For many of our small and medium sized clients and prospective clients, the technologies and platforms listed below are probably meaningless. In simple terms, our Kansas City web application development team is fluent in all of the latest web development coding technologies. We use cutting edge Web 2.0 Internet technology that enables us to create efficient, feature rich, highly interactive websites that can “scale” to millions of users. While most of our clients do not require highly scalable websites or extensive database programming, we do have the resources and talent to deliver powerful, custom Internet solutions and web applications.
The vast majority of our clients, however, are small and medium sized businesses that want a professional website with the highest possible organic search engine visibility. After all, what good is a website that does not have the potential to rank well on Google?
Yet, most websites today are like “kit cars” – eye-candy on the surface and junk under the hood – giving your business virtually no chance of winning the search engine race. We build SEO-friendly websites from the ground up, giving our clients a tremendous advantage on the search engines.
UPDATE: In 2014, over 50% of our new client projects have been rescue projects. Of these, many have been complete do-overs of brand new websites. Many business owners are falling into a dilemma that we call the ‘design trap‘ where they price shop web design services by only considering (1) price and (2) subjective appeal of a particular design firm’s portfolio, rather than researching by track record and return on investment. We’ve seen dozen’s of companies this year lose ten of thousands of dollars on failed web development projects.
As you consider partnering with Kansas City web designers, be sure to confirm that your new website will include a Content Management System or CMS. A CMS will enable you to login to the backend of your new website and make real-time changes to key areas of your site. Most CMS systems will enable you to add and edit text content, add and edit blog posts, and even add or swap out images and videos. As one of the leading SEO companies in Kansas City, we feel that every website should include a powerful CMS so that you can manage your own web content.
WordPress Developers in Kansas City
WordPress started out as free and open source blogging tool based on PHP and MySQL. It has evolved into a powerful, full-featured content management system (CMS). Word Press has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by over 16.7% of the Internets’ top one million websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in the world. Approximately 30% or more of all new websites use WordPress. For most of our new client websites, we recommend WordPress for the CMS. In fact our our own site is a custom WordPress website. WordPress is a very powerful CMS and is supported by a massive community of developers that are constantly updating and creating new plugin features and updating existing plugins. Kansas City Website Design is the top WordPress developer in Kansas City.
Kansas City Joomla Developers
Like WordPress, Joomla! is also a free and open source content management system for publishing website content on the Internet. Also, like WordPress, Joomla is written in PHP. Joomla uses object-oriented programming techniques and stores data in a MySQL or MS SQL databases. This CMS features many of the same functions you would find in WordPress (or via WP plugins) such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for international languages. Joomla has been downloaded over 30 million times. Just like WordPress, Joomla has a strong development community with over 10,000 free and commercial plugins. After WordPress, Joomla is currently the second most used CMS. Joomla is a great CMS for developers, but for clients tend to find it slightly more cumbersome. Also, WordPress usually has edge with respect to newer features because of its popularity. From a development standpoint, Joomla is great to work with. We do develop sites in Joomla all the time and have several full-time Joomla experts.
WooCommerce (for WordPress Sites)
WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that works well with our custom WordPress websites. Woo eCommerce supports manual payments (i.e. checks & money orders), PayPal Payments, Google checkout and Authorize.net. This is a great eCommerce system and more affordable that a full-featured eCommerce system like Magento. Generally speaking, if you have 100 products or services or less, WP eCommerce is a GREAT and economical eCommerce solution for your new website.
VirtueMart (for Joomla! Sites)
VirtueMart is an open source e-commerce system designed that is an extension (aka plugin) Joomla! VirtueMart is written in PHP and uses MySQL databases for storage. It is ideal for low to medium level traffic web-sites. VirtueMart features an unlimited number of products and categories, with products able to be assigned to multiple categories. It also allows for the sale of downloadable products. If you want us to develop a website using Joomla and you require and ecommerce system, this should be your first choice as an ecommerce solution.
Magento is a feature-rich, highly scalable eCommerce solution that uses open-source technology. This system provides online businesses with a powerful product and website management including a high degree of flexibility and control over the look, content and functionality of your online store. Magento is both an ecommerce system and a content management system for the informational pages of your website. Magento’s backend features powerful marketing, search engine optimization and catalog-management tools.