Through solid industry expertise, one-on-one collaboration, and steady support, Made to Thrive takes the technically-tricky and oh-my-gosh overwhelm out of WordPress so your smart, confident, easy-to-manage dream site can come alive!
We are web developers who empower you through our incredibly easy process that swaps confusion for confidence and embarrassment for enthusiasm to take you from where you are to where you’ve always wanted to be.
They create the aesthetic of your website by communicating your vision with inspired creativity. From the layout to the color palette to the graphics, a web designer whips up the dream you’ve had living in your head and paints it into reality.
That’s us! We create the functionality of your website by writing in code and formatting each design element. We are masters of functionality, technical wizards, and total problem solvers. We are fluent in multiple coding languages so that you don’t have to be.
It’s the golden collaboration between the two sides that creates your dream website. A web designer and web developer each bring their own toolkit, expertise, talent and experience. The front-end beauty needs the back-end bricks.
We’re located in Tacoma, Washington and hustle Monday-Thursday, 9-3 PST.
We do offer off-hours and emergency support to current and past clients.
Truth be told, I didn’t originally go to school for anything web-related. I thought I wanted to go into marketing, so I got a fancy business degree and eagerly jumped into my “career”. I had no clue what I wanted to do besides maybe climb the corporate ladder? Who knows.
At that same time, I started a small blog for my family and friends, and inadvertently stumbled into the world of CSS and HTML. After my 9-5, I’d spend hours reading tutorials on coding while picking apart themes to see how they were built. It was so exciting to me! I began begging friends to let me design and code (ok, tweak!) a theme for them.
One night, my hubby said, “You know people get paid for doing this, right?” And suddenly, I had this wild dream form about actually doing it. Could I?! I took a major leap of faith and enrolled in web development and graphic design classes online.
After graduating, I worked at night and on weekends for years while also working my regular job. It was a hard hustle, but I slowly formed and refined my skillset. And you know what? It never got old. It never got boring. I realized the old cliché was true: When you do something you love, it won’t feel like work. Now, nearly a decade after my “Aha!” moment, I’m living my absolute dream at Made to Thrive.
When I’m not enamored with code and clacking at the keys, I’m with the other half of my life, my incredible husband and two kids. They balance me out and keep me loving life with our daily dance parties in the kitchen, bike rides to the park, and skipping rocks on the waterfront.
Sam is a powerhouse developer who always carries a fine-tooth comb for detail and wins the quickest email response award every single time. Honestly, every time. She knows every coding acronym there is and when there’s a complicated technical mountain to climb, she laces up her shoes and starts climbing.
Though she lives in Alberta, Canada, she works closely alongside Made to Thrive projects when she’s not biking, hiking or camping with her husband Dan.