New website for local artist

Judy Wigin
We've just finished another new website for the Brighton-based artist, Judy Wigin. Judy had spent time in Venice, Berlin and Seville before the pandemic hit and on her return to Brighton found herself with plenty of time to paint what she'd seen on her travels. She then got the idea of turning some of her paintings into cards for family and friends and this proved successful enough for her to think about getting a little e-commerce site built to do things more professionally; which is where we came in. We built the site using the Foundry framework (based on Twitter Bootstrap) incorporated an Ecwid store (the free version generously allows up to 10 products to be sold) an feed from Judy's Instagram account to showcase her work in progress and a blog from Tumblr.

Duplicate website for personal family tree

All About My Mother
One of the benefits of using a program like Rapidweaver to create websites is that it's easy to create a 'family' of websites that share the same look and feel by re-working the same design. Here we created a near-copy of the All About My Father website, using the same structure, design, menu, fonts and simply changed the colour accents and the added the new content. This allowed us to create a new site fro scratch in just a couple of days which cut costs, while still producing a professional-looking website that works great across all devices. Once again we took advantage of the Foundry framework which is based on Twitter Bootstrap to build the site as well as the fancy Grid Iron plugin which reads Excel files and allowed to create a large, searchable, sortable table of family members.

New website for a personal family tree

Bromley Coppard
The Story of the Bromley and Coppard families was one of the first websites we ever built with Rapidweaver and it's always been a favourite. However, way back then the theme we used - L'Amour - wasn't responsive because mobile devices still weren't really a big thing. (Told you it was a long time ago). So when the client wanted some substantial updates to add new content and fix one or two things, we decided to re-build the site from scratch using the Foundry framework. We matched the look and feel of the existing site to an extent but changed the fonts and got rid of some of the fussier visual 'furniture' of the old site. We replaced the light boxes which had been used to display the various 'chapters' of the family's story with a fancy flip-book plugin called PageLit that allows visitors to open each book and turn the pages with their mouse (or finger). The big change is that the site is now fully responsive and works great on devices of all shapes and sizes.

New website for Musician | Composer

John Sherry copy
Something different for this update. John Sherry is a composer, guitarist and loop specialist based in California. John had created a website for himself using Rapidweaver and our favourite framework - Foundry - but wasn't happy with it, and asked if we could help him out. Having looked at the existing site we felt that it would be simpler to start again so we could create a consistent look and feel to each page and give the site its own 'character'. Conscious of a tight budget, we worked closely with John to minimise expense and keep the site simple, yet functional. With only a couple of exceptions we used only those plugins that are included in the base Foundry framework so he didn't need to purchase any additional products and courtesy of a series of Zoom meetings, were able to make design and content tweaks quickly and easily. When the site was finished, we parcelled everything up and sent it across the pond to John in California where he had a good look round and then uploaded it in place of his old website. From now on, John will be able to update every aspect of the site himself - adding content, new pages, new features...whatever he likes.

New website for hair and make-up artist

Fran Carter 2020
We've just finished a complete re-working of a site for an existing client - Fran Carter - a special event hair and make-up artist working in Sussex and the south-east of England. Fran wanted the emphasis of the site switched from her previous speciality - wedding hair and make-up - because she was getting so many customers who wanted cutting and colouring work done. We then took the opportunity to re-build the site, replacing some of the older plugins with more modern versions that behave better on smaller devices, speeding up the performance and reducing the overall size of the site. We did this using the Foundry framework which is based on Twitter Bootstrap, together with a selection of responsive plugins to make sure the site behaves itself whether it's being viewed on a 27" monitor or an iPhone 5s. We also used a speciality form plugin that 'branches' depending on whether the enquiry relates to a wedding or a special event.

New website for inventor

Brulic
This is the new website for the Brighton Really Little Useful Inventions Company - BRULIC for short - which we built using the excellent Foundry framework which is based on Twitter Bootstrap. The challenge here was to create a site with a limited amount of content, designed to grow over time, that still looked good from the get-go. There was also an additional consideration - the client neither had, nor wanted, any photography. In this instance we used a very simple colour scheme based on the BRULIC logo, together with an animated divider under each heading. We also plumped for very large headings to make it clear what each page was about and to offer some visual, typographical interest. The content is controlled by GoCMS, a nice, easy to use on-page editor which doesn't require an admin section.

New website for Virtual Assistant

Stellar Solutions
And here's our first website started and completed during lockdown - Stellar Solutions Virtual Assistant. It's for Tamsin Ellis, who's a virtual assistant - that's someone who provides administrative, booking, technical, and personal support to individuals and businesses that need it but either don't have the in-house resources to cope, or have specific short term needs they need servicing. The site was built using the Foundry framework (based on Twitter Bootstrap) and features a purpose-built content management system created by Joe Workman called EasyCMS. There's also a fun animated star field at the top of each page, which visually re-enforces the Stellar Solutions Virtual Assistant brand. The client had already commissioned a logo, decided on a colour palette and came with all of the copy written and ready to go. This helped reduce the time it took to create the site, which meant we were able to stay within the budget (aside from a few little extras along the way).

New website for new project

Rapidweaver Help
This is a website for a new business venture - helping people in Brighton and Hove (and elsewhere too) to build beautiful websites using Rapidweaver. The idea behind Rapidweaver Help came when a client approached us last year to help renovate a Rapidweaver website that begun with the best of intentions, but got tangled up along the way; this is often the case when a business begins a D-I-Y website with enthusiasm but discovers they have neither the time, nor expertise to do it justice. The idea behind Rapidweaver Help is to give clients a helping hand when they get stuck, run out of time, hit unforeseen snags, or just need a bit of coaching to get things back on track. It was built using the Source micro-framework from Shaking the Habitual and makes extensive use of the Stacks 4 plugin from YourHead Software.

New website for mergers and acquisitions company

Darwinparker
What started off a simple 'coming soon' landing page, quickly developed into something a little more substantial - still some way from the completed site, but including the extra information required to set the scene for this exciting new mergers and acquisitions business. We used the Foundation framework to create the nuts and bolts of the site and worked hard to ensure that the imagery and style matched that of sister company - Darwin Cooper. The result is a website for Darwin Parker, the trusted experts in confidential mergers and acquisitions that works well across all screen sizes, devices and browsers, is no more complicated that it has to be, and includes all the information that it needs.

New website for local football teams

BHDSFA
As long-suffering football fans (don't ask) we were pleased to build this simple site for the fine people at Brighton and Hove District Schools Football Association. It's almost entirely controlled by an on-screen content management system which means that all the content - except the banners - has been created by BHDSFA itself. We used GoCMS for the content, mainly because it's very simple to operate and uses the 'on-screen' approach, so instead of having to log into some funny-looking back end, you can edit test and add photos directly onto the page. This makes it very easy for clients who need a basic CMS. The design of the site was suggested by BHDSFA and built using the Source micro-framework, an ultra-lightweight set of tools that gives you a head start when putting a website together.

Folk on the Pier re-design

Folk on the Pier
We were delighted to get the opportunity to re-design the Folk on the Pier website from scratch, bringing the look and feel - and most importantly, performance - up to date. The festival takes place in Cromer, Norfolk every year and has got some great imagery, so we knew wanted to use a large banner image that captured the energy and verve of a typical live performance; hence our choice of the magnificent TRADarr. in action. The client has the ability to update both the main and fringe festival programmes year by year, courtesy of a custom-implemented content management system (CMS) and the store is powered by the excellent Ecwid e-commerce service. A neat social sharing widgets allows visitors to share web pages instantly on their favourite social media accounts and down the road, we're pretty sure there's an Instagram feed on the way.

Farewell the Dylan Project

Dylanproject
When the much-loved live homage to Bob Dylan finally hung up its spurs, the band felt it was important to maintain a presence on the web with a simple holding page. We used the Foundry framework - based on Twitter Bootstrap - to create a simple, single page site that that thanked the fans and made it clear that the band was no longer a going concern. The animated rule under the heading was designed to echo the chaps' wish to draw a line under the venture. P.J. Wright, Steve Gibbons, Gerry Conway, Dave Pegg and Phil Bond all continue with their own solo and band projects and are probably busier than ever! The lack of an email address is deliberate.

New website for research project on voting rights for Britons living abroad

Britons Voting Abroad
We've just completed a large website that tries to throw some light on the hot topic of voting rights for British citizens living overseas. This is a major resource with many links to academic publications, research papers, journals, blogs, detailed PDFs, procedural documents and much, much more. Because the site is so text heavy, we used a lightweight theme, with a simple, powerful banner image. Behind the scenes there's a custom content management system which looks after nearly all of the content and allows the client to change text and add new research material/discussion papers, together with links to associated PDFs and so on. Interaction with visitors is encouraged and we used the free version of Vanilla Forums to create a message board where people can express their opinions and exchange ideas on this subject.

New e-commerce website for musician

Dave Pegg
Dave Pegg, the renowned English bass player and member of folk-rockers Fairport Convention approached us to create a website, primarily to publicise and sell his autobiography - Off The Pegg. Being a canny musician, he didn't want to pay on-going fees for an e-commerce platform so we found a shopping plugin that came with a one-off price and no monthly charges. We set this up to work solely with PayPal and created a whole bunch of shipping rules to handle postage around the world. Over time the site will grow and incorporate other elements of his life and work but for now, there's just the book and a simple blog page for news and announcements.

New website for Bach Flower Remedy therapist

Bach Flower Remedies portfolio
Here's a new website we've just finished for a registered practitioner of Bach Flower Remedies, based in the lovely city of Edinburgh - probably our second favourite city...We used an elegant, classic-looking theme from Michael David Designs which features a nice vertical navigation menu and a really well-implemented mobile one, and only tweaked the theme's settings slightly because it felt so well-suited to the project 'out-of-the-box'. The theme has a nice built-in slideshow and we added a responsive FAQ accordion, an inexpensive blog hosted via Tumblr, a contact page with map and a brief description of services. The site performS well on mobile devices and took only three days to build from scratch because the client was organised, engaged with the process, provided speedy feedback and - most important of all - had nearly all of the content ready before work began.

New website for local tree surgeon

Sussex Tree Works
We've just finished a new site for a local tree surgeon, Sussex Tree Works. This well-established Sussex-based firm wanted a site that was simple, showed off the company's range of services, and performed well on mobile devices. We added several before-and-after slides to the Services page so visitors can see immediately the results of procedures such as a Crown Reduction of Hedge Management and we also added a simple feed from Instagram which allows Geoff and his team to upload photos and captions of any works in progress. This keeps the site current in a straightforward and immediate way and doesn't involve any complicated and time-consuming content management.

Revamped design for band website

Dylan Project
The Dylan Project website needed a bit of a wash and brush up. The fundamentals were there already but the chaps felt it needed cleaning up and wanted to move away from the one-page scrolling model they'd used before. We paired the existing content with a new Rapidweaver theme which allows for a big, bold banner area that still integrates well with the existing design, colour scheme and content. The result is a slick, responsive site that will last the band for years to come. The Dylan Project will tour again this winter and if you're a fan of Bob, this is the band that he deserves. Check them out.

New website for Lewes-based flat racing trainer

SuziBestRacing
Lewes-based horse racing trainer Suzi Best needed a simple website produced at speed that would still allow her to update the front page herself and also add new photographs to a gallery. Time was of the essence so we chose a theme that let us use a large 'hero' style header image on each page, added a live feed to Instagram for new photos, and incorporated a very basic content management system (CMS) so news could be added to the front page. Top it off with a contact form and a map - which also offers personalised travel directions - and the whole site took just over a day from start to finish.

New website for Brighton-based band

The Complete Set
Some clients are happy to leave the design of their website to us, while others come with firm ideas about what they want - and don't want. The Complete Set - a loose collection of Brighton-based musicians who meet, record and play intermittently - had a very clear sense of what the site needed to look like and provided a selection of remarkable photographs that we collaged and then turned responsive, so that they worked well on mobile devices. We added a News page so that the band could add news - new recordings, 'tours', and other musings - whenever they liked and a Band page with links to their Soundcloud presence. The result is quite unlike anything we've built before.

New website for criminal defence lawyer

Tildens
We've just finished a new website for a Brighton-based solicitor specialising in criminal defence - Tildens Ltd. The site incorporates a bespoke content management system (CMS) which allows the client to change the text on many of the pages along with the list of costs for individual services; there's also a full-featured blog which feeds the latest posts to the front page of the site. What made this site really fun to do was the client's visual sense. Each page is topped by a classic photo from the 50s, 60s or 70s, showing either recognisable public figures (yes, that is Mick Jagger) or memorable scenes from the news that many visitors will remember - for example, the scene from the miner's strike on the home page.

The brief was to keep the site clean, use a minimal colour scheme, add multiple contact forms, plus buttons so that visitors can contact the company using Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp on their smartphones.

New website for childrens' book illustrator

Emily Bolam blog entry
We've just finished a new website for children' book illustrator Emily Bolam and it was a treat from start to finish. Emily came to us with a clear idea of what she wanted from the site and some references from other websites so we could get a good visual feel of what she was looking for.

As with any website where the visuals are the star attraction, we felt it was the job of the design to get out of the way, so decided to keep things as simple as possible - nice tidy sans serif body and navigation and a hand-drawn Google font for the main title. The rollovers on the front page disappear on tablets and smartphones, but the galleries work well across all devices - visitors can use a mouse or trackpad on their computer and simply swipe from side to side if they're using a touchscreen device.

Thanks to Emily's organisation and enthusiasm, the whole thing was completed within a week of her first getting in touch. This is a great example of how you can save money on a website if you're organised and prepared to respond quickly as new versions of the site are uploaded.

Cheap hosting - always check first

cheap hosting
When we build a new website for a client, we insist that they register the domain - that's the 'www' bit - themselves; that way not only do they retain control over the domain for as long as they continue to renew it, but it's also their responsibility to make sure it's renewed in a timely fashion.

We do offer hosting and support however, using fast SSD-based servers located in the US that include the increasingly important (and Google-friendly) SSL certificate as standard, as well as the latest compression techniques to ensure that your site performs snappily when visitors come calling.

That's why our heart sinks when a client tells us that they've purchased hosting along with their domain name "because it was a good deal." Often, these "good deals" are based on using the domain registration company's own website builder - a glass half-full way of building a website yourself in a browser using a limited palette of templates and design tools. This kind of hosting is useless for the kind of website that we build - where we require full access to all the nuts and bolts in order the get the site humming along nicely; which means you've wasted your money.

There are good, inexpensive hosts out there and we're always happy to work with them. Just bear in mind that whatever hosting you choose, the chances are you'll need support of some description over the 12 months that follow, so take some time to make sure that the good deal you think you're getting is actually a good deal.

And if in doubt, always check with us first. We have a list of hosts we've worked with before that meet the minimum requirements for hosting a professional website - better to be safe than sorry.

When Flickr, Blogger, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook turn evil...

flickr-logo copy
Quite often when we build a website for a client, they'll already be locked into using another service. Some might have a Facebook page, others are in love with Instagram, a few are Twitter addicts, while some have their entire photo library stored on Flickr. (Note the absence of Pinterest - this is because none of our clients are 16 year old girls. Yet.)

We love services like Flickr and YouTube and Vimeo because they take the heavy lifting away from our own websites - handling both the storage of stuff that takes up a lot of space and the bandwidth required to serve it up to visitors.

But you can come a cropper when titans like Twitter or even mini-behemoths like Tumblr change the way they allow third parties like us to access their information. This is why Twitter widgets suddenly stop working, or blogs hosted on Tumblr refuse to show up without warning.

Putting your precious eggs into someone else's basket has advantages - usually in terms of cost because you save on hosting - but there are disadvantages too, mainly because you're no longer in charge of looking after your own data. And whether that data is pixels in a photo, frames in a video, words on a blog or zeroes and ones on an MP3 track, you may want to think about balancing the cost savings against retaining control over the content that you've created so lovingly.

Website for business to business company

Darwin Cooper
The key with this new business to business website was to match the company's existing, related site. As an established buyer and seller of businesses in the UK it was important that the new site matched the livery and style of the other site. We used the free-form Foundation framework to match the existing site in lots of different ways but softened the overlays and panels by introducing subtle corners to each one. We mimicked the fonts closely as well, in order to deliver a looked-for 'family feel' so that the site would immediately feel as if it came from the same stable.

In terms of copy, we went for slightly more casual, friendly tone of voice, since the business at hand is often a very personal matter - a vocation more than just another job - and the client wanted to communicate clearly how well the company understands the specific needs of the veterinarian community.

New website for Electrician in Hove

GB Electrical
When Geoff at GB Electrical Installations Ltd came to us he already had a website but felt it didn't reflect the nature of his business as well as it should. The site was too wordy, difficult to navigate and placed too much emphasis on the domestic side of the business, whereas in fact, the company does mainly commercial work - mostly in schools and larger firms. We kept some of the look and feel of the existing site - horizontal navigation, same logo (though re-done in a more modern, flat style) and a similar colour scheme, but opened the design up, made it properly responsive - so it works well on smaller devices like mobile phones and tablets - and added some funky masonry portfolios which are able to incorporate photos of different shapes and sizes. The result is a slick, simple, easy to navigate modern website which didn't cost the earth.

New website for local accounting firm

Walker Brown
We've just finished a complete re-design of a website for Walker Brown, a firm of accountants based in Southwick but serving Brighton, Worthing and the rest of Sussex. The company had run their own website for a while using an online website builder, but had discovered that it didn't allow them to produce something that looked good, got their message across and was mobile-friendly. We used the Foundation framework as the basis for the site, added a simple slider with some compelling message text animated on top and then linked the site to a specially created Tumblr blog. In addition we added a small, friendly content management system that allows the company to add useful links to go alongside the blog in the sidebar. The whole site was delivered on time and to budget.

Want to save money on a website?

piggy bank
Of course you do. Everyone does. That's why we give you an estimate at the beginning of the process and do our level best to stick to it.

Now, whatever people may think, web development is an unpredictable science and various technical gotchas can lay in wait along the way, which may result in us having to spend more time on this or that than we'd originally anticipated.

This isn't helped by web technologies that are constantly changing and - sometimes anyway - evolving. That's because even when it turns out to be a change for the better, everything on a website tends to depend on everything else - and if you change the notches on the belt, the trousers may fall down.

But what clients don't often realise is how much they can affect the final bill - how much control they can exert over what they end up paying.

We're not going to name names, for obvious reasons but let's take two examples at opposite ends of the spectrum.

* client one has a firm idea of the new web site's purpose; they have the pictures and most of the text; they're routinely available by email; they make decisions quickly (not hastily, there's a difference) and they're engaged in the project. Result? The website comes in on time an bang on budget. No nasty surprises.

* client two has a firm idea of web site's purpose too - they've even got a written spec; but they change their mind a lot; they know what they don't like but are less certain of what they do; most significantly, they're completely blocked and unable to deliver any content at all; the site has now been in 'development' for a record 18 months. It won't come in on budget.

Over the next couple of blogs we're going to suggest some ways that you - as a client - can help us to ensure that a website comes in on budget. See you then.

New website for exhibitions project manager

Acme
Hamish MacGillivray, a freelance exhibitions project manager came to us because his existing website was too fragmented and disorganised; he had plenty of material and a good story to tell but it just needed knocking into shape and incorporating into a new, responsive design. Hamish is a great user of notebooks so we found a theme which echoed this and used it as the basis for the site. The front page is a blog powered by Tumblr, while his CV is presented in the form of an innovative timeline. The website build went quickly and easily and on-budget, at least in part because Hamish had all the materials he wanted to use pretty much ready to go; and as the site developed he was very good at providing feedback so we both knew we were moving in the right direction. Here's a link to the new Acme Museum Services website.

New website for solicitor

Wisdomlaw
Wisdomlaw is a solicitor based in Hove which specialises in dental negligence claims. Since it's probably not a good idea to show images of dental disasters it was important to get across the three main planks of the company's offering as quickly as possible - hence the banner photo montage showing a library, an open mouth and Brighton Pavilion; this establishes the company as authoritative, local and tells visitors very clearly that the service is associated with dentistry. The centrepiece of the site is a relatively complex form which allows visitors to provide the background to their potential claim and which is designed to respond with an automatic email outlining the next steps.

New website for local beauty salon

Maisondebeaute
Just before Christmas we finished another new website, this time for Maison de Beauté, an exclusive beauty salon right here in Hove. The brief was to create something simple that matched the brand's existing marketing materials - especially the printed brochure which gets handed out to clients and prospective clients. We used the Elite theme as well as a great little price list stack which performs really well on small devices - there are a lot of prices on this site. The client chose photographs from iStock but going forward hopes to get personalised shots of actual clients to use on the site. The result is a professional-level site, produced on a budget in less than a week from start to finish. Sometimes these short jobs are among our favourites because you're able to really concentrate on the getting things done, making design decisions quickly and still delivering a great website.

New musician's website

Fraser for blog
We've just completed a complete overhaul of Fraser Nimmo's website. This Scottish singer, songwriter and actor came to us with a brief to modernise his original site, to make it more expansive, while preserving the majority of the content. And of course, to make it responsive so that it works well across all devices and won't be ignored by Google if someone searches for it on a smartphone or tablet. 

We used the Strata theme from Nick Cates Design - the first time we've used one of Nick's themes in a while - and were impressed at how easy to use and flexible it was; and how light on its feet. At a time when some themes seem over-burdened with 'stuff' to the detriment of their overall performance, Strata is a positive midget and damn well flies along. 

Elsewhere we used Doobox' Montage stack for the gallery and Yuzool's Cart stack for the online shop - still the nicest, simplest implementation of a Paypal shop we've seen.

Bensleys Timber Maintenance

Bensleys
We've just completed a new website for Brighton-based Bensleys Timber Maintenance. The brief was to produce a modern, responsive website that emphasised the benefits of looking after all aspects of timber in your house, while demonstrating Bensleys' experience and technical expertise. We used a series of thumbnails and light boxes to show different forms of damp proofing, treatment and timber maintenance in action and the client provided all the technical details for the associated captions. We used simple candid snaps of the three principals to emphasise the friendly, family nature of the company and how it prides itself on personal service. We used the Boutique theme from Themeflood for this site, together with the Masonry stack from Seydesign and the Hunter stack from Doobox.

Coming Soon: WordPress sites

Wordpress
We've been building sites using Rapidweaver, a program created in our home city of Brighton & Hove for years now and we love using it. Rapidweaver is at the centre of a thriving development community and every week new themes, plugins and stacks are released that make the sites we build with it faster and funkier.

But there's no getting away from the fact that lots of customers and potential customers ask whether we can make them a site using WordPress - and pretty soon the answer will be 'yes'.

What's WordPress? It's a CMS or content management system and despite coming from a company that only employs a couple of hundred people, it's the power behind 75m websites worldwide. That's a lot of websites. A lot of websites.

We're not turning our back on Rapidweaver - far from it - but we'll be coming up with a range of WordPress offerings to suit every budget and every kind of website. More news when we've got it.

Managing Content

CMS screen
For a while now we've offered clients the ability to update the content of their website without having to keep coming back to us for help. This is known as a Content Management System - CMS for short - and is a good, cost-effective solution for customers who need to update parts of their site regularly - perhaps to list special offers or new services. We're now pleased to offer a brand new, much more powerful way to manage your content, using our own customised CMS that makes it easier than ever to change text and photos, add video or even create custom slideshows. There are some simple rules of the road to follow but all you really need is a web browser and a bit of confidence and you'll be away in no time.

Of course, not everyone needs a CMS. In fact most people only change the content of their site once or twice a year. If that's the case, we're more than happy to help out.

A new look for Hove Web Design

The cobbler’s children are always the last to be shod so they say, and it’s certainly be true for us. Nevertheless, we’ve finally made it and Hove Web Design has a brand new look. We’ve re-designed the logo to give it a contemporary feel and made the site full width so there’s more of a sense of space. Most important, we’ve made it responsive so it’s easier to navigate on mobile devices. Since more and more people are going online with phones and tablets, it’s important that websites follow suit, adjusting their content to suit the size of screen that they’re being viewed on.
Hove Web Design for blog

How to add your own photos and videos

Although blogs are a great way to add all sorts of content to your web site - including photos and videos - there are circumstances when you need to present a group of photos or videos together in a portfolio. If that’s the case, you don’t necessarily need some fancy or complicated content management system. Instead, we can set up pages on your site that act as containers for content that’s stored on external services that you can update whenever you want.

Here’s an example:
  • create a free Flickr account
  • upload a series of photos there together with tags and captions
  • sit back as they appear automatically on your website, styled to look as if you’d uploaded them directly
  • add or remove photos whenever you like
  • also works with Picasa, 500px, Instagram and others

Here’s another example:
  • create a free YouTube account
  • upload some videos of your band playing together with a description of each one
  • after YouTube has done its stuff, they’ll appear on your website, styled to match the rest of your content
  • add new videos and get rid of old ones whenever you like
  • also works with Vimeo

What about adding my own content?

What is content management? Some people seem to think it’s the ability to completely manage their own web site, adding, removing and editing content, creating new pages, re-jigging the design - in fact, letting rip at everything that visitors see when they land on the site.

Here at Hove Web Design, we’re not so sure.

It seems to us that content management should be exactly that - the ability to manage defined chunks of content, specified from the outset and integrated seamlessly into the site so that the owner can update the content that’s important to them without having to pay for the web designer’s time, but without disrupting the look and feel and organisation of the site. There are several ways you can do this.

  • add an external blog that can be edited from any web browser, styled to fit in with the look and feel of the site
  • add ‘hooks’ to external services like YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr that allow website owners to add new content to those services as usual and have that fed through to their own website automatically
  • add areas of the site - for example news or special offers or price lists - that can edited using external services like Google Docs or a DropBox-enabled text editor
  • add areas to the site that can be edited using a built-in editor accessible from any web browser.

In blog entries to come we’ll be looking at each of these in a bit more detail and explain how they work and how they can be used.