Our Services

Web design, web site support and consultation, web hosting and optimsation of web sites for search engines. Website audits and digital marketing support. Based in Stonehaven we cover Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the North East.

Mobile Ready

You can not afford to ignore mobile devices; all our websites are now mobile ready so that your visitors see what you want them to see when they visit your website.

Web Design

From a simple page or two through to a complete site including discussion forums, blogs, shopping carts, photo galleries; we can create beautiful and functional sites.

Web Site Hosting

For sites that we create we also offer UK based web site hosting on the same platform that houses the QD Design site. Great value hosting for simple and complex sites.

Search Engine Optimisation

Building a site is just the start. To be successful in the search results takes expertise and knowledge. No unnecessary code, everything is devised with SEO in mind. Content is KING!


Mobile Ready 

Mobile devices are used more frequently to access the web than ever before. Estimates show that in 2015 for the first time, mobile use overtook that of laptop / desktop computers.
Is your site mobile ready?
Do you know how your site looks on a mobile screen?

all of our websites are now created with both computers and mobile devices in mind. There is no point having a website that looks great on a laptop screen but cannot be read on a phone or tablet. Our sites will now display perfectly on all devices regardless of browser used, device type or operating system.

Is it really that important?

Yes, it is important for several reasons:-

  • If users cannot readily see your site they will quickly go elsewhere (known as a bounce).
  • Bounces are incredibly bad for your web site's rating in the search engines
    It says, 'users don't like or value your site'.
  • If you want to connect with your users you have to do it on the device they are using, not the one you prefer.
  • Google has a far higher preference for mobile friendly sites in searches, penalising sites that are not mobile ready.
  • If your site is mobile ready and your competitors are not, then you stand to do very well compared to them.

How can I check my site for mobile compatibility?

We use and can recommend this handy tool Mobile Test.
You might be surprised at what a mobile viewer can / cannot see on your site.

Responsive Web Design

Web Design Promote YOUR business 

The web is the first place most people go to check out a firm or organisation. Don't under-sell your business or group by presenting anything less than your very best on the web.

Whether this is the first web site your business has considered, or you have had a website for a while but it needs a refresh, we can help. We can coordinate your web site to fit with your existing marketing strategy or help you define what that strategy might be.

We are passionate about providing web sites that meet your every need and allow you to liaise with your customers, clients and colleagues as professionally as you can.

We specialise in Web Site Tune Up. Your existing web site has been around for a few years, it is in need of a refresh or simply the adoption of responsive design to cater for mobile visitors. We can bring it up to date for you.

Why not get in touch or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to see what we can do for you.

Web Designer at work

Search Engine Optimisation  

Make your website fully searchable and well represented in search engine results.

Stand out from the competition.

"Build it and they will come" may work when it comes to baseball stadiums. It certainly does not when it comes to websites.
Sadly, many great websites miss out on traffic because they do not appear with sufficient prominence in the search engine results. In the past, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) acquired a tarnished reputation due to some unscrupulous proponents using tactics that ran close to what the search engines regarded as spam.
We only use methods advised by and approved of by the search engines themselves to promote your website. A combination of on screen text, behind the screen coding and a link strategy designed to raise the profile of your site to get it the traffic it deserves.
If you are frustrated by a lack of traffic to your site, get in touch; we can reconnect you with your audience and potential customers.


Search Engine Optimisation

Web Site Hosting a safe, secure home for your website 

UK based servers running the latest Microsoft server software for peace of mind.

For QD Design web design customers, we are delighted to be able to offer low cost hosting on the same platform as that of our own website.

This is a special offer only for QD Design web design customers and not available to others. Fast reliable servers that ensure that your website is there when you need it.

The hosting package is feature rich and includes many options such MySQL databases, PHP scripting, Wordpress integration, discussion forums, image / photo galleries. You want it, we can deliver it!

Web Site Hosting Price - per year
Basic html website £20
Large html website (greater than 20 pages) £40
Advanced website - shopping carts, discussion forums, Wordpress integration etc £60
QD Design server room

Some of our designs

Below is a small sample of sites we have worked upon recently. Use the buttons to open a larger view of the image or to go to the site itself.

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1 Virtual World
 

A site for a new business start up with global ambitions. Custom designed layout that was later incorporated seamlessly into a Wordpress blog page.

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Stonehaven Massage Therapy

A new site for a local massage therapist. Specific requirement was for the site to be easy to navigate and focus upon their customer's needs. They're rather good, I can personally recommend them.

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Your Bookkeeping
 

Site for a business services firm specialising in providing book keeping for small businesses. This style would suit perfectly many professional services organisations.

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Vanity Fur Aberdeen
 

Recently created site for an Aberdeen based Dog Groomer. Image rich site with a photo gallery & an image slider; plus a contact form and location map.

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Knights Improving Operations

We collaborated with the site owner and helped them get the best from their chosen site development tool (Squarespace)

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Safetymark
 

We undertook a complete redesign of this site to move it away from the restrictive table based layout, to one using CSS for its entire layout.

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About QD Design

More about QD Design.

QD Design

QD Design specialise in working with small businesses and start up ventures looking to take their business or organisation on line. We have assisted countless businesses establish their presence on the web and to grow their business through engaging successfully with customers and clients. We know exactly what it is like to be a small organisation and can help you every step of the way; from initial scope, through design, development and deployment of your ideal website. We can even host it too!

Nick Hyatt

Nick Hyatt

Designer

Nick Hyatt

Nick designed his first web page 2 hours after getting onto the web. He has experience spanning two centuries (well that first page was in 1998)! As well as a web designer he has spent time as a management consultant and business coach and brings these skills to help customers excel in their field. Outside of work he is at home in the mountains be it skiing, climbing or just taking photos of the awe inspiring scenery.

Our Blog

Read our blog for tips on great website design, staying safe on line, marketing your web site and much, much more!

Customers Feedback

Don't take our word for it, see what a few of our recent customers have had to say about the sites we have helped create for them....

Keep In touch

We would be delighted to hear from your. Questions, queries, requests for advice... do please ask, we can help.