Are you looking for a website design agency in Bristol that can protect the future of your website.
Web design today is constantly developing and changing. You would be surprised how often we come across out-dated websites and disgruntled customers who are desperately seeking a web design solution for a broken site that no longer works as it once did.
More often than not, this is because their developer at the time used systems and standards-compliant coding that have not been regularly updated to meet the requirements for today’s mobile-friendly, cross-platform world.
What they are left with is probably still visible but is effectively broken. The only place to go is to re-build the website from scratch; but how do you avoid falling into the same trap again?
Unbeknown to many customers, is that the “Website Design” business they bought their website from didn’t actually employ a website designer.
They are very often businesses that only “sell” websites and then get any available freelance web developers to do the hard work.
This often means that the website development team is not even in the UK but is working in a lower economy than the UK, offering cut-price services, which often means cutting corners. This can have serious implications further down the road when additional development is sought after, or when software and technology evolves.
Therefore, seek out a business where you can meet and discuss issues with the designers and developers that will be building your website.
At Red Thread Creative, we have in-house website designers and developers that are very much a part of our core team.
Their expertise means that whatever they build will be both bullet-proof and future-proof for many years to come. They are also on-hand, in person or on the phone should issues arise down the line.
What can happen if you don’t investigate what you’re buying into
We recently designed and built a new online shopping website for a small but growing business in Bristol. This client is thankfully now selling their products with ease online for the first time. However, a very tangled string of issues had to be unravelled first.
During the initial website development discussions, the client told us a very common story of woe. Their previous web design company couldn’t update or develop the website they’d provided because the web designer they hired as a freelancer had built it using unique coding and then decided to quit and go sell coffee in Switzerland… Unbelievable right?
Desperate, the client offered more and more money, but was rejected every time. The design company that sold the website simply held up their hands, with the only solution of having to start again. This meant a large investment was wasted and left the client with no other choice but to either pay for another website to be built or find a different website design company.
When we were approached by this client we were happy to talk with them and offered more than a few scenarios for building a brand new bespoke, ecommerce website and online identity. We advised them that there should be only original content, existing texts would be modified, whilst images and pages would get optimised.
Our new client team were introduced to our in-house website developers here in Bristol who walked through the concept for their new website. To our surprise the new client seemed thrilled to be sitting down with the people who actually design and build websites. They actually told us that they’ve never met a website developer before.
We see this scenario quite often and it must be very hard for any business to continue with e-commerce and paying for website design services all over again. Just imagine going through this yourself, nightmarish to say the least.
Luckily, people are strong and will always find a way to do what it takes to get the job done. In terms of finding the right website design company, it means doing your research.
Ask the right questions of your prospective website designers or design agency. Do not let those hip hipsters straight out of university wow you with just their design skills. Website design needs to be updatable and future-proofed as much as anything else.
So, let’s take a look at what some of the most important questions should be…
An answer from any reliable website designer should be along the lines of, “all our website’s are supported and maintained via a 365 days a year care package”. If you do not get even close to this answer then look somewhere else.
Do not be scared to ask this question and if your developer cannot explain and convince you that they are using a robust, reliable, updateable platform for building websites, you guessed it… look somewhere else.
This answer should be simple, “YES!”.
If the web developers or designers resort to “well we cannot guarantee that”, then look somewhere else. Even though websites might only have a reliable life expectancy of 2. 6 years (I know – incredible statistic, but true), there are lots of factors to consider. Without getting too carried away, the technology that built your website should last well into the future and if technology changes, then your website should be able to adapt regardless.
Yes! Absolutely! Seems a bit over zealous now I’ve typed it, but the answer is still yes. Here at Red Thread Creative we offer a 365 day care package that keeps your website updated and working online.
If there are any issues with the website at all they are always remedied within 24 hours of establishing the issue.
Here at Red Thread Creative we are passionate about everything you need to make a success of taking your business online.
We specialise in WordPress development as part and parcel of marketing communication, dedicating ourselves to businesses around us in Bristol and the South West.
Check us out and you’ll get an idea that we are very proud of the quality of our work. Whether we are helping a website’s search engine optimisation (after all, we might very well be the best SEO agency in the South West), or designing a new brand identity. Without question, we deliver or improve everything we put our creative minds to.