In this day and age, if you’re in business, you need a website; it’s as simple as that. As a brand building and sales generation tool, it’s arguably the best investment you can make.
We can design and develop the right website for your business, be it a simple online brochure with a content management system or a complete online store with full e-commerce functionality.
Even if you have a website, such is the pace of development (they say an Internet year is the equivalent of a dog year), that it may be in need of a health check and possible makeover. Either way, we can help you.
CMS Website - Putting You in Control
This is a website that you can edit yourself. CMS stands for content management system. Essentially, once we’re finished with the design and development, and the website goes live, you can edit the content yourself.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a computer whizz or IT expert. All you need is a working knowledge of computers, plus a username and password (which we give you) and you’ll be able to add or delete any text and images, quickly and easily.
A content management system puts you in control of your own website and means you don’t have to rely on a third party to make changes for you. Included in our price is a one hour training session (if required) on how to use the system.
Ecommerce Website - Allowing You to Sell Online
This is a website that allows you to sell online, with the aid of a shopping cart and payment system. Whether you’re a flower shop or fashion boutique, we can design a website that makes you look good and encourages people to purchase.
We can integrate something as quick and easy as PayPal that allows customers to buy from you online with the aid of a credit card, and without you having to set up a merchant bank account.
For greater flexibility, we can integrate a full payment system such as Realex that allows customers to make online purchases, using a credit or laser card. Although a little more time consuming to set up, there is the advantage of a lower commission on sales.
How We Work - The Key Stages
- You tell us what you want (or what you think you want).
- We send you a website brief (short questionnaire) to fill out.
- We discuss it in person or over the phone. Depending on the complexity of the website, it may be better to meet in person (it’s always nice to shake a person’s hand and look them in the eye).
- We agree the site map and technical specification, before giving you a quotation for designing and developing the website.
- Assuming you’re satisfied with the price and other conditions, we issue a first stage invoice for 50% of the full amount. Please note that we only start work on receipt of this deposit.
- We wire frame (sketch out) the top level pages and present an initial concept of the website design.
- We make up to two sets of edits (if required) and agree the final design.
- We build the website. This includes all coding as specified in your brief as well as any content insertion and stock photography. The website will be built to display in a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (the most common current setting). It will be fully compliant with W3C web standards and compatible with the latest versions of the most widely used browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari).
- Importantly, the website will also be fully “responsive” which means that people can view it on their smart phone or tablet device as they would on their desktop or laptop computer. Responsive design is becoming increasingly important as the proportion of mobile Internet users continues to rise.
- We issue a demo version of the website for you to view on our server. You then provide us with feedback and we make any agreed edits (up to two sets) before final approval and sign off.
- We issue a second stage invoice for the remaining 50% of the full amount. On receipt of final payment, we launch the website.
- As part of the price, we provide an hour’s training in our office on how to edit the website. This can be done before or after the website is launched. We also provide telephone and email support for 3 months after the website goes live to answer any queries related to the initial website build.