Website Design and Development
Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. provides professional website design, development and administration services to businesses and organizations of all sizes. And for all types of websites. Do you need a small, five page site with no CMS (Content Management System) in the background in order to maximize your design ability, load time and SEO? Or do you need a mainstream site with a robust CMS running in the background that easily ties in to your other marketing channels and can handle super fast search out of the box? Either way, we’ve got you covered.
The reason that many small, artisanal websites still prefer to develop without a CMS is the incredible amount of design freedom that this approach provides. For brands that still require absolute control over every single aesthetic aspect of their site, custom coding + design can provide the solution. This approach however is not recommended for websites that may grow larger than, say, 25 pages.
What is a CMS (Content Management System)?
A CMS, or Content Management System, is the software that runs in the background of your website (on the web server provided by your hosting package) which organizes all of the pages and posts within your website (this site, for instance, uses WordPress as its CMS). Without a CMS, your website pages and posts are simply “static” files that live on your web server. This can have very real benefits for some niche marketing applications, but the vast majority of businesses and organizations today will want to build with a robust CMS behind their site.
Mind Vault can help you to identify the best CMS for your website based on the primary goal that you would like for your website to accomplish. Our #1 recommended general-purpose CMS to build on is WordPress, simply because it is so powerful, and so very flexible, but there are others, like Joomla and Drupal. Each CMS has its own specific advantages and disadvantages based on the primary goal that you would like for your final website to accomplish. It is here that Mind Vault can assist you in making the very best choices for your future online marketing objectives.
For the vast majority of general purpose website applications WordPress will be the very ‘best’ all around CMS choice, both from a functional and a financial perspective. And our numbers bear this out:
Below is a breakdwon of the CMS choices that our clients currently make:
For websites with eCommerce as their primary goal, Mind Vault strongly recommends building on the Shopify CMS platform.
And that’s it. Once you’re confident that you’ve selected the best CMS for your website, Mind Vault can begin customizing the design and structure of your new site to suit your specific design tastes and organizational preferences. Once complete, this ends both the Design and Development phases of your website.
Which brings you to the final phase, administration of the completed website. From here you have three options:
- You can take over the website from this point forward and maintain it yourself.
- You can share access to the final website with Mind Vault so that both you and Mind Vault can maintain the site as you see fit.
- You can pay Mind Vault to administrate the site on your behalf. We offer very reasonable hourly rates, no minimums, and flat rates for qualifying businesses / organizations.
Already have a website? Just need an administrator?
Mind Vault also offers website administration services for websites that we did not build. There may be some exceptions depending upon the code base of your site and / or the CMS behind it, but if you’ve lost a website developer or administrator recently, or you’ve simply decided that it’s time to move on, take your time back, and let someone else do the work, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us today.