Web Development

Fourth Generation Computer Services has been involved in a number of web development projects including the creation and maintenance of an on-line shopping & ordering application.

We are also responsible for the on-going development and maintenance of a variety of company websites and are currently involved in re-designing the website of a law firm, as well as establishing a company intranet portal.

We are keen to ensure our web developments meet the specified requirements, while maintaining a consistent appearance and feel throughout.

Fourth Generation has many years of experience in arranging and configuring both commercial and home internet access, ranging from standard ADSL wireless routing, to leased-line business connections with hardware firewall security.

 

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Website Design & E-commerce.

We are involved in a number of Web development projects, plus on-going maintenance of companies’ websites.

Guidance on Hosting Options.

We offer guidance on hosting types and companies based on business requirements and assist with account setup and configuration.

Content Management Systems.

We develop applications and processes which make it straightforward for employees to update active sites in a very user friendly ‘what you see is what you get’ manner.


Case Study Newly acquired business requiring a web presence

Whenever asked for our recommendations for registering domains and creating websites we usually recommend that the end user creating a web hosting account directly with a reputable hosting company. That way they can retain ownership and control over their website and email setup without being reliant upon third parties which can complicate matters unnecessarily.

We offer guidance on hosting companies based on business requirements and assist with account setup and configuration. We then design and develop the website which is bespoke for each client tailored to meet the customer’s needs.

This was the case when assisting the new owners of a Norfolk based Bed & Breakfast establish a web presence in order to promote their newly acquired business. We offered advice as to appropriate domain hosting companies and packages based on their website requirements and assisted with the account setup and configuration to ensure the domains were registered, email accounts created and configured on a laptop, passwords were documented and everything was in place for a website to be uploaded.

Our creative and artistic skills are being utilised as we are currently in the process of further developing the website, initially built with basic pages and content, then with additional content managed elements such as picture galleries and testimonials sections being developed and refined in line with the client’s wishes and preferences.

Next on the list will be SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and assisting with marketing.


Case Study Lincoln based charity requiring an easy way to update their website

When the resident website expert was looking to move away from the Lincoln area we were asked to look at making the current HTML based website more accessible so that the charity’s remaining resident self-confessed website non-experts could update pages on a regular basis, without the need to learn HTML.

We support our clients’ websites on an ongoing basis. However, sometimes non-technically minded employees need the ability to add content such as news and events on a regular basis. We develop applications and processes which make it straightforward for employees to update active sites in a very user friendly ‘what you see is what you get’ manner.

We ran through the site in great detail and pinpointed the main areas that needed to be content managed on the basis that content on the remaining pages only needed updating every few years, which we would be happy to assist with whenever required. We then set to work recreating a select few pages utilising Joomla, PHP and MySQL.

By the time we had finished, the users had an admin login page from where they could edit the Home page using an interface resembling a Desk Top Publishing application, with picture, shape, colour and text tools available to ensure the artistic aesthetics could be retained! Events and picture galleries could also be added, modified or rearranged on the page, with headings and links customised. All this was topped off with a ‘single click’ method of backing up and restoring the MySQL database from multiple revisions, should users wish to undo changes.

Working to a fixed budget, this was a challenging but very rewarding project!


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