Donna Halme Designs is a Squarespace website design company, working with business owners and service professionals to create beautiful responsively designed websites that reflect business, branding, service, and personality. A company that has the creative ability to design professional websites by showcasing your business, services, and products in a way that is easy to read and navigate throughout your site. Together with the knowledge of how to integrate custom coding, more intricate search engine optimization, and Google Analytics to get your business known online.
I am the owner and web designer developer of Donna Halme Designs. I communicate and meet with all clients and design and develop every website created. I have been involved with web design, search engine optimization, and graphic design for over 10 years and I will always make sure that your website is professional, beautifully designed and that your site functions flawlessly producing results.
I design and pride myself in every website I create and make sure that I'm completely dedicated to my clients and their vision. I not only offer packages but I also believe that every website, big or small, regardless of budget, is unique and one of a kind. I cater to each of my clients professionally by not only listening to them, but also creatively offering ideas that will enhance their vision that will work best with the overall design of their website.
Yes! One of the major benefits to working with me is the time my clients have saved thanks to my experience with Squarespace and knowledge of website best practices.
Yes! Building a website can be overwhelming and is much easier if there is a well-honed process in place. I walk clients through my process, start to finish, to give them a preview of what it’ll be like to work with me, and bring clarity to their vision. I can give my client a better sense of the structured process I use by sending over a Project Form.
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Yes! I have an extenstive experience with Squarespace and the website design process. I will become familiar with the regulations, and best practices of your specific industry.
I have been designing and creating website since 2006. I provide full services, meaning I take care of designing and developing your entire website, and all the integration details. Web Design is my passion, but I also service any updates and maintenance to your site. Services can be custom created to fit your needs, style, and budget.
No. I'm available to ensure that you receive the ultimate client experience and quality service. No project is too small.
I work best with clients that are comfortable with a collaborative process to design an amazing website. I enjoy clients who are open minded to new ideas and who are not afraid to try new concepts or give me the liberty to be creative. My clients don't always know what they want and aren't always organized, but that's okay! It is great to have clients who are flexible and trust my professional opinion in letting me find something that will work best for their website needs and budget.
I have been in business since 2006 and hold a valid business license. I have a positive reputation with all my clients, website design, and design industry colleagues that I have worked with over the years. I continue my professional development by assisting several networking and event industry events.
Payment plans can be incorporated as monthly, bi-monthly, or whatever works best for you. All finalized details and payments are due no later than a 15 days prior to the design process of your website.
Yes. The deposit is refundable as follows: 100% refund up to 14 days before the project starts, 50% refund up to 7 days before project starts, no refund within 7 days of project. Once the project has begun, the full amount is due and not refundable. You are always welcome to contact me at any time if you have any concerns before or during the project.
The first thing I require is that you contact me and then I will contact you to schedule your free design consultation. During this meeting, I want to learn about you, your company, and to see if I'm a good fit for you. I will also create ideas and show you various examples that will fit your business, personality, needs, and budget. Please feel free to contact me either through my website contact page, email email@example.com, or phone 604-488-9539.
I will use Squarespace to build your site. It is easy, fun and simple for you to use on your own when the design process is finished. Squarespace is, no doubt about it, one of the rising stars in the world of DIY website building. Recently named #10 as one of Forbes Cloud 100 Companies (private tech cloud-based companies to watch), the platform is as user friendly as web design gets.
Squarespace launched in 2003 and has grown steadily since, gaining over a million customers over the years. It is a well-funded and well-regarded company. My clients don’t have to worry that Squarespace might be a flash in the pan.
Squarespace was designed for everyone from bloggers to musicians to online retailers, so you can be confident that it is robust and flexible enough to grow with you.
The Customer Care team at Squarespace is available seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and has won several awards for outstanding customer support.
If you are a client who arrives with strong search rankings for key pages or blog posts that you would like to preserve. That by switching platforms may cause a temporary dip in established search ranking, but with Squarespace that dip can be significantly reduced. First, importing blog content, which is often a major contributor to SEO rankings, is a one-step process. Second, it’s easy to customize URLs so inbound links will continue to work. Third, redirects of pages that do not get migrated over are simple to implement and will preserve the SEO value of those pages.
It’s easy to add Google Analytics tracking to your client’s website. Also the Squarespace Metrics App lets you use any mobile device to access page views, visitor statistics, and track social media.
If for some reason my client's want to move their website to another platform down the line, Squarespace lets them export content quickly and easily.
Presentation matters and will continue to matter in the online space. A modern website needs to have a simple, beautiful interface that is easy to use and gorgeous to look at, whether you are a yoga instructor, an attorney, or a food photographer.
Having the right branding, imagery, and copy are prerequisites to creating a great website. The key is to make it easy for my clients to collect and create the best assets possible by giving them detailed instructions on what exactly they’ll need and by assuring them that I will guide them through the process.
While it is true that Squarespace has a tightly curated library of templates to work with, the templates are there to act as a jumping-off point. My client's should be aiming for a website that is distinctly and beautifully branded, but maintains a familiar user experience.
Yes, Squarespace was designed with the do-it-yourself user in mind, making it notably easy for clients to maintain and update their websites on their own, long after the project has successfully completed. Managing websites is a matter of dragging-and-dropping, pulling on corners to resize images, and WYSIWYG editing. If you feel comfortable you will feel right at home.
Squarespace templates are beautifully and thoughtfully designed to incorporate cutting edge UI/UX best practices, which means your website will have the best of the best in “form and function” baked right in.
Squarespace is a self-contained platform that works seamlessly and is fully managed from top to bottom. This means there’s never any need to update software, plugins, or widgets; patch security vulnerabilities; or worry that changing one component might break something else. It also means there’s rarely any need to investigate or pay for third-party apps or plugins since most functionality is native to Squarespace.
Yes! Mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of all website traffic. With that in mind, it’s critical that websites perform across any device and screen size. Every Squarespace template includes a unique mobile experience that matches the overall style of the website, so content will look great on every device, every time.
Every Squarespace website is equipped with all the elements needed for a strong SEO strategy. Site descriptions, page titles, custom URLs, search- friendly formatting, and other key elements are all easily managed. Furthermore, there is an automatically generated built-in sitemap that helps Google to crawl, understand, and ultimately, rank a website.
While Squarespace is robust and powerful, there are times that it isn’t the best fit for my client’s needs. Squarespace isn’t currently built to support:
The vast majority of app functionality my clients are likely to need can be built within a website, which will be accessed far more regularly than an app. Statistically, most people use only five apps, with Facebook taking the lion’s share of that screen time. Having a mobile friendly website that loads quickly and beautifully from a smartphone browser will meet your client’s needs and save visitors the irritating step of stopping to download a new app.
Facebook is important and can drive traffic and sales, but it’s not a substitute for a website. Facebook is akin to having a booth at a farmer’s market — lots of foot traffic but the creative freedom is limited, the signal-to-noise ratio is low, and, at the end of the day, the visitors belong to the market itself.
No, you can buy your domain directly through Squarespace. However, if you already have a domain somewhere else (like GoDaddy or Dreamhost), that's okay too. I will just redirect your domain to your Squarespace website!
A search can be done on a good domain name and register it in your name. All the technical steps necessary will be done to tie in your new domain name to your new website. Although the domain name is the smallest expense of the whole website process, it is actually the most important. Therefore, if the domain name expires, your website will no longer be visible on the internet.
Hosting is the use of the equipment, known as servers, which are necessary in order to make your web design visible on the internet. Hosting fees are paid monthly or yearly in advance.
A domain host provides a domain name, like www.yourdomain.com, that visitors can use to find you. A domain name is like a street address that directs people to your website's location. Domain hosts store domain names and facilitate their registration. If you’re using a domain registered through a third-party provider, like GoDaddy or Dreamhost etc., they are your domain host.
You can look after your own web content and have the option to add content later yourself. The Content Management System (CMS) allows the "non-technical" person to enter and look after their own content in "plain English" and not in computer language.
Content writing is a form of online writing which is closely linked to web marketing campaigns. This means creating the writing which appears on websites that are designed to sell or promote a specific product. Content writers work according to the brief provided by a client. This brief will define their task and any SEO related requirements, such as keywords. The job of the Content Writer is to turn this brief into a finished product which becomes part of the target webpage. Content is distinct from journalism or conventional copywriting in that it is designed to achieve prominence on the web, and must be tailored for this purpose.
Custom programming is functionality that would be is added to a website that is not part of the platform and relies on various programming languages. These are all computer languages that have complex logic and syntax. A website is mostly created with "markup" languages like CSS and HTML that cannot perform logical operations, but simply display text and pictures in different formats. Therefore, the injection of special coding may be required for more intricate functions.
Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the process of improving your site's ranking in search results. While the factors search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo use to rank sites are kept secret and change frequently, I build all known SEO best practices into every Squarespace site. As Squarespace has been the host for millions of websites for over a decade, they have implemented various strategies to help your site appear in search engine results. Squarespace has the technical side covered for you—there's no need to search for plugins or get under the hood.
SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is the process of gaining website traffic by purchasing ads on search engines. Google AdWords is by many measures the most popular paid search platform used by search marketers, followed by Bing Ads. Beyond that, there are a number of “2nd tier PPC (pay-per-click) platforms” as well as PPC advertising options on the major social networks. Typically, SEM and PPC advertising is carried out through search engines, who charge advertisers a predetermined amount every time their ad is clicked. While the search engines profit handsomely from this model, site owners benefit from being able to precisely target their potential customers.
If you require new branding or simply want to update an old logo, no worries, one can be created. Once a logo is finalized and approved, you will be given your new logo in the appropriate file formats for your future needs.
I have access to many licensed images, if you don't have access to appropriate images, or the ones you possess are not HDR High Definition Resolution, you may require stock images.
Yes! With your website, you will be able to push new site content to your social media profiles automatically. Social sharing drives traffic by placing your content on sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. and will automatically create new posts on your preferred social profiles when you publish new collection items. This is a great shortcut, cutting down the time of manually opening your social profiles and copying and pasting links.
It really depends on how much time you have and the type of business you have but blogging is a great marketing and promoting tool for showing viewers that you are an expert in your field. The purpose of a blog is to allow the non-technical person, be able to have a section of their website where they can update information about their business themselves, and add images on a regular basis without having to pay anyone for updates. It is important to keep your blog information up-to-date. Keep in mind, the most popular current blog format is one created within your website and the more you blog the better.
Yes! Search engine optimization SEO, is the process of improving a website's ranking in search results. The implementation of various strategies and keywords would be done to help your site appear in search engine results.
Yes, I offer logo design. You can check out my Services page for more information. Just let me know if there's anything extra that you're interested in and I'll send you a quote!
I'm usually booked a few weeks in advance, but Contact me for a better idea. Thanks!
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At Donna Halme Designs, I want to make sure every website design is functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. In addition, your client experience is very important to me and if there is anything I can improve, please let me know and I will make any necessary changes.