Web design seems like a bizarre art to the uninitiated, but thankfully, there are several kinds of tools that can help make things easier for the first-time designer. Possibly the most useful of these tools is a kind of software known as a content management system, or CMS. CMS software is a sort of operating system for your website, allowing you to design a site using simplified tools, sidestepping the need to know how to develop a website from the ground up. Different kinds of CMSs have different levels of simplification, so you’ll need to pay attention to just how much help you think you’ll need to build the site.
Many of these CMS systems are “open source,” meaning that the source code that makes the programs function is freely available to anyone that wants to use it. This software is especially popular, largely because an open source program is free to use. But there are other reasons to go open source, including the fact that they have a large installed user base who you can be ask questions. Using an open source software puts you in a web of users that can help you to figure out what you are doing.
If you are interested in finding the best CMS for your needs, this infographic by CopyPress will help you sort out your WordPresses from your coffee presses. With the info on the graphic, you’ll get a thorough grounding in how to make a website work. Using that info, you can start work on your site right now.
Louisville Downtown Partnership brought us on to work with their graphic designer to create a data-heavy website focusing on their mission. We brought together the front-end designs with an easy-to-use backend and created an amazing website. Included in the functionality of the site are regular traffic updates via interactive Google Maps, Downtown Louisville event updates, and up-to-date Louisville News. An easy to access, in-depth library of data was also included on the site for research purposes.
Aines, Carter, & Associates is an Oldham County neighbor who needed a new website. We were able to do a quick turnaround to provide a web solution to market their services and new location. Using the latest UI/UX design techniques, we crafted a simple site that laid out all the services that were provided by Aines, Carter, & Associates. The website is easy to navigate for their clients and prospective clients. We love working with businesses in Oldham County, La Grange, and Crestwood, Kentucky.
The First Friday Hop is an incredibly popular Downtown Louisville event that has been running for almost 20 years. Design Web was brought on to help with social media, SEO, marketing, event organization, and web design and web development for the project. Our very own Jael Roed is responsible for a majority of the work done on the First Friday Hop in 2016, growing the event and increasing attendance through promotions such as Pokemon Hop and Day of the Dead. Our work on the website features high-end user functionality with many add-ons, including a gig calendar, mailing list, member profiles, and other functionality. We look forward to growing the event even more in 2017!
We created a quick, one-page website to highlight Butchertown, its history, and its businesses due to the expansion of the Republic Bank First Friday Hop to now include Butchertown. The many features of the site include an email signup, event calendar, and linkbacks for all the area businesses.
At Design Web, we love all things bourbon. Our love of bourbon inspired us to create this amazing website that celebrates Downtown Louisville and the many bourbon bars and restaurants. We hope that visitors and residents of Louisville can use this website to find the best bourbon foods, drinks, and merchandise.
Jeff Wright and his family of dogs came to us with a need for a new website and help setting up his social media accounts. We were able to help him design and develop an attractive new website that will help improve his search engine optimization. Our social media expert was also able to build his social media profile, allowing him to promote his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at his various events.
Our good friends at R: The Tax Experts needed to market their amazing tax and business services online. These guys are truly professionals and needed a professional site to match. We put together a fantastic website so people all over the Louisville market would come to them for help with taxes, human resources, business planning, and other professional services.
An incredible new art festival is coming to Louisville and Design Web is proud to be a part of it. Our crew at Design Web put together a great website, and our experts are running social media and digital marketing for the festival. We’ve already seen a tremendous response of volunteers, artists, and vendors who are excited to join up for the inaugural event happening on September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2017.
Working with Louisville Downtown Partnership and other members of Louisville Metro, we put together a simple landing page for their Holiday in the City event. Louisville’s Holiday in the City promotes holiday happenings and events throughout Downtown Louisville. The website we created has user interaction in mind, with all the relevant content about the events up front, making them super-easy to find. We also created a countdown clock so that no one will miss the start of the annual holiday event, which kicks off with Light Up Louisville.