With almost all businesses looking to promote themselves on the Internet Website Design is big businesses, but not all design companies offer the same services. There are in fact many channels to an internet presence and choosing the correct channel can have a significant impact on its success. A website is often considered to be just a website, but in fact there are many variables to consider when contracting a design house and I'll deal with a few of these below.
Static or dynamic?
Do you want a website that just provides a portfolio of your services much in the same way a conventional brochure would? or do you want a website that in some way connects the customer to your services in a more dynamic way? And example of a dynamic website would be a quoting tool, or online ordering but that's by no means the full scope. We recently developed a website for a solar provider which in realtime shows the current Kwh being generated from their solar estate.
Developer or Customer Supported?
Whilst the initial cost of the website design may be significant, there must be thought given to its maintenance especially where it has dynamic functions. Many design companies will offer some sort of maintenance on a monthly or annual basis, but managing this long term financial commitment requires careful consideration. We always look to involve customers as much as possible in the future maintenance of their web presence but are always there to help as required.
A website can with some additional development interface with third party systems, such as an ordering system or a contact management system. Making these decisions at the outset can significantly reduce development timescales and costs. A good example would be a system to allow your customers to track their orders, or raise help requests etc. Our system allows our customers to access their quotes, invoices, tickets, etc.
So, why are we different? Well its this simple, we WILL consult with you to develop a design specification to work to. We WILL do all the work without asking you for anything up front and ONLY charge you maintenance, and we WILL support your ongoing needs in all aspects of your IT Infrastructure.