Website Design

website design

We specialise in website design and website strategy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

We design websites and we have done for more than ten years. We are based in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but build websites for companies both nationally and internationally. We can build your website wherever you are in the world! Our team has been through the website design process so many times, with so many different customers, that we know what to ask and how to get the job done.

This is what’s included on this page:

  1. Website Design Process
  2. The 4 Types of Websites
  3. Choose the perfect website for your business:
  4. How do you decide which website to buy?
  5. Why we Choose WordPress
  6. Why do you need a website designer?
  7. Your new website design will need:

We ask a lot of questions before we start on your website design – questions about what your business does and what your website design needs to be able to do for you. Your website design needs to fulfill all your business objectives and make it easy for your customers to do business with you online, and offline. Want to know more about us?

Please contact us if you need a website designed, or complete the short quote request form below so we can get back to you with a customised quote.

Website Design Process

01.

Our First Meeting

In a time of online meetings and phone calls, we’d still love to chat to you about what your business does, what you need from your new website, or how you would like to revamp the website you currently have. We’ll ask about your business objectives, and how your website can help to fulfil those. You can also ask us about our history, our experience, and our expertise.

02.

The Website Plan and Quote

We will plan out everything we think you’ll need in your new website, along with a suggested structure, a list of the plugins you’ll need to make your functionality work, some professional WordPress theme examples, a list of everything else you’ll get with your website, and an itemised quote. You’re welcome to tweak this job spec and once you’ve approved it, we’ll arrange the paperwork to get started.

03.

First Draft Proofing

This is when you’ll send us all the content you’d like on your website. We will design a few pages of your site to show you what they look like, so you can see the design and layout direction in which we’re headed. We’d love your feedback on our suggested layout, and we will tweak this until you are happy for us to continue to build the rest of the site.

04.

Final Proofing

We will continue to build the rest of your website and often, depending on the size of your site, will ask you to proof sections as we go, to ensure that you are completely happy with the final product. Once the build is complete, you will be able to test every element and check every page to ensure you are perfectly happy with the end result.

05.

Publishing your Website

Now, it’s time to publish your website live on the internet! We will arrange all the setup and any file transfers that are required. We can host your website on our servers, or you can choose a different website host – it’s entirely up to you. Now your website is up and ready to go!

06.

Website Maintenance and Security

We like to stay in touch with our customers and look after their websites as if they were our very own. We can update any of your content whenever you’d like, or you can do it yourself if you prefer. Our customers usually choose our Software Maintenance Package, which means we will keep your website software updated, will manage and monitor your website security, and will fix a hack should one ever occur.

The 4 Types of Websites

1. Starter website design

This website is a small, information-based website, similar to an online brochure. It is built using a Content Management System (like WordPress) so you can update the content yourself if you prefer. If you don’t want to update it yourself, we can always do it for you!

2. Professional website design

This website is also an information-based website but it’s larger and can accommodate more information about your business. It is also built using a Content Management System (like WordPress) so you can update the content yourself if you prefer.

3. Catalogue website design

This website is similar to an online shop, however it only displays your products in a shop-like layout – they can’t be purchased online. This website works really well if you don’t want to post your pricing on your website, or if you need to quote for products based on your customers’ varying requirements. This website can be combined with a quote request system if needed, however the setup depends largely on the setup of your product pricing structure. It is also built using a Content Management System (like WordPress) so you can update the content yourself if you prefer.

4. eCommerce website design (an online shop)

This website is an online shop and it sells products to your customers. They can select their products and pay for them on your website, using a payment portal. Products can be simple (i.e. one price per product), or more complicated. More complex product pricing might mean that your product comes in several variants, sizes, or colours, and each has a different price. Products may also have “add-ons” like monograms, or a gift-wrapping charge. Your ecommerce website is also built using a Content Management System (like WordPress) so you can update the content yourself if you prefer. This site will have a payment gateway to accept payments online.

Choose the perfect website for your business:

Starter Website
Perfect for Small Business
  • 5 Page Website
  • Image Gallery
  • Blog
  • Social Media Links
  • Simple Contact Form

  • SEO Friendly
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Google Analytics

  • Domain Registration
  • Website Hosting
  • Content Management System*

  • Weekly Offsite Backups
  • Website Security
Catalogue Website
Display your Products Online
  • 5 - 12 Page Website
  • Catalogue Layout (not a shop)
  • 10 Products in Catalogue
  • Unlimited Image Galleries
  • Blog
  • Social Media Links
  • Instagram Feed on Site
  • Contact Form (saved entries)

  • SEO Friendly
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Google Analytics

  • Domain Registration
  • Website Hosting
  • Content Management System*

  • Weekly Offsite Backups
  • Monthly Software Maintenance
  • Website Security
  • Security Monitoring
  • Hack Fixes if Necessary

*What is a Content Management System?
A content management system, often abbreviated as CMS, is software that helps users create, manage, and modify content on a website without the need for specialised technical knowledge. We use WordPress and this means that you can update your website content yourself, if you prefer. If you don’t want to do that, we can update it for you too!

How do you decide which website to buy?

Your business website should serve a purpose.

What do you want your customers to do when they visit your website?

  • Would you like to simply share information about your business?
  • Should you website include more comprehensive information about the wider variety of products and services you offer, or do you perhaps want to include a “Frequently Asked Questions page”, or maybe a “Download Manuals” page?
  • Do you want visitors to look through a catalogue of your products or should they be able to request a quote for your service?
  • Should they be able to buy your products online?
  • Maybe you want them to join your membership so they have access to your unique content?

There are many different things they could do on your website to engage with your company and your brand. Whatever strategy you decide on, remember that your website must be updated regularly with new, exciting content so it entices your customers to come back over and over again.

Website content must be updated regularly!

Interesting and engaging websites attract new visitors. They are updated often and provide new content on a regular basis. Static, boring websites that don’t get updated get lost on the Internet. They are eventually left alone completely as no one ever visits them.

Get a Website Design Quote

We have been designing websites and online shops for more than ten years.
Please complete the form and we’ll respond ASAP. (Don’t worry, your name won’t be added to our mailing list.)

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Why we Choose WordPress

There are so many reasons to love WordPress

1. WordPress is free!

WordPress is free because it’s open source software. All you need to do is to install WordPress on your hosting platform and you’re ready to get started.

2. You can update your own website design easily

Remember that website with good traffic are the websites that are updated regularly with excellent content. WordPress makes it very easy for you to update your own website as often as you like, so you don’t need to pay us every time. It has an easy to use, ‘drag and drop’ backend so you just drag your information where you want it, upload an image with a few clicks, publish and you’re good to go!

3. We can build your new website quickly

There are thousands and thousands of plugins available that we can use to add functionality to your website. This means we don’t have to build amazing new features from scratch. We can find the right plugin and customise it to your website. This also means you don’t have to pay for hours and hours of development time, which will save you a lot of money.

4. Your website design will look spectacular

There are thousands of incredible themes to choose from. We’ll customise the theme you choose so your website is stunning and unique. You’ll get a magnificent, professional website for a fraction of what it would cost to design and build it from scratch.

5. Your website will be search engine friendly

Google will love it because WordPress is written using high quality code and it produces semantic mark-up that makes your website very attractive to search engines. We’ll also show you how to optimise your content, so it’ll rank even higher in Google’s search results.

And the best part…

6. WordPress is very customisable and will grow with your business

The vast selection of themes and plugins means you can add almost any functionality you like to your website design. You can start with a small website design, and grow it as your business grows, adding new and more complicated functionality as you need it.

How do WordPress websites work?

A WordPress website is practical, versatile, and easy to use.

WordPress websites require the WordPress software, a theme, and plugins.

A theme controls the look of your website. You can choose a theme that you like the overall look of, and we will customise it with your colours, photos and content.

A plugin is a piece of software that can be uploaded to your WordPress website to add a new function or feature, like a forum; a support ticket desk; specialised contact forms; specialised image or video galleries; an online shop; security features; etc. There are thousands of both free and paid plugins to choose from. Your choices are endless!

Why do you need a website designer?

WordPress is easy to use and incredibly versatile but, like anything, website design is a skill. We give our customers (like you) value by advising on website strategy, designing your website, and customising and building your initial website for you. Once your website is published online, you can add blog posts, change text or images, or even add pages, as often as you like. You’ll never need to ask us to make changes for you (unless you want to, of course!).

However, the initial setup, the customisation of the theme, sourcing and customising plugins and optimising your website for speed are all specialised skills that we have a lot of practice doing. We have been doing this for nearly ten years and we’ve learned some tricks along the way.

As longtime website designers, we know the right questions to ask upfront, so you don’t get stuck with a site that’s missing something important. We can show you how to optimise your website so that it’s found by search engines (hello, Google!), and how to optimise your pages so your customers buy what you’re selling.

There are so many details that go into building an amazing website. We will walk you through the process, so you don’t miss a single step.

Get a Website Design Quote

We have been designing websites and online shops for more than ten years.
Please complete the form and we’ll respond ASAP. (Don’t worry, your name won’t be added to our mailing list.)

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Your new website design will need:

  1. Website Copy – Will you be writing this yourself, or will you hire a copywriter?
  2. Images – Do you have images, or will you hire a photographer to take them? Would you prefer to source stock photography or illustrations?
  3. Hosting – We’ll set this up for you.
  4. Domain Name – We will also register this for you. Do you want to register a domain name in your own country, or do you prefer a .com domain? If you’ll be servicing a local audience, stick to your local extension. If you’re servicing an international audience, rather register a .com domain.

You’re now ready to get started on your new website design! Please contact us so we can get going and get your business online as soon as possible.

Domain Registration Tips

Here are some quick tips to remember when registering your domain name:

Keep it short and make it easy to type. Use keywords and target your area if applicable. Make it memorable and avoid numbers and hyphens. Choose the right extension for you and act quickly so that no one else registers it first!

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