Web Development

Best Web Development Agency in South Africa.

Web Development Agency

Southern Sons Group is a professional website development agency in South Africa that can help take your brand to the next level. Our web dev services were created to help bring your vision to life!

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Front & Backend Web Development Agency

In hiring our web development agency, you will gain access to a full team of professional developers, designers, marketers, and other specialists. Getting in touch with us is easy, and we are completely customer-oriented. It is important to us that we pay close attention to each request and suggestion that our clients make.

Southern Sons Group is one of the best website development companies in South Africa, offering both front- and back-end development.

Front-end development involves the design of the website as well as creating a pleasant user experience for visitors.

In contrast, back-end web development is concerned with ensuring that everything on the server side works correctly. This type of web development is crucial to the development of dynamic websites and consists of a server, an application, and a database. In order for the front-end to exist, these components must be present.

We work with Top Brands around the world​

Southern Sons Group is a top site dev company based in South Africa, but we provide our services to businesses and organizations across the world. Our dedicated team of developers and designers provides outstanding solutions to anyone that reaches out to us. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small, mid-size or large business, we have the experience and expertise to help you reach new heights. All you have to do is get in touch with us and share a bit of information about your brand, and our specialists will create the perfect strategy for you.

Our Web Development Services

We provide a wide range of web development services through our team of professional developers and designers. You may also send us a custom request in addition to the standard solutions we offer.

Websites

Our website development services are all about using the latest technologies and trends to help propel your site to new heights. We focus on database integration, improving the design, and boosting site speed.

CMS

You can rely on our specialists to enhance the quality of your CMS website. Simply let us know what your preferred content management system is, and we’ll come up with a unique solution for you.

APIs

With a team of professional developers, we can help you plan and launch API-feed applications. This can help you create personalized customer experiences and accelerate shared workflows.

Web Applications

We’ve created web applications for companies in various industries. One of the services we specialise in is developing database applications.

Code Optimization

Do you already have a site that you’d like us to improve? If so, you should consider our code optimisation services to unlock the full potential of your website.

eCommerce Platforms

One of the areas we specialise in involves web development of sites that run on ecommerce platforms like WordPress, Magento, and Woocommerce.

Our other digital marketing solutions

Nearly all of our clients use our services multiple times. If you’re interested in more than just working with our web dev consultants, we suggest you also consider some of the following solutions we provide:

Web Design

Web development and design go hand-in-hand perfectly. If you’re interested, we can create a package deal that will include both services at an affordable price.

SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) represents one of the main pillars of digital marketing. It’s also the best way to drive organic traffic to your website.

Hosting

Southern Sons Group is a top web development agency in South Africa with technical resources to host your website or mobile application. We offer both classic and shared web hosting services.

Website Maintenance

Every website needs regular maintenance, which is what we offer to all of our clients. We can help you ensure that your website is running smoothly at all times.

Ready for results?

Are you interested in learning more about our website development services? If you’re curious to find out which approach we would take to enhance your site or you’d like us to build it from scratch, you can get a free proposal from us within 1 working day. Here’s all you have to do:

Contact Us

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 dev specialists.

Project start

Start collaborating with our expert developers and designers.

Feedback us

Give us your feedback and let us know if you require one of our other services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Web Design FAQ

General FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

It takes approximately 4-8 weeks to build a website from start to finish, providing we have all the information from you. To be honest with you upfront: the website will only take a long time if we are still waiting for text and images from you. So the sooner you provide this information to us the faster we can do our job.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

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.

Onboarding FAQ

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.

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. 

Finalizing Contracts:

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.

Accounting:

Within 72 hours of receiving a signed SOW, our Accounting Department will be in touch with a request for initial payment. 

Dedicated Strategist:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Billing & Contract Terms

Bank Transfers:

This is an easy and secure way to pay. You will submit your bank information electronically when you receive your invoice via email.

We hold bank accounts in South Africa and Europe.

No, there are never any hidden costs with Loom. We cover all of our work in the set monthly retainer. However, you’ll need to cover any biddable media spend such as Google Ads, Microsoft Ads, and Facebook Ads. This is billed separately to our management fee.

Contact your strategist via email to request a cancellation of services.

Recurring Service SOW’s must be terminated with at least 90 days written notice (a “rolling 90” agreement).

There are three types of potential SOW’s that may be established between Digitopia and its clients.

Project SOWs:

Project SOWs are services that start and complete over four (4) or more weeks. In order to commence the SOW, a payment of 50% of the total investment is due on or before the date of the kick-off workshop (“kick-off”). The second and final invoice for the remaining balance of the total investment will be sent when the scope of work is complete. This invoice is “due upon receipt.” Project SOW’s are priced as a flat-rate. Project pricing can vary greatly ($10k-100k) due to the amount of work that a client may or may not need to establish their foundation, or what we call an “ecosystem.”

On-Demand SOWs:

On-Demand SOWs are services that start and complete in less than four (4) weeks. Payment is due upon completion of an On-Demand SOW. On-Demand SOWs are priced hourly. Hourly rates range from R550-R650 per hour, depending on the service requested.

Recurring Service SOWs:

Recurring Service SOWs are services that repeat on a monthly basis. Payments are due on or before the 1st of each service month. Recurring Service SOW’s are priced as a flat-rate on a monthly recurring basis. Recurring service pricing can vary greatly (R10k-50k per month) due to the number of areas of our client’s “ecosystem” that we manage and execute. Our pricing does not include advertising spend as those fees are paid directly to advertising channels.

Pay-for-Performance

We do not offer pay-for-performance terms with our agreements due to the long-term approach of a quality program. For this reason, only a small percentage of your investment can be measured for ROI within the same period that the investment was made – the majority of your investment will result in assets that drive audience growth long after our work is done.

We use Sage Cloud Accounting for invoicing and accounting. Invoices are set up with the payment schedule and terms as described in your signed master services agreement (MSA).

Initial invoice(s) will be sent out within the first few days of signing, with the option of paying via EFT directly from the invoice.

We only accept EFT. Cash deposit will incur charges which will be billed back to the client.

Each project we work on is specific to the business we are working with. As a result, we do not use a standardized pricing model. Each campaign is tailored to the business we are working with based on what they are looking to achieve and how we can get them there. If you’re interested in getting a custom quote that will produce value and make sense to you in the long term, please give us a call or fill out our contact form. One of our sales representatives will learn more about your business and provide you with your own custom quote.

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