Getting Started with Joomla Website Design & Development
If you are looking for a new Joomla Website we have 5 steps to our Joomla Web Design process. To skip steps, click the links on the right.
The first step in this process is the fact gathering stage. In order to produce the perfect website for your company, we must first ascertain what the perfect website would be for you. We do this several ways. Our first step to success is our Joomla Website Development Process. It is this time-proven process that has helped form and shape us into the #1 rated Joomla Website Development Company we are today.
In this step we find out the following:
- How many pages do you need?
- Do you have a logo or do you need one?
- Is your target local or global or both?
- Do you have content prepared already?
- What is your color scheme?
- Are you branded yet?
- and much more.
Before we get started, you must know that our team of Joomla! designers are some of the best in the world. NOT once have we ever had an unsatisfied customer when it comes to our Joomla Website Design work. If you can think it, we can design it.
Joomla Website Design "specifically" is the look and feel of your website. What users will "see" when they view your website. There are two ways to get a design. 1) have us custom design you a Joomla Website from scratch or 2) choose a Joomla Template and then have us customize your Joomla Template to your needs.
At The Turn Group, we produce high-quality and professional Joomla Website Designs that will rival your competition. With our experienced Joomla Website Design team we take the Joomla Content Management System (CMS) to the next level.
Our Joomla Website Design Process Details:
Your Joomla Website Design will incorporate several aspects that will be discussed during the design brief stage. Things such as rotating headers, twitter feeds, blogs, news, polls, content pages, footers, custom forms, shopping carts, social network integration, copy formatting and styles etc.
During the design brief stage we help to establish the framework of the site, positions of your content and functionality; basically we create the entire design layout. Once the framework is complete and agreed upon, the design brief is handed off to our Joomla Web Design team and they go to work. Let us know as well if you need a custom logo or if you will be providing an existing logo.
Post Joomla Website Design
Once your Joomla Website Concepts are completed and you have chosen your final design. It is time to get your design ready for the Joomla! CMS. But, there are still a couple of VERY important steps left. These steps HAVE to be perfect. These next three steps are were 97% of other Joomla Website Development Companies FAIL to deliver. Why? Because if the next 3 steps are not LITERALLY done perfect, then your site will suffer in the search engines, load slow, code written incorrectly. Basically, these next few steps are what separate the big dogs from the wannabe website developers.
Now begin the conversion of your custom Joomla Website Design file (also known as a .psd Adobe Photoshop file) and convert that into HTML5 and CSS3. This conversion process is what makes your Joomla Website viewable on the internet.
- Tableless Coding
- CSS reset and overrides
- SSI template coding
- CSS sprites
- Commented HTML & CSS
- Micro formats
- Section 508 compatible
- Optimized for load speed
- and our code we create is validated against the W3C to make sure our code meets internet industry standards as well as the validation of the CSS markup style we create for your site.
All of our sites as of 2013 are developed with the latest standards available on the internet today. These standards provide our Joomla Websites with the most flexibility so that they can perform at the level in which you expect. Long past are the days of websites not showing up correctly within different browsers. Compatibility is key when it comes to your website performing at its peak.
Step 4 of the Joomla Website Development process is to choose the framework of which your design will be built on. The 3 most used frameworks are the following:
What exactly is Joomla Framework and how is this Framework different from the above mentioned Framework in Step 2? The Framework in step 2 is the Frame/Layout of your design. Once the layout/framework is built, then you just slap the paint on it and call it a house. The Framework we are talking about here in step 4 is the functionality base that is one level about the Joomla Core (CMS) itself.
This layer called Framework is installed into Joomla and your HTML5/CSS3 converted design is then installed into the Framework. This allows for your template to be responsive, have accordion menus, drop downs, widgets etc. Basically all the cool stuff your website does is provided by the Framework.
Joomla Website Development is the last step. You are like, "isn't this all Joomla Website Development?" Well, kinda sorta, lol! :) Once the Joomla conversion process is complete and you have chosen your framework to build it on, we then begin the integration of your freshly coded HTML5 template and integrate it into the Joomla CMS Platform. (Now its Joomla Website Development) During this development stage, we begin the install/configuration of your different extensions, components and modules you selected during the discovery stage of the project. Once the functionality has all been installed and tested, we then begin the upload of your content and graphics, tie it all in together and Poof; you have a state-of-the-art website that is ready for Joomla SEO.
We do a lot of redesign work. But what we find are clients that have either 1) a different website platform they now want converted over to Joomla or 2) older versions of Joomla they want updated to the latest version with a new look and feel. If either of these two scenarios are you, then the redesign process is basically a new Joomla Website Design process. We will go through all of the steps above and obviously unless you plan on changes, you should have most of your content ready to go from the old site. Whatever your redesign needs are, just discuss them with us and we will tell you what all your options are.
Frequently Asked Questions about:
Joomla! Website Design and Development
I just need a website built for my business, I don't know about or care what Joomla! is!
We make the website build process as easy and simple as possible. Let us worry about the details, you just tell us what you need and let our team be your creative department.
What is Joomla! and why use it for your website design?
Here are just a few of the types of websites that The Turn Group has designed for and created using the Joomla! (CMS) Content Management Platform.
- Banks and financial institutions
- Small business and large corporations
- City, state and government
- Online eCommerce websites
- Online social networks
- Large scale community portal sites
- Non-profit, political, ministry, church
- Personal, family, pet
- Organizational, training websites
- Magazines, publishing, artistic websites
- Residential and commercial websites
- Retirement, hobby, informational
- and the list goes on...
Whatever your website goal is, the Joomla! Content Management System is the solution for your website design needs.
I just need a small website. Is Joomla! really necessary for my budget?
- Custom Design - How it looks and feels
- Platform website is built on: Joomla!, Wordpress, XHTML, ASP etc.
- Enter in your content, add images, contact form etc.
- Apply SEO to website both onsite and offsite.
- Marketing via web, print, tv, ads etc...
Whether you have one page or 1000 pages. The process is always the same. The only exception to the process is if you purchase a Joomla template which combines steps 1 and 2 for you. However, with a Joomla template, you run the risk of others having the same website as yours.
The questions you need to ask yourself are:
- Do I need a custom website with its own unique design?
- Does it bother me if my website looks like a template?
- Am I looking to make money with this website, or just provide information?
- What type of functionality will I need? What do I want my website to do?
- Will my audience be local or national?
- Do I have the time to update the website?
- Do I want a custom logo, or a templated logo?
- Do I have extra money for steps 4 and 5?
Once you have these questions answered, we can help you chart the best course for your business needs. Give us a call, we do not mind talking to you about your vision and help point out some things you might not be thinking about or have considered.
Why use Joomla! versus another Content Management System?
Like so many other websites and their platforms, Joomla! is built with several things in mind. The Joomla! CMS was designed specifically for:
- The end user - you the client
- Functionality and growth
- Ease of use
- SEO - search engine optimization
- Why Joomla? <-- Get more details
These are the primary goals that Joomla! accomplishes with its cms platform. With other CMS systems, we have found that they lack sometimes 1, 2 and 3 out of the 4 things that Joomla! provides by default.
Do we as a company get anything from Joomla by promoting them or their product? Absolutely NOT!... But, after using every CMS out on the market today, with the developers that Joomla! has produced, the training that is available to the end user, the applications, components and modules that are available for Joomla! and the overall world wide support of Joomla!, why use anything else if you can avoid it?
Is Joomla! good for a business website?
YES! If you have a business with a product or service and you want to be able to manage the website yourself with little to no maintenance; there couldn't be a better choice than using Joomla! for your business website design needs.
What kind of Joomla! Services do you offer?
Here is a short list of a few of our Joomla! Website Design & Development Services
- Joomla! Website Design
- Joomla! Website Development
- Joomla! Security Solutions
- Joomla! Website Migrations
- Joomla! Version Updates
- Joomla! Hosting Services
- Joomla! Disaster Recovery
- Joomla! Component Installs
- Joomla! Backup Services
- Joomla! Maintenance
- Joomla! Website Support
- Joomla! Template Updates
- Joomla! Website Training
- Joomla! Project Consulting
- Joomla! Social Integration
- Joomla! Virus Removal
- Joomla! Website Optimization
- Joomla! Custom Applications
- Joomla! Mobile Versions
- Just ask, we do all things Joomla!
How much does a Joomla! Website Cost?
I am not going to lie, each Joomla! project is different. Some of our clients need logos, brochures, print material and a website. Others just need a Joomla website design. And of course, each client needs different functionality for their website that may be completely different than what you need.
But we will give you a ball park. If you want a Joomla! website we start at about $5495 for the design and development with lots of training and basic Joomla! SEO.
Who else uses Joomla! for their website?
Great Question. Here is a short list of large corporations that use Joomla! to run their business.
Do you only build Joomla! websites or can you build other types of platforms?
The simple answer is YES! However, are main services revolve around Joomla! because of the ease of use for clients and it's long-list of robust features. On occasion, there are times when clients want another platform besides Joomla!. 90% of the other available platforms out there are PHP - MySQL based content management systems. And, since Joomla! is on the top of the scale for development expertise, everything else falls short. What this means for you is "YES", we absolutely can design and code for any other platform out there.
Simply tell us what you need and we will let you know what your options are.
What all do I need to get started ?
The most important thing you need is a vision. What do you want your Joomla! website to do? Do you have a logo or do you need that as well? Once you have the basics down, we need a requirements document. We need to know what the goal of the website is and the features that you want.
Most of the time, our clients only have an idea are not sure what they need and that is perfectly ok. That is what our Joomla Consulting Services are for. We can help you start with just an idea and chart a path that leads to the end goal; a fully functioning and result producing website.
Either pic up the phone and call us or jump on over to our free online quote form and tell us what you have in mind and we will get the process started.