Your Business Online
Targeted web design
At the end of the day, the key to designing a website that works lies in providing it's visitors with exactly the experience they need. We try to keep this simple truth at the heart of the design process, giving you a finished site that will engage and assist visitors, whilst helping you to achieve the online interactions you desire.
A few of the ways that we can help...
- We can advise on the most suitable platform and hosting solution for your site.
- We can design a site that reflects your brand and values whilst clearly delivering your core messages.
- We can improve the experience of visitors to your site, making it easier for them to find what they need whilst gently steering them towards the desired objective.
- We can assess your online presence and plan a campaign to raise your profile in targeted areas.
- We can drive more targeted traffic to your site from Google and then convert more of those visits into your desired business interactions.
- We can research, advise upon and implement the most relevant social media integration for your business.
Hosting and platforms
Enterprise level servers
We host the majority of our client's sites for them at the Adobe Systems European data centre or on our CentOS based server located in London's docklands. Both locations provide state of the art security, data back-up protection and connection to the internet via Tier 1 networks.
Adobe Business Catalyst
As UK Business Catalyst partners we build and host sites on this rapidly developing, state of the art and future proof business platform, offering our clients access to a user friendly, supported CMS that boasts high levels of site functionality. The platform allows new users to commence hosting with an economical, straightforward plan whilst allowing for seamless future upgrading to a comprehensive range of database driven functions such as HTML eMail, automated customer relationship management and unlimited eCommerce catalogue configurations.
There are no fixed contracts and plans can be upgraded or downgraded on a monthly basis. Learn more
We offer hosting, development and CSS customization services for this popular open source site framework which has proven to be flexible and powerful. It is supported by a worldwide community of developers working on exciting new plugin functionality all the time.
Maximise interaction between your site and LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other popular social networks. Keep your customers up to date with your business, and keep your business up to date with their ideas and comments.
Both Business Catalyst and Wordpress offer powerful tools to enable social network integration and feedback from the huge base of users now registered on these networks.
The 4D project cycle
This first stage is all about learning, establishing objectives and planning a schedule to ensure those objectives are met ontime. We will talk with you about your current situation, your brand's positioning, your competitors and your vision for the project before advising how we can work with the budget to help maximize the return on your investment.
With a clear understanding of what we all want to acheive, we design and develop visual concepts and a working prototype. We listen to your feedback and comments and go on to refine the design further to find the best working solution.
Next we build the components to be used within the solution, creating the files, populating with content, imagery and data as required, adding functionality where necessary and then rigorously testing the interaction of the various elements for smooth operation and standards compliance.
Having tested thoroughly and upon getting the green light from you, we deploy your solution in the marketplace.
If required we can follow up with a period of analysis and evaluation prior to any ongoing development.
Mapping the site
Having successfully completed the project's discovery phase, we begin the design by mapping the main site areas.
Page hierarchies, visual pathways and content relationships are established, the aim being to create an intuitive user experience which informs, guides and positively encourages the required action with each navigational decision the user makes.
Your brand values, identity and business personality are incorporated into the working prototype at the early stages of the build, with the design actively encouraged to evolve as the live protoype develops.
During the early stages of the process we will ask for your comments, suggestions and appraisal, enabling the build to evolve organically and helping to ensure that the site looks and performs as we all intended, right from the start.
We integrate the prototype with it's content management system at the very first stage, allowing you to not only see and use the site, but also take the CMS for a test drive, adding content and editing pages (should you desire) as the build develops.
Adopting this method of involving clients directly in the build as it progresses and working on a live prototype from a very early stage helps us to deliver the very best solution, tailored exactly to meet the needs of both the site visitor and the CMS user.
Application interface design
Over the past couple of years we have been asked to collaborate with a number of application programmers to aid in the redesign of several ageing and confusing interfaces, leading to the development of a new service that is proving increasingly popular.
Separating style from content
The advancement of CSS and it's ability to totally separate functional dynamic code from presentation has created the opportunity to produce clean new interfaces which can be updated and rebranded as required using stylesheets that affect the look but not the functioning of the application in question.
Putting the user first
In the past users of many of these applications have battled with complex, badly laid out interfaces which were often ambiguous, cumbersome and frustrating. By consulting with users and discovering what does and doesn't work we have helped some large organisations develop a clean new look in a number of core service applications with consistant and uniform branding accross a wide range of application pages.
Do you need a makeover?
We can help you to update unfriendly web applications, making them easier and faster for users whilst conforming to and reniforcing your business brand.