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Hi, I’m James Wilkes, a freelance web designer based in Bridport, Dorset. I specialise in designing small, friendly sites for local businesses. I can design and host basic websites, or blogs (using WordPress) which are easily edited and updated.

I have 30 years of experience with computers but now I am happy to specialise in the area of web site design. Good web site design involves a combination of:

  • Simplicity
  • Ease of use
  • Beautiful design

I would say that to produce a good website a web designer needs:

  • The ability to understand what the customer requires
  • An eye for what looks good (and what doesn’t)
  • An understanding of the technical issues (the languages used such as HTML and CSS, security, cross-browser testing, performance)
  • An understanding of how people use websites and what they like and don’t like
  • Practice

Also on this site are articles on how to design websites using the basic building blocks of HTML and CSS. My basic tutorial will take you through all the steps required to build a simple website.

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