As veteran PHP and Wordpress developers, we choose using Wordpress for most of clients due to the shear scalability it has to offer versus the cost of that scaling amount. Many other platforms offer "once off" fees, but don't mention outright the cost of having certain features added to their systems. If one were to compare Wordpress with another CMS like Drupal or Joomla; straight out of the box they are all free. But when it comes to actually building in each of these systems, Wordpress by shear community brute force wins hands down when it comes to scaling and cost. Wordpress developers are very common in the web development world, which brings the cost of developement right down.
Wordpress is by far the most popular CMS with a total world market share of 60.4%, and is used by more than 33% of all websites on the internet.
Let it be a small single Landing Page or a fully fledged eCommerce online store, with wordpress there are no boundaries and you'll be up and running in no time.
The entire platform is open-source, meaning there are 10's of thousands of developers watching the code and spotting security flaws which get patched extremely quickly. We at Burclea take security extremely seriously, we have to or else everyones lives become a nightmare. We can put our hands on our hearts and catagorically state that not one of our WordPress websites have ever been hacked because we take every possible precaution to keep both our servers secure, and your website or application safe from intruders.
Wordpress itself is entirely free, and we don't charge for the actual Framework. The cost comes in to set it up on our servers, install key plugins for security and the rest is yours to do with as you like. A basic wordpress installation and setup will cost about £40, but if you are looking at having a fully fledged website built, with all the bells and whistles, the cost can range anywhere from £150 - £20,000. It all depends on what you as a client require, how big the site is, what kind of server it's going to be hosted on, and how much content there is to put on the website.
Gone are the days when it cost thousands to have an online store. There are numerous eCommerce solutions on the market that allow small businesses to sell their goods and services. In the current day and age, you can get an online store setup and selling within an hour, but only a few are truly scalable. At Burclea we offer both WooCommerce and Magento for our clients, but the cost between the two is significant. For small to medium sized businesses we would always suggest going with WooCommerce as it's completely free, highly scalable within WordPress and very easy to use.
WooCommere is a plugin that's installed within WordPress; and out the box is free to use, and you can be up and running within minutes. One of the biggest "selling" points of WooCommerce is the amount of extendable plugins available for purchase to enhance certain aspects of the entire system. Most of these plugins are annual fee based, so it's always a good idea to plan very carefully around what you want your store to do, and where you plan on to go with your website; but don't worry we take of all that for you, and will always choose the most cost effective route for your long term goals.
As mentioned, WooCommerce is highly scalable and will handle just about any amount of products and associated categories you need. Having a WooCommerce store is easy to use for both clients and developers, so the breadth of customisation is endless, giving you full control of every aspect in the online eCommerce processes. The only limitation to WooCommerce is how resource hungry it can be, but so long as your hosting company provides good solid fast hosting, you can't go wrong. All of our servers from budget to dedicated are optimised specifically for WooCommerce and Magento, so you won't have to worry about that.
Magento is what the industry considers the crème de la crème of eCommerce solutions, but it comes at a price. Using Magento has many advantages and is usually considered for larger sites, and there is a free Community Edition, but you will still be need to pay for most plugins to extend its' functionality.
There are 2 versions of the Magento software, with most current Magento storefronts still using Magento 1, with others either upgrading to Magento 2, or outright rebuilding within Magento 2. The latest version of Magento 2 has significant performance differences over it's little brother Magento 1, most of which are reduced checkout times, increased hourly transaction rates and overall simultaneous website traffic handling.
Burclea offer both Magento V1 and V2 Community Editions as standard for our clients who require Magento as a storefront solution, along with full design and development as per the clients specifications.
Progressive Web Apps are a mixed bag of web and mobile app technologies combined into one solution. PWA's take conventional mobile app experiences, and bring them to the web, allowing for mobile devices to interact with the web as if they were a seperate application. Think of it as a website built with web technologies but acts and feels like a mobile app. With how advanced web browsers have become, they now have so much power built in to handle so much more in the way of simultaneous connections and resource loads.
The main attraction to PWA's is their ease of development and deployment. Unlike conventional apps who have multiple steps and procedures in place to deploy changes or updates in a respective app store, a PWA can be updated and changed just like a traditional website.
Web Portals are specially designed websites that bring multiple information streams into a single uniform system. Convetionally, each information source has it's own dedicated "space" or "area" on a page to display information (a portlet).
A Web Portal is good at segregating information for different users according to their privilege levels and allowing for connections to larger API's. Companies that require certain restrictions on content, or want specific content to be shown within intranet dashboards of their staff can easily be administered through a Web Portal.
Burclea offer access to our very fast SSD cloud which comprises a pure SSD disk based array, built on enterprise hardware, Hex core Intel CPU's and ECC memory as standard. All servers are hosted locally within the UK on the latest Samsung enterprise SSD drives, which remove common I/O problems which typically arise with SANs and SATA/SAS storage. Our VPS solutions are unmanaged as standard, but we will always be there for you if you need it, but having your own VPS entails you looking after it once we have set it up and running the way you want.
If you are running a small business website, then shared hosting is ideal for you. We don't put more than 20 clients per server on any of our shared servers, so you will never have problems with resource hogging from other websites on the same box, and your site will be very fast. Of course it wont have the same benefits as a dedicated server, but the price difference makes up for that. We offer 8 different shared server solutions for both single businesses and agencies.
All our dedicated servers are deployed with our managed server plan as standard, which means you get full piece-of-mind with any server purchase. This includes ensuring that your server is online and reachable as well as assistance with major issues and advice on resource usage, plus all the following:
At Burclea we understand the necessity for having both a good layout and clean design when it comes to your website. As much as we try to take on-board everything a client envisions for their site, we will always provide feedback on elements and flow to maximize impact and performance for their site. Our in-house designers aren't just graphic artists with creative flair, they also have a solid understanding of web developement which gives them a huge advantage when it comes to planning a new website layout and all the elements within a project.
Our designers have access to the entire Adobe Suite of products, giving them all the tools they need to get the job done, and to get it right, first time. For medium to large website builds, the designer will create mockups and present them within Invision so you as the client can have full oversight as to the direction the designers are taking, and also for you to see what your website or application will look like on all device screen sizes, making alterations seamless during the development process.
Our designers have access to the entire Adobe Suite of products, giving them all the tools they need to get the job done, and to get it right, first time.
Our designers are responsbile for everything graphic related which include:
If you have a requirement for any of the above, then please feel free to give us a call or contact us via our contact or get a quote forms and we will be happy to give you a call back to discuss your needs.
If you're looking for some marketing flair and it requires moving graphics, illustrations of A role footage, then look no further. Over the years, Burclea has aquired some incredible footage to cater to just about every topic. From slow backshots, intensive audio and hard hitting animations, we have you covered. We have created some stunning work for numerous clients over the years in our careers, and when we came together to form Burclea, we brought our sample with us. As a Burclea client you will have access to millions or images, thousands of hours of real life footage and an incredible vault of animation work.
If you're in need of anything video related, let it be real life capture via drone right down to quirky social media animations, we have you covered.
We offer a complete package at incredibly below market rates for new businesses that are just starting out, and have no idea where to start. We provide everything from Logo creation right through setting up social media accounts, business cards and full online/offline presence for your business.
There is alot to consider when starting a new business, and sometimes the task is just too daunting for some which sometimes makes them reconsider taking the plunge as they just feel so lost with all that's needed to get a business up and running. We will take you through the entire process of what's needed and then offer incremental upgrades as you go along and get the hang of it all. At the end of the day, the biggest fear for any new business owner is cost, which is why we start you off with the bare minimum to set you on the right track for a successful start.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is something that Burclea offer with all our medium to large website clients as standard. If you're building a new website, or upgrading an existing one, the absolute essential part of ranking well with the large search engines is good SEO. Google specifically has become very strict on website SEO and the penalties for not maintaing good SEO on your website could be the make or break of you getting anywhere near 1st page listing.
It makes no difference if your website looks good to people viewing the site, what matters is what the search engines see in the code, how fast your website is, how quickly assets are pulled down from their locations for visitors to see and how efficient your connections are. At Burclea, we do strive to achieve great speeds and good results within Google Pagespeed insights, but achieving great results also boils down to how a website is laid out, how much content there is and where the content is being stored.
As a Burclea customer, you automatically get access to all our optimization software which combined as a user, would cost you over £400 pm, which we give you for free, just for being with us. The Suite of software you get will handle pretty much every aspect of getting good SEO results, increased page load speeds and increased traffic if implemented correctly.
SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is something Burclea have a tremendous amount of experience with. Many clients have approached us with thier need to be Number #1 in the search results, and how to boost traffic to their website, and increase their presence within the search engines. Unlike SEO, SEM requires additional budget as it's paid advertising to appear on SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages). The core fundamental for SEM is, Keywords. Keywords are the foundation of search engine marketing. As users enter keywords into their search bar, the search engines will sift through millions of queries to deliver the most relevant content to fit the users needs regarding their search terms.
BUT, and there's always a but; before you can choose which keywords to use in your campaigns, you must undertake the dubious task of comprehensive research for your campaign strategy. Identifying keywords that are relevant to your industry/business and which keywords your prospective customers may use in their searches locate you.
At Burclea we do everything for you, all you do is allocate your budget and we will build up a comprehensive marketing strategy to give you the most exposure and greatest chance of success with what you can afford. It doesn't cost alot to pay for Adwords, but making sure you have the right keywords and focused target market will returns the greatest results. To have a look at what keywords are used in your industry, you can use this FREE TOOL from Wordstream, which will give you a really solid foundation to understanding where you want your campaign to go.
Some clients find setting up and running social media accounts to be a rather daunting and quite frankly scary thing to do. At Burclea, we understand completely, as a social media account is one of those things you can't make a mistake on, and very seldom can you just press an "undo" button before at least a few people have already spotted the mistake. Social media accounts are just like websites in a sense, except they allow your audience to directly interact with you and have their eyes on your brand at all times.
Although Social Media has it's caveats and drawbacks, it also has the power to catapult a brand or business right into the hands of their audience. If you're wondering where to start, what to do or how to do it, then you should give us a call. We've helped many clients get up and running, and given them access to direct marketing tools and tactics to help grow not only their brand, but their audiences too.
So, you've got all your social media accounts set up and running, your website is packed full of fresh and rich content, your online ad campaigns are booming and you're now interested in other ways to boost sales or brand awareness. Well, the other mediums Burclea can help you with is radio and YouTube adverts. Believe it or not, but Youtube itself, is not that expensive to advertise on, and you can target your exact demographic, allowing you to stretch your campaign budgets much further than traditional Television.
If you're wondering where to start, or what you want your video advert to look like, flow and consist of, then you can give us a call anytime and we can get the ball rolling for you. It doesn't take much time on your part, and we as a team can bounce brilliant ideas off of eachother to create a remarkable advertising campaign to win over business for you.