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  • e-commerce with style

    e-commerce web site design

    The world-leading open-source (free) osCommerce cart brings cutting-edge performance, unequalled extensibility, maximum security and reliability for the minimum outlay.

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  • content management systems for business

    Joomla Content Management System

    Award-winning, Joomla facilitates in-house management and updating of a business web site, and requiring no more than average computer skills. Joomla is open-source and freely available.

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    Organico / Fish4Ever

    Organico

    Major UK brand and producers of organic Mediterranean foods, Organico Real Foods are committed to organic produce, ethical trading and sustainability.

    www.organico.co.uk

    web design type: static html + content management system
    business location: Reading, Berks., England
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    Organico / Fish4Ever

    Fish4Ever
    The Fish4Ever brand's combination of ethical and quality standards exemplifies the "land, sea and people" philosophy of sustainable fishing and social sustainability.

    www.fish-4-ever.com

    web design type: content management system
    business location: Reading, Berks., England
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    Loch Lomond Distillers

    Loch Lomond Distillers

    Sharing its fame with the most celebrated of all Scotland's lochs, the Loch Lomond Distillery produces a total of eight single malt whiskies.

    lochlomonddistillery.com

    web design type: static html + e-commerce
    business location: Loch Lomond, Scotland
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    Formedix

    Formedix

    Leading provider of software and consultancy services based on emerging data standards developed by the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC).

     

    www.formedix.com

    web design type: content management system
    business location: Paisley, Scotland and Burlington, MA, USA
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    MacGregor & MacDuff

    MacGregor and MacDuff, kiltmakers

    Weel-kent, bespoke kiltmakers and Scottish outfitters with kilt-outfit sales and hire shops in Glasgow and Prestwick, Ayrshire.

    macgregorandmacduff.co.uk

    web design type: static html + e-commerce
    business location:  Glasgow and Prestwick, Scotland
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    Geneva Management

    Geneva Management
    Enhancing the performance of public and private organisations by developing the skills and behaviours of their people through training, development, coaching and consultancy.

    geneva-management.co.uk

    web design type: static html + online learning system
    business location: Strathaven, Scotland
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    Jean Fullerton

    author, Jean Fullerton

    London-born romantic novelist Jean Fullerton is passionate about the East End. Jean's debut novel, No Cure for Love, was the winner of the 2006 Harry Bowling Prize.

     

    www.jeanfullerton.com

    web design type: content management system
    business location:  London
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    David Henderson Photography

    David Henderson Photography

    The interplay of light on the elements seen through the very selective camera lens of Berkshire-based international landscape photographer, David Henderson.

    www.photography001.com

    web design type: photograph gallery
    business location: Datchet, Berks.
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    Harry Margolis Entertainment

    Harry Margolis Entertainment Agency

    Harry is the leader not only of one of the UK's best-loved Glen Miller big bands but of one of the most firmly-established entertainment agencies in Scotland.

    www.harrymargolis.co.uk

    web design type: content management system
    business location: Glasgow, Scotland
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    Arci Pro Design

    Arci Pro Design, Denmark

    Denmark-based Arcipro Design bring the clean, crisp lines of Scandanavian interior design to the UK: windows, doors, conservatories, floors, kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes.

     

    www.arciprodesign.com

    web design type: static html
    business location: Denmark
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    Mark Hutton Tae Kwon Do

    Mark Hutton Tae Kwon Do

    The Mark Hutton Blackbelt Academy of Tae Kwon Do builds confidence and self-esteem, teaching respect, discipline, focus, dedication and committment, by example.

     

    www.markhuttontkd.co.uk

    web design type: content management system
    business location: East Kilbride, Scotland
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    Floorfillerz

    Floorfillerz Glasgow Mobile Discos

    Radio producer and ex-BBC Radio Scotland DJ Dougie Campbell is the man behind the success of Central Scotland's top mobile disco.

     

    http://www.floorfillerz.co.uk

    web design type: content management system
    business location: Glasgow, Scotland
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    Not Dead Yet

    Not Dead Yet - Forum for Senior Citizens

    Forum for Senior Citizens and open also to all over-50s who satisfy the inferred membership criteria.

     

    www.notdeadyet.co.uk

    web design type: cms + forum + photo gallery
    business location: Glasgow, Scotland
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    Think Office

    Think Office (Office Furniture)

    Think Office are a Glasgow-based, family-owned business, supplying office furniture and home office furniture throughout the UK.

    www.thinkoffice.co.uk

    web design type: e-commerce
    business location: Glasgow, Scotland
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    Heaven Sent Gifts

    Heaven-Sent-Gifts

    Heaven Sent Gifts of Lytham, St Annes,  stock a range of hand-wrapped bath gift sets, bath and shower products, cute and cuddly soft toys, and natural home fragrances.

    heaven-sent-gifts.co.uk

    web design type: static html + e-commerce
    business location: Lytham, St Annes, Lancs., England
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    Middle of the Road

    Middle of the Road

    The chart-topping '70s pop band had an amazing 34 consecutive weeks in the UK top 75 with their first UK No.1 single.

     

    middleoftheroad.co.uk

    web design type: static html
    business location: Glasgow, Scotland
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    BAI Services

    BAI Services

    Scottish business performance consultancy focusing on opportunity awareness and on leveraging resources through the application of systems thinking and best-practice improvement tools.

    www.bai-services.co.uk

    web design type: content management system
    business location: Dumbarton, Scotland
 

business website design

A small-business web site has a matter of seconds to get its message across and you could say that professional website design simply means that you are in control of that message. Good or bad, your web site says something about your company. A well-designed web site will say the right things, in the right way. In short, it will reflect the strengths of your business.

In some cases, though, the most important part of your business web site is hardly ever seen by anyone. It's the underlying code that is read by the vistor's browser, and by the search engines, the "page source," and it's the only thing that the search engines actually "see". A professionally-designed web site will meet several crucial requirements in terms of the content and the quality of the underlying code. If it's badly written, by the law of averages, what the site has to say is probably not too reliable either.

Mostly, it comes down to common sense. The search engine arrives at a page on your site. One of the first things it reads (in the page source) are the page's meta tags, which include the page title, description and keywords. Not unreasonably, it now expects to find that the text content you've written corresponds to these, i.e. that the page is about what its title and description (and keywords) say it's about.

Modern search engine algorithms have diminished the importance of these meta tags; it's no longer possible to stuff the keyword meta tag with all imaginable search terms and then to sit back and wait for the traffic to come rolling in. It is, however, a mistake to think that they no longer count. A page entitled "nuts and bolts" which goes on to talk about string and glue will never come anywhere near the top results in a search for either. We want to start talking about nuts and bolts right from the off and to continue in that vein until it's time to move on to our string-and-glue page via an internal link that incorporates the terms "string and glue." If we have an image on the page, the code that references the image should have a tag that tells us, in plain text, what the image is about (and if it's not about nuts and bolts, the question has to be asked: is this image on the right page?).

It also helps to have "clean" code. In the early days of web design, we used to start every paragraph by specifying the text font, its size, and its colour, together with sundry gobbledegook that would define the look and layout of the page. It was a mess. Web pages often had far more in the way of formatting code than actual text content. Modern web design takes almost all of that stuff out of the page source and puts it into a compact "stylesheet" file which also means that, when formatting changes are required, they can be applied site-wide, in seconds, just by editing the stylesheet. Clean code means that your actual text content is not diluted by unnecessary formatting/layout code.

Obviously, I'm just scratching the surface here. Good code should validate to established web standards and it should result in a page that displays well in at least the most commonly used browsers. A surprising proportion of seemingly professional web sites virtually fall apart in some browsers since they have evidently been designed and tested on only one (typically Internet Explorer for Windows). Screen resolution is another factor that must always be kept in mind. Remember the old 800x600 screens we all used to have? While you're reading this on your nifty widescreen laptop, it's worth bearing in mind that millions of people (and workplaces) are still perfectly content with their 800x600 CRT displays. Whether or not you're selling widescreen laptops, they could be the very people you want to target! It's often a compromise but your web site has to look as good as possible on as many screens as possible.

Nicodemus and the Flight of Argus

business website design costs

Masonhost rates for coding/design work are £35 per hour. To some extent, the cost of your site is determined by your budget. We will work within any budget that can realistically cover the work requested. Your proposal will detail the site specification and the total cost but, in some respects, it is often the budget that determines the specification.

screenshot: ArciPro Design, Denmark - business web site

If, for example, your budget for a five-page web site was £350-£450, your proposal/specification would not include search engine optimisation but we will focus on delivering, in all other respects, a first-class web site that not only meets your requirements but exceeds your expectations.

screenshot: PBR Building Services, Coatbridge - business web site

N.B. in some cases, where a site has been built with out-moded or naive design practices, before SEO work can be carried out on a business web site, the site has to be completely re-built from scratch, so it's a major point that a Masonhost-built web site doesn't fall into that category. You could opt to postpone the SEO side of your business web site and be confident that, if and when you do decide to invest in specialist SEO, your site has been designed to be search-engine-friendly and SEO-ready.

screenshot: Full Circle CD Replication - business web site

Whatever your level of investment, your business web site is built with an integrity that reflects the strengths of my business and yours.

screenshot: Active Security Scotland - business web site

 

Glasgow Web Design Companies

Masonhost Web Design, Glasgow
Glasgow web design company building bespoke websites for SMEs in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK and specializing also in customization of the Joomla Content Management System and osCommerce e-commerce web sites. Masonhost is a full-service company providing on-site consultation, graphic design, copywriting, and audio production services together with appropriate domain name and hosting packages including, as standard, ongoing telephone support.
Toucher Web Design, Glasgow
Glasgow-based website designer: a professional service providing web design for small businesses in the Glasgow area from an affordable, friendly website developer. This website offers lots of free information about the small business web design process.
Pretty Klicks
Pretty Klicks guarantee professional web design, marketing and graphic design in Glasgow. Pretty Klicks can help bring your business into the current generation. Starting with web design in Glasgow and seo (search engine optimisation), naturally Pretty Klicks progressed with it's creative minds to move into marketing, graphics and video. We are experts in web design and marketing.
Foxnose
Foxnose Limited is a web design agency based in Glasgow and are designers of high quality, professional & affordable web site designs + web solutions for Glasgow and Central Scotland since the year 2000.
Red Paint Multimedia
With an emphasis on creativity, Red Paint is one of Glasgow's leading web design companies. From content management systems through to tourism portals, Red Paint can help you.
SeyeneCo
Web Design in Glasgow and Scotland from SeyeneCo Web Design. We help companies in Glasgow and Central Scotland to increase sales via the Internet.
G3 Creative Solutions Design
Creative and innovative graphic design for advertising, brochures, logos, letterheads, packaging, exhibitions, corporate identity and web design. G3 Creative Solutions Design is an Advertising & Graphic Design Company based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
0141 Design
0141 Design are a Glasgow-based graphic design firm specialising in print, multimedia, web design and development.
Kiswebs
Kiswebs are creative web designers in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Specialists in accessible website design and development, domain name registration, hosting, and content management solutions. Kiswebs
Dojo Design Studio
Dojo Design Studio are multi-disciplined graphic and website designers, based in Glasgow, UK. Experts in print, branding, accessible websites, SEO, illustration, 3d animation and visualisation, video production, web hosting and marketing, the company provides large and small businesses a high standard of service, at low cost.
Mucky Puddle
Mucky Puddle provide a wide range of web design and graphic design services. They are based in Glasgow, Scotland, in the Hidden Lane in Glasgow
360Innovate
Web Design, SEO and E-Commerce from Glasgow based 360innovate, the award winning web design and Search Engine Optimisation company in Scotland.
Glasgow Web Design
Glasgow Web Design offer affordable, professional website design, SEO and internet marketing throughout Glasgow, Scotland and the UK.
Siobhan Preston Web Design
Web site designer based near Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. Scottish web site design for UK. We also website design in Scotland, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Strathaven, Motherwell, East Kilbride, Bothwell and Bellshill
Emcom Internet Services
Emcom is a website design and Internet Services company based near Glasgow, Lanarkshire offering a complete portfolio of website design, web hosting, search engine optimisation, website marketing, and ecommerce application development services to small, medium and large companies in Lanarkshire, Glasgow and West Central Scotland.
Sabre Web Design
Sabre Web Design is a professional web design agency, located in the West End of Glasgow.  They provide web services for companies all over the UK, including website design, ecommerce, search engine optimisation (SEO) and content management facilities (CMS).
Jim Byrne and Associates
Helping you attract a bigger audience using web standards and accessible design practices.