Web Design in Johannesburg
We create beautiful, user-friendly websites that reflect your brand. The benefits of working with a dedicated web design agency in Johannesburg.
Why is web design important, and what are its benefits?
In the competitive online landscape, companies are most certainly judged by their websites, despite the fact that we are taught not to judge a book by its cover. Whether you make a great first impression with your website’s aesthetics, functionality, and user-friendliness, or not, is up to you.
Our web design company has been providing great web design in Johannesburg and across South Africa for many years. We have found just how important it is to handle every aspect of web design correctly. Among these are navigation, speed, readability, consistency, effective layout, and many coding elements.
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What are the differences between Web Design and Web Development?
In the context of a website, web designers are like architects, and web developers are like engineers who bring the architect’s vision to life. The team takes all the stylistic and aesthetic elements of the website and transforms them into a working website.
When designers and developers are able to work together toward a shared vision, the best websites are produced. As a web development and web design agency, Southern Sons has the capability of combining all these elements seamlessly.
How does one design a good website?
Any person who spends even a little time online is probably familiar with some of the terrific free website builders that are available – such as WordPress. One of the most important innovations of the digital age is the ability to establish a foothold in the online arena for even the smallest businesses.
That’s pretty cool! Nonetheless, this has also meant that, as businesses grow, they are forced to build off a basic website, which has not been designed with the long term in mind. In Google’s increasingly complex algorithms, search engines like Google increasingly consider mobile-friendliness, user experience, and site load time.
Customer esthetics have changed
Consumers’ preferences for websites have changed as well. Sites with a simple design and easy navigation have become increasingly popular. We often see web design sites that cram too much information and too many images into their homepage, confusing and frustrating visitors. Consequently, they are more likely to click away and look for information from a competitor.
Another common mistake is to focus too much on the visuals and not enough on the functionality of the website. If your customers cannot find the information they are looking for on your website, even the most beautiful website will not attract them.
We offer a variety of web design services.
First impressions are important, and what better way to achieve this than by having a website that is professionally designed and user-friendly?
We at Southern Sons understand the importance of having a website for your company. Without a website, consumers cannot find your products or services on the internet, leaving them no choice but to look at your competitors’ websites.
Even a beautifully designed website is meaningless if it fails to convert visitors into customers. Thus, we design websites that are optimized for conversion, resulting in a website that is both beautifully designed and extremely functional.
A dedicated team of web designers takes care of every aspect of your website. This includes maintaining your valuable databases, ensuring the security of your website, and keeping your servers operating properly. Our mission is to ensure that your website operates smoothly 24/7, 365 days a year.
Creating and managing content.
Although the look and feel of your website play a significant role in establishing its identity, it is your content that gives it meaning. You can trust our team of talented and experienced content creators to craft engaging and informative copy that will take your website development to the next level.
It is for a reason that they say “Content is King” – a good content marketing strategy will always be an important aspect of a successful website. Our ability to provide design, SEO, and content services under one roof makes us unique among web design companies in Johannesburg.
If you would like to learn more about our comprehensive WordPress website design service, please contact us today. We provide web design services in Johannesburg and elsewhere in South Africa to clients seeking visually stunning, highly functional websites.
WordPress Web Design in Johannesburg.
From its beginnings as a simple blogging platform, WordPress has grown into a complete content management system that is used by millions of businesses. WordPress is used by giants such as CNN, The White House, and Forbes. Utilizing WordPress can save you time and money because you will not need to go through the process of completely coding the website.
Our clients also benefit by being able to easily add new content (such as your latest blog post) themselves, without having to entrust the task to a third party. In addition, while the basics are easy to understand, if you want your WordPress-based website to truly stand out, you will need expert-level skills and experience.
We can provide you with a WordPress web design service that will prove invaluable in this regard. Our team is able to help you with additional functionality and plug-ins for your WordPress-based website or, create a website that you can easily update.
In part, this is due to the fact that WordPress integrates so well with search engine optimization. In addition to helping us design great-looking, highly functional sites for our clients, it also simplifies the process of getting them ranked higher in search engine results.
Looking for a web design agency in Johannesburg that you can trust?
We at Southern Sons have the advantage over other web design companies in Johannesburg since we are also SEO experts, which allows us to design websites that incorporate the latest SEO practices. In addition, we design your website from start to finish – we do not outsource to other companies.
Therefore, we consider all options to ensure that your targeted audiences have a positive user experience and can be captured and converted quickly. Increasing your bottom line through our creative design strategy results in increased traffic conversion.
In addition, we are a design and branding team that has created numerous eCommerce websites for start-ups and corporations in a variety of industries.
Let us help you make a significant difference in your bottom line by discussing your creative design needs today!
Ready for results?
Would you like to learn more about our web design in Johannesburg? If you would like us to design your site from scratch or enhance your site, we will provide you with a free proposal within three working days. Here’s all you have to do:
Contact us with basic information about your company and budget.
Review our Proposal
Take some time to consider our proposal and get back to us.
You do you
While we implement the plan crafted for you, you can focus on running your business.
We send our proposal
Wait 1-3 working days to hear back from our web design specialist in Johannesburg.
Start collaborating with our expert developers and designers.
Give us your feedback and let us know if you require one of our other services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Web Design FAQ
My new business idea will be huge, maybe the next SaaS. Can you help?
Yes. Websites like Facebook, Amazon and Twitter are not like standard websites. They require thousands of hours of work just to get the portal or website launched. You’ll need a team of developers on hand 24 hours a day to keep the website running smoothly. Us at Southern Sons Group can assist you with bespoke Web Development Projects.
Do I really need a website?
Yes definitely! If you want to expand your business, get more enquiries or become the go to person in your industry then you should have a website. In times of a global pandemic you might want to think about accepting online bookings or even expand into ecommerce.
Do you build mobile friendly websites?
Yes certainly. Your website will be fully responsive and will look great on all devices. Responsive Web Design is already included and we do not charge extra for it.
I already have a website, how easy is it to change it?
Great, you already have a website! That means we can build your new website whilst your legacy website is still online. Once you are happy with the design and we can then swap the old site for the new one. We will even cater for 301 redirects if applicable. It can take as little as 10 minutes for the new website to be visible. This means you’ll barely even notice a drop in your website traffic.
What if I don’t want to use WordPress, can I choose something else?
Yes of course. But to be honest we prefer making use of WordPress to build websites. WordPress is a CMS that’s easily accessible for our clients to update themselves and is search engine friendly. Another value add is easy to integrate with third-party companies.
How do you build my website?
We design your website from scratch using a number of tools. One of them is an open discussion with you and doing research on your competitors. You are also welcome to provide us with ideas or website you have on mind. We typically build your website using a platform known as WordPress.
Will you write the text for me?
It depends on the package you choose. We are happy to write the text for your website if you would like. We have a copywriter who will create the content for your website so you don’t have to. This may incur extra charges.
Can I update the website myself?
Yes absolutely. Once your website has been built we provide you with individual learning videos. We will also provide you with all the tools to be able to make website amendments. We make use of an easy-to-use platform called WordPress. Thus you can add edit and delete content without paying us to do it for you.
What if I don’t want to manage the website. Do you have a Maintenance Package for me?
Yes, we can arrange a website maintenance package to suit your needs. This can range from 1hr per month to 40 hours per month. We can discuss a package that’s right for you.
Who hosts the website?
We usually include hosting in our quotes. So it is easier for you to manage only one vendor. We offer a variation of hosting options starting from Shared Hosting to VPS and Cloud Hosting. We have access to Server Locations around the world which will be beneficial for your local SEO. In South Africa alone we have Server Locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
What are your web design payment terms?
Yes, we split the payment into two. The first 50% is usually taken once you have accepted our proposal. The balance is to be paid on handover.
What will we need from you?
It all depends on what type of website you want us to build for you. All of this can be discussed during our discovery call before we start working together. Depending on which package we agree on we could need…
- Images of you and your team
- Images of your workplace
- Content for the website e.g. text, PDFs, etc
- Staff Profiles
- Any Videos you would like to add to the website
- Login details to your existing website
- Cpanel or server access if not hosted with us
We are also able to transfer and migrate the content from your legacy website to your new website.
How do we communicate throughout the webdesign build?
Before we start working together, we’ll usually have an initially chat on the phone or via Microsoft Teams or Zoom to discuss the project. Once we get started, most of the communication will take place over email.
This makes the process a lot easier as we will have all of the information saved and can come back to it later. Once the project is finished, we will arrange an 1hr digital marketing training session.
How long does it take to build and design a website?
Where is your agency based?
Our digital agency is remotely headquartered in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. We’ve helped many local businesses throughout SA achieve exceptional results in highly competitive markets like Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
What hours does your agency operate?
Our standard hours are between 08:00 – 18:00, Monday to Friday. However, we understand that emergencies can happen, or that waiting until the next working day for assistance might not be ideal. That’s why we also offer after-hours support (weekends, public holidays, and between the hours of 18:00 – 08:00) so you can get a hold of us whenever you need to. Our after-hours support is charged as an additional monthly fee. Let us know if this is something you’d be interested in, and we will happily include it as part of your retainer.
I’m also a digital marketing agency. Can we work together?
We often help other agencies with projects that are either larger or more specialized than they are used to handling on their own. If you’re offering digital marketing services and have clients requiring solutions you’re not equipped to handle, please reach out to our business development team. So if you need professional consultation or to white label our services, simply get in touch with us.
Do you have offices I can visit?
Unfortunately not. As an online marketing company, we have fully-embraced operating remotely. We use popular video conferencing technology like Microsoft Teams to ensure our communication with you is clear, effective, and human. This makes it easy for us to work with clients across the globe. As an added benefit, you’ll never need to leave your own office when we start working on your campaigns. However, if you are based in South Africa, we will gladly visit your offices to discuss your project in person as and when needed.
My company is not in South Africa. Can we still work together?
Yes, we can. We work with many international clients. We’ll begin by taking the time to understand the market you’re looking to target. With those regional insights in mind, and after examining your local competitors, we’ll help expand your brand’s reach anywhere in the world.
What competitive advantage does Southern Sons offer its clients?
Most other marketing agencies only offer a fraction of what DMA can give their clients. DMA is a one-stop-shop for SEO, PPC, social media marketing, reputation management, web development, and more, providing businesses with a single entity to cover all of their needs. Our internal structure enables our teams to work together to produce exceptional results for our clients, building a bridge between each of our services. We also take care of eCommerce, mobile apps, and website optimizations
Why use Southern Sons when I can hire in-house?
Cost-effective, no payroll hassle, access latest technology and trends, new insights and different perspective, not company-blind (outside people see your business with a different view and approach.
What types of companies / industries do you work with?
Southern Sons Group works with a variety of companies, from small startups to large enterprises, delivering expert digital marketing.
Whether you’re big or small, our approach is always the same – thorough industry research, understanding your business and goals, and then making it happen.
We’ve helped 100s of B2B and B2C companies this way, and we can help yours too.
If you’re just wanting to take your company online for the very first time, you’re an established player looking to further dominate your market, or you’re anything in between – just reach out to us.
We would be more than happy to work together.
What happens after I request a quote?
We’ll spend some time analyzing your digital marketing goals and budget, conducting research, and creating a winning strategy.
Once finalized, we’ll submit this plan to you and can then discuss whether you would like to proceed with it
Quotes are sent within 1-3 working days after you’ve gotten in touch with us (depending on the scope of what your brand is looking to accomplish.
What happens after I accept the quote?
Your onboarding officially begins!
Our onboarding process is purpose-built to ensure a smooth transition between sales, finance, and production. An easy and seamless client experience in this transition is of paramount importance.
Our process involves finalizing contracts, connecting with Accounting, assigning dedicated strategists, and conducting thorough kick-off meetings.
Upon receiving a signed SOW, your New Business Strategist at Digitopia will connect with the CEO of our company to review the contract, countersign the agreement, and send it back to you for your records.
Within 72 hours of receiving a signed SOW, our Accounting Department will be in touch with a request for initial payment.
For multi-service clients, you will be assigned a dedicated Account Strategist as your main point of contact. Unlike the typical “overloaded Account Manager,” your strategist only leads a handful of clients. This allows each strategist the time needed to immerse themselves completely in your brand. Your strategist will act as a seamless extension of your internal team.
Initial Audit & Kickoff Meeting:
Prior to the client kickoff meeting, the team will have requested access to all necessary platforms and reporting tools, which will be used to perform an initial audit of all relevant systems and past marketing activities.
Your account team will come prepared for the workshop-style kickoff meeting (3-6 hours) with additional questions and recommendations on how to prioritize your digital marketing opportunities.
In this meeting, all stakeholders will review a detailed project/service timeline as well as examples of deliverables that will be developed within the first 8 weeks. Additionally, we’ll work through a series of discovery and planning exercises that span subjects such as: sales process and performance, marketing goals and current performance, market segmentation, buyer personas, content marketing, advertising channels, and more.
Who will run my account?
You will have two main points of contact: your account manager and strategy expert.
Your account manager will be your main point of contact, handling your day-to-day queries and ensuring you are always up-to-date on your marketing campaign’s progress.
Your strategy expert is an experienced professional that specializes in a particular core service at SSG (e.g. an SEO specialist or web developer).
They are responsible for the execution of your online marketing campaigns.
You’ll be able to communicate with both your account manager and strategy expert in meetings or via email.
How often will I be communicated with?
For longer status/reporting meetings, we will coordinate a frequency based on your preferences. This can be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
Otherwise, during the ongoing running of your account, we will communicate with you (telephonically or via email) as often as is necessary. We understand how important timely feedback can be, so you can expect any email queries to be responded to within 1 working day.
We’ll also keep you informed about deadlines and task completions where applicable.
What if I decide I don’t want to proceed after receiving the quote?
Ultimately, your satisfaction is what is most important to us. We want to help you, and we will – whether by partnering or by parting ways.
Should you decide that you don’t want to work with us, we will gladly refer you on to a different consultant or agency who might be better suited for your project.
Similarly, if we don’t think we’d be the right digital marketing agency to execute your campaign, we’ll put you in touch with one that is.
We’ve spent time developing connections with other marketing companies, and will only refer you on to those we trust.