Years of Experience
About Studio 545 Website Design & Development
Studio 545 web design & development is a small, friendly, privately held company located in South Bend, Indiana. Studio 545 was established in 1999 with a primary goal of providing professional web design and development services to small businesses and entrepreneurs that may not have the budget to hire a big web design company.
Studio 545 provides integrated, effective solutions for a variety of businesses and organizations, including web design and development, CMS (Content Management System), web hosting, and graphic design. To help us provide the best and most complete web solutions, we also have alliances with several providers to supply additional technical expertise and services.
Backed by a solid reputation for customer service and satisfaction, we are dedicated to helping your business succeed. We encourage our clients to come to us with their questions, concerns and suggestions. We value trust and integrity, and the satisfaction that comes with a good partnership. We form ongoing partnerships, and we want to be the one you turn to for the long-term.
Contact Studio 545 today to see how we can help you achieve your goals.
Industries Studio 545 has Worked With
Animal Care Products
Attorneys &Law Firms
Building and Construction
Cake Decorating Supplies
Car Wash Services
Children Book Author
Custom Motorcycle Build
Doctors & Dentists
Dog & Pet Care Service
Green Technology & Environment
Hunting & Outdoor Sports
Interior Design Firms
Photographers & Videographer
Restaurants & Catering
Retail and eCommerce
Teas and Supplies
Training and Education
Transportation and Trucking
Water Supply Services
The process Studio 545 follows when creating a web site is geared towards meeting the specific needs of our clients. Our web process is designed to allow us to work hand-in-hand with your organization to plan and execute professional websites on limited budgets. There are a number of steps in the web site design and development process . . .
We start off all our projects by discussing with you the objectives of your site ... What is the goal? Who is your audience? We establish a line of communication with your organization, define milestones, and formulate a strategy based on your requirements.
After we have a plan for the web site, we will custom build a mock-up for the site based on your input. The mock-up is non-functioning representation of what your site would look like. This is a highly collaborative stage and we make sure you are creatively involved.
Upon approval of the design, we begin to create the heart and soul of your website. As we're busy writing code, we make sure to communicate our progress to you over email, phone, or in person so you always know what stage we are at in the development of your site.
When your site is designed and built, and you are satisfied with the finished product, we’ll test it thoroughly. We’ll perform any remaining site revisions then launch it to the world. We will work with you to promote your site among all the major search engines.
Frequently Asked Questions…
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR WEB SITE DESIGN?
Our prices depend on so many factors, it’s impossible to say in one sentence. A customized, unique website design starts at $2,000. Depending on the features you want for your web site, the cost will increase accordingly. To get a better idea of the cost of what you want to build, give us a quick phone call. We’ll ask you a few questions about the nature of the site, what sort of interactivity the site will have, your graphic design needs, etc. Then we’ll be able to give you a ballpark figure. If you’re still interested, we’ll come to your place of business and come up with a firm quote.
WHEN IS PAYMENT REQUIRED FOR YOUR WEB SITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES?
For small projects, 50% of the estimated fee must be provided prior to beginning work, with the remaining payment due upon completion of the project. For larger projects, an initial payment representing one-third of the estimated total fee is required. The second payment is required upon the halfway point, with the final third due upon completion of the project.
WILL I HAVE A SAY IN THE GRAPHIC DESIGN PROCESS?
Absolutely. Our goal is to please you. We can’t do that without your input. If there are other sites with a design style that you would like to emulate, we can do that. If you have a logo or brand collateral that you’d like us to work around, that’s no problem. We’ll be sure your new site will be a consistent and integral part of your overall brand.
WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF HIGH QUALITY IMAGES SO WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
There are a number of websites that offer affordable stock images for use in website design projects. Most images cost less than twenty dollars per high-resolution image. We typically recommend iStockPhoto.com and BigStockPhoto.com. If you like one of our photos or our clients’ photos, it is safe to assume it was purchased at one of these websites.
I WANT FLASH IN MY WEBSITE. CAN YOU CREATE FLASH FILES?
WordPress has a variety of plugins that create “pseudo Flash” modules (sliders, for example) right within WordPress. The individual components within the modules can easily be swapped out after launch if needed. These types of modules are inexpensive, load and perform much faster than Flash, and are mobile friendly. Flash is not loved by Apple devices, so we typically avoid it if at all possible.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE A WEBSITE?
The length of time it takes to create a fully functional website is based on several factors. Custom design work can take anywhere from 1 – 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design and the number of revisions you require. The development phase requires an additional 1 – 6 weeks, depending on the number of pages, and the functionality required. Of course, these are general guidelines, and we will make every effort to meet the timeframe you have in mind.
CAN I UPDATE MY WEBSITE AFTER LAUNCH?
The beauty of WordPress is the ease of use it provides. Each all inclusive website design project will include one hour of WordPress training, so most clients are more than capable of updating and adding website pages as needed.
IF I DON'T WANT TO MAKE CHANGES MYSELF, DO YOU PROVIDE A MAINTENANCE SERVICE?
Yes! Since some clients do not want to maintain their own websites, we also offer ongoing maintenance. Call us when you need to add to or make a change to your content. We’ll complete your request in a timely manner, and bill you at our standard hourly rate. Urgent requests can generally be completed within a few hours for an additional charge.