Why Don’t We List Our Website Design Prices on Our Website?

By |2018-09-21T14:08:16+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: General|

So! You may be browsing our site (or many other web design agencies) and wondering why we list services, but not prices. Are we THAT expensive?! No, no we are not. We are very competitive for a professionally designed customized website in Virginia's DC Metro area. So, why no prices? The reason we don't list our prices is because in our world offering a base price can become very misleading for the customer - and that's dangerous. For example, if I were to offer you a custom website for $750 with a 2-day turnaround, you could probably expect a basic template with your text/content plugged in, no more than 4-6 pages, and limited choice in what you could revise, if anything at all. And for some businesses, that's all they need. But if you're going to do that, I would steer you towards Wix or SquareSpace. If that's all you're after, then you are better off trying to do it on your own because what you likely need is not going to be a custom website. How much is a Custom Website Design in Fredericksburg? That's a pretty tricky question to answer, and I can give you [...]

Celebrating Our First Web Design Customer in Fredericksburg

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: General|

Just a quick post to celebrate that we have landed our very first website customer here in local Fredericksburg, VA. We have been around since 2008, but in the DC Metro area, and this is our first customer actually located in Fredericksburg, and it's a wonderful thing. It's a lovely search engine marketing (SEM) story of optimizing our own site for "sem fredericksburg," and slowly watching that long-tail keyword metric drift from page 3, to page 2, and finally to the holy grail Page 1 of Google. We're holding our heads high at #2!! And more keywords are only going to improve as we add more valuable and localized content to the site. We're constantly improving the site and really appreciate the progress we've seen. SEO is a great game of matching wits against the Google machine, and pairing that with SEM (search engine marketing) we're putting to work the methods we use for our clients for ourselves (finally!). No more cobbler's children have no shoes syndrome! So we just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to our new local Fredericksburg client - Uncle Tom's Antiques, for allowing us to fix up your site's interior code, updating [...]

How I Registered My Web Design and Marketing Business with Stafford County/Fredericksburg VA

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: |

Registering my web design business with Stafford County was at once more complicated than I would have thought, and easier than I would have thought. This is my experience of what I had to do to register/license (though they don’t do licenses) with the county for my Fredericksburg-based business. What I Had to Do First things first – I had to do all of it in person. I know! I was all over Stafford’s website, on the phone, and even had some email back and forth with their very lovely representatives (I mean that sincerely! They were extremely kind and helpful!), but at the end of the day they want a person to come down there and take care of setting up a business in Stafford County in-person. The part that I hated, was I had to do it during the work day. There are no weekend hours or even after hours when it comes to registering your business. The lady I first spoke with said she envisioned it taking an hour, well, it was closer to 2, but that’s still not bad for all I had to do! And – it was a lot. I was moving most of [...]

Marketing Company in Fredericksburg

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Finding a Marketing Company in Fredericksburg, VA doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, marketing with a localized focus is actually a much easier process because you already have the following going for you: Obvious localized keywords A smaller niche market of very specific people You can employ ultra specific marketing techniques due to the specific targeting Lower advertising costs – because the target market is smaller, there’s less advertising wasted on people who aren’t your true target audience […]

How to Delete One Website from Your Google Search History Without Having to Delete Your Browser Cache

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: General, Knowledge-base|

Thought I'd share something that was driving me nuts! I am a constant user of Google Calendar, and I went to visit the website Calendars That Work one time, and because they both begin with "Cal" I was forever doomed to the autofill on Google's Quick Search (where it prefills in the text) to defaulting to CalendarsThatWork.com. It. was. driving. me. nuts. So! I found the solution. Hit up Google Chrome's 3 vertical dots on the right, click on History, then History again. It'll pop open a tab. From that tab find the offending website. Click that website's three dots on the right and click "Remove from History." It's a glorious thing. :D No more getting the wrong site when I quick type in "Cal" into the URL line. I also made a video below! Check us out over at YouTube for more web work hacks. Take care! Wendy

Fix My Website in Fredericksburg, Virginia

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: General, Support|

Did your site get hacked? Did someone mess up? Or do you just need to update the darn thing? When you just want someone to “PLEASE, fix my website!” here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, we are your go-to company. And here’s why – we have nearly 20 years of experience! Over that huge span of time we have definitely seen our share of bizarre web problems and are happy to help you unravel the mess, or just update your About page to remove the former team members you haven’t seen in 2-3 years. […]

New Web Design Company in Fredericksburg, VA

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: General|

It’s so hard to believe that we are celebrating our 1-year anniversary here in Fredericksburg, Virginia! Our family moved down to Fredericksburg after a year-long search trying to get the heck out of Northern Virginia. I grew up in Fairfax County, but the traffic, high prices, and general mentality can be a bit overwhelming. My husband and I were looking for a slower pace, and a family-friendly community to raise our two girls in – and boy did we ever find it in Fredericksburg. It has been absolutely wonderful living here. Fredericksburg has given us an amazing home, a fantastic community to be a part of, and is proving to be a great location for my web design and marketing business, CreationDepot. […]

When you have to tell a client “no”

By |2018-08-30T15:05:09+00:00October 11th, 2016|Categories: General, Tips & Tricks|

Clients are humans too. There. I said it. We all know it’s true but sometimes when they ask us to do the impossible and devolve into demanding demons… or really-scary-deadline-demanding-jerks-who-don’t-realize-you-are-not-a-robot. In light of this, I would ask you to remember something. Ladies and gentlemen… please remember you can push back. If a client wants a deadline that’s unreasonable, for heaven’s sake just SAY so. Don’t destroy yourself with an all-nighter, or give up on what you had already planned! That will make your life miserable and eventually it’ll breed resentment. Truth be told, the client has no idea why one graphic may take 10 minutes but another takes you 10 hours. Saying a **version** of “no” to a client almost never means you’ve lost that client for good, but designers are afraid to put that foot down. If you can save the client every now and again with an 11-hour Hail-Mary pass then that’s awesome, but even when you pull that off you need to be clear that you can’t do that every time – but you’ll happily accept their praise for rockin’ it this time. 🙂 […]