What is web design?
Web design a broad term that encompasses many different skills and disciplines that make up the production and management of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface and user experience design; copywriting; code development and system design; and search engine optimization. Combined together these skills create an end product, a website, that a person will use.
Are websites all the same?
In short, no. Many websites have similar features, but some websites are vastly more complicated than others. There are also hundreds of different ways of creating a website, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We’ve simplified things and broken them into a few categories for you, to help you decide which website you might need. Sometimes you can even combine them.
This type of website usually displays the same information to all visitors. Similar to handing out a printed flyer, a static website will generally provide consistent, standard information for an extended period of time. Although the website owner may make updates periodically, it is a manual process to edit the text, photos and other content and may require basic website design skills and software. Simple forms or marketing examples of websites, such as classic website, a five-page website or a landing page website are often static websites, because they present pre-defined, static information to the user. This may include information about a company and its products and services through text, photos, animations, audio/video, and navigation menus.
It is primarily coded in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control appearance beyond basic HTML (make it look pretty). Images, audio or video might also be considered “static” content as it is not necessarily interactive and is just used as additional medium to complement the text.
A static website is easy to develop and can be built quite quickly depending on the amount of pages and content.
A web content management system (WCMS). is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease.
Popular WCMS’s such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal among others are great tools for creating websites that developers can then hand over to clients to manage themselves without needing to provide continuos support and development. We find WordPress to be the most powerful and flexible platform to develop on, with most of our clients websites using WordPress to power their site.
A dynamic website is one that changes or customizes itself frequently and automatically.
Server-side dynamic pages are generated “on the fly” by computer code that produces the HTML (CSS are responsible for appearance and thus, are static files). There are a wide range of software systems, such as CGI, Java Servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP), Active Server Pages and ColdFusion (CFML) that are available to generate dynamic web systems and dynamic sites. Various web application frameworks and web template systems are available for general-use programming languages like PHP, Perl, Python, and Ruby, to make it faster and easier to create complex dynamic web sites.
A site can display the current state of a dialogue between users, monitor a changing situation, or provide information in some way personalized to the requirements of the individual user. For example, when the front page of a news site is requested, the code running on the web server might combine stored HTML fragments with news stores retrieved from a database or another web site via RSS to produce a page that includes the latest information. Dynamic sites can be interactive by using HTML forms, storing and reading back browser cookies, or by creating a series of pages that reflect the previous history of clicks. Another example of dynamic content is when a retail website with a database of media products allows a user to input a search request, e.g. for the keyword Beatles. In response, the content of the web page will spontaneously change the way it looked before, and will then display a list of Beatles products like CDs, DVDs and books.
One way to simulate a certain type of dynamic web site while avoiding the performance loss of initiating the dynamic engine on a per-user or per-connection basis, is to periodically automatically regenerate a large series of static pages.
Clients come to us with a problem or idea. We examine the situation and try to find as much information as possible. Once we have a thorough understanding of the clients needs, we can move forward and design the best solution.
Once we have direction, we start on our design. By carefully planning and designing the best approach before development, we can save a tremendous amount of both time and effort. This not only makes our job easier but also saves the client costs.
Using the latest tools, technology and programming languages we can execute our design to develop an amazing product. HTML5, Ruby on Rails, Java, Python, Objective C, Microsoft.Net or any other language that best suits your requirements.
Only once the client is 100% satisfied and the product is perfect, do we launch. But it doesn’t stop there. We can also help with getting your product noticed with social media and online marketing campaigns.