About Graphic TechniquesA rich history that started nowhere close to the web.
Web design is about more than fleshing out a website for our customers. It’s about putting ourselves in their place, because if our customers aren’t successful, how can we be successful?Josh Green
From Printing and Packaging to Web Design…
In 1990, Jim Green started his sales business using resources he had available to him. Much like online stationary companies do today, he offered custom polyurethane bags, printed labels and stickers, business cards and brochures. Growing up in the southeastern Virginia community of Hampton Roads, he was heavily exposed to the Mid-Atlantic seafood industry. This proved to be useful as he would eventually end up consulting with seafood companies across the globe. He enjoyed success in Japan and South Korea as well as parts of the North Eastern U.S.
10 Years on and Graphic Techniques is reimagining itself. In addition to custom-printed products through Printshop, our focus is on Web and Graphic Design. This includes your website, Facebook/Twitter cover photos and organic SEO.
We build a website for you using an incredibly powerful builder called Divi. Divi not only allows us to build you something great, but it allows you to continue maintaining it easily after we launch. We’ll still be here for you, but we’ve heard clients ask “how can I make these changes myself?” Divi is the answer.
Josh stumbled into the world of Web Design using AOL’s site builder back in 1998. (Could we really even call that a site builder?) From there, it turned into Homestead’s drag & drop of 2000 and in 2001, he built his first HTML coded website.
HTML was standard for the web until around 2005 when PHP software started to become popular. It took a few years for it to really catch on as going from HTML to PHP is comparable to riding a bike versus driving a car. In 2017, PHP dominates the world of Web Design, enabling us to use powerful tools like Divi and WordPress to create dynamic and attractive websites. Josh graduated with an AAS Degree in Web Design from DeVry University in 2011. He also has experience working for a design firm under InMotion Hosting, Inc.
WordPress, Divi and Photoshop are today’s preferred tools and Josh will teach you how to use the first two prior to launching your website.
Joe’s a quick learner. He also started with the most difficult web authoring applications first and then moved into simpler things, which is why he’s with Graphic Techniques today. Joe’s always had an eye for detail, so back in 2011, when it took powerful applications like Joomla to build professional and mobile friendly websites, Joe was spending hours reading, download themes and playing with code to learn how to make things work. Today, things aren’t always quite that difficult, but in the rare occasion that something does come up, it’s nice to know a solution can be found for things that aren’t necessarily supposed to work out of the box. Joe brings nearly a decade of solid PHP experience into the fold and this group wouldn’t be possible without him.
Joe’s got a good handle on WordPress and Photoshop. He’s also learning about the added experience that Divi brings into that.
The Design Process
We want to make sure we get it right, so we work closely with you to build everything to your standards. After all, this is your website; your business.
1. Web Hosting
We’ll build your website on our servers, but once we launch, you’ll need a place to “store” it. Think about web hosting as the space in a shopping center that you’d need. Of course your website is your content and your web host is what allows you to put that on display. Web Hosting Hub is a good one. They currently start at $4.99/month and they do have specials frequently, so keep a look out for those.
2. Free Consultation
What are you looking for? What makes you successful? Did you like any of the designs seen in our portfolio or did you have something completely different in mind? We’ll have a phone conversation with you about these things and determine how we can help get you started. We want to make sure your website is just right, so there may be a follow-up call or two as we’ll come up with a mock-up to make sure we’re headed in the right direction.
3. Agreement & Design Phase
If you decide to move forward with the design, this is the step where we finalize the agreement and start building your real website based off of the input we’ve received from you. Don’t worry, we won’t rush through this, however if you do have all of your content ready, we may just be able to have your website launched within a week or two. We offer four rounds of revisions. The first two really focus on the design and layout of your website and the third we try to use to place content and organize things within the website to get it ready for launch. The final round mostly consists of a QA check and any last-minute changes you may want done to the website.
Great! You’ve approved the final design, and we’re launching your website. We’ll run through a walkthrough with you so that you’re comfortable with using Divi to manage your WordPress site, and should you ever need us for assistance, we’re here. 🙂
We proudly use Divi to provide our services to you.
We’re going to show you the ropes during the walkthrough process. After all, we built your website entirely in Divi; including the header and footer. That means you’ll have access to every aspect of your site’s design, but if there’s ever a time you need something changed or you just want another walkthrough as a refresher, reach out to us any time and we’ll set up a consultation or make requested changes to your website.
In a nutshell, we’re going to be there for you.