The internet is a vast collection of websites, pages, files and resources scattered around millions of web servers around the world. In the mid 90’s many companies tried with different levels of success to index the internet and make it possible to search for websites and pages. By the turn of the millennium one clear winner emerged and not surprisingly they have become one of the biggest companies in the world. In fact they have had such an immense impact on the world, their name has become a verb! I am of course talking about Google.
Google have become, for many, the front door to the internet. It’s a place where people come to begin their voyage of discovery. It is reputable and it can’t be fooled. It goes without saying that if you’re in business, it is very desirable to be on top of the search results for your chosen keywords and this is why SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is so important.
First of all we’d like to wish a very happy 2020 to all of our clients, friends and anybody reading this blog. 2019 was a great year and we’re excited by upcoming projects in 2020. One of the projects we’re looking forward to in early 2020 is a mobile app for a Gorey based business – and we thought we’d take this opportunity to describe the benefits of an app to your business or organisation.
For the purposes of this article, we will be discussing only native apps here. See our post on the differences between native apps and mobile apps for more context.
They live an unloved existence in the shadows. Forgotten by their owners & creators, scoffed at by visitors. They were once the golden child, shiny, bright and new – admired and showcased. But now they go unnoticed, uncared for and abandoned. These are the orphaned websites.
An orphaned website is one which is in need of maintenance but the owner struggles to find somebody to carry this out. Every month we get a number of queries in from website owners who set up their site with a different web designer or an online website creator and they’re looking for our help to make changes to the site. Unfortunately we don’t take on this business, our websites are built to a certain standard that not all web designers follow so we politely decline maintenance request contracts from customers who have sourced their websites elsewhere.
Dunnes Design is a Wicklow based company that are experts in bespoke kitchen units and other furniture creations. Their new site launched this week and you can check it out below.
WordPress is a very powerful platform for creating and managing websites. When clients come to us looking for help in setting up a website, for 90% of cases WordPress fits the bill (business website with contact forms, blog, online shop etc.). The remainder are in scope for a bespoke solution – their requirements can’t be satisfied with an off the shelf solution like WordPress.
Most web designers can’t facilitate this group as they don’t have the web development skills. See our article here on the differences between web designers and developers. We are both designers and developers which means that we can create something beautiful but has bespoke functionality around your requirements.
We have completed a new site for Carnew National School this week. It’s a clean design with content management capability that allows them update content and keep the site fresh.
Check it out here :- https://carnewns.ie/
This post is mostly cantered about why I don’t like online website builders. Am I biased? Of course I am! Is a part of me jealous of these companies? Sure. Is the technology impressive? Absolutely. Am I a website snob? Maybe ….
That said, I genuinely don’t believe these solutions are good for most businesses for a number of reasons that I’ll outline here. But first we must go back in time to 2006.
I established ClearSoft in 2006 and had visions of developing a product that would provide an affordable set of tools for non-technical people to create a website from nothing. This system would be web based and while it would work for sports clubs, community organisations and personal sites – it was specifically aimed at small business. Sound familiar?
Monolith Consulting is an international construction consultancy firm specialising in residential and commercial projects. This week monolithconsulting.ie went live. Check it out here
Tom Brady Roofing is primarily based in Dublin but covers the east coast. The company has been around for over 40 years and they needed a new website to showcase all of their experience and services.
This week we were delighted to launch that new website and you can see it here :- https://tombradyroofing.com/
Since the launch of the first smartphones in 2007 the term ‘app’ has taken off in a huge way and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the term was invented at this time. Apps or applications have been around since the dawn of computing and are essentially programs or software that run and execute functionality. We have been creating applications here in ClearSoft before smartphones saw the light of day.
So when we receive enquiries about app development, the client will normally mean a mobile phone app. Very often we find that they are not aware of web apps and we will talk them through the differences. In this article we will describe native and web apps under the headings below :-
- Maintenance / Upgrades
- Look and feel