Building your site is more than templates and plug-ins. We deploy the right experience your users expect.
Convert and Connect with a custom site, built for your needs.
We address every facet of your site in the Build stage. Security, maintenance, performance and promotion are designed and built in, from the start.
Things to address in every build
Your address online, visit this page if you need help managing your domain. We link to several major registrars.
Every site lives on a computer, a web server. We’ve worked with web hosts since 1994 and have a list of providers we love working with. We connect you directly to the host, so you maintain a relationship to them. We’ve always seen hosting as an expense, not a profit center and work closely with our hosts.
At GreenDev, we are obsessive about security. When we build your site, security is the first thing we address. We choose hosting with security in mind. Working with open source platforms, like WordPress, means that the code that makes them work is available to everyone. As bad actors exploit weaknesses for gain and malicious intent, developers, theme and plugin makers work to correct and patch. That’s why maintaining your site with updates is so important.
SSL and HTTPS isn’t just for ecommerce, it’s recommended for every site that sends email. With rampant abuse of spam and phishing, it’s no wonder that it’s taken this long for Google and others to promote the use of SSL. In addition to security concerns, not having a cert can negatively effect your Search ranking.
Backup and Recovery
Despite every effort to prevent intrusion, we’re ever aware of what we need to do to correct problems, when the occur. For websites, that means backup and recovery. If you site is hacked, how quickly can you restore it to full operation? You’re only as good as your last reliable backup. If your site doesn’t change much, that’s no big deal. Many clients can’t afford to lose a week’s worth of work. For them, we ramp up frequency and quality to meet your needs.
Some of our favorite solutions include WordPress, Magento, and Shopify. Toolsets include HMTL5, CSS3, PHP and MySQL. We’re adept in others, managing Joomlah, Drupal, OpenCart, OS Commerce and have tinkered with Blackboard, Dolphin and other more expansive platforms.
Choosing the best platform is critical. Our big picture understanding of the values and strengths of each helps us identify the best solution for your unique needs.
Design templates get you only so far and plug-ins add functionality, but need to be managed. WordPress, loved for its abundance of both templates and add-ons, is a robust platform that can quickly elevate your web experience. But to truly make them your own requires customization and an understanding of what’s available.
One of our most common challenges is to choose the right template to start from, so that we don’t have to reinvent everything or code from scratch. Templates save us tens and even hundreds of hours, depending on the complexity of your site. To efficiently craft a website for you, your web developer needs to know what’s available and adapt it to your needs.
Features and Functionality
This is an important area. Each platform excels in delivering specific function. Shopify sells products, WordPress publishes articles, and so on. Above and beyond the core function, we address what your site needs to do and how to best manage it today, and over time.
We’re very good at delivering on this. Membership based sites that provide access to content. Subscriptions that require a current, paid account. Newsletters, Detailed forms, Appointment Scheduling, Event Management, Affiliate programs, or Live Chat are all examples of extended features and functionality that we provide.
Some require paid services, others can be built without additional expense, and we’re adept at helping you deliver the right experience for your customers.
With plug-ins, the same is true, our hands-on experience in setting up and customizing these essential add-ons saves time and energy. We also have to balance between speed and function, relative to your goals. Too many plug-ins will slow down your page load—often we work to remove plug-ins when we need to.
Building with WordPress since 2004, we have a deep understanding of both templates and plug-ins. We deliver value by being as efficient and possible, leveraging functionality when you need it and avoiding bells and whistles for their own sake.
GreenDev can take your unique goals and deploy the best tools to serve your needs. We custom code functions to deliver the experience you need, whether it’s selecting the right plug-in and setting it up correctly, or customizing it’s function, the ways it’s used and user experience. From extensive forms and unique tools to engaging conversion, we can take your concepts and quickly scope-out real solutions. And we’re here to keep them operating and maintained.
Building a site is easy. Fine tuning it to run as quickly and efficiently as possible requires a different mind-set—and we are obsessive when it comes to performance. Read on for details.
Selling online. Ecommerce, conducting transactions online has become ubiquitous. Focus on GreenDev is more than just designing and building your website—promoting it, is where the rubber meets the road.
Often we’re contacted to fix a broken Shopping Cart. And often we see sites using platforms that aren’t the right fit for your needs.
We love Shopify. It is the perfect platform for most small businesses who want to sell online or in person.
Building and Managing Magento since 2008, almost every inquiry for Magento is for carts in dire need of updates and corrections. If this is you, we have considerable expertise and experience here. We’re ecstatic that Adobe has purchased Magento and see a brilliant future for the platform.
We’ve worked in OS Commerce, OpenCart, WooCommerce for WordPress and others. Contact us and see how we can help.