Custom built websites

For growing businesses who want to succeed.

Are you a ready to step up your online presence?

You’ve landed here for a reason, you have an itch that your website just isn’t doing it for you.  The website you started out with was great at the time but now there’s a mismatch between where your business is and where your website is. 

You’re looking to taking your website to the next level and aren’t really sure where to begin. Choosing the right website experience which encompasses all you need for your business to grow feels a bit overwhelming.

You can relax. You’re in the right place.

Working with me is not the same as working with another designer. I have 17 years experience working in Marketing. 9 of those years have also encompassed running businesses. I know the challenges small businesses face and how difficult it can be to manage your online presence as well as run your business.

In the online world which literally never sleeps, it can be easy to feel like you’re dropping the ball at times.

Together we can change that.

Instead of battling an online world which never sleeps, how about joining it? My lead generating, sales converting websites are designed to make you money while you sleep. Yes really, my websites work 24 hours a day, so that you don’t have to. 

When working together we cover everything. I’ll build you a stellar website and we’ll also integrate it with your marketing materials, connect it to your Social Media accounts, ensure it has bang up to date software and fully equip it to work its socks off so you can focus on what you do best….. your job.

But, first things first…

Stepping up your website is a big investment, for you and for me. Let’s get to know each other and make sure we’re a good fit. Book a complementary coffee and a chat and see if we’re best suited to grow your business together.

Absolutely fantastic experience! Holly was so patient and accommodating, she got the look I wanted for my website spot on! Extremely helpful and the whole process was explained clearly. Claire Walker

How it Works

Book a call

This is the first step. Book a time that suits you and we’ll meet on Zoom. You can tell me what you’d like your website to be like. We’ll talk about timescales and it’s an opportunity to see if we’re a good match for working together.

I’ll send you the info

This will be on email. It will have your customised quote, alongside timescales and any additional information. If you’re looking for support with branding, copywriting or photography,  I’ll introduce you to people I recommend.

You send the content

During our call we’ll discuss what content we need to be able to build the website including website copy, images, branding, any logins to software you’d like to connect or existing logins. Once you have all of this together, send it across, and we’ll book a date to get started with your website build.

The build

Custom build websites will take up to 6 weeks to get to first draft. If your website has complex elements, a lot of pages or we’re hand building specific functions it may take longer. Each week we’ll send you a video walk through of the development of your website where we invite your feedback so we can build exactly the site you want.

First draft

This is when the design and build of the website is complete and ready for you to view in real-time. We’ll send you the link to view the website, you can click around and suggest any changes you’d like to be made. Once we’ve had this feedback from you we’ll make any amendments and then prepare the responsive version of the site – this means making it look great on mobiles, tablets, laptops as well as larger desktops.

Website goes live!

Once the website is looking fabulous on all devices, we’ll publish it. We’ll talk you through the process and timescales before hitting the button so you’re fully prepared. Once the website is live you’ll receive your personalised website user manual so you’ll be fully equipped for updating and editing the website as time goes on.

*you may have noticed that I’ve switched from ‘I’ to ‘we’ in the build section. This is because the website build may be completed by me, or it may be built by one of my lovely team members depending on who’s skillset is the best match for your website.

It was a pleasure working with you and you were so patient with me especially as it my first ever website. I love the results and everyone comments on how great it looks. Trudie Oliver

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What Happens Next

Once your website is complete and has been signed off it is yours. You are not under obligation to stay with me and are welcome to host, maintain and update it yourself or have someone else do it for you.

You will be given a comprehensive website user manual at the end of your website build. This explains how the website is built, how to edit image and text, as well as editing more complex elements of the build. It also shows you how to run the software updates so you can manage the website yourself.

If you would like to continue to work together then one of my monthly maintenance packages will be right for you.

The Website Care Package is an entry level maintenance package which will takes care of monthly updates, site security and back ups. (This package is for you if you are hosting your website yourself).

The Care Plus Package takes care of your hosting, SSL Certificate, back ups, monthly updates and site security.

The Care & Create Package takes care of your hosting, SSL Certificate, back ups, monthly updates, site security and allows for an hour of website development time each month which is perfect if you’d like support in amending adding blog posts, amending text or updating images. 

It’s been a joy working with Holly. Attentive, efficient, good at providing clear informed explanations and I got exactly the webpage I had been looking for. Gillian Martin

Frequently asked Questions

Yes. This doesn’t mean we can’t get talking about your website plans straight away, we can. It also gives you time to gather all the content you want to use on your website. 

A custom built website will be unique to you. This will include the different elements of the build and any aftercare. To discuss your custom build website project book a call with me.

Custom Build websites start at £2,500 for a brochure website. The website quote will be based on the specific requirements of your website build.

Websites are paid for in 2 stages: 50% deposit and 50% upon completion. If you’d prefer a payment plan get in touch.

Once we’ve spoken on Zoom I will send you a quote for your website. You’re welcome to come back to me with any questions, via email. Once you’re happy with everything paying the deposit will ensure your website gets a space in my diary. I’ll also send you everything you need to start gathering content for your website build.

Usually from the start of the build it takes 6 weeks to get to first draft then a further 3 weeks to incorporate any changes and go live. If your website has complex or unique elements or there are a lot of pages then it may take longer. I will let you know this when I send you a quote.

Yes. As every membership website is different, offering services and products which are unique to their brand, membership websites are custom built to ensure they completely reflect the offering and work with the businesses processes.

Yes. Your online shop can be completely customised to your audience. We have guides which walk you through how to fill out the spreadsheets of products, ready to be uploaded into the shop. We’ll also walk through all the elements you need to consider when gathering your content, ready for the website build.

If you’re looking for an agency experience my team and I provide it. I work with an experienced team of copywriters, branding specialists, photographers and developers. Together we offer a pain free, first class experience. Agency website packages start at £5,500.

Custom build websites are built from the ground up for your particular business. There are no elements of the website which have been created for or used on another website. That way the entire look, feel and functionality of your website is exclusive to you. The Simply Sites are website templates for small businesses who want a beautifully branded, high performing website, on a budget. These are templates I’ve hand built so aren’t available on a mass scale, only This Demanding Life customers can buy them for their micro and small business.

I want to say thank you for going above and beyond to ensure that our website reflects the vision, ethos and culture of our brand. Herman Stewart

What people are saying….

I had the pleasure of Holly rebuilding my website from scratch, which she successfully achieved by listening intently to what I wanted, understanding my brand and core values to ensure they were accurately reflected via the website. Holly took an immense amount of time to get each detail right, which I truly appreciated ~ the result; a website that reflects my brand perfectly and attracts my target market.

Lola Bejide, Soluman Consultancy

Working with Holly is like having your own personal mind reader.  She has the most incredible attention to detail. Suggesting changes and quickly implementing them to improve areas that needed tweaking, but not knowing what I wanted to achieve…she knew exactly what to do. Each time she tweaked something I had an “Ah! That’s what I wanted!” moment, even though I hadn’t been able to ask for it.

Holly manages all of this whilst making you feel personally supported and encouraged, with a friendly and clear communication style and not intimidating me with technical language. I’m so very grateful for all of Holly’s help. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Ange Percy, Still Indie Textiles

Holly has been professional, considerate, conscientious, exceptionally meticulous, innovative and passionate about our project. Holly has listened very well to our needs and aspirations to ensure that this was communicated through our latest website.

Holly has been impressive. We had to commission the right organisation to create the visuals to our vision, which Holly has executed with excellence. Holly’s suggestions, guidance and direction have been insightful and perceptive and her desire to express our thoughts in this project has impressed us. I wholeheartedly recommend first as a person as she is authentic and has great people skills and secondly as a fastidious practitioner.  I am confident Holly will add value to any website development project that she delivers.

Herman Stewart, Every Child Needs a Mentor

It’s been a joy working with Holly. Attentive, efficient, good at providing clear informed explanations to novices like me and I got exactly the webpage I had been looking for.

Gillian Martin, Architect