A word about hiring a web designer: There are many wonderful — and not so wonderful — web designers out there. Some are cheap, some are expensive, some are reliable, some are flaky. Some will provide you with flat-rate pricing and a list of features you’re not sure you need. And some will want to provide you with a custom quote only after determining whether you have $10,000 or more to spend.
We always recommend that you talk to at least three designers and ask for a quote before making your decision. Why? Because before you hire us, we want you to feel absolutely confident we’re the right fit for you.
How We Approach Our Work
We Strive to Build Long-term Client Partnerships
Like a great hairdresser you’ve been going to for many years knows just what to do as soon as you sit in the chair, familiarity and longevity are great benefits to both the client and the designer. Should you decide to work with us, we take the time to get to know you, your business and personal goals, and your work (yes, we will request samples of your writing and we will read them). Some of our clients have been with us for a decade, coming back for adjustments, advice, help and even re-designs. Like a great agent or publicist, we want to be on your team for the long haul.
We leverage our breadth of experience, so when you work with us you get more than just a “pretty website”
Taughnee’s role in your project will be a combination of creative director, strategic consultant, interface designer, project manager and coach all rolled into one. She views every project from a “big picture” vantage point. Your website does not exist in a vacuum, and design serves a larger purpose than making it pretty.
Steve’s role in your project is in development, which means he hand-crafts the code and the functionality to make your site perform well across all modern platforms and devices. He understands how technical precision impacts performance, user response and search engine results, and spends an enormous amount of time on every project attending to the finest, unseen details. He takes the culmination of strategy and design and brings it to life and makes it all work.
What We Don’t Do
We don’t work outside of our core competency
We’re not a social media marketing or publicity company that sells websites as an add-on service. WEB DESIGN is what we do, and we have many years of experience working with all types of writers and bloggers and managing all sorts of projects from the messy “I need a website but I’m not sure where to start” beginnings to a successful completion. We are well-versed in online marketing and work collaboratively with experts should you need services that are not part of our core competency. We believe that the right way to serve our clients is to make sure that the best person is assigned to the task. We can perform many functions expertly, but we’ll let you know when that’s not us.
We don’t use other people’s pre-designed templates
Over the course of the last year, we’ve been fine-tuning a framework that makes developing author sites much more efficient. We apply lessons learned and streamline routine tasks so you will get far more value for your money than starting with a template or building a theme from scratch. We believe this is one of our primary competitive advantages when we work with authors.
We don’t mine our clients with needless add-on charges offering nothing but confusing features you really don’t need
We don’t have a price menu because we find that many features lists exaggerate the importance of very trivial things, intended to imply there’s “value” where there may not be. We include plenty of bells and whistles, some of them are standard (we will insist that you have a plan for backing up your site, for example, and strongly recommend that you have an analytics package installed so you can monitor traffic, etc.), and some functionality is added because it’s something you specifically need. We help determine these things, we don’t expect you to do it before you hire us. So, no off-the-shelf or shopping cart experiences here.
When we provide a cost proposal, you will get a contract that outlines the deliverables. We adhere to that proposal unless the scope of work changes. But normally, a certain amount of flexibility is required, because we “can’t always know until we get there” exactly what we’ll need. If you need this plug-in or that additional page here or there, we don’t hassle you to increase your budget at every turn. We aim to exceed expectations and deliver a product we all feel proud to put our names on. (This is not to say if the scope of work changes dramatically that we won’t request additional budgetary allowance, but we don’t sell website elements like food from a menu.)
Integrity is everything; we always do what we feel is right for our clients
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