Website specialists – web site design and development – Hairydog Limited
Web sites from Hairydog Ltd, Web Site Specialists
There are many companies keen to design a web site for you. It seems that everyone with a computer thinks he or she can do it. Just like everyone with a camera can take photos. Unfortunately, the results all too often demonstrate the drawbacks.
Conversely, there are plenty of advertising and graphic design companies that think they can design web sites. The result is often a beautiful, but totally useless and confusing web site.
When your customers visit your web site, they want to find the information about your products, not a showcase of the designer’s fantasies.
Web site Design
We bring expertise in designing printed material and help systems to the web. Unlike most web design companies, we did not start out as graphic artists, an advertising agency or a sales company. Unlike all too many, we don’t use a standard template, so our clients’ sites are individual and tailored to their own business.
As web site specialists, our skills mean that your web site’s visitors won’t have to suffer a pointless Flash animation before they get to the content they want. They won’t get lost amongst a myriad of pages with inconsistent navigation. They won’t have to download bloated HTML code from some verbose web page creation program.
Web Site Development
We code the HTML by hand. The results are clean, concise, standards-compliant code that loads and displays quickly on all modern browsers, and does not cost you a fortune in hosting and bandwidth charges. With the right skills, it doesn’t take longer to develop web pages this way either. It’s a win for everyone!
Our experience in software and web site development means that we are able to use proper strategies to ensure a quality assured product.
Don’t take the risk of letting amateurs mess up your web site – the public’s view of your business!
Web site accessibility
By using W3C standards compliant, valid HTML code, we are able to develop web sites that are accessible to all. By careful design, we develop web sites that are readable across a range of web browser and computers, including mobile devices, set-top browsers and specialist browsers for visually-impaired and disabled users.
This approach means that we are able to develop sites that meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, without impairing the experience for other users, or having to develop several versions of the same web site.
Web Site Visibility
We know how to make your web site appear near the top of the search engine results for the search terms your visitors are likely to use. This is crucially important: unless people find your web site easily, they will go elsewhere.
There are several steps in making a web site search-engine friendly, and it is a specialist skill. For an example of how we transformed a client’s web site performance, see the Case Study page.
eCommerce web sites
If you want to sell “off the page” there are some additional factors to consider. We can help you through the maze and get your business trading on line in a secure and user-friendly way that won’t eat into your profits.
Web Site Maintenance
We are happy to maintain your web site for you, or to arrange things for you to maintain it. Whether you prefer a content management system, a database-backed site, a template approach, or editing existing html files, we develop maintainable web sites.
But won’t it cost a lot?
Most certainly not! We prefer to charge for the work we actually do, but if you prefer a fixed price, there’s no problem. How much it would cost to design and develop a web site very much depends on individual requirements.
For a small web site with no more than a dozen pages, if you have the content ready written, it’s likely to cost somewhere between £500 and £1,000. A full ecommerce web site, designed to suit your business and selling direct off the page with stock control, card validation and payment processing is likely to cost about three to four times as much. However, we also undertake far bigger web site projects, with budgets of several thousands.
If you prefer an inclusive design/build/host/maintain arrangment, where you know what your costs will be in advance, we are happy to quote for that.
We don’t restrict you to a “standard package” – we are happy to find the best solution to fit your requirements and your budget. And there are no hidden extras!
Hairydog for documentation, on-line help and web sites
We have been writing, designing and producing publications for decades.
As user documentation moved from printed manuals towards on-line material, we were there, continuing to develop user-friendly, effective documentation for computer software, quality systems, corporate systems, entertainment events and far more.
We have been developing web sites almost as long as there has been a web to put them on. Gain the benefit of our experience, expertise and enthusiasm.
If you want any more information about our services and how we can help your business, please get in touch.
Hairydog Ltd • tel 01422 418600 • tel 0845 124 9504 • fax 0870 432 9680 •