Websites for interesting people and good causes - Palden Jenkins

Palden Jenkins

Author | editor | photographer | webmaster | historian | humanitarian
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Websites for interesting people and good causes


Websites with spirit, colour and personality.
Hand-made, atmospheric, user-friendly, well-presented.

Design, editing, photography, outreach support and hand-holding.

For interesting people, projects and organisations
with unique ideas and offerings,
or a message you want to get just right.

A website custom-built for you by me is thoughtfully designed, nicely presented, lively, clear, nuanced and well-worded, speaking to the heart and soul of your web-visitors. Examples are on this page.

Since 1996 (web-prehistory) I have made sites for:

  • good causes, humanitarian and charitable projects

  • people with specialised, niche-market services and products

  • small publishers, artists and craftspeople

  • conferences and events

  • holiday accommodation

  • towns, villages and beauty spots

  • healers, teachers and counsellors

  • public figures

  • archives of well-known creative people, now deceased


Sites with atmosphere, well-honed text, scintillating pictures, clear presentation and a colourful, friendly feeling. It's all unique, tailor-made, hand-built and subtly done, with a high interest-value, easy navigation and an uplifting look-and-feel.

What I do not do: I'm not a techie - I'm a communicator. I get through to people. So I don't do corporate-style sites, complex online shops or booking systems (though I will do simple ones using payment through PayPal). I don't do technically complex stuff, fix code or content-managed sites.

Content-creation and web-editing

I also compile interesting website content and edit, hone and write text material for sites.
Many webmasters are technically adept but less good at crafting words or skillfully getting your message across.

Photography for websites

I do photography for use on websites too - decorative photos and specific ones.
Usually I do this as a package, delivering a full collection of photos for use on a website and in other PR material. If I'm doing a site for you, I'll do the photography for it if you need that.

Advice and handholding

I can help you structure your thoughts and make decisions, help you clarify your ideas and make suggestions.
If building a site or blog yourself I can start off your site for you or hand-hold you through it, then leave the rest to you, providing backup when needed.

More details

Send me an e-mail or arrange a Skype call to talk things through. Give me an idea of what you're seeking, what your site's objectives will be, how you visualise it, what your audience or client base is, and your timetable and your budget. I can then respond with ideas.

Sometimes I'll ask how much you want to spend, then pitch my quotation and input on that figure, adapting my offering to your budget and perhaps making cost-cutting suggestions. Sometimes I offer two or three options with differing prices or terms.

I'll tell you about my availability, ask questions and make suggestions. If I believe you might do better with someone else, or that I could handhold or assist you while you do your site yourself, I shall suggest that.

I believe in good relationship-building and working only with people and projects I believe I am right for. You get integrity and clear dealings.

Sometimes I am willing to do energy-exchanges or energy/money deals for good causes. If you are involved with Palestine or peace-building I am willing to consider special arrangements as part of my humanitarian work.


Usually I quote a price for the whole job or for one year.
If the work turns out larger or more complex than agreed, then we'll probably need to amend the agreement or price, in advance and through mutual discussion.

Here are a few tips for keeping the price down:

  • keep things simple and straightforward;

  • deliver text, instructions and materials well-prepared, on time, in simple bundles and as we agree beforehand;

  • if things are complex, involving lots of dialogue, questions, complexities and delays, my price rises;

  • please keep to agreed timings and don't expect me to deliver overnight if you're running late!

Usually I ask for a down-payment of 30-40% of the agreed price at the beginning, followed by instalments paid monthly or as discussed.

Price guidelines: a typical 10-20ish page site is generally in the 600
GBP range, and larger and more complex sites cost more. It depends on what's involved, whether it's business or charitable, or sales or info-oriented. It depends also on the condition of the working material and whether extra advisory, photographic, copywriting and editorial inputs are needed.


It may sound strange to say this, but don't expect a website to appear without providing material!
This means text, pictures and clear instructions, plus a willingness to focus on it and do your 'homework' during the construction phase. Once we have made the first version of the site, work decreases a lot - depending on how many updates and changes you subsequently need.

Usually, I require you to send me materials as text in MSWord files or e-mails. It should be finalised and clearly arranged. I will cast an editorial eye over it and either improve it or make suggestions, as necessary. Picture originals should be in formats such as JPG, GIF, PSD, TIF etc. If you don't know what this means, I shall explain.

My key gifts lie in presentation, design, editing and integrity-marketing, not in web-technical issues and programming. If your proposed site is outside my ambit, I shall tell you that - but you can still, if you wish, receive advice from me to help you select a good webmaster, make good decisions and give them the right instructions. This can save you time, money and hassle.


I can create a site only when we have made our agreement and after I have received most of the working material from you. Then it will take from two weeks to two months, depending on what's involved and my availability. Express service usually involves an increased fee.

Current sites worth seeing:
Parallel Community - community network
Haitham al Khatib - Palestinian photographer
Wendy Bratherton - therapist
Miriam Naccache - healer
Glastonbury Symposium - conference
Vital Signs Publishing - book publisher
Pictures of Palestine - book and resource site
Power Points in Time - book
From Cairo to Perugia - book
Sacred Landscape of Glastonbury - map site

If you like what you read here, send me an initial enquiry e-mail and we'll go on from there.

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The background picture on this page was taken near Kvikkjokk in Swedish Lappland.

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