Let’s face it; getting a professional website up and running can be intimidating. As a Designer, your focus and expertise is around serving your clients and building your business, not the technical aspects of managing your firm’s website.
No matter what the industry, there are two primary choices when setting out to launch a website:
- Website-building platforms such as Wordpress, Squarespace or Wix
- Custom web design agencies
StoriePro is here to ask: What if there was a third option that bridged the gap between the first two choices, built specifically for the needs of the design industry?
Let’s take a closer look at what thes first two options offer from a Designer’s perspective:
Website Platforms (Wordpress, Squarespace, Wix)
Platforms like Wix, Squarespace and Wordpress power hundreds of thousands of websites. They are meant to be do-it-yourself platforms for non-technical individuals and businesses to get websites up and running quickly. With these products, you usually select from a library of available templates, with options to further customize them.
These platforms cover a very broad customer base; pretty much any type of business (think, ‘Handyman’ and ‘Fitness Club’ site-builder all in one place)!
There are a very limited number of templates for Designers to choose from, and those that are tagged as ‘interior design’ or ‘architect’ templates do not address the specific needs of design firms other than offering multiple photo gallery options.
Building your website on these platforms requires navigating complicated systems with choices and options that are not necessarily relevant to your firm, and you will not find any ‘design-specific’ features available to enhance your site.
Web Design Agencies
Web design agencies employ a team of graphic designers and developers whose job it is to work with clients to create their ‘dream’ website. The result will be very customized and tailored to your brand aesthetic.
Design agencies can deliver beautiful looking websites, but there’s no magic wand as to how it comes together. In many cases, agencies are simply using their technical know-how to customize the aforementioned Website Platforms such as Wix, Wordpress or Squarespace behind the scenes!
The process of working through all of the site elements can be very time consuming, requiring lots of revisions. This is why the cost of using an agency can escalate quickly. A custom site can range from $5,000 on the lower end, up to a staggering $100,000!
With StoriePro we’ve introduced a new way.
StoriePro gives you the best of both worlds. We provide you with a beautiful, high quality Interior Designer website paired with an easy to use admin system that lets you easily upload new projects, post job openings, pull in your Instagram feed, manage inbound inquiries and more.
We also manage all the technical aspects - we ensure your StoriePro powered site will be lightning fast, secure, mobile friendly, and optimized for SEO.
Ready to get started? Give us a shout!
We’d love to learn more about your needs and help you launch a website that showcases your work beautifully and lands your dream clients.
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