Web Design covers everything from a small single page website to a huge global platform, such as Amazon. Whether it's your first website or indeed a replacement website, the most important thing to do first is to decide what you need your website to achieve for your business.
The chances are, you're either looking to launch a new business or product that doesn't yet have a website, or you're looking for some help to develop a new website to replace your existing website. Either way, we can help you. Depending on the nature of your objectives, there are many options available - such as hand-coded static website vs dynamic database driven website, or e-commerce website vs external e-commerce platform for example. The best thing to do would be to get in touch with us for a chat and we can advise you on what's best for your business.
Over the past 15 years, we've developed a powerful suite of website software. With over 300 customers across multiple sectors, we're constantly evolving our solutions to help our customers stay ahead of their competitors - particularly when it comes to User Experience and SEO.
Your website will perform very well on all devices, from the smallest smartphone to the largest TV. This is critical for SEO as the Google Search Algorithms now factor in device compatibility.
Everything we do is built to rank well in Google and all the main search engines. We build YOUR website for YOU, with unique optimised content and factor in the key SEO ranking factors.
Built by us from the ground up, our powerful CMS content management system is incredibly versatile and gives you complete control of all aspects of your website - add pages, add navigation menus, add blogs, design layouts, custom galleries, banners and advertising etc etc...
We can integrate your website with multiple providers of finance solutions, which means your customers and prospects alike will be able to look at monthly payment options and tailor their perfect finance package for their next purchase and buy online.
Easily add items to your online store and sell directly from your website online shop. We can help you migrate products from another website platform so you don't necessarily have to start from scratch. Upload. Sell. We're a Shopify Partner - read more about our Shopify eCommerce development.
Your website benefits from SSL encryption as standard (shown by the padlock in the browser), which means your audience feel confident when browsing your website and are far more likely to engage with you as they know your website is secure. Website Security is vital for SEO.
We have a dedicated team ready to help you - either by phone or email, and we'll never charge for support as we believe this should come as standard. Our customers tell us we have the best support they've ever experienced from any website provider.
Regardless of whether your business is a global empire or a small family concern, it should be engaging, simple to navigate and optimised to your target audience with strong SEO.
A great website is not just a well designed and great user experience, however, it should be far more than that. If a website is built without a strong understanding of your commercial objectives and target audience, it would be a total waste of your hard-earned money. The design of a website, whilst a very important factor in every website we build, accounts for approx 20% of the overall project. The other 80% of the work is comprised of a total understanding of your business (strengths, weaknesses, commercial goals etc), extensive market/competitor research, well written, engaging content, a great user experience (UX) and of course full optimisation for the search engines, that is SEO Search Engine Optimisation).
For every single business we work with, the most important factor in any project is to fully understand your business, your brand(s) and your target audience(s). This is the starting point of everything. Until we have this level of understanding, nothing else can happen. How could it?Get in touch Learn about SEO
100% of our new customers have either been referred directly to us by existing customers, or they've found us on Google (or other search engines). If you need some help with your website and SEO and you like what you see here, we'd be very happy to hear from you - and thanks for looking us up.
Whether it's more sales enquiries, more online sales, more people in your local shop or simply just a place to display your company information - the planning & research stage is vital to the future performance of your website - and therefore vital to the performance of your business.
We've seen it time and time again where a small business leaps head first into a website project and then woefully regrets their haste in doing so. Before giving any thought to your website, the objectives of your business must be clearly established - or all website efforts will be in vain and end up costing you money, unnecessarily.
Metaphorically speaking, why would you need a Hummer just for the School run? Do away with sluggish performance, bad handling, excessive MPG, awkward parking and complex servicing etc and use a car that's fit for purpose.
The point here is that many of the freely available 'off-the-shelf' website builder platforms, such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal & Wix (to name but a few), are heavily loaded with lots of bloated code that in most cases, you simply do not need. One of the key indicators in effective SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is the speed and performance of your site, so if you don't need all the extra baggage - don't use it. We're not saying these platforms are bad - on the contrary, some are very good. We developed our own CMS for customers that need a dynamic (database driven) website that is specific to their needs and does not carry all the bloated code often associated with off-the-shelf platforms. The point remains, however, that in many cases, off-the-shelf website builders are not right for small businesses that don't require a dynamic website with all the built-in functionality. Lean, mean and focused is the way to go.
This website is hand coded, which means that it only uses the code it needs to perform, which means it's fast to load, which means Google sees this as a benefit, which means we have a better change of climbing up the search rankings. Furthermore, it's built to meet our exact needs and geared for mobile devices as a priority. Of the 500+ websites we've built for our customers, it's abundantly clear that the overwhelming majority of people now use their mobile devices to visit websites.
Another significant benefit of hand coded websites is that they are incredibly secure. Unlike dynamic websites (like WordPress etc) unethical hackers can't gain access to back end databases, as there are no databases to hack! With the off-the-shelf platforms, hackers focus on known weaknesses and vulnerabilities and can inject code to gain access to the server and databases, which means they can gain access to all of your data, your customers data and perish the thought, sensitive card and payment data. A GDPR nightmare just for starters!
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With a combined experience of over 50 years, 15+ of which running our their own limited company, the directors here have a wealth of knowledge. Along with the team here, we can help you assess your market opportunities, drill down on your objectives and in what order to prioritise them. We can also help with your business structure and share the lessons we've learned over the years.
What, why, when, how, where and who? Little words, but if you can quantify each one in line with your business objectives, you'll have a solid foundation on which to build your website so it will perform well. Fail to do this and your website is likely to underperform and won't grow your business as it should.
Fail to plan and plan to fail - a phrase used by many, but is often overlooked. It may well be a cliché, but it is a brutal fact nonetheless. Once a strategy is defined, we can work with you to put together a website plan that will factor in all the strategic objectives of your business or project.
This is where your website design project really starts to come together. Making great use of imagery and of course strictly following your brand identity, the web design process is the part customers find most exciting - the end result - seeing their vision and business brand live on the Internet for all to see.
On average across all sectors, mobile browsing now counts for well over 60% of total website traffic. This is hugely significant when it comes to optimising your website for all devices. To gain any traction with the search engines, your website must be fast loading. Not only that, it has to be fully responsive, which means the User Experience (UX) needs to be great on all devices. If you want that conversion, you need the right website to deliver that strong UX. This is often referred to as Technical SEO, which means the actual code / server performance rather than the content itself.
Once the website is optimised as per the above technical SEO requirements, you're in good shape to do well in organic Search Engine Results Pages (also known as “SERPs” or “SERP”). There is no magic dust, however, so even with the best technical SEO in the world, you still need well written content that is 100% relevant to your target audience. Content is King.
We're literally fanatical about customer support and of the absolute belief that if you do a great job, and continue to do so, your customer base will grow organically. 100% of our customers have come to us through referral or Google. That speaks volumes.
In our experience, it's best to have an informal face to face meeting to discuss your current business and future business objectives. Nothing too strenuous, but it provides us with valuable insight into how we can help. In most, if not all initial meetings, some really cool and fresh ideas come out during the conversation. We can either meet online, at our office, your premises or a café somewhere. This initial meeting won't cost you a penny.
Further to our initial meeting, we'll research your competition and market conditions with a view to coming back to you with our recommendations and a proposal, which will detail all costs - total transparency and no hidden surprises.
We'll implement a structured plan that will achieve your business objectives. This is where we drill down into your business operations, strengths and weaknesses and work towards a thorough understanding of your commercial objectives. For every single business we work with, the most important factor in any project is to fully understand your business, your brand(s) and your target audience(s). This is the starting point of everything. Until we have this level of understanding, nothing else can happen. How could it?
Upon completing this phase, we will present you with a proposed visual and sitemap for your approval.
This is where the plan comes to fruition, in line with the terms of engagement, on time and within budget. Depending on the nature of the project, where required our branding, web design, graphic design, marketing, and SEO (search engine optimisation) teams will work their magic.
We'll keep you in the loop every step of the way.
Just like a rocket launch, there are a number of vital checks that we undertake prior to hitting the button. Things like cross-browser compatibility, user experience (UX), functionality checks and domain / DNS configuration.
Once this testing is complete, we'll proceed to launch your new website.
At regular intervals after the launch, we'll be in touch to see how your website is performing and make any fine adjustments where necessary.