Well, that was a nice surprise. Seems I’ve been listed as a best rated website designer in Newport again.
Award-Winning Web Services
It’s easy to be cynical about web awards. They certainly help with marketing, so many designers chase them. Yet most have strings attached, or a price tag in the small print.
So it’s refreshing to see that this one seems to be a free, genuine compliment, based on testimonials from my lovely clients and a 50-point inspection. It didn’t even ask me to link back to the award site in return — so of course, I’m happy to volunteer that.
Besides, I certainly aim to provide the best web services possible. Most designers do, of course — but I still pick up a worrying amount of trade from those who haven’t bothered. Whilst those are mostly newbies and amateurs, some established firms only aim to sell websites, rather than helping their clients succeed.
For instance, DIY services often won’t let you transfer anything you put into their system back out. That’s understandable if they tell you up-front — otherwise their design copyrights would be at risk. It’s less reasonable when an established firm denies access to your business data because they think they own it.
Yes, that’s the sort of thing I’ve had to fix occasionally. Crazy, isn’t it?
Of course, that was a business problem, not a design or techie one. So many web designers would have decided it wasn’t their problem and refused to help. Still, if I did that, I wouldn’t get testimonials like the one below, would I?
Pete is the most professional and knowledgeable web developer I have experienced since 2016 as I have had many since. You won’t regret. I highly recommend him. — Sakine O. Bespoke Web Development:
Update — Consistency Counts
This post was originally published in 2017. Apparently, I’ve made the cut each year since: