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ITM is a Cape Town & Port Elizabeth based website design company. All ITM web site designs are developed in responsive web design, are mobile friendly and almost all are built on DNN Software, the #1websitedesign Content Management System for business marketing websites.

Our website designers make it their business to understand your business first, and then implement the design and technology to give you the best online solution. At ITM we pride ourselves on our ability to capture your website concept and deliver a solution tailored to your business’s digital marketing needs.
We offer our clients exceptional, value-for-money design packages, designed according to your budget.

Once we complete your website we then provide you with guidance and user support enabling you to maintain and update your own website independently.

Web Site Designs

Web site design is a crucial aspect of creating an online presence. It not only defines the aesthetic of your website but also influences user experience and functionality. Various types of web site designs cater to different needs and preferences. Here’s an overview of some common types:

Web Site Designs

Static Design: Static websites are basic in design and functionality. They are coded in HTML and display the same content to every visitor. These sites are best for small websites with a limited number of pages and with no need for frequent updates. We don't build many of these site designs these days, except as holding pages.

Dynamic Site Design: Dynamic websites can display different content and provide user interaction by using advanced programming and databases. These are suitable for sites requiring regular updates, like news portals or e-commerce sites.

Responsive Design: Responsive design ensures that a website looks good and functions well on any device, adjusting the layout according to the screen size. This is essential in today's mobile-dominated internet usage.

E-commerce Design: E-commerce designs are specifically for online stores. They include features for product display, shopping cart, and secure payment gateways. These designs are user-friendly to facilitate easy online shopping.

Single Page Website Design: Single page websites present all the content on one long scrollable page. This design is becoming popular for its simplicity and ease of use, especially for portfolios, one-product sites, or storytelling pages. SEO limitations can be overcome with an effective blogging strategy.

Minimalist Design: Emphasizing simplicity and usability, minimalist designs use minimal elements and content. This type of design focuses on user experience and content, avoiding unnecessary graphics and features.

Illustrative Design: Illustrative web designs incorporate hand-drawn illustrations and are often creative and unique. These are perfect for brands wanting to convey a friendly and playful image.

Typography-Based Design: Here, the focus is on text. Typography-based designs use creative fonts and arrangements to convey the message, suitable for blogs or editorial sites where content is king.

Grid-Based Design: Inspired by print layouts, grid-based designs organize content into a clean, rigid grid structure, offering a neat and aligned way to present information.

Parallax Design: Parallax design creates a sense of depth and immersion by having the background move at a slower rate than the foreground. This technique is popular for storytelling sites and portfolios.

Choosing a Design Look-and-Feel

In the digital landscape, your website is often the first impression you make on potential customers or clients. Choosing the right design type can significantly impact how your audience perceives your brand.

If you're looking to create or revamp your website, our team of web page designers can help craft a design that not only looks great but also aligns perfectly with your brand's message and goals. Let our webpage designers create a website that stands out and truly represents your vision.

Principles of Good Website Design

Good design not only makes a site visually appealing but also ensures it is user-friendly, accessible, and functional.

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Here are some key principles and considerations in web design that guide your webpage designers at ITM:

User Experience (UX): The website should be designed with the user in mind. It should be easy to navigate, with a clear structure and intuitive layout. User experience design focuses on ensuring the website is pleasant and efficient to use.

Responsive Design: With the increasing use of mobile devices, having a responsive design is essential. Responsive websites automatically adjust their layout to fit different screen sizes, ensuring a good user experience on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Responsive web design is now an essential aspect of any website, it allows your website to resize automatically across all devices and browsers optimising your user experience and interaction. Google and other search engines have increasingly placed emphasis on the mobile friendly aspects of website design. ITM is one of the foremost proponents of responsive web design in South Africa. A responsive website works properly on any device, obviating the need to manage different websites or apps or mobile websites. With responsive design, your website can literally become the mobile app for your business. In addition you can choose which website components you want to deploy for mobile.

Visual Elements: This includes the use of colors, fonts, images, and graphics. The visual elements should be consistent with the brand’s identity and should enhance the overall look of the website without overwhelming the content.

Content Hierarchy: Important information should be easily accessible. Using headings, subheadings, bullet points, and other formatting tools can help organize content in a way that guides visitors through the site.

Speed and Performance: A well-designed website should load quickly and run smoothly. Optimizing images, using efficient coding practices, and choosing a reliable web hosting service are critical to ensuring good website performance.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Good design is also about making sure the site is easily discoverable by search engines. This includes proper use of keywords, meta tags, alt tags for images, and creating a mobile-friendly design.

Accessibility: Designing for accessibility means ensuring the website is usable by people with disabilities. This can include using proper contrast, enabling keyboard navigation, and providing alt text for images.

Call to Action (CTA): If the website’s goal is to encourage a specific action – like making a purchase, signing up for a newsletter, or contacting for more information – prominent and clear CTAs are vital.

Consistency: Maintaining consistency throughout the website in terms of colors, font styles, and layout enhances brand identity and makes the website look professional.

Testing and Feedback: Regular testing for usability, speed, and SEO, as well as gathering user feedback, is crucial for continuous improvement of the design.

In today’s digital age, websites plays a key role in the success of an online venture. It requires a balance between aesthetic appeal and functionality, always keeping the end-user’s experience at the forefront.

Custom Web Development

Custom web development involves creating a website specifically tailored to meet your unique business needs and objectives. Unlike using pre-made templates or standard designs, custom development offers a level of personalization and functionality that can significantly enhance your online presence. Let's delve into what custom web development entails and its benefits:

Key Features of Custom Web Development

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Unique Design: Custom web development starts with a design that is created from scratch, ensuring that your website stands out and aligns perfectly with your brand identity.

Scalability: These websites are built with future growth in mind, making it easier to scale up as your business expands.

Enhanced Security: Custom sites can have advanced security measures tailored to your specific needs, offering greater protection against cyber threats.

Optimized Performance: With custom development, your website can be optimized for speed and efficiency, improving user experience and search engine rankings.

Integration Capabilities: Easily integrate with third-party APIs, systems, or software that your business relies on, ensuring seamless operation.

SEO-Friendly: Custom websites can be optimized for search engines from the ground up, helping improve your online visibility.

Advantages of Custom Web Development

Competitive Edge: A unique website can set you apart from competitors, showcasing your brand’s individuality and strengths.

Tailored User Experience: Custom development allows for creating a user experience that precisely meets your audience's needs and preferences.

Long-Term Cost Efficiency: While the initial investment might be higher, custom websites can be more cost-efficient in the long run due to their scalability and durability.

Adaptability: Change and update your website easily as your business evolves or as new web technologies emerge.

When to Consider Custom Web Development

Unique Business Requirements: If your business has specific needs that cannot be met by off-the-shelf solutions.

High Traffic Websites: For handling large volumes of traffic and transactions, like e-commerce platforms.

Niche Industries: If your business operates in a specialized industry with unique requirements.

At the heart of a successful online presence is a website that not only looks great but also functions perfectly according to your business needs. Custom web development offers this level of precision and personalization. If you’re looking to create a website that truly resonates with your brand and offers an unparalleled user experience, our team is here to help. We specialize in crafting custom web solutions that align with your vision and goals. Let’s work together to build a web presence that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

DNN Software for Web Design

ITM web design company has specialised in the DNN software environment because we believe that DNN Software provides the best website content management system for business. Although we have developed websites in other content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, DNN Software is, in our opinion, a by far, superior CMS.

DNN web design software formerly known as DotNetNuke is the leading website content management system (CMS) available. This software generates easy-to-manage pages and updates websites with a professional look and feel. The community version is open-source. ITM webpage services only charges for implementation.

It is for this reason that ITM web design prices and packages are so competitive. We provide excellent value for money with great website designs.

Please compare what we offer on our web design costs & packages with any other website designer.

ITM Website Design Company

With over 20 years as website designers and one of the oldest web design firms in South Africa, ITM web design company has the experience you need to make a website that grows with you and excels at marketing your business. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Most web designers encourage clients to manage their websites themselves and often provide training and video tutorials for this purpose.

ITM provide guidance and support for DNN Software CMS.

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ITM websites are built using a content management system (CMS). You will only need to login to the website to gain access to the edit functionality we have built into the website. Regular updates and maintenance play an important role in keeping a website current and attractive to visitors.

In addition we provide support and guidance on updating the various features i.e. Blogs, Image galleries, text and images. Generally, content updates should not take very long.

You are also welcome to ask ITM to help make minor updates. A reasonable fee, charged by the half-hour, will be charged for larger updates.

Website design significantly affects your business performance. A well-designed site can enhance user experience and potentially increase sales, while a poorly designed one can negatively impact your brand and sales​​. There is no need for you to struggle with what you have, Get a Quote - it is definitely worth your while.

The time it takes to build a website can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the size and complexity of the website, the design requirements, and the experience of the web designer.

In general, it can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to build a simple website. For a basic website with a few pages and limited features, it may take a web designer a few days to complete. However, for a more complex website with multiple pages, custom web design elements, and advanced features, it can take several weeks or even months to build.

It's important to keep in mind that building a website is an iterative process that involves multiple stages, including planning, UI design, web development, testing, and launch. This process can take time, especially if you want to ensure that the website is well-designed, user-friendly, and free of bugs and other issues.

Ultimately, the time it takes to build a website depends on many factors and can vary greatly from project to project. If you have specific time constraints or deadlines, it's best to discuss these with your ITM web designer in advance to ensure that the project can be completed within your desired timeframe.

It all depends on you.

In practice ITM is capable of developing your website as quickly as it takes for you to provide us with your content text and pictures. This can take anything between a few days for a simple website or a few months for more complex website developments. We use Rapid Application Development Software tools to greatly speed up development of the website design software. With 25 years of experience, we have also built up an extensive software library to meet many user case scenarios.

Our record is 10 hours!

eCommerce websites by their nature can take much longer because it takes time to gather the content. If we have a complete sitemap structure and all the content, we can give you a more accurate estimate.

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  • Freelance Designers: They typically charge between R1200 and R1600 per hour. A new business website can cost between R100,000 and R200,000.
  • DIY Website Builders: These are a more budget-friendly option, with prices ranging from R120 to R6000 per month for platforms like Shopify and Wix.
  • Small Business Websites: Costs range from R20,000 to R120,000+, depending on the complexity and functionality required​​​​.

ITM have one of the most competitive rates in the industry because we are focused on developing long term relationships with our clients.

In addition we use Rapid Application Development Software tools to greatly speed up development of the website design.

Accordingly, by far the majority of your marketing budget can be allocated to the digital marketing of your website - online business - rather than to the actual development of the website.

The costs of web design are escalated by the following factors:

Website Design - Custom website design is a time consuming development task, made more so by the need to make sure that the design actually works well in Mobile Responsive Design.
Website Development - Custom website software development is also time consuming. Quality website design requires application software.
Project creep - when the specification for the website development changes after the project has commenced.
Third Party Software - can be expensive, but mostly well-worth the investment

See ITM Web Design Prices. The Express website design package includes EVERYTHING you need for a great website and includes ALL the tools for a great website marketing solution. If you are looking to do it right from the start then the Express package is what you need.

The DNN Software CMS has a modular design and allows you to add functionality and applications as your website develops over time.

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While many designers prefer WordPress due to its flexibility and ease of use, it is not the only option. Other CMS platforms are also widely used depending on the project's requirements.

We prefer DNN Software, but we have web development resources for other CMS platforms.

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Responsive web design ensures that your website adapts to different screen sizes, providing an optimal viewing experience across various devices like smartphones, tablets, and desktops​​​.

ITM build websites in responsive design, specifically mobile-first design. Get a Quote

Most web design firms offer ongoing support and maintenance services. It’s advisable to discuss long-term support options with your web designer.

ITM provides ongoing support contracts. Get a Quote

Please provide the following:

  • Large high quality logo in transparent PNG format
  • Corporate Identity if available
  • Website domain(s) and email accounts to be used for website communications
  • About section – who, what, where, when, experience set
  • Pages required and page content for all pages
  • A few Blog Posts 
  • Full contact details (Physical, Postal, Telephone, Facsimile? Email, Mobile)
  • Images for the site including images for a gallery
  • Document downloads in PDF format
  • Credentials, qualifications, compliance, admissions details
  • Social Network pages – FB, TW, Instagram, Linkedin etc including adding ITM as administrators on these business pages - Add [email protected] & [email protected]

Any other suggestions or questions are welcome. If you have a colour scheme in mind please let us have this. All text content and website imagery that you can provide will be welcome. If you have brochures, sales pamphlets and other material please make sure we get to see and receive these as soon as possible.

For e-commerce applications we’ll need complete product information and high resolution original quality images for all products.

We regard the content you provide as merely a start because content has to be continually developed and refined.

Our Digital Marketing Service includes:

  • All your content will be edited to better express the SEM objectives of your business online
  • We’ll also make every effort to understand your business completely and therefore be able to draft quality, relevant content for your site
  • We’ll make sure that all relevant keywords are integrated into your website content
  • We draft quality content for your news blogs.

Website builders are user-friendly online platforms that allow creation of website design without needing to code. They are suitable for various types of websites, including e-commerce and general purpose brochure websites​. There are a number of great platforms such as shopify, squarespace and wix. There are limitations on the customisation available, and functionality is limited to what is provided.

If you are not design oriented then you may struggle to get the desired effect you want from the website builder. Get a Quote from ITM, it may be worth your while to get us to build the website on our platform for you.

CMS stands for Content Management System. It allows you to manage digital content on your website without needing extensive knowledge in web programming or web development. Examples include WordPress, Joomla, Shopify, and DNN Software.

ITM website design use DNN Software because we believe it is superior in many ways, specifically with regard to security, usability and scalability. Ask us for a demo.

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