Create IT provides full stack web development services based in Blenheim, New Zealand. We work with both PHP and ASP.Net based open source CMSs depending on client requirements.
Website Development vs Design
Create IT is 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 does not provide graphic design services, however we can implement or adapt to your requirements one of the many web site themes available to provide a cost effective, but great looking site. If you want something totally original, we're happy to 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 great on any device.
Web Copy Writing
We 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 care too much if you web site looks bland but Google cares a lot about whether it's quick and easy to access information on your site, and it's clear what the information is about. Site
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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 for all web sites we build, to ensure that you own your site.
There are many content management systems such as Weebly, Wix, Squarespace and others that are provided as Software as a Service (SaaS). With these kind of systems, although you own 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 open-source ecommerce software. Generally speaking, setting up a shopping cart system and integrating payment processing will take more time than setting up a web site that only provides information, so you need to allow for some significant costs, however compared to renting retail premises, e-commerce can be a very cost effective way to reach a wide market.