Sunshine Designs Custom Log Homes

We are in the final stages of completing Sunshine Designs, Inc.’s website, a custom log home builder whose clients include elite home owners. Check out the site to see if you recognize anyone in the first gallery. Wink, wink…he goes fast and turns left every week.

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Free Web Design?

I should have added “Good” at the beginning of that.

While there are many free options out there to get a website up and running, are they really “good” options? If you’re in the business of selling flowers, you may not be the best choice to develop a beautiful website that can entice visitors to call you for their special occasions. We certainly aren’t experts in floral arrangements, and would never try to pass ourselves off as such.

We certainly don’t believe that a simple, static website should cost thousands of dollars, but do believe that a professional web design, that functions exactly as you’d expect, should be reasonably priced.

Free to every client is our knowledge and experience of over 10 years in the web development field.

  • We give many features and options with every website we do.
  • We believe in giving added value to every one of our clients.
  • Be prepared for a fair price and excellent quality.

You certainly wouldn’t expect us to ask your band to play for free, or to charge the price for three insured cars as you would one. Quality work requires talent, knowledge, and time. It’s a matter of finding a web design agency you are comfortable with, and one that isn’t trying to sell more than needed.

Nine Steps to a Great Website

Ever wonder what goes into making a website, or how a professional web developer goes about in creating a kick ass website? Making your site look fantastic, drive sales, and function with the best of ’em shouldn’t be done at your kitchen table, or by your cousin’s, wife’s brother. It will never be all you want it to be.

Website Design ChecklistSimply, there are just about 9 steps in the process of creating a website. Now, don’t get us wrong, these 9 steps aren’t a wham-bam-thank-you-mam solution. They are the 9 steps that every professional website design agency should be following in order to create the killer site you’ve always dreamed of. Through these 9 steps we learn exactly who, what, when, how, and why you need a website; recommend exactly what we think will be the best solution to get to the goal, helping you along the way, and beyond.

Click here to download the 9 steps of our Website Design Process.

Read up and let us know what you think, ask questions, and if so inclined, send us an email to see what we can do for you and your company.

Just Announced! graphXevolution ReDoing Hawley Winterfest Website!

graphXevolution, the people responsible for the Downtown Hawley Partnership website will be redoing their sister website Hawley Winterfest. graphXevolution was responsible for the interim website but will be recreating a new look, with tons more functionality including a visitor itinerary module and photo and video gallery.

We are very excited to be working with the organization and know that the new website will propel the event to a new level.

Check out the Downtown Hawley Partnership website here: http://www.visithawleypa.com. If you’re interested in having us visit your site, and seeing how we can propel your web presence to the next level, drop us an email or call 570.647.8301.

We CAN make you as big as Walmart!

How is that for an opening line?

The internet is a beautiful medium; it is arguably the most influential invention since the television.  As it grows we can expect it to surpass the “baby (teenage.. parent.. grand parent..) sitter in a box”.  Offering “web ready” features on new models means even our TV’s have accepted second place to the web.    So what is one of the best facts about the internet?  It levels the playing field between business giants and “Main Street America”.

What does a person see when they visit your website?  It is a statistically proven fact that you have less the 10 seconds to capture the attention of your audience before they move on to your competitors.  This is why it is vital that you in-list the services of a professional web developer.. Not your friends, nephew who used FrontPage to complete a homework assignment.. Not a “Do it yourself” book..  A web development company that has extensive experience and an understanding of how to capture your audience’s attention quickly.  With a properly developed site, there is no way of knowing if you are a 3 person crew or a 100,000 strong or if you have a 100 sq. foot storefront or isle upon isle of product.  It boils down to the look, feel, and functionality of your site as well as how it portrays you as a business.

I am blown away by the thousands of dollars people spend on yellow page ads, that they themselves never use anymore.  Google receives over 10 BILLION searches a month.. Yet thousands upon thousands of hard earned dollars are wasted in phone book adds, the national average for a ½ page ad is over $15,000 a year!  How many times did you open your yellow pages last month?  To order a pizza??  Why bother.. “there’s an app for that!” (which by the way is internet driven..)

Stop throwing your money away and use it where there is the most value – in a FULL, MULTIPLE PAGE web site.

Contact graphXevolution today about your web design.  We can provide you with a web presence that not only sets you apart from your competition but propels you into the new age.. The internet age..

Just Admit It!

I had too...if only just to get a laugh from our readers 🙂

Amber Naslund of Altitude Branding challenged readers of the blog to post about the things we, as business professionals, don’t know. Sounds challenging? She asks everyone to just admit that they aren’t jacks-of-all-trades, but instead realize that we are experts of certain topics and skills. Everyone, at some point in their career, needs assistance, guidance, even an education from experts. Usually what the experts know is far more intensive than what we are able to, or willing to learn and should know when to give in. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be as educated as possible on a topic/service/skill you have approached an expert for. What it does mean is to know when to say “Uncle”.

I’m not the best photographer, nor the best writer, HATE accounting, and would never say I’m a good back-end programmer. What I am good at is usability, front-end development, SEO, and knowing how to comprehend what clients want, all at the same time making them feel like I am part of their support team. My partner, Craig, is the genius behind back-end development, we have a bookkeeper to take care of our finances, and although you will find me behind the lens, or diligently writing killer copy…when I feel like I need help, I’m not afraid to ask for help or guidance.

Some people don’t have the skin or where-with-all to know when to ask for help. This will ultimately steer business people, especially those in service industries, to fail at the fundamental purpose of what they do…serve customers.

Written by “The Diva”, who’s not really a diva in the true sense of the word, but when your project is “Diva-ized”, you can expect to receive excellent service, knowledge, kick ass web development and design”.

Web Design – Per Page Charge!??? Seriously?

After checking out a new web design firm’s website, I found something that appalls me…they CHARGE BY THE PAGE!! Plus, they actually put “publish site to web” in their list of features.

If you’ve commissioned a website design, isn’t it assumed that the developer is going to at least publish the site to the web? Why is it that business after business is being pitched features that either are no-brainers, or include words that you need a PhD. to understand? If you feel like you’re being talked into a used car that “runs great, don’t worry about those 200K miles on her”, get a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th opinion.

BEWARE!!! BEWARE!! BEWARE! of developers saying they will give you “X” but then later tack on a charge for a contact form, stock photography, to resize images, for something as fundamental as including drop-down menus in your navigation. Options, such as these, should be included in a website quote. The initial few hundred dollar investment so boldly advertised, could be inflated into a number that boggles the mind if all the small print isn’t read.

Don’t just agree to a $500 site without talking to the developer about things like:

  • What do you want the site to do?
  • What are your expectations?
  • Who are you selling the site to?
  • Are there any special features you want in the site?
  • How the developer is going to accomplish these things?
  • Is the developer going to be available after the site is launched?
  • How are people going to be able to contact you?
  • What are ALL of the potential costs?

Services like Google Analytics and a complimentary amount of hours of maintenance shouldn’t cost ANYTHING! Certain options like a content management system, custom functionality, e-commerce, and items like these should be extra and outlined in your proposal. But only AFTER a lengthy conversation with the developer. The developer is the expert in web development, should make educated recommendations, and deliver a fair, realistic proposal. Don’t fall for listed items just to bloat an “included features” list.

Understanding that a business is approaching a service professional for their expertise and looking for professional, ethical guidance is something every business should embrace, not just web design.

Start a conversation, not a sales pitch with us for reasonable, effective web development services, info@graphxevolution.com.

The above article is the opinion of the “Diva”…someone who believes only ethical, professional, and honest talk is what will propel a business forward and not be a “flash-in-the-pan” company.