Welcome to Natalie Belcher | Web Design & Development

Professional website design, development, hosting and management services. Specialising in Drupal and WordPress content management systems.

I am a professional freelance website designer and developer based in Thatcham, West Berkshire and serving Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Reading, as well as other areas across Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. I offer a range of service packages taking you from initial design consultation through site development and hosting, to ongoing complete management of your site, including SEO. I specialise in responsive development using Drupal and WordPress content management systems, but am also able to migrate existing sites from other cPanel/non-cPanel hosting providers. My cloud hosting platform has been fully optimised to offer outstanding performance for web applications including: Drupal, WordPress and others.

 

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Whether you're looking for a new website, or require assistance with an existing site (be it maintenance or search engine optimisation), I'd love to hear from you!

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Drupal

Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS). Being "open source" means the software is publicly available, and there is no cost involved with using it - it is free to download and use. It is maintained by a dedicated community of developers, designers, trainers, strategists, coordinators, editors, and sponsors, and there are no licence fees to pay. Drupal has reliable performance, easy content authoring, and excellent security. But what sets it apart from other CMS, is its flexibility. Modularity is one of Drupal's core principles - you can access any number of different modules to extend the functionality of your website, without compromising the core security of the CMS or the performance of your website.

Notable sites using Drupal are:

BBC 

Amnesty International

University of Oxford.

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WordPress

WordPress is another open source content management system. Like with Drupal, there is no cost involved with using WordPress - it is free to download and use - and it is maintained by a community of developers. WordPress is not as scalable as Drupal, but it can still power large-scale websites. However, third-party plugins can pose potential security risks for your site, as well as adversely affect the loading speed of your site.

Notable sites using WordPress are:

The New York Times 

Sony PlayStation.Blog

Microsoft News

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Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a front-end component library that allows developers to build responsive, mobile-first websites. It is an open source toolkit, providing HTML and CSS templates, as well as JavaScript plugins. It is not a content management system.

What is responsive web design?

Responsive web design is the method of designing websites that makes the web pages display well on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes automatically. It greatly reduces a users need to pan, zoom and scroll when browsing the web:

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Why is responsive web design important?

According to StatCounter Global Stats, in 2016 mobile and tablet internet usage surpassed desktop usage for the first time, worldwide. This trend has continued ever since, which makes responsive web design imperative:

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Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Platform Comparison Market Share

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