Responsive design means that your website will conform to different devices. Whether it be a phone, a tablet or a phablet your website will be there and look great. Responsive design requires a bit of extra programming and a bit more designing than websites required several years ago.Simplicity in design = High Quality focus on your brand and content
Though the amount of devices have gone up and possibly partially for that reason, the patterns for visual design that are standard have simplified. I create websites that are focused on converting your visitors into customers and presenting the best face possible for your company, even when you're sleeping.
I've built responsive designs for 3 years years, and my responsive development techniques have improved over those 3 years. I've even been featured in an article be eCommerce leader Lemonstand in their article '9 Expert Tips On Designing A Better m-Commerce Experience'.Design in Development means quality control to the very end.
I think that design in the development phase is required so that elements such as different size screens and interactive elements get the attention they deserve. In modern web design, a freelancer who pays attention to these interactive elements can finess them and make sure they offer your customers a pleasant, seamless experience that associates your brand with quality.
What was once a blogging platform has turned into one of the most respected web design platforms out there. I create websites on this platform in a way that is considerate of the fact you don't want to have to come to me to add bits of content down the road. With this platform, you can do those things yourself. I'm always available to help, but you shouldn't feel constrained by your website.Website design that is built around the things you care about most.
I listen when you talk about what you need in your website. I know that for most small business owners hiring a web design freelancer is not a small deal. I want you to get the best value you can get in Minneapolis area, or Minnesota in general. I pay attention to making sure my affordable.
I believe that the more you know about your WordPress website, the better you will be able to market yourself, create content and give value to your audience and customers. You can do as little or as much of this as you want, but for sure I want you to be able to edit key elements on your website. After the web build is done, I'll sit with you and show you how you can get the most out of it.Marketing best practices for your new site
I am not the expert in your industry, but I am in web design. I've been watching what works for 20+ plus clients, watching their analytics and becoming familiar with the types of web marketing that drive traffic and convert into customers. I can help share the principles I've learned in digital marketing that can help you with your business now.
You didn't spend years learning to become the expert in your field, to have to learn website design, even if you're using a cheap template from Wix, or setting up a subscription at Squarespace. I help develop the quality graphics that represent your business in a professional light, without relying on cheap pre-built templates that blend in with 5 of your competitors.I serve the Minnesota area
There are only so many legitimate web design businesses in the Minnesota area that will have the kind of quality I think your business deserves an affordable price. Many of the lower end shops are serving up templated designs that might not really be built around your needs, but are more for the convenience of the creator of the website. Many custom shops have prices over 20k, and I can say for a small business that's just not feasible or necessary.
You may prefer to work with someone you can meet up with, and I've found that to be a great system for creating rapport, and the trust necessary to really deliver a great website based on your marketing goals. I think of your website as another salesman, and if you can hire another salesman to deliver great lead generation or more sales for you, then you've got a bargain.Web design and development in Minnesota means you get homegrown style
I am not from California, nor the middle of Oregon so I'm not creating something that doesn't match the cultural norms and expectations of your local community. I do have style that surpasses many agencies in town and the ability to execute on that. I'd love to work with you. If the type of work I do interests you and you would like to work together or sit down for some coffee, get a free consultation now.
Alpine Asphalt had a small business web design done by Dex… which is apparently not really equipped to create compelling small business website designs at scale. The site was not mobile friendly, and there was alot of opportunity for the website to be better indexed by search engines. The site didn’t do a great job at showcasing what Alpine does that is special – which is make it easy! A lot of companies that do what they do make it overly complicated so they take a different approach.
WordPress offers very solid indexability – and so using it was the perfect solution to build the site on and give full ownership over to the small business owner! Once the site is in place – Dawn, who manages Alpine’s day-to-day web presence – is now fully in charge of content as much as she wants. We are also doing a 3-month engagement to get better linking and content strategy on the website to increase traffic – so I’m there for here for anything that comes up ongoing as well.
Key things I learned in this process:
I love small business web design! People that love what they do like Dawn Reid and Alpine Asphalt make me excited to be an entrepreneur. They have a serious focus on work/life balance with part of their year ski-ing, and they love to show that part off on their site. If anything it reminded me that it’s important to be a person too, not just a business person.
I always learn a little bit about business and treating people well and being of service when I work on projects with small business owners – it’s a great perk of my job!
“Tim designed a new website that captures the spirit of our company AND gets results. His whole process — from initial meeting to launch — was seamless.”
Dawn Reid, Alpine Asphalt
Things were broken on Deneen Pottery’s website, and they new they needed a website that would work well on mobile devices. Their products are high quality, handmade in the U.S., and their company is family owned and operated. The opportunity to really show this story visually was challenge on this website design, and to make a site that captured the attention, elicits trust, and drives action.
I created a video centric design on WordPress. Responsive design, and search engine friendly, with e-commerce as well. We included a tool where someone can sort the mug styles and glazes easily to find what they want, and altogether ‘conversions’ or amount of actions taken on the site we wanted people to take went up by 82%. As a freelance WordPress designer and developer in Minneapolis, smaller companies come to me partly because I can do both. This means lower costs for you, and more affordable web design.
Key Numbers – 6 Months After:
From the client:
“By listening to our wants, understanding our needs, and finishing at budget right on schedule made this just a wonderful experience. Working with Tim was definitely a high point – you could tell that he was having fun. We began to expect the unexpected especially when the streaming video on our homepage. That in itself highlighted one of our needs which was to convey the ‘handmade’ aspect of our process.”
Niles Deneen, Deneen Pottery
Northface Construction is a fairly new small business and thus I collaborated with him to get the kind of content he needed on the site to satisfy visitors and attract traffic from search engines. His business has 3 main services and so we knew we would have to work collaboratively to give the kind of longer form content search engines like Google love, but that visitors to the site could access quickly and that the content would need to be presented in a visually compelling way.
We created the site on WordPress so that the owner of the contracting business could edit the content quickly. Affordable web design in Minneapolis doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. As a small business, this contractor/construction website perfectly fits the owner’s needs while providing tons of clues to visitors to elicit trust, from testimonials to lots of photographs of successful jobs, to badges from the Better Business Bureau and industry specialty organizations. Working with another visual designer, I art directed the visual solution and provided strategy and Information Architecture. Everywhere on the site, there is an emphasis on the primary action we want visitors to take, to fill out the form and get in contact with the business.
Why my experience on this project matters to you
Most importantly I helped Josh hone in on what the unique value he provides through his service business, which is that personalized attention and the quality of materials he uses. I established this fact and emphasis during our discussions with some very intentional questions. Though I am an affordable web designer in Minneapolis, I believe that marketing-centric web design is attainable at this level. I’m grateful for my clients, and like to learn from you about your industry and enjoy the process of working towards the best web design in Minneapolis we can possibly create.
“From the very first meeting with Tim I knew he was the guy to go with for my businesses online needs. He took a deep interest in understanding what my business was about and our vision for the future. The whole process went very smooth and I felt like he was able to express what we are about in a way that we could not have made tangible the way he did. The standards were set very clearly as far as what our goals were with the project and his knowledge of online platform design and marketing established a clear strategy as to how we would achieve those goals through the website design. I would recommend Tim to anyone who values the depth of quality that is needed to really stand out with their business to possible clients.”
Joshua Swisher, Northface Construction
eCig Market needed a new website, and this time they wanted to be able sell the products online. But they knew they couldn’t spend tens of thousands of dollars for an eCommerce store. They needed something that looks nice, tells their story and that generally directs people to their physical location.
From wireframes on up, the solution focuses on what I dug up as the difference between eCig Market and their competitors. They offer only high end eLiquid, where-as many shops stoop and sell the cheap stuff. With their new vaping bar they have a higher end experience and we accentuate that in the design. By showcasing the wonderful reviews they have from Google and Facebook and making them easy to add for the client, we establish a social trust factor for the site and showcase some of their best customer feedback.
Why my experience on this project matters to you
eCommerce web design is not always for the faint of heart. It takes consideration of a lot of elements, and the design of this website takes all of those elements into consideration down to the checkout. As a freelance web designer I am able to handle eCommerce websites and make them beautiful, but also relatively affordable. This particular website uses WooCommerce, and the theme is a custom, from-scratch theme developed for the sole purpose of making this beautiful, sturdy website built to serve this client for years to come.
I work with small businesses and organizations to create something that tells their story. I generally create on WordPress, but I feel comfortable working with many different platforms. I’d love to sit down with you and have a no pressure conversation with you about how I might be able to serve you with high-quality web design in Minnesota. Check out some of my work below and I look forward to hearing from you.