How does a Page Builder stack up to a Web Developer?

Free Website Builder

Almost all our clients come to us knowing exactly what they are looking for. Generally, it’s something like this:

  • They want someone to build a website
  • They want someone they know and can trust to build a website
  • They want to be able to drop in and see their chosen web developers when it suits them
  • They want something bespoke for their business, and not a generic template
  • They want to be able to discuss web development options and choose what’s right for them
  • They want the development to continue for years to come and not stop once the website is live

All our clients fit into this list somewhere, but there continues to be new customers that need to be convinced of these benefits first. We don’t push our services on anyone and often I’ll just direct people to where to research the benefits of real web development over a cheap page builder. In some cases, I’ll even recommend that they use a page builder at first and come back to Drive By Websites once they have outgrown it. These cheap page builders on Wix, Godaddy or 123-Reg have their benefits. They’re easy to work on and they aren’t much on the pocket either. But that’s as much as you can expect, the benefits end there.

Website Builder (cheap/free) vs Drive By Websites In Spalding

Our services include optimising websites. From as early as the initial design stage we’re implementing ideas and trying to focus on SEO strategies to enhance the potential reach of the site. Further still, we implement the tools to allow our clients to take SEO into their own hands. Now, there is some training and a learning curve involved but we aren’t working by the hour and we’ll take as much time as it takes to get our clients geared up to make continuous improvements to their websites.

We also put all our website design costs up front. This is where the page builders have gained a very bad reputation. Suppose you’ve got a nice simple website to get you going, you then want to go live. Already you’ll incur costs as they want to throw in a domain cost and a connection cost. Then you’ll find it’s not high enough in Google, so they offer you an SSL certificate for even more cost. Over time these issues will arise and leave you wondering why you had started with the page builder in the first place. It is likely still cheaper in the end, but you’ll certainly not be trusting your host like you should.

The main issue, above all else, is these page builders are missing all the fundamentals named at the top of the page. All the priorities for almost all our clients are missing from the page builder offering. I would still go as far as to say it’s just scratching the surface because the technical advantages of our systems over these page builders are endless. Nonetheless, that isn’t often what matters most for our clients.

For more information on what we offer or the technical benefits of our systems, give us a call on 01775 761512.

Developing the Website of the Future – Web Development

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There are some emerging technologies that are set to change Web Development in much the same way as mobile browsing has in recent years. We have named a few that we predict will be become more and more common in the coming years.

Domain Extensions

We can already see the rise of unconventional domain name extensions beginning. As traditional domains (.com and .co.uk) have been so widely used, people will need to adopt new domain extensions such as .limited, .shop or .events. There are a vast number of extensions now available but we still aren’t coming across them daily. As more people are forced to adopt them, the search engines will respond by putting them on an even playing field with more common extensions. A lot of industry experts are arguing that it’s important to start using them now to ride that wave when it comes. There are currently over 600 new extensions that you could potentially invest in over the next few years.

Cryptocurrency

It seems logical that before ‘cryptocurrency’ (such as Bitcoin) truly finds its place in the real world, it will first become as standard for future ecommerce websites as PayPal is today. With virtual currency growing in popularity there are already signs of this reality. Major websites such as Microsoft, Expedia and Shopify.com have already adopted this payment option. Benefits include anonymity, very low transaction fees and irreversible transactions (a third party such as a bank or PayPal can’t reverse the payment). We’re a long way off a cryptocurrency revolution but if it continues to grow as it has then there will undoubtedly be a market call for this in Ecommerce Web Development.

Online Security

With online security concerns still inhibiting a smooth browsing experience it seems logical that the market will lean towards account security being less troublesome and more secure. Three symbols, two numbers, one capital letter and ten minimum characters leaves users with a problem on their hands. Most of us will have experienced the difficulty of creating a password that has to be written down. This defeats the object of the security measures and ultimately makes the account less secure. The future will offer Web Development options beyond that. Examples of this can be seen with online banking and the technology available to enter your pin securely. Many smart phones are now capable of reading thumbprints therefore thumbprint entry is potentially already an option. Regardless of how this manifests itself, there is currently a need for a solution. With website apps being commonplace for social media, online banking and even ecommerce (such as Ebay and Amazon) it won’t be long before we are able to use the full potential of facial recognition, voice recognition and thumb recognition to solve this problem.

To discuss your own futuristic web development objectives, give us a call on 01775 761512 or contact us online.

Startup Website – Things To Consider

STARTUP WEBSITE

If you’re currently considering a new business start up or are looking for a new startup website, we have outlined a few considerations.

  1. Domain Name Significance. If you have to introduce your startup into competitive online search results, you’ll need every small advantage. Using a domain name that relates directly to your ideal search keyword can do exactly that. For example – instead of just using a company name – try to include things such as the main service or location.
  2. Jumping the Queue. Website videos are a great way to cut through the search results on your startup website. Unlike organic google website rankings, they’re often listed instantly! Google and Youtube are both linked in a way that other video platforms are not. This leads to much more attractive Google listings. Many would be tempted to watch a video in search results over web links because the listing features a thumbnail image from the video. Click here to read more about website videos.
  3. Google Maps. Configuring a pin on Google Maps with a link to your startup website will massively improve your ranking and can get you on the first page. Localised searching also means that people can stumble on your business map without even having entered a location in their search!
  4. Blogging. Perhaps the most important considerations long term is blogging. If you start now, you’ll see the results a lot quicker. Blogging is undoubtedly a chore but it comes at only the cost of spare time and the results are unparalleled. Continuous fresh content will mean Google needs to regularly index your site. It is also used when Google decides how to rank your website. Click here to read more about website blogs.
  5. Future Proof Hosting. While we do try to pride ourselves on our nonsense services, this jargon is worth a read. Future proof hosting refers to servers that are continually being kept updated with new and innovative performance and security enhancements. Our UK hosting service offers excellent security, speed, safety and support. This is mainly because we run FreeBSD systems, generally considered to be one of – if not – the most stable and high performance operating systems. Click here to see how other hosting server operating systems stack up. Can your startup afford to find that your website has run out of bandwidth, or isn’t functioning as expected? All too often new businesses find themselves in similar situations. A good startup website needs to be prepared for what’s to come as your business expands.

Need help with your new business startup website?

If you would like more information or a quote to get set up with a new business startup website, give us a call on 01775 761512.

Nick’s Strength And Power Website Now Live

Drive By Websites Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of one of our latest websites, Nick’s Strength And Power. Nick is a successful YouTube personality with over 200,000 subscribers at the time of launching. Nick creates informational videos about natural bodybuilding, the bodybuilding industry, dieting, training, nutrition, supplementation, contest prep, and more.

Website Design For A YouTube Channel

The website features a video gallery (updated live from his YouTube channel), online store and a blog. The online shop is built with simplicity in mind, making it easier for Nick’s followers to purchase merchandise. The blog will help improve the site’s organic SEO ranking, and actually includes all of the blog posts from Nick’s last site as well.

The development was almost entirely undertaken via email, since Nick is not based in the UK. This is becoming a development style that is more frequently required in our industry. It was a pleasure working with Nick on this project and we look forward to supporting the site for many years as Nick’s channel continues to grow.

To view the website, go to: www.nicksstrengthandpower.com

For more information on this or to see how we can help you, contact us online.

 

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What Are the Benefits of a Blog?

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Continuous fresh content will mean Google needs to regularly index your site and is also a consideration when Google decides how to rank your website in search results. If your website doesn’t contain a lot of content, or any fresh content, a blog would be the perfect way to achieve this while also target specific keywords.

While it isn’t easy to commit to a blog, keep in mind that it may only be a weekly or biweekly update that is all you need to start increasing visitors. If don’t know where to start, try creating a list of different content opportunities. We regularly suggest using testimonials as blog posts, as they usually contain excellent keywords but also don’t require any writing time for the blogger. You can also use events, industry news and business changes.

How does this bring a return in visitors? As well as ranking new pages into Google, a good blog psot can also receive social media shares and links from other websites. All of this will also increases your ‘Domain Authority’, where Google considers your site a higher authority than your competition.

If you would like more information or a quote to get set up with a blog, or for us to blog for you, give us a call on 01775 761512.

A Fresh Site For Blast Off!! Services – Responsive Website Design

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It's that time again when we pick one of our nice new sites and show them off to demonstrate what we can offer. Today we are proud to reveal the complete overhaul of the website for Blast Off!! Services (Spalding) LtdThe process of developing this website was a great example of how easy it can be to offer and develop new ideas when communication is prioritised. As a result, the design features a number of unique elements, such as the responsive homepage layout that would have likely left most responsive developers scratching their heads. So, as always the question is how do we go from an inventive idea such as the image on the left (desktop view), and make it a mobile friendly page of code. Our chosen solution was to order a new layout of the same elements one after the other, as demonstrated in the image on the right (tablet view).

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Mobile View

While this will no doubt reiterate the quality of responsive design we offer, this is not where the need for a revamp had come from. As it turned out, the Blast Off!! Services (Spalding) website had been in need of a refresh for a while and sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can make all the difference. Having a dedicated in house designer has allowed us to provide this exact service straight away and proceed to development with the assuring of a fresh, modern design. 

This website was a pleasure to produce and we are looking forward to hosting and supporting the site on behalf of our new client in future.

If you would like to get in touch to discuss refreshing your website, give us a call on 01775 761512 or contact us

Villa in Sri Lanka Website Has Made The Switch To Responsive

Drive By Websites has recently re-themed http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk/ to a responsive, mobile  The Retreat at Blue Lagoonfriendly solution.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon offers a luxury “away from it all” holiday experience.  The accommodation comprises 3 bedrooms each with a super kingsize bed together with two single inflatable airbeds.

The glassy lagoon which is literally on the doorstep hosts abundant and extraordinary wildlife with parakeets, kingfishers, cormorants, sea eagles and mynah birds that roost in the jungle which borders the lagoon.   Monitors, iguanas, chipmonks and leaf monkeys visit the garden during the day and fruit bats fill the skies at dusk.

For more information, please visit http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk/

You may already be aware that 21st April 2015 was the date when Google announced that they will only promote mobile-friendly sites. This means that if your site doesn’t pass the mobile friendliness test, then it will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

Here’s a link how you can test to find out if your website is mobile friendly – https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly

Why WordPress is Drive By Websites’ preferred choice of platform to use for responsive websites such as http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk

  • Ease of use – you can easily make website updates
  • You can manage the site from any computer or device
  • Search engines love WordPress sites
  • There is no HTML or FTP Software required (for you, the end user)
  • Search Engine Optimisation – Drive By Websites will utilise the “SEO” feature on your new website and implement the search engine optimisation in this respect. We will also demonstrate how this can be done on an on-going basis.

If you are looking to make the switch to a mobile friendly website, then please feel free to call Drive By Websites on Spalding (01775) 761512.

 

Coming Soon – Drive By Design

You might be interested to hear that Drive By Websites has specialised in website design and development for over five years now. For the past six months or so, we have gradually incorporated graphic design within our portfolio.  The new website – www.drivebydesign.co.uk will be launched within the next few weeks or so.

Holbeach-based Ashwood Homes is a comparatively new Drive By Websites’ client.

Read moreComing Soon – Drive By Design

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