Services

Design

Statix Media web sites are designed with two major factors at the highest priority: maximum usability, and universal accessibility.

Usability

Our sites are designed with user interaction in mind. Intuitive navigation is essential to this, as is adhering to the fundamental purpose of web sites: to provide information and services. When a site's primary purpose is to visually impress the user, this usually comes at the cost of reduced usability.

Of course, this does not mean that a site cannot be both highly usable and visually pleasing, because our sites certainly are! However, our sites will not feature obtrusive eye-candy bombarding the user. Web users appreciate informative, usable, and accessible sites first, and visually stimulating sites second. Users certainly do not appreciate visual or audible annoyances, or a confusing navigation system.

Accessibility

The primary web accessibilty concerns include full usability for people with disabilites, and also for sites to be usable on a wide range of Internet-capable devices. Many factors must be considered. Some users are not able to see the text or images on a web page, either because of vision impairment or because they use a browser that supports only text (like Lynx). Other people access the web on devices with very small screens or resolutions, such as mobile phones or PDAs. Our sites are designed for maximum accessibility for these and other cases.

Develop

Our web sites and applications are developed using only modern techniques and technologies. All of our sites feature clean, secure, standards-compliant code that is not bought (or stolen) from others. With a full capability to produce such quality server- and client-side code, you can be sure that our sites are as modern, usable, and accessible as possible. We produce sites featuring:

HTML

It is our preference to produce sites in the XHTML 1.0 Strict standard. This ensures that all HTML code must be well-formed. Our sites are developed by hand and not with WYSIWYG tools. These tools produce bloated, unprofessional code that often fails standards-validation. Our hand-written code is guaranteed to pass standards-validation tests.

Our pages are coded to maximize search engine placement; this does not involve extra effort if approached correctly. By ensuring that all HTML code is written semantically, using HTML elements in the proper context, search engines can accurately index sites according to their content and title, rather than what dozens of hidden <meta> elements try to convey. In fact, most search engines will actually penalize (or ban) sites which attempt to achieve high placement through questionable means. Search engines prefer genuine web sites that feature quality, indexable content.

Other web developers will charge extra for “Search Engine Optimization” and “Search Engine Submission”, but neither actually merits a price at all. We will not attempt to mislead you in this manner.

CSS

Cascading Style Sheets are used exclusively for page formatting. All modern graphical web browsers include CSS support, and for those that don't, such as text-only browser Lynx, it is simply ignored, falling back on our HTML code that is guaranteed to still produce a fully usable and accessible web site.

PHP

Our sites feature server-side scripts written in the highly popular PHP programming language. PHP allows us to produce dynamic web sites that feature content retrieved from a relational database, making site maintenance and updating very simple. We are capable of using this PHP/database combination to do some very interesting things. For example, users can create their own accounts, place items in a shopping cart, post content, and in general the client can administer their entire site right from within a web browser.

Javascript

Client-side scripts are written in Javascript. Not all browsers support Javascript, and some people choose to disable it. This, however, is not an issue since our Javascript simply improves the user experience and does not perform any critical actions. For example, Javascript may be used to provide client-side form assistance and validation, but the forms will still be validated on the server. Other uses include providing useful tooltips and navigation assistance, but once again, these are not essential to the use of the site.

Javascript can also be used to implement a popular new technology known as AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript And XML). AJAX makes it possible for a web page to update its content without reloading the entire page, and this allows for some very interesting possibilites. Web sites featuring AJAX attempt to approach the feel and functionality of desktop applications, and some major applications feature AJAX, such as Google Maps and Gmail.

Statix Media is capable of producing AJAX applications, but there are some important considerations pertaining to its use. First, with the possibility of disabled (or absent) Javascript, AJAX sites must be able to fall back on an AJAX-free implementation. Second, AJAX creates some accessibility issues, for example, screen readers may have problems dealing with the dynamic nature of an AJAX web page.

Deploy

Web hosting, maintenance, and various other services can be provided by Statix Media once design and development are complete.

Web Hosting

All of our sites are hosted on secure Linux servers running the Apache webserver and MySQL relational database.

Domain Registration

Statix Media can register and provide DNS services for a domain name of your choosing.

Email

Our servers also feature the capability of routing email delivered to and from your domain.