Web Design – Why Choose Us?..
So, it would seem you need a website for your business. Where better to go than a local Nottingham Web Design Company who know the industry inside out. We are web design company who has over 15 years experience in Web Design. This is longer than even Google has been a household name. When dial-up internet was the norm. The Web Design industry has a reputation for companies starting up and vanishing all of the time. You can rest assured we are long established. We are one of the longest established Web Design Companies in the UK.
Why Go Hand-Coded for Web Design
We noticed a gap in the web design market long ago. That gap was bringing Database Driven Web Design to not only the rich and the famous. We noticed that the only content managed websites available to companies without a massive budget were off-the-shelf systems (See Hand Coded Vs Off-the-Shelf). These off the shelf systems were not only unsecure, but they were also very limited in terms of functionality, personalisation, security, usability, Search Engine Optimisation [the list goes on]. We noticed many businesses were happy with this to start with, but soon realised that the off-the-shelf website could no longer meet their needs. There was a big gap here. This is where Nottingham’s Media Design Studio Ltd slotted in nicely.
We invested time and money into actually learning from the ground up. We learned these technologies that make content managed websites a reality for all. So what does this mean for you? It means a website that is built around you, for you, and about you.
Some of the most successful and famous names on the Internet today eBay, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter etc. Their sheer success lies in real Web Development. By having everything hand coded. There is no way anything off-the-shelf could have brought such success.
Pricing for Hand Coded Web Design
This sounds expensive, I hear you say! Well, you’d be surprised. Our projects range from:
- Single page web designs
- eCommerce websites
- Full internet Web applications
- Custom Software
- Online self managed directories
- Client / customer databases
- Online booking systems for school meals promoting the Governments initiative for cashless schools
- Full blown eCommerce portals
This is to name a few. All of which were new start ups. People who just had “the idea”. With our knowledge, support and expertise, they are all now very successful. More importantly, are also now earning the owners a living. As many are start-ups, we appreciate that funds can be low. Many projects can be developed in stages. Therefore turning the idea in to a reality in conjunction with the budget.
We always recommend doing your research. Get at least 3 quotations from different web design companies. We’ve had customers ring us and give us their specification. In 60% of cases our quotation has been half of what some web design companies think they can charge for a hand coded solution. By comparison, our quotations have also been double, because in 100% of these cases, they’ve been quoted for an off-the-shelf system.
Web Design Checklist
We have compiled a checklist that we hope you will follow to ensure you do not fall victim. There is nothing worse than a genuine customer who has tried to start a business and have ended up mislead.
The most important questions you should ask are below….
- Is your web design going to be unique.
Ask for source files. Including any coding and design work as once you’ve settled your balance. They are then legally your property.
- Ask to see their Web Design Portfolio
So you can see their previous work. It should all be diverse and different. It should contain a link back to the Web Developers Website [usually in the footer at the bottom of the page] as proof that its their work.
- Hand coded or off-the-shelf?
This is very important. An off the shelf system can be difficult to use. They can lack in features and functionality. It will be abundant in features you will not use. It will also be unsecure. You will either gain absolutely nothing from it and give up, or have to start again in 6 months (Hand-Coded Vs Off-The-Shelf). This happens so often. About 20% of our calls are about this very issue. Please don’t increase this percentage. Do it right first time.
- Who owns the domain name
Who actually owns your domain name (the www. bit) and hosting account. When a domain name is registered, it is registered to someone. That someone is responsible for renewing and making any changes to that domain. We’ve had lots of customers who have lost their domain names because they are no longer in contact with who registered the domain.