Building a responsive website can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. If you already know what your business does, is and aspires to be you’ve already done the hard yards. Now, to list the business tasks your website needs to be able to handle for you.
Quality customised websites need to be more than just billboards, they need to be responsive. Do you need to create action by linking your social media feeds to your site? Keep customers and clients informed with your blog? Build mailing lists and databases? Accept orders and payments? Let’s start building.
You don’t need to understand Html5 design, Wordpress and Drupal websites, and e-commerce websites such as Open Cart or Silverstripe: Media Fortress turns your checklist into a powerfully responsive website that converts browsing to buying, seeking to sales. Get a free quote and start today.
Before asking for a website design quote, you may want to think about the different options for your web design. Often, we are called asking how much a website will cost to build with a very brief description. After years of experience in building websites, we have learned that no two projects are the same. What is more important is your budget. This is not because we want to shake you from you feet to extract as much cash from you as possible. But there are lots of different options when it comes to building a website, which make make a huge difference in the price you might pay a developer.
The first thing to note is the type of website that you want. Condensing everything down you have 3 main options to suit your web design budget. These are:
An Html website is perfect for a person who just needs a website presence or a landing page. An Html website does not require the same level of maintenance that a CMS website might have. If you're not planning on updating your website often or you need a landing page for a PPC (Pay Per Click advertising) this maybe the best and cheapest solution. This method also means that you will not normally have a CMS (Content Management System) though they can be built. If you do need to update content on your HTML website, you will need to have a basic understanding of HTML or be a quick learner. Some basic changes most people can cope with, without to much difficulty include
This is not for everyone. If you're not savvy with HTML or don't want to learn (even the basics) then your option is to have us modify the content. Other changes like adding additional features are best left to a developer, for instance a pop up form
CMS stands for Content Management System. In a nutshell, a CMS will allow you to login to a password protected area where you can update the content more easily. There are a number of popular CMS systems available for different operating systems. Since we only deal with Linux we will talk about those. Your options for a CMS are based on your budget and what you want to achieve. Popular CMS include:
The first three options above are Opensource. Opensource means that the code is publicly available to everyone. They can use it as they wish as long as they stick to the terms of the User Agreement. Wordpress has become the most popular website CMS due to it's ease of use. It is fantastic for a large range of users both novice and advanced. Wordpress is powerful because of the amount of coders working on the CMS globally to improve the system. While Wordpress has a core team there are also 1000s of developers whom provide additional functionality through plugins. Plugins are normally free but many do also offer a paid version to improve usability and to provide support. Similarly Drupal is a Opensource CMS that has developers that provide free and paid code. Drupal refers to these as modules, instead of plugins as they are called with Wordpress. Drupal is for more advanced users. Customising websites is not as simple as Wordpress if you do not have a good working knowledge of PHP.
Opencart and Magento are primarily Ecommerce websites. Though they can be coded to work with a blog or service pages, they work best as a Online Ecommerce store. Both offer free and paid plugins/modules to enhance user experience. At Media Fortress we generally prefer to work with Opencart. The plugins are cheaper and Magento takes more server resources which will push up your ongoing costs.
Custom Built websites can be built in a number of methods from HTML, PHP, ASP and more with or without a content management system. Clients choose a custom built website for various reasons. Mostly because they have outgrown their opensource options or require additional functionality that isn't provided in opensource. It is also possible to "clog" up your website with unnecessary code from plugins or modules for the less advanced which can hamper performance and usability.
Think about your budget and what you are happy to invest. Your website is a reflection of your business and you too. Think about how often you want to update your website and maintain it and/or if you are willing to let someone take this issue out of your hands. Write a list of how you image your websites structure will look. An example of this could be:
Once you have thought about these things, you will have a better understanding of what you can achieve and your expected outcome. Give us a call today on 1300 308 488 for a free website quote and consultation
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We really need to update this section! Below are a broad selection of websites that we have developed for our customers. Unfortuantly we have been so busy working on other peoples websites we have let this section down and have hundreds to upload. In the mean time, have a look around. If there is anything specific that you would like to see an example of, please click the get a quote button above and we can send you some more information