Expertly engineered solutions using the world’s most trusted content platform
You deserve different. We’re in the age of digital and yet most websites lack the flexibility required to allow brands like you to succeed in publishing fresh, relevant targeted content to their audiences. Years of specialising in the WordPress platform have taught us how to adapt quickly, adhere to best practices and, most importantly, to treat our customers well by delivering the best end-result for them.
Illustrate Digital is an enterprise WordPress development agency with a team of highly-skilled WordPress developers who dedicate themselves to building websites and tools in this brilliant content management system.
To achieve the great results we’ve come to be known for, we’ve created a custom WordPress development workflow. This workflow is agile, collaborative and at the cutting edge of our industry. Whether you’re looking for an engaging front-end experience, a flexible content editor, or to integrate WordPress with a third-party to make things more efficient, we’ve got you covered.
The benefits of WordPress development done right
Not all WordPress websites are made equal. So we thought we’d outline some of the benefits of doing things the right way, when working with a specialist WordPress agency.
Outperform Your Competition With Best-In-Class
In a world of underperforming websites you can put your worries in the hands of the specialists. Our WordPress website development services team has worked hard to understand how to achieve fast, scalable, accessible websites that are a joy to interact with rather than the all-too-common frustration. Now you can leapfrog the competition knowing the best WordPress people are on your side.
Publish New Content Quickly and Easily
If you’re anything like most of our new clients then you’ve become tired of cumbersome content management systems and have been looking for a way out. You should be able to publish new content quickly and easily, without worrying about design or code getting in the way. This is exactly what our approach to WordPress delivers for you.
Be Efficient by Integrating Your Favourite Tools
Avoid wasting time, for you or your customers, on simple tasks that could be automated. Integrating WordPress with your favourite third party apps and, such as accounting tools and databases, can remove a lot of friction from day-to-day actions. This can help your organisation to be a lot more effective with its time. It’s a big part of what we do and that’s because we’ve witnessed how valuable it can be.
Case studies in WordPress development
The Illustrate Digital blueprint to engineering for WordPress
WordPress isn’t limited like most people think; it’s incredibly flexible, as long as you know what to do with it. We’ve mastered the art of building websites that meet your customers’ needs: from complex e-commerce checkout systems, to live sports updates, we build websites that add value to the way you operate. Most noteworthy is the impact you’ll see this make on a daily basis. Illustrate Digital doesn’t aim for short-term wins; our WordPress development services and solutions are focused on the long-term.
Having worked with UK-based banks and FinTechs, we have developed coding standards and methods that ensure strong security for all of our clients utilising the WordPress platform. The world’s largest CMS is a trustworthy and robust platform when developed correctly.
Looking to launch your website platform in multiple languages or to different nations across the world? With considerable experience in creating multilingual and international sites, we can help create a website that reaches your international audience.
Looking to build a scalable, high performance site using WordPress? Our specialist approach to the platform provides a unique insight on how to build (or improve your existing site) an efficient, fast-loading experience that can handle millions of posts, products and users.
Questions & Answers
There are two different versions of WordPress, both based on the exact same software. WordPress was created as a completely free and open source content management tool and you can find this tool on WordPress.org.
Back in the day, one of the co-founders of the WordPress project had an idea to start a commercial arm to WordPress which is where you’ll now find WordPress.com. It’s owned and run by a company called Automattic. It’s a paid-for version of the otherwise free content management software and includes basic hosting, simple themes and a nice DIY approach to building your blog or website.
When most people talk about WordPress, especially in a business context, they’re usually talking about WordPress.org. The free, open source version of WordPress that we use at Illustrate Digital.
WordPress.org is consistently developed by a fantastic community of worldwide volunteers who are passionate about making the internet a better place. We use WordPress.org due to its versatility, flexibility and reliability as the world’s leading content management system. Oh, and it costs nothing and is completely license free!
One of the most common misconceptions about WordPress is that it’s just a blogging platform or only built for small business websites, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. However, it does make sense… Its humble beginnings saw it start life as an uncomplicated blogging platform and as the years went by more and more people began to adopt and improve it.
Skip forward to present day and some of the world’s largest companies trust in WordPress to run their main company websites. In fact some of our own work with clients such as Penguin Random House, Welsh Government and several banks speaks to WordPress’ pedigree and its ability to perform well for large companies and enterprise brands.
On its own, WordPress is a relatively simple framework. In the hands of an experienced enterprise WordPress agency like Illustrate Digital, the platform can be taken to a whole new level and implemented with scalability, security and a great end-user experience in mind.
We often get asked, much to our surprise, “how many of your team are familiar with the Gutenberg editor?” The answer is that every single one of our engineers are proficient and skilled in producing websites using the Gutenberg editor and this has been the case for us since early 2019.
In December 2018, Gutenberg replaced the ‘Classic’ editor in WordPress. It’s now the main interface used to build and edit pages and we think it’s fantastic. Releasing this new, more flexible editor was a way for WordPress to solidify its future as the world’s #1 CMS and it’s paid off. Pages are now much easier and more visually accurate to build, so there are big benefits to using Gutenberg, the native editing tool in WordPress.
Honestly, it may be a little bit easier for us to answer what WordPress doesn’t allow you to customise and modify.
Because the platform is built and maintained by volunteers all over the world, it was designed to be sliced apart and put back together again in a way that ensures it all still works. If you’re visual, the best way to think about WordPress’ code is like Lego blocks. Just take a couple of blocks out, slip a couple of new blocks in and put your original blocks back on top.
This is very much like our ability to customise WordPress. It’s such a versatile, minimal platform that we can do almost anything we want to it or with it. We’ve used WordPress for some really complex projects at Illustrate Digital including software portals, company intranets and websites with both millions of products and millions of visitors.
How honest are we allowed to be? 😉 The truth is that there are a lot of ‘generalist’ agencies out there, probably hundreds in the UK alone who can build you a website using WordPress. There are only a handful of agencies (maybe 10 that we could name, 20 at a push) that could build you a WordPress website the right way.
What’s the difference between the ‘right’ way and everything else? It all comes down to best practices in a few areas: accessibility, code quality and infrastructure.
A specialist WordPress agency knows the platform like the back of their hand, but they also know how to quality check and peer review their work against the WordPress coding standards, how to design and build a highly usable website that people across many devices can use without frustration, and they know just where and how to host your site to get the best results in relation to security and performance.
Beyond this, they know how to get the most out of the WordPress ecosystem. Which plugins to use or avoid, how to integrate other technologies to work alongside it and so much more.
Expert WordPress development services – ways we can help you
WordPress web design – creating websites that people love to use
Our central purpose is to build high quality websites for great brands like yours, all whilst keeping your customers at the centre of our decision making process. We’re not driven by creating websites that just look pretty; we inherently care about creating solutions that work for you and your customers.
We start any journey by delving into you – to understand who you are, where you are and where you want to be. We look at every detail of your requirements and your business goals to advise, collaborate and develop a solution which will work for you. Our WordPress development services are all centred around building you a progressive website that will grow with your business.
WordPress audits – evaluating and improving existing an website
When it comes to WordPress, there are some critical industry best practices that should be followed to be sure you’re running a site that’s secure, fast-performing and ready for future growth. The thing is, not all of these best practices are commonly known. That’s where a team of specialist developers can come in handy to help evaluate your website for stability and peace-of-mind.
WordPress maintenance – keeping things running smoothly
Our dedicated support team is on-hand to keep your WordPress website up and running. With years of experience and the latest industry and security insights, our team can help take tech and maintenance off your mind.
When this means you can be left to focus on the things you’re excellent at, it’s easy to see how WordPress maintenance can benefit you and your brand.
WordPress plugin development – building extensions to connect WordPress to the world
Well over a third of all websites are powered by WordPress. As an open-source platform it provides a brilliant ecosystem for helping brands to reach millions of website owners around the world with their technologies and services. The team of WordPress engineers at Illustrate Digital have successfully produced and launched a number of plugins to the WordPress plugin repository and are ready to help you reach your audience.
WordPress integrations – connecting your favourite tools to supercharge your website
Hooking up your website with third party software can open up a world of possibilities or just make day-to-day operations easier. Either way, we’re well-versed in creating powerful integrations between WordPress and other third party software. Check out some of the many integrations we’ve performed.