We’re SO glad you asked!
Every Rowboat Media website – custom OR semi-custom – includes:
Predictable pricing. We work hard to do the discovery up front so we can offer you a solid quote based on our estimate of the hours involved. No surprises. If we find the project is straying out of scope, we’ll let you know and provide a quote for the extra work. The price never goes up without your buy-in BEFORE the work is done. For the semi-custom projects, we have a LOT of flexibility in terms of colors, typefaces, what gets included and prioritized, etc. If you need something that isn’t QUITE covered? We’ll get you a quote for the incremental cost before doing the additional work.
Mobile responsiveness – INCLUDED! Why Your Business Needs a Mobile Responsive Website.
A professional design just for you. Your business, your personality, and your target market are carefully considered on an individual basis before we start assembling your project.
100% focus on accomplishing your goal for the website. Whether you want people in your office, ringing your phone, or pinging your email inbox, we make it our top priority to create a design that serves prospects while always driving toward that goal. Whether you want to shout or whisper your offering – we design for exactly that. A pretty website that doesn’t convert users into customers and clients is a useless pile of zeros and ones.
Each and every time Cynthia has overdelivered…She consults with me on a regular basis, and I count her as an integral part of my own marketing team.
Direct contact with your designer and project manager. A key difference between Rowboat Media and a typical design firm – especially those built on an outsourced backbone – is that you always have direct access to your designer during the design process. That way, your more subtle meanings are not lost in translation – either from person to person, or to a non-native English speaker. At all times, you are communicating with a principal with a direct stake in the success of both our company and yours.
A long-term, supportive partnership with an ongoing business. Many of our clients stay with us year in and year out, returning for new sites, design refreshes, and advice on how to take things to the next level. Long after your site launches, we are here for you. Lost that password? Need a copy of that logo? We most likely still have it, even though it’s been 4 years. If you’ve done this before, you know how uncommon this is.
As many pages as your website needs. Got 10? No problem. Got 100? No problem either – just plan a bit more time and money for transferring. We design your site so it’s scalable and the navigation doesn’t fall apart just because you add more content.
A content management system (WordPress) that’s a snap to use. Not only that, we’re always here to answer your questions.
An integrated, fully functional blog with EVERY website. Lots of companies charge extra for this one. We don’t. Even if you don’t think you’ll be blogging right away, we go ahead and make sure it’s ready to go at the flip of a switch.
At least 4 page templates: We’ll design layouts for your home page, inside pages, main blog page, and individual blog post pages. These templates are usually all you need, whether you are publishing 10 or 10,000 pages. If your project needs additional layouts, they’ll be enumerated in your proposal.
Stock photography and images to drive home your message and add visual life to your site. We include the cost of any we use in your basic page templates in your quote, and we find them for you.
A team of fanatics to facilitate your project every step of the way. Our Creative Director holds your hand through the beginning stages, and your Designer and Developer give the project the white-glove treatment before it gets passed on to your Project Manager, who interfaces with you on the last little bits involved in easing your new website into the world.
Email marketing integration. We’ll make it easy for blog updates to go out to your mailing list seamlessly, if you choose to build one, as well as facilitate your staying in touch with folks at will.
Custom email contact forms. We use the power of Gravity Forms to create attractive email contact forms to your exact specifications – from the simple to the complex. Never lose a client contact email again – if you’re wondering if they’re disappearing into outer space, just check your Dashboard to see a listing of all email inquiries.
Thoughtful onsite Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We build your site so that the heading hierarchy (H1, H2, H3) make sense and sends clear signals to the search robots. We submit XML sitemaps to Google, Yahoo, and Bing every time you update your website. We set up your initial metadata fields for your site, home page, and key content pages to target the right keywords before we even launch. We include Schema.org markup and KML file integration to help with Google local search. And, we create clean, fast-running code so that your site load times keep users engaged and send positive signals to Google.
Embedded Google Maps. Some companies charge extra for this, like it’s rocket science. Puhleeze.
Embedded YouTube and Vimeo videos. If you’ve got an introductory or product demo video you’d like us to include in your site design, no problem – we’ll build it in however you like.
Dashboard-Centric Coding. While our developers would love to hard-code most of your design elements and content because it makes life easier for THEM, we don’t care. We want to make life easy for YOU. Therefore, whenever possible, we make it so you can edit your images and text right from inside the WordPress Dashboard – no code jockeying or FTP cursing required. Or, at least, very little. That’s what WebMistress is for.
Google Analytics Integration. Every single website we build is set up to track your traffic and visitor statistics with Google Analytics.
Social Media Integration/Syndication. Active on several social media sites? No problem, we’ll build in an attractive way for people to follow you from every page of your website. Also included – automatic syndication of your blog posts to your Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Social sharing buttons on every blog post. Just like the big news websites, we make it easy for readers to Tweet, +1, Like, and LinkedIn your content.
Screenshots of key pages for your State Bar. If your State Bar requires screenshots of your website for approval, just ask. We’ll provide whatever you need.
Custom logo design and matching print branding.
Help with writing your website content.
Ongoing blogging service.
Ridiculously affordable maintenance plans.
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