Web Site Design and Development
Create IT is based in Blenheim, and provides web development and design services throughout Marlborough and New Zealand.
Web Site Development
Create IT is primarily a web developer, so the approach we take to web sites is a bit different to designers. Instead of asking "What sort of appearance do you want?", we ask "What sort of functionality do you want?"
Compare an iPhone with a diamond ring, and you get the idea. A diamond ring looks great, but doesn't actually do much other than show off how pretty it is. An iPhone both looks good, and has terrific functionality.
That's the kind of web sites we like to build - ones that actually do stuff, but if you just want something that's bright and shiny we're happy to have a go, but we are a bit more of a blacksmith than a jeweler.
Web Site Design
Create IT is not a design business, however can provide simple, functional web designs, work with a graphic designer of your choice, or recommend one based on your design requirements.
We use industry standard CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap to ensure that your web site looks good on any device.
If you already have a graphic designer, we're also quite happy to work with them using our extensive experience of what functions on the web.
Web Copy Writing
While we're not graphic designers, we do love words, and have a background in linguistics. When it comes to the all-powerful Google, how you design your words is often more important than how your site looks. Google doesn't really care if you web site looks like a dog's breakfast (your site visitors might though, so having a visually pleasing site is still a good idea). Google cares about whether it's easy to access information on your site, and it's clear what the information is about.
Writing text that is appropriate for the web is critical if you want your web site to be successful, and is something Create IT can help you with.
Web Content Management Systems
A content management system (CMS) puts you in control of your web site, providing you with the ability to edit your site content yourself without breaking the site design. Create IT uses open source content management systems, to ensure that you own your site.
There are many content management systems such as Weebly, Squarespace and others that are provided as Software as a Service (SaaS). The problem with these kind of systems is that while you own your content, you don't have rights to the underlying system, so if you outgrow the built in functionality, you can't make a copy of your site and take it to an independent developer to add functionality.
At Create IT, we believe you should be in control. We hope you'll always use our services, but if for any reason you change your mind, we want to make it easy for you to take control of your site. It is yours after all. With open source systems, we can give you a copy of all the software needed to run your site if you want it.
We also believe in using the right tool for the job. Many web designers use Wordpress for everything, because it's what they know. Wordpress is a great blog platform, but if you start needing dozens of plugins to make it do what you need, it can soon get very messy and potentially insecure, and the last thing you need is a hacked site.
We'll sit down with you and work out what your site needs to do, and choose a system that works best for your requirements.
If you need an online shopping cart, we are able to get you up and running very rapidly with prebuilt third party ecommerce software. As a developer, we are able to extend and enhance the functionality of this software to suit your own specific needs. Create IT works primarily with Miva Merchant shopping cart software.
We do a whole lot more than just build web sites. We can register domain names on your behalf, and can set up email services on your network so that all your users have domain mailboxes. If you're looking to run an intranet, we can build and install a dedicated server with necessary software to meet your needs.