We create search friendly websites that are easy to use and are easy to update yourself. We provide a service that does not attempt to compete with large carbon copy web designers and developers.

Our websites are made primarily using customised Joomla and Wordpress templates while some projects are better suited to html or e-commerce solutions.

We will tailor a website that you will be proud to show customers. As web designers and developers our job is to make sure your website serves as a functional tool. To do this there are many elements to be considered on an individual project.

Our ultimate aim is to provide you with a attractive and functional website that you can update and manage yourself, with a little training, but we are also very happy to manage and apply any updates on your behalf if you prefer.

Unlike some 'do it yourself' website companies the range of CMS's, Content Management Systems, we use DO NOT force you to host with us, though it is easier and quicker for us to develop your website on our hosting.  :)  If you choose to move or host with someone else your completed website can be zipped up and moved!

How much does a website cost?

Hmmm!  Perhaps I could ask you how much is a piece of string? :)  Artful designs websites to suit every individual business it creates one for.  So ultimately the cost of a website depends on what you want it to achieve.  But, we understand that that doesn't really help you very much does it?  So to give you a very vague ballpark, most of the websites we develop cost between $3000 and $8000.  We don't believe in quoting here at Artful though, we feel in order to cover every possibility, in order for us to run a successful business, we would need to add a lot extra to a quote to cover any contingencies!  We would rather simply charge you for the time it takes to build it!  So our websites are built by an hourly rate system, however, if you have a strict budget, we can work with you help ensure you achieve a fantastic website within that.  Whether that be by sending you regular invoices and updates or by showing you what you can do to add content yourselves. 

Is my website Responsive?

It is vital that from 2015 onwards all new websites are built to be responsive. With mobile devices everywhere there simply is no other option.

What does responsive mean?  A responsive website is one that automatically detects the screen size of the device it is being viewed on and alters its layout accordingly.  An easy test whether your site is responsive is to resize the screen and see if your website automatically adjusts or just gets squished!  Squished is bad and it is time for you to consider a new website!

What is a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organising, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment. Here at Artful we offer a few CMS options being Joomla, Wordpress and Opencart for eCommerce websites.

What is Joomla?

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which allows users to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla one of the most popular Web site CMS with developers world-wide.  It may not be advertised as well as it's competitor WordPress but if you're wanting to run a business other than a simple blog, Joomla is what we would choose.  It comes with many tools right 'out of the box' unlike WordPress that requires a third party plugin to do anything it seems, allowing it to be customised to do whatever you want!  And if the 'tool' is not actually 'in the box' there is a trusted Joomla community that has probably built an extension for what you need.

Joomla is Artful's go to for simple, quick and flexible website design and provide Managed Joomla Hosting for it as well!

Will I need to come back to you for any little change?

No, but you can if you like.  We pride ourselves on giving you the keys to your whole website kingdom once the site is complete.  Even providing you with training to help you update your site yourself.  We are also available on the phone or by email if you have forgotten how and will help walk you through the process.  For the most part you should be able to update a lot of things yourself, however if there is a structural change you require, we do suggest you consider coming back to us to ensure your site maintains its integrity.  Or if you find that you would prefer to leave web design to the web design experts and concentrate on doing what you do best, feel free to contact us for any change required.  We charge for updates at our regular hourly rate.