Getting your website right means figuring out how to say what you need it to say, in a way that resonates with visitors (and actually works).
It isn't just about making it look nice. It's making it look right - for your target audience. It's making it do all the right things to convey the emotions and feelings you want to convey, to give the impression you want to give, and inspire people to take the action you want them to take. It's about making all those things intentional, rather than accidental.
Crafting a website is science as much as art, and at Thrive we know how to balance the two to deliver supreme bang for your buck. We take your target audience, your business strengths and personality, and all the details that go into who you are, and then our web design team will build amazing websites that help take your business to the next level.
It's not impossible to get a website that delivers a good result. But when the processes and the methods aren't based on science and marketing experience, as well as design expertise, you're relying on what will basically be a designers best guess at what could work.
Understanding who you are, who your audience is, and then being able to connect those two and understand how that needs to impact the design... that takes both skill, and strong processes.
It makes all the difference between a nice site that makes you look good, and a nice site that makes you look good and helps you achieve your business goals.
There are three (3) factors that determine how long it will take to complete your project:
That being said, the websites that Thrive tend to work on will usually take 8-12 weeks including content creation, feedback rounds, and go live. More complex sites (such as e-commerce, membership sites, and similar) can take longer, often 12-24 weeks, but it is greatly dependent on the number of features & products.
When we give you a project quote, we will always include a time estimate along with the anticipated price.
Knowing what we are going to do (and in what order) before we do it is critical to your success. Take a look at our 7 step process (video) to get a deeper understanding of our process.
Lack of transparency around the process of building a website is a hallmark of an unorganized agency. Our goal is to have the best design and development process of any Seattle web design agency. In fact, we have created a nine-step blueprint that outlines our process from start to finish.
Visit our blog for the latest on our process, web design tips, and get educated on the latest from the web design industry!
There are two main reasons:
But this doesn't mean your existing website is automatically bad or wrong. One of the first things we do with a potential client is assess whether they even need a new website. Sometimes, your current website is totally fine and just needs some updated content, or potentially some more marketing efforts. If that's the case, we let you know (in fact, we only end up working with about 10% of businesses that contact us).
Ultimately, our role is to guide our clients to the right solution for them, whether that solution includes Thrive or not.
We have a marketing department dedicated to your SEO, SEM, and social media marketing needs. We work together with our SEO experts to ensure that the back end of your website is set up with SEO best practices in mind. Our SEO team is integrated into the web design process to ensure that your website is set up to capture traffic from start to finish.
We provide keyword research to get your title tags, meta descriptions, and headings visible to Google. Once your site is built, you can hire us for a monthly SEO retainer so that your website gets maximum exposure on Google.
To learn more about how online marketing fits within the grand scheme of things, please watch this video.
Our web design services require you to provide the content for all the pages that we create for you. We do offer copywriting services for an additional fee that you can use to create your content. Our copywriters work closely with our designers and SEO experts to ensure that your content matches the look and feel of your website and is designed to attract traffic and convert customers.
We exclusively build WordPress websites because we feel it’s the best platform for the majority of small- to medium-sized businesses.
Ultimately, that's why we like using WordPress: we know it really well, the interface is relatively easy to pick up for users, it's widely supported, and it offers a lot of flexibility both short and long term.
We have designed our process to ensure that your voice is heard throughout. We start with a questionnaire and an in-depth meeting where we ask all kinds of questions to learn more about your business and goals, who your audience is, what you’re happy with and what you think could be improved, and what role you want your website to play in your marketing.
Once you become a client, there is a weekly touchpoint during your project and you'll review designs directly with our head designer. We have no junior staff: our team is not learning on the job.
We want you to be 300% happy with your project and have developed a process that minimizes your risks of getting something you don't want.
To learn more about the individual steps in the web design and development process take a peek behind the curtain at our website design process or watch our process explainer video.
All of Thrive's staff work remotely from their home-based offices, and are based either in the USA, the UK, or Australia (the accents are so cool).
All of our strategy and design sessions are via web conferencing software and screen sharing.