Web site design Kent

We are a Kent web design and marketing company that have been designing and building effective websites for over ten years. We provide website design and maintenance services to organisations throughout the UK (and international) but a large percentage of our work is from Kent based companies.

We have provided the following types of website to businesses and organisations in Kent:

  • Marketing websites for clients such as BP Travel Marketing, Orbital Marketing, Orbital Response, Jem Education
  • Business websites for clients as as Fitzpatrick Woolmer, Orbital Marketing,
  • Ecommerce websites such as shops for medical products (C Pro Direct), gardening products (defenders), photo frames (Occasion Photos), music CDs, (Crowthers), craft materials (Okey dokey wood)
  • Architect websites (Barnes Woodfield)
  • Local authority websites for Canterbury City Council
  • Schools websites for schools such as Sturry Primary, Hersden Primary, Bradstow school,  Royal School for the deaf
  • Charity websites as as Remap, Canterbury Rotary, Lions, The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, VLV,
  • Consultant websites such as for Basford Managemnet consultants
  • Healthcare websites such as Pilgrims Way Nursing Home, Gavin Astor House, Tankerton Dental

Our web site design expertise

Cornish WebServices offers expertise in:

  • accessible websites which comply with DDA requirements
  • web sites which the client can update themselves
  • marketing websites for business to generate leads
  • larger business or corporate websites
  • database driven websites
  • ecommerce and selling on-line via a secure server
  • search engine optimisation
  • marketing of websites

All our websites are designed taking into account

  • accessibility issues - so the web site is viewable by all
  • legal issues - so correct cookies policies and data protection / privacy policies included
  • marketing issues - viewable by search engines

Within Cornish WebServices we have extensive experience of creating database driven websites, specifically within the areas of Banking, Education, Healthcare, International Marketing and the Media Business. These websites were designed for other companies and so are not listed under the Cornish WebServices portfolio of projects.

We do not use standard templates, so each website is unique. All websites are designed with future maintenance and accessibility issues in mind. The following are a selection of some of the websites we have designed or upgraded to be accessible and/or visible to the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu (Chinese), Yandex and Rambler (Russian):

Contact us for a more up to date list of client websites. More detail on some of these websites can be found on the following pages -

Kent Websites we have designed, built or maintained:

Maketing & Business websites

  • BP Travel Marketing, Kent based company promoting travel brochures and marketing
  • Orbital Marketing - corporate website for company based in Ashford, Kent
  • Orbital Response, Charity Dynamics - Response and Fulfilment websites for Kent business
  • Jem Education - Kent based company supplying marketing to the eduction sector
  • Fitzpatrick Woolmer- website maintenance and marketing for Kent business in Medway providing signage
  • Ecommerce websites such as shops for medical products (C Pro Direct),
  • Ecommerce shop for gardening products (defenders),
  • Online shop for photo frames (Occasion Photos),
  • Canterbury, Kent based business selling music CDs , (Crowthers),
  • Craft materials online - small Kent based home business (Okey dokey wood)
  • Buy Local Books - online shopping cart website with search engine optimisation, Kent
  • Architect websites (Barnes Woodfield)

Local Authority and Government websites

  • Shop4care website for Bexley Town Council
  • Local authority websites for Canterbury City Council  - Canterbury Scrutiny website
  • Valuing Medway People website - for Medway Council
  • Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council - website design - Kent
  • Kent Association of Parish Councils - website design, Kent

Kent School websites

  • Sturry CE Primary school
  • Hersden Village Primary,
  • Bradstow school, Broadstairs, Kent (but Wandsworth Education Authority)
  • Royal School for the deaf, Margate, Kent

Websites for charities in Kent

  • Remap, providing engineering solutions for the disabled.
  • Inspire Community Rust, Bexley, Kent
  • Canterbury Rotary,
  • Lions International
  • The Challenging Behaviour Foundation,
  • VLV (Voice of the Listener and Viewer), based in Medway, Kent
  • Eastbridge Hospital - historic almshouse in Canterbury
  • The Canterbury Orchestra - website design, Kent

Kent Consultant websites

  • Consultant websites such as for Basford Management consultants
  • Pharmacy Consulting - search engine optimisation, Kent
  • Shirehall Consultants - website design, Kent

Healthcare websites (Kent based)

  • Pilgrims Way Nursing Home - branding and website design
  • Gavin Astor House - website desig and development
  • Tankerton Dental - website design and development
  • ADT healthcare- branding and website design

Accessible Websites

Cornish WebServices specialise in search engine optimised and accessible websites that conform to the UK DDA (Disability Discrimination Act). In fact we do not create any other type of website. We can design websites to WAI triple A standards, so that they are easy to read and navigate using screen readers and other technologies. 

We have used the ability to switch appearance by style sheets on several websites, including for clients such as the Kent Association for the Blind.

Accessible websites are important for two reasons - firstly they allow partially sighted or blind users and those who cannot use a mouse to read the website. But also because "Google is blind" accessible websites naturally gain high rankings within the Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.

Marketing websites

These are a marketing tool, giving information on the services or products offered, and how to contact the business or organisation for further information. These will usually have several pages, email links, and maybe contact forms. They will be linked to various other related websites and well marketed to search engines.

For businesses within the UK and within the EU, there are laws regulating e-commerce and email marketing. This has an impact on any website that sells products or collects email addresses. It is actually the responsibility of the business (and not the webdesigner) to ensure the website complies with this law. There are still many UK web design companies creating websites that do not conform to these standards.

Cornish WebServices design websites to be highly visible to search engines and ensure the website is listed in the appropriate directory listings. We are able to revamp existing websites to make maintenance easier and to make the website more accessible to all users and to search engines. For example, one tourist website now receives an order of magnitude more visitors per month than the previous website received in a year.

For business websites that we design, we consider the website marketing from the beginning. This is much more cost effective than trying to search engine optimise a good looking website afterwards. In some very competitive markets it may be necessary to use forms of paid advertising such as PPC (pay per click). If this is the case, then any PPC campaign will be much more cost effective if the website was designed to be highly visible to all search engines.

The majority of our websites perform very well (top pages of the search engines) without any PPC advertising. However it can take several months to achieve these top positions.

Corporate websites

Large websites need a good navigation system (the 3 click principle states that every page should be accessible with a maximum of 3 mouse clicks). For websites containing a large amount of data, a database driven website may be more appropriate, and Cornish WebServices have the skills to create and maintain such websites

For organisations not wishing to invest in a database, then we can create easy to navigate websites using drop-down menus. We are one of very few web design companies that can design an accessible website with a drop-down menu. Not only does this ensure the website conforms to current UK disability legislation, it also helps the website perform very well on the major search engines.

Cornish WebServices can also create large company websites with a standard layout across a large number of pages, to give a uniform corporate feel. We make use of the latest stylesheet techniques, and this enables the look and feel of the entire website (maybe with hundreds or thousands of pages) to be changed very quickly and economically if the need arises. An example of this type of website is www.datacapture.co.uk, a document management company based in Slough, Berkshire.

We are able to maintain and update existing business websites, provided that we can gradually adapt the website code to become more accessible and search engine friendly. A significant part of our work is actually performing search engine optimisation on existing business websites.

Upgrade existing websites

We are able to upgrade existing websites to make them conform to the accessibility requirements, or to make future maintenance easier.

  • website design of VLV website


    The Voice of the Listener & Viewer already had a large website of over 50 pages. We redesigned the website to update the appearance, improve the navigation and make future maintenance easier. We added contact forms and a search facility.

The above website is now being maintained by the respective organisations, with many pages of each website being regularly updated.

Database driven websites

Within Cornish WebServices we have experience of developing such database driven websites for other organisations. We are able to design and create the databases, or to utilise the client's existing database.

A database management system for photographs or other image files. The administration part of the website is only accessible by an authorised user. using a database enables different searches to be performed to list the required images.

Database websites are also commonly used to list product information for shopping carts, or as a way of organising large numbers of documents.

Dynamic or database driven websites are also used internally (on an Intranet) within large organisations or on member only areas. Contact us for examples of this type of work.

Online shops

Cornish WebServices have the expertise to design and create such applications. We may make use of commercial 3rd party software, depending upon the specifications required.

For many businesses, the Internet has become a major source of sales. One example of this is BuyLocalBooks. This enables a local publisher to sell local history books online by credit card. The website uses the Pay Pal system to receive credit card payments securely. For much of the stock this is now the major method of sales.

Cornish WebServices can implement payment systems by the major payment systems such as PayPal or SECPay. Contact us for more details.

School websites

School websites are usually aimed at parents, prospective parents and pupils. School websites are usually marketing and/or communications tools. Also important with schools websites are registering with ICRA (safe surfing) and child protection guidelines (no children's names and no portrait photos of children).

When designing a school website, the issue of how to keep the website content up to date must be addressed. A simple, effective and up to date school website gives a very positive impression. Conversely, an out of date school website with large amounts of missing information gives a very poor impression, irrespective of the website design.

The Sturry Church of England Primary School website www.sturry.kent.sch.uk is clear and simple for children to use. The different pages give an idea of the facilities and large range of learning activities at the school.

School websites need not be created or maintained by the IT department or teacher in charge of IT. When a school produces a written prospectus this is not always handled by the Head of English! A school website may be thought of as an online prospectus. For larger schools or private schools, a school website can offer a form to fill in requesting the prospectus.

Cornish Webservices are able to maintain school websites, or to update the website contents of existing websites. Examples include St Francis' College in Hertfordshire.

School websites are a marketing tool, and this is especially true for independent schools. St Francis' College is a good example of a website for an independent girls school, with the emphasis on providing good quality information about the school but also on being ranked high on the search engines.

Some Internet companies offer a standard template or standard content management system with a very large number of pages that will take a huge amount of time to keep up to date. These may look cost effective initially, but if the costs of updating these sites are included, they can be expensive. Cornish WebServices prefer to offer a school website that is tailored to fit the individual's school requirements, and that can easily be expanded as the need arises. We understand that different departments within a school may require a different amount of or style of information to be presented, and we are able to create a website that reflects this.

Parish Council websites

We are able to design and maintain websites for UK Parish Councils. All our websites conform to the Bobby AAA criteria and so are accessible to all, including people who use voice recognition software or who use limited keyboard / mouse functionality. Very few web design companies offer this service, despite new disability guidelines.

A Parish Council website may contain access to documents such as the latest Parish Council Agenda and/or minutes of Parish Council meetings. One example of such a website is Hoath parish council.

Keeping such a website up to date is very important. We offer a very low annual maintenance that includes uploading the most recent Parish Council documents onto the website. As an alternative we offer email and phone support enabling someone on the Parish Council or the Parish Council Clerk to keep the web pages up to date and to upload the relevant Council documents.

The UK government have a UK online strategy . The plan was to make all government services available electronically to the public by 2005. The e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) was a set of documents that defines the technical policies and specifications to be used by organisations in the public sector. This will enable documents from different departments and councils to be used across the public sector. The e-GIF also requires that websites conform to certain standards. We are able to design websites that meet these standards.

Church websites

There are two main types of websites for churches. Firstly, the website can give a 'photographic tour' of a church building. The is useful for historic churches and will be accessed by people searching out family history. An example of this type of website is historic Fordwich church.

Secondly, a church website can show the life of a church. This should include contact details of the vicar or minister, information on who to contact for baptism or wedding enquiries and a list of service times. Website maintenance is an important design issue. The large Sturry Anglican Methodist church and smaller Westbere church website are designed to require updating no more than three times a year.

Within a voluntary organisation, care must be used when publishing names, phone numbers or personal addresses on a website. It is usually unnecessary to include names or addresses. A contact email or phone number is often sufficient. There should be no child's name associated with any photograph containing children.

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