Our latest website is an ecommerce site for SocieTees, which was launched today. SocieTees sell personalised university clothing for university societies and student organisations, and their products are both affordable and high-quality.

If you're a student and you want some fantastic customised clothes for your society, SocieTees can help! They offer great deals on personalised t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more, and you can customise your garments however you please, with colours, text and images. Personalised University Clothing is a great way to make your society stand out, so SocieTees today and make some use of their brand new website!

We have just launched a new website for Inspire Windows who are a well known UPVC Windows and Doors company based in Cardiff.

Inspire Windows are a modern and very professional company who both supply and fit upvc windows and doors, so if you're looking for a great deal on your next home improvements then we recommend that you give these guys a call:

etrader provide ecommerce platforms for people who wish to enter the print and embroidery business, and we at Designer Websites are pleased to announce that the new etrader website is now live! The site tells you everything you need to know about etrader's service - they specialise in creating websites for garment decorators, allowing clients to start personalised clothing businesses of their own and make money online.

etrader's Websites for Garment Decorators are of an extremely high quality, and they offer a variety of different ecommerce platforms to suit your needs. Selling personalised clothing through an etrader affiliate website is a great way to make money, and we can testify that the people behind etrader are a pleasure to work with. We've greatly enjoyed developing the new etrader website, and look forward to working with them in the future!

We've just launched a new website for a ski rental shop in Meribel, called SlideCandy. The website has an intelligent booking system and tagging system to assist with the management of booking ski equipment over the skiing period, which can be extremely busy for the guys at SlideCandy. The website has been designed to make online booking of the ski equipment easy and quick for the customers, but it also automates a lot of the functionality on the back end e.g. auto generating fitting appointments, sets of stickers for each day of the season etc. The website is also fully ecommerce enabled.

The guys at SlideCandy are passionate about skiing and want to provide the highest of quality in terms of skiing experiences, so their ski equipment is very high quality and their personal fitting service is second to none. So if you're lucky enough to be skiing in France then get yourself to this ski rental shop in Meribel.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions, the recruitment company founded by 2012 Apprentice winner Ricky Martin, celebrated its official launch yesterday in London. Ricky Martin and business partner Lord Alan Sugar launched the new business in the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions Launch Event Some of the Designer Websites team were there to support Ricky with the   launch of his new business. As the design and development team behind the new HRS recruitment website, Jason, Jenna and Ruth were invited to attend the launch, which kicked off with scientific themed canapés and drinks!

"The HRS website was a very rewarding project for us and we were thrilled to be invited to London to be part of the company's big launch."
Jason Fortt, BSc
Managing Director of Designer Websites Limited


The team here at Designer Websites worked tirelessly with Ricky on this website and our joint efforts produced a website that both companies can be very proud to have produced. Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a very ethical and highly compliant recruitment company and we feel that the website adequately reflects this. Ricky and his team have a passion for the science industry and we feel that the recruitment solutions that they now provide are sure to be a significant boon to the science industry in the UK - it was great to see so many people at the Royal Society of Chemistry last night witnessing the business take its first steps.

Being a science focused business, the HRS team had organised the event with a totally scientific theme, right down to the test tube soup served by waiting staff in lab coats and safety goggles. It was great! Ricky Martin was man of the hour, of course, and in spite of being extremely busy he graciously agreed to pose for a photoshoot with the Designer Websites team. You can see some of the photos we took below:

Jason and Ricky at Launch Event

Hyper Recruitment Solutions is co-owned by Lord Sugar, and one of the greatest honours of developing the company's recruitment website was working for the renowned business magnate. Among the night's main features was a Q&A session with Lord Sugar himself, and he was witty and insightful throughout as he answered questions on everything from science jobs and recruitment solutions to the current business climate and how to find work within it. Jason asked Lord Sugar about his view on Universities providing more practical and apprenticeship-style training, to better enable graduates to start on the right foot in their first career job, to which Lord Sugar replied that he would prefer to see graduates more prepared for the real world of business.

"The whole evening was thoroughly professional and very entertaining; we all really enjoyed it. The Q&A session with Lord Sugar was very good!"
Jenna Lewis
Project Manager at Designer Websites Limited

So if you're looking for science jobs, there's a brand new recruitment company who are eager to help you. The HRS launch event was a huge success, and a great reward for all the hard work and long hours we put into developing their recruitment website. Working with HRS has been a pleasure and an honour, and we're sure that Ricky Martin, Lord Sugar, and everyone else at Hyper Recruitment Solutions have got even greater success to come. We look forward to working together as the business flourishes over the next couple of years.

BBC Apprentice Winners

Another of our websites has gone live today, and this time we've been working with Cross Accounting, a team of professional accountants who provide top-quality accounting services to clients across South Wales.

This Cardiff-based accounting company offers a range of accounting services to suit all kinds of requirements, so whether you need accounting advice for your business or just for yourself, Cross Accounting are the people to call. Their accountants are professional and reliable, and their expertise covers everything from tax returns to setting up a new company. They've been a pleasure to work with, and we hope they are as proud of their new website as we are.

Accounting Services Cardiff

We're happy to announce that we've just launched the website for Howells Solicitors, a team of legal solicitors based in Cardiff and other locations in South Wales. Their services include residential conveyancing, family law, wills and asset management, personal injury, and a range of other areas where you might need the help of qualified legal solicitors. They even offer a DIY online divorce service. 

Working on the Howells Solicitors website was a delight, and the legal solicitors who work for the company are professional, committed, and understanding. If you need legal advice, we can't recommend Howells highly enough

Legal Solicitors in Cardiff

We have just release an new ecommerce website for halloween costumes; the website is owned and run by Freeda Promotions. This new bespoke ecommerce website joins the party/gifts group of sites run by Freeda:

  • Gadget Inspector
  • Zule Costumes
  • Hen Stuff
  • Halloween Fancy Dress

The winner of The Apprentice 2012, and business partner to multi-millionaire business magnate Lord Alan Sugar, is Ricky Martin. Shortly after winning the Apprentice Ricky began work on the website for his new business with Designer Websites.

The brief from Ricky was to design and develop a highly functional and very professional website to represent Hyper Recruitment Solutions. The website itself would specialise in science jobs, science and technology being a field of considerable expertise for Ricky himself. The website would fully integrate with their chosen recruitment software solution, to make managing and posting jobs on the website automated and easy.

Ricky Martin Ricky has worked in the scientific and technology recruitment industry for many years and is a well-known and respected recruiter in this industry, thus proposing this as his business plan was both clever and attractive to Lord Sugar. 


When we learned that Ricky wanted to work with Designer Websites to develop the HRS website we were most pleased and honoured. We immediately began work on planning and designing what we now feel is the best recruitment website on the Internet.

 


“We chose Designer Websites over many other companies for the HRS website because they have a great track record and obviously have the skills to produce a high quality website, which was absolutely imperative for this venture. Working alongside Lord Sugar is a great privilege, but it comes with very high expectations, so choosing the website developer required much consideration. Thankfully we chose the right web developer and our website is proof of this. Designer Websites completed the work on time, to expectations and without fuss. The team at Designer Websites were easy to work with, full of ideas and extremely cooperative in all areas of the project. We now have an excellent working relationship and hope to continue working together in the future. HRS would like to thank Designer Websites for all their hard work and for producing an excellent website for our business.”

Ricky Martin BSc (Hons) MIRP CertRP MRSC
Managing Director of Hyper Recruitment Solutions


The Apprentice, of course, is the wildly popular television programme in which aspiring young entrepreneurs battle it out for a chance to become a 50:50 business partner with Lord Sugar who would invest £250,000 in to their company.

With Hyper Recruitment Solutions, Ricky Martin is aiming to provide a specialised, professional and highly compliant recruitment service for the science and technology industries. Jobseekers and employers alike will find the HRS recruitment website incredibly useful; applicants can find science jobs with some of the biggest names in the industry, while companies can use the website to recruit highly qualified candidates. It’s a great deal for both parties, so whether you’re looking for employment or looking to recruit some talented new employees, Ricky Martin and the HRS recruitment website can help.

We’re thrilled to have been given this opportunity – it isn’t often that you get to work with such high-profile clients. Apprentice winner or not, we think that Ricky Martin has come up with a brilliant business idea, and we know that he and Lord Sugar have worked hard to bring Hyper Recruitment Solutions to life. We’ve been working hard too, and we know that the HRS recruitment website that we’ve developed will be up to their high standards.

The site went live today; you can find it at www.hyperec.com.

Jones Giles are licensed insolvency practitioners who operate throughout Wales and the South West, and we are pleased to announce that the website we designed for them went live today. They specialise in offering debt advice to individuals and businesses alike; they are fully qualified insolvency practitioners and they're lovely people, too.

If you need advice regarding bankruptcy, debt management, company liquidation, or any other insolvency issues, they are the company to go to. We thoroughly enjoyed working on the Jones Giles website, and we wish the company every success in the future.

Insolvency Practitioners Wales

We have just launched another new ecommerce website for Freeda Promotions Ltd, this time its Hen Stuff, which is a hen night party accessories website.

This ecommerce website was fun to work on and we think it will perform very well for the company; it looks great and it's easy to use!

Hen Stuff also features a party bag builder and create your own sash builder.

We have just developed and published a new ecommerce website for a national garden products company called Greensquares Products Ltd. The website sells everything from bean bags and benches to Astro turf and composite decking.

So if your in the market for some fantastic Garden Products then look no Further than Greensquares.

We have just published the new site for Liberty Marketing. The guys at Liberty provide a range of search engine marketing services, including AdWords management, link building, guest blogging, social media posting and copy-writing.

We have used Liberty Marketing ourselves for many years and thoroughly recommend their services.

Last month we released these two ecommerce websites: Zule & Gadget Inspector, These websites are absolutely soaring at the moment, especially given that they are brand spanking new; it's fantastic for us to see them doing so well! Designer Websites planned, designed and developed these ecommerce websites and we are very proud of them and how well they are performing.

The choice between static and CMS websites should be shaped by a number of factors. The objectives of your business are key to the decision, as is the industry in which you operate, and as always businesses decisions are constrained by the available budget. By working with an experienced team of website developers, you will receive the balanced advice you need to choose the right website for your business.

Static Websites
A static website is one in which the content (copy and images) is fixed. At the time the website is developed the content is placed into a static web page by the developers. As a result, if you would like to change those pages you will likely have to go back to your website development team.

Dynamic Websites (CMS)
A dynamic website is one which displays content (copy and images) that has been stored in a database or data files (e.g. XML files) and is fetched from that database every time a  web page is viewed by a visitor. Dynamic pages are essential for websites which require regular content changes e.g. ecommerce websites. If you have a fully dynamic website you will be able to make content changes yourself, without having to contact your website development team.


Pros and cons of static websites


Pro: Static websites use pages which have already been loaded, ensuring an instant response to the search engines. A rapid response to search engine bots has become increasingly important over the years for a number of reasons including website SEO, and is now considered an essential element of successful websites.

Pro: Static websites tend to benefit from clean code and rarely cause issues for search engine bots.

Pro: If you require a bespoke, high-end website, a static site will be cheaper than a bespoke, dynamic website.

Con: Future modifications which need to be made to static websites will usually need to be made by your website development team. Over time you may pay more for a static website as you are unable to make modifications yourself.

Con: Search engines like to see frequent, fresh content on websites. Static websites can become a bit stale, which in turn might affect your search engine rankings.


Pros and cons of dynamic websites


Pro: Dynamic websites can be easily updated in-house - changes can be made quickly and cheaply.

Pro: Dynamic websites are often developed using a pre-built CMS, which means they can be relatively simple, quick and inexpensive to create. However, if your dynamic site uses a bespoke CMS then it will be considerably more expensive than a static site. A bespoke CMS will significantly out-perform a generic CMS, although it may take more time to develop. If you’re looking to hit the market quickly then a pre-built, cheap and cheerful CMS might be the answer, but this is not something Designer Websites would recommend or provide.

Pro: CMS websites are essential for businesses that have frequently changing content, for example, ecommerce websites with products and prices that change daily/weekly. A dynamic website will allow you to quickly incorporate changes to products, prices and delivery options.

Con: Dynamic websites are slower to load than static websites and can take longer to be indexed in the search engines as a result. If you have a bespoke ecommerce website then you will benefit from static pages as well as dynamic pages. This can counteract the fact that fully dynamic sites may not rank so highly in the search engines, dependent upon your business, products, competition etc.

Con: Dynamic CMS driven websites can become rigid over time, particularly when you need your website to carry out a specific task which it is not currently set up to deal with. You might find the change cannot be made or that it can, but only at great expense. In this instance bespoke CMS websites can claw back your initial investment as they can be changed so simply.

Con: There are hundreds of website development teams out there who will tell you they are the best thing since sliced bread, without even evaluating your business requirements. This one-size-fits-all approach to website design is the fastest and easiest way for web companies to make money, but rarely represents the best solution for your business. There are a huge number of old and poorly developed CMS systems out there and as time goes by the code and methods used become outdated, much to the detriment of your business website.


Summary
If your business requires a website that can be frequently updated then a CMS might be just what you are looking for. Before making any decisions your business should be analysed by an experienced website development team, who can make recommendations based on the level of competition in your market, the products or services on offer, the reputation your business already has online and much more besides. The decision to have a dynamic or static website should not be taken lightly.


So what would we recommend? Well it’s tough to say without examining your business. Here are some examples to help you understand:


Example 1: You are a website development company (like us)
Analysis: Competition is high; content changes – infrequent except maybe news posts;
Recommendation: A static website and fully integrated blog for the news posts

Example 2: You are a quirky (unique) products company and want to sell online
Analysis: Competition is low; content changes – frequent;
Recommendation: Definitely a simple dynamic CMS driven website and possibly an integrated blog

Example 3: You are an online gadgets retailer
Analysis: Competition is extremely high; content changes – daily;
Recommendation: You require a more complex dynamic CMS website with as many static pages included as possible; you should also have at least one fully integrated blog

Over the years we have met many business owners who insist on a CMS, even though in some cases their websites haven’t undergone any changes in over 12 months!

At Designer Websites we have all the skills required to develop static, dynamic or hybrid websites. We would not try to sell you a CMS site when it simply isn’t required. Such practice could have a significant impact on your SEO, with grave consequences for your business. Similarly, if you need an ecommerce website and therefore a CMS, we would develop a bespoke ecommerce website, as well as possibly a set of static pages. We care more about developing the right website for your business than simply selling you something because it’s the easiest option for us!

Don’t be tricked into buying a website which is unsuitable for your business; seek independent expert advice. If you’d like further information from an experienced website development team, give us a call here at Designer Websites on 0845 272 6813.