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Web design & Development

Web Cube is a Design and Development company, specialising in database driven Content Management Systems.

Websites are approached according to your company’s needs and business requirements.

We offer easy payment options to facilitate small, growing businesses as well as the opportunity to rent the facility which we will maintain and manage. We provide this product so that our clients don’t have that huge initial cash layout but yet reap the benefits of having a substantial professional website. Please contact us to find out more about this option.

A common question often posed to us is;

“How much does a website cost?”

Website prices depends on the functionality you want your website to have. Whether you want an online Content Management System controlling your stock, selling your products, or require a brochure style website, reflecting your company services and products.
Some examples of packages offered by Web Cube are displayed on our services page.

WEB DESIGN PACKAGES – (we no longer do static websites)

While websites are developed according to your company’s needs and business requirements, which may have a direct impact on costs, we have set a fixed price list for typical web packages as follows.

Although we keep up with the latest trends and technology, we make sure we are offering the best online experience for your visitors building responsive designs, compatible to all browsers, including mobile devices. Our Web design packages includes 1 year free Maintenance plan + hosting and up to 5 free Stock photos.

For a custom solution, please contact us for a quote.

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  • CMS Website
  • R8500
  • Domain Registration
  • Hosting for 1 Year
  • Unlimited web pages (We'll create up to 10)
  • Up to 5 royalty free Stock images
  • Professional copy writing for your landing page + 2 additional pages
  • 10 email addresses
  • Customer support
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  • Listing Website
  • R10500
  • Domain Registration
  • Hosting for 1 Year
  • Unlimited web pages (We'll create up to 10)
  • Up to 5 royalty free Stock images
  • Unlimited listings (We'll ad the first 50)
  • Professional copy writing for your landing page + 2 additional pages
  • 10 email addresses
  • Customer support
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  • E-Commerce Website
  • R15000
  • Domain Registration
  • Hosting for 1 Year
  • Unlimited web pages (We'll create up to 10)
  • Up to 5 royaltyfree Stock images
  • Unlimited Products (We'll ad the first 50)
  • Professional copy writing for your landing page + 2 additional pages
  • 10 email addresses
  • Customer support

CMS vs STATIC WEBSITE

One of the most important decisions to make before having a website built for you is whether to choose a static website or a content management system, known as a CMS. There are advantages to both but choosing one over the other is a matter of determining what your needs are.

What is a Static Website?

Static or fixed websites are usually brochure type sites where the content does not need to change often or at all and where the number of pages is typically low. Updates can be made but will usually have to be done by a web developer or by someone with a rudimentary knowledge of how to use html and ftp.

Disadvantages of having a static site

  • Potential difficulty in updating. Even a slight mistype within the code could disrupt the layout or operation of the web page
  • Increased cost paid to a web developer for changes.
  • Search engine optimization – or SEO – will not favor websites with static content over a similar site that has its content regularly updated.

Advantages of having a static site

  • Lower development cost. Static sites are usually built in a fraction of the time that a CMS will take.
  • Simple web hosting needs. Static sites do not generally need a database to store their contents and require small amount of bandwith
  • There are many low-cost software packages designed to allow you to make your own website visually, without much knowledge of HTML. However, if your website is for your business, it would be in your best interest to have it look as professional as possible.

What is a Content Management System?

A CMS is a dynamic website which is designed to be scalable in at least its content, and most often its features. The user is empowered to update content at their leisure and usually without any concern for breaking the website layout as this is usually under tight control of the CMS itself. Frequent updates can be made to web pages, blogs, photo galleries and more. Google’s Blogger is a basic content management system which has no cost to setup and while it is useful for a personal site, it has limited value as a business site. A more advanced system is WordPress which is maturing quickly from initially being a blogging tool to a more fully featured CMS. Drupal is another example of a complete CMS, designed to be fully scalable, adaptive and feature rich.

Disadvantages of a CMS:

  • Greater cost of development. As it takes much more time to develop a database-driven CMS and as it usually requires specific knowledge of a particular CMS, it will require a greater investment. However, like is also likely to result in a greater return on investment (ROI).
  • Learning Curve. To understand how to work with a CMS, you will need to learn how it is structured so you can control menus, naming, categories, etc.
  • Slower bandwidth customers may have a slightly longer wait. Content Management Systems often include more media such as images and dynamic content. This is typically not a concern for most modern countries with high speed access but it should be stated nonetheless.

Advantages of a CMS

  • Extensive or full control over the content of your site without the need for knowledge of HTML, CSS or other web languages. Changes can be made at your leisure.
  • Depending on what type of CMS you choose, there can be a wide array of content types to work with beyond just text, such as photos, audio, video.
  • SEO Friendly. Websites which update content on a regular basis gain more of a spotlight from search engines and will often rank higher in search engine results (SER) pages which is an important competitive factor for business websites.

Hopefully this sheds some light on the differences of these two types of websites. Web Cube Media & Technology has created many websites of both types, however there has been a growing demand for custom content management systems from our clients. Our advice in deciding which type of site is best for you is to look towards the future and decide what means will afford you the best value for your money while remaining competitive. We invite you to contact us to discuss your website needs further and answer your questions.

Why we recommend leasing your Website

Imagine you are entering a new market and you decide that your business needs a van. Do you invest in a brand new one, when unsure of success in your market, or lease one so as to minimise the risk with a view to a later purchase when a foothold has been established?

Likewise, a website is an investment and, even at our competitive costs, no investment should be entered into until all possible options have been considered.

We are honest enough to admit that not every website or venture onto the internet brings success unfortunately!

With this in mind, we have developed a low cost, low risk gateway onto the internet whilst still delivering the same style and quality we bring to our bespoke offerings.

In a nutshell, you will get a fully bespoke website, designed and hosted with little or no start up cost. You then pay a small monthly leasing charge, for a minimum of 12 months, over which time you can measure the success of the website and what it brings to the business.

After this initial 12 month period, you are free to cancel the arrangement or purchase the full rights to the website.