How we work

Our team has experience using a wide range of frameworks and systems to code and develop a variety of digital tools including websites, web apps and mobile apps. However, we have particular expertise in custom WordPress and Laravel websites.

We always ask clients what it is they want their website to achieve and how they want to manage it. This helps us to advise them on what the best solution is. Whether it is a hard-coded website that we can manage for them, or needs to be editable so they can keep it up to date themselves, we will work to their requirements. Regardless of what we build, accessibility is crucial for us to ensure that anything we create is inclusive.

WordPress

One of the most popular frameworks around, WordPress is fairly user-friendly. You don’t need to know how to code to be able to edit a simple or well-built site, and sites can also be developed to scale up easily. It is also a great platform whether you need a simple brochure site or WooCommerce to make sales online. For example, we often work using a flexible block system, creating pages that serve all aspects of a business as well as more simple templates so should they wish to expand, then they are able to do this without necessarily requiring our services.

WordPress websites come in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to get things right from the start. Over time WordPress can get bloated which makes websites slow and difficult to maintain. For the last 4-5 years we have been using a starter theme by Roots called Sage but in 2019, we made the decision to create our own child theme for Sage which is designed to be highly optimised for speed and SEO. In addition to this, we have a number of pre-built templates we like to call ‘Flexible Content Blocks’. These blocks are typical to what we see on most WordPress websites but allow much more customisation and flexibility, as opposed to typical themes that are often more rigid and unwieldy. Our approach offers clients the benefits of a bespoke website but at a much lower cost.

 

WooCommerce

Yet another open source platform, WooCommerce runs on top of WordPress to allow you to create an online store, manage stock and take payments. As it works with WordPress, there are many thousands of plugins that can be used alongside it, from bundle offers to gift vouchers.

One of the big benefits of WooCommerce is that it is free to use, but that is before you add any extensions to it. The really crucial aspect of WooCommerce that makes it so popular to our clients, is that it is pretty easy to use. If you are familiar with WordPress, then WooCommerce is incredibly easy to navigate whether you want to review orders, look at monthly reports or try to work out what your most popular products are.

Magento

Another open-source PHP platform, Magento is owned by Adobe and is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms out there, just behind WooCommerce. This is because it comes with a huge list of out-the-box features, extensive third party integrations and is easy to customise.

As with Laravel, it is more suitable for those who understand development or are more tech-friendly. However, there are a number of sources online to help get to grips with it and its benefits make it worthwhile.

Laravel

While this is more web-developer friendly than client-friendly, Laravel allows us to create and innovate website solutions and bespoke CRM-style web applications. Some of the benefits of using Laravel include the faster speeds at which it can load therefore improving SEO, support for MVC, a high level of security and the fact that it is open source and has a great level of community support.

As a PHP system, there is a growing demand for Laravel sites due to its list of features and we a strong advocate for using it. We have built a number of websites in Laravel and for clients who want a flexible custom website that can be launched quickly, this should be their first choice.

We Create Digital has developed a number of bespoke websites and portals for a suite of high profile healthcare clients and we are continually impressed by the professionalism, diligence and efficiency of the team. While the products they deliver are highly complex, Anna and Dean will always explain clearly how they work, timelines and what to expect in the look and feel of the website or portal. The team develop ostensibly simple and easily navigable digital solutions to support the communication of complicated messages. They will never say no and will always identify solutions to any potential roadblocks - albeit none that they have themselves created. Anna and Dean go out of their way to deliver; I couldn't recommend We Create Digital more highly!

MHP Communications