Complete a simple search for ‘web development company’ and you’ll be inundated with companies all chomping at the bit for your business – including us! The scope of services offered by each will vary, but ultimately, we’re all here to do the same thing – create the perfect website for you and your brand. Sounds self-explanatory, but how do you know which company is really the most suited to your needs, and within budget? We’re here to give you an insight into what a web development company does, help you decide what you need, and explain how ExtraMile can build the ideal website for you and your business. First, let’s start with the basics…
What is web development?
To put it simply, web development broadly covers the coding and programming involved in building a website. It can range from creating a few simple pages of plain text, to constructing complex websites with hundreds of pages, intricate features and numerous functionalities.
Not having an up-to-date, functional website can be highly detrimental to your business. The internet is now the first port-of-call for anyone looking for a product or service, so ensuring you have an appealing website that your target audience can navigate around quickly and easily is invaluable.
Before you choose a web development company, you should ask yourself: “What do I want to achieve from my website?” Going beyond the simple “I’d like more sales/enquiries, please!”, think about the future of your business. Do you need a website that you can easily manage and edit yourself? Is your business offering likely to expand, eventually calling for extra functionalities on your website? Are you planning on entering international markets? Whatever your business goals and future plans we’re here to provide you with the perfect solution, tailored to your individual specification.
What services does web development cover?
- Website Design
The first thing to think about is the design of your website. It’s estimated that it takes around 0.05 seconds for users to form an opinion about your website. What’s more, you have around 10 seconds to impress that user before they leave (UK Web Host Review). With this in mind, making sure your website has the perfect blend of aesthetics and usability is vital to its success.
The Web Development team at ExtraMile work closely with our Design team in a collaborative effort to create your website, so you can be sure that every aspect of its aesthetics is covered.
- Choosing an appropriate platform
Once the design and user experience (UX) has been agreed, the plans will then need to be brought to life using the appropriate platform. Web Development companies around the UK will use different platforms, all with their own unique features and benefits.
Here at ExtraMile, our Web Development team are experienced in WordPress, Joomla! and Magento (read more below), and each platform will be discussed with you in detail to ensure your website will perform exactly how you, your users, and your business needs it to.
In order for your website to be viewed online, you’ll require a web hosting service. This generally covers varying volumes of disk space, monthly bandwidth, memory, email accounts, FTP access, and maintenance. At ExtraMile, we offer three hosting packages to cater to different budgets and requirements. Get in touch and speak to a member of our team to find out more.
Web development services shouldn’t just end when your website goes live. After it has been expertly built, rigorously tested and finally launched, you’ll need some support. Whether that’s in the form of help with content management, fixing any bugs that may present themselves post-launch (it happens, even to the eCommerce giants), or anything else you need assistance with – ExtraMile are always here to help.
- Going the ExtraMile…
As we’re a full-service digital marketing agency, our web development team will also work closely with the Design, Search Engine Marketing, and Quality Assurance teams. This collaborative effort means that every aspect of your website is well thought-out, from start to finish.
What do web developers use to build websites?
Our knowledgeable web developers have extensive expertise in content management systems (CMS) WordPress and Joomla!, and open-source ecommerce platform, Magento. When working with ExtraMile your exact needs will be consulted to ensure our web developers use the most suitable platform to build your website – whatever your needs!
Want ease-of-use and adaptability? Choose WordPress
Due to its simple and coherent user interface, WordPress offers an easy-to-manage website with adaptability through various plug-in options. Our web development team will provide on-going support and full training so you have the confidence to add content and make changes, whenever you need. We offer three templates to work from ranging from a customisable modular solution, to a completely bespoke website.
Does your website have a complex specification? Choose Joomla!
Joomla! is all about high performance, flexibility, and almost limitless functionality. This makes it ideal for more complex websites such as those requiring multiple language versions, all housed on one platform. Joomla! is also SEO friendly, so you can rest assured that it is the perfect foundation for you to build your ranking.
In the market for a unique and powerful e-commerce experience? Choose Magento
This market-leading, open-source e-commerce platform is used by brand giants around the globe, and it’s easy to see why. Offering unbeatable flexibility and future-proofing, our web development team recommend Magento due to its high scalability, vast ‘out the box’ features, and compatibility with future updates.
Want a website that will facilitate a glowing and prosperous future for your business? Choose ExtraMile.
If you’d like to learn more about how Web Development services from ExtraMile could help your business reach its full potential, contact us today!