Website Design and Development
These days, it seems as though pretty much anyone can design and build their own website, right?
Well, whilst that’s technically true (one large New Zealand Telco even gives away free websites when you sign up to their business plan for goodness sakes!), if you want a website that’s going to add real value to your business, then we’d recommend talking to someone who knows their onions. As SEO specialists, we know how to design and build websites that are going to help your business to achieve better rankings in Google and more sales.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.Steve Jobs Apple
Whilst we’re definitely not a graphic design agency, we do work with some pretty awesome digital designers who work with us to create not only beautiful looking websites, but websites that work. Great website design helps you to grow your business. That’s because great websites tend to perform better in search engines. We don't just focus on how a website looks when we design a new one, we focus on how it works too. Our designers have worked on award-winning website designs so you can rest assured that working with us means you get beautiful sites that are optimised for search. Double tick!
Make it simple, but significant.Don Draper
User Experience (UX)
Before we think about developing your website, we focus on the user experience. Working closely with you and your team, we find out what your goals are – why are people coming to your website? Once we know the reasons, we can make sure we design and build a website that meets and exceeds their expectations and provides the easiest path to conversion.
From research to design to testing – we push our designs to the limit to make sure they are the best fit for you and most importantly, your customers.
The final stage is developing this beautiful website. Whilst there are some pretty shoddy web developments agencies in New Zealand who will lock you into a specific platform and charge you for every little amend to the site, we’re a bit different. We’re pretty comfortable designing and developing sites on any Content Management System (CMS) but we prefer to work with open source platforms such as WordPress and Magento. That means you have full control. No hidden costs. No fees if you decide to take your business elsewhere. We’ll even chuck in lots of training if you need it so you can take full control of your site.
A website shouldn’t be difficult to manage and maintain. Sure there are some things that we specialise in, but on the whole, we think you should be able to do everything you need to do through the CMS. That’s also called user experience.
The proof of the pudding...is in the final design
Whilst it’s easy to talk a good game, we prefer to let our work do the talking. We were pretty stoked to work on the complete design and development of a new website for the ultra-exclusive Vomo Island Resort in Fiji. They wanted to take the experience guests have when they stay on the island and bring it to life online. Not only did we achieve this, but we also made it much easier for customers to make a booking, increasing their online revenue whilst delivering an epic website at the same time.
Why Digital Hothouse?
- We build open source websites that are easy to manage
- We design for your customers, not your directors
- We design pretty websites that convert