- Free consultation, advice and estimates
- Our creative and technical input towards shaping your ideas
- Ongoing support
Whatever your requirements we deliver a professional service based on experience, energy and creativity.
Need a complete website from scratch?
If you're looking for a web design company, who will work with you, help to shape your ideas and will deliver a website fit for your particular requirements, you have come to the right place. We're here to help you achieve your goals.
Need an existing website design updated?
Often small changes to a websites existing design can make significant improvements to its look and feel without the major expense of a rebuild. We are happy to take a critical look at your website and make suggestions for improvements to its style, functionality and usability.
What we make
We produce standards based desktop and mobile websites using 'Responsive Web Design' and 'Fluid Layouts'. All our websites are completely unique, designed to the highest quality and hand coded using valid HTML5 & CSS3.
Our websites are faster, more efficient, and offer all-around improved website experience. Combining good design with exceptional build quality and adopting Google's 'PageSpeed' and Yahoo!'s YSlow recommendations we are proud to deliver quality websites achieving a high level of customer satisfaction.
Our web page authoring is search engine optimised to contribute towards a higher natural page ranking in search engine results.
begins by outlining your particular requirements by looking at your business needs, identifying your target audience, studying your competition and looking at your reference websites.
We produce visual designs which demonstrate the look and feel that we propose for your website. If we are creating your website from scratch we can also design you business logo and stationary.
Our design services includes building the website based on the designs you approve. This aspect is often referred to as web development, we are pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive development service which will meet your business needs.
We don't stop there.
Your website could include sound, film, animation, motion graphics or even Interactive 360° panoramic images.
We can build your website with MySQL database for business information, products or content that necessitates a database. Our database driven websites are easily managed by the client using our in-house developed Content Management System (CMS), from a secure administration area using any computer connected to the Internet and without having to install additional software or requiring knowledge of HTML. It makes updating your website a simple procedure.
Underpinning our creative visual design skills is expertise in website engineering, Internet systems design, Information Architecture, open source server programming, open source database development and compliant web page authoring.
Our relationship with our client is very important to us and we intend to be around to help in any way we can.
Following your site launch Stiff Design will continue to support your website and fix any unintended defect of structure or appearance that is brought to our attention. We will continue to offer professional advice and change any part of your website should your requirements change.
Mobile Web Design
To understand why having a mobile friendly website is so important for your business you have to ask the question 'how are people accessing the Internet?'.
The answer is increasingly by using smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and consoles as well as PCs and laptops. In fact anything that is web enabled.
In responding to the changing usage Google positively rewards websites in search results which are deemed mobile-friendly. Alongside this websites which have faster page speed load time are also rewarded by an increase in search results positioning.
Unless your website's page load speed is AA rated it's not mobile friendly!
For web designers using traditional web design techniques the spread of devices with various screen sizes created a bit of problem. For a long time web designers have favoured using fixed screen web page templates which fitted in nicely within the advances in display screen hardware standards. It just seemed that screens would just get bigger and the screen resolution would follow this pattern.
The iPhone was amongst the first of the small screen smartphones that allowed people to access the web and browse websites. These devices used techniques to pinch and zoom in on the area of interest of the web page. However, because mobile and tablets are touch driven simple UX principles such as 'hover' menus and 'onClick' events didn't work well. It was becoming clear that a new approach to design was needed to address the 'user experience' issues that were emerging.
Responsive Web Design
One approach that rapidly gained favour with web designers was 'Responsive Design'. Rather than build multiple versions of a website for each type of device viewport, responsive design adjusts to its environment. This is achieved by combining two techniques.
Firstly, by using a 'fluid grid' system. Here the layout of the page is based on proportions as a percentage of the screen size. Secondly, the use of 'media queries' which allow transitional events to new layouts at certain break-points. The break-points are set at screen widths which can no longer be supported by the design layout.
To see Responsive design it in action, open this page on a desktop browser and slowly make the browser narrower and wider. You can see the layout adjust itself to fit the new width of the browser. You should also be able to see when the design meets a break-point and the media-query is triggered resulting in a fast redrawing of the page design and layout.
Google's mobile-friendliness ranking signal started on April 21st so if your website is not tablet and smartphone friendly this might significantly impact on your search results.
Fortunately, we are experts in building standards based mobile websites using 'Responsive Web Design' and 'Fluid Layouts'. All our websites are completely unique, designed to the highest quality and hand coded using valid HTML5 & CSS3. So if you're looking for mobile web design in Stratford area we can help your website provide a great user-experience across many devices and screen sizes.
If you need to go that step further we can also develop your key web pages using AMP HTML.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is an open source initiative instigated by Google and Twitter designed to make really fast mobile pages.
AMP pages are intended to be cached by Google, who can then serve the pages from their own servers reducing the time lag incurred in fetching pages from the publisher's server. Essentially this is going to best suite static content providers but who can guess how developers might use AMP HTML to create engaging and innovative experiences.
Stiff Design offers Linux Apache website hosting with PHP and MySQL database. The server is fully managed by Stiff Design so that the client is free to concentrate on their own business. Alternatively, the client is free to choose a supplier who offers similar technologies and we will be happy to work on the chosen provider's network. Find out more about hosting
- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.
- AMP by Example gives a hands-on introduction to Accelerated Mobile Pages based on code and live samples.
- HTML5 Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) specification.
- Introduction to Structured Data and Structured data testing tool
For further information please get in touch.