You’re a designer crafting unbelievable website designs with vision and purpose. We are WordPress developers building efficient, reliable, smart websites. Together, we’re a golden collaboration.
We’re always on the lookout for talented designers to collaborate with on custom websites. If that’s you, please introduce yourself via the form below. We’d love to meet you! From there, we can chat further to see if our business processes and ideal clients match up.
When you have a potential project that needs a proposal, you'll fill out our quote form with details on the client and project scope (Complete step 1 to grab the private link to this form!). We’ll then create a fully customized proposal with their development scope, contract, invoice, overview of the payment plan and a link to clear the initial deposit. Typically, if this step is done right at the beginning of your design process (versus after the designs are completed) we’re able to accomodate the development to begin immediately after the web design proofs are delivered to us.
When the final design files are prepped and delivered, we’ll set an official development start date with the client and begin developing their custom theme via a demo site on our private server. The client’s second payment will also be due to us at this time, which we’ll arrange with them directly. Once the client’s demo site is ready, it will be sent to you first for proof corrections and design detail finessing before we pass it over to the client for final approval. This stage gives you and the client a 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, we’ll collect the final payment from the client and schedule an installation time and date that works well for all of us. During that time, we’ll put up a simple customized landing page on the client’s site, and once the install is complete, we’ll email the client a personalized video walk-through of their new site with directions on how to use it and make changes.
“I absolutely LOVE working with Made to Thrive! They have the ability and skills to develop a site exactly the way it looks, right to the smallest of details… Every designer’s dream! I know when I send clients their way that the website is in great hands and that their team will always deliver. Made to Thrive is a true gem!”
“Made to Thrive is my favorite development team to work with because of their attention to detail and amazing communication skills. When you have an enormous passion for what you do, it shows and makes things that much more enjoyable to create and produce. Working with Lindsay & Sam hardly feels like work.”
"I’ve partnered with the Made to Thrive team numerous times over the last few years for development on our client projects and they always go above and beyond — not only do they notice the smallest design details, they're on time and provide exceptional customer service. I’m such a big fan of their development that when it was time to code the new Branch website, they was at the top of my list. I'm so happy with the outcome!"
“Made to Thrive has been an absolute dream to work with! They totally understand my aesthetic needs and translate my designs into beautifully functioning live sites! Not only are they super talented developers, they are also super fun and easy to work with. I feel so fortunate to have Made to Thrive as my go-to developers!”
“Working with Made to Thrive has been a breath of fresh air. It’s hard to find developers who deliver a final product that matches up to the original design work – but this team does! Their communication, attention to detail, professionalism and kindness always exceed my expectations. The Made to Thrive team works efficiently without letting any important details fall through the cracks!”
“I LOVE working with Made to Thrive. They are the quickest developers I’ve worked with. Plus, they have an eye for design and see all the little details that can sometimes be missed. Their team truly knows how to do their job and they do it perfectly.”
“Made to Thrive was absolutely incredible to work with. From the very first email, Lindsay made me feel confident about bringing my design ideas to life on the web. She clearly communicated her process, was quick to respond with edits and suggestions, and their team beautifully coded a site to reflect my client’s bold new brand. I can’t wait to create more magic together!”
We code exclusively for WordPress. For E-Commerce projects, we utilize WooCommerce as it can be fully customized and integrated into the WordPress platform. We do not offer development services for Shopify, Squarespace, or Showit at this time.
Through past experience, we’ve found that having direct communication with the client from start to finish is best for everyone involved. It’s especially beneficial for long-term communication with the client when they need future maintenance and/or support after their site launches (i.e. it keeps you from being an unnecessary middleman).
As the designer, you’ll of course be involved in each step of the development process to ensure that the design is correctly transferred to the web, and will have a chance to thoroughly review the demo site before it’s ever presented to the client. At the beginning of development, we’ll setup a communication hub with the full team (designers, developers, and client) in Asana which will layout the full process steps, timelines, due dates, etc for the project.
Every project is quoted individually with the type of website, number of page templates, and overall functionality taken into consideration. Most of our projects fall in the $5-8k range. The full project scope will be laid out clearly in our detailed development proposal so there are no surprises, hiccups or misunderstandings along the way.
We don’t prefer to put limitations on our designers. WordPress is a powerful platform so if you can dream it up, we can likely bring it to life. If you’re ever unsure of the capabilities of WordPress while designing, just shoot us an email and we’ll chat through the possibilities and options. We love pushing the envelope and trying new things!
We accept XD, AI, and PSD files. We also request sending a jpg of each page design so we can easily/quickly review everything and double check that we’re coding the correct sizing for the site. For an easy, comprehensive checklist of what you should include, check out our free “Happy Developer Checklist” here!
That’s totally your call! We code a specific mobile stylesheet for every theme and are happy to accommodate your design for it if you have something specific in mind. Most designers do not include one, in which case we break the design down to mobile size based on what feels most natural and make minor design tweaks during the review phase.
4-6 weeks is our typical project length for development, but there are always exceptions to the rule with factors like:
We are perfectionists and understand that something being “10px too far to the left” is totally a big deal. We always send the completed demo site to you first for proof corrections and design detail finessing before we reveal it to the client.
Please fill out the contact form below so we can meet you and start the collaboration process!
This webinar will cover the basics of how to work with a developer when designing custom WordPress themes to make your experience streamlined and easy! Topics include proper file setup, best typography practices, sending site maps, creating style guides, proving function notes, and so much more.