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If you’ve been researching local web design companies for your business website, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a wide range of different approaches to how a web agency approaches, designs and builds their websites. Just like most business, there’s never one way to put something together or build a particular thing and websites are no different.

Most people when they think about their website, they tend to think about the design of their site. This is no doubt an important aspect of the overall experience their website brings to their potential customers, but there are many different ways of putting together a design and some of them have more limitations and implications than others.

We’re here to give you a thorough overview of the different ways web developers put together websites – be they custom-designed, templated or a combination of both.

Having designed and re-designed hundreds and hundreds of websites over the past decade, we get asked all the time ‘Why should I update the design of my website?’. There are several benefits to giving your website a refresh, least of which it gives you an opportunity to update your software and modules to ensure your website is as secure as possible, and also provides the chance to look at the marketing messages and images you use throughout the site (particularly on your homepage).

What many small business owners don’t realise until it’s too late is that if you don’t have control over your domain, you can’t effectively manage your email or website properly. You’re essentially handing over control and in some cases ownership of your website and email to a third party.

Mistakes are an inevitable part of doing business and it’s easy to make a mistake if you’re not aware you’re doing anything wrong – particularly online. Many businesses build a website with good intentions but fall into these common traps outlined below. If you find you suffer from some of these common website mistakes, don’t worry – we outline how you can fix them, or if you need some assistance, feel free to contact Marketeam and we’d be happy to assist where we can.

When it comes to investing in a website there are lots of different moving parts to the project that you want to make sure come together to create a smooth and easy experience with your web design company.

We’ve heard some real horror stories from potential clients about rogue web developers who fall off the face of the earth, projects that grind to a halt or web design agencies that promise the world and deliver a snowglobe.

You’ve got your coffee and you’re ready to work. You open your computer and try to open your email but there’s no new messages. “That’s strange?” you say to yourself. “I usually always have at least a few new emails every morning!” So you fire up your web browser to see if your internet connection is working.

You navigate to your business website and see a ‘404 site not found’ message. This is usually when we see clients start to panic and we get the “My website’s down and my email isn’t working” phone call.

90% of the time when this occurs it’s because your domain name has lapsed and it’s expired, but fear not – there are things you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen.

In a hyper-connected day and age of instant information, super fast services and the ability to find anything on the internet for a cheaper price, everyone is conditioned to look for a bargain on the web. There are certainly many great offers and services you can get for incredibly reasonable prices online, but there’s also a lot of cowboys, crap and claptrap that honest people plow their hard-earned money into for little to no results.

When it comes to web design there are so many different ways to get online these days – anyone not familiar with the industry can get overwhelmed with the various options, services and systems available, with a huge variance of pricing. So what’s the best option to go with? Is a cheap web design worth the money? Aren’t all websites the same?

All these questions and more will be answered in this article.

In today’s world we float between devices pretty seamlessly. Laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile devices are in most homes in Australia, and when a customer is looking at your website and wants to move from one device to another, or looks at your site on their computer at work then may check it out again on their tablet or mobile at home, they should have a seamless experience and the web design should allow for a smooth transition between devices. 

As part of the web design process for every client, Marketeam comes up with a complete custom design that matches client’s branding and colour palettes. But how do we actually come up with unique designs every time? Well, the answer to that question is we use templates as a framework for all of our websites and then incorporate additional design elements to make them unique.

We feel designing and developing websites this way gives us the freedom and flexibility to create amazing looking websites – every time, whilst cutting down on development and design costs for our customers. So here’s why we use templates to build our websites.

As website designers we spend our life in front of the computer screen. We are constantly building websites for customers – launching, testing and setting live our creations on the internet.

If there’s one question we get asked more than any other, it’s “why does my website look slightly different on different computers or browsers?” Now we wish there was an easy answer to this question but it’s a little complicated so we’re going to try and break it down and explain it in the best way we can.

When it comes to great website design, there’s a few elements that will always span across the different design trends we see, year in year out in our industry. At the time of writing (September 2017) the website design trend we’re seeing – and have seen all throughout the year – is large, full page slideshows with a funky background image or video and marketing message or a call to action button.

If you’re thinking about getting a website built you’re probably in the process of looking for a Brisbane based web design company – or perhaps you’ve spoken to a few people and they’ve talked to you about their website developer or ‘my website designer did this for me’’ etc and you may be asking yourself, what’s the difference between a website developer and a designer?

When it comes to adding images to your website it seems like a fairly straightforward process, right? Take a photo or grab an image somewhere online and upload it to your site and you’re done! 

Whilst this is the general gist of using images on your website, when you start scratching the surface you will begin to realise there’s a lot more to using images on your website than ‘upload, insert and publish’.

Before we get into how to find, edit and optimise images for the web, let’s get a basic understanding of images, the different types you can get and some basic attributes of them. 

So you’ve decided on using Joomla for your next website design project and you’re in the process of looking for web design companies to quote on your site. There’s so many options, questions and ways of building websites these days it’s hard to know what questions to ask, right?

There are many questions you can ask a potential web design company or contract web developer, and these will be dependant on the requirements of your project. Before you even start looking at companies to build a website for you... you will need to have a clear understanding of what you want your website to do and the functionality requirements of your new website. That being the case, there are several areas you will need to cover before getting to the stage where you’re asking Joomla website development companies for a quote. 

You may have heard a lot of talk on the internet about responsive design and how that relates to websites. In this article we take a look at what exactly is responsive design and how it’s the next level of technology for website developers and web designers.

When you think about it... it’s actually a little scary to think how many websites and services are out there, but how few people know how they run or the code behind these systems. Every one of us have no doubt used Facebook, Google Maps, web-based email and other online platforms... and my guess is you haven’t even thought about what goes into building a service like this?

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