Website construction

  • Migrating your site onto the Joomla platform

    If your business website is not already running Joomla! CMS, we can recreate your present website on a brand new Joomla installation.

    You get:

    • The full functionality of Joomla with additional extensions all configured for your business model.
    • A fully responsive website that looks great whatever you view it on: Mobile, Pad, Laptop or screen.
    • Choice of hosting options: fully managed websites may use our own server, configured for security and performance.
    • We take care of security, backups and system code upgrades.
    • You provide the content that runs on the system.

    Your website can now become a greater part of the dialogue between your business and it's clients.

    To start that conversation contact us today, you can telephone, email or use the quick enquiry form.

  • Website platforms what you really need to know

    If you are looking for a new website, it would be helpful if you understand the following before you proceed.

    • The modern website must be a totally integrated part of the entire Internet, linked into the many and varied channels for distribution of it's content.
    • Therefore the choice is not between one website and another in terms of visual presentation, but more importantly, between web platforms.

    The difference between a typewriter and a computer is obvious, but when it comes to websites most people are unaware of the differences between the types of websites, and the impact that it will have on their future business to choose incorrectly.

    In the simplest of terms the first generation of websites were static coded pages with hyperlinks between the pages and other content located across the web. These sites were usually generated in html. Videos and images would be coded into each page.

    • The first generation websites were little more than brochure pages for the business. This type of site is still available, and is only really suitable for very small businesses such as tradesmen.

    Of course the Internet, along with all communications technology, has leapt forward since those early days.

    The classic video below by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, comes from 2007 and superbly illustrates the development of web coding technology and it's effect on the user experience.

    How the web has developed The modern website must be a totally integrated part of the entire Internet, linked via it's code into the many and varied channels for distribution of it's content which includes your products and services.

    Therefore the choice is not between one website and another in terms of visual presentation, but more importantly between web platforms.

    Joomla! and Wordpress are content management systems (CMS) used by millions of websites, and they offer stability and scaleability with multiple extensions available to tailor the website to the exact needs of any business.

    Like all dynamic platforms the data or content of the website is held in a connected database with the information being served to the user as it is called.

    • One of the most important fundamentals to grasp is that once a website has been constructed using the platform, the visual appearance of the site can be changed at any time without needing to change the underlying platform.

    This is important as it not only drastically reduces future costs for redesign, it also prevents damage to the search engine positioning of the website caused by scapping a site and starting again from scratch.

    Keep the platform, and change the visuals.

  • Websites built for business

    Built to match your business.

    Need a new website?

    Whether you want us to simpy install a new bare-bones website platform and check that it is secure before handing it over to you for you to work on yourself, or you want a custom website designed specifically for your business, we can have you up and running in a very short space of time.

    By listening to, and understanding your objectives, we are able to build a dynamic website exactly suited to your needs.

    Built on the award winning Joomla or the popular WordPress platform, the constructed site is massively capable, and the ideal foundation upon which you can grow your business online.

    Our most basic build also includes a security suite to ensure that both your website and the server remain secure.

    A more extensive build includes our recommended core extension set that increases even further the capabilities of the website, and provides additional security.

    We are able to construct to your specifications, host on our server, provide unlimited email addresses, maintain and continuously develop your site.

    Take a look at our StarFire Package - a comprehensive website package for modern businesses designed to accelerate your business growth.

    Make sure you have an exceptional showcase for your business, connect with us today.

  • What makes Starwood different to other web companies?

    With so many options now available to businesses considering upgrading their online strategy, it can be bewildering knowing where to start. So let's outline how Starwood Systems differs from many of the typical offerings, and how that helps you achieve your objectives.

    First let's talk about where the Internet fits into your business:

    Which best describes your business?

    • Older established businesses tend to have a predominately 'offline' business model.  They were trading successfully long before the Internet became something that they had to incorporate into their Company in order to keep abreast of the competition.
    • Newer businesses tend to be created with an integral online presence. Their owners know that the future growth area for all businesses will be Internet led.
    • Pure online companies have comparatively small offline overheads and find business models that mean they can trade exclusively online, 24 hours a day with a global reach. 

    The amount of time your staff spend on your own website is a good indicator of how 'web-centric' your business is.

    Can you improve communication both internally, with your clients, and your potential customers by moving the centre of that communication to your website?

    We enable businesses to close the gap between their on and offline activities by providing websites that staff can continually update themselves, whilst providing full support and development of the website, software, and associated systems that the site depends upon to run.

    No business is static, and the previous approach of outsourcing the construction of the company's website to a web developer and then leaving the site untouched for years, creates a stale impression of the business, and more importantly, a huge missed opportunity in terms of business growth.

    We take a different approach:

    We recognise that although most businesses would prefer to take full ownership of their web presence, having an in-house web development team is cost prohibitive. That is where we come in. By working as part of your team, always available and in contact, we assist in driving your web presence towards your business goals.

    By understanding your business objectives we can also provide advice on the best solutions to achieve the results at the lowest possible cost.

    The amount of involvement that you require from us is of course totally up to you, so if you would like us to construct a responsive site and hand it over ready to go, then that is fine and we are happy to assist.

    If you would like us to continue to provide support, monitor the site's systems, security and traffic flow, making continual adjustments to really help it fly on the Internet, you will be adding our skills to your business team.

    It is this that makes Starwood Systems so different: we are not a factory turning out websites, as we know that modern database linked websites are complex to maintain, run efficiently and securely. But we also know that when developed correctly they can be the root of your business growth.

    So matching our services to the right businesses is important, as we do not work with many companies, preferring instead to work more closely with fewer, and also avoid building sites for competing businesses in any sector.

    Are we a good match for your business?

    If your business recognises the need for interactive, connected web services and wants your website to more closely reflect the activities of your company start now by contacting us today.