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Our development team

Studio Republic was born from a love of building websites, and this remains at our core. Our developers are full stack, so they embrace the front end (the pretty bit) as much as the back end (the complicated, server code). Design and development work closely together during our web projects, and they challenge each other to push the boundaries and embrace the latest design and code techniques.

We have completed a huge variety of work since our humble beginnings as a freelance developer; from single page websites to full digital transformation projects and everything in between. Our devs are as passionate about the look and feel as our designers and every site is hand crafted to work beautifully across any platform.

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Our technology stack

We are advocates of, and contributors to Open Source projects such as Laravel and MODX. Our developers are truly full stack, equally at home with front and back end code. Server-side we use a LEMP stack (Linux, NGINX, MySQL and PHP). On the front end the team has top notch HTML, JS & CSS skills and can create rich, interactive web and native apps using frameworks such as Vue and React.

Our code is version-controlled with local, dev and live environments allowing multiple developers to collaborate on the same code at the same time and for any bugs to be identified and fixed efficiently. Websites are tested using a full suite of real devices, both physical in the studio and in the cloud.

We partner with UKFast, who are the UK's largest independently owned hosting provider. Their datacenter is based in Manchester and as well as being blazingly fast and very secure, it is 100% carbon neutral.

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Our pet platforms

For most of the websites we build, our goto content management system is MODX. MODX is secure, fast, easy to use and gives us huge freedom as digital creators to make rich, engaging online experiences the barriers that other systems can impose.

More complex software development projects invariably involve Laravel, either in isolation or combined with MODX. Laravel is an amazing PHP framework that allows our dev team to build highly complicated solutions for our clients. Think of it as a toolbox, full of specialist kit, allowing a craftsman to create what's in their imagination without worrying about whether they have the right tool for the job. Laravel is the toolbox - full of specialist, modular bits of reusable functionality we use so we can focus on delivering something awesome for our clients.

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Donation Platforms

Working with charities has given us the opportunity to create bespoke donation pages. These keep visitors on site and create a seamless experience throughout the donation funnel. Combined with A/B split testing and constant monitoring we are able to fine tune the donation process, ensuring great conversion rates.

This, combined with expert knowledge of managing Google Ad Grants ($10,000 of in-kind advertising available to non-profits) means we can also increase traffic to your most engaging landing pages, each with a tailored 'ask', leading the user all the time towards making a donation.

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Our experience doesn't stop there

For those who need or especially want it, we also build and support WordPress websites and have built a range of ecommerce websites in WooCommerce. For larger scale ecommerce websites we turn to the daddy of online shopping platforms, Magento.

In the age of the REST API, every site we build is connected to at least one other system - CRMs (like SalesForce), payment providers (Stripe and PayPal for example), SMS and email notification platforms (Twilio and MailChimp).


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