In today’s world, more and more people use search engines, like Google or Bing, to find what they are looking for, which is why having an online presence is a vital part to any business.
Not only do websites work as an online marketing tool, they can be accessed 24/7. Websites can also generate leads, provide information and help potential customers decide where to shop.
Our Entry Level websites are suitable for all SMEs, whether they’re just starting up, or in need of a more modern website, offering a better user experience, a refreshed look and feel and content that be edited at any time.
The most important thing when planning a project is getting to know a business and their needs. We listen to them to ensure we deliver exactly what is expected when the project is complete.
Not only do we discuss the immediate needs for the business, but any future plans too, this helps deliver a return on their investment and maximises the life of the website.
Getting to know the businesses audience and any competitors is helpful. This allows us to plan the user experience, along with the look and feel of a website before we start the design stage.
Once we have an understanding of the businesses needs and who their target audience and competitors are, we can move on to the design stage, where things really start to take shape.
At the start, we ask a business to provide any assets, such as; logos, branding guides, imagery and content where needed, allowing us to begin building the main structure of the website.
We continually keep businesses up to date in the design process, allowing input when needed via the use of comments and focusing on any likes, or even dislikes with the layout.
Our websites are built within WordPress, a leading Content Management System that allows a business to easily manage their websites pages, content and media (i.e. images and pdf’s) without needing a web developer.
We bring websites to life using the latest technologies and web standards including; HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap. Our mobile-friendly websites are fresh, modern and look good on all screen sizes/devices.
All websites are optimised for best performance using the latest minification techniques for scripts, and images are compressed to reduce page load speeds too, which helps with your rankings in search engines.
Once all the contents, images and pages have been added via the CMS, it’s time to prepare the website for launch. This means we can publish to the web and tell the world (or at least search engines) that it exists.
Prior to launch, we do some final checks, which include; a review of links (ensuring nothing is broken), additional performance tests and produce an XML Sitemap (used by search engines to index a website).
Whilst our websites are SEO friendly, additional work is required to maintain rankings in search engines. Our CMS provides the main tools needed to apply SEO techniques, without accessing the code directly.
We only design the main page structures for a website and not every single page. This is because most pages will fit into a particular template. Types of templates include:
The above templates are based on the most common websites, however, at times, additional templates for more specific page types may be required, which can be added when needed.
"The installation has gone very well, and it has saved us a lot of time and made us more efficient especially on the sales desk. We plan to grow the system over the next few years as the company grows"
Mark Slater, Manager
"I have worked closely with the Sharp-Ax Web Development Team for more than 4 years now. When we first started working together, I was incredibly green and had little knowledge of how to go about creating a website.
Sharp-Ax were incredibly patient and helped me through the early stages, quickly earning my trust and respect.
Throughout the process they have come up with some truly innovative solutions to tasks I have set and have worked with me to achieve a platform that I am very happy with.
I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that is looking to either start a website from scratch or are looking to move their business. It sounds corny Jean, Manish and the rest of the team do actually prioritise the customer experience, which in this day and age is refreshing"
Skilled, reliable, and excellent customer care
"I've been working closely with the web team at Sharp Ax now for over two years, and during that time they have always been thoroughly professional, reliable and most importantly, very good at what they do.
Our site has gone through strength to strength since we went live around 18 months ago, and it has now become a vital part of our business. We regularly receive glowing compliments about the layout and usability of our website from customers and suppliers, and while I would love to be able to take the credit for it, this is largely down to the website template and CMS, which is simple and easy to use.
As with all tech installations you may get the odd hiccup or something may not integrate seamlessly with your own system at first, but the best thing about Sharp Ax is that any problem is fixed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is clear that they prioritise customer satisfaction, which is refreshing to see from a tech company.
I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship moving forward"
"We had a big increase in our daily workload as we set up the new system. Our software problems proved to be minimal though and Sharp-aX came to our aid whenever required, so we were able to move forward with total confidence"
Dave Mansfield, Senior Systems and Network Administrator
Apex Grange Ltd
"We wanted to set the company up for the next 15 years with a totally modern Microsoft windows system that has everything we need and all the features that we will need as we grow, and is easy to use. Already it is like having another member of staff and we have all the daily knowledge we need at our fingertips. The sales order processing is splendid"
Simon Carter, Company Manager
Carter Mason Electrical Ltd
"I've looked at different systems and picked Sharp-Ax from Sharp-aX Computer Systems, because it used all modern windows techniques and was by far the best I saw; they are very experienced in electrical wholesalers systems and while they are a large software house which is reassuring, you are still treated as important, whatever size you are"
Jon Bishop, Branch manager