Adelaide website development services
Websites fall in to four main categories:
- Brochure site
- Project site
- Online store
- Web application
It’s important to know the difference between each of these categories, to ensure you make the right choices for your website.
This is the most basic and most common of type of website. The ‘brochure’ website is designed with around 1 – 10 pages, and informs the viewer about your organisation, your services, and provides a way to capture interest/sales.
Brochure sites are best built on the WordPress Content Management System (CMS), the leading CMS available today. WordPress makes websites quick and easy to set up, but still allows you to update and modify the design without losing your content.
While a brochure site has is strengths, it may not be what you’re after. Many websites take the form of a ‘project site’ and are designed to interact with the viewer. This can mean a website with product forums, live chat, or a comprehensive product knowledgebase.
There are many content management packages out there that are specifically suited to forums and chat, but are not well suited to other standard website components. Because of this, project sites often work best when two or more content management packages are integrated.
We’re integration experts. Whatever feature you want for your website, we’re aware of an open-source package to fit the bill.
A content management system for an online store is essential. It’s the only way to keep track of orders, updates, products and clients cost-effectively and efficiently.
Fast becoming essential for any new business today, online stores fall into their own category of website. Choose your web developer carefully, because the tools of the trade change markedly from your standard brochure or project site. Content management systems like Magento and Open Bravo have been built specifically with online store needs in mind. Traditional CMS like WordPress have plugins that make it work like a store, but it’s better to choose a tool specifically designed for the job.
A web application, like a business, is something that fills a specific niche and is entirely different from other web applications in the market today. Examples of web applications include social sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, but also applications for specialised markets, like PremiumBreed for pedigree recording, MailChimp for mailing list management, and Zurmo for customer relationship management.
Stay away from content management systems at this level, the last thing you want to do is peg your business success on someone else’s system.
What is ‘Responsive’ web design?
Responsive web design is a term that refers to a site that is ‘mobile and tablet friendly’. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all design, it’s a flexible design that shifts and adjusts depending on the size and orientation of your screen. A responsive web site looks good on every platform, in every browser, on every device.
Why is this so important? It’s simple – search engines are looking for mobile friendly sites now, and penalise those sites that aren’t built to be easy to use. With the open source tools available for website development, like WordPress, responsive website development is cheap, fast, and will keep you in search results for years.
How do you pick a good website developer?
A great question if there ever was one. There are a lot of providers out there, so you need a good way to filter out the junk. There’s one simple rule to follow: resize your browser screen. If the website doesn’t adjust to display in your browser window, the provider doesn’t know anything about mobile development, search engine optimisation, or cost saving technologies.
Your list just got 90% shorter. We posted a full set of tips to help with the process.
What are your specific needs?
Now that you’ve had a crash course in website types and systems, we can help you choose a level that is right for you.
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