Designing the appearance of a website is only part of the story. A website not only has to look good, it also needs to provide all of the functionality required of it;
typically that functionality may take the form of a message board, a secure shopping cart system, an interactive photo gallery or a members-only area.
These features involve software (a collection of ‘scripts’) being installed on the web server by a web developer who will then configure and test the system before handing the site over to the client and providing instruction in its use.
Nowadays, many websites have at their core some form of proprietary software. For example, owner-managed websites may be driven by one of the popular content management systems (CMS) such as Joomla, Wordpress or Drupal. Meanwhile, look under the bonnet of an online shop, and you may find an installation of OS-Commerce, X-Cart or Virtuemart. These systems are modular, so it is possible for the web developer to provide extra functionality through the installation of additional modules or ‘plugins’.
The selection of the appropriate software is of paramount importance. At Chadwick Design, we listen to your requirements and we then match the software to the customer, not the other way round!
Because we are experts in the development, maintenance and support of a whole raft of different proprietary systems you can be sure that we’ll use the software that best meets your needs. That in turn means that you get the fastest, most cost-effective solution
Here are just some of the software we deploy :
Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, CMS Made Simple,
CubeCart, x-Cart, os-Commerce, Zen Cart, Virtuemart, CRE Loaded, LiveCart, Redcart, Magento
We firmly believe that there is no point in re-inventing the wheel and we find that in the main, even the most exacting requirements can be met through the careful deployment of proprietary software. However, if your web application calls for custom programming, we have the expertise to handle that for you too. We frequently deliver custom projects using PHP, MySQL, Ajax and Perl and have a 15-year successful track record in these technologies.
When we build you a custom website, we don't just take a standard template and swap out the logo. We start with a blank sheet of paper and create a bespoke design whilst also taking a serious look 'under the hood', making modifications and coding from scratch where necessary . The end result? A sleek website which is a delight to use.
We are ready to talk in 'geek-speak' if you wish - be it PHP, MySQL, REST, jQuery or whatever. Usually though, we find that good old plain English is best!