We are starting a new software development company and need to have a website created for it. We already have a logo created, but need to start with a look on the web that explains what we do and who we are.
We are looking for a clean website that will be done in a tableless design. A content rich header area is desired. A good example of what we are looking at exists at [url removed, login to view], however we would not want to have it that elaborate. The remainder of the site would not use any flash, but have an aesthetically pleasing look and feel to it.
We have started a new company and need to create a web presence for this new organization. We want people to find out about our services through organic search results so it is important to design the site with SEO in mind. We need to have a corporate look and feel without looking so big that a smaller or medium size business would be hesitant to contact us. The website needs to be accessible to search engine spiders and be coded with good on-page search engine optimization. The site must also conform with the W3C specifications and pass validation for HTML, XHTML, and CSS. It also must be cross browser compliant working with IE 6.0+, Google Chrome, Safari 4+, and Firefox 3.0+. The website needs to be table less and be done with full CSS and code commented. The page will need to be centered and fit in a 1024x768 browser, but the background and lines full fluid. You can see in the examples below of what will be needed.
A little background on what we do, we are a software development company and typically perform all of our own design work, development, and testing in house. We wanted to try out outsourcing to see if we can have a different look come out then our regular looks we have come up with. More or less we want to not have a stale look and want something new and exciting.
The navigation system should be intuitive and allow the visitor to quickly navigate the site starting from any page. The main navigation will be Services, Process, Work, About, & Contact.
We want the home page to be very visually appealing. We are looking to see a flash header that will allow for a great introduction of our company. A stunning example of what we would like to see is available at http://www.cynergysystems.com. We would want to trim that down a bit, but allow for a similar message to be delivered. We also really like the functionality that exists below the movie in the “that’s me?? section. The big difference there is we would want that part done in HTML not flash.
The services section will break out several areas. Within this page we will need to have sections for Solutions, Practices, and Technologies. This would act as a mini sub nav or incorporated into a single page, I will leave that up to the designer once content is given. Each of these three sub areas would have an additional list of sub objects. There is a site that explains our a larger amount of information then we would have, however we would want a better visual then what is displayed on this page: [url removed, login to view]
The process section will discuss what our methodology is in developing and designing solutions for our clients. The overall process works the same no matter what the size of the organization is so this will be a single page with no sub navigation. Within the same site that was mentioned before we like this page to show the processes, of course redefined with our content.
[url removed, login to view] another sample page could be found at [url removed, login to view] We perform a lot of whiteboarding so this tag line or a similar one with the imagery would be the direction we were thinking.
The work section will provide case studies and examples of work we have performed. If you think of this as a portfolio that will give you a good idea of what you would be looking at. A content example could be found at [url removed, login to view]
The about section would be a simple about us of our company. We would just be looking at a simple about page that would integrate with the other portions of the website.
Simple contact page will be like this: [url removed, login to view]
We are looking to have this completed within 2 weeks of acceptance. Site design must be provided in Photoshop PSD, Flash FLA file along with all HTML, CSS, and Flash movie. Code must be commented as it will be edited and should provide details as to what is being done in the pages.
The logo we have will be given to the party receiving the contract. We are open to suggestions, including different look or color changes. The home page/shell must be approved before beginning the coding process. It is recommended a simple JPG file be given to ensure that we agree with the look and feel prior to beginning coding. This is done to also to conserve in the amount of time the designer will spend as we do not want you to begin coding the site prior to having approval on the design. It would be recommended to do this for all pages as the PSD's will be required also.