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We love to design graphical products and websites for churches and charities. However, we understand that everyone has the financial resources to commission a graphic designer which is why I have built this page as a guide to some of the resources I would highly recommend. Some of these resources also free! Everyone has the gift of creativity, it is just a matter of recognising it and using it.
However, if at the end of the day this seems too much, please get in touch and we can discuss any project requirements you may have.​

Resources

Want to design and print your own posters and e-publicity?

Designing posters online has never been so easy. Below are some links to both online design tools and recommended printers, both locally to West London and also online.

Canva

Canva is amazing. You will need to create an account to use Canva but it is FREE. You can upgrade to a Pro version but this is not really recommended for church or charity use.
There is a learn tab on their website where you can learn some of the basics. It is a very easy design tool to use. One piece of advice, make your designs 3mm larger around the edge to cater for 'the bleed' which most printer require you to have. For example an A4 sheet is normally 210mm x 297mm. On Canva set A4 as 216mm x 303mm. Some printers require bleed marks, others don't. Canva allows you to download with or without bleed marks. Give Canva a try - Highly recommended.

Hobs Reprographics

Premier Reprographics Uxbridge, part of Hobs Repro. High-quality printers at Uxbridge, in the Hillingdon borough of West London, offers unrivalled copying and printing. Whether it's large or small format, black & white or digital full-colour, their team of reprographics experts are ready to offer advice and support you throughout your project. I use Hobs largely for 'Large Format Printing' like A1 posters. Ask to speak to Rob when dealing with them.

PMT Print Uxbridge

PMT Print in Uxbridge produce very high quality printed products. I have used their services for many years. Their costs are higher than online printers but sometimes the quality of the product can't be compromised. If you decide to you PMT Print then ask for Trevor and say that you were recommended by Rob Shepherd.
If you are looking for cheaper alternatives then these will be online. If this is what you are looking for then try out;
cheapestprintonline.co.uk
solopress.com

Want to build your own website?

Click on any of the headers below to take you to the relevant website so that you can explore your options further and test out your levels of creativity.

Hosting Providers
UK2.net

I would highly recommend UK2.net as a hosting provider. There customer service and support is excellent so when you hit a snag there is always someone at UK2 willing to help you. If you do purchase one of their hosting packages please use this referral code as this means I get a little bit of commission from them. https://www.uk2.net/referral/?referral_uuid=CCCAD2F6-9A8C-11E9-BEE5-580289456691
As a church or charity I would recommend purchasing their business hosting package.

WordPress

Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
34% of the web uses WordPress, from hobby blogs to the biggest news sites online.
Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — join the family.

Elementor

The World's Leading WordPress Page Builder.
The only complete design platform to offer pixel perfect design, yet produces 100% clean code. Take your design vision and turn it into a stunning custom-made website.
No coding required.
Take a look at the training links below to learn how to build an impressive church website.
The free version of Elementor is perfectly suitable for churches but if you want to go pro then you can for a small annual fee.

Dave Foy

Dave Foy teach graphic designers how to build websites. Drag-n-drop. No code required. He has published a wide range of training videos to help people use the Elementor page builder easily and effectively. Some of his videos are also on YouTube. He comes highly recommended.

Darrel Wilson Elementor Training Video

If you are serious about building a website for your church or charity then I would recommend using WordPress with the Elementor Page Builder. If you make this decision then you need to put three hours of your time to one side and follow the video created by Darrel Wilson. It is an excellent training video and the one I used to get me started with using Elementor. Word of advice....don't use Tyler Moore training videos as he tricks you into paying for his services.

WordPress Plugins

Once you have installed WordPress you will learn about the ability to install plugins that add extra functionality to your WordPress site using Elementor (or any other Page Builder). The plugins I would recommend using are;
Smush - A super plugin that reduces the memory size of images making them fast to see especially on mobile devices.
All-in-One WP Migration - Migration tool for all your blog data. Import or Export your blog content with a single click. Be aware that the free version will only import 8MB of data. You will need the pro version for imports greater than 8MB.
Anywhere Elementor - Allows you to insert elementor pages and library templates anywhere using shortcodes.
NextGEN Gallery - The most popular gallery plugin for WordPress and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 25 million downloads.

If at anytime you think designing your own church website or publicity materials is just too much then that is the time to contact me. My costs are highly competitive to what Graphic Designers will normally charge and the services I offer are professional. Clients view me as trustworthy, reliable and understanding of budget constraints. If you have found this page useful please like my facebook page.
Rob Shepherd
Graphic Designer
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