Web Design

Why do I need a website?

Twenty years ago it wasn’t necessary for companies to have a website. Ten years ago you could get by, but it was starting to become more difficult. Now every individual and business needs a site.

Without a site, your business risks throwing away an enormous amount of business. Individuals, whether they’re job-hunting or working as freelancers, are often only able to reach a wider world through a site.

A website is essential.

We’re all about making stable, affordable, and modern sites to your specifications. As we start your site, we’ll iterate over several design variations, narrowing in on what you consider the perfect site for your needs.

Standard Features

Regardless of tier, all our sites share the same essential features.


Speed is important for any website; research shows that waiting just a few seconds will discourage you audience, while those on slow connections- like public wifi or rural 3G- may struggle to connect at all.

We make fast websites by doing our work carefully and well. Services such as Google Pagespeed, YSlow, GTMetrix, and Dotcom-Monitor will test a website for you automatically—and we receive excellent grades. Feel free to see how our site loads with any of those services—and take a look at our competitors, too!


While many website owners assume they are too small to be targeted by hackers, the truth is most attacks are automated and indiscriminate.

We use Let’s Encrypt certificates to ensure traffic from your server is private and tamperproof, We follow best practices to make your server as hardened as possible, and most importantly, offer free automatic backups so that any damage can be quickly restored.

You can check an audit of this site’s encryption with SSL Labs.


Few people consider the visually or physically impaired when they design websites, but we do. If you represent a government agency or large company, it may matter to you that we can make your website Section 508 and/or WCAG 2.0 compliant.

Otherwise, you can rest assured that our websites are tested using WebAIM’s WAVE tool and manually with a screen-reader to ensure it’s accessible to your entire audience.

Responsive Design

A “responsive” website is one that changes its layout to match the size of the screen viewing it. This is important because, for almost every website, half or more of your visitors will be using a phone.

Our websites adjust their layout to gracefully use the available space. If you’re using a desktop browser, resize the screen to make it wider or narrower to see how it works!


Have you ever had to switch browsers to get a website to load correctly? We test your website on all major platforms (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, IE 11, Edge) to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Note: we do not support Internet Explorer 10 and earlier unless requested due to lack of support for the new Flexible Layout Module, among other deficiencies.

Static or Dynamic

Oversimplifying a bit: static websites are generated ahead of time, and then served identically to each visitor, while dynamicwebsites are generated new for each visitor.

In general, we recommend static websites if your needs are simple and the site will receive infrequent updates, or you need the absolute best speed and security.

Dynamic websites are best if you need comments, a custom search function, you intend to produce new content frequently, or you want to use WordPress.

What our sites include

Our prices quoted below are for the design of the website itself. Licensing for fonts, WordPress themes, photographs, and stock footage is not included. Similarly, our website design does not include writing the copy for your site.

However, we are happy to do all these things for you. If you don’t know what written copy your site needs, let us know. Check out our writing page for more information about our start as copywriters-for hire. We can track down licensing and help you make the best decision for your site. And we are happy to photograph your products or business, or find the royalty-free photos for you as well.

What can we do for you?

For sites under five pages, perfect for authors, artists, and small businesses.


  • New site or redesign
  • 5 pages or fewer
  • 2 design reviews
  • WordPress content management
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For businesses who need fast, stable, and secure ecommerce platforms.

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  • Choose your preferred platform
  • Reach a new audience
  • Integrate with existing PoS
  • Priced based on catalog and size
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For businesses or individuals who need custom themes, coding, or web apps.


  • Customizable plan
  • Flexible pricing
  • Special or ongoing needs
  • Pairs well with marketing
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If you have need a website that doesn’t neatly fit into any of our service tiers, we’re always happy to talk to you.  We’re happy to work out a pricing plan and service tier that works for your need.

Give us a call to see how we can help you realize your vision.

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