West County is your trusted Santa Rosa Web Development Company
Web development has come a long way in the last 30 years—West County is a web development company that keeps your business ahead of the curve with a future-proof website. We build custom websites with amazing user experience which will be the foundation for all your digital marketing needs. Whether you need a simple blog, an e-commerce platform or anything inbetween, we can build it.
We provide website development for any business. Whether you are a local restaurant just getting started or a nationwide corporation with 100s or 1000s of locations, we can build it. We have built huge national networks of websites, simple web apps, blogs, brochure sites, eCommerce, and more. With over 20 years of developing websites, we have seen and built it all.
Custom-coded Websites – Web Development by West County Net
Developing a website that meets all of the needs of businesses today is a complex process.
West County Net’s expert web development team has extensive experience in building high-quality websites. Whether it’s a corporate website with hundreds of locations throughout the country or a locally owned business looking to convert online leads into foot traffic, our talented team of web developers, designers, and project managers have the experience to help you reach your goals.
Our custom-built WordPress theme means your site is built for performance, reliability, and functionality. We have been crafting our core WordPress theme over the course of 12 years. It uses all of the best practices and allows us to incrementally update and improve your website over time without you even knowing! We strive for performance and low bloat on all levels. We make sure our themes aren’t holding back your website from performing online.
Powerful websites that perform
One of the most important concepts to keep in mind when developing a website is its performance. Does the website function in any browser? Does the website display properly on all screen resolutions? Is the website easy to use for the customer and easy to update for the owner? Will it load on slow 3g connections, while maintaining beauty on retina displays?
These are all factors of performance that our team focuses on when developing a site. Our goal is always to make a reliable website that is easy to use for everyone, that also has excellent design, and is all packaged in a highly responsive user experience. The concept sounds obvious, but every visitor is a potential customer and they deserve to have the best possible experience while browsing your website.
Users are known to leave at a vastly higher rate when your website takes over 3 seconds to load. This is why we emphasize performance from the core of our development. We are always optimizing and improving and pushing the limits of what our theme can do to speed up your website. This is why we focus on web core vitals improvements when we start development, not after it’s done.
Responsive Design & Development
The sites we develop are always responsive. Responsive design means that the website sizes to whatever screen resolution you’re viewing it at and gives the best possible experience no matter what device the user visits on. The website works on all desktop and mobile devices, no matter what the size of the screen. Mobile visitors get the same content and features as if they were on their computers at home. This guarantees the best user experience regardless of the device being used. In 2022, every website should be responsive and if your website doesn’t work on mobile, you are losing over 50% of your potential business. If your development company isn’t building your site responsively (or fluid), then you should reconsider working with them.
Web Development with WordPress
West County uses WordPress as our primary content management system (CMS) for our websites. WordPress is an extremely flexible and powerful platform that is also easy to use for clients who don’t have any experience with editing websites. We have also built our own WordPress theme that has been designed for performance, reliability, functionality across all browsers. We strive to build our WordPress backend structure so that anybody can use it—you have as much control over your website as possible, without sacrificing the quality of the design.
When WordPress launched their Gutenberg Block Editor, we knew we had to take advantage of its great new features. By being ahead of the curve on the block editor means that we have custom-built our own blocks to enhance your editing experience. Whether you need to custom query custom post types or simply add a read more section, we have built blocks to extend Gutenberg to its fullest potential.
We are using all of the core fundamental features of WordPress, because it’s that powerful. Which brings us to the next point.
We don’t use page builders
Looking for a company to build your website? Make sure they aren’t just a page builder team. Whether it’s Divi, Elementor, Beaver Builder or others, page builders are notorious in WordPress and one of the biggest factors in bloat and security concerns. We explicitly do not use these page builders. In fact, we are often hired to convert people’s Elementor and Divi themes to custom build themes because they have never been able to meet the web core vital requirements or have had multiple security attacks on their sites.
If a company is using page builders, they may not even be programmers. If your intention is to partner with a company that can build anything you need, don’t hire a company that is selling page builder custom builds. It’s almost guaranteed these are not WordPress developers, they are WordPress users. Partner with West County Net to know you have a team that can truly program any theme, plugin, or custom code you need for your website.
eCommerce with WooCommerce
With over 15 years of eCommerce site development experience, the West County team knows what it takes to build an effective eCommerce platform that will serve all the needs of your business. We primarily build our eCommerce websites upon the WordPress WooCommerce platform. This gives you a completely integrated experience across your entire site. No need for a sub-domain shop, difficult tracking, or separate databases. We make sure that no matter what products you sell, you can rest assured there is a solution. This gives you all the power of a full eCommerce solution, a perfect blogging platform, and the beautiful block editor to achieve all of your marketing needs.
If you’re interested in our web development services, drop us a line and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!