To avoid any disappointment, sticker shock or unhappy surprises, let’s get money out of the way first. My rate is
If we’re still talking, here’s the spiel…
I make simple, elegant, user-friendly, functional websites. Specifically, I customize templates in WordPress and Shopify (for online stores). Not only is WordPress the most ubiquitous platform in the world, it is also free and open source, as opposed to proprietary, which means that anyone who knows how to use WordPress can use it. Shopify, though it is a paid proprietary service, is one of the world’s most popular and practical e-commerce platforms in the world, with more than 275,000 active stores online generating over $17 billion in sales. This all means that if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, my clients aren’t screwed with a system that only I could have operated. As well as the fact there are many other eCommerce platforms out there to utilize, for example, comparing Shopify and Wix together is only the tip of the iceberg.
If I had a dime for every prospective client who came to me after their “web guy” disappeared and left them with a proprietary site they couldn’t operate, I could retire tomorrow. The projects I build can be operated, maintained and updated by any web savvy millennial who knows WordPress and a little HTML and CSS. I don’t do hosting though. That’s a question that comes up a lot. If you need that, look for people like HostiServer, or other people who are experts there. Me? I just build the sites.
I’ve been doing this since 2003, and I still pick up the phone. My service is white-glove, and my clients are well taken care of. Compared to dubiously reliable, affordable-sounding non-professionals who kinda do web stuff on the side, I’m not cheap. Compared to small design studios, I’m not expensive, either. Compared to bigger agencies, I’m a bargain. For all new projects, the minimum budget with which I can work is $5,000. Existing projects are priced on a per-case basis.
Beyond building the site or blog, many clients keep me on a monthly retainer to keep content fresh and to maintain all the wiring under the hood.
In addition to the website you’re looking at right now, here are some other selected projects: