Web design and development

Digital products and services designed with and for users, plus ongoing services to support and enhance them.

We design and develop websites and applications to bring helpful, easy, accessible content and services to life. How a website or app is designed and developed can enhance the user's experience and their perception of you, or detract from it. It can encourage users to engage with you, or send them elsewhere. Your website and visual identity should reflect the best elements of your organisation. It's often the first touchpoint for users. As such, it should appeal directly to your users — visually and functionally. We have a highly experienced team of in-house designers and developers who work together to ensure that your website or application satisfies the needs of your users in a way that is desirable, feasible and viable.

Our web design and development services

Digital and technical audit

We are often asked to review and assess existing technical infrastructure. This can take the form of a workshop with your technical team, to provide a snap shot of your current technologies and to develop a roadmap for your future needs.

Technical design

Technical design requires not only a sound knowledge of infrastructure but also the many systems, processes and stakeholders that exist across an organisation. We use a design thinking approach, lead by senior technical advisers and analysts to develop and articulate B2B, B2C and intranet solutions for large organisations.

CMS design and configuration

Content management systems are the backbone of many of the organisations we work with. We pride ourselves on having staff trained in a range of CMS platforms including Wordpress, Silverstripe, Drupal, Prismic, Umbraco and Nation Builder. We are adept at system configuration, custom module development and hosting across platforms.

Backend and frontend development

Our ISO9001 Quality Management System ensures that all code follows strict approvals and has undergone regression testing across a range of environments. Our development team works across Java, PHP, Golang (Google), Python, React, Javascript, Node.JS and we constantly explore new software releases. Our front-end developers implement responsive, cross-browser and cross-device site and apps to high accessibility standards.

Devops, infrastructure and cloud services

We provide hosting and infrastructure services as part of our core offering and we have extensive knowledge in version control (git), automated building and test (CI), automated deployment (CD). While we make use of Amazon Web Services technology and related high level DevOps (including monitoring and performance tools) extensively, we also manage Azure services for clients that request a Microsoft specific solution.

Integrating services

We can integrate your web sites and other digital services, improving navigation and the user experience while maintaining functionality, streamlining workflows and improving data capture.

Prototyping and proof of concepts

Portable uses a range of methods to create fast and innovative prototypes that can be used to test the market or build a business case. We can put you and your team at the centre of the design process to release workable prototypes in as little as one week.

Data migration

We provide a range of options for data migration including technical migration through scripts or manual data migration. Either way, we can manage the process and ensure fully quality controls.

Digital wayfinding solutions

We can provide digital wayfinding, check-in and ticketing systems that reflect the features of your building or location and the needs of your users. We will customise the system to match location requirements with the desired behaviour of users, while also optimising their experience.

24/7 support

We offer 24/7 support to respond to all your needs. We cover all priority levels and will update you on response times for critical issues. We will also provide you with monthly updates and provide training for your staff.

ICT security

We can help you configure content management systems, set up permission schemes, establish back-up and recovery processes, integrate with third-party services, and build secure and usable ecommerce platforms. This includes services to support business continuity and disaster recovery.

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