About GDS Web Design

GDS Web Design is part of GDS Computer Systems Ltd, a family run business established in 2002. GDS meets the needs of smaller companies in the Mid-Sussex area that don't need the expense of in house IT services but do need fast and reliable computer help when problems arise.

So why choose us... when there are dozens of designers in our area alone?

Well firstly, all the sites we now produce are not only mobile friendly but fully responsive across all current devices. That means our sites automatically resize to suit whatever device they are being viewed on, not just mobile phones. So from a large PC or laptop through to tablets, ipads & ipods down to small mobile phones our sites are fast loading, easy to read and simple to navigate. We look beyond producing just visually good sites…they have to work well too!

Secondly as part of GDS Computer Systems Ltd we specialise in helping small businesses create and maintain their web presence in the most cost effective way. From start to finish we can supply all the help you need to produce the site you want.

For a free no obligation quote or to discuss your requirements further please call us on 01273 832841 or click HERE to contact us by email.

The services we provide

GDS Web Design create all types of W3C "valid" web sites from a single landing page through brochure sites, right up to full e-commerce web sites. All the sites we now produce are not only mobile friendly but fully "responsive" which means our sites automatically resize to suit whatever device they are being viewed on, not just mobile phones.

This site is an example of how we can make even a "single landing page" look just that little bit more special.

You may already have a fairly good website that just needs some updating or you may be starting from scratch, requiring us to arrange everything from hosting, domain name registration, design, copy creation, artwork origination and photography through to search engine optimisation (SEO)…or something in between!

We don’t offer fixed priced packages where you could end up paying for something you don’t need…we prefer to discuss your requirements face to face or by email and then give a fixed priced quote. As help to completely new sites you can pay in 12 monthly instalments.

To discuss your web design requirements further and receive a free no obligation quote you can email us at webdesign@gdsweb.co.uk.

Mobile Friendly Designs

What does "Responsive Web Design" or "Mobile Friendly Web Design" mean?

If you have ever looked at an old site using a mobile phone you will know just how awkward it can be, you have to keep scrolling left and right, or enlarging or shrinking. With the enormous increase in the use of mobile devices rather than the traditional PC that had to change and so was born Responsive Web Design (RWD) perhaps more popularly known as "Mobile Friendly" Web Design. More corectly a "mobile friendly" design is intended to work well on a mobile phone whereas a "responsive design" should look good on any device.

Over the last couple of years most designers, including GDS Web Design, have switched over to producing responsive websites that automatically resize to suit whatever device it is being viewed on. This ranges from large on a PC through degrees of smaller for tablets down to small for mobile phones.

But it's not just a case of scaling down as that wouldn't work with a large sized site, you can't get a quart into a pint pot as they used to say! Other things have to be taken into account, like the download speed being a bit slower on a lot of mobile devices. So now the whole concept is turned on its head and we start with a design that works on a small device and add more content if required to expand it further for Tablets or Desktops. As a result most modern "mobile friendly" sites tend to be a bit "minimalist" compared with what went before. Things like "Flash" animations tend to be out because they take too long to download but everything is much clearer and easy to read.

This is an example of a mobile friendly site; we know it's friendly because Google says so. Try it yourself by viewing it on various devices or if you are on a Desktop just resize your browser window down and watch how the site changes as the space to view it on reduces.

SEO Search Engine Optimisation

Search Engine Optimisation is the process by which a website is "tuned" to allow search engines like Google the easiest possible access to all the relevant content of a site. This index of information is then used to "rank" the site compared to other similar sites when someone does a specific search. The more relevant the site is considered to be, the higher it is ranked, with the number one site appearing on the first page.

It is of course not possible for every business to have that position so SEO is all about getting a site as highly ranked as possible.

All GDS Web Design sites are built to be search engine friendly and follow the "Google Webmaster Guidelines" as standard practice which ensures they have a good start with additional help available as required.

Latest News about Google changes

Google have advised that as from 21st April 2015 they will effectively start penalising non mobile friendly sites by downgrading their ranking if they are being viewed on mobile devices.

If you already have a Website you will not want to lose those hard earned rankings. So the first thing is to see what Google thinks of your site by clicking our "Mobile Friendly Test" button.

This will take you to Googles test page where by entering your web address you will get an image of how the Googlebot sees your site on a mobile phone with a report that includes lots of useful advice. If you would like GDS Web Design to help implement any changes please contact us to discuss things and get a no obligation quote to update your site.

Mobile Friendly Test

Contact GDS Web Design

GDS Web Design is based in Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex.

We mainly serve the Burgess Hill, Ditchling, Cuckfield, Hassocks, Haywards Heath, and Lindfield areas extending up to Crawley and down to Brighton and Hove. However it is not unusual to design web sites just using email, without ever meeting the client.

If you would like to discuss your requirements further please call us on 01273 832841 or email us at webdesign@gdsweb.co.uk for more information.