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Why WordPress is our CMS of choice

We humbly submit that we are the best WordPress web designers and we want to work with software and tools that are also the best. WordPress is certainly that. We have been working with WordPress as our primary content management system since the beginning. Back when WordPress was primarily a blog engine before it blew up into the full-featured software it is today. We stay aware of all the other competitors out there such as Drupal, Square Space, Wix, Shopify, and Joomla and we still think WordPress is, hands down, the best CMS on the planet. We have even helped develop proprietary content management systems in the past to exact specifications and always come back to WordPress as the better choice.

WordPress has a huge community behind it with more than 27% of the entire Internet running on it. Many fortune 500 companies from Sony to Rolling Stone currently rely on WordPress and almost any kind of website you can imagine can use it to their advantage. Business websites, personal blogs, eCommerce sites, community-driven sites and all forms of small business use WordPress daily to get it done. Because of its widespread use, it's also very easy to get help working on WordPress and you will never need to feel trapped with your current developer simply because of the CMS that was used.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE WORDPRESS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

WordPress is
Search
Engine-Friendly.

If you're serious about search engine optimization, WordPress should be your CMS of choice. There are a dizzying number of tools available to WordPress designers and users that streamline the SEO process. The Yoast SEO plugin alone will give you on page grading of keyword focus, create XML sitemap files for you to submit to Google Search console, provide fields for customizing meta tags and much more. WordPress frameworks tend to be semantically correct for perfect on-page SEO. WordPress web designs will also be lightning fast at getting any new content indexed with it’s “pinging” functionality that tells search engines that new content is available, so please come crawl it.

WordPress has come a long way since it came out on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. That is a long time iterating and making improvements with its usability. We have found that WordPress is by far the easiest to use for the end-user. The owner of our websites will get full WordPress training at the end of the project leaving them with all the skills necessary to not have to hire us for updates (although we are more than happy to do updates if desired). Tasks such as adding blog posts, updating testimonials, changing pricing on eCommerce sites and adding services pages are all easily handled by even the most technically challenged.

WordPress is
easy to use for
non-technical
people.

WordPress offers
ultimate design
flexibility.

Other content management systems can look great if you stick to the designs and layouts that they use out of the box. What if you want your web design to be a little different? What if you want something completely custom? Using WordPress allows us to design without restriction. If we can dream it up, we know we can implement it with WordPress. Don't make your marketing bend to your CMS. Let your business be represented online in as unique a way as you want it to. We have been implementing custom WordPress web designs for a decade. Whether you dream it or we do, we can feel confident that the choice in content management will not be restricting us in any way.

Given the huge user base and giant community behind WordPress there is little argument that it is the most well polished CMS out there. It’s quite amazing that something so complex can work so well. All of the plugins, all of the themes and all of the customizations that can be done using WordPress and still not give you problems is really quite amazing. And in the off chance that something does go wrong, it is very easy to find people that can help. Want to learn to be a WordPress expert yourself? Go check out wordpress.tv or do any kind of search you can think of on youtube and you will find all the tutorials you can handle. Buying into the WordPress ecosystem is a decision you will not regret.

WordPress is
the most used,
most reliable
CMS.

WHY WORK WITH US?

We are Experts
in WordPress
Design

What does it take to be able to call yourself an expert WordPress web design agency? We have a combined 40+ years of experience pumping out custom designed WordPress websites, modifying themes, researching and learning every important WordPress plugin out there and being fully entrenched in the WordPress ecosystem. WordPress is what we use daily and our systems and processes are built around its workflow. As we are so versed in it we are able to put out a very strict level of quality while keeping WordPress design pricing affordable because of our efficiency. This level of detail, quality and efficiency can only come from putting in your 10,000 hours and we have certainly put in the time.

We create optimized,
100% Responsive
Websites

With Google transitioning most websites over to their mobile first index in search results, it’s no longer an option for any website serious about being visible to not have a responsive web design. As a matter of fact, all new websites set up in Google search console will be indexed with its mobile version. We have been building mobile-friendly responsive websites with WordPress for many years. Your site will function as perfectly and beautifully on phones as it will on desktops. No matter the width of the browser our web designs are viewed in the layout will adjust in a user-friendly and pleasing way.

We strategize around
SEO and User
Experience

WordPress SEO is by far at the leading edge of search optimization. If SEO is important to you, then you should most certainly be working with an SEO agency that specializes in WordPress. The way WordPress itself works, the way that themes are coded and the myriad of SEO plugins available to WordPress developers all add up to a winning combination that can’t be messed with. SEO is so much more than semantics as well. If you have a marketing strategy that is going to crush you will never be held back by WordPress itself. Create as many landing pages as you like, A/B split test, create Skyscraper blog posts and implement any strategy you can think of with ease using WordPress.

We are a Partner
you can
trust

We are a WordPress design company that cares. It sounds like it should be an obvious attribute in any service based company but I assure you that it’s not. We treat your WordPress site like we do our own. There are a thousand ways that corners can be cut while developing a website to save time and cost and in the end, it would be difficult for a non-WordPress designer to be aware. We cut no corners. From the initial install with the security steps, we take all the way through to the training and support we provide at the end of our WordPress web design projects it will be very clear that we are an agency that actually cares.

FEATURED WORK

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WordPress Statistics

6

WordPress Posts
Are Made
Every Second

26

Percent of the
Internet Runs
on WordPress

31010

WordPress
Themes on The
Market

54829

Plugins
Available
for Download

The statistics on WordPress are fascinating. To sum it up: There is a huge amount of content put out using WordPress every day. The percentage of WordPress sites that fill the internet is staggering and the number of WordPress plugins and WordPress themes that have been developed to extend the functionality and control the look and feel of WordPress is dizzying. This will only continue to grow. The benefit to you? Your website is part of a much larger ecosystem that provides constant updates, security patches, functionality and design that is all available to you at the press of a button. WordPress development is affordable as we do not need to recreate the wheel and easy to work with as it has been iterated upon for so long now.

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What is WordPress?

WordPress is a completely free piece of community-driven open source software that came into existence in 2003. It is a set of PHP files driven by a MySQL database that creates a framework for building websites. It was originally used as a blogging platform but quickly grew into the powerhouse that it is today. For the end user, most of this is irrelevant. What users truly enjoy about WordPress is the ability to control website content and design without the need of knowing complicated code. Although you can go as far down the rabbit hole as you can imagine with WordPress the basics of managing a WordPress site for tasks such as adding a blog article, editing a page of content or even adding some functionality are all relatively simple to learn.

WordPress is able to perform the backbone duties of almost any kind of website you can think of. Here is a small list of the kinds of websites that WordPress performs especially well behind:

  • Blogs
  • Business websites
  • eCommerce websites
  • Portfolio websites
  • Social network sites
  • Membership sites
  • Learning websites

This list can go on and on. Essentially, bar the most complicated of website specifications, WordPress can provide the engine for any website you can imagine. We have been building WordPress websites for over a decade now and we have seen it all done. It allows us rapid development, lightning fast speed and functionality that you would otherwise have to spend hundreds or thousands of hours on without.

The State of WordPress from The Founder

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The Building Blocks of a WordPress Website Design

SOFTWARE

At its core WordPress is a collection of PHP files organized in a number of folders and directories. You can then break those files down into the core files that make WordPress run, the files that users add to the system to extend its functionality and finally the user media files that users add to the system. WordPress itself updates their core files pretty often for security reasons and to make the software run more smooth all while taking advantage of the newest technologies available. There is nothing hidden from us regarding what makes WordPress tick. If you really want to you can dive in and see how it all works. You don’t ever really need to of course and the WordPress core software are files that you should never have to touch. They just work.

THEMES

All WordPress websites require a theme to run. While the core WordPress software handles the engine behind a WordPress website the theme files handle the look and feel. You must have a theme to have a WordPress site. To some, a theme implies cheating or using someone else's design. That is not the case. If you code a WordPress design from scratch you would be making your own WordPress theme. The theme is responsible for what the website looks like. It houses all of the template images and the CSS behind the web page structure. The common headers and footers are all defined in the theme. This keeps core WordPress functionality separate from design. If you want to change the look of your website you just need to replace the theme components of your site. Very smart!

PLUGINS

Although WordPress has a huge feature list that it can handle out of the box they had the foresight to know that people would want more. They developed a hook system that allows software developers to “plug in” to WordPress is a system for extending its functionality. Plugins are one of the most fun and beneficial aspects of working with WordPress. See some functionality on a website that your website doesn't have? There is probably a plugin for it. Want to add an amazing eCommerce section to your website? Instead of having to code for hundreds of hours to have a bare bones shopping cart you can now install a plugin and just configure it. If you can dream it there is likely already a plugin for it.

What is our WordPress Website Design Process?

STEP ONE. INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE

Every website starts with defining the goals of the website first. This allows us to keep the end game in mind for every decision made along the way. We work out the sitemap of website, define competitors in the space and come up with personas for the ideal website visitor. The site is fully envisioned before a line of code is written.

STEP TWO. DESIGN

The IA documents have been approved and now they are handed over to our web designers to actualize the look and feel of the website. It’s much more than just creating a prety website. It’s about making a website that will appeal to the target user, be easy to use and guide people towards the goals of the website.

STEP THREE. CONTENT

Once we have design approval it’s now about adding content to the website. Much more care and attention is put into the content than most design companies. Each page is handled individually and looked at as mini-home pages. While the design phase defines the look and feel, the content phase adds the real meat of the site.

STEP FOUR. TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT

Although the website may look done we go through a rigorous testing phase on all browsers and devices to ensure it looks great everywhere. We go back through the website and re-examine our on-site SEO and check for improvements that can be made to make the website lightning fast. Then we launch and train the client on how to use their new website!

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How much will a WordPress website design cost?

To answer this question without more information is really difficult. Our WordPress websites tend to fall between $4,000 and $20,000 depending on the specifications. Although we can and will work for less and we have handled custom projects for more, the average cost for a custom designed WordPress website is around $5,000 to $8,000. Our current rates are $85/hour and we have a few hard costs that go with most projects such as themes, plugins, copywriting and hosting. Every project is quoted individually though.

The actual cost of a WordPress web design is determined by many factors. Basically, it comes down to the following: 1) How much design time will be required for the WordPress design? 2) How large is the website? 3) How much functionality is needed? 4) Additional factors such as schedule and time needed to manage the project. As most of web design comes down to just labor costs most of the estimating process can be handled by educated guesses relating to man hours for each phase of a project. To determine the price of your WordPress project we just need 15 minutes on the phone with you to discuss the particulars and we can come back with a full proposal usually within a day or two. You can try our pricing calculator to get a rough idea or contact us for a quote specific to your project.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

  • William Elliott
    My highest recommendation goes to the team at Connective Web Design or their superior performance, excellent quality, and ability to anticipate client needs. I have completed three projects with CWD, and have another in the works. In each case, CWD created a professional, effective, elegant, user-friendly, and economical website. In addition to actual webpage design, I've used their SEO services with great results. A Los Angeles web design company, not one of my businesses is in California. No matter. The CWD team can work locally, or internationally. Connective Web Design, without exception, represents the best value in web page design, development, and search engine optimization. A fantastic find.
    William Elliott
  • Attorney-Bob-Lanham
    Just got retained by a client (small biz owner, makes custom cabinetry) who said he contacted me solely based on how beautiful my website was – I figured anyone that had that much obvious pride in their site would probably have the same pride in practicing law.
    Bob Lanham
  • Alex F.
    "I had been looking for a reliable web designer/master to take over my company's site for years. The experiences I had hiring other web firms were very unpleasant to say the least. It would take weeks to get a quick response to an email. I'd be left hanging for God knows how long wondering when the site updates would get done because they couldn't give me an ETA. I came to the conclusion that decent service from a web firm was impossible to come by.

    Then I found Connective through a Google Search and all my problems were solved. Like literally ALL of them. They fixed all the design flaws my site had in days. Not only do they have a slamming portfolio, but they respond to emails almost immediately, will tell you when they can deliver, and have very reasonable rates. I recommend Connective without a doubt!"
    Alex F.

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