While you could make your own website for not much more than the hosting costs, we know what it’s like to figure it all out on your own. It’s much more fun when you have a team of people who already have the skills you don’t have. Even if you could learn to do it all, sometimes you don’t have time, or you simply don’t want to.
Plus you want the end result to be the best it can be.
We want to make having a team on your side as affordable as possible, so individuals and small businesses can get a professionally designed website without having to have a big business budget. So we do this is a few ways:
We use WordPress.
When you are self-hosted, WordPress is free. It’s like a well set up framework, onto which you can hang whatever you want to put there. Things designed for WordPress are usually really well integrated with each other & just work – there is an abundance of themes and plugins and support available for sites made with WordPress. So not only does it not cost anything to use, it makes website more functional & flexible.
It also gives you a dashboard, from which you can manage your own website. Once we’ve made it and shown you how, you can do just about everything yourself from then on, with almost no technical knowledge. This saves you money, because it means later if you want too add more pages, or even if you want to make changes to the look and layout of your site, or manage your online shop — you can do all of this yourself, instead of paying someone else to do it for you.
(But if you still do want us to do things for you, that can be arranged too of course.)
We start with pre-made WordPress themes.
Even for the custom packages, we always start with a theme that’s already made. Sometimes free ones, often ‘premium’ which just means we pay for the licence to use them for you – between $30-100 usually.
This saves A LOT of hours of coding. The reasons some websites can cost many thousands of dollars, is because of the man-hours it takes to write all those lines of code, and to write it properly so it is SEO ready, responsive to whatever device someone is using, able to be edited easily etc etc. If you start with a theme someone has already made, you’re saving a lot. And we only use quality themes that are tried and tested.
That doesn’t mean you get a cookie cutter site that will look just like everyone else’s though, even if they use the same theme. Because we are a designer & programmer team, we always fully customise and adapt the theme to you. Many website developers we’ve seen will just take a theme, change a few colours and stick your logo in the header. But we will always design your site first around your branding & your logo, and then get the theme that brings that to life. Not the other way around.
So you get a professional, unique & custom theme without the totally custom-made price tag. There’s no need to pay to reinvent the wheel, when we can just take the already built wheel and customise it.
Using pre-made themes and then customising them is exactly what we do for our own websites too.
(Even the set-up only package includes a theme that is easily customisable, so you will be able to make it your own.)
We have access to agency licenses.
Because we can get access to more things at essentially “wholesale” prices, we pass those savings on to you. We can provide you with full access to the whole suite of Thrive Themes plugins for no extra cost to you, and can recommend and access a variety of other resources depending on your needs.
We have a diverse skill set & don’t have to outsource.
Because we are a team, and between us we have a wide range of skills and experience when it comes to programming, design, branding, social media management etc. we are able to do a lot of things that others would have to contract out. That saves time and money. Most of the time, if we need something, we can create it ourselves, so we are not having to pay others, or wait for others to get things done until we can keep going on your site.
We work from home, and like to keep things small and personal, rather than big and corporate. So that is reflected in both the approach to our work & our low overheads.
We are flexible and tailor-made.
We always endeavour to tailor everything, so you only pay for what you actually need, and don’t pay for stuff that you don’t.
And we are transparent.
We’ve seen others trying to “sell” you features as if they are valued way more than they actually are. Like having a ‘responsive’ site – if your website isn’t responsive these days, something is wrong. So this should just be box to tick, not a selling point feature.
We always try to be totally open about our process & the costs involved, and calculate fairly the price we charge you based on the number of hours it will take us put your site together and the costs incurred. We won’t inflate that. And we will always tell you upfront the prices of things like upgraded plugins if you request them – and wherever possible we use things that are free or that we already have the licence for.
We think you’ll see the true value in creating a website with us lies in our passion for doing meaningful work & that we truly care about you and your business; creating something worthwhile together really is the most important thing to us.