With a custom WordPress site, your small business can go from “Meh,” to “Money!” as it attracts your ideal audience, blows up conversion rates, and skyrockets traffic. We take your simple seed or idea and breathe functionality, practicality and optimization through it so you can run forward with a truly inspired new site. Including full site installation, setup, and support, the investment of $3-5K is well worth it.
Fill out the contact form below so we can schedule an introductory call and dig into what you’re looking for. We’ll ask you a few introductory questions to assess your needs while we look at our schedules to see if we’re a fit! If for some reason we aren’t, we’re more than happy to refer you to a few other developers we love. (If you’re a graphic designer looking to possibly collaborate, visit this page for more details.)
Since we’re primarily a web development studio, we need to find you the perfect web designer for your project either through our list of consistent collaborators or through a recommendation of your own! Once we’ve found your best match, we’ll send you a customized proposal with your full development scope, contract, invoice, overview of the payment plan and a link to clear the initial deposit.
When the final design files are polished and prepped, we’ll set an official development start date and project timeline. We’ll begin developing your custom theme via a demo site on our private server to make sure your current site goes uninterrupted. Whew! Your second payment will also be due at this time.
Once your demo site is ready, it will be sent to your designer for proof corrections and design detail finessing before we pass it over to you for final approval. This is your chance to click around the site as if it were live to test the functionality on different browsers, provide feedback, ask questions, and prep the site for installation.
After the demo site has been finalized, the final payment is due before we schedule an installation time and date that works well for both of us. During that time, we’ll put up a simple customized landing page on your site so all your fans can still find you! When the install is complete, we’ll email you a personalized video walkthrough of your shiny new site with directions on how to use it and make changes.
We want you to get the most out of your site, which is why our Custom Themes are available for full maintenance and support services. We recommend all clients sign up for our Monthly Maintenance Plan, which is our way to guarantee that your site is in shape: backed up, up-to-date, malware-free. Or if you feel comfortable handling these tasks yourself, we also offer support and revisions on an as-needed basis.
“Lindsay truly put our vision into reality with our site. Our best piece of advice- if you are going to invest in one thing, invest in the website specifically. Coding and all things having to do with websites can be overwhelming and she made the process feel seamless. She was quick but thorough in bringing our site to life!”
“We (freaking) LOVE working with Lindsay! She’s so fast, knowledgable, and has completely redesigned the backend of our sites to make them so simple that our entire team can do what used to take a very specialized programmer to do in seconds. Amazing, awesome, and incredible.”
“Lindsay is a dream to work with and the work she performs is impeccable. From timely communication to step-by-step explanations of how to customize and update my website, working with Lindsay was easy and very enjoyable. I’m incredibly blessed that she’s the brains behind my website!”
“I couldn’t be more confident in my decision to have Lindsay help me build my website. Everything went so smoothly, and she’s helped me with any questions I’ve had no matter how big or small. She’s even managed to help me with improving the site in ways I didn’t know were possible. I am a very happy client.”
“Lindsay was such a pleasure to work with! She was always quick to respond to my questions and made time to explain options to me. She was also very accommodating, working with me to complete my website development under a time crunch. I’m so happy with how my site turned out and I continue to use Made to Thrive’s monthly maintenance plan to manage it.”
“Lindsay is really something special that goes beyond being knowledgeable and talented in the coding world. Somehow, from across the country and without ever meeting in person, she made me feel truly understood and supported throughout the entire development process. Lindsay went above and beyond to make my dream website come true.”
“Lindsay was such a dream to work with! I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with web developers being difficult and unresponsive, but Lindsay stuck to her deadlines, was always responsive and helpful with any questions or minor changes. She made a sometimes overwhelming process completely seamless. I couldn’t recommend her enough!”
“Working with Lindsay and Made to Thrive was such a positive experience. Lindsay really took the time to understand my business and the result is a website that’s beautiful, functional and far beyond what I could have conceived by myself. I’m not the least bit tech-savvy, but Lindsay answered every question and made me feel comfortable taking the reins.”
With our introductory call, we’ll be able to establish what kind of goals you have, the functionality you need and the timeline you’re requiring, as well as gauge a personality fit and brand alignment with Made to Thrive. If for some reason we aren’t the right fit, we’re more than happy to refer you to a few other developers we love.
Every detail of your site, from the pages to the cost to the scope, will be thoroughly discussed in our initial phone consultation and laid out very clearly in our development proposal. We look for complete agreement and understanding on both ends so they are no surprises, hiccups or misunderstandings along the way.
Every project is quoted specifically for you and your site needs with most projects falling in the $3,000-$5,000 range (This is only for the development of the theme. Designer fees are separate.)
4-6 weeks is our typical jumping off point, but there are always exceptions to the rule with factors like:
— A very large or complex website.
— Lack of communication and/or feedback.
— Change in project scope (such as adding more pages or making major design changes after coding is complete).
— Failure to pay an invoice on time.
Our themes are built to be completely user-friendly and intuitive without you needing any coding experience whatsoever. You’ll be given a detailed, personalized training video walking you through your new site and showing you exactly how to make content changes.
Yes! 100%! Our sites are built with coded, mobile stylesheets and tested for easy mobile use.
WordPress requires a third-party host to store your files, kind of like leasing space on the internet. Choosing the right host is crucial to the speed, security, and overall success of your website.
How much does a WordPress host cost?
Small sites are usually $10-$20/month. Large sites can be $20+.
Can you recommend a good WordPress host?
Absolutely. SiteGround is our #1, but we’d also highly-recommend Bluehost and WPEngine. All three have incredible customer service, daily site backups and outstanding WP hosting knowledge and capabilities. Grab direct links to each of these options over on our Industry Index.
Web designers 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.
Web developers (that’s us!) 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 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 split the payment process into three equal parts:
1) Once we’ve agreed on the project and decided to work together.
2) Once the design files have been finalized and development is ready to begin.
3) Once the site is ready for installation.
We input only enough content to thoroughly test the site. This might look like 2-3 sample posts on your blog and 2-3 portfolio items just to see if everything’s working ok.
We are more than happy to add full content entry into the scope of our work for an additional fee. But there’s no need to feel daunted or intimidated! Our sites are so easy to update and we provide you with a personalized training video to make management incredibly easy.
Since the development follows the exact, approved design files, any site revisions are very minor and typically take no longer than a week. The tweaks are usually simple fixes like, for example, a pop-up not working in Firefox. If design changes create a greater scope of work, they will need to be quoted and coded accordingly.
While we don’t claim to be SEO experts, we do our best to set your site up for success by installing a premium SEO plugin and providing video training on how to use it on your site. If you want to dig in deeper, we have SEO specialists we trust and have on hand if you’d like a referral!
Made to Thrive offers full support and maintenance for any theme we create! The best way to ensure your splashy new site is backed up, consistently refreshed, and malware-free is to enroll in our Monthly Maintenance Plan. For Custom Theme clients, we also offer site maintenance and revision services on an as-needed basis.
If you’re interested in getting the Custom Theme process started, please fill out the contact form below so we can schedule a quick call and dig into what you’re looking for. We’ll ask you a few introductory questions to assess your needs while we look at our schedules to see if we’re a fit!