Frequently Asked Questions

Here are my answers to some of the questions I am asked about building an academic website, and the services I provide.

Where do i start?

It’s probably easier than you think. The starting point for an academic website is usually either your cv, for a personal academic website, or a project proposal, for a research project website. That’s all I need to start building a website for you. Of course we can discuss design ideas and incorporate additional content as we go along. To get started, drop me an email using this Contact Form. I’ll discuss it with you and give you a price for the website up front so there are no hidden surprises. I’ve also written some articles about owning a personal academic website which you may find useful.

Can I use my grant funding to pay for my project website?

Yes. If you want to pay for your website through your University or other institution, I can provide them with the documentation they need to produce a Consultancy Agreement that covers my work for you. Documentation I provide includes: Estimate of the costs of the work to be done; Project Proposal; Terms and Conditions; IR35 Review for HMRC; Certificate of Professional Indemnity Insurance.

What name should I choose for my academic website?

One of the first things to consider is what your academic website is going to be called, whether it’s a personal academic website or a research project website, or something else. You need to decide on the Website name, and its domain address (or URL). There are a few points worth considering when choosing a domain for an academic website, so I’ve written a little article here.

What images should I use on my academic website?

Academic websites work best and are perceived as authoritative when the images you use are informative and relevant to the content. So I would not recommend you use a lot of stock images on your website. That said, a small number of stock images can be useful for example for setting the context for the website home page and internal pages. How you use images is something to consider in planning your website and will affect the look and feel of your website. There are plenty of sources of free stock images. I like to use pexels.com. Otherwise, you should use photos you’ve taken yourself, or images that you know you have permission to use.

Will you use shared hosting for my website?

No. Shared hosting is where your website is hosted on a server, which it shares with several hundred other websites. It is often used by DIY website owners as it is cheap. However, it’s also slow and unreliable. I use Cloud Hosting. This means your website is kept in its own separate container in the Cloud, away from other websites. This makes your website faster, more reliable, and more secure.

How fast will my website load?

How fast a webpage appears depends to a large extent on how far the visitor is from the website, and how much data is on the web page. I use Cloud Hosting in combination with a Content Distribution Network (CDN) to ensure your website will load quickly even from the other side of the world. Typically a visitor connects to your website within a 10th of a second locally, and in half a second from another continent. I also optimize and compress the data on your webpages so that even complex pages display quickly.

Interested in working together to build your website?