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Web Development

Do you need pro­fes­sional web devel­opment ser­vices? Great! First, though — do you really need web devel­opment? Or web design?

That may seem a strange question. So why do I ask?

What Is Professional Web Development?

There’s a lot of cros­sover between web devel­opment and web design. Some designers even call them­selves developers even though they can’t code. Still, having been doing this for decades, I find the ori­ginal dis­tinction works best:

Web design focuses on structure, per­formance and visual layout. Web devel­opment pro­grams website beha­viour.

Websites that do a lot more than display inform­ation are often called web applic­a­tions, or “web apps”. Still, common web apps have fairly standard solu­tions. So those often only need design work, rather than custom programming.

Other web applic­a­tions need custom pro­gramming to enable complex beha­viour or to integrate with external systems.

For example, Festival Medical Services needed a secure field triage system and bespoke team man­agement software to handle variable rotas for hun­dreds of volun­teers in mul­tiple teams at major events across the UK. Existing plat­forms couldn’t do that. So I wrote it from scratch. That’s web development.

Similarly, DogLost needed highly optimised back-end systems to help them manage a large and extremely active com­munity and track down lost and stolen pets across the UK. Several other agencies tried and failed to do this. My code has run for over a decade with minimal maintenance.

Other developers have struggled to meet our needs, but since Peter rebuilt our site and support systems we have gone from strength to strength, winning major awards… We couldn’t have done that without him. — Jayne H. Bespoke Web Development: (5/5)

Small Business Web Development

Still, custom pro­gramming takes a lot longer than most non-coders expect. Web devel­opment pro­jects take months, not days.

Smaller firms tend to have tighter budgets than larger ones. Using the right systems can save months of devel­opment time and many thou­sands of pounds. So the first rule of responsible pro­fes­sional web devel­opment for small busi­nesses is to con­sider such altern­atives first.

You can’t do that without help from a developer who also offers other options. Specialist coders won’t sell you any­thing else. Many aren’t even very familiar with standard solu­tions. Likewise, those who don’t code often assume things are simple when they aren’t. You simply can’t guess at this, or rely on amateur opinions. You need unbiased expert advice.

I’ve been helping firms grow online since 1997, and coding, designing and running busi­nesses far longer than that. So I used to be a spe­cialist, but grew out of it.

So my simple website packages and WordPress devel­opment solu­tions cover most small business website needs. If they don’t fit yours, I can also offer bespoke web development.

Let’s talk!

Can’t recommend him highly enough. He was extremely pro­fes­sional, laid out exactly what we needed to do and his role within that, setting expect­a­tions all round very clearly, and working within our budgetary con­straints to set clear bound­aries. He was extremely prompt and punctual in his responses and work. He was also extremely patient with his recom­mend­a­tions and explan­a­tions, which were clear and simple to follow. Excellent value for us as a charity. We’re very grateful to him — he was a real pleasure to work with. — Emma C. Bespoke Web Development: (5/5)

The Web Development Process

Still, what does custom web devel­opment involve? Well, very broadly, there are six steps:

  1. Discovery — gath­ering require­ments and ana­lyzing them to outline a solution
  2. Design — to plan the solution in detail. This includes designing code struc­tures, as well as graphics, user inter­faces and overall user experiences.
  3. Development — actually building the solution
  4. Debugging (Testing) — code is complex. So are users. Mixing the two is always unpre­dictable, and reveals things that need fixing.
  5. Deployment (Launch) — some­times simple, but not always predictable.
  6. Review and Refinement — because lessons will be learned, and new fea­tures requested. That’s why whole process is called a devel­opment cycle.

Still, these steps don’t always take place in sequence, or at the same speed in all parts of a complex project. So some fea­tures may get pri­or­itized for an early, “minimum viable product” test-launch whilst others are delayed for a later release.

Approaching Pete to set up a new website was the best move I have made. We wanted a system that was easy to nav­igate and look good when cus­tomers shop online. Pete made the whole process simple and dealing with him was a great pleasure. He can’t do enough to help and solve any problem that may arise. I would highly recommend Pete for his exper­ience and know­ledge and total ded­ic­ation to see the project through to final con­clusion. — Steve H. Web Design: (5/5)

Starting Projects Properly

The Discovery phase is critical. It’s impossible to provide a real­istic estimate and schedule for web devel­opment pro­jects without it. The more unusual and spe­cific your needs are, the more detail we’ll need to go into before we can work those out.

That takes time — and requires direct input from all decision makers on the project. Trying to del­egate all dis­cus­sions on a large project to people without authority to make decisions rarely works.

However, Discovery some­times reveals issues that lead you to recon­sider your plans. That’s still better than com­mitting to a five- or six-figure project before learning about those issues.

So first, I offer a free pre­lim­inary con­sultation to get to know you, under­stand your broad goals, and rule out simpler solu­tions. Then, Discovery is a sep­arate, paid project that pre­cedes the main one. That way, you aren’t com­mitted to the main project until you have an informed estimate.

If you then decide to go ahead with the main project, the cost of the Discovery phase reduces the overall estimate. You get reduced risk, and I get happier clients. 

5.0 from 23 reviews
Ratings and reviews
  • 5.0 from 23 reviews
  • 16-06-2021

    Abid Hussain

    Amazing service. Professional and out­standing company to deal with. Pete has great under­standing with online require­ments and core issue’s. Spent hours on the tele­phone explaining and working on the website to bring it up-to-date. Noting but grat­itude and respect to Netcentric. Highly recommend to any one through my exper­ience they have gone above and beyond.

  • 15-05-2021

    SakineO‑1

    Pete is the most pro­fes­sional and know­ledgeable web developer I have exper­i­enced since 2016 as I have had many since. You won’t regret. I highly recommend him.

  • 15-05-2021

    Songul Yucel

    Pete is a pro­fes­sional and very helpful. I needed an online booking system for my driving school. He com­pleted the job as promised. He is very easy to work with. I can t be any happier. I will in touch again if I need help in the future. Thank you Pete!! It has been pleasure working with you !

  • 05-10-2020

    Paul Mercer

  • 26-08-2020

    Susan Baynham-Evans

    Peter expertise is exactly what I needed . When I have ideas Pete makes them work. I could not run my website without him

  • 09-07-2020

    Emma Cunliffe

    Can’t recommend him highly enough. He was extremely pro­fes­sional, laid out exactly what we needed to do and his role within that, setting expect­a­tions all round very clearly, and working within our budgetary con­straints to set clear bound­aries. He was extremely prompt and punctual in his responses and work. He was also extremely patient with his recom­mend­a­tions and explan­a­tions, which were clear and simple to follow. Excellent value for us as a charity. We’re very grateful to him — he was a real pleasure to work with.

  • 05-06-2020

    Graham Smith

    know­ledgeable and pro­fes­sional service designing and building a website for a local SME business.

  • 05-06-2020

    JWComp Sol

    Netcentrics designed, imple­mented and have main­tained our company website for many years.If you want a secure and reliable website I strongly recommend Netcentrics.

  • 05-06-2020

    Barbara Harris

    Amazing, pro­fes­sional service and speedy com­mu­nic­a­tions. Very impressed and highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2020

    Ali van Dam

    First rate! Knowledgeable, pro­fes­sional and cre­ative. I would abso­lutely use Netcentrics again for future projects.

  • 05-06-2020

    Keary Birch

    Very helpful staff who really under­stood the problem and dealt with it.

  • 21-12-2019

    Alison van Dam

    I can’t say enough good things about Netcentrics.co.uk —  thorough, know­ledgeable, ded­icated and innov­ative. Highly recommended. 

  • 05-12-2019

    Helen Rich

    Very pleased with my new e‑commerce site from Netcentrics. Very pro­fes­sional, know­ledgeable, and highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2019

    Mark Davies

    I have been using Netcentrics’ SEO service and they have impress­ively managed to get over 250 of my keywords onto the first page of the search results. A very friendly and thor­oughly pro­fes­sional service. Highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2018

    andrew cocchiara

    Many thank’s Pete for all your advice and expertise over the years. A first class pro­fes­sional service and excellent value for money.

  • 15-03-2018

    Tim D

    Just saw that my site is now in 2nd place on the first page of Google. I’m not sure what you have done, nor do I under­stand it, but it worked! Many thanks!

  • 24-02-2018

    Paul G

    It is a pleasure dealing with a pro­fes­sional with a high degree of tech­nical skill allied to a ‘can do’ pos­itive attitude. Your ability to explain tech­nical con­cepts in layman’s lan­guage is also a great advantage. I would have no hes­it­ation in recom­mending your services.

  • 03-01-2018

    Lisa

    Excellent and pro­fes­sional work from beginning to end. Pete was open to ideas and able to make sug­ges­tions on how to develop my site.

  • 05-06-2017

    Ian A

    Fast, friendly, effi­cient service that exceeded the spec and made a com­plicated job hassle free for me. Five stars, would highly recommend and would happily employ again for all things web and internet based.

  • 05-06-2017

    Mo Rich

    A flour­ishing web designer, who is thorough and metic­ulous in everything he does. Will create a great looking unique and pro­fes­sional website par­ticular to your needs.

  • 14-09-2016

    Ian A

    Pete is one of the most cre­ative, reliable, com­petent and ingenious people it has ever been my very great pleasure to work with. There is no problem he can’t find an ingenious and unex­pected way out of, and he has a work ethic you could bend horse­shoes around. I cannot recommend him highly enough for his breadth and depth of know­ledge and his total com­mitment to whichever project he is cur­rently undertaking.

  • 31-05-2015

    Jayne H

    DogLost is the UK’s largest com­munity of pet owners and res­cuers. Other developers have struggled to meet our needs, but since Peter rebuilt our site and support systems we have gone from strength to strength, winning major awards including the 2013 Innovation Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. We couldn’t have done that without him.

  • 19-11-2013

    Codyspetdeli

    Cody’s Pet Deli is an online business that sells pet food & accessories. Approaching Pete to set up a new website was the best move I have made. We wanted a system that was easy to nav­igate and look good when cus­tomers shop online.Pete made the whole process simple and dealing with him was a great pleasure. He can’t do enough to help and solve any problem that may arise. I would highly recommend Pete for his exper­ience and know­ledge and total ded­ic­ation to see the project through to final conclusion.Steve H.

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