A Holistic Performance First Approach To Websites
Web Design Gold Coast // What We Offer
All the web design services we offer for your website begin from a performance-first approach. When we design, code or manage a web page we always consider the impact on your websites performance profile. The reason we concentrate on performance is because the speed at which your website loads affects every aspect of your online business success. A slow loading website will hurt your search engine ranking (SERPs), usability, Sales and your profits.
What Makes A SUCCESSFUL Business Website
- 1. Fast loading and rendering time
- 2. Branding
- 3. Call to action
- 4. Original content
- 5. Quality imagery
- 6. Mobile friendly design
- 7. Integration with other services
- 8. Social media integration
- 9. Optimised on page SEO
- 10. Ongoing off page SEO
- 11. User analytics
- 12. Automated follow-up systems
- 13. Well maintained CMS
- 14. Reliable support
Web Services Supplied To 6000+ Clients
We offer in-house web design services. We collaborate with you to create a comprehensive web design brief that amalgamates with your companies branding and marketing goals. The marketing and design team will then conduct research in your market, so we are fully aware of market expectations and trends in your niche.
First we will create a basic sitemap and click through diagram, in consultation with the search engine team. Then detailed wireframe web page designs for the home page, followed by other key element pages to form the building blocks of the layout and responsive elements. After our UI web design team is happy with the layouts, they will wireframe the other internal website pages. We follow best user interface practice using a mobile first approach (soon to be promoted by Google) based on extensive web page user interface testing and psychological research.
Our web designers will then create an original and responsive (mobile-friendly) design in a layered Photoshop or Illustrator format. This is essentially a special image of the web page, mocked up so everyone can see what the final site will really look like on a screen. Our web designers will produce mockups to be code ready, using suitable web fonts, icons and ready to export CSS elements for the web coding team. Our graphic design process involves a detailed client consultation, followed by extensive market research and executed using the latest UI/UX practices for your target market. Additionally, our graphic designers will ensure your web page mockup is suitable for the platform you have chosen, whether it is static, WordPress, Magento or custom framework. Part of our consultation process is making sure we design and code a website that is manageable within your system requirements.
Website Developer Services
Successful web development starts with a solid plan. Many projects fail before they start due to poor planning, regardless of the skill of the web agency involved. That is why we use the Agile Web Development. A method developed and used in Silicon Valley. So while we have Senior full stack developers front and backend they also have a proven framework to work within to ensure your projects speedy completion and success.
What is AGILE?
The Agile process refers to a project management process that encourages review and adaptation. The process is designed to allow for rapid development of deliverables at each stage of the project. Thereby removing the risk of ending up with a project requiring major revision after so-called ‘completion’.
As a client, you will be able to assess and make changes at each stage. This way you can be confident that your payments are always going towards short-term deliverables. Furthermore, your project can literally be agile making small changes instead of potentially costly revisions on completion.
How does the Agile Method work?
In layman’s terms, a project is broken up into smaller deliverable pieces, based on the brief and final specs required. Every project starts with a core framework of basics. Each stage or Sprint is essentially wrapping a minimum amount of deliverable features to the core product within the shortest possible time. At the end of each Sprint, the work is reviewed and based on the assessment, another layer of deliverables or revisions is made to a new Sprint and the process is repeated.
While it might sound a little complicated, as the client the benefits are clear; You will always have a working project in line with what you have paid for, your project will get completed quicker, you will be able to assess that the project is suitable for your intended use while it is being worked on and most importantly you will be able to make small changes along the way, instead of ending up with a potentially costly issue.
Flat of Simple HTML Websites
If you are no web coder or just need a good looking website for a low launch cost a static or flat website can be a great option. Static website simple don’t have a customer management system and require a coder with basic html or php skills to edit. They can be superior in speed to CMS based websites, such as WordPress and they normally preform exceptionally well in regards to Search Engine Optimisation. There is very little limiting factors in regards to design. It is best to discuss the pros and cons of a static website opposed to a CMS based site with someone in our team.
Often Professional Service Providers Have More Advanced Requirements
Websites for; Dentists, Medical Centres, Insurance, Financial and Legal services have more advanced requirements some of which are legal. Every business wants a professional and attractively branded site, however professional sites often need specialist security, legislative, backup and maintencance requirements over an above your standard local business website.
Some of the details that need extra attention to detail are;
- Secure Hosting and SLA Requirements
- SLA Requirements for Website Access
- SSL Certificates and EV SSL Certificates
- Secure Integrations
- Payment Gateways
- Secure Booking Systems
- Secure Customer Detail Forms
- Specialist Cookie Management
- Legal Disclosures and Disclaimers
- Specialty Access for Users
- Advanced CMS Systems
- Secure Live Chat
Our web consultants will discuss all your requirements in detail for your business website. We may also be able to help with discovering some of the must have requirements and other issues which we have solved for many other clients.
We love Magento web design and you will too, or perhaps you already do. Magento 1.9.xx and 2.xx platforms are easy to deploy, highly scalable, with great integration and Mage offers near limitless customising capabilities. The Magento eCom platform is suitable for single products up to millions of products. One important reason Magento is a great option is its ability to handle high volumes of user traffic, which is extremely important as most websites experience short bursts of peak traffic rather than steady flows. This can be further magnified when you add a common e-commerce marketing staple, such as; Adwords, Facebook or Instagram Pay Per Click Marketing.
We have Magento certified, backend and frontend senior software developers with extensive on the job e-Commerce experience. Due to our day to day management and e-Commerce experience with Magento we have wealth of hands-on practical solutions so you can get the most out of your web store. Our development team can collaborate with your SEO or marketing team to maximise your ROI. Additionally, we have our own in-house SEO and Marketing team that will grow your online web business.
Our Key Magento Development Services
- 1. Execute your project
- 2. Manage Magento security
- 3. Install or develop custom extensions
- 4. Intergrated Payment Solutions
- 5. Custom theme development
- 6. Manage your maintenance
- 7. Tech support
- 8. Performance Optimising
- 9. Custom Logistics solutions
- 10. Sales Funnel Creation
Every great website starts with a great website design. Magento has some specific design and coding requirements and the best practice is to hire a Magento experience Designer. The last thing you want to here is your beautiful design will not work well as a coded theme in Magento. It can be a costly exercise to rework the design both in time and dollar terms if you hire an inexperienced Magento Designer. The website design will set the foundation for your online eCommerce store for potentially years to come. Therefore, you need to be confident your web designer understands both the design requirements of Magento and the long term ramifications of them.
Due to our volume of Magento clients and the long-term relationships, we have with them we know traps and tricks for designing a Magento theme for the long haul that works. All our web designs are responsive and designed within the limits of the coding framework we will use. For example, Bootstrap UI framework has different limitations than the similar Zurb or a Flexbox UI framework and a good design will take these into account. Additionally, the digital world is rapidly moving to a mobile first view, rather than just mobile friendly. A good web store design will now have mobile specific elements, such as images cropped differently or headings centred instead of left aligned.
The correct design will save you money short and long term. The last thing you want to hear is your fabulous design is not possible to execute by the web developers due to technical limitations.
At Meb Media we take the time to fully collaborate with you to develop your idea into a working responsive E-Commerce design that works for your target market and has mobile first approach. All our designs are original and we pride ourselves on the little extra details that will make your online business stand out from the crowd.
High Performance Magento Hosting
Often we see a magento store which is struggling. The core reason 99% of the time is poor hosting performance. The Magento framework has specialty requirements for web hosting and these are frequently overlooked. Additionally, we see poor performing code and UI based issues further hurting your ecom stores performance and profits. We have extensive expertise in running high performance magento centric web hosting and VPS. We can ensure your magento store has the resources it needs to run at top performance. Then we can tune your code, images and UI to get that elite sub 4 second load times you need to be successful. For those tricky issues we have advanced user experience monitoring software to find those trouble some areas that might be hidding and costing you a small fortune.
WordPress has grown to be one of the most used cms platforms for website development and management in the market today. It can be an awesome solution for small business to enterprise who want to keep their content dynamically changing and who want lower management costs or if you simply want to be hands on with your website content management. Due to WordPress being so wildly used it is a well supported platform with a huge pool of frontend and backend developers able to comfortably work with it. Additionally, the learning curve to become competent using the cms is short making it ideal for small business management. Overall WordPress can be the lowest running cost platform compared to others when used in the correct context.
We offer a totally in-house WordPress website design services using the latest responsive design techniques, specific to WordPress and following your design, management and marketing requirements. The product we produce is the highest quality Photoshop web design ready for your or our development team to code into a full-fledged WordPress theme. Whether you need a simple local business website, brochure website, blog or a full-fledged advanced e-Commerce solution our web designers know the requirements of the platform and how to make the design website developer friendly. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful design created only to find out it doesn’t fit the features and restrictions for the platform you want to us. Furthermore, a poor design can add a lot of extra costs or a poor execution of your design by the development team. Not to worry with Mebsites as or designer also have platform experience and consult with our developers and marketing team to make sure your design will sell and will convert to WordPress in a pixel-perfect manner.
We have experienced Senior/Junior frontend and Backend coders. If you can dream it they can code it. Whether we are breaking new ground by creating custom functions or plugins or you just need your design to be pixel perfect we have the skill set and systems in place to see your website project is excuted on time and on budget.
WordPress Woocommerce eCommerce Solutions
While we openly recommend Magento as a better eCommerce solution, Woocommerce is a great low cost and easily managed eCom solution for many startups and established small busineses. The extensive range of plugins can and premade themes can lower your startup costs dramatically. Also being able to rely on frontend coders more will lower the ongoing management costs and the all important intiatial development and deployment costs. We suggest booking a 20 minute consult via, phone, skype or in person to discuss and create a outline of requirements to find out if Woocommerce would be the best option for your online business.
Custom Frontend Website Frameworks
While we can comfortably code a completely original frontend framework, now a days it is a slightly redundant process and in most case not best practice long term for clients. What we recommend is using a base frontend framework such as; Bootstrap or Zurb by Foundation and then we can code custom CSS to style it to look any way you like. Some of the features of using a base UI framework are; every main UI feature has a default setting, Responsive layouts are already completed and tested, Complete documentation. The benefits are also clear and I’ll just touch on a few of the main ones.
Benefits of Standised UI Framework
- Standised features and Code
- Large number of competent developers who are familar with the framework
- Regular updates and documentation
- Quick deployment and Modification
- Performance Assurance
- Improved Compatiblity
- Easy Integration
- Less debugging
Our Favourite UI Frameworks
Is the universal standard for most websites and considered to be benchmark among frontend frameworks. Because it is so widely used it makes a great frontend framework choice for any project. You will likely never have an issue finding a web dev who is not extremely familar with Bootstrap, which will ultimately save you money.
The other big player is ZURB. One thing to always consider when selecting software is how solid is the business? Will they be around in two years, five years time. The last thing you want is your framework provider to go out of business and leave you high and dry with an unsupported framework. Foundation is a solid company with large highend corporate clients such as; Facebook, Mozilla, Ebay, Yahoo!, and National Geographic. The advantage of Zurb over Bootstrap is its use of flexbox, performance and the frontend developer being able to select only the assets they want to use for a project.Being able to select only the assets you will be using for your project will increase performance and lower bandwidth costs. While bandwidth considerations are really only an issue for larger high traffic projects. Performance is an issue for all projects especially as Google threatens to move to a Mobile first model of performance measurement and ranking.
Custom Backend Website Frameworks
Whether you know you need a custom web framework for you web project or not our consultation process will assess all the options and alternatives to a custom coded setup first. From there we can plan out a spec list of requirements, budget and timeline for your project. Since we use the Agile Scrum method of development you can be assured your project will be progressing rapidly. You will also be regularly updated with deliverable/s reports and reports on the next stage of progress.
PHP, CODEIGNTIER, ANGULAR, NODE.JS, JAVA, JAVESCRIPT, C, C#, PYTHON, RUBY, SQL, LARAVEL
Mobile Application Development
With many web users only owning a mobile phone or Tablet businesses are focusing their digital development money on mobile application development. Whether you have a great new game idea, application concept, want to improve business accessiblity or develop an app for staff / customers, we can help. We have development services for Android and iOS applications. We can walk you through the design, development, approvals process and manage your onging hosting and updates.
Website Performance Optimising
We specialise in optimising website performance to achieve the fastest possible load times for your website. An optimised website will load under 4 seconds for its target user location. If your site is not loading in under 4 seconds you will likely be losing customers and income. Web page optimising involves detailed analysis of your website pages by our senior web developers and Systems administrators. Our optimising techs will scan and monitor your site for a one-off performance improvement or on an ongoing basis.
Constant user experience monitoring and active development can be an extremely profitable addition to your eCommerce websites maintenance services. One of the most common areas to have issues on eCom sites is the cart and checkout. Often these issues are intermittent and require specialist monitoring software and specialised developers.
This service can involve; Specialist monitoring software, tuning your web hosting, Optimising caching server caching stacks, Optimising images, Removing coding errors, Changing the way your page renders, Changing asset loading, Improving render, Improving DNS, Minification of assets, External asset loading, Php improvement, Code cleanup.
Our Web security services can be broken down into three areas
This involves an audit and then implementation of preventive measures to keep your website safe. Some of these measures are; Secure Password management, Two Factor Authenication, SSL Certificate and EV Certificate Issuing and installation, Reverse Proxy Servers, Proxy IP Servers, Firewall Install and Config, CDN and DDOS Preparation, Best Hacking prevention practices, Platform Updates, Automated backup proceedures, Backup storage, Password management.
Note: We also have partners for Medical and Dental Practice Onsite Server hosting and network specialist Security
After a Hack or Malware attack has been successful the damage can be extensive. Additionally, damage can sometimes be caused from heavy Denial of Service attacks causing Databases, Apache, VPS, or Dedicated servers to crash and corrupt code. Our development and system admin team is experiences at finding malious code, restoring backup and repairing damage.
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If you are under DDOS attack we can help straight away.Help Me Now I’m Under Attack
Google Analytics Traffic Chart
Without use analytics you certainly will find it hard to earn a return on your website investment. That is why we have always practiced quality technical SEO setup with our website builds, so you have a good foundation to work from. We include Google/Bing Analytics, Webmaster setup, Keyword analysis and meta. After launch we can further enhance your website search engine presences with; Google Local Business setup and citations, On and Offsite SEO, Excellent written and video Content, PPC, Social Media and backlinking strategies. Our marketing team can create a digital branding and marketing strategy which you can action or we can colloborate with you and your team to execute.Find Out The Exact Process Are Using to 3x Their Enquiries
All websites need maintenance just like your car. Someone needs to login in a perform the regular updates and make sure the site is staying secure. Additionally, most businesses want to make changes and add new content on a regular basis. That is why we have a maintenance and support program for our clients. If you require regular work you can go on one of our maintenance programs or we will be available to you on call as needed. Most jobs have a turn around time of 48 hours. By using our support, Maintenance and update services you can be assured that all tasks are always completed accurately and designed beautifully.
Oncall Web Support
Wouldn’t it be great to have a web company available on short notice that you know can deliver? We offer a range of monthly support packages for supplying web development, repairs and information oncall. We principally look after; Static Webs, Magento eCommerce, Shopify, WordPress, Woocommerce, custom php frameworks and Apps.
We Love Our GC Community – What Are The Benefits Of Hiring Web Designers On The Gold Coast?
Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 638,090, The Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and the second-largest city in Queensland.The first settlement in what is now South East Queensland was as a penal colony at Redcliffe. The Gold Coast region remained largely uninhabited by Europeans until 1823 when explorer John Oxley landed at Mermaid Beach. The hinterland’s red cedar supply attracted people to the area in the mid-19th century. Later in 1875, Southport was surveyed and established and grew a reputation as a secluded holiday destination for wealthy Brisbane residents.The Gold Coast region grew significantly after the establishment of the Surfers Paradise hotel in the late 1920s. The area boomed in the 1980s as a leading tourist destination and in 1994, the City of Gold Coast local government area was expanded to encompass the majority of Gold Coast’s metropolitan area, becoming the second most populous local government area in Australia after the City of Brisbane.Today it is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely known for its surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland. It is also the major film production hub for Queensland. Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games