Monday, 29 February 2016 15:38

Low Energy Supermarket

We designed the 2nd Website for Low Energy Supermarket.

Using Joomla, Virtuemart once again, we decided to redesign using better responsive methods, Newer versions of Virtuemart, Joomla for a better UX, faster loading & an all round better shopper experience

Published in Portfolio
Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:35

Lambretta Clothing

Lambretta Clothing, has shops across the UK. There previous website was slow & difficult to use for Users & Backend Admins.

We created a new responsive, mobile frienldy site that looks great & works well

Published in Portfolio
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:33

Wine Store

Created an e Commerce Webshop for an established Wine Store. Previously they had a website that was many years out of date & needed a new fresh look, with a responsive design, but easy  to use for the User and the back end administrators.

Website built with Joomla & Virtuemart

Published in Portfolio

Your customers very first impression of your business almost always happens online.

A recent study found that 75% of users admit to making their mind up about a company based on their website alone. If your website isn't up to scratch a redesign may be on the cards.

If you fall into any of the 6 reasons below, then maybe a redesign maybe on the horizon for you.

1. Your Website Isn’t User-friendly

You may have seen the term UX - User Experience
User-friendly functionality for your website is very important.
Your website users should be able to find exactly what they’re looking for within a couple of clicks – whether that’s your contact details, pricing or even the search box. The websites menu Navigation should be intuitive.


2. Your Website Isn’t Responsive/Mobile-Optimized

This is now a major factor for you website and will also have a positive effect in Search Engine Results.
We are seeing more than 50% of all traffic, of the website we manage, currently comes from mobile and it’s projected to grow by leaps and bounds every year.
Almost half of users say that if they arrive on a business website that isn’t working well on their mobile, they assume that business does not care. Additionally, were we have redesigned a website that was not mobile friendly or not responsive, clicks through to the website & impressions in search engine result have improved, especially for mobile search results. 

Google has been actively removing websites that are not mobile friendly from there mobile searches -


3. You’re Not Hitting Your Goals

Your current website may look great, but it’s not serving its purpose if you’re not seeing the results that you want. If your website exists to generate you new sales leads or maybe expand your customer base, it should be doing that for you.
If calls-to-actions are not converting or your landing pages are getting hits, it’s time to hit the drawing board.
A look into your website’s analytics is a great starting point in planning to make adjustments for a redesign.


4. Out of Date Website

Whether it’s the look and feel of your site, broken links, nothing has been updates for more than 18 months – being outdated online is an absolute no-no. Websites, on average, generally last 2 - 3 years before they become out of date.
By this time, new design trends & technologies have arose, while others may have become out of date.
Third party software, like shopping carts, that aren’t up to the most current functionality can annoy customers, stopping them from purchasing your products or delving deeper into your site.


5. You’re Website Is Slow

Your website visitors are moving faster than ever before and they expect that quick pace to be present on your website. Nearly half of people will give up on a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load.
This is also a search engine ranking factor, which is being given more authority all the time.

We host all of our websites on a private VPS server, thats tweaked to suit our Joomla! website. Its Fast Secure & up to date.
Quite often we move a website from a large shared hosting company & with a few tweaks we can improve the speed of a Joomla! website by at least 100%


6. Your Thinking About A Redesign now

If your thinking about a redesign, then there’s no better time than now.
Whether you’re at the end of a commitment to your current site, unhappy with how your website is working for you, if your searching Google for redesign options, it’s time to get moving in changing and upgrading your website.



Published in Web Design Blog

Responsive Web Design

When you want to set yourself online, the type of website that you decide to go with is going to end up playing a huge factor into your site authority and overall traffic. There is more to doing web design than just making a good looking web site. Your website should not just look good when you view it from your computer’s browser, but it should also maintain its quality when it is viewed from mobile devices. In order to make sure that your site visitors are getting the best experience possible, you are going to have to go with a technique known as responsive web design.


Maintaining Website Quality and Increasing Search Results

Responsive web design allows for you to create a mobile friendly website that will be just as clear on any device as it is on a computer screen. This is a factor that is becoming more and more important, as mobile devices are becoming the main way that people are accessing the web. Mobile friendly sites are also better for web search results. When a potential site visitor uses their mobile device to look up searches related to your website, google will give mobile ready websites priority over yours. The reason for this, is due to the fact that search engines like Google want to ensure that people using their service are able to have the best experience possible. The search engine sees these mobile sites as being able to best show its content on any smart phone or tablet. 

With the difference in language that you are going to find on the different types of devices, it is important that you focus on a site that is going to look great. Making a website that looks great is only part of the process. You are also going to have make sure that your load speed is as fast as it can be without the change in platform slowing it down any. If you have a website that has a tendency to lag when it is loading up or if you have a website that loads quick on a PC but ends up struggling on a mobile, the chances that people are going to leave your site right away is high. To make sure that your website is getting the conversions that you are looking for, you are going to need a high amount of traffic and you are going to want them to spend a good amount of time viewing your content.


Building a Responsive Website

With designing a responsive website, it is important that every extension that is on your website is responsive. The goal of using this kind of site is to make sure that it always looks perfect, no matter what the platform is. Mobile website design as its own unique challenges that differ from making a traditional website. The different models of mobile devices can have a huge impact on the ability of your web site to retain its quality. There are other ways that you can get your website to look good on a mobile device such as making an app to direct traffic to your website. With these kinds of methods, they generally end up costing more than if you were to make a responsive website from the start. It is also easier to make sure that crawlers can find your website with this kind of design.

To best display the content about your company or product, there might additional extensions that you are going to want included on your website. The types of extensions that can be included, can be as simple as just adding videos and ads to your website. With these extensions, if you end up adding too many to your website or if you include extensions that are not on the same level of responsiveness as your website, you are going to find your site suffering from slow load times. These extensions may also end up not being optimized the proper way or a mobile platform and can your website lose some of its aesthetic value and can even make it difficult for your visitors to use your website. 


Joomla! for Responsive Website Design

Some of the best results you can get come from creating a website in Joomla!. Creating a mobile friendly Joomla! website can give you a cost effective way to make your website mobile friendly. When you end up buying a domain, many times the option to use this platform is included within your membership. Mobile friendly Joomla! website design is something that will be a great asset when it comes to your user experience. This method has been around for many years, but with the booming mobile device industry, the demand for these kinds of websites has only been increasing. Joomla! can optimize your website to be able look just as great on an iPad as it does on an android device.

Out of all the different website builders that are available, few are able to give you the same results with responsive sites that you get with Joomla!. Being able to generate the perfect user experience and making sure that you are able to take advantage of the practices that are going to make it so search engines will give you an extra boost on the results is becoming more and more important for getting your sites noticed.

If you find yourself struggling with getting traffic to your website, you might want to consider reworking your current design to be responsive. Mobile friendly designs are quickly becoming more and more important. This exponential growth has been showing itself as being one of the corner stones for anyone who is looking to establish themselves with a good presence. Sometimes when you first start to work on this, you might try to go with a simpler and more traditional designed site, but by going this route, you are costing your site and business potential business.

If you want a consulting session on the various options that you can go with and learn more about what it is going to take to upgrade your website to be mobile friendly, contact us today!

Published in Web Design Blog
Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Joomla or Wordpress - Which do I choose?

Joomla or Wordpress? You may think your answer here is a no brainer or may not really have an idea. ConCom website design can build you a website using either platform, but we tend to sway towards Joomla.

Joomla is most definitely the way to go. WordPress is great if you just want the basics like a blog and simple content management but Joomla provides that and much more.
With Joomla, you can create complex sites very easily & therefore cost effectively. We often use Joomla to create website that utilise eCommerce, business directories, forums & much more 

With proper configuration, Joomla is so more secure and with proper configuration can also perform very well within the world SEO
Joomla is constantly evolving and working on ways to be more and more user friendly and its exciting times ahead with Joomla 3.5 just around the corner.

Using Joomla or Wordpress. These are probably both equal when it comes to design and templates available to use. Offering themed templates and options to customize.

The features offered by Joomla make it much easier and more user friendly.
Content Versioning will automatically save changes to your work as new versions and keep the old in case you need to revert. The Joomla APP store now makes it much easier to add plugins as well.

Joomla now offers a completely renovated template system with updated bootstrap for creating Responsive Websites & now allows you to make many changes without FTP access.

The Joomla media manager makes it easier to handle all of your mime type settings in order to handle any type of media file. The media manager is incorporated into the article editor making it easy to grab media files and adding them on the fly.

Content, Content, Content!!! Joomla also allows you to easily integrate RSS feeds and content from other places right into your site. Your users can also have your content delivered right to their favorite RSS reader.

The extensions that can be added to Joomla seem to be endless. Everything from newsletters to mobile apps. WordPress just does not compare. If basic is all you want then WordPress may be okay for you but if you want a site that is just going to make everyone say wow then Joomla is the way to go!

Want coordinate events on the Web? Joomla has apps for that. From Event Calanders, Restaurant booking systems or ticket sales. Joomla has the ability to bring everyone together when the time is right for you.

Guestbooks, surveys, forms and polls. Joomla is your place for everything. With so many choices, your site will forever be ahead of the curve. Incorporating everything you could possibly need could never be easier.

All of this can be overwhelming and we summarise very easily.

If you just want a very simple Blog type website Wordpress will be OK for you, but anything more, we suggest using Joomla - We love Joomla so much that we actually would create a simple, basic blog site using Joomla too, unless you speciffically want to use Wordpress.

Trying to decide what features of Joomla that you want to use and which ones are just not right for you. With so much to choose from, making the wrong decision can happen easily. ConCom Website design are highly trained to work with you and your needs.  We want to know what is right for you and we want to help you come to the best decisions for your site. We are ready to make the WOW factor for your website a standard option. 

Published in Web Design Blog
Sunday, 27 March 2011 21:19

Joomla & CMS websites

Content management systems make owning a website easier for individuals who aren't familiar with a lot of programming codes like html and javascript.

Joomla is one of the most useful and powerful CMS on the internet. Best of all, it is open source, which means anybody can take advantage of it without paying a penny

It is basically a content publishing system and framework for easily making highly interactive websites.

Joomla websites Warrington are easier to create and maintain than ever before.

Some of the interactive features afforded by Joomla include blogs, forums, online communities, and media outlets.

They are also a powerful tool used by many e commerce websites.

The word Joomla is actually derived from Swahili, and is a native word for “all together.”

The powerful Joomla interface is ideal for both high powered corporate websites as well as first time website owners who need a simple website with a small amount of effort. The CMS is easy to set up but looks professional enough for anybody to use.

All aspects of Joomla websites Warrington can be controled by the website owner, whether it's something simple like adding content or media or something more interactive like online payment processing and product catalogs.

Commercial CMS programs often offer different features for a range of prices, and lower budgets can only get a limited amount of options for their website. Joomla websites Warrington provide every element for the same low price: absolutely nothing!

There are over 6000 different elements and extensions that can be used with Joomla; most other commercial CMS systems offer less than 100. It really is the perfect CMS for anybody. There are currently more than 200,000 professional Joomla users in the world, from bloggers to business owners.

One of the big concerns with website owners is making their site SEO friendly, so that search engines can index and rank the site.

So is a CMS site search engine optimized? Absolutely.
First of all, the platform is set up to meet nearly all of the requirements for SEO, starting with light, efficient coding.

The layout of the HTML is formed in a way that makes it easy for search engine crawlers to index the site. The metakeywords in a Joomla website Warrington are able to be defined for the entire site or for individual pages, allowing you to get the most out of them.

Joomla is set up so that it is very easy to maintain. Once the CMS is running, anybody can manage the data, add content, or upload images and video with absolutely no technical knowledge.

As long as you can operate a word processor, you will have no problem with Joomla. When you add together all the benefits from owning a Joomla website Warrington and then factor in the fact that it is absolutely free, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the benefits of using such a powerful CMS.

It's easier than ever to give your website a sleek, professional look without a lot of technical knowledge or effort.


Published in Web Design Blog
Sunday, 27 March 2011 21:13

Joomla Training Coming soon

Joomla is an extremely popular content management system that is currently being used by millions of  website owners across the world. A content management system, or CMS, is a sort of template or framework for a website that makes it easier to use, especially for people who do not have a lot of technical knowledge. Joomla is an open source CMS, which means that there is no cost to use the platform. If you are new to Joomla, some Joomla training Warrington tips may come in handy.

First of all, Joomla is essentially a website that combines three factors: content, template, and software. All three of these are needed for an efficient, functional website. Content gets stored with the use of a database, which is easy to access for beginners thanks to Joomla's comprehensive database system. The template of a website is basically all the physical, visual features, such as background, colors, fonts, and overall layout. Joomla is the actual software that combines this layout or template with the content and provides the website that your visitors actually see.

Installing Joomla may differ depending on your hosting company. A lot of hosting companies these days provide an instant install for Joomla. You simply click one button and Joomla is installed automatically. If your web host doesn't offer an instant install option, you can instill install Joomla by copying the file that contains Joomla into the hosting account, creating a database for it, and then running the installation.
Once you know how to install it onto your web hosting site, you can go on to the next portion of Joomla training Warrington.

The first things you should do are adjust the template and settings to your liking and begin to upload content. To set up the visual look of the site the way you want it, the easiest thing to do is use a template. There are a few templates that are already included when you first install Joomla. Some people prefer to use these, but it is easy to find hundreds of free templates at various websites.
You can also hire a developer to build you a Joomla template.

So why does Joomla make use of templates?

The asthetics of a website are very important. This is the overall layout, the look, and the feel of the site that users will interact with. Templates are sort of a one button setup that make your website look great. You can change individual factors in a template to really modify it to your own personal needs.

Joomla training Warrington makes it easy for any business owner to set up a professional site that looks great.

As it is absolutely cost free, anybody is able to take advantage of this great CMS and build an amazing website. Whether you operate a high powered business or just need a simple personal website, Joomla is the easiest way to make it happen.

Take charge of your website now with a Joomla content management system.


Published in Web Design Blog