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So you'd like a new website - but what sort of website do you want?
Designing a website can seem daunting and knowing what sort of website you need is often the first hurdle, so we've compiled a list of the most common types of websites to help you out.
Get in touch with us if you need any further help, advice or ideas regarding your website.
A static website is perhaps the most simple of the different types of sites.
The main function of a static website is to display information about your business and you can display this information using text, images and video.
Static websites are typically the cheapest type of website, so are ideal for start ups.
All our websites include a fresh design, professional development and a basic contact form, with many other features available add-on.
A dynamic website uses a database to display specific information based on user input.
Typical dynamic websites have search facilities, user accounts, updated information and complex order or booking forms.
Our dynamic websites are usually coded using PHP with a MySQL database, with the dynamic functionality added into a static site.
Dynamic websites create a personal experience for each user and the cost can vary depending on the dynamic functionality you require.
A responsive website means it responds to the screen size available and displays the content in a style most suited to the space.
Responsive websites typically have a desktop, a laptop, a tablet and a mobile design.
With increasing numbers of users viewing websites on any number of different devices, providing your customers with an easy interface across all screen sizes means they can engage and do business with you wherever they are, however they like.
A responsive website is an add-on to any other type of website and can be integrated with whatever design you have.
Our responsive design add-on includes testing across all the main browsers and screen sizes.
An online booking system can be integrated into any dynamic website and can be a major advantage to any business, including holiday cottages, restaurants and hairdressers.
The main advantage of an online booking system is that bookings and payment can be taken automatically, at any time of the day. With an online calendar, customers can check availability and prices, before confirming their booking and making payment online.
There are many different options with regards to taking payment online. We only offer secure and trusted payment methods, to suit your needs and system.
Online booking systems are usually add-ons to dynamic websites, as they require a database.
Prices depend on the size and complexity of your requirements, as well as the type of site it is being added to but we also include help setting up a payment system.
A content management system (CMS) allows website owners to edit their own website, in a user friendly environment, with little or no knowledge of coding.
There is a wide range of pre-built CMS available, with wordpress being on of the most popular. Websites using a specific CMS have to be coded for that CMS, but a custom CMS can be written as an add-on to any existing website.
There are many pros and cons to having a CMS (versus having a developer manage your website), with the main point to consider being do you have the skill, the time and the drive to edit your own website?
Prices for a CMS vary depending on the CMS you want to use and the size and complexity of your website.
An ecommerce website is a dynamic website in the form of a shop. It often has features such as a search facility and a shopping cart with payment system.
Ecommerce websites can vary in size from a few products to hundreds and can be integrated with other online selling platforms such as Amazon and Ebay shops.
There are many ecommerce specific content management systems - our preferred is Shopify - that make it easy to add and edit products, set prices, have complex postage and packaging rules and manage orders.
Our ecommerce sites prices include designs, setting up the CMS, shop set up and advice relating to payment methods. We can also assist with integrating your products to your shop.
Lots of businesses make use of a blog to publish articles, tips and news to their customers and a blog can be added to any new or existing website.
Due to the nature of blogging being a continual activity, most blogs are set up on a content management system so that you can post blog posts as often as you like, independently.
As long as a blog is maintained, it can be an excellent addition to a website, improving SEO, engaging customers and acting as a different way to get across information.
A blog can be added on to any website. The price depends on whether you are already set up with a content management system or not.
If you already have a CMS, especially a blogging CMS such as Wordpress, a blog is easy to add in. Our prices also include training on how to manage your blog.
Most websites are suitable for blog integration, even if they don't have an existing CMS, but prices vary depending on your current set up.
Every website is different and yet every website goes through the same process, from the early vision to finished site.
At Etempa Solutions, we take all our clients through this process, formally or informally, as appropriate.
Critically important and yet often forgotten, we like to spend a bit of time at the beginning discussing with you about the site, your requirements, your business and what you want to get out of this website.
We often use this time to write a list of requirements - we find it helps to get both parties focused on the task and allows ideas to be exchanged and discussed.
We will use this information to write a proposal for you, which details what we will be doing and costs associated with it. We like to be clear and upfront so everyone is comfortable.
Every successful website has an eye catching design and we like to give every website a unique sparkle to wow your visitors.
Our experienced designers can work with as much or as little direction as you would like to give. This is a time when designs are passed back and forth between you and us, trying out new ideas and concepts.
We're all knowledgeable when it comes to the latest user interfaces and trends so we can advise on what's popular, what works and what doesn't.
We offer unlimited revisions at the design stage and only when you're happy do we move onto the development stage.
This is a time where we turn the base designs into a functioning website.
All our code is clean and clear, following the latest standards, using the most up to date languages and is search engine friendly.
It's at this stage the site really comes alive and you can follow the progress by checking the testing site. We're happy to provide regular updates.
All your features and functionality will be added, as detailed in your proposal, with any additional services such as automatic backups or SEO services implemented at this stage as well.
Once the website has been completed, it will be thoroughly tested on a variety of browsers (including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE) and screen sizes (if your website is responsive).
Although testing occurs during the development process, it is important to follow the development stage with specific testing of all the features.
We encourage you to test the site at this stage too, to make sure everything is as you expected and so we can iron out any minor niggles.
Once everyone is happy, the only thing left to do is take it off the testing server and move it onto your chosen server (either our own hosting or your hosting provider).
We'll make sure everything is transferred across successfully and if you've asked for a Content Management System, we'll go through this with you so you know how to use it.
With the web constantly evolving, so too must your website.
Although your overall site might not need regular attention, it's always a good idea to keep your content fresh and up to date with your business.
As well as the visual side to the website, as technologies change, websites must be kept up to date with the latest security updates to prevent hackers and malware penetrating the code.
If you choose to stay with us after launch, we have a number of different maintenance packages to suit your website and its technologies.
Your online presence doesn't just stop at a website. Having a website built can often be just the first step of growing your business over the internet.
At Etempa Solutions, we offer the full package of web services to go with your new website.
Every website needs a domain name, web hosting space and someone to maintain it.
Although we're more than happy to work with your chosen hosting provider, we also offer an in-house hosting and maintenance service.
Basic hosting and maintenance starts at just £60 a year and we'll also manage your domain name for you.
Our basic package includes basic text and image updates; however if you require a more extensive updates service, we have a range of additional hosting and maintenance packages, including a bespoke package we can tailor to your needs.
Although all our websites are written with SEO in mind, we offer a bespoke SEO service to maximise your rankings.
The key to any successful SEO campaign is good keyword research - the words that sum up your business.
Once this research has been carried out, there are two areas of SEO work - on site SEO and off site SEO. We can advise and help you with any aspect of SEO work you want to pursue.
On site SEO involves writing engaging, appropriate content, strategic headings and description image tags. Off site SEO involves activities such as link building, social media and blog writing.
A backup of your files is something everyone knows they should have and so many people forget to do.
And even fewer even think about backing up their website, even though the consequences can be catastrophic for your business.
We offer a bespoke backup service for your website, tailored to suit your website type and how often the content is updated.
Usually, all that is involved is some work to set up the backup and then it can be left, backing up the site either weekly or monthly, whichever is appropriate.
There are so many ways businesses can reach their customers these days and a growing method is the use of social media.
This involves using websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to attract new customers and communicate with existing ones.
We can put together a Social Media package for you, based on the type of business you run and the type of customers you are wanting to attract.
Our service not only includes setting up your social media profiles, but we can also organise posting content.