Affordable Small Business Websites Done Right
Introducing the Pixel Jar Small Business Website Package:
Custom built websites starting at $2,875
Let Us Build You A Website!
Are Squarespace and Wix leaving you feeling frustrated, confined, or stuck?
Wix and Squarespace are very limited on growth potential. And while the tools are intuitive, it is difficult to get my site to behave "just so."
Is your time better spent focusing on your business instead of learning to build a new website?
Builder tools are useful but the learning curve takes away from time you should be spending with your business and your customers.
Are WordPress themes overly complicated and difficult to make look like the demos?
The developers make the theme look amazing, but getting to that point when starting from scratch is super frustrating.
If you answered "YES!" to any of these questions, then let the team of experts at Pixel Jar use decades of wisdom to quickly and correctly build a website for your small business at a price that makes sense.
What Do You Get?
With the Pixel Jar Small Business Package, you get a quality website, custom created by our team of web experts. We use the power of WordPress, plus the ease and versatility of Beaver Builder to build a website that matches your company's tone, meets your online needs, and is easy to maintain. You'll get everything listed below, all starting at $2,875.
5 Pages + Blog
Most sites generally have 5 pages and a blog. We'll help you decide what those pages need to be and what content to include on them.
Mobile Ready Website
In this modern age, most sites average over 50% of their traffic from mobile devices. We'll make sure your site is as user-friendly on a phone as it is on a desktop.
Be Found By Search Enginges
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can seem overwhelming. We'll help streamline that for you with some tips and regular practices to get your site found.
CRM or Newsletter Integration
All sites should be goal oriented. We'll help you decide what those goals are and then we'll design the site to capitalize on those goals.
Answers and Advice
You'll have questions. We'll have answers. We want this to be a collaborative project and communication will be paramount throughout.
Tutorials and Help
We want you to succeed. Once your site is complete we'll teach you how to use and maintain it. And we'll always be here for future questions.
Unique In-browser Design
We'll use our in-browser design process to create a custom look for your business using your logo, colors, and audience.
Know Your Viewers
Having Google Analytics set up on any site is crucial. We'll connect your site to GA so you can start collecting data on how viewers are using your site.
WordPress + Page Builder Technology
Using WordPress and Page Builder Technology gives us a head-start in the development process, and gives you easy and intuitive content management.
How Does It Work?
The project will start with a meeting between you, our project manager, and one of our developers. All of our developers are local. We do not outsource our work. You will always be speaking with the same people who are actually working on your project. We want to get to know you, your business, your online needs, and your goals. This will give us a road map for the project.
Collection of Assets
Once we've established where you want to go, we'll need to collect a few things before we start. This can include things like logos, style guides, color palettes, content documents, hosting access, analytics access, API keys, and anything else we need to complete the project.
Build and Review
After collecting your assets, we'll start building your website. We start with the home page because that sets the tone for entire site – the colors, the fonts, and most of the creative decisions for content. Soon we'll have a beta site ready for your review. We'll meet with you to discuss the direction and get your feedback. We want your input. We know the web, but you know your audience. Typically the design style will go through two rounds of revision to fine tune a solution that makes everyone happy. Next, we'll move on to populating the site with your content. Content creation isn't included with this project. We'll help you select imagery and make suggestion, but providing the content is best handled by your team.
We are getting so close! By now most everything is ready for launch. Before we release your new site into the wild, we want to train you on managing and adding content. This is usually a short 1-2 hour meeting. Most everyone we've trained catches on pretty fast. And then...
Launch And Beyond
We launch your site! Is that the end? Of course not. Websites need to be maintained, just like cars. We will show you how to do this or we can help you here with additional maintenance packages. And we'll be here to help with any question, concerns, and modifications you might have. We also include a 30 day user acceptance period after launch. No software is 100% perfect, so if we find any anomalies which are considered bugs, we will fix them at no additional cost. If you find an issue after the 30 day user acceptance period, we're still happy to help. We can complete the work on an hourly basis or set up a maintenance package with you.
Great question. For the long answer, read our post Why We Love WordPress. For the quick answer, WordPress provides a solid CMS foundation, a well-maintained and secure codebase, and a huge support community. WordPress powers nearly a third of sites on the internet. As such, it has a huge support network both for users and developers. It has an enormous, built-in peer review network. The software is constantly being reviewed and updated for upgrades, optimization, and security. Furthermore it has longevity. WordPress has been around since 2003 and continues to grow.
Additionally, we've tried most CMSs. We found that clients have the most success with WordPress sites. There isn't even a close second.
Why Page Builder Technology?
Also a great question. Page Builders have come into vogue in recent years. Again, we've found that most clients have success when using the Page Builder tools. It is the best in providing website managers with an easy-to-use interface that shows you what the rendered page will look like while you are editing.
We use trusted plugins to give you a head start in your content development. These tool are not only good for content development, but it is great for the website. It's smartly built software that helps optimize your site for speed, functionality, and accessibility.
Why Pixel Jar?
Your best question yet! Pixel Jar started in 2004. We are a web development firm in Orange County, California. Our cornerstones are a strong work ethic and great communication. We've created countless sites, and we are quite good at it. We are life-long learners who stay current on trends in the marketplace. We pride ourselves on our ability to find solutions that work for our clients. We've built sites from large, known companies like the Dallas Mavericks, to bootstrapped companies and non-profits just starting our of their homes. When you choose Pixel Jar, you are choosing a team of experienced web developers who will invest in your success.
Is this package right for my business?
For many companies, this level of website is the sweet spot. And we've built enough of these sites over the years to comfortably estimate the cost of such a project. If you have additional requests outside the base package, such as event management or ecommerce, we will give you competitive pricing for those additions as well. Generally, if we get above $4,000 for an estimate, your project is probably not right for this package. W're always going to be open and honest with you. We are not looking for a quick win. On the contrary, we want to build a relationship with you. We want to help make you so successful that you'll return to us in two years with a bigger custom project!
Who Is Right For This?
What Have We Built?
We stand by the work and methodology. We even built our site this way. We are often too focussed on client work to have time to build our own site. So this provided us with a great solution.
The Innovation Institute
The Innovation Institute had a trade show looming. Their existing site was not responsive and they knew attendees would be viewing their site from phones while on the trade floor. We created a beautiful, bright responsive site.
MutliMedical Systems had a static site. They were looking to move to a WordPress platform to easily make changes to their site without having to change HTML code.
Have More Questions?
A typical project can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks once we begin working. Factors that can affect this time are collection of assets, receiving feedback, waiting on 3rd parties for authorizations, and so on. Essentially any time we are waiting on something external to our development team, it will slow down the process. But communication is one of our cornerstones, and we will always set expectations with you. We don't want there to be any surprises.
All business have special needs, and consequently, so will a business's website. When your site needs something outside of the base package, we'll discuss possibilities and solutions with you. Often times we can find solutions that won't add to the budget. And if they do add to the budget, we'll do our best to be very competitive with the pricing. We'll also be honest about your needs. If we feel your site needs something more than what this package is offering, we'll let you know. We aren't going to try and shoehorn your project into this package if it's not a good fit. And if that's the case, we can bid on a bigger project with you too or provide recommended solutions.
No problem! If your existing site is already on WordPress we can build around it and implement it only when it is ready to go live. If your site is not currently on WordPress, we can build it on our own staging area and deploy it when it's ready. Whatever your current configuration is, we can work with it. We've seen it all.
Great! We've worked with most hosts and can adapt to your existing setup. If you'd like to discuss hosting options, we can help you with that too. Often times companies like to separate their email hosting from their web hosting. (We do this as well.) We can help you with that too.
A clean slate - we love it. We can help you select hosting, domains, and help you set up and acquire all the social media you might need to engage with your customers.
No. We'll help define the site structure and identify what content you'll need. But trust us when we tell you that you don't want web engineers writing your content for you. If you'd rather not write your own content, we can recommend professional content writers to help you out.
Once your site is live, we'll stay in touch with you (unless you prefer we don't). Websites need maintenance and we want to make sure you keep your site up to date and secure. We also offer maintenance packages if you'd like to engage us to take care of that maintenance for you. And we will always be here for questions. Again we want you to succeed.
We do! If you'd like to retain us to keep your site up to date and suggest recommendations, we have maintenance packages. These can also include monthly development hours if you are the kind of business who like to tweak, test, and increment your site. (We love tweaking and testing.) Our maintenance package hours can cover most anything including development, updates, upgrades, troubleshooting, consulting, analysis, recommendations, and tutorials. If it's remotely related to your website, we'll try to help.
This can happen, and is usually a good thing. Incrementally improving your site is the best way to increase traffic and conversions. So if there are changes you'd like to make after the project is complete, let us know. We'll discuss solution options with you and then provide estimates to complete the work. We are here to help you succeed.
No. We can advise you on how to manage your social media, and we will integrate your social media into your site, but managing your social media accounts is its own full time job and not included in this package. If you'd like to hire someone to manage your social media, we can make recommendations.
We build responsive websites - meaning they will adapt from phones to cinema displays. When building the site, we'll test it in current, modern browser/hardware configurations. Modern browsers are defined as the latest version of the top market share browser brands as of the start date of this Project. If you require that older browsers or hardware need to be supported in your project, let us know so we can include them in our testing cycle.
We stand by our work. With every project we include a 30-day user acceptance period. If you find any anomalies on your site in that window, report them to us. If they are a result of our work, we will update them as part of the project. To set expectations do know that no software is 100% bug free or 100% secure. We do everything we can to minimize this. But technology is ever changing, which is why we advocate maintenance and security so strongly.