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Many web designers who work in WordPress will not always tell you HOW they do the work and in some cases will simply find a WordPress theme on the internet and tweak it to suit your brand or business. While it is not a dirty secret they don’t always go out of their way to volunteer this information either as it is often in their favour to let you assume they did far more work than they may have.

Here we talk about why problematic relationships can result when web designers use this approach.

We have developed our own WordPress framework which we use for all sites so you are not subjected to the following limitations:

WordPress themes are designed with limited functions and flexibility

How are they limited?

For example if you want your menu to be above the header instead of below it your theme may not have that option. Or you might want your logo in the centre but your theme only allows the logo to be on the left. You can always ask your web designer to do some manual hand coding to overcome these things – but hang on – isn’t a really good set of tools in the back end which can do all this stuff what you were hoping for in the first place?

Why is it a problem?

The above reasons are why I have heard many clients tell me how previous designers have often said the words “you can’t do that” to various requests. Hunting around for another theme that does the job is hit and miss. If you find one that does it may have a different limitation that presents a new problem. Alternatively your designer can manually implement with hand coding – sorry how much did you say that costed again?

What does Mills Web Design do?

We have built our own “framework” that stands in place of the WordPress theme which can be customised in countless ways, and in ways beyond what themes can normally handle.

A client once said “it is refreshing to work with a designer that doesn’t always tell me that it can’t be done”. It is so flexible that we have not yet come across a layout that it cannot achieve.

There are also no delays in getting started – no hunting around for a theme that hopefully fits what you like – we just build it according to what you want straight away. If you want to change something in future, we can change it straight away. You get fast results, and you get what you asked for.

In the ocean of themes out there how do you know a theme is secure?

Themes are often coded by a third party you may never meet or ever know. Because they are on the market hackers can download them, study the code and work out how to exploit them. With Mills Web Design this is not a problem – we don’t hunt around looking for themes in the first place!

Themes can stop being supported – back to the drawing board

The person on the other side of the world who wrote your theme has now gone on to other pursuits in life – great, your theme no longer works with the latest version of WordPress. Your web designer has explained that the vendor can’t be contacted, and support for that theme no longer exists. Is it time to start again with another theme? With Mills Web Design there is one less player in the chain – we are the same people who build the site and provide the theme (or framework as we prefer to call it). No more panic about being held at ransom by a university student in the Netherlands.

To get your website up and running quickly and easily enquire now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we say “Mills Web Design – Sydney Orange Bathurst” when we can service clients anywhere?

As you may know, the fortunate thing about web design is that we can provide service to clients anywhere in the world so you might ask why we bother specifying service areas at all?

Don’t get us wrong – you don’t have to be in Bathurst, Orange or Sydney. You can be in Melbourne or Perth for all it matters but if you are one of those people where meeting face to face is what you prefer, we have to give you something to work with – and that’s why we say “Mills Web Design – Sydney Orange Bathurst” – because it is in these three places that we are able to meet with you if that is your preferred way of working.

Having said that, don’t be put off by these words if you are outside of Bathurst, Orange or Sydney. Many of our clients stretch beyond these locations – from Queensland down to Tasmania. We provide web design and support to them regularly and in many cases have come to know them as people quite well .

In conclusion, it doesn’t matter where you are. But if your preferred way of working is to meet those you deal with, you now know where to find us.

A website which is mobile compatible usually achieves this in one of two ways:

a) The website detects the device viewing it and displays an alternative theme which is designed to be more user friendly with the smaller screen size.

b) The website does not care what the device is. It takes into account the browser window size. The content repositions itself to contantly fit within the window regardless of the device.

The downfall of a) is that there are so many different devices out there, it is difficult for a website to be configured to recognise them all. The website may produce mobile compatible content if viewed on the common iPhone, but what about the many other devices that are not mainstream? Every time a new device comes out on the market, can you trust that the site owner is going to arrange for the site to be updated to recognise that new device?

This is why b) is a better option. It will just work all the time. That is why we use this method.

We also recognise that mobile compatibility should not be a premium option that costs extra, and that is why is it just part of what you get with a website by Mills Web Design. In this day and age, mobile compatibility is just expected.

  • Are their sites responsive?
  • Do they cater for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone?
  • Do they offer the option of a Q and A phone session to write your content for you at no extra cost?
  • Do they provide an admin panel so you can administer your content?
  • Does their admin panel provide an easy to use drag and drop interface?
  • Do their sites have built in security that locks out intruders and informs you when this happens?
  • Do their sites have built in statistics and reporting which you can view in the admin panel?
  • Do their sites perform regular backups automatically?
  • Does their portfolio step up to the mark?
  • Does their own website reflect their level of professionalism?
  • Do they provide a mockup design first so you can negotiate what you are getting?
  • Is their technology trusted and popular, or bespoke, putting you at risk of vendor ransom?
  • Do they cater for all major browsers, including internet explorer 7?

Our answer to all of the above:

Yes!

Contact us now to discuss how you can get a website with everything you need!

Provide your content to us, or let us write it for you – your choice. We conduct a phone interview and you just answer the questions. We write the content, you review it. We provide this service for free – no stress!

Looking for web design in Sydney? We are able to provide professional websites that really step up to the mark but can often come in at half the cost of what most other web designers quote in the Sydney area.

Web Design is often cheaper in the country areas because the office overheads and cost of living is lower.

To the Sydney business, web design in Sydney may still be the preferred choice even though the cost is higher as many people prefer to deal with local designers.  The ability to meet and discuss requirements face to face is often the preferred choice.

We combine the best of both worlds.  Our resources are in Bathurst, keeping the overheads down, yet we often move between Bathurst and Sydney to do business meaning we can meet with you face to face to discuss requirements if that is preferred.

This means professional results can cost half as much as what you might pay elsewhere, yet you still get the quality of service you can expect from dealing with someone local.

Check out our portfolio – if the quality steps up to your expectations and you wish to have a chat about your requirements and our pricing to deliver them, give us a no obligation call.

We are so confident of providing low quotes that we say this: “If you can find a quote lower than ours which offers a comparable scope of work we will aim to beat it“.

We don’t wish to provide any specific pricing structures on this website and give that visibility to competitors but we can provide some indications of how we compare with quotes.

Some examples:

A sole trader in Sydney was quoted by a Melbourne Web Design company $1700 for a 5 page Content Management System. We quoted for the same, coming in at $850. That is half of their former quote.

A Mudgee business was quoted by a Sydney Web Design company $9, 900 for a full featured content management system to manage their products and services. This client approached us for a second quote to see the comparison. We quoted $2100 for the same job. We were not aware of the other competitor until they told us this later. That is just over one-fifth of their former quote.

After we completed a website for this client they posted a thank you in their news section expressing their appreciation of the great results they got from Mills Web Design without the high prices that come with it – read it here. (Thanks Nic!)

Take a look out our Testimonials section – you don’t have to read very many before you come across various mentions from a “value for money” perspective.

It is not just our website costs which are competitive, but we can provide low cost hosting as well. We are happy to be transparent there – $54 per year – unlimited email addresses, unlimited bandwidth, 25Gb of space. We often come across people spending $150 – $200 per year for the same thing.

Need a Quote? Got 15 minutes for a quick chat on the phone?

Give us a call, and we can ask you a series of pre-determined questions to gather the required info for a quote which typically takes ten to fifteen minutes. We are also happy to have a consultation style discussion if you need to better understand the different options available to you.

Contact Mills Web Design and find out what you can expect to pay for your complete website solution.

Tailored packageYou might want more than just a website built and designed. You might want:

  • A Full Content Management System
  • Domain Name Registration
  • Hosting Plan
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Email@yourdomain

…or any variation of this or more.

Call to Discuss Your Options

You don’t even have to know what you want – feel free to call for a free consultation about what you want to achieve and we can explain any possible suggestions for you to ensure a complete solution.

We Can Work With Other Providers if Needed

If you already have a registered domain name, we can work in with that. If you already have a hosting provider, we can build on their server if you wish. Even if you have an existing website and you want to give it a makeover, we can rebuild in its place so you keep your hosting provider and domain name as is.

Alternatively, if you have none of the above, we can provide it all for you from scratch.

What you Need To Know About Packaged Solutions

Some website companies may provide a website on the basis that you HAVE to host it on their own servers as well. While this is not a bad thing at all, it is important to ask the question – what if I want a different Web Designer to work on my site in future? Am I now “married” to this web design company because they do not want anyone else accessing their servers to modify your site?

We do not put you in that situation. We constantly keep in touch with what we believe to be the best value web hosting / domain providers around and build your site with that provider. You then provide you with all access details when the job is done, which allows you to “walk away.”  That means that if you need to engage a different web designer in future you have no politics.

Call Mills Web Design to have a no obligation chat about what you require for a complete web solution and we can pull it all together for you so that when the job is done you can just “walk away”.