Unlike most other website designers, we are not reliant on a Content Management System having the capability to achieve what you desire. We have many years of experience using all of the following software titles so we can create the code to deliver any functionality you can think of.
HTML is the backbone of the internet, it is the code which tells your computer what to display on your screen. Creating HTML pages using a content management system is all very well, but when the code stops working properly, and it will, a designer with no knowledge of HTML will be clueless about how to fix it.
HTML tells your computer what to display and CSS tells your computer how to display the content. CSS is complex and a firm grasp of how it works is essential if you are going to avoid having issues with content not appearing as it should.
We were asked to look into the feasiblity of digitising the archive of a local newspaper. We were given a sample file of scans in PDF format and using a program called Tesseract and a number of other tools, we were able to create a searchable archive. We are now waiting for the bean counters to arrange funing for the venture but we once again proved that we are more than just website designers.
If you want to view the archive we created:-
Many people will never have heard of Perl but it is the program which keeps many large websites running. Perl is a very powerful server side language and we use it on all of our websites to provide background functionality to make websites far more than static.
Most people will have heard of PHP but many will not know what it does. PHP and Perl are both server side languages and we use both for a wide variety of tasks. They are each more suited to particular tasks and we use whichever one is appropriate.
Photoshop is one of the programs we couldn't manage without as it is our go to solution for all our graphics and picture editing work. We have been using Photoshop in its various guises for over 30 years and it has proved time and time again to be the best photo editing program out there.
When a website requires data to be processed it is usually processed in a server side database and MySQL is the most commonly used one. It interfaces easily with both Perl and PHP is a reliable solution for most website database requirements.
Foxpro was the first language I learnt for PC and over the years I have written all kinds of programs with it.