"Chris Dicken’s extensive knowledge of web-design helped turn our vision into reality. All of us at The Baseball and Softball Shop really appreciate his help guides, which we keep to help us remember certain tasks! Random River offer a personal and reliable service and I would not look at using anyone else for the continued maintenance of our website."
When I first start working with a new client I always ask them to list two or three ecommerce sites they really like. This serves two functions: so I can get an idea of my client’s tastes, and also to give me something to fire my imagination when I’m coming up with design concepts. Interestingly I’ve noticed of late that there is one ecommerce site that gets cited more than any other as something businesses aspire to emulate – John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com).
What is it that makes this site so good? Why is this site held up more than the sites of the other high street brands as an example of how to do great ecommerce? Here are my thoughts on the matter.
The most prominent feature on the site is the ‘mega-menu’ – the main … READ MORE
At Random River we will work closely with you at every stage to create the right approach to help you to achieve all your goals. Rather than just selling you a solution out of the box, we will work with you collaboratively to craft the perfect online presence.
We specialise in designs that are modern, timeless, fresh and clean – which means that your site last you a good few years before you need to think about overhauling it.
As well as design and coding, Random River can help you refine your marketing and messaging, making sure your website content is relevant to the people you are trying to appeal to, and also highly attractive to search engines. We will also provide training and documentation to help you take full control of the site once the project is finished.
Random River is more than just a web design agency – we like to work in partnership with our clients on every aspect of the project in order to help them to make the most out of the internet.
An ecommerce site from Random River will cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 depending on the size and complexity of the project.
If you are just wanting a website without an online shop, then the project will cost in the region of £400 to £600.
Before starting Random River, Chris worked for ten years as a product manager with Actinic Software (now known as SellerDeck) the UK’s market leading ecommerce software supplier. During that time Chris became the company’s design ‘guru’ – creating themes and web interfaces for Actinic’s range of software packages and also creating online sites for prestigious companies such as the Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and Hasbro.
As well as creating designs, Chris has helped thousands of Actinic users to solve their design questions, and has also run many training courses aimed at helping store owners and web designers to create and run succesful online businesses.
With Random River, Chris’s aim is to use his knowledge and experience in design, ecommerce and online marketing to help small businesses to succeed on the internet, whether they just want a small online presence or a fully functional online shop.