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How We Work

Creating a web presence that tells the story of your business is a collaborative process, but I will guide you through each step. We work together to get to know who you are and why you do what you do.

I will give you a task list, keep you on track with reminders, and guide you through the design process. With my slightly class A personality, and my awesome assistant, we will keep you organized, and encourage you when you need a gentle nudge.  (Of course, you can feel free to tell me if you need to step away for a few days or weeks.  I understand life comes up with changes when least expected.)

Some clients come to us knowing exactly what they want, and others are comfortable handing the project over with little input. Most fall somewhere in between. There are two things that we definitely need from you. The first is content (which we will guide you through gathering) and the second is feedback when we present a version of the design to you. This helps keep us on track, and creating a website that you love. When your project is complete, your website is filled with content, tested on multiple devices, SEO friendly, mobile optimized, and ready to share with your clients.

We specialize in website design for creative women and photographers. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, a certificate in Multimedia Design, ten years experience in the Information Technology industry, and for six years I ran a successful wedding photography business. From this background, and passion for art and technology, Jessie Mary & Co. was created.

Creating custom WordPress websites (and Squarespace sites), focusing on clean modern design that is search engine friendly, and with branding to match your business.  Using my unique industry experience and understanding of what it takes to run a successful small business, I work with each client to create a web presence that is uniquely you.

Send me a note to learn more about working together or view more details about our what we do.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE WEB DESIGN PROCESS TAKE?

It depends on the details of your project, and if you already have your brand established. Being collaborative, the project timing also depends on your responsiveness, in gathering materials and in giving feedback. An estimate is 9-12 weeks.

 

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

Services include custom web design, personalized templates, and work together sessions. All our websites are search engine friendly, and all projects include adding your content. I always take time to answer all your questions and share as much of my tech geek knowledge as you’d like. See our What We Do page for more details.

 

WHAT ARE WORK TOGETHER SESSIONS?

Work Together sessions are one on one Zoom meetings with screen-share where we work on your project. We have a consult first so we know exactly what the plan is for the session, and then you can not only get your website work done, but learn as you go. Learn more here.

 

DO YOU WORK WITH THE PRO PHOTO THEME?

I can work with many themes, but I typically recommend the Genesis Framework, Pro Photo, or Elementor Pro. After getting to know you and your business, we’ll decide together what backend will let us to create the right look for your brand.

 

WHY WORDPRESS?

I could go on for hours about why I love WordPress, but I promise I won’t. If you’d like the long answer, read Why I am a WordPress Geek. In short, it’s extremely versatile, search engine friendly, and easy for to maintain. WordPress is regularly updated to keep up with changing technology.

 

WHAT ABOUT SQUARESPACE?

I admit, it took me some time to come around here but I’ve realized Squarespace definitely has it’s place, and have started working with it this last year. I actually love it for small shops! It’s e-commerce is so much simpler than anything in WordPress, which means you can maintain your shop.

 

DO I HAVE TO HOST WITH YOU?

Instead of offering hosting, I have chosen to partner with a managed WordPress host that does an incredible job. You will have your own account, but can leave me on as a collaborator to make it easier if you’d ever like me to look at anything.  While I strongly recommend my hosting partner, Flywheel, but you are welcome to host with whoever you prefer.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Typically our wait list for custom or semi-custom design clients is between four and ten weeks. It sounds long but truly four weeks seems to be the ideal time most clients need to gather images, review content and get ready to kickoff. For Work Together sessions and small website updates, I can typically get you in much sooner.

Booking a consult is the first step to getting started.

client hours

m. 10am - 3pm

t. 11am - 4pm

f. 11am - 4pm

 

All hours are Eastern time.

Evenings and Saturday morning appointments are available by request.

 

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Based in Northern Virginia

(Washington DC area)

Serving clients throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.

c: 503.914.7093

e. jessica@jessicashepard.com