Why would I want a handcrafted website?

A handcrafted website has several unique properties, both in its construction and in the way it functions. It offers simplicity of design, ease of use, and robustness. It will have an entirely individual look and feel. It is not necessarily expensive.

Good reasons to choose a handcrafted website

  • Website Individuality
    On the internet, your brand is established and recognised by your website design. Handcrafting will differentiate your site from the cookie-cutter sites, which all have a family resemblance to each other and all behave the same way.

  • Simplicity of design
    Well-written code is easy to read and easy to maintain. Well-designed code loads quickly and performs well. It is also easier to test. Our approach is to use HTML, MySQL, PHP, CSS and JS. These are all open-source browser-safe languages, allowing you to hire any competent individual to take over website maintenance at any time. Having the data separate (in a relational database) from the code simplifies updating and expanding. Your website will never be dependent on copyright-encumbered software packages. These packages might be updated by the copyright-holder at any time (possibly causing website issues, possibly harbouring new security holes).

  • CMS
    We make a self-supported website: you control data updates and new data uploads. Do it all using the content management system provided as part of your web application.

  • Security
    The handling of form data and the functioning of the CMS will incorporate measures to enhance site security.The database content will be stored securely. The use of only open-source software (open-source means all the code is visible and can be checked for security issues and changed if desired) results in code security.

  • CSS
    CSS will be used for page layout, but structured to support all-browser compatibility of the site. Browsers do not yet treat identical CSS identically.

  • Simplicity of use
    The basic functions of the website should be easy and intuitive to use.

  • Robustness
    The website should be coded in a way that is simple, clean, modular, and secure, as well as to handle incorrect, bogus, and malformed inputs and parameters in a reasonable fashion. This makes for robust code.

  • Ownership
    You will own the website: the code, the graphics, the database, the lot. You may move it, change it, hire others to tweak it: we retain no vestige of control or ownership.

  • Restrictions
    There are procedures and software packages we will not use, such as ASP, Dreamweaver, Windows Servers, and other items that will restrict the portability, security and browser compatibility of the site. We will not use auto-music, auto-video, or blinking text unless your website absolutely requires it.

Why do people actually choose a handbuilt website?

Many smaller businesses have already gone through the experience of paying a large amount of money to a 'Let us design you a website and make you rich' team for a great-looking website. (Sometimes, it is not even so great-looking.) The new owners have very little control over the site they now 'own': they cannot change the code without going back to the design team and paying by the hour. They cannot easily move the site to a new host. Frequently there is no useful CMS (Content Management System) to allow the owner access for updating products or documents. The site will have been built on a cookie-cutter base (WordPress, Dreamweaver, MODx, ASP) , limiting the kinds of behavior the site is capable of, as well as adding a large overhead of useless code. Sometimes the site does not work very well at all. The owners will have been told that it is, of course, their fault if the website does not work properly: they must be doing something wrong. Tech support tends to be minimal and frequently incompetent.

Larger businesses, that can afford to spend much more on a website, tend to do somewhat better in the quality and CMS departments. Yet they are still encumbered with using a great deal more bandwidth than neccessary due to bloated code, with lack of website portability, and with possible security issues directly resulting from the way the site was constructed.