Web Designer Austin
Yes, I’m Local, And I’m a Web Designer
I live and work in Pflugerville, Texas — just a stone’s throw away from Austin. Designing websites has been my “day job”, and my passion, since 1994.
Along the way, I’ve had my work published in a few books; won a few design and illustration awards; and served as the Director of Web Design for AT&T (formerly SBC/Prodigy Internet).
I’ve worked on small websites, and very large ones. And I’ve served clients in a variety of industries — from startups to Fortune 500s, and everything in between.
But I’m Not the Best Web Designer for Everyone
No, I’m not an offshore firm, nor a moonlighter, nor a recent graduate who cranks out throw-away websites for $2,500 a pop. On the other hand, I’m not a web design agency with a large staff and a $50,000 minimum.
I am an experienced, freelance web designer (full-time for 20+ years) — a real pro, who works directly with you, to create a one-of-a-kind website or improve your existing website.
I’m Reasonably Priced, But Not Cheap
My fees for the websites I (always) custom-design and develop are in the $8,000 to $15,000 range. Sometimes less. Sometimes more. Nothing gets outsourced, unless it’s totally outside of my wheelhouse — in which case, you’ll be the first to know.
My hourly rate is $100, unless you have one of my maintenance and support plans (in which case, my rate drops to $75 per hour).
I’m Fast, But Not GoDaddy Fast
If GoDaddy and the likes have convinced you that one can “build a better website in under an hour” and/or you need an entirely new website launched in just a few weeks, I’m not your guy. In fact, a good custom website — the kind that works for you rather than against you — takes time to build.
Why I May be the Best for You
1. I’m a Web Designer and a Web Developer
A web designer is responsible for the look and feel of your website, and a web developer is responsible for the way your website functions.
Most Consultants design OR develop websites. I do both — design AND develop websites. this Often streamlines the production process… because I often do both simultaneously.
Plus, you’ll always communicate directly with me — the guy doing the work. As a business owner, designer, and developer, I speak your “language”, regardless of your core competencies.
2. I’m Committed to Your Success
For new custom websites, I’ll help you clarify your strategic objectives. I’ll want to know what your organization stands for. I’ll familiarize myself with your target audience, and your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. Above all, I’ll want to know what a successful website means to you.
Everything I do is grounded by your success metrics — not solely on design and technology trends.
And of course, if you’re not ready for a new website, I can customize your existing website. My website audit is also great for identifying hidden issues on your existing website that are hurting your business. The service includes a Content Audit, Design Audit, Technology Audit, Security Audit, SEO Audit, and a CRO (conversion rate optimization) Audit.
3. I’m a Collaborator — Not a Prima Donna
Yes, I’m an expert, but I never stop learning new things — whether I learn something new from a client, a respected trade publication, or another designer/developer. Sometimes I do gently push back on a request — particularly if it conflicts with my client’s strategic objectives. But I’ll never allow my ego to get in the way of your success.
My best work is the result of working with a client who genuinely cares as much about their customers’ online experience as I do.
In other words, I always strive to do what’s best for your organization and your visitors — not my portfolio or my financial gain.
4. No Hidden Fees — I’m Here for the Long Haul
Experienced web designers like myself rarely rely on Upwork or other crowdsourcing sites to stay afloat. I’ve relied solely on client referrals and my own marketing efforts to grow my business — since 1989.
Did you know that freelancers on Upwork give up as much as 20% of their fees to work on your project?! That 20% fee almost certainly gets passed on to you — in addition to the 2.75% payment processing fee Upwork charges you directly.
5. WordPress is My Specialty
If you prefer WordPress, you can add that to the list of reasons we should consider working together.