Web Development in Billings

Why Web Development is Important

When you think of your website as an investment, it becomes easier to see why custom web development is an important aspect of the business. A website is the new curb appeal of your business and is often the first thing that customers see and interact with. Just like washed windows and beautiful flowers invite and relax clients, a custom website is the first step in establishing a business persona. After all, isn’t a website truly the first thing a customer looks at? A well-designed, thematically cohesive, intuitive website is more enticing than a hasty conglomeration of text, pictures, and snippets of content pasted into a generic theme. Customers can only stand a Wordpress minimalist theme for so long--having a custom website crafted by a Webgrain designer is a guaranteed way to secure more leads, increase readership, and convey information seamlessly. Putting Your Best Face Forward The Webgrain web design process is fairly straight forward—our team sits down with you and discusses your business as a whole, future goals, and your ideal website. We want your new site to be simple, interactive, and make sense for your business and your customers. A clean and well thought out website is the easiest way to accomplish all those goals, without being overly crowded or fussy. Custom web design allows us to create a website that matches the personality, structure, and overall outlook of your business. Through color, text, layout, and content, your website can become just as telling as your front steps, but with far less upkeep. Part of our promise to you is a simple management system that works for you and your employees, as well as training and support. Business concept drawing on the paper with blue pencil aside.

Our Web Development Process 

  1. Our process starts with a kick-off meeting, where we gather information about your company, services, audience, purpose, and site and company goals.
  2. After you are confident we have addressed all your ideas, questions, and requirements, we’ll make recommendations and explain these options with the proposed pricing to deliver them. You’ll receive a formal proposal with the scope of work, prices, payment schedule, and contract.
  3. Because we work hand-in-hand with our marketing and copy-writing teams, we know that content is king, which is why we ask for it up front. If you have existing content you love, that's great–just send it our way. If you'd like a helping hand, we've got you covered.
  4. Here's the fun part–site design. Show us some examples you like, colors you want, and overall tone. We'll start working on bringing your ideas to life and send you a few designs to choose from. Feel free to bring your own ideas to the table and ask for changes. Remember that this is your site!
  5. We believe in a clean slate, which is why all our sites are built custom (you won't see a template here). We love the potential and creative flexibility of building websites from the ground-up. Go ahead, challenge us. We’re ready. We'll have the site built, including your design choice and content.
  6. We send you a functional, hosted version of your site, where you can explore how every aspect of your design works together. This stage is all about perfecting your site; you can submit any desired changes to the copy and then give final approval before your site goes live. (Don't worry, we run every site through our own stringent testing before launch.)
  7. We provide 24/7 monitoring of your site and will continue to work with you after launch to accommodate your requests, user feedback, system upgrades and any new emerging web technologies that you would like to include.
Choosing to have a custom website built by our designers is a smart choice. At Webgrain, we strive to create a breathtaking website with built-in features that make finding or conveying information easier. A more fluid and easy to navigate website will increase readership, followers, and eventually customers. Let Webgrain transform your web identity and allow your true business to shine through; don’t waste time with a pre-designed and generic theme—let us present you and your business in the best light. Letting Your Website Work for You The internet has blossomed, and more customers are turning to websites for answers, reviews, and product information. It makes sense, then, that your website should be a complete reflection of your business as a whole. Letting an experienced web designer transform your visions and ideas into a reality is the best step you can take when it comes to your online presence. Smart-looking websites are the first thing a customer notices when researching a business online—why not put your best foot forward? Web design is often overlooked. While it’s not a new concept, it is relatively new to this area, but web development in Billings, MT, is just as important as in New York or San Francisco. It’s easy to think that websites just are. But the reality is much deeper and more complex. Optimizing a website requires a thorough understanding of layout, color scheming, meta, SEO, and graphics that all leads to an interactive, streamlined, intuitive site that makes searching and finding information easy. Customers are drawn to websites that make their web experience easier, not more complicated. It’s not as simple as throwing together a domain and some HTML coding. Even website builders, like WIX or GoDaddy, can’t provide the customization that  most businesses need to create the best website for them. That personalization is where Webgrain excels, and the websites we create are driven, focused, and fully customized for the customer. Web Development in Billings, Montana Web development in Billings, MT, is important to Webgrain. We love turning our focus inward, and optimizing a site for our town. Billings is home to a wide variety of businesses and we thrive on that diverse energy, and the ability to create something that reflects the Montana way of life. It’s a certain ruggedness, a connection to the mountains and the open spaces that push our local businesses. While we certainly enjoy planning, designing, building, and optimizing websites for clients across the country, our soul is in web development in Billings, MT, because this is our home, too. We want every company, every client, to thrive—and that commitment shines through our local website development.

Why We Don’t Use Templates in Our Web Development

Templates look good on paper, but don’t hold a candle to original, custom themes. Below are our reasons for insisting on taking the time to create a personal site for every client we work with. Every Site Looks the Same When templates became mainstream, hundreds of sites picked up the favorites and they have been used over and over. The more popular a theme, the more likely it is to be picked up by new and revamped sites alike, meaning that your site could mimic the shop down the street, or worse—a competitor. Custom designs ensure that your site stands out among the sea of Minimalist Wordpress Themes. Poorly Coded Templates Can Ruin You Whether you’re internet savvy or still trying to learn your iPhone, here’s an analogy we can all understand: like the wiring in your car, the coding on your site keeps you moving forward. If the developer slinging themes wasted no time in moving from one to the next, there’s a good chance that your site will have issues in the long-run. Sometimes those issues come out as security vulnerabilities, but often you’ll be left with a site that doesn’t respond quite the way you need it to. Templates Rely on Too Many Third Party Plug Ins If a developer building a theme doesn’t fully understand what goes in to building a site, they may rely on third party plug-ins, which can leave your site vulnerable to security breaches. Most plug-ins are innovative and powerful tools, but some are malicious, or easy to hack, leaving you in a lurch. It’s best to always build in an option or section, rather than relying on a plug-in. Custom design ensures that your site is as protected as possible. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, whether you have an existing site you want to upgrade or are in the market for a new site, contact us to get started. Our development and design team can build you the most competitive site, and with input from our marketers, we’ll have you up and running in no time.

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