Answers to Common Questions
Can WordPress handle complex web design?
Many developers will tell you that WordPress is the best eCommerce platform to use. It’s true that WordPress has many advantages. There are thousands of pre-built design templates, thousands of plugins, a fairly easy-to-use UI for content writers, and simple SEO (search engine optimization) tools to build a site.
While Clarity does build these types of WordPress sites (we have created over 200 on WordPress), we have found that they tend to be the ones that have issues and get hacked more than others. Two reasons that lead to this problem. The first is that there are more WordPress sites than any other CMS. Hackers have a higher incentive to target them because they can use the same exploits again and again. To avoid this, many clients update their plugins to increase security, but this often leads to site crashes as it interferes with another plugin. They then have to hire someone to get it up and running again.
After this happens multiple times, some business owners stop upgrading their plugins to make the site more stable. Unfortunately, that leaves them open to hackers. If you decide to go with WordPress, be sure to sign up for maintenance with an experienced development company and pay them to maintain your site, update your plugins, deal with the update issues, and keep your site secure. Also, know that many companies outgrow WordPress as their business expands.
What platform offers the best high end web design for small business?
For companies that can't afford to devote extensive time and resources to their website but need a site to drive business, we recommend a more secure and robust platform like DNN or Sitefinity. If you're planning on adding custom functionality and want customizable growth as your business grows, we feel these two are your best choices. We've built and launched over 1,000 DNN sites, and not one of them has been hacked. A free, open-source version of DNN is available, so the cost is nearly the same but the platform is much more secure and scalable. You can also upgrade it years later when your business takes off! Sitefinity only comes in paid versions and offers features that allow for enterprise web design. Clarity is a certified partner of both DNN and Sitefinity and can design and build you a site on either platform.
How do I create a small business website?
The saying, "you get what you pay for," holds true for small business web design. If you want to build your own, there are options out there. However, if you want your site to help drive traffic, convert visitors, and become an integral part of your marketing and sales process, you need a full-service development company to sit down with you and talk about what you want out of the site. We can help show you how we've helped hundreds of businesses grow by choosing site features that help grow their business.
Clarity offers a free consultation for any business to discuss what they need and want from a site. We'll show you examples of sites we've built and guide you on your options, from the leaves expensive to enterprise web design services. We'll tell you how long they typically take, what it takes to maintain them, how to improve and drive traffic with SEO, conversions through CRO, and more. If you want your site to help grow your business, you need to invest in it. If you only need a site to "be online like everyone else," there are inexpensive ways to accomplish that. Know your options before you start spending your hard-earned money. Give us a call or fill out the form below for a free consultation.
Is high quality website design needed for both eCommerce and Informational sites?
Most sites on the web offer one of two things: information delivery, or the ability to purchase something. One thing they have in common is that both are trying to get people to interact with them, to act. Maybe the point is to get a customer to put something into a cart, or it could be to lead them to fill out a contact form. No matter which type of website you need to be built, Clarity can create one that will boost response and client interaction with the site.
Why do I need high-end web design?
You want your website to impress, and it must impress quickly. It’s likely that a potential customer or client will turn away if it doesn’t affect them on some level. On top of that, interaction must also be smooth so that a customer doesn’t get frustrated and move on to a different website.
Any Clarity website you choose will provide an experience that you can’t get with the most inexpensive options. Let us show you what our high-end websites can do for your business.
Why is it so important to have HIPAA compliant website design?
Each covered entity — such as a physician, hospital, or pharmacy — must take steps to protect PHI. Failure to follow HIPAA security best practices can lead to very real consequences for any covered entity that needs a HIPAA website. The three most common repercussions are:
- Fines from OCR: The Office of Civil Rights is the department that levies fines for any covered entity that doesn’t take steps to comply with HIPAA regulations. The most common violations occur when the medical provider doesn’t follow the HIPAA website requirements regarding security.
- Reputation loss: HIPAA breaches must be reported to each affected individual and, in many cases, to the press. This negative publicity can cause a covered entity to lose clients and make partners and business associates distance themselves from the offender.
- Lawsuits: Most states pass laws that work in tandem with HIPAA regulations. A person can sue a covered entity that fails to protect PHI.
Following HIPAA security and logging requirements isn’t something to be taken lightly. Make sure you choose the best HIPAA compliant CRM software to pair with your custom website design and development.