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Darkblue Design Ltd

Ballina, Mayo


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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021


We are a graphic & web design agency based in Ballina, Co Mayo. Our purpose is to help you, our client, with everything you need, from business branding to full e-commerce websites. With face to face personal contact, and an emphasis on creative, edgy design, so that you can get the maximum out of your business, be it large or small.

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9 customer reviews

7 February 2021

I highly recommend Marcin and his team. I'm delighted with my new website. Marcin is very easy to work with, will always give you the soundest advice, responds really quickly to any issues and his websites are top class.

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26 August 2019

Professional & creative web sites at affordable & competitive prices. Very happy with the website that Marcin built for my business. Highly recommend.

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6 July 2019

Web Design

it's a very good system and give us the results we where looking for

12 May 2019

A great company to work with, Dark Blue Design create beautifully designed, top quality websites. They listen to the brief and deliver, not just a brilliant design, but also aftercare support and advice that is just superb!

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10 April 2019

The best Web Design agency in Mayo

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28 October 2018

Having been referred to Darkblue Design by someone we didn’t know particularly well, we are now very happy to recommend their services to others following completion of our website. Darkblue Design took our numerous amendment requests in their stride and promptly completed each one in a stress-free and professional manner. The result is a high-quality website with a walkthrough feature of our property which will add immensely to its sales potential. This undoubtedly will be a trend for others to follow. Our experience of dealing with Darkblue Design was very much a shared and accessible one, and we have every faith in their follow-up commitment. More...

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26 May 2018

I have recently engaged the services of Marcin and Darkblue Design to buid my new website. Marcin was so professional and a pleasure to work with. His easy going manner and swift response made it very easy for me to complete my website in record time. He is so obliging and helpful that I have no hesitation in recommending him. More...

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26 May 2018

I found Dark Blue excellent to deal with and very professional. Both Derek and Marcin have very extensive experience in designing and building websites. Any time I had queries, they were very quick to come back by either email or phone with a response to resolve it. They give a 110% effort and commitment on any project. I would highly recommend Dark Blue in developing or redesigning a website and will continue to do business with them future on improving my own website. More...

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27 May 2015

These guys are the business. Their attention to detail throughout the design process was fantastic. Recommend them.

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How Darkblue Design work?

Our methodology is designed to help you take maximum advantage of the internet technologies. It incorporates all aspects related to your website and allows us to ensure that the fnal product is of the highest standards. Here are the steps we will take to ensure that all your deliverables are completed in time and within budget.

1. Requirements analysis
The first step for us is to analyse your and your target market’s requirements. Who will be visiting your website, what will be the purpose of their visit, what is the primary goal of your website, how can your organisation best cater to their needs etc. Many such questions are analysed for the Needs Analysis stage.
If we are given access to the current website statistics, we would also like to analyse your current page views,
average user time spent on the site, top landing pages, existing search engine rankings, existing bounce rates and many such factors. We analyse your online target audience and assess your differentiation strategy to best attract and retain your online visitors.

Your website will also undergo comprehensive search engine analysis twice during the course of the project; once during this stage and once again after the deployment (Go Live phase) of your website.

2. Formulate digital strategy
Based on the needs analysis, we determine the factors that will best serve your website. We look at the trends in
the market to ensure that you have the latest technology, components and elements. We take time to think outside the box and give consideration to more than your present day business needs so that your website can sustain any upcoming future needs.
As a part of this phase, we also finalise the primary and secondary keywords or key-phrases for your website. These primary and secondary keywords or key-phrases are then used throughout the website development phases.

3. Web-page design
We consider this stage to be one of the most crucial factors in any project. We justify every single aspect of the
design to ensure that each element is serving a specific need and the website is truly designed to attract, retain and enhance the end user-experience.

We will be to develop a custom built, high-end website design templates or concepts. Many thought processes and brainstorming will go into this process to create a design that is serving your existing needs as well as is sustainable with the future growth. Together with your input, we’ll come up with the designs that will effectively communicate your brand and online identity to your stake holders.

The finalised concepts or templates will then be used for two other internal pages to give you an understanding of how internal content intensive pages will look.

At this stage, we will submit designs and concepts for your review and feedback.

4. Web Development
Once we have received your acceptance of the detailed design, we proceed to the development and CMS confguration phase. Primary and Secondary keywords or key-phrases are used throughout the development.
All our code will be prepared in accordance with the W3C standards. Our well experienced team has indepth understanding of the W3C standards such as CSS, PHP, .NET, XHTML etc. Your website will be built using
these proven standards.

Once all developments are done, we proceed to the Testing phase, where features of your website and the Content Management System is tested rigorously.
Once the preliminary testing is done, we then proceed to the multi-browser test, where your website is tested over major browsers such as Ghrome, Firefox & Safari as a standard practice.

5. Evaluation and fne-tuning
Once your website is passed through the preliminary testing phase, we can handover the site to you as required.
Upon receiving your signof and based on your feedback, we will do the necessary changes to the website.
Once all cleared from your end, we will proceed to the Data Migration phase.

6. Data Migration phase
Once we have received the UAT sign off, we will proceed to migrate all data from your current website to your new website. You can alternatively provide new content in a word document (one document per page). Depending upon your project, migration is done manually, one page at a time. The content is also organised based on the new navigation panel and site structure. We also keep your primary and secondary keywords in mind while migrating the content over, so that you can take maximum advantage of the search engine indexes.

7. Pre-deployment phase
Once the data has been ready, we submit the site for your review for final feedbacks. Once signed-of the site will
ready for the final deployment once pre-deployment phase is done.

8. Website handover
Once the site is setup on your destination server, upon your approval we make the website live. One fnal set of
testing is done on the live website for the quality assurance purposes. We then hand over the control of the site to you.
9. Search Engine Indexing
Once your website is live, we will submit your website to various search engines and directories for them to index your new website on their servers.

10. e-Marketing / SEO / SEM
Your website will be Search Engine ready at the time of deployment. We have helped many of our clients achieve very high rankings on Google. Although, it is very difcult to guarantee any position on search engine, especially for a newly launched website/domain, we will have a clearer picture of your search engine ranking after the first three month’s of it being live.

At that stage, we can conduct a Comprehensive Search Engine Analysis to assess over 100 factors that affect
ranking of a website on the search engines. At this stage, we thoroughly analyse each factor and prepare an
e-Strategy for the Search Engine Optimisation.

Darkblue Design believe that we can offer our clients an innovative, user-friendly website that can become a valuable resource for the your business.

All of our websites are built as responsive from the ground up and all design decisions are made with diferent
resolutions in mind.

With any website navigation is the key function, if a user can find the information the need as quickly as possible then the site is doing what is supposed to do. With that in mind we will discuss and confirm a flow chart of the site as it will be, this will then lead to Darbklue designing a suitable navigation system.

The design of our sites is quite visual. Due to the generally improved broadband speeds over the last 5-8 years we can now use larger, fullwidth images which gives the visitor a much better impression of your business and facilities. We don’t believe in cluttered menus as they only confuse, we prefer to spend time finding the right solution to structuring pages than to have a cluttered menu or site. Visual hierarchy always needs to be always considered.

For content management we are believers in whatever makes the client’s life easier is a good thing. We use very easy to use Content Management System for 90% of our sites. This is because it’s so user friendly and has so many plugins and add-ons available to it.

For any daily or regular tasks we can make screen grab videos so that you always have a tutorial to hand.

The key of good SEO is being meticulous in adding content. Images need to be named correctly and text needs to be optimised. We offer the service of optimising any text provided by a client as well labelling all images by default.

Darkblue Design also use SEO optimising software in the backend of the site which increases the site’s Google rating.

For very competitive terms we can also set up Google Adwords campaigns to drive even more traffic to your site.

In terms of security we offer different levels based on your needs. All our sites are fully secure and updated regularly, but if you require added security we can offer 24/7 automatic malware scanning and removal along with SSL certificate.


We create sharp, bright and professional-level websites that work seamlessly across all platforms, computers, tablets, and smart phones. Whether you are looking for a website to advertise your business, an online shop, a full e-commerce website, or anything else, at Darkblue Design our job is to help you bring your business to the next level.

We offer an extensive range of services for all your website design requirements. From a completely new site, to a redesign, enhanced usability or ongoing support for an existing site, we have a solution for you. Darkblue Design offers a complete range of services for all your graphic and website design needs. If it’s your very first website for your business, a fresh redesign of an existing site, adding functionality & enhanced usability to your present site, or you just need ongoing web support, Darkblue Design has the correct solution for you. Nobody uses a phonebook anymore – everything and anything is searched for online.

From logo design to business cards to corporate identity; branding is one of the most important aspects and is a must for all businesses. At Darkblue Design, we ensure that your branding will be consistent throughout, and help your business profile meet the highest standards.

We provide you with expert support:

- Logo Design
- Brand Design
- Marketing Design
- Advertising Design
- Mail Newsletter Design
- Art Design

and many more..