Every couple of years 4c Design do an update of their website and each time they want to push the bar just a little more.
This is our 3rd time building a website for 4c Design and to date it is certainly our best yet. We have not only made it completely Mobile Optimised for all devices, but we also pushed the boat out on how they could control their own content.
We built a custom system that broke down all their content down into what we call “tiles” and made it so that they could all be reused on multiple pages and with different content. They can also literally drag and drop the order of these tiles in the Content Management System to change a pages layout.
This now gives 4c Design thousands upon thousands of potential layouts that they can combine in any way they want, making each page something new for visitors, but with a common set of interfaces so they don’t get confused using or reading it, truly a balance between form & function just like the quality products 4c Design creates.
Everything is Search Engine Friendly which is already having some majorly positive results just from the site renewal alone! For example these keywords have jumped with no extra effort from us doing their Search Engine Optimisation.
To keep the speed up on mobile devices they can even specially select the tiles that they don’t want showing up on a smartphone to save on that page loading speed. This again gives them a level of control clients just don’t normally have over their website or content.
Normally that would be it with a client, but with 4c Design their never happy with “normal”. They wanted a solution to their issue of sending very large files for clients to look at.
Most website design companies would just point them in the direction of Dropbox or even WeTransfer, but 4c Design already had a great server in-house that held all the files and we thought there must be a better way to do this. Brainstorming with 4c Design (something they are VERY good at) it was decided to write a custom application that sends clients a direct link to download it from their server, which we also tied into the website so that 4c Design could show off some of their new stuff to the clients every time they wanted to download something.
Building an application for them was actually quite easy as it was very specific on what they required. This also helps with the security of the file and eases the bandwidth burden on the office line and the file is only uploaded when the client looks at it which could be at any point of the day so out of hours uploads are now possible. 4c Design called this system the 4c FileCloud.
We have now created an upload section to it for clients to be able to send 4c Design files, directly to the server, into their account.
We foresee more expansions for the FileCloud and more Tiles for the website in the future!
– Second Website Build
We have worked with Alan and Steve for over 18 months on 4c Design’s website and eMarketing. The great thing about Contact Online is they are geeky enough to understand all the technical aspects of the web, as well as being superb marketeers. The balance of these two skills is what makes them great to work with.
MD – 4c design
– First Website Build
The Contact Online team have been excellent.
From The first meeting you will realise that these web developers know their stuff. On our project they quickly got under the skin of what we were trying to achieve and provided solid advice on layout, SEO and technical issues.
The speed at which our site has been put together, the the simplicity of the CMS, the training and demonstration that the code is fully validated have been the skills that have really impressed me.
We needed a good content managed website quickly, Contact have exceeded our expectations at every stage, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
MD – 4c design