You have already seen great websites online. They make you say "wow" when you look at them.
They are impressive-looking, easy to use, and attractive. Each customer's idea of what an ideal website looks like can be different.
We feel that you should spend some time looking at other sites on the web before you begin a new project.
Gather a half dozen of your favorites and write down what it is about those sites that you like.
Decide what it is about those sites that makes them stand out to you.
Bring us your list of admire sites. Challenge us.
What content in your existing site is still valid? What content is outdated?
What new content will need to be written? Who will create that new content.
We will help your team to develop a content strategy to ensure that your new website is complete and accurate.
This is done by creating a flow chart (see below) of how your content should be organized for usability.
You will receive a special guide from our team after we win your project, to help your stakeholders gather and organize their content.
Example flow chart showing how we design a content strategy around content and user audiences.
Photo-rich design is the hottest trend in modern website design.
These designs include full-photo background images that are rich in color and detail.
Navigation menus a very clean and simple, so as not to detract from the menus and photography.
Most of the design examples we show on our website are photo-rich designs.
Years ago, most web design companies created rigid design layouts using ;Photoshop to create layout treatments like shadow boxes, Polaroid photo frames, gradient bars, etc.
Those interfaces of the past involved a massive amount of design work to create attractive, rigid designs.
This took a lot of time, and added unnecessary cost to the design process.
Today, websites are much more fluid and dynamic due to the mobile revolution.
Your new website must look good on ALL devices, and this is done by making the website "responsive" using a special combination of layout files and scripting.
Using photos to create color and depth in your design makes your website look very rich and sophisticated.
This produces a better result than over-designing navigation elements just to create depth in the design.
Tip: Make sure that you have a plan for acquiring high-quality photographs for your project before you start.
We build websites using the very popular
Bootstrap responsive framework
This enables your new website to "redesign itself" to fit different screen sizes.
Responsive website design requires additional work to create designs for each screen size, but it is worth it.
You simply cannot choose a website vendor without seeing how their Content Management System (CMS) works beforehand.
Some cities try to adapt open-source systems that are not meant to be used for municipal websites, and this leads to disastrous results.
Choosing a vendor that has a purpose-built CMS is definitely the way to go, but if they aren't open you can feel trapped.
Our solution was to create our own open, purpose-built CMS using the latest technology (Python, DJango, Angular JS, Bootstrap, and more).
Tip: Contact us for a live demo.
This is where a majority of the time is spent when we are rebuilding large websites.
You might think that content can simply be a cut-and-past affair, but this is rarely the case.
All web pages, images, forms, documents, and other content must be reviewed and sometimes modified so as not to break the website on mobile devices.
We provide training with every project. Training is conducted live over the web using GoToMeeting, and it works well.
Municipalities near Delaware and Colorado are eligible for on-site training for an additional fee.