Do you need a website? We can build it for you. We have experience with the most commonly used open source applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal. We also have built websites using Open-Realty, SliverStripe, osCommerce and ZenCart. Whatever your need is, we have the knowledge and experience to build the site that you are looking for.
In the Beginning those Olden Days
We have been building websites for a long time now – long before there was anything called a Content Management System (CMS). Back in the old days there was just a text editor and a cheat sheet of HTML tags. The files were then uploaded to our servers. Oh boy, those pages were horrible to look at! But, wow, the savings we saw – because we no longer had to publish hard-copy brochures. We had far more accurate data because the details data owners were typing – first name, last name and email address – were far more reliable. In addition, we no longer had to hire and pay data entry people to decipher illegible handwriting, a major cause of erroneous information in our systems.
Building Websites with WordPress
But I digress – today there is a plethora of ways to communicate with online audiences. With the development of WordPress and its evolution from a blogging platform to a true content management system, we see many more people and organizations easily manage their online properties with this user-friendly tool.
Creating content in WordPress is as effortless as writing a letter using Microsoft’s Word or Apple’s TextEdit. Through menus you can organize your content so that your readers can digest it. Another plus, building menus are a simple point, click and drag task.
We have worked with a number of themes for WordPress, however, we have found the Genesis Framework from StudioPress to be superb. The Genesis Framework enables us to customize websites in an organized and orderly fashion.
StudioPress also publishes Child Themes that appeal to a wide variety of businesses and industries. For some examples of Genesis and its Child Themes click here. Selecting Genesis and a Child Theme is your most cost-effective means of bringing your website to life.
Want to learn more about our WordPress website building process? Click here to find out more about how we would build your website.
Mobile Devices Cannot Be Ignored
Websites must be accessible to mobile devices. In November 2013, a major milestone was achieved. StatCounter, a web analytics company in Dublin, reported that 20% of world wide browsing was performed using a mobile device. The growth of mobile users and their confidence in executing transactions via their mobile devices was reported by MarketingLand. Their findings revealed that in 2013 “mobile e-commerce grew 50 percent year-over-year to account for 29 percent of holiday e-commerce orders“. You ignore mobile access to your site at your own peril.
All of StudioPress’ child themes are responsive, meaning that your website will be accessible and viewable on a visitor’s desktop, tablet and/or smartphone.
Some of our clients have hired graphic designers to create a unique website design in PhotoShop that we translated pixel for pixel into a website using StudioPress’ Genesis Framework. This translation process is not an automatic process like you might have seen advertised on psdtowp or PSD2HTML. Although this is a manual process, it results in a unique one-of-a-kind site for you and/or your organization.
The WordPress community has been very busy writing and developing extensions to the WordPress application through Plugins. These plugins broaden the capabilities of WordPress by adding new features. For example, you can create an online store by installing WooCommerce or WP eCommerce or you can restrict your content to members only with the installation of S2Member.
Other Content Management Systems
There are circumstances when WordPress is not suitable for a client. In those circumstances there are other alternatives that we discuss with our clients, such as Drupal or Joomla.
While we do a lot of work involving WordPress because of its popularity and flexibility, it is not always the best fit for an organization’s requirements. We will never pigeon hole a business into a solution that is not appropriate for their needs. If an organization’s online goals are broader than the capabilities of WordPress, we will suggest and encourage the best alternative.