Pressed for Words

When a web developer starts to create a website, there are almost limitless ways it can be done. From writing HTML to wrap around the content and then styling them with some CSS and images, through to creating a fully customised Content Management System. So what does Swan Developments do and why? I’m going to answer the second question first, as the why tells us how to decide upon the what.

Our customers want a modern, fast, easy to update website that can have features added without being told “Well, you’re going to have to start all over again!” If they wish to add a page, write a new blog post, or simply alter a price or a phone number, then they really don’t want to have to pay us to do it (although we are happy to take this on!). Equally, if for some reason a customer wants to get someone else to work on their site, they don’t want every web developer to tell them that they’ve never heard of Pink Carrot CMS (I made that up, but it’s a great name!) so they will want their website developed on a “mainstream” content management system.

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Sliding Down the Slippery Slope

Sliders are (almost) everywhere, but should you have one on your site? Simon West gives you the lowdown on this particular slope.

The Website Building Process

Building a wall
Picture by MR926

When you ask your web developer to build you a website, you may wonder what they actually do?

This little post at the very end of the year details the steps we go through at Swan Developments when we start to create a sparkly new website.

You can undertake some of this work yourself, which saves us time and you money.

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Plugins… plugins…

Electric car charging pointIf you talk to a WordPress developer for even a short length of time, you are very likely to hear the word “Plugin”. Many people upon hearing such words just dismiss them as Geekish and don’t worry that they don’t know what on earth their shiny-eyed friend is talking about. However, if you have read this far then the chances are that you actually want to know what they are all about.

Despite the image to the left, they are nothing at all to do with plugs. The 30 second summary is that they are a way to extend the capabilities of WordPress without resorting to writing complex computer code yourself.

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