Templated Website Design
One of the easiest, quickest and cheapest approaches to website design is to use one of the many templates available. These are designed to make it possible to create a website that looks the part in a short space of time and will have all the features you need for a basic informational website. Many will even allow additional features such as e-commerce platforms, portfolios and customer interaction options such as forums. With our help you can choose the template that will work for your needs and take advantage of the cheaper overall costs.
- Great looking
- Simple to maintain
Bespoke Website Design
A tailored approach to website design is ideal for any business that requires a standout and individualised look to their website. It is also perfect for any website that requires something unusual or unavailable via the template options. The process for design of a bespoke website involves talking through your requirements, understanding your business, designing briefs and creating a look that is as much a branding exercise as it is a coding one. The end result is a website that will reflect your business, act in the way you want it to and be future-proofed for where your business is heading in the months and years to come.
Wordpress is probably the best known and most widely used template-type website design tool and is more commonly referred to as a content management system as it allows users to alter content easily and without specialist website design knowledge. It started off as a free and open source designer tool aimed at bloggers and has become much more powerful and useful to all levels of website design and but is still most often used as a blogging platform.
All of the coding is developed by the community and is free to all users and therefore offers users (even those with minimal experience) to create websites that allow quick and easy updating as required.
A WordPress template can be set up in as little as an hour or two and the website owner can be adding content as they wish straight away including images and video. The templates can be customised and offer a flexible approach for anyone with little technical knowledge.
To make the most of WordPress it makes good sense to let an expert take over the set up and offer you a tool that you can continue to use that will be free of glitches.
Umbraco is an open source content management system design that runs on the Microsoft platform and is considered one of the very best options when it comes to flexibility and efficiency. It is known to be free of many of the restrictions that plague other free to use website design options as it began as a website design tool rather than a blogging tool, like WordPress.
Umbraco is an open source website design tool and does not use HTML, making it a front end content system and gives it a cleaner feel and understandable look. However if you want more flexibility in terms of the design, you need to understand source code – something that many people will need help with. Your designer may also have to purchase certain aspects to enhance the look and feel of the website to meet your needs.
Umbraco can also be used for data pushing to apps making it highly interactive and useful for businesses that require customers to have access to their website wherever they are. Best of all Umbraco has a wonderful community of users who ensure that the service is robust and improved as problems are identified.
For anyone with an e-commerce business, Magento is the perfect platform, offering all the flexibility you need, with the powerful tools today’s retail businesses require. Using open source technology, users can also take advantage of marketing tools, SEO options and even management tools to make running your business even easier. Retailers can take advantage of a branded shop front, a scalable solution, promotions and discounts during the sale process and plenty of payment options for customers.
Magento is considered to be one of the best shopping cart platforms and is available as an open source, free option for small businesses through to larger scale retailers that require more bespoke approaches to their online selling space. With plenty of plugins and themes available, this is a flexible platform that can be built to suit the needs of the user – however it is the more tailored approach that may require the services of an expert.
It is when Magento is integrated with other systems or requires a more custom approach that it becomes complicated and more powerful. Having an expert to design and watch over your site will ensure that it remains active for your customers and mean no down time that could mean lost sales.
eBay & Amazon Stores
Setting up an Ebay or Amazon store is a simple process, but taking advantage of all that they have to offer can be far more complicated. These platforms are widely used by the public worldwide, opening up your product to a huge audience. The platforms are understood and trusted by users, making them a great place to have a shopfront.
If you choose to sell your products across both of these platforms, you will be part of the multi channel phenomenon where sellers are putting their products in front of customers in many different online places as well as their own website. This creates a large potential customer base and great sales.
By choosing a web design company to create your shopfronts, you can ensure that your Ebay and Amazon pages match your own website and create a unified feel that is recognisable for your customer. Ebay and Amazon offer a templated design option that we can customise to give it your own individualised look. Your store will be easy to maintain and update as required.
Best of all these two platforms offer you the analytics that you want to see how your business is progressing and the success of your painstaking attention to detail.