Introducing Sunshine Digital Design
Sunshine Digital Design was created out of a love of creating and designing as a semi-retirement project. I'm Wendy and I have always been creative, whether it be crafting or gardening. My first experience of website building was some years ago with newCHOIR, based in Oxford. I had been elected on to the committee as publicity officer, which included website maintenance and managing social media accounts, as well as singing alto! Things were tricky at first but over time, I found my way around the site, the web builder and began leaving my mark.
After working over 14 years in sales as an account manager for a large corporate organisation, I wanted to mark this new stage in my life by continuing to use the skills I'd learnt along the way. During those corporate years I knew only too well how important it was to have the correct messaging and how to identify my target audience. Creating Sunshine Digital Design has allowed me to do the thing I love, using the skills I've gained but with time to enjoy the other aspects of my life.
Keeping things simple
“The future of coding is no coding at all” Chris Wanstrath, CEO GitHub
Coding in these languages is used by web developers, but nowadays most platforms allow developers and designers to build websites with little or no coding at all. These no code platforms provide tools like visual drag and drop controls to put together websites. This is particularly useful when design and creativity is key, without the worry of whether the site will actually function. It means that your content management system (CMS) is actually designed to reflect the content that you want to create and publish.These CMS's are mostly cloud-based and notable examples are Squarespace, WordPress and WIX. Being cloud-based allows easy handover of websites without any need for you to download software. I generally work with WIX, simply because I find it the easiest system to use, but WordPress offers better SEO so its all dependant on your needs which I choose to use. If you want to maintain your website yourself a platform like WIX allows for easy maintenance when your website is transferred to you. However, if SEO is of high importance it's better to use WordPress.
I like my website designs to be functional and beautiful. I mostly use Unsplash and Pixabay to source stunning images to enhance the overall look of websites. These are free to download for use on your site and therefore they keep costs down. Using a 'drag and drop' system makes it easy to maintain and update your website yourself. There are hundreds of website templates on WIX and other platforms but I prefer to start from scratch and produce something bespoke. So if you want a website that is unique, simple, inexpensive and suitable for you as an individual, small business or start up, let's arrange a meeting to discuss your ideas.