We develop websites that deliver! We strive to balance the goals of our clients with website development best practices and the latest in online technology platforms. We work closely with our clients to assess their goals, target market and budget. Our custom websites put your company on the top and deliver a website solution precisely to your businesses specifications.
We are fortunate to have built relationships with hundreds of businesses in Ontario and throughout the region. We’re honored to have them as clients, and we truly enjoy working with them continually to grow their businesses.
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Our Ontario web development team is knowledgeable in all of the latest web development coding technologies and trends. We develop using cutting edge Web 2.0 Internet solutions that enables us to create efficient, feature rich, highly interactive websites that have the ability to scale to millions of users. If your business needs a highly scalable website or extensive database programming, we do have the resources and talent to deliver powerful, custom internet solutions and web applications.
As you seek a web development partner we encourage you to confirm that your new website will be built on a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS will give you control to login to the backend of your new website, make changes and updates to key areas of your site. Most CMS systems will enable you to add and edit text content, add and edit blog posts, and even add or swap out images and videos. As the leading SEO company in Ontario, we feel that every website should include a powerful CMS so that you can manage your own web content.
In 2003 WordPress was released as free and open source blogging tool built using PHP and MySQL. Since then it has evolved into a powerful, full-featured content management system (CMS). Word Press has many features including a plug-in system and a design template system. As referenced in Wikipedia, WordPress is used by over 23.3% of the Internets’ top ten million websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system on the internet. Approximately 40% or more of all new websites use WordPress. Raincross typically recommends WordPress for our client’s that have the need for a robust CMS. In fact our our own site, Raincross.com, is a custom WordPress website. WordPress is a very powerful CMS and is supported by a tremendous community of developers and designers that are constantly updating and creating new features. Raincross is the top WordPress website developer in Ontario.
Similar to WordPress, Joomla! is a free and open source content management system for publishing website content. Also, similar to WordPress, Joomla is coded using PHP. Joomla uses object-oriented programming techniques and stores data in a MySQL or MS SQL database. Joomla features many of the same functions you will find in WordPress (or via WordPress plugins) such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for international languages. Joomla has been downloaded nearly 35 million times. And like WordPress, Joomla has a strong development community with over 12,000 free and commercial plugins. Joomla is the third most used CMS, behind only WordPress and Drupal. WordPress typically has an advantage with respect to newer features because of its popularity.
Along with WordPress and Joomla Drupal is a popular content management system platform in today’s marketplace. It is a completely open source program, which many people prefer, especially those who are more technically savvy. The Drupal platform is extremely powerful, and typically requires less resources than that of WordPress and Joomla. Drupal can be set up for anything from a simple blog to a content portal used by large corporations.
Interested in selling products online? WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that works great with our custom WordPress websites. Woo e-commerce supports many payment options, including: PayPal, Google checkout, Amazon Payments, and Authorize.net. We’ve found WooCommerce to be a great eCommerce system and usually more cost effective than a full-featured e-commerce system like Magento. We generally recommend a WooCommerce integration, if you plan to sell 100 items or less. WordPress + WooCommerce is a great and cost-friendly e-commerce your new website.
Magento is a feature-rich, and highly customizable e-commerce platform that uses open-source technology. The Magento platform provides online businesses with a powerful product catalog management including a full flexibility and control over the look, content and functionality of your online store. Magento is both an e-commerce system and a content management system for informational pages of your website. Magento’s backend features powerful marketing, robust promotional rules, search engine optimization and catalog-management controls. Raincross has experience developing e-commerce websites on both Enterprise and Community editions of Magento.
Shopify is an easy-to-use e-commerce platform for those wanting to quickly and affordably start their online store. With you don’t have to worry about servers and expensive hosting costs because it’s all handled by Shopify. Since it’s a fully hosted platform we get to focus wholly on the design of your website instead of full- development and coding, this, often times, results in quicker turnaround times and lower cost to you when compared to other e-commerce projects.
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