A Guide to Responsive Website Design – From the Planning Stage to the Finished Product

Introduction

If you’ve been reading around the subject of responsive website design and development, then you will have most likely encountered the term ‘responsive design’. But what does this mean?

Simply put, responsive web design means that a website has been built in such a way that the design and shape will change in order to accommodate different screen sizes and resolutions. Thus a website should look good whether you’re viewing it on a tiny smartphone or a massive 4K television set.

Consider this post is a guide to responsive website design.

Skills Required

So what are the skills required to develop a responsive website? You will need basic HTML and CSS knowledge in order to start with responsive web design. A little bit of logical thinking is also required if you need to be successful in it ☺.

In this blog, we will use CSS media queries to convert the website to a responsive one. CSS media queries are nothing but a block of CSS written for a specific browser window width. For Example consider a smart phone, the screen size of the smart phone is 480 pixels.  In this case, the media query that we will write is @media screen and (max-width:480px){ }. The CSS that we add in this media query will be included for only devices with browser window width, equal to and lesser than 480 pixels.

Basic Media Screen Properties

There are certain basic media screen properties that you should know before starting the responsive web design. They are “min-width”, ”max-width”, ”min-height”, “max-height”,  “min-device-width”, ”max-device-width”, “orientation”. Understanding the above properties is easy and you will be able to get a clear idea of the properties by following this link.

Screen Widths

Now we have an idea about the skills required and the basic media screen properties that we should know. We will also need an idea of what is the screen widths for which we should write the responsive code.  With the huge amount of mobile and tablet devices in the market today, it is not possible to make your website compatible for all devices using the CSS media queries. But what we can do is, we can cover maximum devices by writing the responsive code for standard screen widths.

This site here provides more clarity on the standard device screens.

Planning a Responsive Website Design

The planning stage for building a responsive website should start from building the HTML layout of a website.

For eg. The HTML layout should be added in such a way after planning the elements which should appear first in mobile phones.  It will be tough to show some elements at the top on mobile phones if the HTML is not added in such a way.  The best way to sort out this issue is to plan HTML accordingly or use CSS frameworks.

CSS Frameworks are the best way to build a responsive web design without much effort. You should have already come across a term called Bootstrap. It is considered to be one of the best CSS framework developed till date. You can download Bootstrap here.

Testing and Bug Fixing

Browsers such a Chrome and Firefox have their own functions for responsive testing.

In Google Chrome, you can use the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + I to open the inspector and then use CTRL + SHIFT + M to open the responsive testing screens. In Firefox, you can use CTRL + SHIFT + M to test.

The best way to fix responsive issues is by starting from larger Screen to smaller screens. Designing in this way will reduce the time taken for converting smaller screens to responsive.

In addition to browser testing functions, there are certain online responsive testing tools that you can use

Conclusion

To conclude, responsive design is very much recommended for any modern websites and is practically a necessity. Just make sure that you use the right web design company and take the time to think about how everything is going to change in response to screen dimensions.

If you have any more questions, just Get in touch and we’ll be sure to help you decide the best solutions for your business!

Compare Custom PHP Frameworks and CMS

Choices, choices, choices! That is what you will be faced with when creating your own website and even if you use a professional web development team; if they are good then they should give you multiple options in how you want to create your site and represent yourself online.

The best web design company will be adept at building all kinds of websites and thus they should let you take the reins when it comes to choosing what the best solution is for your business in particular.

If a company is too keen to push you in a certain direction then be weary – it may be that they’re suggesting what’s more convenient for them, not what’s best for you!

One of the options that ColorWhistle likes to offer our clients is the choice of using a PHP Framework or a CMS.

If you’d rather not answer the question alone, then we can help you come to the best conclusion, but it’s better for the long term fortunes of your company to familiarize yourself with the concepts and then make the right choice. Let’s compare Custom PHP Frameworks and CMS.

PHP Frameworks and CMS What is best?

So what’s the difference between a CMS and a PHP Framework?

Essentially, a CMS is a ‘Content Management System’ that gives you a nice back-end/control panel for managing your site and that defines some parameters for your design. In short, Content Management Systems makes it much easier to create, update and manage your website but does also impose a few limitations. The best known examples are WordPress web development, Joomla! and Drupal.

On the other hand, PHP frameworks are a little trickier to explain. Basically, ‘PHP’ is the programming language that is used to create a CMS and with a PHP framework you essentially get a series of tools (such as ‘libraries’ and ‘classes’) that can be used to build a website.

This means it’s a bit closer to starting from scratch but you’ll get more flexibility from it as a result. Popular examples are CodeIgniter, Kohana, CakePHP and Symphony.

Alternatively, you may decide to create your own framework even and/or to build a CMS out of that. In essence, a CMS is the ‘scaffolding’ for your website plus a nice control panel and lots of plugins and features. A PHP framework is just the scaffolding.

Which Should I Use – CMS or PHP Framework?

That’s all very nice but which one is right for you?

Ultimately this is going to come down to the precise needs of your business. Of course, building a website with a PHP framework, or creating your own PHP framework is going to take a lot longer and is a lot more difficult (we can handle that for you though).

At the same time though, it ultimately gives you the option to add highly customized features both in terms of the UI and the control panel that you will use to update your site – and this makes it more scalable.

This might also help you to speed up your workflow, or to create completely unique and ambitious web designs. It also allows you to avoid some of the ‘bulk’ of CMS options like WordPress. This also means that you can edit the system as you go, which actually makes your site more scalable as your business grows. With a framework, there are no limitations.

Many CMS options like WordPress also have a few security risks, which is at least partially a symptom of their popularity. Using a PHP framework on the other hand potentially allows for more security – though of course this comes down to your coding.

Things to consider while choosing between CMS and  Framework

Security:

Security is one great factor that needs to be taken into account while working on a website.

CMS, is an open source and the code is made public. There are lots of people using the same CMS and hence the hackers are aware of the loop holes. Moreover, security issues can arise through plugins and extensions, when a non recommended one is chosen.

Whereas in Framework, the scenario is different, every line of code developed by a developer will be unique and since the coding structure normally followed is OOPS, it will be difficult for the hackers to crack the code and cause security issues.

Flexibility:

When the user needs a website in a quick turnaround time, then CMS would be a good solution. Framework will require more time to create a completely manageable websites. The later can be used for creating  more robust website, which involves lots of functionalities.

Also when the requirement of the customer changes frequently, it will be difficult for CMS to handle the custom work.  A simple wordpress developer will not be able to handle the custom needs of a customer. Hire A Dedicated WordPress Developer Expert from ColorWhistle and turn your dreams into reality.

Whereas, a framework developer who has developed the website from the scratch will be able to adapt to the varying requirement from the customer easily.

In CMS, there are plugins available for almost every need of a customer. Only if the requirement is going to be special, the plugin has to be built for it. So in no time the website can have all functionality it requires.  Whereas in framework, things has to be created from scratch.

Upgrades:

Going forward, there will be frequent updations from the the CMS, themes and the plugins.

There might be limitations by the theme to suite the current CMS version. The same applies to plugins as well.

Also if a CMS was custom made and if the user tries to upgrade to the latest version by themselves, there are chances for them to lose the custom made functions and there might be a lot of CSS issues.

Now, what if I don’t upgrade my website? Certain functions might not work, issues in javascript may arise which will lead to increase in unnecessary loading time, which in turn will lead to resource usage.

The upgradation will affect the Framework as well but not to a greater extent as there are no themes and plugins. Problems may arise due to deprecated tags.

User experience:

User experience can be easily achieved by CMS rather than the Framework. In CMS the code that makes the website responsive is already available, whereas in Framework it has to be written to meet the need of the website. Hence, when a quick website is needed which is viewed in almost all screens, then CMS would be the wise choice.

Customizations:

Customizations can be dreadful sometimes on CMS,  that too when the developer is not aware of the base code of the theme or plugin. There will be certain restrictions to use third party plugins in CMS. Customizing the code in framework is easy and there will be no restrictions, as the code is developed from the base.

Time for customizations will be higher in CMS than Frameworks.

Bug fixing will be difficult when working in a CMS rather than Framework, as the developer will not have any idea about how the plugin is developed and what actually caused the bug. In Framework, bug fixing will be an easy task, as he was the one who developed it. Hence, he understands the flow of code easily.

Few of our earlier posts might help you in gaining more ideas on frameworks and CMS

  1. How to Decide on the Right CMS for Your Website?
  2. WordPress is the Number One CMS to Use in 2016 – Here’s Why!
  3. Advanced PHP Frameworks Comparison
  4. Selecting Your eCommerce Platform – Comparing OpenCart vs WooCommerce vs Magento
  5. Laravel vs CodeIgniter vs Symfony – Choosing a PHP Framework for Your Web App
  6. The Advantages of Choosing a WordPress-Based Ecommerce Platform

Summing up CMS or PHP Framework?

In conclusion, the best choice will depend on your business. For those looking for something quick and easy and who aren’t dealing with lots of sensitive information, going the WordPress web development route will likely suffice and will probably be quicker.

On the other hand, a PHP framework is more suited to larger organizations, or those with hopes of becoming larger.

It’s more secure and more flexible – just a lot more complicated too! Then of course, you might not need any of that. If you want a single page static site then you might just need some HTML and CSS.

Get in touch and we’ll happily have a chat about the best solution for your business.

ColorWhistle – A Web Design and SEO Company in Coimbatore

Did you know that ColorWhistle is a Coimbatore based website development and Digital Marketing services company in India? Despite this, we have clients all over the world who we’ve helped to develop stunning websites and market themselves all across the internet. That’s the amazing thing about technology today – you can do business with people anywhere in the world and communicate just as quickly and easily as if they were right next door!

Benefits of Working With a Web Design and SEO Company in Coimbatore

When selecting which responsive website development company to go with, thinking about the location is a very important part of the process. That’s because being based in India allows us to offer savings to you.

We are able to offer much lower rates compared with web design companies based in the US and elsewhere in the world while providing stunning web designs that are just as good as the competition (if not better!).

In fact, when you use many companies in the US to design your website, they will actually often outsource the work to companies like ours and make a profit in the process!

If you come directly to us, you get to keep those amazing savings for yourself. Plus you get to benefit from our famous work ethic…

Coimbatore also happens to be a real hub for the IT industry. There are tons of IT companies in our thriving city and technology is generally very big business here. As such, lots of the companies here will actually share resources and skills and that means we’re able to draw on a huge pool of local talent.

Working With ColorWhistle Coimbatore

When you work with ColorWhistle you are working with a company based right in the heart of this thriving center for technology, software development and online business. And it’s not just IT either, you’ll also find lots of jewelers, manufacturing companies, engineering companies, general trade businesses, textile companies and much more. Here we are on the cutting edge of business and everyone in the city shares our commitment and work ethic.

And we really do pride ourselves on those traits. ColorWhistle puts customer satisfaction at the absolute forefront of the business strategy and works tirelessly to ensure you are satisfied with the service you are getting. We won’t stop until you have a beautiful website with all the bells and whistles that you are happy to call your own! That’s the Coimbatore way and it’s the way of ColorWhistle!

Conclusion

Our office is situated right near to the Coimbatore airport in a city corridor on Avinasi Road. It’s a beautiful spot in a beautiful city. We’re proud to be able to support our economy and to contribute to the area’s sterling reputation. Most of all though, we are proud to be able to work with you – our international neighbors!

Get in touch and we’ll happily have a chat about the best solution for your business.

Custom WordPress Design vs Ready-Made WordPress Themes

Making a Custom WordPress Design vs Ready-Made WordPress Themes – Which one is Best for a Business?

When you begin WordPress web development, you will find user-friendly control panel, large amount of customer support and plethora of plugins and widgets all help to make it much easier to run your site, make changes to the content and design as you see fit. In WordPress, changing the color of your background is often as simple as ticking a different box in your settings.

Further to make it easier, you can choose from so many ready-made WordPress themes when you first start out. All of these themes will let you give your site a whole new look and feel simply by hitting ‘install’. There are hundreds to choose from too, so you’re bound to find one that you feel best fits to your business.

But the question is, should a business really be using ready-made WordPress theme or better  design a Custom WordPress Design using a professional web design company?

Let’s look at the differences between each option and which is best for WordPress web design.

Advantages of ready-made WordPress themes

With a lot of ready made WordPress themes available in the market, it will be always easier to choose a theme of your choice based on the category, style of the theme, column layout or colors of your choice. Even with no coding knowledge, you will be able to build a WordPress site quickly with the features available in these themes. Most of the premium themes come with unlimited features which when put into effect will make your website more professional and stylish.

Some of the most effective features that are included in the ready-made WordPress themes are listed below:-

  • Page builder with responsive layout
  • Theme options with layout and style customization features
  • Image/video slider and gallery
  • Multi-language support
  • Search engine optimized
  • Contact form builder
  • Category based business solutions (Ecommerce, Real Estate, Hotel Booking, Photography)
  • Custom maps

All the above listed features can help build the website within a short span of time. Most of these themes come with a documentation which helps you to understand all the functions in the theme and use it accordingly. In addition to the documentation,  theme support is also provided for some of the free themes and most of the premium themes. One can simply use the support forum or contact the author directly for their queries. Website building in WordPress has become more popular with the evolution of ready-made WordPress themes.

Limitations of ready-made WordPress themes

There are some major disadvantages of using the ready-made themes

  • Regular maintenance is required
  • Need of a child theme
  • Need of regular support
  • WordPress plugin compatibility with the theme
  • Theme security

With regular WordPress updates, we need to update the theme functions so that there have no version compatibility issues. Some of the ready-made themes provide these updates regularly but in majority of these themes, the updates are not provided on time. This leads to some downtime in the website in case of some fatal errors. Some functions do not work properly in the website even on a  minor functionality change.

Another difficulty is the need of child themes while going for ready-made WordPress themes. While updating these themes, the customization done to template/CSS/JS files will be lost completely. In order to prevent this, we will need to develop the website with a child theme. This will be tough for people with less coding knowledge.

Since all the ready-made themes are from third party, we cannot be dependent on those themes for continuous updates and support. There will also be compatibility issues with different plugins if the themes are not updated at the right time.

With ready-made themes, there is always a risk of less security to the website. We will not be aware of any security loopholes in these custom themes. Since the code of the theme is available to all users, there is always a possibility of the website getting hacked while using ready made WordPress themes.

Advantages of using Custom WordPress themes

Having uniqueness in your website is more important as websites with same layouts and design can become easily boring for the user. It is always better if we have a fresh design and develop the website with own custom code. WordPress by default provides a variety of functions and standards that helps us in developing a new theme in a very quick time.

Writing our own code means that we are following all the coding and standards set by WordPress. This ensures the website is clean in SEO and also if are willing to use multiple wordpress developers while building the site, it is necessary that the correct coding standards are followed with the right comments.

Custom theme development also helps to avoid unnecessary features. If you are going with ready-made themes, there is no option to remove unused features. In custom themes, you will be building only the features you need in the site. This reduces the page size, thus improving the page speed. User experience in the website can be highly improved by using custom themes.

Since we are building our own code, security loopholes in the theme can be avoided. The code is also not available to all the users, this makes it tough for the hackers. Regular theme updates are also not needed as we will be building only the features needed for the site. Therefore updates can be performed only when WordPress updates an already existing function that we used in our theme. So going for a custom theme is a better choice if you have long term plans for your website.

ColorWhistle does a great job in creating custom wordpress themes for not much more than buying a ready-made one. In fact it will be even cheaper than some ready-made designs. More importantly people will be more likely to take action when they see your website, the money you spent on custom WordPress theme development  will be more than pay for itself and provide great ROI.

Limitations of a custom theme

There are some limitations to custom theme development.

  • Development time
  • Coding knowledge is required

Developing a website with a custom theme can be more time consuming than with the ready-made themes. Building each feature will take some development time. People with less coding knowledge will need the help of an expert in order to build custom WordPress themes.

Some websites we built using ready made themes

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Some websites we built using custom themes

Conclusion – Create a Custom WordPress Design

Yes, creating a custom WordPress theme is more difficult – but if you leave it to us then you don’t have to worry! It’s more professional, more tailored and more scalable, so it’s well worth a little extra time and expense in the long term. Remember, you’re going to be stuck with the decisions you make now for a long time to come!

Get in touch and we’ll happily have a chat about the best solution for your business.

Why ColorWhistle Loves Start-ups and Non-Profits!

At ColorWhistle we love working with Start-ups and Non-profits and we do a lot of things to try and make sure that they enjoy working with us too. Start-ups and Non-profits are actually very similar in a number of ways which makes it particularly convenient for us to ensure we can cater to both these markets. Read on to find out a bit more about why we love working with both these types of companies and how we make sure that our services are perfect for them.

Web Design and SEO for Non-Profits

Non-profits are companies that work towards a good cause and that focus on doing good in the community rather than trying to make a profit. Often non-profits will be charitable organizations and will promote a message while trying to raise funds for those in need.

At ColorWhistle we love working with these companies because we care about the community too and we want to help give back! These companies are doing great work and so we try to help out by offering special discounts to all organizations working on a not-for-profit basis.

Furthermore, charities have to contend with much stricter budgets than many other companies. Not only do they have to make sure that they’re making the best and most efficient possible use of the money they receive but they also have to work without the large incomes of other organizations. This is just another reason why we’re offering lower rates for these companies, so that they can invest in a great web design and online marketing package that will help them to spread their message and attract more support. For web design or SEO for non-profits, trust in ColorWhsitle!

Web Design and SEO for Start-Ups

Start-ups have two things in common with non-profit organizations. For starters, these companies are passionate about what they do. You don’t start a new company unless you truly believe in what you are doing and it’s your dream. It’s not an easy path but if you manage to succeed then the rewards will be huge and you’ll gain incredible job and life satisfaction as a result. Just like charities, start-ups always believe in their mission statement.

The other thing start-ups have in common with charitable organizations is a limited budget. When you’re first starting out you will be pulling yourself up by your shoestrings which means you won’t have the resources to spend huge amounts on web design.

Once again, ColorWhistle is here to help! We know how important a new business is to you – because we feel the same way about our own company! That’s why we offer discounted rates to those start-up companies that need them. This will give you access to top quality web design and marketing that will give your company the boost it needs to survive and thrive. We already offer some of the lowest rates around and with these added discounts you can really get a fantastic deal.

Conclusion

In conclusion then, ColorWhistle is the best partner for your start-up or non-profit organization. We offer the best prices on web design and SEO for non-profits as well as for start-ups and we have the expertise and energy to help you succeed. We’re as passionate about our business as you are about yours and we love helping smaller companies to succeed – especially those that believe strongly in what they do! Why not get in touch today to learn more?

How to Decide on the Right CMS for Your Website?

A CMS is a ‘Content Management System’. Essentially, this is a platform that you use in order to manage all the content on your blog, be that writing or pictures. This will then allow you to add new posts, or to edit existing posts or to delete them. Most systems go well beyond that though and also allow you to manage things like comments posted on your site, changes to your web design, the addition of extra features and more. This ultimately makes the process of running your website successfully and empowers you to make more rapid changes so that your customers get a better experience and you spend less time fiddling with code and administration.

The content management system you choose will also impact on the look and feel of your website as it will provide the backbone for all that content and define just how many options you have in terms of design. This will also have an effect on how Google sees your site and could alter the amount of traffic you get.

So what are the best contact management systems and how do you go about choosing one?

WordPress Web Development

WordPress is probably the best known content management system available and for good reason. This is an incredibly comprehensive system that gives you complete control over your site and makes it very easy to run and to update. It has been used by many big companies and has proven itself to be ‘search engine friendly’ in that Google knows how to index the pages. The huge amount of users means there is a lot of community support and tons of features have been developed for it that you can add quickly and easily in the form of ‘plugins’ and ‘widgets’.

There are a few downsides to WordPress CMS development too. It can get rather bloated for instance, it does present some security issues and it’s not quite as flexible as building your own site from scratch.

Joomla!

Joomla! Is another big CMS in a similar vein to WordPress. It boasts a lot of flexibility which makes it suitable for using in the development of ‘back-end’ sites that will only be seen in-house. Several big companies use it for these kinds of applications in fact, including Citibank. There are again a lot of extensions available as well as some reliable authentication options.

That said, it doesn’t have the friendliest control panel and doesn’t have quite as much flexibility or design freedom as WordPress.

Drupal

Drupal rounds out the big three CMS systems and is again popular with a number of big companies. Like Joomla! it’s well suited to internal sites and there are a lot of extensions available again. On the downside, theming and changing the lay-out etc. is quite complicated – but we can handle that for you!

Other Options

Of course there are countless other options out there and you might even decide that you would rather build your own PHP framework from scratch which will give you the very most flexibility. If you want to build your own CMS or go with any of the established options then a web design agency can gladly recommend the best option if you’re not sure of which one to pick! Oh and we also handle the process of migrating sites from one platform to another, so don’t worry if you think you’ve made the wrong choice!

Conclusion

In conclusion, the CMS you choose will have a big impact on the success of your site as well as your workflow when it comes to updating and managing said website, a web design agency can help you choose the best CMS for your business but a good place to start is WordPress which is a favorite among many very successful blogs.

How To Make Business Plan For Your Web Design & Development Startup?

Are you planning to start a web design and development company? Whether you’re starting or growing your business, you definitely need a business plan.

Only a business plan can give you answers to a wide-ranging list of questions. It sure is tedious, but it definitely pays off.

The good news is you don’t have to spend days to write a business plan. We will walk you through on how to make a business set up for your web design and development company. In case you already created one, you can use our guide as a reference to see what you missed.

Web development and design business plan

If you want to stand out and be noticed and if you want to succeed, you need to have the right business strategy. Let’s take a look.

1. Who is your audience?

Given the current state, having a well-defined target audience is important. No business can target everyone. Some say they will offer their services to interested parties, others say they target small business owners or stay-at-home-moms. Such types of targets are way too general.

Targeting specific customers does not mean that you’re excluding others. You are simply targeting a particular set of audience who are more likely to buy from you. Answer these below questions to figure out your target audience.

  • Figure out who will seek your web design and development services based on age, location, gender, income level, education level, occupation, ethnic background and relationship status
  • Which medium does your audience turn for information?
  • How and when will they use your services?
  • Is your target audience easily accessible?
  • Will they really benefit from your services?
  • Can your target audience afford your web design and development services?

2. Understand your competitors

Knowing your competitors and what they are offering can help your web design and development company stand out. You can set pricing accordingly and better prepare for rival marketing campaigns. Try to find out answers for these questions.

  • What is their market position and what are people purchasing from them
  • What is their pricing structure?
  • How good is their social media review?

Also, figure out their weakness and find out how it can be addressed by your services.

3. Hiring

In today’s economy, there is really no shortage for candidates for any position. It will appear as though employers can find the best candidate for any job. However, it is not that simple. There is always a possibility of hiring the wrong person which can have a negative impact.

Impressive work qualification and work experience are certainly required but, you also have to figure out if they blend with the culture of your organization.

Some of the ways you can improve recruitment process are by looking for a career-oriented person, accessing practical experience, determining strengths needed for the position, asking the right job interview questions, checking candidate background reference, and using phone interviews to pre-screen.

4. Finding work for your startup

The next step is finding the work and here is where it can be a challenge to get noticed. One option is to try advertising on webmaster forums and business forums. Here you will find people who are looking for web design and other online services and you can connect with those people.

Alternatively, you can try using sites like ‘eLance‘, ‘ODesk‘ and ‘People Per Hour ‘ which are aimed at connecting online workers with the businesses who need them. You can even try going around your local area and asking businesses if they already have a website!

5. Cash flow management

When it comes to financial management of a company, cash is king. Whether you’re a startup or growing business, cash flow management is essential for business survival. Failing to manage cash flow puts your business with too much stock, long payment terms, overspending and overtrading. So be prepared, an accurate cash flow projection can give you heads up before trouble strikes.

Wrapping up our business plan for web design & development startup

In order to compete, you are probably going to have to offer very low rates at least to start with and this is where things can get tough. But a great solution is to use a white label company like ours.

Many businesses hire ColorWhistle to provide work that they will then resell to their own customers.

As we’re based in India we can work for comparatively low rates, that means you can charge more for our work and still make a profit – and your clients don’t need to know we were involved!

You can then use our services either to outsource all your customers – making an almost entirely passive income, or you can use our services to lighten the load or to handle the bits that you don’t want to do.

Either way, you optimize your workflow meaning you can take more projects on and offer the most competitive rates around while doing what you love! Why not give us a call or send us an email to find out more?

In conclusion, running a web design services company is a great way to make money but you need to ensure you take time to research the market and that you do everything you can to increase your output while cutting overheads.

WordPress is the Number One CMS to Use in and after 2015

WordPress web development has been around for a while now but like a fine wine it has only gotten better with age. Today, WordPress is probably the most accomplished, feature rich and practical CMS available for any business and there are a range of different things that make it the best choice moving forward into 2016.

To find out precisely what makes WordPress such a fantastic choice of CMS, read on to learn more about what makes it tick and why it stands out against the competition.

A Brief History

The brainchild of Matt Mullenweg and friend Mike Little, WordPress burst onto the scene about 11 years ago and actually began life as a simple blogging platform much like Blogger or LiveJournal.

For a while, personal blogging was big news and it seemed like everyone wanted to set one up to share their thoughts about the world. Thus WordPress grew in popularity as did its competitors.

WordPress was always the most feature rich blogging platform though, with the greatest number of settings – but over the eleven/twelve years since it launched, those features grew and grew to the point where you could actually build an entire website out of it.

While personal blogs are no longer all the rage, a lot of web design is inspired by the blog format and this enabled WordPress to thrive as a content management system while the other two blogging systems died a slow death.

Today WordPress CMS website development is huge, here are some statistics that might surprise you regarding just how huge it is:

  • 48% of the top 100 blogs as listed by Technorati use WordPress
  • More than 75 million websites use WordPress
  • And 22% of new domains registered in the US will rely on it too
  • WordPress.com gets more hits per month than Amazon.com!
  • WordPress has over 30,000 plugins
  • As you can see then, there is no lack of evidence for the idea that WordPress sites can be incredibly popular, or that it is only continuing to get bigger.

Why WordPress Web Development Is the Best Choice for 2016

For many reasons, WordPress cms development is currently the best choice of content management system available to businesses and entrepreneurs. The closest competition comes from the likes of Joomla! and Drupal which are similar content management systems. In short though, these options don’t offer the same number of options or have the same support from the community.

If you use WordPress you’ll not only have access to more plugins and widgets but you’ll also get more immediate technical support when you need it thanks to the large number of forums dedicated to WordPress. Drupal and Joomla! also have less user friendly control panels, so if you’re not IT-minded you’ll likely find WordPress easier to get to grips with for updated and editing your site.

Conclusion

WordPress has been tried and tested by many huge companies from the BBC to Forbes and it is very ‘SEO friendly’ meaning that it increases your chances of being visible in Google. While ColorWhistle are happy to set you up with any CMS you may choose, WordPress is undoubtedly going to be the best option for many companies in 2016.

How to Plan Your First Website with WordPress?

Building a website is an exciting opportunity to promote your brand, to show off your business and to step into the world of online marketing. If you get this right, then not only will you have a fantastic way to show people what your business is all about but you’ll also open up many new marketing opportunities and be able to drastically increase turnover and profits.

For new businesses just starting out, creating your first website can be a highly exciting first step that really brings your company to life and brings your dream closer to becoming a reality.

The question is though, how do you go about planning for your first site?

The wisest decision if you want to ensure your website looks professional and performs well is to use a professional web design services team. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t also have a number of things you need to do yourself, if you want your site to turn out as you had hoped.

A little planning ahead of time can actually make a big difference! Read on and we’ll look at how you should go about laying the groundwork for your website and planning for its eventual creation.

Outline Goals and Targets

The first step to take in planning your website, is to think about what it is that you aim to achieve through your site.

Are you creating a website just as a way to stick a flag in the sand?

Are you hoping to increase turnover and profits by converting lots of visitors into paying customers?

Or do you hope to improve your service by adding online interactive features?

Either way, your objectives are going to have an impact on your web design and marketing strategy so you need to think about them before you even start looking into the aesthetics of your website.

Assess Your Budget

The type of website you’re able to build is going to depend largely on your budget. If you have a big budget, you’ll be able to create a site with all the bells and whistles, lots of high quality images and multimedia features.

If your budget is smaller, then you may have to start with something more modest and build it up over time. Take the time to assess your available funds and this will further help to guide the next stages of your development.

Browse the Web for Inspiration

Browsing the web for inspiration can help to show you what kinds of things are possible with a website and help you to generate ideas for your own web design.

You can even create a ‘mood board’ on Pinterest by collecting examples of web design you like. You can show this to your web designers or web design agency so that they can help you give the kind of end results you’re looking for.

Find a Web Design Company

A good web design company will be able to take your ideas and build you a fully functional and highly professional site within your budget and time frame. They should be transparent and upfront about costs and eager to help you at every stage of the way.

Most importantly, they should be able to build you a website that will represent your business well and make the best impression on visitors and customers.

In Conclusion…

To summaries, the steps you need to take are as follows:

  • Decide on your goals and targets
  • Assess your budget
  • Get some inspiration
  • Find a web design company you trust

Follow these pointers and you’ll be sure to end up with a site that you can truly be proud of!

Welcome to ColorWhistle!

Hello there and welcome to ColorWhistle! Thanks for stopping by the website and checking out our blog. Over the coming months and years we’ll be discussing all kinds of topics here regarding web design, marketing and more so that you can start taking your business to the next level online.

We’re going to be sharing tons of free advice and exploring some invaluable topics for small companies and start-ups, so make sure to keep checking back!

But first, it makes sense to start from the beginning and to explain exactly who we are and how we can help you with your online business.

What We’re All About

ColorWhistle is an internet start-up run by Sankarnarayan Ramasamy who is passionate about helping companies to promote themselves online through fantastic web design and strategic internet marketing.

Our dedicated team have years of experience helping companies to promote themselves online and now we’re bringing all that together to offer fantastic packages.

While we specialize in web design, we are also pros in graphic design, branding, search engine optimization, social media marketing, content marketing, content management systems, business strategy, and more.

So we can combine these skills to give your site the best chance of getting noticed and increasing turnover. If you need any of our specific services then be sure to get in touch and we’ll  see what we can do for you.

Where We Are and Who We Work With

ColorWhistle operates out of Coimbatore, a growing hub for IT professionals in India. Many companies choose to outsource their services to India thanks to the low rates we’re able to offer and we are no different.

For small businesses we offer the most affordable, high quality web design around and for internet professionals we provide white label services that you can broker to your clients while keeping the profit.

We particularly love working with small companies as well as with sole traders and entrepreneurs. And if you’re a start-up or a non-profit organization then we’re very pleased to be able to offer even more competitive rates.

Why ‘ColorWhistle’?

So why would a web design and development company choose a name like ‘ColorWhistle’ anyway? With the name, we hoped to evoke a sense of fun, joy and music.

People whistle when they’re happy and whistling a tune is one of the best ways there is to improve your mood. The same goes for using our web design services which should be a fun and hassle free experience for all of our clients.

We work tirelessly to create websites that you will be truly proud of while creating the minimum amount of work and hassle for you. As such, you’ll go away whistling a happy tune! And of course we’re ‘colorful’ because we create eye catching designs that really pop!

In Conclusion…

Here at ColorWhistle we offer superior experience and expertise to companies looking for stellar web design and we do it at the best possible rate. You only have to take a look around our site to see that we are passionate and committed to this business and that we’re more than capable of helping you meet your goals. Like many of you, we’re just starting out as a team so we hope you’ll stick with us on this journey!

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