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" During the design and development process they translated all the “tech speak” into information we could understand and made the process as pain-free as possible! "

"Quick and easy process from start to finish.  The team at Koda listened to us and delivered a website that met our brand guidelines and exceeded our expectations.  We are really happy with the result."

"We are live! Check out our new website. Thanks to Koda Web for your amazing work and being so easy to deal with"

" Working alongside Koda on various projects was both easy and seamless, making the whole experience enjoyable! Koda are understanding, patient and know their clients "

"We wanted to replace our website with a new, modern, hassle free, mobile friendly site that we could easily manage ourselves and wouldn’t cost the earth."

"The crew is super easy to deal with throughout the whole process and delivered everything as they said they would. If you're after a website of any sort I wouldn’t hesitate to use these guys they kick ass!" - D. Watkins. Reel Factory

"The team at Kodaweb were exceptional. They listened to what we needed and were very responsive throughout the development process integrating our additional needs seamlessly as the project progressed. We are delighted that we chose Kodaweb to design our new school website." 

"I would like to thank the Koda web team and especially Simon Jones for his caring and professional approach when redeveloping our business website."

" Koda Web acted as a real partner, not only through to the launch of our website but in the following months and they continue to do so. "

Website Redevelopment

Staying Current

Like most things, over time a website can become dated. As technology continues to advance at an impressive rate, keeping a website current and taking advantage of latest technology trends is always going to be a challenge.
Many of the clients we work with have an existing website, usually more than 5 years old and are seeking to establish themselves at the leading edge of the online stack with a new web presence, including refreshing their company's brand.

When the costs associated with a redevelopment are weighed up against the potential benefits associated with increased enquiries, more sales and referrals, the return on Investment can offer a compelling reason to upgrade.

Reasons to redevelop

The decision to redevelop is often triggered by a number of factors, some of the most common that we come across include:

  • Taking advantage of new technology, like wide screens and smart devices, in order to take advantage of these display improvements, new approaches have been developed responsive themes as an example
  • The requirement to maintain (add, edit and delete) content without the involvement of a technology company.
  • New functional requirements driven by the business, integration with an ERP or accounting system as an example

Once the decision is made that a new website is warranted, there are choices to be made on the platform to use. As you will be aware from some of our previous posts we are strong advocates of Open Source platforms, we believe that as you invest in the development of a website the delivered product should belong to you. 
Open Source content management systems also provide access to a large library of existing functionality that can be leveraged to enhance your development, this article provides some insight into the difference between Open Source platforms (like Drupal) and a proprietary CMS owned and maintained by a web development company.

Case Study

A good example of a recent redevelopment has been the launch of the Rich Lingerie website. Rich Lingerie is an established bricks and mortar and online retailer of quality lingerie to both the New Zealand and global market.
They were using a proprietary content management system that had been in place for a number of years, challenges they faced that prompted the redevelopment included:

  • Cost associated with enhancements, as the proprietary CMS was shared by a number of customers costs associated with developing new functionality were disproportionately high
  • Time to make changes was excessive
  • The design was dated and the website was not mobile friendly
  • The platform did not offer the user experience many online shoppers are seeking – especially when purchasing fashion items

Solution

The Koda team selected the Drupal platform coupled with Ubercart e-commerce engine for the new platform. Drupal offers significant features and flexibility allowing the team to deliver innovative functionality taking advantage of modern online development thinking

The Koda design team have created a user experience that while allowing for the display of high quality imagery allows the user to intuitively navigate the site.

Content was exported from the existing website database and loaded using scripts into Drupal, a relatively painless experience for the customer.

You can find out more about this upgrade project here

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