Custom WordPress Websites

We provide custom WordPress websites for small businesses, solopreneurs, nonprofits, ministries and churches. With over 12 years of experience using WordPress for many different types of websites, we are confident WordPress is exactly what you need to launch your next website.

Managed WordPress Hosting

If you already use WordPress, we offer comprehensive managed WordPress hosting so you don't have to worry about backups and updates to WordPress core files, themes and plugins, security, website speed or keeping your website content up-to-date - we'll handle all that for you.

THE D3 DIFFERENCE

We know you have a choice when it comes to who develops your website. There's the teenager next door who dabbles in creating websites, there are high-end marketing firms that will give you a comprehensive package and everything in between. Here are a few reasons why you should entrust your website to our capable hands.

RESPONSIVE DESIGN

Every website we create starts with a responsive design.  This type of design is a fluid way of laying out the content on your website so that no matter how you resize the screen, it looks great without sacrificing important functions of the website.  It also doesn’t require content updates on multiple websites because there is just one website for mobile and desktop.

For the design phase, we're flexible.  Choose any of the starting points below to begin.  Please see the FAQs page for more information.


WORDPRESS DEVELOPMENT

Imagine your website is like your body.  Every person has a skeleton that holds their body up.  This skeleton is like WordPress for your website.  It’s the structure of the website, but it does not determine how your website looks.  WordPress is called a content management system (CMS) because it manages your content.  It’s a way of organizing the content on your website in a way that makes editing your content as easy as using a word processor such as Microsoft Word.  Below you'll find some reasons why we use WordPress.  We know you'll love using it to maintain your website.  Please see the FAQs below for more information on WordPress.


WORDPRESS FAQs

1 What is WordPress and why should I use it?

Imagine your website is like your body.  Every person, no matter their age or how they look, has a skeleton that holds their body up.  This skeleton is like WordPress for your website.  It’s the structure of the website, but it does not determine how your website looks.  WordPress is called a content management system (CMS) because it manages your content.  It’s a way of organizing the content on your website in a way that makes editing your content as easy as using a word processor such as Microsoft Word.  Take a look at this screen capture below to see what WordPress looks like behind the scenes AKA the WordPress backend administration.

WordpressAdmin

There are a number of reasons we use WordPress and why we think it’s a good fit for all our clients.

  • It’s open source which means it’s free to use and has a large community of very talented, knowledgeable people maintaining the code.
  • It’s easy to use even for a non-computer person.  Once we give you your set of training videos, most clients have been pleased to find out just how easy it is and are excited to have the ability to make edits to their website content themselves.
  • It’s flexible.  This, perhaps, is the greatest strength of WordPress.  We have not found a website yet that didn’t work using WordPress.  There are thousands of ways to expand the core features of WordPress and we have achieved every dream a client has brought to us.
  • It’s a chameleon.  You can create thousands of different designs that work with WordPress so no two websites look exactly alike – just like people.

And we could go on, but we’ll spare you.  We would be happy to discuss your needs further to determine if WordPress is a good fit for your business.  Contact us today.

2 What is a WordPress theme?

In the previous question, we had you imagine that your website is like a body and that every body has a skeleton that gives it structure and holds it up.  This is like WordPress for your website.  It contains all the content of your website and organizes that content so it’s easy to edit.  A WordPress theme is like the clothes your website wears.  Just like clothes, you can easily change the way your website looks simply by switching themes.  While we don’t recommend changing the theme of your website as often as you change your clothes, the normal shelf life of a theme is around 3 years.  Once the theme starts to look outdated, we simply create or install a new theme and your website is instantly refreshed with a minimal amount of changes to your content.  WordPress themes come in three flavors: free, purchased for a nominal fee (usually under $100), and custom.  For more information on these options, please see the next question.

3 What is the difference between a purchased theme and a custom theme?

For some people, money is no object, but for the rest of us, the reality is we have a limited budget.  Purchased themes are a great way to save money without sacrificing style. When you purchase clothes, for example, you can choose a store with cheaper clothing that works with your budget. Or, you can choose a high-end store with more expensive clothing that lasts longer and looks better. Finally, you can go to a tailor and have him custom-make clothing just for your body that fits perfectly with your style. So it is with a WordPress theme.  There are a large number of WordPress themes that are free, but we recommend purchasing one from a developer with a high ratings to ensure you are getting a good quality product.  This is a great way to save money but still get a high-quality, long-lasting theme that looks great.  If you really want that custom look and are willing to pay more for it, then a custom theme is the perfect way to go.  Peachtree Catering and Passion8 are excellent examples of custom themes we have created for clients.

No matter what you decide, we can help you every step of the way as you make the decision that is best for your business and your pocket book.  We can start from a purchased theme and customize it so that it looks anything but “cookie-cutter” or we can design something completely custom for you.  That’s why we love WordPress – it’s so flexible and there are so many options for making it look great.

4 What are the steps to purchasing and customizing a theme?

If you choose to save money by purchasing a theme, we are with you every step of the way to ensure the theme we purchase is a great fit for your content and your brand.  Here is a rough guideline for how we help you choose a WordPress theme.

  1. We evaluate your current website and any printed material you may have to understand your business, your brand and your website content.
  2. We have you fill out a questionnaire where you share with us what you want out of your new website and what look you want to achieve.
  3. We look through some premium WordPress themes and select 3-5 to show you.
  4. We help you evaluate each of them and together we make a decision which theme to purchase.
  5. We will purchase the chosen theme for you and install it on a testing server .

The next steps depend on whether you want to spend a little extra money and have a designer make some custom changes to the theme or if you would like to save some money and stick close to the chosen theme.

For example, MyBodyTutor used the BeTheme WordPress theme, but they paid more to have Tucker Design & Co. do 7 page designs.  The custom style is clearly evident in the design of the website which doesn’t look like any of the pre-built websites on the BeTheme demo.

Another one of our clients, Van Popering Insurance, had a limited budget and didn’t want to use a designer.  We chose the Finanza theme and then customized the look to their brand as closely as possible given the confines of the theme.

If you choose to use a designer, here are the next steps.

  1. The designer will at a minimum create 2 home page designs for you to choose from, and we will have 2 rounds of edits for the chosen design to get it exactly right.
  2. If you would like even more personalization, we can design a few more pages for an additional price.  We will identify these key pages and provide one design for each page identified.  Again, we’ll have 2 rounds of edits for the chosen design to get it exactly right.
  3. Once the designs are finalized, we will take the designs and start making changes to the theme to reflect the design perfectly.
  4. Once the changes are made, you and the designer will be given 2 more chances to look through the site and make design changes.
  5. After all the content is inserted, you and the designer will be given one last chance to go through the site and ask for changes.
  6. The site goes live!

If you chose NOT to use a designer, here are the next steps.

  1. We will make color and font changes as needed to reflect your brand, upload your logo and make any other changes we think are necessary.
  2. We will give you a chance to review the site and ask for changes.
  3. Once all the content is inserted, you will be given one last chance to go through the site and ask for changes.
  4. The site goes live!
5 What are the steps to creating a custom theme?

If you want a theme custom-made for you, there are three ways we can work with you.

  1. You can have another company create a design for you, and you can send us the Photoshop files they produce.
  2. You can choose a designer, and we will work together on the design.
  3. We will partner with Tucker Design & Co. to create your design.

If you choose our partner, Tucker Design & Co., here is a rough guideline for how we work with you every step of the way:

  1. We evaluate your current website and any printed material you may have to understand your business, your brand and your website content.
  2. We have you fill out a questionnaire where you share with us what you want out of your new website and what look you want to achieve.
  3. We will, at a minimum, create 2 home page designs for you to choose from, and we will have 2 rounds of edits for the chosen design to get it exactly right.
  4. If you want a few more pages designed (which we highly recommend), we will identify these key pages and provide one design for each page identified.  Again, we’ll have 2 rounds of edits for the chosen design to get it exactly right.
  5. Once the designs are finalized, we will take the designs and create the theme to reflect the design perfectly.
  6. Once the theme is created, you and the designer will be given 2 more chances to look through the site and make design changes.
  7. After all the content is inserted, you and the designer will be given one last chance to go through the site and ask for changes.
  8. The site goes live!
6 If I use WordPress, will my website look cookie-cutter?

Absolutely not.  We work hard to ensure that your theme is unique and reflects your brand.  We can make your website look any way we want.  For more information on this, please see the FAQ “What is a WordPress theme?”.

7 What is a WordPress plugin?

A plugin is like a tool or resource a person may use to get a job done.  We aren’t born with smart phones in our hands, but we’ve learned that we can be more productive if we have one.  So it is with plugins and WordPress.  Plugins can easily be installed to add special functionality to WordPress that doesn’t come out of the box.  For example, while WordPress is set up to be SEO friendly, it doesn’t contain special SEO features that would allow you to set up keywords and descriptions for each page.  Therefore, we install an SEO plugin that adds that functionality.  Another example would be a plugin that inserts the ability to add a home page slider.  WordPress isn’t built with this functionality out of the box, so a plugin adds this ability.  Plugins are really handy tools that allow you to tailor your website to do exactly what you need it to do and no more.  If WordPress came out of the box with every function imaginable, the code would be so bloated and heavy that websites would run extremely slowly.  The use of plugins ensures you aren’t getting more than you need.

But just as a smart phone can be put down when it isn’t needed, a plugin can be uninstalled if it is no longer useful.  A WordPress site can have a limitless amount of plugins, but we recommend no more than 20.  We’ve found that the speed of a website starts to decrease significantly when more than 20 plugins are used, and that more often than not, some of the plugins aren’t being used and can easily be uninstalled.  If you feel like your website is slow, your plugins may be to blame.  We are happy to have a look at your plugins to see which ones are negatively effecting your website speed and recommend how this can be fixed.  Contact us today.

8 I’ve heard WordPress isn’t secure. Will my website get hacked?

Did you know that 26.4% of the Web is run on WordPress?  Security is a hot topic these days, and WordPress is at the center of it simply because it’s grown to be so largely used.  Hackers like to expend their energy on targets that will give them the most bang for their buck, and WordPress is one of those targets.  There isn’t a single website out there that is 100% secure, but there are significant ways to reduce your risk of a security breach – especially if you’re using WordPress.

We take security seriously, so we take multiple approaches to significantly reduce our clients’ risk.

  1. We educate our clients on the use of strong passwords so that password-guessing algorithms can’t easily find their way into the backend administration for WordPress.  Did you know that many people don’t change the default username from “admin” and will often use a password such as “1234admin”?  These are the websites that will get hacked.  Your risk is signficantly reduced if you create a strong password for all users.
  2. We install a number of security plugins that prevent attacks.  Since we use more than one, we cover our bases on multiple fronts.  We also get notified immediately if something fishy is going on.
  3. If you host with us, we have implemented many security features directly on our server.  This helps keep the bad guys out before they even get to your website.
  4. If you host with us, we do all backups and updates as part of our hosting service. Outdated WordPress files are an invitation for a security breach.  Every week we create backups of all the websites on our server, and we update all WordPress core files and plugins to ensure any security holes are patched as soon as an update is available.
  5. We partner with a security firm that provides us with a website firewall and monitoring service.  While this service costs extra, many of our clients have found it invaluable for protecting their websites from a security breach.

Rest assured we have spent a lot of time making our server a secure environment and every WordPress website we create as secure as possible.  We are happy to discuss security measures in detail if you still have questions.  Contact us today.

Additional resources: Articles posted in our Security Series

Other Services

Here is a short list of a few other things we can do for you.  You will find a more extensive list on the à la carte prices page.


HOW CAN WE HELP?

Contact us today to get started. We will talk to you about your individual needs and provide you with a detailed plan of action along with the total cost before any work begins.

Testimonials

  • John R.
    We reached out to Laura at D3 Solutions after our website had a security breach. She was extremely responsive and had the issue cleared up right away!
    John R.
    Classy Career Girl
  • Adam G.
    I can't recommend Laura and D3 Solutions enough. Laura is extremely knowledgeable. We received a highly detailed response within an hour of emailing her. Our Chief Technology Officer immediately said to me, 'Wow, she really knows her stuff.' We had reached out to a bunch of companies before D3 Solutions and he never said that. Most importantly, Laura is extremely reliable. She delivered on every promise she made (in many cases going above and beyond) and I couldn't be happier with the end result. I live for my business and Laura clearly does too. I sincerely feel so lucky and grateful that we stumbled upon her website. I look forward to a long partnership with Laura and D3 Solutions!
    Adam G.
    MyBodyTutor, Inc.
  • Jeff J.
    I have had the pleasure of contracting Laura and D3 Solutions for a number of website design and maintenance issues over the years. She is always professional, efficient, fairly priced and a delight to work with. I highly recommend her.
    Jeff J.
    Ark Music
  • Paul D.
    A couple of years ago I hired a company to rebuild my website, and when the process stalled out, Laura came in and salvaged what could have been a disaster. Since that time she has worked to maintain my website and has proven to be highly skillful in what she does, responsive, and ethical. I would recommend her without any hesitation.
    Paul D.
    EcoGreen Landscaping
  • Dr. Steve W.
    We sought out the expertise of Laura and D3 solutions based on the recommendations of trusted colleagues and the need for a web developer who could understand our unique needs. Laura’s reputation is well earned as she was able to deliver a truly incredible product that exceeded all of our expectations. Her communication was timely and through a balanced combination of expertise and creativity, she was able to transform rough sketches and basic ideas into a captivating website that now serves as the centerpiece of our mission and work. Laura was patient with our questions and sensitive to our concerns. In every possible way, D3 Solutions demonstrated the highest level of customer service. In the end it became increasingly clear that for Laura and D3 Solutions, the people they serve are far more than clients, they are partners.
  • Debbie P.
    Laura is a fantastic web developer! She’s developed three websites for me and it’s unbelievable how quickly she can get a project done! She’s decisive and thorough, but also creative and understands the whole process and how everything fits together. One of the things I appreciate most about working with Laura is that she’s very dependable and responds to emails within the hour. Her training videos explain things clearly and easily, even to a novice like myself. Thinking of creating a website? You can’t find anyone better than Laura.
    Debbie P.
    Rome with Purpose
  • Dave S.
    It has been a true joy working with Laura! She was involved from the initial thoughts and concepts of what we wanted in a website to then seeing our vision fully realized in a very professional and attractive site. Laura helped us work through ideas, and offered expertise in how to best implement them in a manner that made sense and was best utilized by our target audience. We are thankful that the relationship is ongoing with advice and troubleshooting being just a phone call or email away. I highly recommend you consider Laura for your website design and development!
    Dave S.
    Mentoring Timothy
  • Chuck J.
    D3 Solutions is my go-to company for web development and website hosting. They provide solutions I can feel confident in, stable and secure servers and responsive customer service, all at a price I find very competitive. I could not do what I do without a partner like D3 Solutions.
    Chuck J.
    Chuck Jones Direct