The following section illustrates the process of developing your project from concept to placing your site in live operation, and onwards through on-going support and future development.
During an initial period of consultation we discuss your ideas and aspirations for your website in the context of your overall business aims and objectives. We consider design, functionality, timeframe and costs for your project and where appropriate, assist in the development of a web site specification.
All professional web-sites should start with a web site specification. For small businesses this may be written on one side of A4 paper, but for more advanced sites this may require extensive documentation. The website functional, technical and design specification outlines those elements which describe exactly how the website should work, what web technologies should be used and how the site should look on the web.
Onto the fun part! Your site design process begins. This may take days, weeks or even months depending on the scope of your project and other requirements, however our quotation will specify the likely period of this stage of the process. The design process for larger projects is typically divided into phases with ongoing communications between you and your web project manager.
At such time as the final design has been approved and all site functions have been developed and implemented, we move to the testing phase. Here the website is put through its paces and tested.
Approval & Website Launch
Once testing is complete we are able to place your site in live operation. An agreed date for this is set considering associated factors. Cue the champagne!!
Web Marketing & Promotion
Web Marketing is a growing part of our business as increasingly our clients look to on-line channels to promote their businesses goods and services. Starting with keyword analysis we build your web-site presence with a progressive set of web marketing strategies aimed at growing traffic through your domain(s) and leveraging conversion ratios into sales.
Support & Maintenance
Our Support & Maintenance Agreement provides for the on-going support and development of your on-line presence. Whether you need assistance with adding new site functions over time, or simply need content updated, our SMA’s cover everything from your hosting fees to off-site backups and telephone support so you can rest in the knowledge you’re in safe hands.
NB* Specialist projects may dictate the use of languages and databases/tools not listed above.
For those of us who create websites and services, 2013 sees the firm requirement for mobilisation or specifically the need to make sites responsive. A million screens now exist on which users browse and interact with web content, and we need to (as far as is possible within the constraints of technology, resources and budget) build for all of them.
Building apps may seem like an obvious solution to the issue at hand. It’s clear that providing mobile apps for the major platforms is better than no apps whatsoever, but the further dilemma remains that whilst we can certainly build apps to reach a good number of those platforms, it is unlikely that we can reach all of them.
In 2013 the mobile web is key and it’s clear that having a great mobile website should be the priority.
Responsive Web Design
The solution, of course, is to make a web-site that works on every device. Enter responsive web design.
Put simply, a responsive web site uses media queries to establish what resolution of device the content is being served on. Scalable images and fluid grids then size accordingly to fit the screen dimensions and resolution requesting the content. The site you are reading this blog item on is responsive for example to to illustrate this – try making your browser window smaller. Just grab the right hand edge of your screen and drag it towards the left hand border to see the effect in practice.
The images and content column widths will shrink, then the sidebar will disappear altogether. The top of page navigation elements will also render differently when you reach tablet and mobile sizes to show a single column drop-down. You will see the layout shrink from two columns, to a single column of content.
The benefits are clear: You build a website with a flexible display framework, and it works seamlessly across thousands of different screens.
Given the rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones — and the fact that users currently seem to prefer browsing web content on the mobile web as opposed to using apps, it seems inevitable that 2013 will be the year that responsive design takes center stage as a primary development milestone for new web site development and revised design of existing sites. It certainly is here at DMC Web Services.
For businesses on-line, it represents a means of reaching users across multiple devices. For users, it ensures a quality browsing experience on every screen and device.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website this January! Due to the increase in various mobile devices now being used, we decided to build a responsive site that will be scalable on most devices.
Knowing that our users are getting younger and younger, we decided to ask the younger users to look at our old site and give us feedback on their thoughts. We received some “interesting” comments….from “being too stiff” to “we cannot view it well on our mobiles”.
With these comments in mind we embarked upon the build of our new site to give it a fresher, younger feel but keeping it informative. We have also added a more comprehensive range of our recent customer sites for you to look at to give you an idea of our work.
The site is now fully responsive and so will be viewed well in different screen/device sizes.
We welcome any feedback you may have.