Business websites for busy indexers

Tutor: Jan Worrall (FSocInd)

Would you like to have an ‘online’ presence? Do you feel it would enhance your image to have a website to market your skills?

If the answer is ‘yes’ but you do not have the time or skills to create a website yourself, this combined service and online workshop is for you.

The tutor will create your initial website according to your own design and chosen content. You will then be shown the simple procedures necessary to edit content if you want to change text later, add images or add additional pages.

Workshop content

  • a website created for you according to your preferences
  • guidance in basic editing procedures to update pages
  • up to 6 pages of content (you will be shown how to add further pages yourself)
  • no knowledge of html or complex computer skills needed
  • free website – no annual costs (upgrading to a paid version allows your own personalised domain name)
  • website is optimised for desk, mobile and tablet
  • post-workshop help available for a small additional fee
  • personalised design
  • all communication and development carried out online

Why do I need a website?

Today the internet is everywhere. There is  scarcely an organisation, society or business of even the smallest size that does not have an internet presence. Individuals have blogs and social media accounts.

Indexers work in a commercial world – the world of publishing. Publishers and authors expect to find information about services on the internet – if they are looking for an indexer, and have not used the SI directory, they will Google ‘indexing services’, or maybe a specific subject specialism. This will almost certainly bring up the SI website with the link to the directory, but it will also bring up a list of indexers with individual websites.

  • Your website is a window where you can describe your services in detail.
  • It can be linked from your directory profile, LinkedIn profile, Facebook page or Twitter account.
  • A link can be included in your email signature and added to comments contributed to forum discussions.

Website creation process

This workshop uses a website builder that offers lots of options to allow an individual design. When you have selected and bought your option, the tutor will contact you with questionnaires for you to complete. In addition you will give the tutor a basic idea of how you want your website to look   (using an image of a sketch, a computer generated design, or choosing a template for adaption) and the tutor will use this, together with other information you provide to to set up the website with a home page for you to view. Some discussion on the layout may follow and when you are happy with how it looks the website will be completed with the additional pages.

You will then be sent a Powerpoint tutorial on editing text, adding images and pages; you may additionally request a live Skype session to guide you. The editing facility in this website builder is straightforward, but may take a little getting used to. There are also good help files online, so once you have the skills there is the potential for you to further develop your website if you wish.

The software facilitates the addition of metadata to encourage search engine listing.

More detailed information is given in the table below.

The workshop costs £83


If you have any questions, having reviewed all the information and materials, you can contact Jan on websites@jw-indexing.co.uk

Booking the workshop

Before purchasing this workshop contact the tutor on websites@jw-indexing.co.uk to arrange a mutually convenient slot. Then book the workshop through the online SI-Shop.

Personalised design
Customisation of designYes – you can supply ideas for your own website appearance by providing an image or detailed description. Your site can be very individual
 FontsGood selections of fonts can be used throughout site. Any text can be coloured and given typographical distinction (italic, bold)
Can I add images/other media?Yes, positioned where you wish. Images can be used as background for header, page or site.
Slide galleries and slide shows can be added.
Can I have social networking links?Yes – icon buttons available.
Feeds from Twitter, Facebook etc possible.
(Information  for search engine listing )
You can enter your own metadata descriptions and keywords for the site as a whole and for individual pages.
Editing: how will I learn to edit my website?Powerpoint file provided with step-by-step instructions on adding and editing text, adding pages, and adding images.
Skype session with tutor offered using the Skype sharescreen facility.
Website builder site has extensive help files.
Editing: how difficult is it to edit the site?Editing system is individual to the website builder software and editing is done in the webpage itself.  It is a comprehensive editing facility which can take a little time to become familiar with but anyone who is reasonably confident using computer software should find it no problem.
Can I have my own domain name?Yes, if you upgrade to a paid version. The ‘wix’ domain name is customisable to a degree e.g.
What if I get stuck?Previous saved versions of site are retained, possible to view these and reload a prior version.
Post workshop help available for a small additional fee based on SI rate.
Cost £83



Jan Worrall (FSocInd) has been a member of SI for 20 years and has been involved in training for over 10 years. She served on the Executive Board from 2008 to 2014 and as the Training Course Coordinator contributes to the training course and continuing professional development committees. Jan has run two ‘live’ website workshops at SI conferences and has maintained her own website for 10 years.

See Jan’s own website built using the workshop website facility: www.janworrall.wixsite.com/jw-indexing


I attended a live workshop as I wanted to set up a website but had no idea or confidence in how to set one up myself. Jan was very patient and helped me set up a professional looking website. Jan was available afterwards to answer a few queries, which really helped. I am happy with the end product, as witnessed by the work enquiries from it. I have managed to edit it occasionally even though it is a few years since the workshop. (Martin Bates; live workshop)

Jan set up a very professional looking website for me. I would not have embarked on it on my own, but with Jan’s guidance I have now developed and expanded it and added metadata which has greatly improved my Google rankings. (Ann Hudson; online trial)

This workshop delivered exactly what I had expected and communication with the tutor was easy and helpful. The Powerpoint on editing was easy to follow and makes updating the website a piece of cake. (Christopher Phipps; current online workshop)