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Chatham Web Studios is a Portland, OR based web studio that celebrates the spirit of the individual, the artist and the small business entrepreneur. Whether you’d like to grow your business, promote your art or simply increase your online presence Chatham Web Studios can develop the website you want. With creativity, dedication and passion we’ll help you deliver your message to the world.

Our Services

Web Development

Your website represents you, and it should be as individual as you are. Chatham Web Studios designs to its clients' specifications. We encourage the design process to be collaborative.

We’ve helped with clients who weren’t sure what they wanted out to those whose ideas were so specific that they had each web page sketched out in elaborate detail. Check out our Portfolio section to see more.

Since you never know if your site will be viewed on a smart phone, tablet or desktop Chatham Studios uses the latest Responsive Web Design techniques.

Hosting & Domain

Chatham Web Studios can also help set up your web hosting service and domain name. We can even help you transfer your existing domain name to a different host provider.

Content & Copy Writing

Quality content is an effective website’s best selling point. The experienced copywriters of Chatham Web Studios can produce copy to help increase your business or simply impart your message to the world.

Whether your desired approach is concise and logical or personal and emotional, content is developed with your target audience in mind and written to appeal to that audience in the most direct manner possible.

Portfolio

All sites Chatham Web Studios designs include meta descriptions, related keywords and comments. Careful attention to these details improves site rankings and gets sites listed faster in search engines. Some of these sites were created with Flash at the client's request and will not work on all devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a site cost?

There is no single answer to this question. The cost of your site depends on many factors. How large will will the site be? Will there be features such as video, blogging or interactive components? Will the site be custom made or created from a template? Will the client provide the content or will a content writer? The only way a web developer can tell you how much a web site will cost is after meeting with the client to hash out the details of exactly what the client wants. Even then, as a job progresses, the estimate for a site may change as you decide to change or add elements to your pages.

If you see web development services advertised for a flat price, make sure you fully understand what is included in that price. For example how many pages are included, is there a monthly hosting charge, will customizations cost extra, do you get a domain-specific email account. You should require a written estimate that explicitly outlines what is included and what site maintenance will cost before entering an agreement with a web developer.

How long does it take to build a site?

There is no one answer to this question. It all depends on the size, features and your goals for the site. A simple, two-page site can be done in a day if the content (words and images) are provided. A large e-commerce site could take weeks. Often, even after the original site is created, changes and updates continue as your online business evolves. The only way to accurately estimate how long it will take to build your site is to have an in-depth conversation with your web developer about the site you want.

How much input do I have in designing the look and flow in my site?

You should be in agreement with your developer as to how much you want or do not want to participate in the creative process. If you want to design every detail of your site, make sure your developer is agreeable with that working relationship. On the other hand, if you want to give your developer just the basic information on your business and have them create the total design, copy and images for the site, make sure you are comfortable with the style and quality of work that a given designer creates, as well as your designer's understanding of your industry.

Do you write the content for my site?

Chatham Studios can create your content. We work with a talented and experienced copywriter to help you get your message across simply and directly. But if you want to provide your own content then you have that option.

Are there monthly hosting and maintenance charges?

Unless you have your own web server, web sites require hosting on a shared web server. Web hosting incurs a monthly charge. Often you receive a discount by purchasing a block of hosting in advance. If there are any additional charges beyond hosting fees depends on whom you hire as your web designer. If you are charged a monthly fee for updates and maintenance, make sure you understand exactly what changes the designer will be making and if there are any limits placed on the amount of changes/updates you can request.

Chatham Web Studios can host you through their hosting account or help you set up an account with a hosting company.

Can I make my own updates and changes to the site?

Some web developers will not allow you to work on your own site. You will have tell them what changes you want and they will charge you according to the amount of time the change requires. Then there are some web developers will offer training that will allow you to access and update your own web site. This process can be made a lot easier if you use a Content Management System (CMS) like Wordpress. Chatham Web Studios offers both options. We can maintain your site for you or will can train you on how to maintain your own site.

Will my website work on mobile devices?

Yes, using responsive design Chatham Web Studios ensures our sites work on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles.

Do you build mobile apps?

No we don't but Chatham Web Studios make our websites work on all devices. Developing an app for mobiles and tablets across the range of different platforms is timely and expensive task. In some cases a responsive website may be all you need.

Can I sell products on my website?

Absolutely! Our content management system can build and host your online store, and we can set up all of the security necessary to ensure your customers' details remain safe and secure.

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A content management system (CMS) enables you to maintain the content on your website without any additional software our technical skill. When using a CMS, you can add new pages, upload images and be in full control of your site - all you need is a web browser and an internet connection.

Can you design my logo?

Chatham Web Studios focuses on what we're good at - designing and building websites. However if you need someone to create your logo we can assist you with finding a graphic designer.