About us

Who we are, and what we do

We're a small software development consultancy consisting of founder Daniel Chesterton and select freelancers. We focus on creating websites and mobile applications which look great, but most importantly, are easy to use and meet your business objectives.

We're based near Southend-on-Sea in Essex but we regularly work with clients across the UK and the world.

Website Development

We work with clients to understand their business, their customers and how we can help meet their business objectives through our software. We focus on the user experience and business objectives to create a website or application which works for both stakeholders and users.

While we will happily design your website or app, our specialty lies in 'backend' software development: the technical side of the software. We have experience building websites using popular frameworks and CMS's such as Symfony, Drupal and Wordpress, or we can develop a custom solution.

Mobile Development

We get the mobile web, whether that's creating 'apps' or developing mobile friendly, responsive websites. We can advise you on mobile strategy, or develop software for you to take advantage of the opportunities the mobile web offers.

Supporting mobile devices is no longer a 'nice to have', it's essential to your business and brand. Roughly 20% [?] of all website traffic now comes from a mobile or tablet device, and this percentage is only going to grow. You risk being left behind if you do not offer a mobile option for your users.

Collaborative Approach

Nobody understands your business better than you, so we work together with our clients to develop your website or application. We believe a collaborative approach works best and we'll expect you to be involved throughout the process.

Our clients understand their customers, business objectives and employees better than we ever will. Only by involving clients throughout the project can we produce something that works for them and meets their goals.

Built for you

You should be able to update the content on your website, quickly and easily, without contacting us or needing a degree in Astrophysics. Every website we build can be updated easily by the client through a user friendly, online Content Management System (CMS).

We don't want you to come to us when you need to update content, so we always make it easy for you to do so yourself. Of course, we'll give you adequate training in using the software too.

Design and User Experience

We believe that great design should not be a case of 'style over substance', instead it should complement and enhance your content and brand. Great design occurs when each visual element improves the experience for your users and is not added just for design's sake.

The user experience (UX) should be paramount when designing a website or application. We will work with you to understand your target audience, and design a UX appropriate for them. If your budget allows, we will happily perform usability testing too.

Accessibility

Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the web; we believe that software should be accessible to everyone. We develop websites and apps which cater to the needs of all, including those with disabilities.

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, including older users with changing abilities due to aging. We design software that is flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations.

About Daniel

Daniel is the founder of CSD Ltd. and currently the only full time employee. He works with freelancers and contractors where needed to develop the best solution for your business.

Daniel has a degree in Computer Science and is a specialist in iOS (iPhone and iPad) and backend development using the Symfony framework.

Daniel is also a keen music and sports photographer. He tweets at @dchesterton, uploads code on GitHub and puts photos on Flickr here.

Get in touch with him now to find out more about working with CSD Ltd.