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Templating

Joomla is a template based CMS, what this means is that templates control the look and feel of the website and we have thousands available to you.

After the brief has been finalised we will start to source appropriate templates for your site and present you with a selection to choose from, these templates can be manipulated if they are not quite what you are after.

The templates that we use are of the highest quality, ensuring that your website is accessible and optimised for search engines.

If you have an existing brand identity and can provide a colour scheme for us to use great, if you don't that's fine too, we can work with you to develop a visual identity for your business.

Responsive Design

Responsive design is rapidly becoming part of the essentials in web design for 2015. It is a web design technique that provides users with an intuitive and functional website version for all mobile devices. The reliance on mobile phones and tablets, in addition to laptops and larger desktop screens, is increasing exponentially. Web users are beginning to expect websites to adjust to the screen of access and, if it does not, the result is often a very frustrated user.

The most simple form of Responsive web design is a website that changes its format to correspond to the screen of the device it is accessed from.

If you need convincing that the year to make responsive design a priority is 2015,  just log in to your Google Analytics account and see for yourself by selecting ‘Audience’ and then ‘Mobile’.

For 2015, a ‘mobile first’ approach is what is recommended. As the title suggests it is an approach where web designers focus on producing a smartphone experience then move up in the scale of devices, from smart phones up to desktop screens. This is because mobile web browsing is very likely to eclipse that of desktop browsing if it hasn’t already, therefore they are your target demographic. Smartphones have more capabilities than their desktop predecessors, so you can design for the likes of a touch screen in the first instance, instead of as an afterthought. Smartphone screens are only capable of display the core of your website, no sidebars, adverts or social media buttons. It is much easier to start simple and work up.

You may be asking yourself, if we are starting with a ‘mobile first’ approach then perhaps we should be creating an application instead, and this is indeed something to consider. Our advice would be that a responsive website may be the better option in terms of universal compatibility. This is because the application world is fickle; with apple and android in a neck and neck competition, some applications may be exclusive to either iOS or android. Having a responsive website guarantees that all devices that have access to the Internet will be able to use your site, with no more fuss about which brand to side with.