A CMS* is great. A custom one is greater.
Many, many web designers and web design agencies will point you at a shop-window portfolio, high on eye-candy but low on detail. It’s what you, the client, needs and expects in terms of function, purpose and end results that matters, not just the window-dressing.
You need to know that your designer can design what you require, not just what their standard set-up can deliver, and that goes far beyond imaging and layout. They’re critical, of course, but when you need a complex form or a database that works with your unique requirements, when you’re selling unusual products, when you need to organise and manage custom workflows, then you’ll need a developer with experience, one that can deliver a tailor-made solution, not an off-the-shelf compromise.
*Content Management System
Hosting and Servers.
Websites are stored – “hosted” – on a publicly-accessible computer (a server). The storage space, and the features that come with it, make up your hosting plan. If you have an existing plan and all is working well, then we’ll work with that.
Equally, we’re happy to help you move to a new server/host, and we’ll of course recommend a setup based on your requirements, both actual and projected.
We work with dedicated servers, shared hosting, VPS hosting, and all of these can be through ‘bare-metal’ shell access, or with a management layer in between – cPanel, WHM, Plesk, ISPconfig for example.
We’ll help – or fully manage – with email setup, webmail setup, FTP setup, we can register domain names, manage your DNS, and we’re happy to manage your updates when it comes to the likes of WordPress or other CMS platforms.
We work, mainly, with PHP/MySQL (WordPress and custom code), and the ubiquitous jQuery/CSS/Ajax side dishes. We develop locally on Virtualbox VM’s, pushing to staging servers and development branches as required.
We’ve been working with the CS-Cart e-commerce platform for many years, and have modified it all to meet all sorts of custom requirements, as well as integrating with Stripe and Sagepay (Opayo) for payment processing.
If you need to connect to an API or add a third-party widget, we can do that, having in the past created joined-up instances via SOAP or JSON.
Over the years we have done a lot of complex integrations with Google mapping, both in terms of presentation and in terms of geo-location, filtering, clustering and algorithms.
Again, the above is the sort of information that may leave you cold, and that’s fine. But it’s the sort of detail that doesn’t show in a neat animation or an elegant gallery, it’s what lets you know that your business or project won’t hit the buffers when you need to change, improve or add something as your scope grows, as your traffic increases, and you realise you need ‘that thing’ that your competitor has on their site. That’s when you need code, not just content.
On this page we’ve covered some of the more arcane aspects of building and developing a website, the under-the-hood stuff; to read more on why we often choose WordPress to deliver a site that you can easily update yourself, click here.
Go ahead and get in touch.
We’re a small and serious team of experienced designers and developers, ready to talk to you about any web project. You may already have a site that needs a re-design or added functionality; you may be starting a new business or project, or perhaps your business is growing and you need help with progressing things online.