Web Design St. Albans
World-Class Web Developers in St Albans
Scout Digital is a professional web design and development agency near St Albans and we produce exquisite digital solutions for some of the world’s best-known brands including the Discovery Channel, Watford Football Club, Taylor Wimpey, Just Eat, The History Channel and Gino D’Acampo.
We are also a local agency, building exceptional websites for St Albans’ vibrant business community, offering experience, knowledge and value to local businesses and organisations and at the same time building long term, trusted relationships.
We consistently deliver beautifully-designed, responsive websites that are content rich and built for engagement, stickiness and to inspire – and all without costing the earth.
Contact us today.
What We Offer
Scout delivers awe-inspiring mobile-ready websites, amazing apps and dynamic digital content. Our team develops extraordinary digital products – full websites including e-commerce solutions and campaign destinations to apps, videos, features and web copy. Our team of strategists, developers, content producers and professional journalists will ensure that you can reach out and connect with your target audience, turning passing interest into real, positive action.
A Leading Digital Agency, Right Here in St Albans
We are a digital agency in St Albans and we’ve worked with clients from all over the globe. Working in tandem with them, we deliver a dynamic digital home that acts as the hub for their entire service offering. It allows our clients to develop a robust web presence, seize the initiative in their industry and develop a sound online identity.
Combining a formula of eye-catching design, technical know-how and search engine-optimised copy, Scout has established a reputation as one of the best website designers in Saint Albans – and in London. We bring together affordability, professionalism and a flair for creativity, innovation and technical expertise.
No-one can rest on their laurels in the digital space. As a web company in St Albans we give every client a digital solution they can be immensely proud of.
Web Design St Albans: Why Scout?
The answer is quality and affordability.
We know that you have choice when looking for a web developer in St Albans or a digital agency in St Albans, so why should you choose Scout? We strive to combine affordability with quality. We’ve worked with businesses and organisations of all sizes and complexities and we have an outstanding portfolio of websites, campaign destinations, microsites, SEO articles and content marketing campaigns as well as social, infographics, video and viral campaigns.
But above all else, we ensure that we offer genuine value to our clients.
We are structured and transparent when it comes to quotes, prices and processes so you’ll know exactly how the process works from start to finish and also what your total costs are. We’ll never add in any stealth costs, uncertainties or hidden fees. Once we quote for a project, the scope and project costs are fixed.
We never fail to hit our turnaround times and we will take a deep dive into your business and industry sector to ensure that what you ask for is exactly what we deliver. Actually, we like to over-deliver so if you pay a visit to the premier web designer in St Albans, it’s entirely likely that you’ll get more than you originally asked for!
It really doesn’t get any more complicated than that – if you’re a local business and you’d like to work with a high-quality St Albans web designer, we’ll pull out all the stops to deliver exceptional results and help you to move your business forward.
Amazing Websites, Simple Management
Are you thinking to yourself ‘I need a website for my company in Saint Albans?’ If you are, you’ve arrived at the right place. From a holding page for a small local business to a full-on e-commerce solution for a global company, we will ensure you can stay in full control of your online presence.
All our websites come with simple-to-use content management systems that allow you to maintain and update your content, imagery, prices, stock levels and all of the pertinent information on your website very quickly and very easily.
And you know what the best part is? You don’t need a PhD in computer science to understand it. The systems are simple and intuitive and of course your favourite St Albans web design agency is available for anything you need!
Affordable, Professional Website Developers in St Albans
We design, develop and build fantastic websites in-house from our state-of-the-art design studio in St Albans.
Our full suite of services is offered at affordable prices and we bring the creative insight, strategic planning and customer service that ends up with you having an exceptional website or digital product while guaranteeing exceptional value for money. You get the perfect showcase for your product or service without breaking the bank.
We work with all types of clients across all industry sectors, from innovative start ups to global heavyweights as well as charities, schools, local businesses of all sizes and industry bodies.
Hassle-Free Website Hosting
You wanted ‘web design St Albans…’ So after we’ve designed, developed, written and built your fantastic new website, then what happens? You need people to see it. To ensure that happens, we host your site on fast, secure and reliable servers that offer unlimited email addresses and a host of fantastic features and benefits to ensure you get a first-class service with minimal downtime.
We provide high-availability hosting for hundreds of clients including heavyweights such as the Discovery Channel, Watford Football Club, Gino D’Acampo and Taylor Wimpey and our hosting and maintenance provision include 24/7 monitoring, first-line support and full back-up solutions.
And when we say secure, that’s exactly what we mean. Your website and all accompanying data will be hosted in two geographically separate cloud-based datacentres and are protected using the AES256 cypher.
If you’re unsure what that is, it’s the same level of encryption used by the FBI and NASA and experts reckon that it would take 197 years to crack if you put five trillion of todays’ computers to work 24 hours a day!
Additional Digital Services
As St Albans web designers, we can’t sit still as the digital landscape gets bigger by the day. We design and develop paradigm-shifting apps that have the power to engage your target audience; we strategise and deliver highly effective and results-driven content marketing campaigns including blogs and e-newsletters that add real value; our talented writers and journalists deliver outstanding and targeted web, SEO, blog, social and article content and our strategists will plan and the deliver digital strategies that will drive your business forward.
As Scout is a leading web design agency in Saint Albans, we’re so much more than that. We go over and above so you can become a leading voice in your industry sector.
Why Go Local?
It’s the buzzword of the age – go local. Whether it’s local food producers, independent local shops or local creative services, working with a business that knows your area intimately is priceless.
We know that when it comes to your digital offering, you have a choice to make. You can go with a faceless company based a million miles away or you can find a local web developer in St Albans, a local partner who will work with you face-to-face to produce amazing results for you.
In business, there’s nothing better than face-to-face communication and a knowledge of your local area. As a true local business we have clients across the area –Borehamwood, St Albans, Watford, Barnet, Elstree, north London and beyond. So working with a local Saint Albans web design agency who understand what you’re trying to achieve and who will deliver what you want on time and on budget is much better than working with a faceless business who will give you off-the-shelf solutions.
Why Use An Agency?
You have options if you’re looking for a professional web design agency in St Albans for your website or full digital marketing solution.
There are plenty of good freelance web designers in St Albans who work from home but as a professional web agency in St Albans, we can offer you an outstanding service that delivers exactly what you’re looking for.
Not only do we offer a wide-range of high-class talent who all work in-house – web developers, graphic designers, copywriters, project managers and strategists – we also give each client reliability, security and first-class customer service. We won’t suddenly disappear if a permanent job comes along or focus on other clients like a freelancer might. If you need us, were here.
A web agency in Saint Albans like Scout has the full suite of services in-house and all under one roof. So whether you’re looking for an SEO agency in St Albans, a branding agency in St Albans or a content marketing agency in St Albans, at Scout you’ll find everything you require right here in our office.
You will get the benefit of a supremely talented creative team who will take care of every aspect of your digital strategy as well as a single point of contact – your own project manager – all the way from planning through to design, development and implementation as well as a solid post-sales infrastructure. You have peace of mind through the entire journey.
You also benefit from the fact that we’ve worked with an incredibly diverse spectrum of clients, from superb start-ups to globally-recognised brands across a wide range of industry sectors.
Local Digital Marketers with Local Knowledge: A Short History of St Albans
The history of St Albans stretches back over 2,000 years. The first documented recording of the town – an Iron Age Celtic tribe set up here in around 20BC building a small village of wooden huts with thatched roofs – was known as Verulamium, or ‘the settlement above the marsh’ but St Albans as we now know it really took off when the Romans arrived in Britain in 43AD.
The area was very quickly developed into the third largest town in Roman Britain after Londinium (London) and Camulodunum (Colchester) alongside the old Celtic settlement and in the valley of the River Ver, close to the present-day town centre.
It grew to become a very significant town, so much so that it started to receive attention from would-be suitors. In 61AD, one of the would-be suitors, Boudica, leader of the Iceni tribe led a rebellion against the Romans and burned the city to the ground. According to archaeologists and confirming the Roman written record, the city was covered in a layer of black ash.
The city was rebuilt, this time with stone buildings including temples, an amphitheatre with seating for 6,000, a forum and a basilica, behind a deep ditch and a wall and it was encircled by gated walls in 275AD. In fact one of the few remaining Roman inscriptions in Britain is found on the remnants of the forum. It is dated to either AD79 or AD81 and was translated by Professor Sheppard Sunderland Frere, fellow of All Souls College, Oxford to read:
For the Emperor Titus Caesar Vespasian Augustus, son of the deified Vespasian.
Pontifex Maximus, in the ninth year of tribunician power, acclaimed Imperator fifteen times, having been consul seven times, designated consul for an eighth time, censor, Father of the Fatherland, and to Caesar Domitian, son of the deified Vespasian, having been consul six times, designated consul for a seventh term, Prince of Youth, and member of all the priestly brotherhoods, when Gnaeus Julius Agricola was legate of the emperor with pro-praetorian power, the Verulamium basilica was adorned.
The Roman occupation ended somewhere between 400 – 450AD but visitors to modern-day Saint Albans can still see some incredible Roman ruins around the city and visit the Verulamium Museum in St Albans Park.
The city of St Albans is named after Saint Alban, venerated as the first-recorded British Christian martyr in either the third or fourth century. There is much contention as to his burial place – some say it’s close to the present cathedral on a hill but so far, there’s been no evidence found. There’s also contention as to whether Saint Alban even existed. In 429AD, Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre visited a church dedicated to Saint Alban and subsequently promoted the cult of the saint (again, after excavations there remains no archaeological evidence of a church existing in the immediate area) however a very recent dig did uncover a basilica close to the Cathedral indicating that it is ‘the oldest continuous site of Christian worship in Great Britain.’
It’s all a bit of a muddle.
What we do know for sure is that the Abbey of St Albans was founded in 793AD by King Offa of Mercia, the first draft of the Magna Carta was written in St Albans Abbey in 1213 and a market was located outside the Abbey that dates back to the 10th century.
We also know that three of the city’s main roads date from the medieval period – Holywell Hill, St Peter’s Street and Fishpool Street.
After King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Abbey was sold for £400 in 1553 and became a parish church and soon after, King Edward VI granted the town a charter, making it a borough complete with a mayor. St Albans was granted city status in in 1877 by Queen Victoria.
Let’s pause for a moment and talk for a moment about the bridges of St Albans. The first one to mention is the Grade II listed bridge over the River Ver on St Michael’s Street next to the Kingsbury Watermill. It dates from 1765 and is believed to be the oldest extant bridge in Hertfordshire.
Local historians believe that the Romans built a wooden bridge on the site in the third century and according to an account of the Second Battle of St Albans in 1461, a bridge recorded in 1505 as Pons de la Maltemyll, or Malt Mill Bridge. The ford alongside the bridge – which is known to have existed for over 2,000 years – is traditionally believed to be St Alban’s crossing point on the way to his execution.
Visitors to Saint Albans will know that bridge as the site of the famous Waffle House!
Over the centuries, the city grew. It was a rural market town, a Christian pilgrimage site and the last coach stop before, and the first coach stop away from London, probably accounting for the number of very old pubs in the area including Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, one of several late medieval pubs laying claim to be Britain’s oldest. Even in St Albans, the White Hart and the Fleur de Lys are also believed to have been trading in the late medieval period.
Victorian St Albans was small and there was very little industry to speak of, growing between 8-9% per decade between 1801 and 1861 (compared to over 31% per decade in London).
Into the 20th century and St Albans had Hertfordshire’s first permanent cinema, now the Odyssey on London Road which opened as the Alpha Picture House in July 1908 and another claim to fame is that during World War I, the first German airship to be brought down over England’s skies – the SL11 – was brought down over St Albans. The city was also the penultimate stop for the Jarrow Crusade on route to the House of Commons.
Today, St Albans is a beautiful Hertfordshire city in high demand. It has excellent transport links in and out of London and is a great place to shop, eat and mooch around.
As well as a vibrant community, web design in St Albans is as good as it’s ever been and Scout are a major player in the sector, bringing globally-recognised companies to the city while serving the digital needs of lots of local businesses.
For St Albans web design, contact us today on 020 7920 6464 or email email@example.com and we’ll talk you through all you need to know.
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