For this section we have tried to keep technical jargon to a minimum, but as an overview of a technical service it needs to have a little. If you don't understand a few points or would like to know more about this service call 0203 3997223.
The first stage of front-end development is to turn a design or set of designs into HTML and CSS. The majority of web developers will simply use a WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver to put your site into HTML. This is little more difficult than using Microsoft Word and results in an unprofessional end product. Web sites that have been constructed in a WYSIWYG editor will suffer from all of the following:
- Messy and bulky code, which is difficult to update and maintain
- Pages will not be geared for search engine optimisation
- Updates to the site will cause degradation to already low quality HTML
- HTML will be inflexible and suffer from accessibility issues, reducing your target audience
- Contain numerous coding errors, which can cause cross-browser incompatibility and confuse search engines, again reducing your target audience
- Only makes use of a fraction of HTML and CSS
At Dhaka WebDesign Design every single page is hand-coded using scaleable, semantic, keyword-rich HTML. This means:
- Our code is clean & minimal, resulting in pages that are easy to manage and update
- HTML is constructed in a way to best inform search engines what that page is about
- HTML is scaleable, meaning any content can be changed to fit any requirements and the size of the site can be increased infinitely without degradation (for accessibility & gee wizz purposes)
- HTML and CSS is provided free of errors and compatible with major web browsers
- Web site will be compatible with all screen resolutions
Just to give you an idea, 1% would be a liberal estimate of the number of sites on the internet that have a solid HTML foundation. In our opinion HTML is the easiest part of making a web site. So if so many development companies can't get that right what else are they going to do half-heartedly?
Once your site has been meticulously put into HTML, the next stage is to add features and facilities to the user interface. This consists of constructing light effects, such as the menu at the top of this page and more advanced facilities like the quoting system or the portfolio.
Once a project has been through front-end development it is handed over to a back-end developer. This is the stage where all the 'behind the scenes' work goes on - the front-end of the site is connected to programming functions and databases that will make the web site actually work.
We have knowledge of and can support development using the following:
- HTML & XHTML
- PHP 4 & PHP 5
- Visual Basic
- TLS & SSL
- MS Access
- MS Jet
If it is not possible for us to meet your requirements with one of the above languages we will definitely be able to using a combination of them.
Our approach to programming is modular and object-orientated. All of our programming is created with extensibility in mind. Most of our programming is built on frameworks, which allows us to do more, to a higher standard in less time. We have our own content management framework, which allows us to build any form on content management on strong foundations. We do not create anything that uses systems or pre-built packages; quite simply because they are inflexible, difficult to maintain and we would not insult our client's confidence in us by giving them something we have just downloaded for free (not pointing any fingers). You'd be surprised at the number of 'development companies' that charge an arm and a leg for lightly modified pre-built packages and a £20 template.