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Sundial Studios is proud to celebrate our incredible 13th year in business providing premium custom website design and ROI strategy services!
What web design services does Sundial Studios offer?
Sundial Studios offers premium website design, custom web development, e-commerce websites, strategic planning, corporate messaging, ROI strategy, social media best practices and 1st page Google SEO services.
We specialize in designing and building world-class HD WordPress websites for businesses and developing comprehensive strategic plans to increase their ROI.
Our experience is diverse and we are experts in business websites, corporate websites, e-commerce websites, escape room websites, consumer electronics websites, insurance and healthcare websites & client portals, employment agency websites, real estate websites and more.
The custom websites we develop are typically built using WordPress, the most popular platform on the Internet. The e-commerce websites we build are based around WooCommerce, and custom client portals via PHP which can integrate with most API’s.
What type of clients does Sundial Studios work with?
Our primary client is a small business that wants to improve their online presence, develop a brand, or make more online sales. Most do not have an in-house web developer or marketing department with technical experience (as talented and dedicated as they are – your Sales Manager or HR Director is not a marketing department…).
We also do a lot of “white-label” work for other agencies (websites we design and build in secret for larger companies that are passed-off as their work) but they are not displayed on our website for obvious reasons.
Why should we hire Sundial Studios for our project?
This is a great question and one you should ask before doing business with any company!
We are more than a “web design company”; we are experienced business consultants who happen to be experts in web development, web design, Google SEO and online marketing.
Top 10 List:
- Sundial Studios has been in business for over 12 years
- Sundial Studios evaluates ROI with every project
- Sundial Studios has the practical experience and capabilities to deliver
- Sundial Studios offers solutions that can improve sales and conversion rates
- Sundial Studios has designed and built over 250 custom websites
- Sundial Studios has designed and built over 100 e-commerce websites
- Sundial Studios provides ideas and options, not simply a fancy new website
- Sundial Studios develops Google SEO strategies that generate ROI
- Sundial Studios can train your staff on how to effectively use social media
- Sundial Studios strives to offer turn-key solutions for even the most elaborate e-commerce project
How long has Sundial Studios been in business
Sundial Studios Digital Strategy has been in business since 2008, however Sundial Studios is derived from Sundial Technologies, a multi-faceted computer support, technology and marketing support company that started in 1996.
We have been around for a long time and have helped and supported thousands of clients improve their business, engage with their clients, better support their vendors and increase their ROI.
How much does a new website cost?
This question does not have a simple answer – think of going to an architect because you want a new home and asking “design me a house – how much”?
The actual designing, developing, coding and building of the website is only a portion of a website project; there is planning, messaging and a goal assessment before we even get to the actual design and development process.
Over the last 12 years we have built literally hundreds of websites and developed even more marketing and digital strategy plans for all types of clients. What we’ve learned over this time is that developing a structured plan, and then following that plan, is paramount – kind of like designing and building a house from the architect’s plans rather than winging-it.
Using the house analogy; we like to start by developing a Blueprint of your project. Our Blueprint is a high-level document providing everyone involved with a drone’s eye view of your project. We’ll use this to map out your needs, determine what content you have or what content is needed, what the website should say, how your clients or customers will interact with the site, and finally how you will get customers to the site and get them to engage.
Start by getting yourself a basic cost estimate – it’s anonymous and takes less than 30 seconds.
Can Sundial Studios help with Google SEO
Absolutely! Sundial Studios has been providing premium 1st Page SEO services for companies of all sizes; from small local business to national chains.
Use our Google ranking tool and request a free SEO evaluation of your website by clicking here
We offer monthly plans for Local, Regional and National search optimization as well as Google AdWords and Analytics management.
Curious about SEO pricing – click here
Does Sundial Studios offer web hosting?
We offer the fastest and most robust Virtual Private Server (VPS) solutions through our cloud hosting partner, Cloudways.
If you rely on your website for new leads, customer service or sales; the days of quality $3/month hosting are over and are not a reliable solution any longer. Bulk hosting companies like GoDaddy and Hostgator cannot reliably or quickly load your website, and with security and privacy being so critical, virtual private servers are the only hosting solution we can recommend.
You are free to host your website anywhere you like, however we will only support websites hosted at Cloudways, Siteground, WPEngine or other Tier-1 hosting providers that we have previously vetted.
We offer Managed Hosting for your website that includes a VPS hosting account, 10 email@yourdomain, SSL Certificate, automatic backups and WordPress updates starting at only $99/month. Click Here to signup
Want to do it yourself, Cloudways has plans starting under $20/month and provides the best hosting we have used in more than 13 years.
How long does it take to have a website built?
The length of time to build a website all depends on the size and complexity of your project.
On average; a semi-custom website using a pre-made design layout, with less than 20 pages, and without e-commerce, could be completed in as little as 2 weeks. The same type of site with e-commerce might take 3-4 weeks.
A fully custom website typically takes anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks to complete depending on complexity.
Contact us today and we’ll give you a realistic time-frame to complete your project.
Will you make updates and maintain a website that you did not build?
Absolutely, in fact we do this quite often with many websites. We are most effective working on sites built using WordPress, Joomla or custom HTML / PHP.
You have the option of paying by the hour (our rate is $150 per hour) or via a discounted monthly maintenance program, whichever option works best for you and your business.
Please read about web hosting above 🔼
Does Sundial Studios create a plan before starting a project?
Plan the work and then work the plan!
We start every project by developing a structured plan called a blueprint. This blueprint eventually turns into a scope of work and then becomes part of a contract.
We then follow that blueprint – like a contractor building a house from the architect’s plans – to complete your website project.
How many people work for Sundial Studios?
Sundial Studios is made up of a small team of experts in their field: incredibly talented designers, developers, coders, API programmers, database specialists and Google SEO experts. In an effort to keep client costs down and speed the development process, our entire team works remotely and is not tied to a rigid 9-5 schedule.
How does your Google 1st Page Guarantee work
We guarantee that the keywords we optimize for will be on the 1st page of Google within 6 months.
There is a research phase of your project where we help you select the best keywords. The software we use sheds light on the popularity of the keyword (how often it’s searched) and how competitive it is (how many other competitors are also using it). Based on years of experience, we can determine if we will be successful SEOing a particular keyword and even estimate how long it will take to get onto the 1st page of Google.
SEO is not a “set and forget” thing; and we are continually creating content relevant articles and optimizing for your keywords to get them moving up. If we do not see a keyword’s ranking moving adequately we will evaluate the cause, create new content to improve it or recommend we change it. Because your competitors are also SEOing for keywords, the competition can change which requires reevaluation.
We do not force you into a contract for any of our SEO packages, however we do require six months to see full results of all our SEO packages.
Who is John Robb
John Robb is the Founder and CEO of Sundial Studios.
John has been a business strategy, marketing, and technology consultant since the late 90’s, and although you will not find him comfortable being called an “expert”, his experience and body of knowledge in such a myriad of technologies and industries is rarely matched.
John oversees every project and interacts with every client to ensure that expectations are exceeded, budgets are adhered to, and milestones are met. John looks at each project and each client’s goal as though it was his business and makes recommendations accordingly, and everything that Sundial Studios works on gets his final input and approval.
When you ask John for his input or his opinion, you should be ready for a direct answer based around what is best for your business and what would generate ROI – not necessarily what you want to hear (the term “yes man” doesn’t really coexist well with John).
How many people will I have to deal with?
It’s our belief that whenever possible you should only have to deal with one project manager, learn one personality and hold one person accountable while you are working with us. This prevents the “he said – she said” scenarios and makes for a better experience all around.
What other services does Sundial Studios offer?
A large portion of our business is consulting with startups and small businesses to develop strategic marketing plans, ROI strategy and creating a blueprint that helps get their companies to the next level.
Typically a new or growing small business cannot afford to have their own full-time VP of Marketing or similar position. We can fill those shoes and provide that level of guidance and knowledge at a much lower cost and a better ROI.
Can Sundial Studios maintain our website?
Absolutely, in fact we maintain the security and updates for most of the websites we build.
We even have support options where we will proactively look at ways to improve your website after we’ve built it, not just keep it secure and running.
Already have a website but want maintenance? No problem, we can do that as well.
Where is Sundial Studios located?
We are located in Windermere, Florida; just west of Orlando, between Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
It’s ok if you’re not local; we currently support clients from all corners of the country, and even a couple from other countries. We’ve found that we can be very efficient by communicating via Skype and Google Hangouts.
That being said, we do like meeting our clients in person, and are willing to make travel arrangements.
Does Sundial Studios work with escape rooms?
Absolutely! We are experts in escape room web design, escape room SEO and escape room marketing, and have been fortunate to have worked with some of the largest escape room companies in the USA. We have been deeply involved in the escape room industry since they first came to the USA in 2014.
We understand the entertainment business and how to engage with customers, and create engaging websites that convert visitors into paying guests. We have unlocked the techniques involved with Google and Social Media Marketing when it comes to escape rooms – having SEO’d approximately 1,400 keywords, made over 10,000 Facebook & Instagram posts and directly generated over $1,500,000 in sales for our escape room clients.
- Single location websites
- Multi-location websites
- Booking platform integrations
- CRM integrations
- Helpdesk integrations
- High-end mission and marketing videos
- Local and regional SEO
- Google ads and re-targeting
- Facebook ads and re-targeting
If you have an escape room, axe throwing room or smash room, and want to increase your sales, please schedule a call with us below.
Does Sundial Studios offer financing?
We offer variable payment options, subscriptions and financing based on the overall scope and size of the project. If you are interested in financing a project, let’s start by reviewing the details and putting a proposal together – schedule a call today by clicking below and give us information about your project.