Your website has to look great, obviously. It must also make a strong, positive statement about your company, your brand and your products & services.
To accomplish these goals, you need a website that provides a superior experience. A website where your customers can find what they need and accomplish what they came for, easily and efficiently. A website that sells and informs.
We have many years worth of experience creating websites that do all those things. Interactive design is our specialty.
Dynamic, affordable functionality
We build and design websites that work.
That includes search engines and ecommerce systems, content management systems, mailing list implementations, custom interactive development, online and email newsletters, advertising, and web traffic reporting. In short, any web application you need to make your website perform the tasks you require. We know how to choose the tools that best fit your business and your project. We understand budgets, bottom lines, and deadlines.
Interactive web design
If you want, we can put a little pizzazz into your site with engaging animations, dynamic forms, ajax, or other interactive elements to dazzle your audience. We can make your site more useful and more fun. Let the world know that you embrace the web and all it can offer.
On the other hand, we can design a professional, clean business-like website. Both styles are appropriate fr different businesses and circumstances.
Complete web standards compliance
We apply the web standards that have been developed by the World Wide Web Consortium to promote excellence in website design. Standards compliance saves you time and money immediately, because it enables us to work more efficiently. Compliance also helps promote a long, productive, scalable life for your website. Think of it as the difference between building on bedrock and building on sand.
Consulting, Strategy & Training
Web Content Management Systems
Manage your website easily
We specialise in building sites with excellent web content management systems (web CMS or WCMS), applications that provide easy-to-use tools for creating, editing, and managing website content.
We work with a wide range of systems, whether developing new sites or integrating with and extending existing sites. Every site is different. We can help you figure out which tool is right for you.
Benefits of web CMSs
- Easy content editing. Most web CMS enable non-technical people to edit page content, through a graphical web editor. Graphical web editors make it easy to format text, add images, and create hypertext links without needing to know HTML.
- Separation of content, design, and functionality. At the heart of any web CMS is the concept of separating the page content (the words and content images) from page design and site logic. Templates contain all of the page design, including the layout, navigation, and other common elements. When a new page uses a template, only the page content needs to be added. The CMS automatically handles the task of merging the page content into the design template.
- Design consistency. When changes are needed to a common web page element, such as the site footer, those changes can be applied just once to the template. All pages using that template then reflect that change automatically.
- Self-management of your website. A web developer sets up a web CMS and builds the web page templates. A good CMS, however, enables non-technical folks to administer the website and make content changes, add new sections and pages, upload images and files, and other day-to-day tasks.
When is it right to use a web CMS?
Websites always change. They need to change to stay relevant, accurate, and up-to-date. Whether it’s the page content or the common page elements, web CMS help make those changes easy to manage.
Some argue that small sites won’t change, and therefore don’t need a web CMS. We’ve found, however, that all sites require changes from time to time. Web CMS make those changes possible without having to hire a web developer.
Many think web CMSs cost too much. However, many web CMSs are free and open source. Total cost over the life of the website is significantly less with a web CMS despite the upfront development cost.
- Web-based administration. Once the web CMS is set up, site administrators use a web interface for content editing as well as administrative tasks, such as adding and removing users, setting up automated publishing, viewing usage reports, and assigning permissions.
- Permissions management. Depending the particular CMS, groups of users may be granted permissions for editing, review, approval, or full administration. Typically this can be done on a site, section, folder, or even a page-by-page basis.
- Reusable content. Most web CMS allow content to be referenced on multiple pages. For example, a site map might show the titles of all pages on a site. If a title changes, the site map automatically reflects it.
- Reusable page elements. In addition to standalone page templates, common elements like footers or banners can be made into modules and then included in many templates.
- Pre-built website features, plug-ins, or modules. Most CMS have libraries of add-ons or modules, like tag clouds, send-to-a-friend tools, image galleries, and forums.
- Workflow. Often the person who publishes web page updates isn’t the one who edits the page or reviews the changes. Workflow sets rules for who can edit, review, and publish web content. Notifications can be sent when workflow steps are pending and/or completed.
- Versioning. Many CMS tools allow for previous versions of web pages to be archived and easily restored. Some tools also let you compare versions.
- Page locking. In a CMS with page locking, once a web page is checked out for editing, it cannot be overwritten by other editors until it is checked back in.
- Pre-publish or staging environments. A staged site is a duplicate of the live site, but private. It’s handy for viewing changes without affecting the live site.
Our preferred site building solution is Joomla!
Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables the development of Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.
The major alternative software is WordPress.
I wont go into the whys and wherefores, because that is a discussion with no end. Both have their pros and cons. Suffice to say, that I am an IT professional with many years experience. I specifically chose Joomla over Wordpress, and there is a reaason for that.
There are thousands of comparisons on Google... here is a well balanced one in my opinion: http://www.miracletutorials.com/wordpress-vs-joomla-review/