Successful websites are user-friendly and engaging with great images and well-written content, features, and functionality and optimised for search.
Design and build
GDA designs WordPress websites with the premium Avada theme. In our experience, this theme is versatile, well-supported, cost-effective, and most popular with clients. The vast number of plugins and tools provide the freedom to be creative and manage and grow your content, whatever size organisation.
Users now expect mobile-friendly when browsing. According to 2020 stats, 80% of users searched the internet using a mobile device. All our websites resize seamlessly on iOS or Android smartphones and tablets. Responsive design provides the best user experience, retains visitors, and drives traffic.
Visitors also expect secure websites. Having a website address that begins with https instills trust and credibility for users and improves Google’s ranking. Browsers will highlight websites without encryption as ‘Not Secure’ or with an unlocked padlock symbol. We recommend all websites have an SSL certificate to keep you and your visitor data safe and secure.
When it comes to eCommerce, our team has the experience to develop fully integrated online stores, often using the excellent WooCommerce platform. From startup to high volume transaction business, eCommerce increases traffic and sales.
Hosting and domains
As an agency, GDA does not host websites, which in practice, is just reselling. Instead, we recommend hosting providers that offer flexible packages to suit your needs with UK-based 24/7 customer support. The same goes for domain names. We believe you should have your domain name registered in your name, not ours. We advise and point you in the right direction, making the process easy.
Maintenance and support
Websites are ‘live’ and need looking after. We offer our Update and Backup Service, where we check-in every 3-4 months and carry out necessary updates to WordPress, the theme, and plugins. This ensures features remain working as they should and help to resolve any security or bug issues. We also run database and file backup and store to one of the agency’s cloud drives that in the event of problems with your hosting provider or getting hacked there is an earlier version to revert if need.