We build our sites, software and systems on - as you might expect - ROCK SOLID foundations. We have carefully selected a suite of tools to use to your advantage. All our sites are based on a Content Management System (CMS) suited to your needs.

Why use a Content Management System (CMS)?

Often websites, especially small or older sites, are built using static webpages. This makes them difficult to get to and often difficult to edit without special software and training. This in turn results in static websites being difficult and therefore time consuming and expensive to maintain.

Content Management Systems (CMS) were developed to resolve this and many other problems associated with building effective websites. A CMS uses a database to store, retrieve, and edit the content of a website.  Each page of the site is stored as text and images - making it far easier to edit, search, and organise.

When someone visits the website, the CMS automatically converts your text into the language needed by the browser displaying it. Moreover, the CMS database allows for additional features to be easily integrated into the website. For example user login and passwords, events and calendars, blogs, news feeds, and much more.

These are just a few of the many benefits you will gain once you have a site based on a CMS.

Some typical website problems

  • Lack of updating - static sites are difficult and/or impossible to update
  • Lack of a search function - users cannot search your site to find what they are looking for
  • Limited additional features - site tools such as login, forums, mailing lists, and calendars require additional code and can be expensive to implement

The Solution

  • Install and configure a suitable content management system
  • Transfer your existing site's content into the new CMS
  • Train you to use the new CMS to allow you to update your website

The Benefits

  • You can update or change your content anytime
  • Content will be displayed using current "web standards"
  • Built-in search capability
  • Room to grow - easily add new features as and when your business needs them

Here are some examples of the software we use. If you want to know which would be most suitable for you, do please call or email us.

Drupal is a state of the art content management system (CMS) used by thousands of companies - big and small - to run websites of all sizes. It's Open Source and supported by a vibrant community of developers around the world. At its core is a powerful CMS that is capable of running large websites but there's more.

A host of modules (add ons) can be added which extend functionality and features. So, however small your site is today, if it's built on the Drupal CMS you'll be able to extend it as your business expands.

And what's more, Drupal is very Seach Engine friendly. This means that sites built using it are not only ready to be picked up by the likes of Google, but in addition, there are lots of modules that can help you keep your site at the top of search lists.

CiviCRM is a powerful, web-based contact relationship management (CRM) system. It allows an organisation to record and manage information about the various people and other organizations it deals with. CiviCRM is more than just an address book.

CiviCRM allows you to track your interactions with people and organizations, and to get them to engage with, and potentially give money to, your organization through your website.

The information you gather is all stored in one place but you can access it from almost anywhere.

And it works with Drupal sites.

Symphony is a web-based content management system (CMS) that enables users to create and manage websites and web applications of all shapes and sizes, from the simplest of blogs to bustling news sites and feature-packed social networks.

With Symphony, you can build just about anything, and that's what sets it apart from most other CMS. Instead of making all kinds of assumptions about your content and what you'll be doing with it, Symphony gives you the tools to make those decisions for yourself.

TYPO3 is a small to midsize enterprise-class Content Management Framework offering the best of both worlds: out-of-the-box operation with a complete set of standard modules and a clean and sturdy high-performance architecture accommodating virtually every kind of custom solution or extension.

For authors, TYPO3 is a user-friendly, intuitive tool, allowing content editors to produce and maintain web pages, using sophisticated functions in just a few clicks of the mouse.

With TYPO3, everyone can participate in web-based communication and customer relations. Seamless integration of multimedia content types and dynamic server-side image manipulation and generation are among the numerous standard options inside this comprehensive toolbox for web-based communication. Also included is an internal messaging and workflow communication system for shared authoring and collaboration.