How long will it take to design and build my website?
The length of time your project takes will be dependent on the overall size and complexity of your final site. In general a website project can take anywhere from 3 weeks for our standard web package, to 3 months for a large site with a number of complex add-ons. Whilst we are a small team, we are highly agile and can move schedules around quickly and easily should you have specific deadlines you are working to. You need to factor in time for populating your site content too, as many customers fail to account for this time, which will depend on your own time demands.
Populating content can be a complex and time-consuming task. As the situation of each customer varies from website to website, we do not offer content population as standard, which means you will be responsible for adding the majority of content to your site. Adding content is very easily done through Wordpress and is the main reason we prefer that content management system over any other. If you are starting from scratch and you are struggling to write your own content, then we can connect you with one of our preferred copywriters who will be able to assist you. Similarly, if you are struggling for images, then we can provide high quality stock photos, or even arrange a custom photoshoot using one of our approved professional photographers.
I need a feature that isn't listed on your website, do you offer bespoke solutions?
Yes, the list of features that is included in our add-on options is only a sample of some of the most popular website features we get asked for. If you have a specific functional requirement, or would like us to use a specific plugin for your project, then please contact us and let know and we can provide you with a bespoke quote.
If your website is hosted with us, then it will housed on a web server located at our data centre in North London. Your website will be built on the Wordpress content management system which is open source (meaning free) and very widely used. This means your website can be vulnerable to hacks, but so is any website, even ones using bespoke systems. Like any good website, you just need to make sure you follow good security protocols and keep it updated regularly.
All our website builds come with a built in security firewall to block malicious login attempts. Similarly all our passwords and login procedures are optimised for increased security to avoid easy back door entry to the site admin (the most common form of hack).
Our ground-breaking Foundation™ strategy process underpins all of our website builds. Covering essential tasks including keyword analysis, data architecture and user journey planning, Foundation™ digital strategy is ensures that your website works inline with your organisational objectives.
Custom website design
Our award-winning design team will create you a custom website design that sits inline with your existing brand. We focus on the details and building a website that serves a purpose – making it as easy as possible for your users to find the information they require and encourage enquiries at every opportunity. Our designs are presented to you in flat (non-functionining) form, so that we can quickly make any changes and adjustments you might need.
All the websites we build are responsive, which means they automatically adapt to suit the size of the device they are being viewed on. When we design your site, we create a custom design in both desktop and mobile formats so that you can understand how the site will look on smaller devices. Mobile sites often require some of the less important content to be stripped in order to improve the user experience. Showing both desktop and mobile site layouts allows you to understand where and why this will happen.
Wordpress content management system
Over 25% of the worlds' websites run on Wordpress, and for good reason. As well as being an incredibly flexible platform, it is also stable, secure and well-maintained. We have tried and tested many content management systems, but nothing can compare to Wordpress for ease of use and scalability. We customise each installation of Wordpress to your individual site requirements, stripping out unnecessary features and adding bespoke content controls to ensure keeping your site up to date is as quick and simple as possible..
Search Engine Optimisation
A website is only useful if your pages can be found and correctly scanned by search engines. In the UK, Google is king so we make sure your site is built and structured from the ground up to work in harmony with their search technology. We also optimise your site meta tags (hugely significant for inbound search traffic) to work inline with your keyword objectives.
It is vital to have comprehensive measurement of activity on your site from day one. Without it, you have no idea of the traffic levels your site is getting and if any activity you are doing to drive people to your site is having any effect. We set up and install the technological marvel that is Google Analytics on all our sites. We also provide you with administrator access so you can view detailed statistics on your site at any time.
A huge part of understanding whether your website is working is being able to monitor the number of interactions your website is getting. We use Google Tag Manager to create code snippets that integrate with Google Analytics and allow you to monitor website events such as forms fills and button clicks. This helps to understand where your highest value content lies and where improvements might be made.
12 months free web hosting
You can't have a website without having a web server to host it on. BML run our own collection of high-availability virtual private servers (VPS's) based on computers housed at a state-of-the-art Virtus data centre located in North London. Our in house development team are backed up by a highly-responsive technical support team to ensure any issues that do arise are dealt with efficiently. We offer 12 months free hosting on all website builds, after which our standard hosting charges apply (please contact us for current charges).
Content managed websites are built on a template system. Templates allow you to create multiple pages that follow the same basic design pattern, but each with their own unique content within them. The majority of websites are centred around a single generic page template, but other specialist template are required for content that requires a different layout. As standard, we include template design for a homepage, general information page, a list page, contact page and an error page (pages people go if they type a wrong url or a page is deleted like this one).
Collecting data is a vital part of any website. After all, the primary function of a website should be to encourage inbound leads and enquiries for your products and services. We include a powerful form builder within your website administration area, which not only allows you to create and manage your own forms, but also stores enquiries so you have a historical record of everyone who gets in touch via your site.
Advanced website security
Security is a primary concern for any website owner. Wordpress is vulnerable to hacking, but so is any other web platform, you just need to ensure you take logical steps to prevent any malicious access attempts. We add sophisticated user blocking software and password strength tests to ensure you aren't left exposed to the most common forms of hack.
To ensure that everybody is fully aware of the technical requirements of your site, we produce a detailed technical specification which outlines every aspect of the site and how we intend to build it. You are provided with a copy and asked to sign it before any design and development work is started so that there is no confusion over what is being delivered.
Robust development process
In-house design and development
Unlike many integrated agencies, all of our design and development is done in-house by our own team based in Leeds. Having our own technical and creative team means we can discuss and implement innovative features and ensure that the quality of the design is replicated in the final site.
3 months free support
Even with the best development team, small issues can occur that are only noticeable once the web project is live and in daily use. We provide 10 hours of free support during the first 3 months from site launch to help address any issues that may occur.
We offer unlimited amends on the design stage of your website. Once the site design is approved it is sent for development. During the development phase we offer 2 rounds of amends as standard.
We have total confidence in the effectiveness of our approach and how well it works for you. This is why we make you this unique promise: If you are unhappy with any of the creative work we produce on a specific project following an agreed brief, we will continue to work on it for free for you until you are. If we still can’t deliver, we will return your project fee. No questions asked. Read more.