Website Design Services

Central Maine TekWerx not only services computers and networks, we also do website design. Regardless of your needs, we can provide a solution for your business, brand or just a personal website. 

The time honored tradition of website design is hard coding a website using HTML (hyper-text markup language) to provide the content, and CSS (cascading style sheets) to provide the formatting and character in the website. The image of the website below is one such example:

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This is an example of a hobbiest website for an 8 bit computer from the early 1980's, the TRS-80 Color Computer. Navigation is provided by using SSI (server-side includes) in the left hand menu, making each page in the site a little less tedious to code. 'A little' being the key words. With the advent of CMS (content management systems) like Joomla! and word press, there's still custom coding to be done to get just the right look, it's nowhere near as intensive.

 

 

 

Joomla! is a website CMS (content maganement system. These types of website are highly customizable, with seemingly never ending options. From a web based store front, governemnt agency, all the way to a social media site, the the types of websites able to be created with a CMS like Joomla! are limited only by the developer's imagination, and the client's needs. 

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 The town of Burlington, Maine website is an example of what can be done in a fairly short time frame with a CMS like Joomla! Feel free to click the image to view the website in it's entirety. There are numerous local information pages included on website design, and this type of site only sctratches the surface of what can be done.

WordPress is another CMS, and is more or less the originator of the blogging platform. However, the WordPress platfor has expanded well past the typical 'blog' environment, and like Joomla!, can handle any type of website from a blog to an online storefront.

It's also quite easy to create a very functional social media platform with extensions like BuddyPress, and a large number of developers have created plugins and templates just for this use. Another add-on, that's quite pricey, but may be worth it for a social media site is BuddyBoss.  

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This is only one example of what can be done with WordPress and BuddyBoss. BBPress is another option, that requires more effort, but can create the same results. The above image is from a BuddyBoss sandbox/demo. I am currently working on a BuddyPress site, and once it gets into a presentable status, I'll include screenshots and a link.

 

For several WordPress sites, we've used Elementor as the site design tool. We highly recommend Elementor to design high quality, professional websites that are easy to maintain and update for clients who wish to maintain their own, yet do not have the skills in HTML, CSS and JS. 

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When we design a website, Central Maine TekWerx usually looks over template designs with our clients as a first step. While coding in HTML, CSS and JS using a common framework can yeild similar results as a content management system like Joomla! or WordPress, the effort and time rarely returns a favorable return on investment when comapred to a template. While we use many template providers, the three below are our primary go-to sources for the overall presentation and ease of use for the client:

Website Hosting Services

Central Maine TekWerx is also a website hosting company. It's true! Along with our numerous computer, networking and website design services, we also provide reasonably prices hosting options. Regardles off the type of site - business, personal, hobby, political, special interests, etc... Central Maine TekWerx, through out TekWerx Hosting service, offer quite a few hosting plans, at several service levels.

You can also get your SSL certificates, secure VPN and other services thru the TekWerx Hosting site was well. If you're tired of dealing with hosting companies that are not local, or are difficult to deal with, we may be able to help. These services are available to anyone in the state of Maine, or the United States, regardless of whether Central Maine TekWerx designs your website or not.

Our Hosting Options

1Shared Hosting
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Our Shared Hosting plans are our most cost efficient model. If you're an individual condisering a personal or hobby interest site, one of these plans may be right for you. Shared Hosting is a service where, to reduce costs, your webspace resides on a server with other websites, and share an IP address.

The results are a slightly slower domain response and load time when compared to out business class plans. The domain namespace is what directs all website queries to the correct folder for your site. Personal or hobby sites, or small businesses that do not need a dedicated high performance website server, may benefit from the cost savings when compared to other plans.

All plans include features like unlimted storage, unlimited email accounts, and unlimted bandwidth. The three tiers of shared hosting also offer the ability to host multiple websites under the same hosting plan. We also offer hosting bundled packages, with SSL certificates and website security utilities.

2Business Hosting
3VPS Hosting
4Dedicated Hosting

If you need a hosting provider, and would prefer someone local to the central Maine area, feel free to review our hosting services using the button link below. Regardless of if you are designing your own website, or want Central Maine TekWerx to design and host your website for you, we can do one or the other, or both. Our goal is to provide the services you need personally, or professionally, for your brand or business. 

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