We've been making bespoke websites forever (in web years).
Discuss + Design + Craft + Care

Butter Paper is paper for sketching designs. It is also a small Melbourne firm making custom websites for all sorts of clients.

We design and build custom website templates for the WordPress and TextPattern content management systems.

We design sites to meet your specific needs and how you work. Your site must be equally easy for audiences to browse and for you to edit and manage.

We can create everything from traditional content publishing or marketing-oriented websites to complex interactive tools.

what we can do


Web development

Briefing and scoping
Design and build
Custom coding
Wordpress CMS & Textpattern CMS
Mobile optimisation
Project management
Accessibility audits

Content and communications

Website content management
Search Engine Optimisation
Social media
Email newsletters
Email accounts

Lifecycle and maintenance

Automated backups
Maintenance retainer options for ongoing TLC
Rescue, revive, repair neglected sites
Hosting and domains
Fault monitoring
Site archiving and moth-balling

Training and advice

Staff tutorials in CMS use and digital publishing
Documentation, website manuals
Google Analytics traffic reporting and analysis
Reputation management

who we are

Peter Johns is both a registered architect and a web designer. His web work dates back to 1999, and grew out of a blog he built from scratch then ( it is still going ). Peter acts as main contact, designer and coder. He is keen to keep abreast with the rapid changes in the web, and keeps clients in the loop on things they need to know about. Peter offers a personalised service that is in stark contrast to the way larger firms work – and he likes it that way.

From project to project, Peter is assisted by a small team of contractors and consultants specialised in different areas, to keep all bases covered.

what happens next?

The process we like to follow starts with a meeting to pin down your needs and desires. We will comment on these and work them up with you into a solid scope of works. We will then come back to you with a proposal for the project, and this will also contain a suggested programme. Once we have an approval, we set to work, coming back to you regularly with questions and items for your approval. When you are happy with the site, we launch it.

We recommend a continuing occasional involvement with the website into the future. They usually need a little TLC, and this means regular backups and software updates, as well as new feature implementations and graphic design revisions.

we'll start off by

asking you a few questions. These will be very similar to the ones following.

  • Describe your business and the sectors it operates in.
  • Who is your target audience?
  • Where is your target audience?
  • Are you wanting to gain new ‘cold’ customers through the site? Or it to act more as a business card extension for people who are already interested?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • Do you have existing graphic design artwork?
  • Are you rebranding your whole business?
  • Can you arrange photos and copy?
  • Do you have a deadline for the website?
  • Do you want to edit the website yourself?

Once we have an idea of your requirements and timeframe, we’ll put together a proposal that states known inclusions and exclusions.

If you state a budget, we will tailor the scope and cost to fit, and label any tasks that don’t fit as future options with estimates.