About Clio – Alberta Web Design Company
Clio Websites is a full service web design company based out of Calgary, Alberta. Established in 2006, Clio started out as a database and software development company.
We decided to focus and grow our web design and internet marketing expertise instead because that’s where our passions lie. Most small to medium-sized businesses that we service in the great province of Alberta want to know how to establish their online presence and promote their products and services.
Since 2006 we have served many clients in various industries and started to grow our expertise in responsive web design and the WordPress platform. We offer responsive website design, website maintenance, WordPress development and support, and online marketing services. We will expand on these services in the next few sections.
How We Help Businesses
Alberta is a special place. We know how to help businesses in Alberta because we are a part of this community. If you are looking for a web designer and a local team that can help you to grow your business so you can receive more sales, we are happy to help.
We might be biased, but we think that businesses in Alberta deserve the best. At Clio, we always work hard to help our clients succeed—and we are very proud of the work that we do. But, what is it that we do? How do we help businesses around us?
At Clio, we want our clients to be able to find their audience by implementing Alberta web design solutions right here at home.
We believe that every business has a group of dedicated fans that just might not have been found yet—so we help you to find them.
With innovative website solutions, we are able to bring our clients closer to their audience. By building you a great website, we can make it easier for those potential customers to find you.
Responsive Web Design
What exactly is responsive web design? W3schools.com defines it as:
“… using HTML and CSS to automatically resize, hide, shrink, or enlarge, a website, to make it look good on all devices (desktops, tablets, and phones)”
There are just too many devices and resolutions that your customers might be using to view your website and you can’t afford to alienate anyone. Having a professionally designed site that performs on most devices and any screen size is very important. Responsive web design used to be very challenging and difficult to accomplish. In the past few years, however, responsive sites have become the norm.
Most modern web development platforms and CMS systems like WordPress support responsiveness out of the box. Designing and developing beautiful and highly functioning responsive websites is one of our specialties.
Clio maintains several high traffic websites and CMS systems. Our company ensures that client sites are always up, secure, and backed up which eliminates data loss and minimizes risk.
We will manage your existing hosting provider or recommend a new provider if you don’t currently have one. Clio can help you manage your website end to end.
We provide hosting support services and can help you transition from an existing provider if they are not meeting your expectations. In a previous post, we covered all you need to launch a new website.
For static Boostrap HTML websites, we only bill clients if changes are requested or required. For WordPress sites, there are several tasks (such as plugin updates) that require monthly maintenance.
If you want to find out more about our flexible Alberta website maintenance plans, please drop us a line.
Alberta WordPress Experts
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) on the planet. At Clio, we absolutely love WordPress. Most of the new custom websites that we launch are done using the WordPress platform. We have established ourselves as Alberta based WordPress experts due to our proven track record and can help you every step of the way.
WordPress is a very flexible and powerful platform that offers lots of opportunities for launching your new project. We have helped clients set up e-commerce solutions, user communities, blogging and content collaboration platforms using WordPress. Most businesses want to utilize the power of WordPress as a blogging platform in order to build content and drive more traffic to their website (more on this in the next section).
Although WordPress is simple to use, some clients find it overwhelming especially if they run into issues such as compatibility and performance. We love getting to the root problem, learning about, and resolving WordPress issues for our clients to make sure their sites are secure and performing well.
We highly recommend the WordPress platform and can help with hosting, implementations, troubleshooting, and performance tuning.
If you are looking for an Alberta based WordPress expert, look no further. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Search Engine Optimization
What is online marketing or search engine optimization (SEO)? According to moz.com SEO is:
“… the practice of increasing both the quality and quantity of website traffic, as well as exposure to your brand, through non-paid … search engine results.”
SEO is a huge and complex topic that often overwhelms our clients. There are a lot of online resources if you want to learn more about SEO (e.g. the moz SEO guide, and this SEO beginners guide from mangools.com).
Clio can help you get started on your SEO journey by advising where to focus your internet marketing efforts. We are often asked if our Calgary SEO services can make your website appear on the first page of Google. The answer is YES but this is neither cheap nor easy.
Getting great SEO results and showing up on the first page on Google or Bing usually requires a combination of paid and unpaid marketing techniques. This journey usually takes time, but focus and persistence can yield great results.
We can help you simplify your SEO journey by sharing some lessons learned we have acquired over the years and helping you define your marketing strategy.
Local Web Designers – Focused on Small Businesses
Marketing and technology are two industries that are known for their flashy energy. For this reason, most people assume that these kinds of solutions are only available to those with big businesses, but we have a little secret—it’s for everyone.
At Clio, we believe that every business deserves to put its best foot forward, which is why we love working with small businesses on Alberta web design projects.
Every single business has a story to tell and products or services to share. No matter how small your business is, we believe that you deserve an engaging website that will help your brand to really shine. We don’t want you dealing with basic website builders. Your business can and should be something that represents you well. A custom website can make your business look better—and it can even simplify your operations.
The reality is that every business starts small, but not every business stays small. With a good website that your audience will love, you can really win them over and start off on the right foot. Make it easy for them to see your business the way that you do.
Iterative Web Design
Clio uses an iterative process when developing high-quality websites. An iterative process ensures that you are involved each step of the way and that you are able to review our work and provide feedback often. This methodology is popular in the Alberta custom software development company industry because it’s popular.
There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for weeks or months and being disappointed by the end result. This is why we like to involve the customer during each phase of the project. You will get an opportunity to review our work often and provide feedback. We will be able to quickly adjust and change direction based on your feedback. We find that this results in the best possible outcome for Alberta web design projects.
Our Web Design Process
Our client project engagement looks like this:
1. We start by listening to your needs and requirements. This is called the requirements gathering phase. We will ask questions such as:
- What inspired you to start your business and what sets you apart from your competition?
- What are you looking to gain from your website? Do you want to appear on search engines and local search listings?
- Do you want to sell your products or services online and / or interact with your customers?
2. Based on your responses we will start the planning phase. In this phase, we determine what type of content and functionality is required. We will also develop a wire-frame and a template for your website based on your taste and preferences.
3. Once the planning phase is complete, we begin the design and development phase. During this phase, we will start loading your website with content and checking security and performance.
4. In the next stage, we start testing and validating the website with your help. We will ensure that the site will perform to your expectations once you start receiving lots of traffic.
5. Once you are satisfied with the results, we will launch your website.
6. The last step of the process is the support and maintenance phase. Once the site is launched we will monitor it to ensure that it’s secure and performing well for your users.
If you have questions about our process or want to find out more, visit our About Us page.
Our Web Development Results
Clio has helped dozens of clients successfully launch new websites and attract new customers. Our clients have successfully attracted hundreds of new leads per month and generated thousands of dollars in revenue each month using our WordPress e-commerce solutions.
We have helped a local small business (from Calgary to Edmonton AB) generate thousands of visitors each month using our marketing services and social media offerings.
We have also recently launched a large community site that supports thousands of users in creating and sharing content.
If your goal is to have a simple online presence so your clients can find you on Google, great. But as your website and your needs change, we can help you grow. Clio is an Alberta software development company with a proven track record.
We have also taken over and successfully executed many “website rescue projects”. Although there are many local web design companies and web designers, we constantly outwork and outperform our competition. Keep reading to find out what sets us apart from our competition.
What Sets Clio Apart
What sets Clio apart from other Alberta web design companies is that we:
- Are a premier web design agency with WordPress expertise
- Have years of experience helping small businesses achieve their online goals
- Have very high customer satisfaction and retention rate (over 98%)
- Spend the time to really understand your business needs and requirements
- Pride ourselves on the quality of service we provide to each and every client
- Are responsive and won’t leave you hanging for days when you need support the most
- Put a personal touch to each project to distinguish you from your competition
Clio is small business-friendly because we know what it’s like to be a small business. We understand the struggles of trying to grow a business in a competitive industry. We know how hard it can be to find your first few clients—and we know how hard it is to make your business feel “real” when you first start. This is why we provide our services to small businesses in Alberta.
Whether you are starting up for the first time or your business has been in the family for years, your business needs a good website. Websites will help to increase your visibility and they can show off just how amazing your business is. We love helping small businesses in Alberta achieve their dreams and we look forward to helping you do it too!
Unfortunately, this really depends on the project. If you would like to find out more, please contact us for a free quote or check out this article where we offer some advice and guidance.
It has never been easier to create your own website.
Creating your own websites is easy and we have some resources available to help you. You can find out about website builders and how to launch your own website on our blog.
In order to have a website all you need is a hosting plan, a domain name (such as cliowebsites.com).
To update and maintain your website you usually need to hire a web design company. You can also choose to maintain your website on your own. Find out more about website startup costs in this article.
To see our monthly website maintenance plans, check out this page.