We help brands summit the internet.

Websites. Web Apps. Branding.

We are Number 11, a digital studio who craft beautiful, unique and powerful websites.

A sunny little corner of Australia creatively called the Sunshine Coast is where we call home. You’ll find our clients here and abroad. We love the web and we love to build the kind of site you won’t find off-the-shelf.

When we work, we work to clear objectives and an intention to create something we’re proud of. Perhaps we can work with you.

Number 11 have been absolutely fantastic to work with. I would HIGHLY recommend them. From day one they approached the project with great style and I have been impressed beyond words. The attention to detail Rob provides is like no other and the communication was first class.

Emma Stewart

Wonderful Mama

Number 11 took the time to understand my needs and came up with a great website, blog and email list combination! The process was painless and professional. The service was first class. I now have a website I am very proud to show to clients – and it looks great on any device.

Nick Ingram

Clear Thinking

From the very start of the creative and development process, Rob was very clear about next steps and advising of realistic timelines for deliverables. I always found Rob to be very proactive in providing alternative options when the project required new insight. I would thoroughly recommend Rob, as he is extremely easy to work with and no issue was ever too hard for him to resolve.

Shane Palmada

Australian Institute of Accreditation & My Food Safety

After a horror experience with another provider a referral from a colleague connected me with Number 11 and the experience could not have been more different. Rob is super responsive, manages expectations and does excellent quality work. But that’s not the best of it, he listened to my brief, the business model, the reason for the name of my company, and then went and did research. The result was a design that absolutely captured the look and feel I wanted. I’ve had sensational feedback on the site, and the post implementation support has been first rate.

Paul Detheridge

Shibusa

Blown away by Rob’s work! He has a rare mix of both web development and marketing prowess so my website didn’t just look great, it also resulted in generating more sales.

Daniel da Silva Lay

Diversity Resumes

I had my new website designed & created by Rob @ Number 11 & couldn’t be happier with the result. I love the modern layout, fresh graphics & most of all I love the new customers it’s drawing to my business each week. I would highly recommend Number 11 & I look forward to working with them again in the near future.

Mia Welsh

Mummas Sugo

Some of our work

A website needs to be so much more than a replacement for the yellow pages. It should meet specific objectives and ultimately accelerate the growth of a company. And sexy. It should be a little bit sexy. – Rob, Founder

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Why WordPress is right for your website.

One of the questions I get asked more than any other is “Why is WordPress a good idea?” The questioners have typically had some sort of experience with WordPress before or have heard from their cousins mates dog-groomer that it’s just a bloggers platform that’s always getting hacked…

Well, there are a bunch of reasons why we love WordPress and this graphic produced by the WordPress community sums most of them up perfectly.

Reasons for WordPress

See you at the Kingdom Business Summit

The Kingdom Business Summit is an annual free (I know right!) 2 day business conference for Christian businesses. Wez Hone is the man behind the mission and he’s flat-out determined to see socially conscious businesses grow and increase their influence.

It’s a great event. We attended last year, and quite frankly it’s easily one of the best we’ve come across for small businesses. The training is practical and results oriented. Last year, one of the sessions saw Facebook ads opened up and a campaign created on the spot. For businesses after solid practical guidance, this is a good one.

This year, we’re actually a little more involved at the Gold Coast event. 🙂 We’re going to be running 10 minute “Web Super Sessions” during the breaks.

If you’re a small business and are interested in getting some solid bite-sized training, these are for you. The format is going to be fast and furious. 7 minutes of training with 3 minutes of Q&A. The topics are going to be the kind you can take away with you and apply when you’re back in the office on Monday.

So far, our Super Session Topics include:

  1. 5 quick tips for boosting your site in Google (SEO).
  2. How not to get hacked by ISIS. (Website Security basics).
  3. What is responsive web design and why your site needs to be Mobile Ready.
  4. The basics of hosting, domains & WordPress. Who to use and how to set it up. Easily.
  5. Why WordPress is the best platform for your business. (IMHO)
  6. How to minimise the effort and maximise your blogging ROI.
  7. [WordPress Super Session] The WordPress plugins every site should be using.
  8. [WordPress Super Session] 10 tips for optimising WordPress.

 

We can’t wait! If there are any topics you think you’d think would be valuable for you and your business, let us know in the comments below.

Also, we designed and built the Kingdom Business Summit site. 🙂

The free stock photos you've been waiting for.

If you’re a content creator in any sense of the term, chances are you’ve trawled the interwebs for decent photos to help lift the visual standard of your work. Unless you’ve got a sweet budget for photography, I’m gonna say you like to find the free stuff as well. Now I know how time draining and depressing this can be. Basic rule of thumb is free = sucky, good = $$, really good = $$$$.

So…. as I work with Web Design and Social Media A LOT, I’ve found myself here A LOT. But, in the process, I’ve found some wonderful little blessed corners of the net that collect and share beautiful photography for anyone to use for anything. So to save you the dozens of hours it would take to build this list yourself, here are my go-to’s for beautiful and free stock photos.

 

The List

EDIT

Know of any other good free stock photo sites? Link to them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Is WordPress Just for Blogging?

As ol’ WordPress is what we use to build out the majority of our client websites, this is a question we get asked a bit. Considering it powers about 60 Million sites, our clients have often heard of it and most likely in context of a mate who used it to set up a blog. So the question is totally fair. “Isn’t WordPress just a blogging platform?”

In short, no.

In longer, let’s have a look.

Origins

WordPress started its days in 2003 as an Open Source CMS (Content Management System) specifically for blogging. The thing is, a LOT of people loved it and the nature of open source meant people jumped on board to make it better. It got better, and it got bigger. 11 years later, it still is an amazing platform for blogging but it can do a whole lot more.

 

What WordPress Isn’t

It’s not what your visitors see. WordPress is what runs the ‘backend’ of your website. Think of it as the backstage area to a broadway show. The audience don’t see it, but it’s where all the parts that are seen are prepared, organised and sent out on stage. The part that is seen by your visitors, in terms of style and layout, is handled by what is called a WordPress Theme.

 

More than blogging

Like I said, you can still blog with WordPress. In fact, many, if not most sites, running on WordPress utilise its blogging abilities as a key function of the website. However, what WordPress can do beyond that is pretty cool. A large reason for this coolness is because of what can be achieved through WordPress Plugins. Plugins justify in themselves a whole realm of development. Some of the most popular functionality that can be added to a WordPress site through plugins include things like….

  • Forums
  • Social network style features
  • Ecommerce & Web Stores
  • Sharing
  • Commenting
  • Analytics & Stats
  • Security
  • SEO
  • Forms
  • Advertising
  • Photo & Video Galleries
  • Memberships
  • Polls

And that’s just the popular stuff. There are some off-the-wall plugins around that provide some pretty unique functionality. In a nutshell, with the help of a good plugin developer, you can create most any type of functionality for your WordPress site.

This does sound like I’m blowing the WordPress trumpet a lot, but it is an amazing modern platform. It of course has its limitations and will never be suitable for 100% of websites, but as the number of sites using WordPress show, it ticks a lot of boxes.

Do you have any questions about the ability of WordPress to meet your website needs? Ask in the comments below or tweet me at @rob_stino.

 

 

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