A content management system (CMS) is fancy term for software that takes the heavy lifting out of creating a website, allowing you to focus more on content of your site than the code.
Think of it as an IKEA version of a website. It’ll get the job done, but it’s not going to win any awards for style or innovation.
However, it does provide a certain amount of scaffolding that can be modified to make it stand out and look amazing.
There are many CMSes around, but the most popular is WordPress, trusted by large multinationals and small businesses alike.
We advocate using WordPress to develop your site on for a number of reasons. It’s a lot easier to design and develop for than coding a site from scratch. This means you get the site of your dreams a lot sooner and a lot cheaper, which we think you’ll agree is better overall. But the three main reasons we think WordPress will work for you is:
Regardless of what you want to use your site for, WordPress is up to the task. A lot of it’s functionality is extendable through Lego-like plugins, which you add to your site as your needs dictate. Want an eCommerce site, no problem? How about a blog? That’s what CMSes were built for. If you can think of an website idea, WordPress can be adapted to make it a reality.
You want a site that will not only change to adapt to your business’ needs, but also grow alongside your business and keep pace with it. Rest easy knowing that some of the world’s biggest corporations use WordPress. We use it too.
Initially, we’d like to get an idea or scope of the project. This sets expectations as to what type of site you need, what your main goals are, any design features you might wish incorporated.
It’s always good to have an idea of who you’re aiming your site at, your ideal visitor. This can act as a guidepost for the design.
It might also be an idea, but not a necessity, to have some samples of content available.
We’ll then set to working up a design mockup for you to review. This will be based off web design best practices and research we’ve conducted into similar industry sites.
We will present these regularly for feedback and discussion. That way you always know how your site is progressing and provides you with multiple opportunities to give input.
Once you’re happy with the design it’s time to get to work.
Throughout the design process, we’ll be updating a testenvironment version of your site. So by the time the development phase rolls around, we most likely will have your website 90% nailed down.
We use this time to ensure all your site’s bells and whistles are in place.
Once your site is completely developed and we’re happy that everything is as it should be, we begin the testing phase.
We do this primarily to ensure we haven’t overlooked anything, that your site is responsive (i.e. that it looks great on any device), and that everything works as it should.
So, now it’s time for the big day — your website’s launch.
We provide hosting as part of most of our packages and we’d love for you to keep your site with us, as the journey doesn’t stop here.
You may find you’ll want to expand your site and/or require support for an issue at some future point.
Having your site hosted with us means we can address your needs and resolve your issues in a timely manner.
It’s by no means a necessity to let us host your site, but we hope you’d consider the associated benefits of doing so.
We’d love to hear your ideas and discuss how we might be able to help you realise them.