Website Development

Website Development 2017-09-04T16:20:13+00:00

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We have built hundreds of websites for small business customers, not-for-profit organisations and schools. Depending on your requirements we can produce a site using an off-the-shelf content management system like WordPress, or for larger, more complicated requirements, build you something from scratch.

We have very flexible options which allow our clients to take as much of a role as they wish in the development of the site – often we will develop the shell of the site and provide training so our clients can input their own data. On other occasions we’ll provide a turn-key site ready to go, and provide ongoing support on a monthly basis to make the client’s job as easy as possible.

We partner with Website Optimisers for our Search Engine Optimisation work. We have found them to be very methodical and scientific in their approach to gaining our clients better rankings on Google. They will put together a plan for continuous improvement for your site’s performance.

Why choose WordPress?
Over 75 million websites around the world use WordPress. WordPress is a highly sophisticated yet easy to use website content management system which is ideal for everything from basic brochure style sites to more sophisticated e-commerce sites.

Plugins and Themes to expand your site’s capabilities without a big cost:
The beauty of WordPress is the availability of a large number of Plugins which can extend the capabilities of the system, but without the high cost of developing the functionality yourself from scratch.

WordPress sites also have a large number of themes available which are optimised for mobile and tablet sized screens which now equate for a large proportion of the devices viewing websites.

Host your site in New Zealand for the best performance:
We have developed and provide hosting on our New Zealand based servers for a large number of sites developed in WordPress.

Our WordPress Capabilities:
We also provide a service to other web developers who have tricky WordPress issues they need help with, so you can rely on us to have the knowledge and capability to ensure your WordPress site is working properly.

Ongoing support plans:
With any Content Management System like WordPress is is important to keep your site up to date and secure. This will minimise the chance that hackers can gain access to your site. We offer website hosting and support plans which include regular maintenance including scheduled backups of your site, updates of the WordPress system as well as themes and plugins. We strongly recommend all customers engage our services in this area.

Flexible Approach:
We recognise that different customers have different levels of experience and willingness to be involved in their website development project. We are very flexible and can offer you whatever level of involvement you wish. Examples:

  • Full design and build, content loading and ongoing updates – for the customer who doesn’t want to be doing their own updates and would rather just send us an email when they have something needing to be changed.
  • Full design and build, content loading and provision of training – so you can do your own updates on an ongoing basis. You can still come back to us for any support as required.
  • Full design and build, provision of training and client loads their own content – keeps the cost down and allows you to learn the WordPress system as you load the content into your site. We provide support as required.
  • Work with your graphic designer – we work with your designer who will supply the required graphics. We build the site and ensure it works well with all devices. Content loading could be done by you or us.

Search Engine Optimisation:
There isn’t any point building a brand new website if your potential customers can’t find it. We strongly recommend undertaking a professional SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) review prior to commencing work on a new website.

We partner with Search Engine Optimisation experts Website Optimisers Ltd who we have found to take a very methodical and scientific approach to the process. They also explain everything in plain English and work with you to come up with ways to improve your Google rankings.

By conducting a SEO review prior to building your new site we can see where there are gaps in your current site’s content and structure which can be addressed during the new site development.

Looking to take your business online and sell to the world? We can build you a website that makes this possible.

We believe in a well thought out process which would usually include:

  • Consultation process
  • Initial review of online competitors and Search Engine terms that your site will need to use to get customers to your site
  • Creation of a site map to reflect the Search Engine terms found in the previous step
  • Site design including creation of graphics – either working with your existing graphic designer or using our in house designer or one several designers we work with.
  • Site build – turning the graphics the designer has created into a working site
  • Content loading – creation of pages to match the site map designed above, creation of content to accurately reflect the Search Engine terms required to draw traffic to your site.
  • Loading products and product images
  • Setting up Payment Gateways to allow customers to pay by credit cards
  • Configuring shipping options to ensure customers pay the right price for the shipping of their items
  • Adding plugins to allow customers to sign up to your newsletter, get discounts on their birthday, get an initial signup discount, counter shopping cart abandonment, allowing wholesale customers to log in and receive special pricing, securing your site against hacking attempts and many more possibilities depending on your requirements.
  • Set up of site redirections so that incoming links to pages on your old site are properly redirected to the new equivalent pages on your new website.
  • Installation of SSL certificate and setup of site on hosting environment so customers can be assured of safely giving their information to your site.
  • Launching your site and initial promotion through Google Adwords if required
  • Training so you or your staff can process orders and add/edit products on the website.
  • Ongoing support and assistance with day to day queries.

If you would like to know more or have an obligation free meeting to discus your requirements, please contact us.

Vivid offers a number of different packages to assist any size business or organisation host their website. These can include registration of .nz or international domain names, provision of DNS hosting, email hosting, email redirections, email virus and spam filtering, POP or IMAP mailboxes, MySQL or MS-SQL database hosting, website hosting for HTML, SHTML, PHP and ASP.NET based websites.

Coupled with these hosting plans we can also offer supporting including patch and update management for your WordPress or other CMS based sites. This helps prevent known exploits in website content management systems allowing hackers to gain access to your website.

If you’d like to know more about these services or get a free consultation on how we can help, please contact us.

We have multiple options to assist in hosting your email accounts. Either hosted from our own servers and accessed by you via POP, IMAP or webmail OR via hosted Microsoft Exchange via Office 365:

Vivid Computers offers a number of flexible solutions when it comes to hosting your business’ email.

Unlike other providers we can customise a package to fit your specific requirements. If you’re looking for a solution to host your email with large capacity and to share calendars and contacts within your organisation then please see our page about Office 365.

This could include any number of email POP accounts, IMAP mailboxes, forwarding domain email to your existing email addresses and multiple aliases, email scan and forward to an internal mail server, catchall accounts and more.

Our servers are located in New Zealand so there isn’t any lag compared to having your services hosted overseas.

Standard email hosting plans that we offer:

Single Domain Address / One-Man-Band Email Hosting Plan:

Suitable for customers who just need one email address connected to their domain name (suits single person / sole trader / one man band type businesses). Hosting for one domain name. Virus and spam scanning. Provision of one POP mailbox with an email address @yourdomain, up to 2 email aliases (so your one mailbox can have multiple different email addresses connected to it). Mailbox has 1000MB of storage space.

Cost: $99.00 plus GST per year (with a .co.nz or .nz domain name registration included) or $59.00 plus GST if you have your own domain name already.

Small Business Email Hosting ’10 POP’ Plan:

Hosting for one domain name. Virus and spam scanning. Provision of up to 10 POP mailboxes each with an email address @yourdomain, up to 10 email aliases (so one mailbox can have multiple different email addresses connected to it). Each mailbox has 1000MB of storage space.

Cost: $15.00 plus GST per month or $150.00 plus GST if paid for 12 months in advance.
nb: excludes domain name registration costs

Small Business Email Hosting ’10 IMAP’ Plan:

Hosting for one domain name. Virus and spam scanning. Provision of up to 10 IMAP mailboxes each with an email address @yourdomain, up to 10 email aliases (so one mailbox can have multiple different email addresses connected to it). Each mailbox has 5000MB of storage space.

Cost: $25.00 plus GST per month or $250.00 plus GST if paid for 12 months in advance.
nb: excludes domain name registration costs

Medium Business Email Hosting ’20 POP’ Plan:

Hosting for one domain name. Virus and spam scanning. Provision of up to 20 POP mailboxes each with an email address @yourdomain, up to 20 email aliases (so one mailbox can have multiple different email addresses connected to it). Each mailbox has 1000MB of storage space.

Cost: $25.00 plus GST per month or $250.00 plus GST if paid for 12 months in advance.
nb: excludes domain name registration costs

Medium Business Email Hosting ’20 IMAP’ Plan:

Hosting for one domain name. Virus and spam scanning. Provision of up to 20 IMAP mailboxes each with an email address @yourdomain, up to 20 email aliases (so one mailbox can have multiple different email addresses connected to it). Each mailbox has 5000MB of storage space.

Cost: $40.00 plus GST per month or $400.00 plus GST if paid for 12 months in advance.
nb: excludes domain name registration costs

If you have specific requirements or need more users than listed in the above plans, please contact us   for a customised quote.

Vivid Computers Ltd is a Microsoft Partner and can help you sign up for Office 365 or Hosted Exchange and provide ongoing support for the operation of the system. We have migrated a large number of organisations from their existing email hosting arrangements (for example in house Exchange Servers, other providers’ Exchange Servers and conventional POP/IMAP hosting providers) and have the experience to handle your migration as seamlessly as possible.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft’s Office 365 refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 includes plans for use at home and for business. Learn about Office 365 for use at home. Office 365 plans for business include services such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.

Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices. The fully installed applications include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. (Publisher and Access are available on PC only.)

And you can install them across multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone.

When you have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the desktop version of Office, you always have the most up-to-date version of the applications.

The Office 365 plans that are online-only are a great choice for certain business needs, and they are designed to work with the latest version of Office, Office 2013, and Office 2011 for Mac. Previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010 and Office 2007, may work with Office 365 with reduced functionality.

 Get more details about which Office versions are supported.

All Office 365 plans are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually.

Microsoft Hosted Exchange:

Ideal for companies wanting a more sophisticated email hosting platform.

Features:

  • Secure and reliable business-class email with at least 50GB of mailbox storage space
  • Support for connecting Microsoft Outlook to Exchange Online so your users can use the familiar Outlook interface they already know
  • Web based access – matching the look and feel of the Desktop Outlook
  • Outlook App – for Android or IOS
  • Shared Calendar and Contacts – compare calendars with other people in your organisation to schedule meetings and access collaboration features, including shared calendars, groups, the global address list, external contacts, tasks, conference rooms and delegation capabilities.
  • Security – every mailbox is protected with premier anti-malware and anti-spam protection via Exchange Online Protection
  • In-Place Archive – keep your inbox clean by automatically moving old messages to an in-place archive.

We partner with leading Search Engine Optimisation provider Website Optimisers for all our SEO Work. We use a collaborative approach which has worked very well for our clients delivering measurable results.

The SEO industry does have a lot of cowboy operators who will over promise and often under-deliver whilst sending you large bills. Sometimes they’ll allow their junior staff to experiment with your site (and at your expense). Rest assured that this will not happen when working with us and Website Optimisers.

Website Optimisers is also a Google Partner meaning they are authorised by Google as an Adwords Specialist.

Here is some more information on Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing:

End to End Website Optimisation

What Is It? 

Website Optimisation is and end to end process and part of a larger Digital Marketing strategy rather than something you apply at the end of a website build project.

Website Optimisation incorporates a number of separate activities that flow together to produce a finely tuned an optimised Digital Marketing offering:

Optimisation involves two commonly used terms: SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing):

SEO – Optimisation for Organic Rankings in Google
SEM – Optimisation for Paid (PPC – Pay Per Click) listings on Google

SEO (Organic)
To rank in the organic search results, Google have admitted to approximately 200 factors that are included in their algorithm. It is impossible to know what is in this algorithm, however there are some common focus areas which have been published that affect SEO rankings:

SEO is also broken up into two areas, one relating to the Technical SEO aspects such as Meta Tags, broken links, page not found (404) errors and website health.

The second area is called Content SEO and involves the design of the content for the website based upon keyword and competitor analysis work and ongoing optimisation.

SEM (Pay Per Click or Google Adwords)
Search Engine Marketing involves the creation of an Adowrds account, an Adwords Campaign and writing of adverts with target keywords specified that will trigger the display of your adverts. The key factors that affect an Adwords campaign are:

  • Good keyword research
  • Good campaign structure and settings
  • Good configuration of negative keywords, match types

If you are interested in getting help with Search Engine Optimisation or Search Engine Marketing please contact us.