Frequently Asked Questions

In the old days, websites were pretty easy. There weren't a lot of options, and it wasn't as important to have a website as it is now.

Today, there's a wide variety of different platforms to choose from and the industry is constantly evolving. It can be confusing to work out the best platform option for your business.

While there are many ways to get online, we focus on two of the most popular options - CMS and SaaS.

When we started professional website development in 2006, the best option available was a self-hosted Content Management System (CMS)Content Management System (CMS) website. A CMS provides a vast array of options, and we continue to build many CMS websites today. Popular CMS platforms include Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. A CMS website is the best option if you want to be able to fully customise everything, or if you require functionality such as multiple users, security levels and workflows.

In recent years, a new option has emerged, the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. These are proprietary platforms which offer a defined set of features, but the 80/20 rule dictates they will be fine for the majority of SMBs. What these platforms lack in functionality, they make up for in ease of use. Popular SaaS platforms include Shopify, Squarespace and Wix.

We've finetuned our delivery process so we can deliver a solution in the same way, regardless of platform.

If you're unsure of the best platform for you, please get in touch.

Platform Comparison - CMS v SaaS Websites

  • Content Management System (CMS)
  •  Add your own content
  •  Add your own logo/design
  •  Learning curve to build yourself
  •  Multiple page layouts
  •  Content management, can create many levels of content
  •  Use and reuse content in multiple places
  •  Template/theme easier to change
  •  Multiple users, different security levels
  •  DIY SEO from basic to extensive
  •  Social media integration
  •  Core software is free
  •  3rd party extensions available free/paid
  •  Install on own server/paid hosting account, can be moved
  •  Wide range of options to add new/connected functionality later
  •  Own your website
  •  Download/backup, move, upload site as required
  •  Requires ongoing maintenance/updates
  •  Highly configurable and extendable
  •  Control over site speed (host in AU or international)
  •  Access to SQL database
  •  Collect payments via most payment providers
  •  Online training resources (often open/crowd-source)
  •  No provided smartphone apps
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  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  •  Add your own content
  •  Add your own logo/design
  •  Simple to use, small learning curve
  •  Multiple page layouts
  •  Website page builder
  •  Limited ability to use and reuse content in multiple places
  •  Template/theme difficult/impossible to change once started
  •  Limited security levels
  •  Basic SEO integrated
  •  Social media integration
  •  Monthly subscription
  •  3rd party extensions available free/paid
  •  Proprietary platform, can't be moved
  •  New functionality dependent on platform and package
  •  Lease your website
  •  Site only online while subscription is current
  •  No ongoing maintenance/updates (managed by platform)
  •  Limited to boundaries of platform
  •  Site speed dependant on platform/server location
  •  No database access
  •  Collect payments via most payment providers
  •  Online training resources (provided by platform)
  •  Free smartphone apps
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