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Web Design Solutions for Manufacturers

Web Design Solutions for Local GTA Manufacturers

MySQL: The Right Database Solution for Manufacturing

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Are you a local GTA manufacturer looking for a website solution to manage your on-line product inventory? Theme-based websites (Drupal, Joolma and WordPress) are handy for retail and small business websites but don’t work well with marketing / products managers that use Microsoft Access or Excel to handle extensive product inventories (5,000+ products). Some products have so many fields! We commonly convert client spreadsheets with 75 columns or more (A-Z, AA-AZ, BA-BZ, CA-CZ, etc.) into functional and easy to navigate MySQL databases.

What’s nice about MySQL is it has the flexibility to handle large, text-based fields that can contain virtually unlimited HTML content. With UTF-8 format, fields can also contain trademarks (™), registered symbols (®), copyrights (©), international characters (àáâãçèéê) and other unique symbols.

For products with several images, a relational photo database can be established containing pertinent photo information, ie. captions, renderings, lightbox/popup/zoom-in details and SEO information.

MySQL is ideally suited for products that are organized in a hierarchical structure addressing such requirements as product industry and material type.

MySQL product tables are also easy to import back into Microsoft Excel via CSV generated files that way reference to spreadsheets can still be maintained.

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MySQL database integration - import 1000s of products using Excel spreadsheet

Secure Back-End User Interfaces

Which Hosting Solution is Right?

Dedicated Server

For large manufacturers we always recommend using a dedicated server. Dedicated servers allow for increased security over shared servers and generally offer faster hosting. More importantly, a dedicated server allows for creation of a publically-accessible website and an encrypted, firewall-protected back-end subdomain. What better way to manage your website than behind a firewall!

Shared Hosting Back-End

Can’t afford a dedicated server or need to perform a risk assessment before increasing your hosting costs? We offer product management solutions that work and are secure even within a shared hosting environment, ie. www.dahlvalve.com. By using multiple security keys, placebo characters and random elements, back-end modules can achieve enhanced security and independent control of your product inventory.

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Dedicated Hosting or Shared?

Custom Form Design

How To Tackle Form Design?

Submission Forms

HTML5, PHP and jQuery make Product Submission Forms easy! Through real-time access to your extension product database one can instantly generate product indices to make website navigation seamless to your customers. Custom inputs can be created to correspond to your extensive product requirements. GUI interfaces allow for text input so that customers / staff don’t have to understand HTML.

Custom Requirements?

We often meet manufacturers that have custom requirements that cannot be conveyed or articulated with just one meeting. Some concepts are so unique to a particular industry that solutions may take a month or more to code / develop. This is not unusual and it is where 17 Designs excels. We welcome challenges and difficult tasks. The more complicated your requirements the better!

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Submission Form Design and Validation

Web Design Fundamentals

Companies choose 17 Designs because we offer timely in-house:

  • Corporate Website Design
  • Open Source Web Development
  • Website Maintenance
  • Website Graphics
  • Corporate Website CMS Design
  • Corporate Website Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Social Media Strategies / Updates

Structured Coding Practices

Our coding strategies are highly structured and thoroughly scrutinized with each web page update. We logically prepare our code to be:

  • Formal by Design
  • Modular
  • Scalable
  • Well Organized

HTML5 Website Design

HTML5

Take advantage of the new semantic markup of HTML5 website design, including self-validating web forms your users will love, tailor-made CSS3 web page formatting (such as gradients, transparencies, curved radii and drop shadows) and @font-face advanced type support. 17 Designs has embraced the latest generation of HTML5 web development ensuring an ideal user experience and pixel perfect web authoring aimed at modern browsers.

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Going mobile? Using the latest jQuery framework, HTML5 and CSS3, 17 Designs can program a mobile application that utilizes adaptive fluid grid design to fit any smart phone.

What about a smart phone’s orientation? We’ve got that covered. jQuery framework adapts to fits the horizontal or vertical browser width of any smart phone. Do you also need database support? No problem. We can link your mobile app to an on-line product catalogue / database retrieving product information in real time.

Custom WordPress Theme Development

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Don’t settle for an unoriginal WordPress Theme used by thousands on the planet. We can design a custom WordPress Theme programmed to fit your brand identity and unique business requirements.

Our original WordPress Themes now use adaptable technology allowing the text, imagery and navigation to resize / scale to fit any device. This makes for a great user experience and allows your customers to view your website on their smart phone, tablet, notebook or desktop.

jQuery Banners

Stunning and Provide Added SEO Benefit

Need to add some pizzazz to your corporate website? Consider adding a jQuery Animated Banner with the following functionality:

  • Responsive Banners (reacting to finger swipes on mobile devices and mouse movement on computers)
  • Parallax Content Sliders (adding layered movement to your banners – see example above)
  • Content Cycles and Easing
  • Twitter Feeds
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Web Design Related Services

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)

Through efficient design and coding practices, by making code error free and browser compliant, many of our websites achieve naturally high organic ranking on numerous search engines. Other factors also come into play including naming conventions, page descriptions, meta information, .htaccess browser redirection, keyword management and various tags.

WEB HOSTING

17 Designs believes in focusing on what we do best, web design. As such, we will not put a mark-up on another company’s hosting services. If you are looking for the very best in hosting services with a company that is as customer focused as we are, we highly recommend Connected Technologies Inc. – our business partner for over 17 years.

Summary of BEST Web Design Features

100% ADAPTIVE LAYOUTS

Adaptive, mobile-friendly layouts that will resize to fit any screen.

PRODUCT INTEGRATION

We can import your products spreadsheet + images directly into a MySQL database and build a website around it.

CUSTOMER FRIENDLY

Our customers come first!

Best Features Web Design

CORPORATE DESIGNS

We create designs that are suitable for any business.

OPEN SOURCE, MODULAR

We use PHP because it’s the most popular web programming language on the planet. It’s FREE and modular for easy expansion.

PIXEL PERFECTION

Our work is clean and precise.

LASTEST NEWS

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February 2, 2017
17 Designs was happy to participate in OS&B’s recent website product launch of the Testable...
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Responsive Web Design for Linear Interior Systems

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17 Designs is very excited to be developing this second generation website for Linear Interior...
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OS&B Re-launches Island Tub Drain™ (Testable Rough-in)

August 15, 2016
17 Designs worked with OS&B on the re-launch of the Island Tub Drain.  The new...

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