We understand marketing and know that your website needs to make a great first impression. We combine creative design with first-class technical functionality to produce superb websites.
There are many off-the-shelf Content Management Systems (CMS) available such as Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal each offer a ready-made solution via the connection of available modules. Each of these systems were designed with the goals of being easy for their customers to use and being easy to customise by bolting parts together.
However, we've found the quality of these modules can be inconsistent, as with any open-source platform modules are created by a variety of contributors with varying levels of skill. Once developed and released modules often lack support and maintenance, and integration with other modules (created by someone else) is not always consistent.
Most CMS are written using open-source programming languages such as PHP which we believe are not ideally suited to large-scale development.
Due to these issues - we decided to develop our own CMS system - which we call 'Aura', we offer 'Aura' to all of our clients as an alternative option. We think 'Aura' is great and so do our customers who use it. All of the modules 'Aura' uses are developed in-house by us, we fully support them all, we know exactly how each one works and how to use them!
To date, we've developed around 40 modules which can be added to a base 'Aura' installation - we choose which ones to use depending on each of our client's requirements. Some modules we've created don't do very much - they don't need to! Some do a lot more. If we don't already have a module to deliver the functionality our client needs - we create one.
By creating our own system we've retained full control, we know how everything works, all the decisions on functionality and appearance are made by us, this allows us to be consistent and confident in the quality of the end product, and if we (or our clients) do find any problems we can fix them!
We upgrade modules whenever they need it, we create new modules with the knowledge that they can be added to existing installations without causing problems.
We've designed 'Aura' to be as easy as possible for our clients to use, you don't need to know HTML to use it! We've also made 'Aura' flexible - so if you do want to make complex changes such as modifying your websites layout or colour scheme you can.
We know that our customers are all different, they need different things, some want an easy to use system, some want a system that is fully customisable - with 'Aura' our customers can do both.
Contact us if you'd like to know more.
As with content management systems, off-the-shelf E-Commerce systems are available, Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce are all viable options.
But in a lot of cases where the product being sold is complex or the online sales process isn't simple, an off-the-shelf system can't deliver what's required. In these cases a bespoke E-Commerce system is the best option. You should consider a bespoke option when:
In order to offer e-commerce to our customers, we've expanded our CMS platform 'Aura' to include a number of e-commerce modules, adding e-commerce modules allows our clients to retain all the features they would normally get - with the addition of e-commerce functionality such as:
Taking payment is one of the most important aspects of any online store - security is critical to customer confidence when buying online.
There are several payment providers who are well known and trusted by customers shopping online - PayPal, PayPoint, SagePay, Stripe and Barclays SmartPay are all well established and trusted payment providers, so we've created modules for all of them (and a few more) to allow our customers as many options as possible when selecting their preferred provider.
Website design, like all design, is very personal and subjective. What we think is a great design could be very different to what our clients are expecting (great minds don't always think alike).
So how do we go about designing our websites to keep everyone happy?
Then we use this information to create 2/3 initial designs, we ask for our clients to review them and give us feedback on which design they prefer, which parts they like and which parts they don't like. Then we refine the preferred design, incorporating their feedback into a final design which we use to create the website.