Web design encompasses an awful lot of disciplines. There’s the design. Then, there’s the development. Throw in search engine optimization, inbound marketing, email marketing, PPC, social media, reputation management, ecommerce, squeeze pages and you have a recipe for a lot of ins and outs and what-have-yous.
While we are designers first and foremost, we back up that design acumen with a great technical knowledge and development skills.
We can take your idea (that we help develop,) and see it through to a pixel-perfect site. We can host it for you. We can market it for you. We’ve got all the bells and whistles covered.
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This is one of the places where we shine. With 10+ years in all aspects of website design and development, we understand not only the technology it takes to build and deploy a kick-ass website, but we know the nomenclature. That means that we know the questions to ask, the processes to use, and the resources to bring in to build a great site, with great functionality that looks absolutely fabulous. Some of our core competencies:
WordPress Design & Development has become one of our biggest strengths in the web design world. With WordPress, you get the power of a comprehensive content management system (CMS) to keep your content in order and updated. That way, you have a dynamic website that has highly consumable content, presented in a way that is usable and compelling. Plus, since we design it without having to worry about “fitting” into a particular system or template, you know it’ll look great and fit in perfectly with your branding. Sweet!
We design and develop custom WordPress, WooTheme and WooCommerce solutions. CUSTOM. That means your site is as unique as your business. You don’t get a theme that’s been tweaked a little – you get a full-on custom designed theme to call your very own. We may use a pre-existing theme as the bones, but the skin is all you. Of course, if you’re on a very tight budget, we can always look at minor modifications to an existing WordPress theme. That way, you get a good-looking site that will work with your other collateral, but you save a bit of dough. We pride ourselves on being able to work within any budget.
Ecommerce with WordPress? You bet. We’ve used just about every WordPress store software out there. There are some we prefer (WooCommerce kicks ass,) and some that are a bit less appealing – but there’s a solution that will fit, and we will find that solution. If your product or store doesn’t work with a particular ecommerce package, we’re not going to try to shoehorn your business into it. You get the strength of our knowledge on your project – not our sales ability. We’re not going to sell you something that worked for someone else – we’re going to research what you’re up to, and we’re going to develop a custom solution. Again – no cookie cutter, no one-size-fits-all approach.
In some ways, this is a new thing – but, it’s a HUGE thing. With 26%+ of users solely using mobile devices (pads, tablets, netbooks, phones, etc.) to use the internet, you need to have a site that looks and functions properly on all of those varied devices. That’s responsive web design. It “responds” to the screen size. We do that – and we can build your site to look great, no matter the device.
Alternately, we can develop mobile-only applications and/or plugins that will present a different site to users if they’re on those devices. So, you can have one site for the desktop users, and one site for mobile users. You can easily control both (especially if you opt for a WordPress site,) and the info you need to present is always good-looking and easy to consume.
What’s best for you? That’s a good question. Some businesses will benefit more from a truly responsive design, whereas some businesses would do better with a stand-alone mobile site. Give us a shout, and we’ll help you decide which one is a match for you.
One thing, though – don’t ignore that 26%. It’s growing, and you really don’t want to waste a quarter of your possible traffic.
Enfold is one of our favorite WordPress themes. Super clean, ultimately flexible and completely responsive, so it works on any device. With built-in Woocommerce support and about a zillion bells and whistles, the Enfold framework is the starting point for super robust, super-functional WordPress websites.
Plus, with the incredible number of options and plugins available with Enfold, it really allows us to design ANYTHING, knowing that the backbone of the theme is going to support your killer new design.
Enfold also lets you (our beloved client) modify so many things on your site – buttons, rotators, sliders, backgrounds, fonts, colors, shapes, layouts – all with the click of a button. It’s pretty damned slick.
We LOVE WooCommerce. We LOVE design. Put ‘em together, and you have the recipe for killer sites – ecommerce, business sites, personal blogs – anything. WooThemes give us a great platform to design for – and the best part is that the framework doesn’t hinder the design. Woo allows us to think design first – knowing that the functionality and execution is going to be killer.
With WooCommerce, we are able to quickly build a super-robust and good-looking store that works well with all merchant account providers, is easy to update and is so full of features that we’d bore the hell out of you if we listed ‘em here. Suffice it to say – if you’ve got something to sell online, WooCommerce is for you.
Since we’re Affiliated Woo Workers, we have access to great support from the theme and plugin developers, so we can answer any question, modify just about anything – and you get a killer site, faster and cheaper. We all win!
These are, a lot of times, the more overlooked portions of a web design and development project. You need hosting (to get it on the web,) you need email (or at least good email integration) and you’re going to want some tech support. We deliver.
We maintain our own dedicated servers and we monitor them 24/7. Really. If the server goes down at 2 a.m., we’re going to know – and we’re going to get it fixed. Alternately, we can turn you on to some truly excellent services out there, should you want to go it alone. We’re happy to host your site for a low price, and we can show you where to DIY.
Same with your email. Having branded email (firstname.lastname@example.org) makes the whole thing nice and professional looking. We can host your email, set up some pretty robust spam filters, and help you get it set up to run smoothly on your office machines, laptops and mobile devices. We can also help you set it up – even if it’s not on our server.
Need tech support? We certainly offer that. Every site we build comes with a one-hour tutorial session, and we’re happy to add more time if you need it. We have online tutorial sessions, we can set up face-to-face sessions, and we have a lot of resources and tutorial videos here on our site. After all – if you can’t use it, it’s no good to anyone.
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