non-negotiable deadline and we also required a bilingual site (Irish and English)! Everything was carried out on-time and within the budget. Nothing was too much trouble. It was a totally painless process and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. We would have no hesitation in recommending MEANit to anyone who wants a professional website for their business or organisation or committee etc. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
Michael Gill
2022-06-27
I could not recommend Michael, John and Maryann at Meanit enough for anyone who is looking to build a website or update their website. Right from the beginning Michael was there to assist, and build my website to ensure all the content I wanted was there and the site was professional. Michael and John ongoing support and advising how to maximise our website content is excellent. Michael Gill FCA, partner Bonner Gill & Co. Chartered Accountants.
Alice Hartigan
2022-03-03
Michael, John and the team at MeanIt have been a pleasure to work with. They respond fast, have a genuine interest in the work we do and are so helpful. Couldn't recommend more :) Thanks so much for all your continued support!
Killybegs Marine Cluster Blue Economy
2022-03-02
Meanit have been absolutely amazing from the initial brief to project completion, which was delivered on time and on budget. We couldn’t be happier with Meanit and their customer service is excellent. We highly recommend Meanit as a service provider.
Peter Garvey
2022-02-25
I look forward to Meanit s email on a sunday allways great information and links thanks Michael
patrick conaghan
2022-02-24
Michael and his team are always available for expert advice and support.
Anthony McGlynn
2022-01-18
I can't recommend Michael, John & Maryann from MeanIT highly enough. From initial consultation, to implementing a plan and watching my website become a reality, nothing was ever a problem. I found Mean IT to be very professional & knowledgeable. Michael has been excellent giving me tips to help with my Google ranking and what is the best way to increase visitors and more importantly increasing sales on my website. I look forward to continuing adapting and upgrading my graphic design website in the future with Michael & the team. Thanks again for all your help and giving my business an excellent online presence.

WEBSITE DESIGN FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORS PROJECTS IRELAND FAQS

What does a good CMS Financial Advisors Website Design Cost in Ireland?
CMS Business Website Design Costs for a Financial Advisory in Ireland

From €250 to €350 per page depending on which modules are required – Get a Free quote now. Every Financial Services Advisory website project is different, so talk to us about yours, so that we can give you a proper personalised quote. It is a bit like pensions, there is no one size fits all option.

Content Management System

Initial Content Entry for initial 10 or so pages, (add unlimited pages yourself free), Attachment Management, Image Gallery, SEO Tools, Google Maps, YouTube, Preview Mode, Query Form, Website Statistics and User Manual – 10 pages estimate €3500

Business Website Design Template or custom design subject to choice of your Client

Estimate €75 for a cheap to €750 for a decent custom design by a graphic designer with good experience

Monthly Support & Maintenance Options if required
Agree on a monthly website support plan to cover website updates, server support, and any edit requests etc.

Estimate €99 or just pay the Ad Hoc hourly rate. Monthly Support

We work with your budget and your cash flow #gettingbusinessonline

Optional Business Website items or add ons offered
    • Content Creation – do you want us to write it for you. Or hire a Copywriter in the financial advice space.
    • Content editing – can you edit your own text
    • SEF – making pages Search Engine Friendly. How will Google find you when someone searches for financial services
    • SEO – This is what gets you enquiries and conversions from visitors to buyers
    • Image – Producing, sizing, adding to website. Professional photography is always a good investment.
    • Downloads – any pdfs, guides, ebooks about financial advice or calculators etc
    • Google Map – adding your Irish office location pins
    • YouTube Video – adding and optimising video as more content to optimise in Youtube and add to your website.
    • Google Analytics 4 – set up reporting in Dashboard. Setting up GA4.
    • Google Business Profile aka Google My Business – We can set this up or optimise it for you

If required, we can also refer Clients to photographers/videographers/Copywriters etc. Good ‘Independent’ honest advice for you, is our way of doing things – no exceptions.

How long will the project take?
The website 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 Financial Services website content, written and photographic. Then a week to optimise and test, so usually between 4 to 8 weeks.

Everybody asks how quickly can my website be built. Our answer is “Once we have all your content in Dropbox and you have signed off on this final content. We can schedule your website, which will be built in one week. We will schedule that within the forthcoming four weeks, from receipt of confirmation deposit. So the website will take one week to be developed by the team and it will be done within a month of having all the content ready. “
Does that make sense do you?

Can I create a financial advice website myself?
Do it yourself. Do it with you. or Do it for you.

Yes, if you have the time, in theory you could do it all yourself, plan, design, develop and optimise a website for your independent financial advice firm. In fact if you want to DIY the project, read our blog articles to find out how to tackle each step properly. It could be a good way to start. It would certainly be an education.

Or talk to us about doing it with you, where we guide you and you do the work or even the marketing, whichever bits you want, once we write up a plan with you to give you some guidance and support.

Or we can do it all for you, whilst you focus on your own Financial Services Business. In which case we need to use the new website to make you more money than you are investing with us. This is the sort of challenge we readily take on and overcome evry time. Yes, actually, we do Guarantee it. :0)

Could you please clarify who will be doing the work?
Our own team is based here in Ireland, mainly in 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 websites are custom designed for you individually. We do not even offshore SEO, as our SEOs are also on the staff.

Is this the same for Wealth Planner Website Design or Financial Planner Website Design?

Yes this is the same for Wealth Planner Website Design or Financial Planner Website Design or financial consultant website, as the process is the same

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.

Will it be responsive and optimised for mobile viewing?

Yes, we actually design for the 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 May 2021.

How many pages do you need?

This depends on how many financial advice services or products you want to promote. It could be as low as 5 and as high as you like or need. How many financial services do you offer? Add Home, About, Contact, and News.

Who provides the written content and photos for the website?

You do. You can give us written content about your firm and your services. Likewise send us original photos or engage a photographer to create some new photos of you, your team and your premises. Don not worry about how well written it is. We can make it look well and optimise it.
Likewise, we can get written content done for you by a writer. And we can buy photos for you too if you need them.
But we do guide you through all this, step by step, as we have done with hundreds of clients in the past.

What else can you do to market the Financial Advisory firm?

Marketing Strategy – Create awareness in your target market of your financial advice services.

Tactics
1. Content Marketing – Ideally you want people coming to you organically. One of the best ways is to give them useful content to read, that makes them realise that you are the right Financial Advisor for them. Answer questions in detail, just like you would if someone asked you a question in the office or over the phone. Think of the money questions you get every day or regularly, as in Frequently Asked Questions. Ensure that this content is on your website, then promote it through SMM Social Media Marketing via your Social Channels, Linkedin, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads or Google Ads PPC Pay Per Click Advertising. You can even create a Facebook Group if you want to use it as a medium to engage with existing or potential clients. Adding video is a good way to get engagement and the video can be shared or promoted or put it on your own video marketing platform in Youtube.

2. Blog – Write some useful financial guidance articles to add value to your website for visitors. Show people you know a lot about these financial products or financial services you offer clients. If you feel that you cannot write or do not have time, hire someone to create ‘original’ content for you. No boilerplate content that gets published on dozens or hundreds of financial advisory websites. Use SEO Search Engine Optimisation to help your pages and posts get found in Google search for relevant key terms. Are you featuring on page one in Google for these key terms? You can use an email Marketing Campaign to send content via a Newsletter, to inform or bring people such as existing clients to your website to read more. Can you guest blog on other financial advice websites to show your authority.

3. Niche – if you specialise in ‘Retirement Planning’, then focus any content creation on that specific area, rather than trying to write content on too many topics. Financial Planning is a vast area. What about niching further, say retirement planning for nurses or firemen or men in a certain area of Ireland and of a certain age, whatever is your best space.

4. UX/UI – With all this wonderful content you are creating, make sure that it is easy to find in your website. Usually referred to as User Experience and User Interface. All artices on any given topic can be clustered or grouped together and be easy to flow from one to another in a logical way. Your Blog may have Categories of different finance advice posts. Your service pages may be in sub navigations, to break up the content and funnel people to where they want to go.

5. CTAs – On each page or post, have a logical CTA Call to Action, such as ‘Get a FREE Quote for Life Cover’ or ‘Make an appointment with a Qualified Financial Advisor now’ or whatever is right for that page. Only have one CTA if possible to avoid confusion and help with flow.

6. Updating – when you create these pages or posts you will need to keep the financial advice up to date. And you may well think that your clients would not read 5000 words about Life Cover options, and you may well be right. However some of them will like to get the long answers to their queries. And Google will definitely like it, so they may then rank you higher than other financial advice firms for this query. This is important, if you are not ranking on page 1 in a Google search in Ireland for your key financial terms who is going to find you?

7. PPC Ads – You could spend lots of money competing with Pay Per Click advertising. This can get quick short term results as long as you pay to play and works faster than SEO which is a longer term play.

Sounds like work! Yes it is, but this way you say it once to many rather than many times to one person again and again. So this will save you time in future. And more importantly, it allows you to answer questions for potential clients, whenever they ask the questions 24/7/365. Plus it helps you get found by people who do not know you even exist yet.

What is the "The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)"?

The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is a European regulation introduced to improve transparency in the financial advice market for sustainable investment products, to prevent greenwashing and to increase transparency around sustainability claims made by financial market participants.

It imposes comprehensive sustainability disclosure requirements covering a broad range of environmental, social & governance (ESG) metrics at both entity- and product-level. The main provisions of the SFDR have been applicable as of 10 March 2021, with a statutory instrument known as a Delegated Act containing more precise disclosure standards yet to be adopted by the European Commission. The SFDR is a fundamental pillar of the EU Sustainable Finance agenda, having been introduced by the European Commission as a core part of its 2018 Sustainable Finance Action Plan, which also include the Taxonomy Regulation and the Low Carbon Benchmarks Regulation.

Read the full details from 2019 at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32019R2088&from=EN in the Official Journal of the European Union.

What are the Sfdr classifications?
SFDR product classifications fall under 3 categories: Article 8, Article 9 and ‘Other. ‘ Article 8 and Article 9 products consider sustainability in a binding way. Article 8 products promote social and or environmental characteristics whilst Article 9 products have a sustainable objective.

Who does SFDR apply to?
The SFDR regulation applies to FMPs such as investment firms, pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies, banks, venture capital funds, credit institutions offering portfolio management, or financial advisors.

Who needs to report under SFDR?
SFDR Level 1 requires financial institutions within the European Union or marketing to EU investors, to make principles-based disclosures on ESG Environmental, Social and Governance related activity. Firms must report not only on the sectors they invest in, but also on their portfolio companies. And SFDR disclosures are not limited to marketing materials. Private and Corporate investors apply these non-financial factors, more and more every year as part of their own analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.

What are Environmental, Social and Governance financial products?
ESG funds are portfolios of equities and/or bonds for which environmental, social and governance factors have been integrated into the investment process. This means the equities and bonds contained in the fund have passed stringent tests over how sustainable the company or government is regarding its ESG criteria of its use of or dependence on fossil fuels, its use or management of water and other resources and its pollution levels.

What is ESG or Environmental, Social and Governance marketing?
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Marketing is based on the ESG criteria. The aim of these criteria is to help consumers and investors to get in touch with products and companies that demonstrate similar values to their own.

What is YMYL Your Money Your Life?

What is YMYL Your Money Your Life? And how does it affect Financial Advisors websites?

Any website that sells a product or provides a service or even just information that can be deemed to impact someones ‘financial wellbeing’ or ‘financial safety’ and their ‘happiness’ or their ‘health’, can be classified or categorised by Google as YMYL “Your Money or Your Life”.

The very definition of the service you as a Financial Advisor provides means that your content could be so classified. Bear in mind this is a ‘topic’ so it is not just a page, but rather the whole website that gets classified as YMYL. One page or post could classify you in this category. It is not necessarily a bad thing or even something that you can avoid. However, you do need to be so careful about what you write or post in your website.

As the CEO you are responsible for anything posted by other members of the financial services team or your digital marketer, so do check your website content regularly. Talk to your Search Engine Optimisation team about what content to create, which financial advice to give and how to display it, as well as link to it. Your SEO can tell you if your website is affected positively or negatively by the content you are posting, which might be considered YMYL.

How can you use your website to recruit Qualified Financial Advisors?

There are ways that you can use your website to recruit Qualified Financial Advisory staff?

1. Post a Position or job vacancy for a Financial Advisor or Mortgage Broker etc on your website.

2. Give as much detail as you can in the job description. Include details of the post, the workplace, the team, the type of clients you deal with, the salary range on offer and any other bonuses or targets etc. You cannot give too much information, so keep typing until you run out of ideas. Let the reader know what it would be like to work with you and your team. Make the reader feel welcome and show them how good the position is. Sell it as if you were talking to someone who answered an advertisement for the job.

3. Optimise the page so that it can rank in Google search. This could save you a fortune in recruitment agency fees. Get your web design agency or SEO to do this if you do not know how to do it.

4. Use the link to this post and paste it in to Facebook and Boost it if you like to whichever demographic or geographic area you want to target.

5. Use the content of this post and paste it in to your Google Business Profile.

6. Use the link to this post and paste it in to Linkedin and promote it if you want to try a small spend. Bear in mind that Linkedin is expensive.

7. Use the content of this page to do an advert on your local digital news website and include the hyperlink to this post in your website.

8. Create a blog post about working as a QFA or how to become a QFA. Answer as many questions as you can.

9. Post the details in any Financial Advisors ‘Groups’ in Facebook or Linkedin or any ‘Forums’ that you may belong to.

10. Create a poll in Linkedin and ask people what would make them choose a particular Financial Advisory firm to work with.

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

MEANit-Web-Design-TeamYES

We may be able to generate more traffic, better traffic, and 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? We can get you the right traffic or visitors.

And we will only take on a new client IF we feel that we can deliver the results they want. If we do work together you will get more pre-qualified leads and as long as you convert them you will grow your sales and make more money. We even offer money-back guarantees if we need to remove any worries or stress. We are not out to take money off you for nothing. Far from it, our work generates more profit for you, to a point where you will be very happy to be paying our invoices. It is a mutual benefit.

Talk to us and let’s find out if we are a good fit for each other.

Do you use Design Themes or do Custom Design?

We ‘Custom Design’ your website design for your target clients. We can work with your graphic designers if they design for web. Or we can have the design created by our own local talented web designers. Remember the adage ‘simplicity scales and fancy fails’, so do not get too caught up in getting a design that could win an award for aesthetics, unless you have a 5* property and a 5* budget. Winning design awards does not necessarily win you business. We need to design for your specific audience and for both desktop and mobile interaction.

Want to see a Business Website Design Checklist & Layout Plan? Just click here.
Business Website Design Checklist & Layout Plan

Reduce the need for costly revisions by planning well. Get this list covered and it will help ensure a smooth delivery for you and your web developers. It is very common for web developers to fall out with their clients, simply because this list is not covered.

Business Websites Designers DonegalBrief – Write up an initial brief for yourself, your team, and your web developers, including the website designer as well as the digital marketer. Or get the agency to write this for you

Domain name – What is it, do you own it, who has control of it, is it on your credit card, what is your username and password to access it?

Hosting – Where will you host and can they manage your new website solution? Ensure that this is also in your name and on your credit card

Project manager – Who on your team will oversee the new website development for your firm?

Lead time – When are you going live and what are the milestones?

Budget – How much of an investment is needed to build, market, and maintain, and what are the payment terms?

Goals & Objectives — What results do you want – set SMART goals, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound targets, then include some metrics.

Problem – What problem will you solve? For you or your customers

Target Audience — Who is it – your written or photographic website content should talk to that persona or those personas

Look — How do you want to be seen? Big, Corporate, Local, Arty, Professional?

Design — Get a graphic design mockup done after the web designer reads your approved brief and sees your planned layout or wireframe. Let them know which websites you like or do not like. Have a look at WordPress Themes for business websites, if you are on a tight budget. BUT do not do the designer’s job, let them be creative.

Content — Plan a Menu structure, list the pages and then prepare good content for each one and work with the web Designer on the look, the developer on the layout, the digital marketer for the content

Functionality — What smart stuff do you want on your business website, payment gateway,booking engine, blog, contact forms etc

CMS – Content Management System? – Can you edit the website or who will do that for you?

eCommerce – How will you take money securely?

Booking – How will you handle bookings or enquiries?

Digital Marketing — Who will look after this to get the right traffic to the website and convert the ‘right’ visitors to buyers

Measuring – Once targets are set, check the metrics regularly, so that you have a plan and can see how you are doing

NB: Our WordPress Open Source CMS packages let you add unlimited pages to your business websites.
Lastly, if this is too much for you when getting started, consider our Simple or Starter website option. You can do all this in stages or phases. Maybe start small, see some return and reinvest from profits gained.

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.

WordPress is to web design, what flour is to baking. It is a basic, popular, simple ingredient. Throw a stone down any street and you stand a good chance of hitting someone who uses WordPress.

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

Add to that the experience and talent of our team plus some well-chosen plugins to make your website better than your competitors. Isn’t that the whole idea?

CMS Content Management System - what do you get with this?
CMS Content Management System – everything a business website needs
Here is the full list of what you get typically from our Business Website Services (Long read).

This Business website solution is ideal for any Client who wants a professional-looking web presence that they can edit without the need for an ‘IT’ person or ‘Webmaster’. It is a tool for Non-Techs, as no coding is required and only basic computer skills are needed. The CMS or Content Management System can be upscaled to include other functionality such as an eCommerce module at any time.
Includes:

  • Content Management System – Easy-to-use WordPress software platform which allows you to make changes to your business website content, imagery, navigations, videos, maps, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Optimisation, etc.
  • Business Website Design Template – Every website needs to have a look that best suits or reflects your company brand. We recommend ‘custom graphic design’, but also have low-cost design themes for you to choose from. If your company has a unique design and brand required for the website, we can create this in the solution. The investment required for creating a web design template is dependent on the time required for our website designers.
  • Responsive Theme – For Mobile or Tablet delivery of website content in logical format is included by default
  • SEO Tools – Our CMS comes with a Search Engine Tool, allowing you to optimize each of your web pages, keeping you competitive in Google, etc. A good website design is not just for show, you will need customers to find your business ranking well in search engines. With this package, you will be given all of the means necessary to do so. A website without SEO will not rank well or be seen by Search Engines.
  • Unlimited Web pages – The CMS is capable of storing unlimited web pages helping your website grow with your business. If your business needs that facility, this package is perfect as the website will deliver on the internet quickly whether it has 1 or 1000 pages.
  • Content Entry – While this solution is completely customisable, we input sized content provided by you, as a first draft and you can start editing from there. We do the first agreed 10 or whatever a number of pages for you.
  • Attachments & Downloads – Each Web page has a facility for attachments allowing visitors to the website to download files. Attachments can be added, edited, and deleted at your discretion on any or every website page.
  • Image Gallery – Every website page has a photo gallery assigned to it, allowing you to display your projects, goods, etc. Like the content entry, you can add as many images to your gallery or galleries as you wish.
  • Google Maps – Our Google Maps feature allows you to help customers locate you, locate your projects or locate conference locations, etc. It is an easy-to-use copy & paste tool.
    Integrations you can have included
  • YouTube – Your website design can contain YouTube or Vimeo video content that you have the power to embed on each of your web pages. Video is a great way of demonstrating your product or service to your customers.
  • Image Manager – Sometimes one image can explain so much more than a lot of written content. The image manager allows you to easily store your images and add them to your web pages while also allowing for linking to other areas of the website or other external sites.
  • Preview Mode – The CMS allows you to make changes to the website not yet ready for the public’s eye. Preview mode allows you to view the website with the new content, while the public is unable to view your latest website design changes until you allow them to do so. You are in control in every way.
  • Email Accounts – Email is essential for every “business website” – with this package you get an email account or accounts or forwarder.
  • Query Form – The CMS comes equipped with a standard form that can be submitted by customers and is delivered directly to an email address of your preference. These details are not stored on mailing lists, the form’s sole purpose is to allow customers to contact you with a query and leave a contact detail for you to get back to them. It helps you gather customer contact info and opinion/queries. Other custom Forms are billable options and depend on the time needed to create them.
  • Website Statistics – Once your business website is up and running you will want to know who was on your website, what they were looking at, and how they came to be on your website. We register you with Google for Analytics. And we add a panel in your website Dashboard to see your stats at a glance.
  • Hosting – As professional business website designers we do not try to do hosting as well, so hosting is currently recommended with SG Hosting

Sample Business Website Structure or Layout


How do you lay out a business website – what sort of navigation to use?
      • Home
      • About
      • Services
        – Service 1
        – Service 2
      • Projects
        – Project 1
        – Project 2
      • Clients or Testimonials
      • Blog or News
      • Special Offers
      • Contact Us
    • Please NoteThe navigation above is for demonstration purposes only and web pages can be titled at the client’s request. With a CMS you have the ability to add sub-sections to your navigations. Like using Word it is a simple ‘wysiwyg’ interface, simply meaning that you can see exactly which pages you have and where they are. Easy to find and easy to edit or delete. Bigger websites will have Mega Menus to make it easier to find something when a site has dozens or hundreds of pages. Visitors should find what they came looking for quickly when they come looking for it. Google will reward with high ranking any site that successfully answers a search term query and where people click on the result.
I see lower cost options, why?
CMS Business Website Design Costs Explained

At a very basic level, anyone who can use a computer, can ‘build’ a website. Much like anyone with a calculator can add, it does not make them an Accountant. Anyone who can get flour is not necessarily a baker or a good baker.

If you choose a website designer, based on getting a low price, you will end up doing it all over again in the future. If someone has a set price, before they get to know about your project in detail, walk away. No, run away.
Remember that you are looking for a website that will deliver results, such as more sales or enquiries. If you make the wrong decision, you may reduce the initial investment, but it will cost you opportunity.

Imagine a doctor giving you a prescription, before doing a diagnosis, based on a consultation – that is malpractice.

Every website project is different, so talk to us about yours, so that we can give you a proper quote. Expect to invest from €250 to €350 per page depending on which modules are required – Get a Free quote now.

You probably want this website to be your online salesperson, how much would you expect to pay a salesperson?

Results – Your website needs to do a lot more than look good or just be there, it needs to get found by Google and convert visitors to customers. Pick a web design agency team who can prove that they have done this for other firms in your sector.

Support – Lastly, pick an agency who will be there to support you when you need help again, next month or next year. Ensure the agency you choose has staying power, has been around for years and look like they will be there for you in the future, even if some of their team members change over the years.

     

    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 financial services 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 to 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.

    FREE Google tool to Test Your Website – Google PageSpeed Insights (PSI).

    FREE Google tool to Test Your Website – Google PageSpeed Insights (PSI).

    How good a job did your web developers do on your website? Do not take their word for it, run this FREE Google test, to find out for yourself.

    Google PageSpeed Insights (PSI) is a FREE tool from Google. It tests your website and then gives you a report on the technical performance of a given page on both mobile and desktop devices. On top of that, it then provides suggestions on how this particular page can be enhanced. Page Speed Insights or PSI is useful for capturing true, real-world user experience.

    The results do two things. Firstly, it gives you a score out of 100 for your mobile and for your Desktop versions of your website. On top of that, the report gives you all the data you need to improve your score, by improving your website.

    Does this affect your search engine rankings – yes it does. Keep working on your website to get a score as close to 100 as you can. At least get it into the Green zone, scoring 89 or above.

    This tool gives you control. Now you can see how Google sees your website. And it is FREE.

    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 like Facebook and Linkedin.

    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.

    Imagine we are having a conversation three years from now. And you are very happy with your progress. What needs to have happened in order for you to be that happy?

    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. Also as a YMYL Your Money Your Life website you are monitored with more scrutimy by Google, so your domain needs to avoid potential tarnish.

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

    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 of how 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 financial advice services 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 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 Financial Services competition in your area and how good they are at SEO Search Engine Optimisation.

    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 optimise for 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 may engage someone else or even do it yourself if you feel you have the skills. Where you 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 or wherever you are located ?

    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 or local region do their own Search Engine Optimisation. Nobody can honestly guarantee you a Page 1 ranking for Dublin or Drogheda or any decent sized town in Ireland. However, a good SEO might give you an indication after the first month or two. It depends on how competitive your financial services 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.