Services - Web design, SEO, Hosting

Websites

Web Design

All sites are hand coded html or php to ensure a robust, cleaner, search-engine friendly, faster loading site than those created in web development software packages, with clear navigation systems and bullet-proof security.
Using a Php 'includes' structure means that - for example - the menu links would be one file that is pulled in by every page throughout the site. Therefore the menu file is already loaded when you go to the next page so not only is that page faster to load, it also ensures that every page is consistent. If there were a link to be changed or added at a later date, every page picks up that change without fail and without the risk of one page being left out by mistake. Making sure you website is responsive is vital so it looks and performs perfectly whatever device its being viewed on. This is a relatively new aspect of webdesign so those with older sites need now to ensure they perform correctly and dont lose ranking in Google. Google now evaluates every site for this and has stated you will be ranked lower in a mobile search if your site does not pass its strict criteria so please contact us without further delay!

Websites

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation of your site will ensure it achives high ranking in Google, We will check your site for current ranking and then explain exactly what needs to be done to improve your position. There is no point being on page eight of Google, you need to be on page one or two to realise your website's potential. There is many thing that can be done to your existing site, we will help you identify your search terms and focus in heavily on those, theming pages, suggesting a secondary domain containing your search terms, cleaning up poor or out of date coding, making your site mobile friendly, utilising the various areas and tags that Google targets in searching for relevence, ennsuring there are no major blocks to achieving a higher audience for your business site.

Php programming

Php

PHP, which stands for "Hypertext Preprocessor", is a server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages.

In addition to the very handy 'includes' method (described in the section above), PHP offers excellent connectivity to many databases including MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, and Generic ODBC. The popular PHP-MySQL combination (both are open-source products, and both we are happy to be able to offer our clientel) is available on almost every UNIX host. Being web-oriented, PHP also contains all the functions to do things on the Internet - connecting to remote servers, checking email via POP3 or IMAP, url encoding, setting cookies, checking credit cards and taking orders, booking systems, redirecting, etc. It is a fantastically versatile programming language and the Internet would be a damp squib without it. It is a far more complex language to code than HTML, and so you will find not every web designer can offer this to you.

MySQL Databases

MySQL Databases

The MySQL database has become the world's most popular open source database because of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It's used on every continent by individual Web developers as well as the vast majority of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software -- including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, and Zappos.com.

Not only is MySQL the world's most popular and robust open source database, it's also become the database of choice for ecommerce or catalogue sites, as a way for people to manage thier own content updating easily and as a backbone for a large number of features such as gallery management and newsletter mailing systems.

OpenSource functionality

CMS

Our CMS is entirely bespoke for your requirements and will allow you to run your own site and its functions; ecommerce, newsletter system, galleries, members only secure areas, news articles, as well as adding and editing your own pages with ease. You will be very hard pushed to find another CMS system anywhere that is written entirely to your own specification that is so lightweight, secure and robust. This is really special. Wordpress is the most targeted CMS available today, it is HUGE and vulnerable. We will not consider hosting any sites that use Wordpress on nither our shared hosting facilities nor our dedicated server as the risk is so great and ongoing, I'm sorry, but please dont bother enquiring if Wordpress is your CMS of choice, our clients security is primary.

Stock Photography and images

Stock Photography and images

High quality imagery is without doubt one of the most important aspects of producing a top-notch professional looking site. Royalty fees used to take professionally produced photographs beyond the reach of small business or individuals. With the advent of gigantic lowcost stock libraries on the net this is - happily - no longer the case. A stunning stock photograph, video or vector image starts at only a dollar or two so there's absolutely no excuse not to litter your site with gorgeous pics to capture the imagination and present your services or product in the best possible light.

Istock.com have enough to choose from to keep us all looking classy for the next millenium, but dont take our word for it - why not check them out yourself?

Hosting and Domain Names

Hosting

Over the last decade or more it became apparent that many people require new or better hosting facilities along with thier new website and, of course, a domain name or two. Clients often have to rely on thier web designer to source these services and I have a wealth of experience in this field. Back in the mid '90's my training ground was with a close-knit national ISP (and TV Channel) run by a handful of highly innovative Internet experts so such matters have always been under my instant and complete control. So, for flexible unlimited bandwidth requirements and industry standard top quality shared server facilities, MRI, Auto responders, mysql database, ecommerce, cgi and PHP scripting, unlimited data-transfer, high quality visitor stats, cheap domain hosting/parking or pointing, and of course ultimate flexibility under your own control WITH a staggering amount of facilities included, talk to me before you talk to anyone else! For those needing something a little more high profile and bespoke our dedicated server is the one to choose, the annual price may surprise you...

Professionalism and Personal Service

Professionalism and Personal Service

It can be a nightmarish experience dealing with the larger hosting companies when things go wrong (and believe me they can go really wrong sometimes), I've been asked to rescue domains and websites on many occasions, and organise new hosting facilities for probably up to 90% of my clients.

Sadly it is not just the large companies that can prove difficult, there are many individual 'web designers' who rely on you not knowing the business and its frighteningly easy to find yourself in deep trouble, for instance your domain may not actually have been registered in your name. This can be a highly risky situation - if you cant prove that you own your own domain, it can be withheld from you (in the event of a disagreement with your designer) and there would be nothing you could do without going to a great deal of expense. By 'pulling' your domain these individuals have the power to destroy your business in a matter of days if you dont have your wits about you. I have much experience in the process of retrieving domains, it can be a tricky business and you do need professional help with it.

By providing your hosting I make sure you recieve the very best service tailored exactly to your needs at no more than reasonable cost. You will know every step of the way what is happening and why, I go to great pains to make sure your online property is secure, that your domains are renewed on time and that you understand the processes involved every step of the way. Flexibility, reliability, communication and honesty are key - that is what I aim to provide along with my personal and expert support - so have no worries that your business will ever be in a position of vulnerability through your dealings with me. Please dont hesitate to ask for references from any of my past or current clients, your trust in me is my priority - and privilege - to honour at all times.



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