Web Design and Development
DandyDesigns, is a Christchurch based web and business development company offering CMS and ecommerce web sites, business analysis and mentoring.
The focus of our websites is to deliver results to your business. By working with you to define your aims, analyse the best way to achieve them and then applying our experience, knowledge and skills we can help drive your business forward. See why you should choose us to build your new website for more details.
We concentrate on what your customers are looking for and will be impressed by - that's probably going to be a good looking and informative site that gives them confidence in your business, but they, or you, may have specific needs that aren't met by a cookie cutter site. It's good to find those opportunities and then to exploit them.
We also offer a Fully Managed Ecommerce service.
A few of our recent projects have been:
Galaxy Tomatoes are a well established part of Turners and Growers. When they wanted a modern, distinctive website to support their marketing drives they came to us.
We created a new design and built a custom Drupal theme, making it easy to manage, and easy to organise their content. If you haven't tried Galaxy Tomatoes yet be sure to pick some up when you're next in your favourite supermarket.
Steve has several websites, including some he's built himself, but he wanted one with a few key features: easy to update; well ranked; business generating and professional, that focuses on his professional speaking.
Steve is one of the best known personalities in New Zealand, but how many people know that he's available for corporate talks, motivational speeches and team building work? A lot more now he has a site that brings in customers and direct bookings.
If you have a chance to hear Steve talk be sure to take it - he's inspirational.
Appliance Services wanted their site to work harder for them and to have a more professional look. The aim was to keep it clean and to compliment the whiteware services that the company offers. The easy to use ZestCMS platform gives Appliance Services full control over their content and keeps their all important contact details easy to find on every page.
With ongoing SEO and Google Adwords support the site has helped Appliance Services make their Post-Quake move from Ferrymead to Brighton, if only moving location was as easy as updating your address details on a DandyDesigns website.
Many years ago we created a site for Alistair Caldicott to display his images, his writing and to advertise his books. Ali now leads to slightly more settled life in Solihull in the UK and has taken over his father's nursery business. Who was he going to come to when he needed a new site to promote the business?
The site covers the full range of products and services offered by the nursery. The site is bright and has a variety of background images to suit the content of the page being viewed. It is a very easy site to update so that Ali can modify the content as he needs. The business is highly seasonal and he uses it to promote picking seasons, hanging basket seasons, bedding plant seasons etc with both text and image galleries.
This is an eCommerce replacement of an old site that wasn't performing. The website is raising the profile of the GurneyGears brand, providing customer information and is driving distribution into new countries. On top of that it makes direct retail sales right around the world.
This is a bespoke design and the site is surprisingly big for a company with a core of 4 products. There is a wealth of information, user feedback and usage instructions on the site and the challenge was to organise it without burying anything or putting everything in the visitors face at once and just confusing them. Sales are astronomically higher than the old site and it continues to attract new distributors and users to the business.
The brief was to bring the Shoreline Toastmasters website into the modern era without making it too successful. An unusual brief, but a Toastmasters club can only have a limited number of members, and for new members to get the help and time they need there is a limit to how many a club can handle at one time.
Given the traffic that the existing site was getting we didn't need to do much to attract more potential members. We produced a design that reflects the Toastmasters International brand, using their icons, logos and core colours giving a professional and friendly look. The site runs on Drupal, giving Shoreline Toastmasters a great platform to keep their site updated as they wish. As with all of our sites we continue to manage the security and updates to the system.
Jo came to us for two key things: to be able to easily update her website with new products, services and prices, and to attract new clients to her business.
She has an incredible retention rate, and wanted to couple this with increasing the number of people picking up the phone and coming through the door. We overhauled the site to give it a much more friendly, healthy, and professional feel. She is enjoying her Content Management System as she can now alter the site however and whenever she wants to.
Kerrie at Antipodean Medical Recruitment had long had a website she had made herself, but she wanted something that would be ranked higher on search engines, generate more work for the agency and could be easily updated.
We created a new design and built her a custom ZestCMS platform to make it easy to manage. She reports that registrations are way up and that she's busier than she has ever been!
Donna and Warren wanted a site designed to attract new students to their Salsa, Merengue and Cha Cha school and provide a central location for the dance studio's dancers to share their photos and provide information on upcoming events and shows.
Latin Fire regularly update this site themselves, adding, editing and removing pages as they wish. They enjoy the content management system so much, that when they purchased Salsa Fusion, another Christchurch Salsa business, they had us migrate the second website into the same easy to use system, while retaining it's original design.
Tim at Kite Sports was looking for an updated commerce site to drive the sales that his previous e-commerce site wasn't providing. He also wanted it to be easy to edit without having to write his content in HTML.
His business, while always about kites, boards, and lessons, changes its focus with the seasons. Winter is about the snow, spring is about the mountains and summer is about the sea. He wanted his site to reflect this and to set the scene for site visitors. We created a different look for each of these kiteboarding variations that Tim can activate as the seasons change - this could have been automated but sometimes spring arrives late or the snow comes early. Pictured here is the winter version - click on the photo to go to his site and see what season is most prominent in his business right now.