WordPress

We specialise in building beautiful and effective websites, using the world-leading open source content management system, WordPress.

We love using WordPress because it enables us to build feature-rich bespoke websites that perform well. Our clients not only love how their websites look, but how the performance and capabilities within the platform have helped to grow their online businesses.

There’s a reason some of the biggest brands in the world trust WordPress. Powering over 40% of websites globally, we’re confident that your new website will be in good company with the 455 million websites currently using the platform.

Having a WordPress website is beneficial for many reasons:

  • It’s loved by search engines
  • It’s easy to use
  • There’s an extensive network of support available for it
  • It’s highly scalable so it can grow with you
  • It’s highly functional and incredibly secure
  • It works well with custom plugins (and because it’s Open Source, there’s lots available)

Our team of web developers have decades of combined experience in WordPress. We’ve never wanted to be one of those agencies that builds you a bespoke website on an obscure or complex platform that means you’re forever tied to us, so we work in the industry-recognised best platform that empowers you to take control of your own website.

We want our clients to feel happy and secure with us, so once we’ve made your WordPress website you can choose to stay with us or we can give you free training so you can continue to update and host your own website. There’s no pressure, no hidden fees or waiting times for amendments.

Your website, your way…

Building your website in WordPress allows us to tap into countless additional plugins that seamlessly integrate to enhance the user experience and the capabilities of your site.

WordPress has over 54,000 free plugins, and our team will advise you on the best solution for your needs, and also make recommendations on which plug-ins to use based on our previous experience.

If you’re not sure what a plug-in is, it’s a bolt-on piece of software that enables us to enhance the features and functionality of your website. We use plug-ins for services such as online shopping or reporting, but they can support you in many other ways too.

WordPress works with a range of plug-ins suitable for:

  • SEO
  • Third-party integrations
  • CRM integration
  • E-commerce, such as WooCommerce
  • Calendars and booking systems
  • Reporting 
  • Customised forms

Meet the team behind your WordPress website

At Browndog we will always provide you with a main point of contact for your project, but you’ll also be getting the full expertise of our team when you work with us. We have a diverse group of individuals who can offer years of experience and a catalogue of 200 websites built in the past 10 years.

We’ll call on this experience, our detailed business research and analysis, and your valued feedback to build you the best WordPress website.

Building your website starts long before we begin coding. First, we’ll take you through a detailed process of analysis and understanding your objectives; understanding your business will help us to build you the best performing website.

From our first informal discussion, right up to the point that we review your website after it has been switched on, we’ll assess and tweak our work using your feedback to ensure you’re happy with the outcome.

You can read about our extensive process here

Hosting with WordPress

At Browndog, we’re fully committed to providing you with the most secure hosting environment to guarantee the success of your website.

Securely hosting your website not only keeps your business safe, but it also looks after your customers and your reputation. Additionally, security is an important part of your SEO strategy, as an unsecured website can negatively impact your search engine rankings.

When a visitor lands on your website it’s important that they feel their data is safe. That’s why we use WPEngine to provide a dedicated hosting environment with maximum security and 24/7 global support.

You can read more about our hosting packages here.

We’d love to talk

To discuss how we can help with your web project please get in touch with our Strategy Director Alexis Bradbury.

We’ve built countless websites using WordPress, take a look at some here

If you’re still wondering if a WordPress website is right for you, these statistics from Digital.com demonstrate just how prominent and successful the platform is.

  • Over 1 million new WordPress domains are registered every 6 months
  • WordPress dominates Google’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP) with 2.28 billion results
  • WordPress has over 54,000 free plug-ins
  • The latest version of WordPress has been downloaded more than 7,000,000 times
  • WordPress is behind more than 30% of the top 1,000 websites

Whether you’re looking for a brand new website or a website refresh, our capable team can work with you to build the best solution.

How long does it take to build a WordPress website?

Building your WordPress website will typically take 12-16 weeks, depending on the availability of high quality content, the intricacies of your requirements and other factors, including your own time constraints. We’ll work with you to establish a project timeline before we begin and keep you updated at every stage.

How much does it cost to build a WordPress website?

We understand that it can be difficult to budget for a new website, particularly if this is your first one. That’s why we try to be as transparent and up front as possible with our pricing.

As with project timescales, there can be lots of factors to consider when quoting for your website. We’ll work with you to understand your requirements and build you a proposal that includes everything you will need.

Typically, we estimate that a brochure-style WordPress website that showcases your product/service information will cost between £6,000 – £12,000 depending on your design, functionality and volume of pages.

If you’re looking to build an e-commerce website (a place where people can buy your products/services), we’ll build WooCommerce into your WordPress website to give you the best functionality. Our e-commerce website development starts at £10,000 and will also be affected by the number of products and services you offer and the complexity of your requirements.

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Security and Hosting

It’s important to consider where your website is hosted and if other websites are hosted on the same server. When you use our hosting service, your website is hosted on a dedicated server with 24/7 support, should anything go wrong. We know that understanding server security and website hosting can be complex, so our experts are here to talk you through it all and find the best plan that works for you.

To read a recent review of the WP Engine platform by Digital.com please click here.

We’re pleased to say that the majority of our clients choose to host their websites with us.

 

How much does a good website cost to build?

  • A brochure site (a place to share information about your products or services) will cost between £6,000-£12,000 depending on the volume of pages, functional elements and any bespoke design requests you may have.
  • An ecommerce website (a place where you can sell your products or services and visitors can complete their transaction online) will cost from £10,000.
  • If you’re looking for completely bespoke design or just a website refresh, we’ll be happy to chat with you and provide a quote for your requirements.

We’ve developed over 200 websites. You can look at our catalogue of work here and chat with our clients if you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to work with our team before we become partners in your project.

When you work with us, you’ll get that perfect combination of great design and technical development from our whole team, not just one person.

How long does it take to build a website?

Before we start any work, we’ll share a project plan which will include deadlines for providing content, and we’ll keep you updated if the expected times change.

Writing keyword-rich copy will keep visitors on your website and encourage them to work with you. If writing isn’t for you or you just don’t have time, we can produce a content plan on your behalf.

Why you need a website

Most customers will expect you to have a website and may question your legitimacy as a business if they can’t find you online. When a potential customer does find you, what should their first impression be? You want them to be confident when buying from you and to have a good feeling about your brand.

If growing your business is a goal, then having a website is a great place to gain leads. Using the right mix of keywords and a thorough digital marketing plan, you can become good friends with Google! Google will play a significant role in helping your customers find you online and giving you a positive return on investment for the cost of your website and online strategy.

Even the most basic of websites should serve as an informative tool to answer frequently asked customer questions and offer your first port of call for customer service. Your opening times, address and latest news or offers should be easy to find. Ultimately, the better your website is, the easier it will be to find, and a great website will help you to reach more customers.

Being online helps you to reach a much bigger pool of customers than a bricks and mortar store. Your website can be the key to extended success, with no limits on the scope of your customer geography other than your product/service capabilities.

Working with an agency like Browndog will give you a technically sound, fresh and functional website which is responsively designed, and provides consistent brand messaging for your customers. We’ll also take the guess work out of your online strategy and make sure your website is targeting the right customer segments to increase sales opportunities and raise brand awareness.

How much does it cost?

  • A marketing campaign animation or company/product introduction between 90-120 seconds in length will cost between £2,500 and £3,000. This will depend on the length of the video, the content, and any additional options such as a voice over or music. Don’t worry, we can guide you through best practice and find a plan that fits for you.
  • If you’d like us to produce a logo ident or gif animations for you to use on social media and in smaller campaigns, you can expect to pay between £250-£300. This will be a much smaller brief and will take less time than a campaign animation.
  • We’re more than happy to put together a bespoke package for you to include multiple campaign videos, logo idents, voice overs and photography or videography as needed. We do it all!

You can look at our catalogue of work here and chat with our clients if you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to work with our team before we become partners in your project. 

How long does it take to produce an animation?

But here’s the kind of time you can expect your animation to take:

  • Marketing campaign animations – this will usually take us about three weeks to prepare. We like to allow a week for content and styling, followed by storyboarding and revisions. Finally, we’ll take another week to animate your work. These things are a work of art, you can’t rush them (and we won’t).
  • Logo idents, gifs and short animations – we estimate that this will take up to two weeks.

Are you ready to get started? Send us your brief today or give us a call to talk through your ideas. We’re a friendly bunch!*

*If you visit us, our office dogs may take part in your meeting.

What kind of animations can we help with?

Ideally, your marketing strategy will include a range of media content to achieve the greatest engagement and response from your audience.

We can help with animations and videos that include company and product introductions, as well as content for specific marketing campaigns. These types of animations can showcase who you are, and what you have to offer. Plus, they are an exciting way to launch a new product or service and get your customers on board.

When you work with us on your branding, why not include a logo ident to add that extra bit of personality to your business and content, setting you apart from your competitors.

Another growing area for animated content is social media and your website. We produce gifs, short video clips and motion graphics for use on web pages and in social posts. This is a great way to captivate the viewers’ attention, share your brand values and advertise your latest campaign or event.

Finally, when you work with us on your website, we highly recommend adding a range of graphics, animations and videos to keep visitors on your site and share your messaging in captivating ways. We’ve provided many website banners and short looping animations for our clients.

We will guide you through each of your animation journey, from assessing the content that will work best for you, to how long your animated content should be and where it should be placed.

Why is animation an important element of your content strategy?

Not only is it effective but using animation can be a cost-saving way to grab the attention of your audience and keep them looking at your content for longer. It’s considerably cheaper than producing recorded video footage because it can be easily edited and updated when needed.

Animation is the fastest growing type of content created by marketers for use on websites and social media, so if you’re not doing it yet, now is the time to start…

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to explain complex ideas, products or services in text form or with images. That’s why many of our clients work with us to produce animations that take the information off the page and jump out at the audience.

Most importantly, animation has been proven to boost conversion rates on your website. Users are significantly more engaged and more likely to spend longer on your site or complete an action, such as filling in a contact form.

How will animation help my marketing strategy?

Animation is a powerful marketing tool and a great way to show some personality in your brand, making you more memorable (think: the Aldi carrot or the Netflix Tudum).

One of the great benefits of animation is that it can help you to share a lot of information in just a few seconds, because sometimes that’s all the time you have to attract a user’s attention.