This is the first in a series of posts that I’ve been thinking about doing for ages – ‘A Day in the Life of a Web Designer’. Why? Well for a start, I like journalling, I find it very therapeutic and also fascinating to look back on. And it’s not just fascinating, it’s also useful because it gives you a record of problems you encountered and how you fixed them.
I hope you enjoy reading it, and that it gives you some insight into what I do every day.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Most of today was spent putting the final touches to a new site selling bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. The design was complete a couple of weeks ago, but today I had to finish the on-page SEO, which basically meant adding descriptive alt text to all 65 dresses in her catalogue. This wasn’t my favourite task ever, it was too repetitive, plus I’m really not a dress kind of woman. Give me jeans and wellies any day of the week!
I also had an email from a client whose website went live last weekend but the banners on her shop pages were no longer displaying correctly. I had to go through all the updates that had been done (23 of them) to find out if it was the theme update, or a plugin conflict, or the plugin itself. I eventually found that it was the plugin itself (it had recently been updated) so I raised ticket with the plugin developers and put the old version of the plugin back on the site. I felt really uncomfortable doing that because the update had also included security updates, but the client insisted that the look of the site was more important to her than the security. Happily for me, this site isn’t one that I support so if it does get hacked then it will be up to her to fix it, not me.
Amazingly, it was a lovely sunny day and I managed to take my dogs for a walk at lunchtime – a rare treat for all of us, since something nearly always comes up to ruin that plan.
First task for the afternoon (whilst still ploughing through the bridesmaid dresses) was to call a potential client about a new website for her. She said yes! Woo hoo! It’s going to be a lovely site too. She’s a fine artist and wants a very very minimalist, clean site with lots of whitespace to really showcase her art. Just my cup of tea!
I also answered questions on my Facebook group about building backlinks and about where to go to learn about updating your website when you’re using the Elementor page builder. That last question came from a chap who’d paid a fortune for his site, but part of that fortune didn’t include a half hour lesson in how to add pictures to his page. I don’t understand the logic behind not doing that – it adds so much value to the website and leaves the customer feeling so happy that they come back for more, whereas now he can’t wait to get away from them. It’s penny pinching at its worst.
This afternoon was also weekly accounts slot, and I found another three customers with overdue invoices. I know that people have cashflow problems (I do too!) and I know that these things slip their minds, but I so hate being a debt collector. It’s definitely the absolute worst aspect of my job.
I also discovered a weird item on my bank statement which was a payment to Microsoft. I checked my MS account but that didn’t help so I ended up raising a ticket with them. The note on the ticket said they’d call me back within 13 minutes, and blow me they did just that. And it turned out it was all kosher (two months rolled into one, which is why it was the wrong amount).
Then I rounded the day off by updating my client mailing list. I can’t believe how out of date it was. Must pay attention in future to update it as I go.
And I thought that was it until I checked my mailbox one last time and found that I’ve won the top spot as the best rated web designer in North Tyneside for the third year running. How cool is that!