If you know what you require from your new website, and you know how to spot a dodgy web development agency, the next task is to find a reputable business who may be able to assist. There are many hundreds of web designers out there (including Bytewire!), so choosing the right agency for you can be tricky.
There is also the option of you undertaking the task yourself. Web design is a fast moving enterprise, with tools that are constantly updating.
You may have recognised the need for a new business website, but do know what you actually need it to do? Here are some critical questions you need to answer before approaching a web development agency so you can be sure you get exactly what you need.
Is my website expected to turn a profit?
Is your new website going to function as an extension of your current business? Is it going to be a storefront, or a way of generating sales
It’s an unfortunate fact, but many businesses have had negative experiences with web developers. The global nature of the web and the ease with which an online company can be created with only a modicum of ability means that there are literally hundreds of companies fighting for your business. Hundreds of companies with limited skillsets using bargain basement pricing to hook your business.
There’s even a good chance your business has in the past gone into the website build process blind,
Although the idea of roadside lemonade stands never really took off in the UK (we’re not sure they even really existed outside American cartoons for that matter), the simplicity of the concept is attractive – particularly in the otherwise complex marketplace that is the internet. Historically running an online shop is quite difficult. Either the tools used to host an ecommerce website are too complex, too expensive, or completely inflexible when trying to bend the tool to your specific business
If you spend any time at all hanging around with web developers, eventually you will hear mysterious acronyms like CMS start cropping up in conversation. A CMS, or Content Management System, can be used to provide a publishing platform for your company website.
The big CMS players
There are hundreds of Content Management Systems available, all of which have their own niches. Some of the most popular CMS platforms are completely license free, helping to reduce website running costs over the long
Have you heard about “social media”? The phrase appears to be everywhere these days, and whatever you think the business value (or lack thereof) to be, you cannot afford to ignore social.
Two or three decades ago, major businesses operated through an “old boys” network, with “who you knew” being of greater importance than “what you knew”. Job promotions, tenders and contracts were all awarded based on which school you attended or who your parents were.
Terrible right? However the practice continues
Business owners long ago realised that in a competitive marketplace, significant effort is required to make their products and services stand out from the offerings of their competitors. Printed adverts in newspapers were followed by adverts on the wireless (radio!) and then commercials on TV.
The advent of the Internet has leveled the playing field for online businesses as multi-national conglomerates jostle for market share with sole traders and businesses of any size in-between. This “democratisation” (a big word for opening
No doubt you will have seen a tablet computer somewhere recently, even if only one of the many Apple iPad adverts on TV. A shift in the approach to computing has seen manufacturers creating a slew of tablet devices in order to grab a slice of the action before Apple take the whole market themselves. Currently the iPad rules, with a 68% worldwide market share, but Blackberry’s PlayBook, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the brand new Google Nexus 7 are
We’re looking for a Zend Framework (preferably Zend Certified) to come and work with us on a project we are undertaking here at Bytewire HQ. This role is temporary, but for immediate start!
The role will be based out of our office in Maldon, Essex and you will be tasked to build & complete a project, engaging in planning and design with our other developers.
The project involves the following areas of note:
Payment processing (PayPoint)
HTTPS (strong knowledge of request security)
Mobile devices including Phones, Tablets and other handheld devices have become part of everyday living and this trend looks set to continue with more devices and improved technology on these devices becoming available all the time. The development of Mobile Devices means it is even more important that websites developed are compatible and optimised as a more diverse website can give you an edge of your competitors, increase sales, generate more traffic and boost customer engagement.