Website Development Services
Websites can experience bugs or require upgrades over time. They are easy to maintain on their own, however, when something goes wrong in the back-end it most likely requires a developer.
Sometimes website owners just live with a bug for years, because it can be time consuming finding someone to help. Since most web hosting companies don’t provide that kind of work.
We’ve made one-time fixes and upgrades to hundreds of sites! Quickly, safely, with no strings attached.
If you need a completely new website, visit the New Website Development service. For a redesign of your current site, check out Website Re-Design.
Here’s our standard process for working on a website.
- Request access to your hosting environment
- Create a sandbox or mirror environment of your site to do testing
- Verify the changes with you
- Replicate those changes on your live/production site
Getting access to your environment
It makes things easy when you can provide access to your hosting environment. While not always necessary, it includes many potentially needed credentials. Many hosts allow you to invite developers to collaborate as well.
In cases where FTP or Database work is not necessary, for example on a WordPress site, an invitation to the Dashboard is good enough.
If you don’t have a website environment, or don’t like your current one, you can write to us to make things better. Either by finding a host that suits you, we have our own server, too.
Staging, Local, and Development Environments
Some work on websites can be site breaking and some isn’t, but when hopping on a new site you never know. Some websites run software like caching that can make the design break from simple changes.
All-in-all the best approach to working on any website is on a separate environment. Making changes to a live website without testing isn’t good practice - but some people are okay with their site being down for a few minutes potentially.
Still, some debugging tools can expose paths and files in your server you wouldn’t want to be public. Being in the habit of making separate environments for testing is a game-changer in how you manage your site.
Websites can be run locally too, by downloading a backup file and using a local virtual server. With some modern stacks, the only way to work on a site is locally.
Semantics and protocol are important to follow when working on any website. There are globally recognized “good” principals and methods in writing code. It assures quality over long periods. Ideally, code should be:
- Efficient to write
- Easy to understand - when revisiting or a new developer looks at the code
- Easy to modify
We know how websites and webpages are structured. Regardless of how a site is made, the end code is always in the same languages. With an understanding of HTML Document Object Model (DOM), Permalink structure, and programming, we can often point to effective tips on how to improve your website.
Web development has become more complex to break into, but the tools are astronomically efficient compared to a decade ago. Being practical and efficient requires problem-solving. And we’re proud if we’re able to accomplish more with less effort. To spend that time on being efficient in other things.
Comments and Documentation
After a developer steps away from code for a few days, we basically forget half of it. So taking your eyes off and looking back after a while will look like code you’ve never seen before, written by someone else.
It makes commenting and documentation extremely valuable even for small projects.
We offer same-day website services for bugs and design fixes
Over time things can fall out of place on websites. Or you might want to make something look better. We’re quick at making design changes, fixing broken layouts, and nifty User Experience improvements.
It is truly fair for websites to consider accessibility. We know it can be costly and can call for some big changes. Though it doesn’t have to be. You just have to truly consider people with disabilities and what they go through when visiting some sites, and respond to that. Let them know that they’re welcome, and make improvements that reflect that.
You’ll come across DNS often when owning a site. Your Domain’s nameservers tell the world where your website lives. We can help with DNS related things, such as MX and SPF records for sending mail. Or routing your website through Cloudflare and Sucuri.
Depending on your environment, server configurations can be made to improve performance and stability. Existing misconfigurations can potentially be the source of bugs too.
Front-end Web Development
This can include improving the design of webpages, website forms, buttons, blog posts, and other site elements.
Back end development mostly relates to what happens at server-side; or the preprocessing stage. Often times calculations are made before an application or webpage is rendered.
This can include fixing bugs, adding new features, and other functionality changes in a site or web app.
Many businesses use WordPress as their website framework. It allows for easy collaboration with developers too.
Squarespace Site Development
Online Stores / Ecommerce Sites
Hypertext Markup Lanuage is the most familiar language of the web. It is used in websites, emails, and applications. HTML development is necessary when adjusting the contents of a webpage or adding new elements.
Cascading Stylesheets is the design language of the web and many applications. It pairs with HTML in websites to define spacing, fonts, colors, and everything visual. Modern sites use a lot of styles and CSS which makes for the use of CSS compilers like SaSS. The CSS language is still growing fast.
Pre Hypertext Processor is a language for parsing HTML before it is delivered to the end user. Many sites, including all WordPress sites run on PHP. This allows for the front end to communicate with the back end (database).
PHP Development is necessary for content loops, filters, queries, and is capable of handling many website functions.
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