Fairness in pricing
WizzyWig does not have leather couches in our lobby (actually, we don't even have a lobby). So we do not pass those overhead costs to you.
Many web development places out there charge as much as $25,000 for a simple WordPress site. We know what it is like to run a business on a budget. My mission in starting this company was to make high quality, sophisticated web sites accessible to the small business and budget.
Proven Quality of Work
If you have a small budget for your project, most agencies will assign your project to their intern, while still charging you full agency rates. With a freelancer, quality can be hit or miss. When you work with WizzyWig, you are dealing with a seasoned professional who has the portfolio to prove it. Read some of our Testimonials
It's also good to know where your web developer falls in the spectrum of artistic vs programming skills. Some developers are coding geniuses -- they can program almost anything (but it may not be pretty). Others are strong designers, where it will look great but will not be as functionally robust, or sometimes won't even be coded correctly at all. Barbara sits firmly in the middle of these two worlds, and may use expert contractors that can pick up the coding or design slack when needed.
Years in business, and ability to provide ongoing support
This is one of the most common concerns about working with a freelancer: they are only a freelancer because they are transient and currently looking for a "real" job! This means that in 6 months or 2 years, they may not be available to provide ongoing support, or they will take forever to make your changes because they only do this on the side.
Barbara has been in business independently since 2003. She is well connected with many local WordPress developers and has contingency plans in place if she were to be hit by a bus, so we can guarantee you that no matter what, there will always be someone who has your (and your website's) back.
Beautiful websites that are completely custom!
When we create a website, we design our own custom Wordpress themes, instead of trying to customize a pre-designed third party theme. When you try to customize a third party theme, you can only change as much as the theme authors designed it to allow you to change. (so, for example, if the client wants a newsletter opt-in to appear just below their header, if the theme doesn't have that built in, then it can be difficult to do).
Designing a custom WordPress theme gives us complete control over every little thing -- the appearance and functionality of the site, etc -- and in most cases, it takes less time than trying to customize a third party theme. This allows us to create custom websites that are as beautiful as they are functional.
We can sum it up like this:
Our target client is the small business and non-profit that has a modest (but non-zero) budget.
Our normal hourly rate is $110 per hour. And maintenance clients get a reduced hourly rate of $80 per hour. In other words, a little more than a freelancer right out of college, and a lot less than an agency.
In addition, we aim to get this job done for the most reasonable cost possible without wasting your valuable money on non-essentials. (Focus groups are great but they cost a fortune!) We think you know your business better than we do. So you stay in complete control of your project and your budget.
(Check out this excellent article: “How much should a custom WordPress website cost?“)
Estimates will be provided based on your exact needs before we begin work, but here are some typical rates:
Quick-n-Easy Website-In-A-Day $1000
Custom Small Business Website (our specialty!) $3800 - $6000 and up, based on functionality needed.
Or take a look at our Website Packages.
Other Stuff We Can Do:
- Logo Design
- Print Design, Business Cards
You can spend less time trying to learn how to build, edit and maintain your site, and more time making it work for you.
This company was started 7 years ago with one purpose: to provide agency-quality design for small-business budgets. Our specialty is creative interfaces that engage the user with eye-catching graphics and efficient, easy-to-use functionality.
We create search engine-friendly, standards and accessibility-compliant websites using the most up-to-date software and coding practices. We bring 20+ years of expertise to the table so we can be as technical as necessary, while always remaining down-to-earth and approachable.
Barbara: Owner and Senior Designer/Developer
Your main point of contact is Barbara Schendel, Wizzy Wig's founder and primary developer/designer. I have been doing web design and graphic design since the mid-1990s, when I got my BFA in graphic design (emphasis on computer animation and interactive media). I started my career working for agencies doing web and multimedia, then in 2003 I started my own business. I have been developing exclusively on the WordPress platform since 2010. I specialize in creating WordPress websites that are as beautiful as they are functional. I am passionate about WordPress development, and I also excel at making this process an enjoyable and collaborative one for you. I value communication and friendly service above all else, so that your needs will be heard.
Eileen helps out with lots of day-to-day tasks like site maintenance and updates, as well as occasional troubleshooting. Because of her friendly personality and ability to sort through and make sense of piles of data, she will occasionally join me in working with clients to handle everyday issues and organize and place content.
Lindsay is a brilliant designer and is on hand when we need to bring an extra-special visual touch to a website design. (like with our In-Depth Design Process)
What's with the Funny Name?
Wizzy Wig is a phonetic spelling of the term "WYSIWYG" which stands for What You See Is What You Get. It's a common term people use when talking about web software.
I picked it because it also represents my business ethic: I am down-to-earth, honest and when you deal with me, what you see is what you will get! I won't sell you something I can't deliver, I am transparent in my dealings with you, and in general, I tell it like it is.
The other reason is because it just sounds cool. We try not to take ourselves too seriously around here.