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WordPress Web Development Services

We build beautiful WordPress websites which are lightweight, yet sturdy, powerful, versatile, and super-easy to use.

We avoid using pre-built themes and templates, and we rather design your WordPress website according to your requirements.

This ensures that your website communicates your brand most effectively, and an added benefit it that the website is much more efficient and easy for you and your content managers to add and edit the content.

We typically make use of page builders, in particular Elementor and Beaver Builder, known for their versatility and performance. This means that your website will load quickly.

As well as keeping your website visitors happy, website performance is an important ranking factor in Google's algorithm: a fast website means a better rank.

Get in touch now to discuss your awesome WordPress website!


Try a live demo of Beaver Builder or Elementor now. Our Beaver Builder manual is here and the official version is here.


Working with a web developer: the web development process

These guidelines aim to make your website project a smooth and pain-free process.

A website project involves closely aligning your needs and requirements with the web design and web development process.

This document outlines these phases, what is expected and what you can expect, and provides recommendations for best practices in working with a web developer.

This page has information about the web design process.

Web Development Assets: a summary of what we need from you

Things we may ask you to provide:

Information we may need from you

  • A brief and / or web development specification document
  • Timeframes / Deadlines
  • A domain, with all relevant login credentials (unless we set this up for you)
    • Hosting provider control panel logins
    • WordPress logins
    • FTP credentials

Depending, we can work with you to obtain these items.

File assets we may need from you

Please provide us with all requested assets. These may be:

  • Your logo
  • Style guide
  • Sitemap
  • Text
  • Images

Depending, we can work with you to develop or obtain these items.

Availability

We may need to work closely with you to achieve your deadline, and in general we will need to be able to remain contactable during the entire process.

Summary of how we’ll work together

Platforms we prefer

Wireframing and Flowcharting

There are numerous tools for wireframing and flowcharting, but the best by far in our not-so-humble opinion is Plectica.

Prototyping

We generally use Adobe XD to share prototypes. Creating an account allows you to comment on the design prototypes we provide.

We’re also happy to use InVision, Sketch, or other prototyping tools.

For simple websites we may accept web designs as images, pdfs, Adobe Illustrator, or Photoshop documents.

Project Management

In general, we work with project management software during the development phase to ensure the process is very clear and smooth.

Tasks are arranged in To Do, Doing, and Done lists. For this we generally use Trello. If you’re not familiar with Trello, then please sign up and give it a try. It’s super-easy to use!

File / Assets Management and Sharing

We prefer using a shared DropBox folder to manage files and some assets. We’re also happy to use Google Drive.

In some cases, especially for smaller websites, WeTransfer, or even email might be fine for sharing some files and assets.

Documents and Spreadsheets

Although we’re happy to accept Word Documents for text, Google Docs and Google Sheets are much preferred because they allow collaboration and versioning.

Live Communication

Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, and good old telephone.

Websites

Yes, we are WordPress fans, but if you need a web-app-like experience we can develop custom non-WordPress websites.

Summary of what you will get from us

Standard deliverables

This is a standard list of deliverables from us:

  • Design Prototypes
  • Staging site - a website where web development takes place
  • Live website - the final website
  • Training - as required,  in the form of a manual and live chat

Optional deliverables

Depending on your requirements, we may work with you to obtain these additional items:

  • A brief and / or specification document
  • Timeframes / Deadlines
  • A domain, with all relevant login credentials (unless we set this up for you)
    • Hosting provider control panel logins
    • WordPress logins
    • FTP credentials
  • Your logo
  • Style guide
  • Sitemap
  • Text
  • Images