Web Design & Development
Website design and layout
When visitors to your website can find their way around easily, they're likely to browse for longer and form a positive impression of your organisation. We design attractive sites with clear, simple navigation, for exactly that reason. Of course we have excellent web design skills and up to the minute technical knowledge, but we'll always focus on ease of use and the commercial purpose of your site, rather than using it as a showcase for the latest fads.
Database driven sites
We're specialists in database-driven websites. Our approach is to design a data structure that both matches your needs and makes it easy for the user to search your data. You can populate your database using custom-built admin tools, by CSV format file uploading or with data feeds using XML. Finding data is accurate and easy, either with quick, auto-completing text searches or more advanced, filter-based searches.
Keeping the content of your site fresh and current will help keep users coming back again and again. We can build in RSS feeds like news, blogs and product information from suppliers or distributors. Our web services platform can also integrate content from Google Maps, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Delicious, to name a few, plus useful functions like postcode lookups for auto-completing addresses.
Application development for the web
Putting shared resources like project management systems, event calendars, document libraries and questionnaires online, so they're easily accessible to many users, can save time and money in development. We use our website design skills to build familiar, simple-to-navigate interfaces, so it's quick and easy for users to participate.
If you have exclusive or restricted content, you'll need a robust authentication system with secure usernames and passwords. We can build this in to your website design, including easy-to-use management tools for you to control approvals and subscription payment services. You can make sure registrations are genuine with automatic email validation checks.
Sensitive and confidential data needs careful management online. Our solutions include SSL and PGP email encryption, so you can be confident that only authorised users see your data.
Web standards compliance
Making sure your site is easily accessible to the target audience means ensuring it works properly across a range of devices and browsers. We develop solutions that comply with prevailing standards including W3C and Bobby.
Software technologies we use on a daily basis
- HTML, XHTML, DHTML, XML, AJAX, RSS
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- MySQL Multi-Threaded Relational Database
- Perl, DBI, Daemon Scripts
- Flash ActionScript
- SVN Subversion
- SSL / GNU Privacy Guard / PGP
- Zend Framework
- Apache HTTP Web Server
- FreeBSD, Linux CentOS