We craft beautiful websites that work – tailored to your needs.

We build custom WordPress themes and plugins, typically using the Genesis framework for WordPress. If you click the links to the left, you’ll see a few of the more specific things that we set up with most sites.

This section of the site is for the people who are interested in technology and are wondering precisely what we’re building, and how. If you’d just like to see the basics, here’s what’s included with a site or how long it takes to get a site up for your organization.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the types of websites we typically build and the toolset that we use to build them:

General Questions

Do you build ecommerce sites? Do you build online stores?

Yes, we certainly do, and they should be able to handle as many products as you’d like. We typically use WooCommerce, a plugin for WordPress that is the single most popular provider of online shopping functionality on the Internet. That means that whatever you’d like your store to do, there’s probably functionality that’s already been built and specifically tested for your particular use.

Here’s our source on saying that WooCommerce is the most popular.

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Do I need to set up SSL for my site? I’ve heard that makes it more secure.

If you’re taking credit card information on your site, then yes, you’ll need to set up SSL. We can help with that; here’s how to set up SSL on your site and here’s our pricing to take care of it for you.

What content management systems do you use? Do you develop WordPress sites?

Why yes, we do! WordPress is part of every project we do, and in particular we use the Genesis framework for most sites.

A few facts about WordPress as of early 2014 via ManageWP:

  • 48% of the top 100 blogs run WordPress
  • About 75 million sites are currently running WordPress
  • 22% of new domains in the US are running on WordPress
  • WordPress.com (that’s the blogging version, not the self-hosted version) gets more hits than Amazon.com every day
  • WordPress sports a vibrant, large development community, with more than 30,000 free plugins (including a few authored by yours truly)

Here’s a link to current, global usage statistics.

Why is there so much technical information on this site?

Well, while I realize that this will be confusing for some clients (“just build the site, I don’t care how you use it!”), it’s important to me that at the least, you have some idea what you’re paying for so that you can make informed decisions. If you’re confused, that’s OK. Feel free to simply contact me directly instead.

Will you host our site, or can we use our existing hosting?

In most cases, we’ll ask that you use our hosting (more information on hosting here). We host with A Small Orange, and they’ve been phenomenal since we started using them in August 2013. We have a dedicated account there, and we usually host sites on our main server there. That’s much different than a shared hosting account – it’s a much faster server, complete with solid state drives and technical support that goes well beyond GoDaddy, Bluehost, Namecheap, Network Solutions or any of the other “cheap” solutions you’re likely to find. Our hosting is competitively priced for the features we offer (on sites we host, we also typically set up caching for you), and if you have an existing account, we’ll usually match your current host’s price for the sake of convenience.

If you’re on a Windows server, we will not work on your site, at least not without migrating it. WordPress was designed for a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/PERL), not for a Windows stack.

When we host a site, we also keep it up to date, period. We update all of our sites weekly, so you’ll never run an old version of WordPress on our server.

Importantly, hosting is not really a revenue stream for us. It’s a service that we offer to make development faster. No one enjoys troubleshooting server issues, and if we spent all our time doing that, the quality of our product would suffer. That’s why we use a server that’s already set up for everything WordPress needs. If you must host somewhere else, some good options are Synthesis or WP Engine.