A bit about me
I’m Mark Johnson and I’m a freelance web designer in the UK. I’m 41 years old and I have a boxer/whippet cross rescue dog called Lexi.
I have always been interested in design and computers and I built my first ever website in 2004. The site is still online to this day, you can see it here.
I have been working full time as a professional web designer since 2007. I run my own small web design business here in the UK and I also work freelance for a number of web design and marketing and agencies.
Why I setup this website
The web design industry has changed a lot since I first started working in it and I noticed something happening more and more. First, let me explain how things used to work:
A potential client would contact me wanting a website creating for them or their business. I’d design and build the website from scratch and charge the client accordingly. This meant I was creating each element on the website from scratch on every website I made – the navigation, the buttons – everything.
I soon noticed that this wa a very long winded way of doing things and wasn’t really required. It’s like having a suit made from scratch everytime you wanted a new suit, it’s unnecessary when you can go to a store and buy a suit in your size off the peg.
Marketplaces started to appear online where website templates, or themes are available to buy for a very cheap price (around $50) and there are even sites where you can download a theme for your website for free.
These themes look great and are created by world class designers. They look as good if not better than a design that most web design agencies would produce for you.
I started to offer 2 options to my clients –
- I could create a website for them from scratch. It would be a bespoke design and built by me
- I could use a ready made theme for their website and it would considerably reduce the work involved, look just as good as a custom designed website and cost them a fraction of the price.
My recommended theme marketplaces
- Theme Forest
- WordPress Theme Directory
- Thrive Themes
- Template Monster
mention it will be a profession al looking site not one of these cheap looking sites.
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