Web-based solutions to complex problems.
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We craft thoughtful, elegant systems.
Our clients typically come to us for a variety of things: Design a better website, figure out ways to improve client interactions, and, questions about how to develop web based tools to support a unique operation.
Our approach starts by discovering and understanding needs; we collaborate through a conceptualization and design phase; and then, we build the tailored services accordingly.
The tools me make will fit the needs of your team, and your clients, so you can get the most efficiency and results from your online business.
You’ll get cutting-edge web based tools — constantly maintained, updated, and supported — by a group of smart and reliable people.
We strive you provide enjoyable solutions. And we deliver.
Conceptual & graphic design to define the vision, with the chops to follow through and build it.
Custom software and web applications developed to help create intelligent, automated systems.
Secure and fully managed hosting, including routine maintenance and client support.
Experts in content strategy, creative direction and systems architecture design.
Over the past ten years, we’ve worked with international think tanks, universities, art institutions, online businesses, and other organizations who were looking for innovative web solutions that spark joy.
An intrepid bunch of characters.
We’re nerds, musicians, adventurers, bikers, writers, gamers, carpenters, dog lovers, and more. It’s this blend of experience and skills that makes us uniquely capable.
We love what we do, and we have fun doing it. We think you will too.
Frequently Asked Questions
A few answers to some commonly held concerns.
How do I make the most of my online presence and how much will it cost?
It starts with a phone call or an email.
We’ll be looking for a sense of who you are, what you do, what your online presence is, your goals, and the challenges you’re facing. Then, the next step is to meet in person to review potential strategies in detail.
First, we ask clients to come up with a budget range that they’re comfortable with, which helps us find the best approach to solve their problems. If it sounds like a good fit, we can engage in a formal discovery process for a fee. We’ll document your needs in detail, and provide a cost estimate for the deliverables.
What makes Sparkjoy unique?
Our business is first and foremost about building personal relationships.
Our expert technical skills and services are second only to our passion for rewarding collaborations with our clients. Sparkjoy evaluates its success by its clients’ short and long-term triumphs.
We are explorers and innovators. We don’t say “we can’t do that.”
We’re always eager to tackle new problems, especially when it means blazing new trails. We’ll never say “we can’t do that,” and the only time we’ll say “we won’t do that” is when we know that the request you made won’t solve your problem. We’ll know what will solve it, though.
Many companies create a technical format first and then force a fit between their clients’ needs and that existing structure. We do the opposite. Our approach is to listen to your needs and start a conversation about how we can create a customized solution that is both enjoyable to use while meeting your criteria for success. Whether you want to increase your sales, make a new product, give your clients a new online tool to save time, or simply have the peace of mind of knowing you’re on the right track – we can help.
What are your relationships with clients like?
Sparkjoy is first and foremost about relationships.
We maintain an ongoing relationship with almost all of our clients after an initial project is complete. Clients often see the value of our work and opt to return for additional projects and continue to grow their website and online tools. For many of our clients there is a feeling that the business relationship is like a partnership: one that is reliable, enjoyable, and beneficial for both parties.
Once a project is built and live we provide a managed hosting service for our clients, and many opt for a monthly retainer for continual development and optimization of their digital tools over time.
Will it be difficult or time-consuming to change content on my site?
No, we make it easy.
The days of having to feel subservient to the whim of some secretive weblord who holds the high-priced key to all of the programming for your site are gone. The old way was to make a static website where any change, no matter how small, had to be made by the developer. We don’t do that here. Sparkjoy’s goal is to put the power and control right where it belongs: in your hands.
When developing a new website we often spend a similar amount of time with front-end graphics and design as we do with developing the back end dashboard to ensure it is also beautiful and easy to use.
What is WordPress? And how do you use it in your work?
At Sparkjoy, we focus on using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for the websites we build. However, much of our work is custom code we develop in a way that plays well with WordPress and extends this framework in new and wonderful ways.
So this question comes up a lot. The short answer is that if you’re familiar with WordPress then you’ll feel right at home managing content in one of our custom build websites. The simplicity, ease of use, and familiarity is a real benefit — if not a bit deceptive though — since we build our own extensive layer on top of the familiar WordPress in order to make the website function as intended.
Our websites go far beyond a generic WordPress site you can configure yourself with a few clicks and downloads. Its more like a pairing of WordPress and Sparkjoy technology to realize a spectacular contradiction: A complex website that is simple to use.
History of WordPress
WordPress began as a blogging tool back in 2003. Its creators made it so user-friendly that many general website enthusiasts adapted it over other competitors. The creators of WordPress went further by making their work ‘open source,’ meaning other developers could use it as a foundation upon which to freely build their own websites and tools, which they often then recirculated back into public use. Today, WordPress is recognized as the world’s most popular and widely used CMS and it is estimated to power 43% of all websites on the internet. And there is a planet-wide ecosystem of WordPress developers who are all sharing and contributing to the evolution of uses and applications. We are one of those developers.
WordPress as a CMS is essentially a framework upon which developers can build layers to make a website. Most of the general public would never know that a website used WordPress as a CMS just by clicking around, buying items online, or reading articles. The unique quality of WordPress to most website owners or administrators is the unique back-end dashboard. This is a private area of a website where an administrator may log in and use the interface to add new content to the website, such as pages or posts or products, and publish to their public facing web pages. Due to its popularity WordPress is a familiar tool for many people and it’s easy to pick up and begin managing the content within a website.
WordPress’s versatility and popularity means there are many skilled people who can work on the platform. And as a website owner you’re never locked into any arrangement that may no longer suit you. You have the freedom to have your website altered and maintained by anyone who understands the WordPress platform – including you.