Aspire Creative are a full service web development agency. From design and development to marketing and consulting, we specialise in building online businesses and online solutions that are scalable, engaging and intelligent. We also have a process that is open, fun to work with and really generates results.

Web development is much more than programming. Creativity, and the correct online experience are two key ingredients for building a perfect website or web application. Web development always involves helping you make strategic decisions, good planning, research, some business process consulting, testing, training and - of course - design and programming.

No two projects are ever the same and we are inspired by this diversity and challenge in our work. Organisations tell us this is why we are chosen to work for them - we are commercial and passionate – as much as we are creative website developers.

Tried and tested process

Web development always involves helping you make strategic decisions, good planning, research, some business process consulting, testing, training and - of course - design and programming.

Plan to succeed…

We research your competitors for you, and find out who we have to beat. We make sure you stand out, and look better than your competitors. We also plan the project out for you - you’ll be an important part of the project but we make sure you can get on with your business as much as possible.

Sound expensive? It isn’t. It’s just great processes, people and tools with real commercial understanding of your goals.

Wireframes and user experience

Every website starts with an idea. Wireframes capture these ideas, providing detailed blueprints for high-performance websites. We also help you with the structure of your website, to make sure the website architecture and wireframes create a great visitor experience. More on user experience

Content Management Systems

As important as a good looking website, is a website that really works. It needs to be perfect for you as a business, it needs to give you an advantage in search engines and it needs to fit your budgets.

We specialise in building Content Management Systems of all configurations and sizes. From open-source systems to custom solutions, we are highly capable and have a unique process that can guide you quickly through your options. More on Content Management Systems

Web Standards

Every professional web development agency works to a set of standard industry guidelines. We work to these too – but also have experience of projects involving a much deeper knowledge of Accessibility – working with the Royal National Institute for the Blind configuring some of our websites to the extremely high level of standard required by this organisation.


Open Source CMS

Open Source content management systems are an ideal platform to launch fast, content-driven websites without compromising design or your budget.

Whether you are an SME, a start-up eager to keep the world posted on your progress, or an enterprise looking for a corporate website – we can provide a custom Open Source website that fits your needs.

Your website will stand out

With an Open Source website, you can still be assured that your website will looks like no other. You are not limited by a default layout or a standard template and we design and develop the website to give you real differentiation.

Easy to use

Open Source websites are very easy to maintain. You don’t need to know any programming or HTML in order to update the content. We still make sure that you have the skills with short, useful training sessions and you will be amazed how quickly you are able to build great looking and working web pages.

Customised for you

The impressive default functionality of Open Source Content Management Systems can be further extended with a wide range of plugins. If we cannot find the right plugin, we can always create a custom module or plugin that fits your specific needs.

We’ve been doing it for years

We are pioneers of Open Source Content Management Systems as it’s a part of our Open Approach – no ongoing fees, no ‘lock-ins’ or small print about ‘software rights’; we were advocating Open Source almost a decade ago when many business were getting locked in to ‘in-house’ systems. Your website is just that – your website.

How do you choose?

We help you choose – we have demonstration CMS sites and have special arrangements with some of our clients to show you their system. The MODx CMS, which is less well known than WordPress and some of the others is chosen by 9 out of 10 of our customers who have no preference. We develop on all the major Open Source CMS, including WordPress, Drupal etc.

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Bespoke, yet cost effective

We approach every project on an individual basis and do not use ‘templates’ for new websites. No shortcuts are ever taken in developing an Open Source CMS and still our prices are very competitive. This said, once your website is created, we can often use the code built to provide cost effective microsites and landing pages at a fraction of the cost.

Outstanding support

We don’t disappear after your website is delivered. Our business is about relationships, so we’re here for you if you need us or have any changes you need to make. Often quick tweaks are done immediately and not everything needs to come with ‘a bill’ at the end of it.


MODx Content Management System

MODX is a very clever, easy to use Content Management System. It’s specifically built for people like us (website developers) so we can create amazing looking websites that are easy to update. In technical jargon, it’s not a CMS – it’s better than that – it’s an ‘Application Framework’.

This means that we don’t fight with restrictions imposed by some Open Source Content Management Systems and we can deliver a better end product, for a lower cost.

There are many other advantages to using the MODX system and remember it’s not right for everyone, but here’s the top level benefits. Helping you choose a CMS is a free part of our process, so if you need advice, please get in touch. 

Creative Freedom

We’re often asked if there are any restrictions to the overall design of a website using MODX as the content management system. The best way to answer this is for us to show the wide range of styles we have achieved for our clients;

Unparalleled Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

MODX allows us to set up your CMS so you can control your SEO with little effort. Unlike other systems that require additional modules implementing, we set up the system so that you can add pages and content in the correct manner.

It takes minutes to add content that performs amazingly well in Search Engines and because we/you are in total control and can change the output at any time, making tweaks is cost effective - and only a few clicks away.

Multiple Domains/Landing Pages/Microsites

MODX Revolution offers one complete system for controlling multiple domains/websites. This means you could manage future microsites for different countries or products (for example) from one powerful CMS control panel.

This is hugely advantageous for administration and organisation purposes, and is not available in other Open Source Content Management Systems.

With MODX Revolution you can;

  • See, compare and contrast the relative structure of different domains in one browser window.
  • Therefore manage content easily; i.e. duplicate a page (everything - the template, images and text) from one site, into another site.
  • Use the internal editing features to manage workflow & approvals – I.E. leave a page ‘unpublished’ so global management can see it, but no one else on the internet can.
  • Have the ease of use of one central system to update all of your sites, microsites and landing pages. 

Safe & Secure

The entire architecture of MODX was created with security in mind. Every input is filtered, and every database query using the API occurs via prepared statements which eliminates the possibility of compromises.

We have 11 local authorities/public sector clients that use MODX. The greatest testament to the security of MODX is that it has been approved to retain young person’s personal data on some of these sites.

Protected Site Content

As standard, MODX allows site owners to have password-protected web content with multiple levels of user access. We use this for intranet applications or pay-for-access scenarios to keep client’s confidential content locked away behind a login. Often, there is no additional fee for setting up multiple users on the site.

Fast

Your visitors will not be frustrated with MODX’s speed. It is a highly tuned, database driven platform that serves pages fast. Its caching mechanism allows it to work almost as fast as a static HTML website, but with all the benefits of a dynamic, database-managed online presence.

Flexible & Cost Effective

Aspire Creative are bespoke developers for MODX. We have created some of the most complex systems using MODX but also see the value of a truly open source content management system; there are hundreds of Add-ons available for MODX, and we are very open about sharing these with our clients. This approach allows us to offer much more cost effective solutions going forward.

Scalable

MODX has the technical capabilities and a clever GUI that enables it to handle growing and very large and/or complex websites. MODX allows limitless pages and has one of the best back end GUI’s available. This ‘Tree’ structure can ‘collapse’ and grow as with any folder structure.

User Friendly & Completely Customisable Manager

With MODX, it’s actually possible to both enjoy the benefits of an ever growing Open Source ‘ecosystem’, while also benefitting from the ability to have a truly custom content management interface. Technically speaking, MODX is an ‘Application Framework’ – this means it’s built for people like us, so we can quickly tailor you an enterprise class CMS, rather than piece together modules of functionality to create a site, like in WordPress or Joomla.

This means you engage us to make a fantastic Content Management System fit your organisation’s requirements, rather than fight with an inferior content management tool or create a bespoke, untested solution (both of which are more expensive options).

Customisation & future design changes

MODX can be customised to suit your organisation very easily; the CMS can be tailored to the corporate or employee requirements for multiple administrators. In the future, Aspire Creative also has a workflow that enables very cost effective implementation of entirely new designs/site refreshes.


Content Strategy & Copywriting

If you need us to, we can also help you with website content – it could just be free advice, or we can show you how we can develop the content for you to create a website that really converts and creates a compelling story. More on Content

Now the technical bit…HTML 5 Websites, Responsive Websites, etc.

…these are all buzzwords you’ve probably heard – we cut through this and ensure your web solution uses the right technologies for your business and budget. Don’t worry, you will be advised on responsive websites and other technologies as we work with you. 

Tried and tested.

Your website will be fully tested to work across all browsers on all devices. Often, you won’t notice this process as it all happens in the background as your site is created. No stone is left unturned and we have a very open and lengthy acceptance period so that you’re sure to be happy with the end result.

Training.

We train you in short, easy to understand sessions that fit in with your day. We provide video tools and ad-hoc help as a part of the project. We understand you’re busy and may need a reminder now and again and help in the future – and this help often isn’t even billed as a part of our open approach.

Site Live

We help you with all aspects of the site live process and can advise on the correct time and materials to help you with the launch of your stunning new site.

We build:

  • Websites
  • Microsites, product Microsites
  • Content Management Systems and Tools ( CMS )
  • Web portals and intranets
  • Mobile websites
  • Social network websites
  • Great user-experience
  • Responsive Websites
  • Open Source Project Adaptation and Design Integration
  • Blog management and integration
  • File Management Systems
  • Client or Customer Management Tools / Account Tools
  • Subscription Account Tools
  • eCommerce development
  • Financial Client Account Tools & reporting systems
  • Photo and Video Galleries
  • Forms, Polls and Questionnaires
  • News content management

Every website starts with an idea.

Wireframes capture this idea, providing detailed blueprints for high-performance websites.

  • Wireframes communicate the user experience to you before designs.
  • We provide a unique process to tie your business need with relevant content and layouts for your audience.
  • Everything is geared towards maximum usability for your visitors.

It sounds complicated, but it isn’t – as a part of our design process we ensure that your site is right for your visitor – it’s as simple as that. Why do we do it? Well, that takes a bit of explaining;

Website visitors are quite rightly ‘fickle’ – they have lots of choices online, and little patience for websites that don’t work how they want them to.

There are now so many websites that ‘good functionality’ and ‘latest technology’ are baseline requirements for visitors – even though many couldn’t communicate to you why they don’t like a site or stay on it very long.

Users or visitors differentiate on the basis of how something ‘works’ – the experience they have with it. When competing services are a click away, managing that user experience and giving people something they really want goes a long way to getting people interested in your website.

Wireframes for responsive websites are also important – we have tools and processes that allow you to see how your site will look on different devices when we create a responsive website.

Open Source content management systems are an ideal platform to launch fast, content-driven websites without compromising design or your budget.

Whether you are an SME, a start-up eager to keep the world posted on your progress, or an enterprise looking for a corporate website – we can provide a custom Open Source website that fits your needs.

Here’s why you should consider working with us:

Your website will stand out

With an Open Source website, you can still be assured that your website will looks like no other. You are not limited by a default layout or a standard template and we design and develop the website to give you real differentiation.

Easy to use

Open Source websites are very easy to maintain. You don’t need to know any programming or HTML in order to update the content. We still make sure that you have the skills with short, useful training sessions and you will be amazed how quickly you are able to build great looking and working web pages.

Customised for you

The impressive default functionality of Open Source Content Management Systems can be further extended with a wide range of plugins. If we cannot find the right plugin, we can always create a custom module or plugin that fits your specific needs.

We’ve been doing it for years

We are pioneers of Open Source Content Management Systems as it’s a part of our Open Approach – no ongoing fees, no ‘lock-ins’ or small print about ‘software rights’; we were advocating Open Source almost a decade ago when many business were getting locked in to ‘in-house’ systems. Your website is just that – your website.

How do you choose?

We help you choose – we have demonstration CMS sites and have special arrangements with some of our clients to show you their system. The MODx CMS, which is less well known than WordPress and some of the others is chosen by 9 out of 10 of our customers who have no preference. To see more on this system, click here.

Bespoke, yet cost effective

We approach every project on an individual basis and do not use ‘templates’ for new websites. No shortcuts are ever taken in developing an Open Source CMS and still our prices are very competitive. This said, once your website is created, we can often use the code built to provide cost effective microsites and landing pages at a fraction of the cost.

Outstanding support

We don’t disappear after your website is delivered. Our business is about relationships, so we’re here for you if you need us or have any changes you need to make. Often quick tweaks are done immediately and not everything needs to come with ‘a bill’ at the end of it.


Content managed websites

  • The right solution for your organisation.
  • Open source (E.G. Modx, Joomla, WordPress and Drupal).
  • Bespoke content management solutions and coding projects.

From open-source systems to custom solutions, we are able to deliver the right Content management system (CMS) to fit your needs.

Open source technologies have enabled rapid growth for businesses who need to sell themselves online. From WordPress and Drupal to Modx, we love and support open-source development and can assist you in choosing the right Content Management System for your precise needs. More on Open Source CMS

We are able to work with:

  • Almost any CMS
  • Open Source CMS development
  • Custom web development
  • PHP, ASP .NET & more
  • Modx CMS,
  • Drupal CMS
  • Wordpress CMS
  • Magento eCommerce
  • OS Commerce
  • Blogs: Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress and more
  • Joomla CMS
  • Google Tools / Google Maps
  • Paypal and Google Checkout
  • YouTube, Flickr and Quicktime
  • Email marketing tools

Responsive Web Design

We have worked with our clients create or improve their stunning websites to look great whatever the size of your screen. Responsive web design goes beyond simply being "mobile-friendly" and is the basis of how our team of talented approach web design and development.