Crafting web solutions to complex problems.

At Sparkjoy Studios, we’re all about digital experiences like web apps, websites, digital strategy solutions and managed hosting that empower your brand and business.

our services

We craft thoughtful, elegant systems.

When you work with Sparkjoy, you’ll get cutting-edge tools – constantly maintained, updated, and supported – by a group of friendly, competent and reliable people.

We strive to provide you with enjoyable web solutions that spark joy. And we deliver.

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Custom Website

Original and appealing designs that capture your brand’s identity, and implement them with expertise.

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Web App

Custom software and web applications that are developed to help create intelligent and automated systems.

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Managed Hosting

Secure and fully managed hosting that includes training, routine maintenance and client support.

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Digital Strategy

Content strategy and generating optimized and relevant content that is key to higher SEO rankings.

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Design

User-friendly designs, web architectures, testing, and using best-practice design principles.

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Client Portal

Expert systems, web portals, data repositories, and communications systems all in one application.

our clients

Our clients come to us for a variety of things: Design a better website, figure out an effective pattern of client interaction, or to make custom web tools for virtual operations.

Over the past fourteen years, we’ve worked with international think tanks, universities, art institutions, online businesses, and other organizations who were looking for innovative websites that spark joy.

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our team

An intrepid bunch of characters.

We’re nerds, adventurers, gamers, bikers, dancers, campers, animal lovers, and more. It’s this blend of experience and skills that makes us uniquely capable.

Our diverse team of 6 works with a positive and creative mindset. We love what we do, and we have fun doing it. We think you will too.

FAQs

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.

How much?

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.

contact

We’re easy to talk to.

We’d love to discuss your project and share our perspectives. You can book a meeting below, call us or feel free to drop by our office in downtown Vancouver anytime.

+1 (604) 633-4415

318 Homer Street Unit #706 Vancouver, BC V6B 2V2

read what our clients have to say

There can be no company more appropriately named than Sparkjoy, as they collectively work to do just that - they spark joy with their project management, design and execution.

Maxine Giannelli

Senior Manager - Development & Communications at Anxiety Canada
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