We build beautiful websites that make small business owners proud.
We build websites that impress customers and we build websites that – to embrace a total cliché – help take a small business to that next level.
But none of that matters more than building you a website that can attract a whole heap of visitors and makes it as easy as a premium store-bought pie for them to place orders and send you enquiries.
And we build absolute bangin’ websites for attracting and converting customers, too.
From graphic design to sash window repairs, we create stunning small business websites designed to get you booked out with dream clients.
We have a palpable passion for product architecture – which means we live for designing your ecommerce website to totally bewitch your customers.
Gotta lotta data and need to help your visitors find a perfect match? That’s our jam. We create ultra-organised websites that are streamlined for finding results.
We build a tonne of unexpected and delightful time-saving and future-prepping features into every small business website.
We won’t let your small business be limited by a web design package; the quantity of web pages is determined by what’s best for you.
You’ll be able to add, change and edit content any time, no need to go back through Studio Cotton for the everyday stuff.
We are obsessed with search engine optimisation (SEO) and make design choices that’ll set you up for search engine success.
We implement user experience (UX) best practice wherever possible, as was as designing practical pages for increasing conversions.
We prioritise removing barriers and making improvements that help more disabled customers access your small business online.
Our website design service includes a small brand review and refinement for the web.
We review your brand fonts, colour palette, imagery and illustrations and make tweaks or recommendations to help your website shine.
Brand consistency is everything, which means the changes we suggest are all about implementing the best online iteration of your brand identity.
We’ve only ever worked with small businesses, because we ruddy love them. It is also why we’ve put everything into creating the best possible small business web design service.
From the features we’ve packed in through the technology choices and ongoing website management and flexibility – everything has been consciously chosen for helping face small business challenges.
All sincerity and no judgement – we respect your small business too much to not share the harder truths and provide feedback from our extensive experience and expertise.
Honesty is nothing without kindness; as a small business ourselves we’re always empathetic to the challenges small businesses and their owners face.
It’s not a sexy word – but it is the right one. We pursue solutions and choices that just make sense based on all the factors – budget, time, goals, and most importantly, ROI.
We struggle to put our niche into words. Rather than working with one industry or one target audience, we like to work with brands whose products or services make people’s lives a little bit lovelier.
The qualities we look for are craft, care, creativity, sustainability, progress and whimsy. As much whimsy as possible, please.
Here’s some examples of businesses we’ve helped with their websites.
We know that you have a budget, and need to know if our website design services fit in it.
Well, here’s our web design packages and their pricing.
Each package is packed with features & templates, and we share the full breakdown before our initial project consultations.
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We’re always updating our web design FAQs but totally appreciate that every project is different – and you probably have something on your mind that we haven’t answered – yet.
If you need more information, we’d love to help. Drop us a quick call during studio hours or pop an email over any time.
Any content that can be automatically migrated from your old website will be pulled over to your new website. There will always be a heap of copy and pasting involved, as well as creating new content for your custom platform.
We will manually migrate a maximum of 8 pieces of content – like blog articles, podcast episodes or products – and can provide a quote for more that will depend on the quantity and systems involved.
Our small business website package includes a year of hosting, maintenance and support which means there are no additional cost commitments for 12 months.
After that point, you will at minimum need to cover website hosting, your SSL certificate, and licensing for the premium plugins that are used on your website. For this we offer a Host & Secure package, currently priced at £15 per calendar month (adjusted twice annually). Some plugins are excluded from this package.
Every website requires regular maintenance, content additions, seasonal changes and, well, just some ongoing TLC in order to be the best possible tool for your small business. Whether that is managed by you and your team, or outsourced to a lovely company like ours, we recommend that this is taken into account when undertaking a new website design project.
As a small business that creates every website in-house amongst our small team, we have a very limited capacity for website projects. For this reason, we turn down about half of the enquiries we receive.
Most of the web design projects we do not take on are because we are unable to meet a deadline, lack capacity at the desired time, have a conflict of interest, or feel we are not best suited.
We do have a short list of industries and business practices we do not take on; this includes (but is not limited to) gambling, smoking/vaping, supplements including CBD, injectables, anything to do with weight loss, MLMs, get-rich schemes, healthcare, and financial services.
We do not take on any businesses that exclude customers or employees on the basis of a protected characteristic, except for instances of positive action.
No. We go straight from website briefing to website building. Our go-to technology doubles as a design tool and allows us to keep our process lean and our prices a little more affordable for a small business budget.
By condensing the wireframe, PDF design, front end development and back end development process into a single step, we’re able to deliver more complex projects in less time, without compromising on quality.
We book 1-3 website design projects per month, our next availability is January 2023, and we can discuss other slots during an initial consultation.
The bulk of the website build takes place over a 4-6 week period from the agreed project start date. After that point we will work through your amends, and provide you with training so that you can input your content, products and/or blogs.
This feedback & content entry period happens at your pace, with some clients spending as little as a week, and others a couple of months.
When you’re happy that all of the feedback has been implemented and your content is tip-top, we book you in for a website launch within about 5-10 days.
Whilst many of our clients choose to rebrand before starting a new website project, most do not – and they still see a monumental transformation.
We find creative ways to implement every brand identity – from where and how we use your brand palettes, through the use of font styling, layouts and formatting.
Yes. Our website design services do not include branding or brand identity design, and we ask that you are able to provide key brand assets including your logo(s), brand fonts, brand colour palette and any imagery like photography and custom illustrations or icons.
We do include brand refinement in each of website packages though, where we advise on and tweak a brand to make the most of the website format. This can include colour changes/additions, font substitutions and aesthetic recommendations.
Our website design projects require a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the full balance settled before a website goes online. Some of our clients choose to break down the final 50% over multiple payments, which is a-ok with us.
If you have a schedule in mind, e.g. splitting into equal monthly amounts, we can set this up following our initial project consultation.