Website Design & Development
in Santa Cruz, CA
We take a holistic approach to the way we design and develop websites. The function of your website, its target users, your social media, SEO and authority on the web are all important factors we take into consideration when we create or update a website. Ignoring any factor of your online presence and how it interacts with your website is a mistake that we see with a lot of our clients who tried to either build their own website or hired someone’s friend’s neighbor’s cousin or a “bargain-basement” designer.
We Build Websites That Work For You
It seems obvious that anything you sink money into should provide value and work for you, not against you. Every day you hear that a business without an online presence is doomed to fail. We believe that is true whether you are in Santa Cruz, CA or anywhere else in the world. But merely having an online presence doesn’t guarantee your ability to succeed. Brand trust, relevance and proper organic SEO can help thrust you ahead of your competitors when paired with proper integration and a well thought out marketing plan. We create websites that take your entire web presence into account and make them work for you and fit into or enhance your daily workflow.
What Are You Selling?
Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, you’re selling something on your website. Whether it is t-shirts, real estate, music, paintings, ideas, or information; you are selling a product. In one sense, you are selling your website to search engines, by convincing them that your content is relevant and authoritative. For many of you, you are selling products to consumers. Restaurants in Santa Cruz, CA are selling the quality of their menu and their location. Artists are selling their talents, tickets, music, videos, and ability to fill a venue with fans. Churches are selling their faith and sense of community. The list goes on and on. The sooner you realize that your website is there to sell, the sooner you can turn your website into a tangible, useful tool that you can use to create a compelling and relevant web presence.
Don’t Fall For “Free”
You can build your own website without the help of an experienced developer or designer. Wix, Squarespace, and other free website builders will sell you on the idea that it’s easy to build yourself. They are correct. Is it easy to integrate it yourself? No. Do the free website builders keep up with modern coding and security standards? No… Well, we’ll take that back. WordPress does keep up with modern coding and security standards, but it’s also difficult for a beginner to understand and has such a vast amount of available themes and plugins that it can be hard to know which ones are quality without spending years sifting through them all and reading countless blogs. This is why we are here to help you in Santa Cruz, CA. We’ve already spent the years learning and gaining experience. We know which plugins will work and have the environments to test new plugins and themes that we are unsure of. We own the developers licenses that would otherwise nickle-and-dime the average website owner to death with monthly or annual fees. Your time is valuable, and although you still have to participate in any website we build for you, most of the hard work is taken off your plate. Don’t fall down the “free” rabbit hole. It’s not worth your time or your sanity.
"I’ve had many websites built by him and other web designers. The ones built by Dwight surpass every other person that I’ve worked with. While Dwight’s websites are great this is not his most impressive skill. His best work is as follows; efficient quality work done in a timely manner with attention to detail. Massive knowledge in SEO, social networking, marketing, ads, and upkeep. Especially for small businesses or non-profit his consultation on over-spending and putting your spending to use is invaluable."
"Dwight and his team are results-driven experts at their craft. We keep him on retainer for all of our website/ SEO/ server needs. I recommend their work all the time to many other soon-to-be satisfied customers. A+"
"Wow is all I can say. Dwight is seriously hands down one of the most brilliant minds I have ever met. He is, and will continue to be inspiring and amazing with everything he does!"
"Dwight is terrific. He rebuilt my website making it look up to date but still containing all the info of the old website. Guided me through rehosting it on a more reliable service and even tutored me on how to build simple pages on my own and maintain the ones I had. Providing SEO monitoring as well. AND came in under budget!"
"I wanted to rebuild my site and My Denver Web Design did an amazing job. Dwight asked all the right questions to understand what I wanted from the start and quickly built a site with the feel I wanted to present. He was easy to work with, a clear communicator, and he even added some nice creative touches of his own. Since we launched the updated site 2 months ago , it’s already drawing significantly more traffic than my previous site. Happy to recommend."
"We’ve used Dwight for years for our music festival website. As a freewheeling bunch of musicians and artists, we’re never organized enough to give him time to make the updates we need... and it doesn’t matter. He’s always on it. And his designs earn us compliments and drive ticket sales every year. Highly recommended."
"I have been with My Denver Web Design For 6 plus years and I find them not Only Great but trustworthy and they keep my Website Secure which is Most important."
"I have worked with many web developers over the last 15 years and Dwight is the most attentive and quickest to respond to any question or issue I have ever experienced. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a more personal, hands on experience."
"The Muse Performance Space has been working with Dwight for a year now. He made our website beautiful and has increased the visibility on the web. Excellent customer service!"
"I really appreciated Dwight's insights and consulting. Dwight did an outstanding job designing a web site to meet my needs as a place to archive all my past photography work and post new videos. He worked with me to get just the look I wanted and taught me how to update as I created new content. I really appreciated his consulting as new issues came up."
"Dwight built a great looking website for our nonprofit and was fast, easy to work with, and economical. Highly recommended!"
"Dwight built my business website in a very timely manner, with little to no branding in place, he took photos I sent and built the whole custom website theme that is professional!!! He is very responsive with any questions and all the functions on the website works flawlessly! I.e e-commerce store, started selling merchandise right away, it was explained in detail how to handle all of it as I’m not a tech guy! Would definitely recommend the content plan , if you are short on time and know how!"
"He is so great about communication and helping last minute if you are having trouble when working on your own. Very responsive and very good at explaining complex ideas. His work is great and very clean, he knows what works best. I am so pleased with his guidance and web development skills."
"We have been working with Dwight for several years. He provided the development for our own website, as well as several of our clients. Dwight is always quick to respond to questions, and he is a great problem-solver. He understands his client's communication needs. Dwight is helpful and supportive with not only design/development, but also SEO and social media. We highly recommend My Denver Web Design and Dwight Thompson."
"Dwight is very knowledgeable about not just web design, but also SEO strategies, social media, etc. He has been very helpful in creation of web presence at multiple companies at which I have been in leadership positions. And, he has taught me a TON about SEO and social media integrations!"
"I am so grateful for Dwight and My Denver Web Design. They not only helped me develop a competitive website for my business, but they made it affordable for a start-up to really compete with established companies. We loved our website so much, we hired him for 3 sites. Dwight is great!"
"Dwight is amazing to work with. He has been doing my website for years and is one of the smartest people I know in the industry. Thank you Dwight for all your help!"
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