We serve companies big and small. it doesn't matter if you are a start-up or a well establish corporation, we would love to work with you. The markets we usually work for are Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
Our main activity is designing and building websites. WordPress websites mostly. We are building custom web apps for clients using php frameworks as well, but due to popular demand, 80% of our work spins around WordPress. We are looking to get into mobile app development as well; we will probably be using technologies that integrate WordPress into the iOS and Android app environment to begin with. We are also providing web hosting services for our clients. In terms of actual "products", we can't say that we sell anything like that yet, but we are moving into the direction of offering productised services soon enough.
No way ever. We only work with in-house employees and certified local contractors, when we experience work overloads. Outsourcing would simply be a big pain in the neck for us, just having to do more QA then actual work on a project. We believe that the things done right are the things done by our self.
I would like to register as a client with you guys.
Well, you may either drop us a line telling us about your business and goals or you may register as a client and tell us all that later. We require clients to have an account on our website since we have an integrated project management, order tracking system and billing system which we prefer to use. After that is done, we can start a conversation to see what great idea of yours we can make happen 🙂
No, not really 😀 There are however a few types of emails that need to be sent out regardless if you have an open project or not, for example, account status and balance notifications, price changes, available services updates, etc. But we will not be stressing you out with those anoing super duper offer emails or force your hand to start a project before you are ready to. We're not that kind of company. However, we are available for any questions you might have, prior and post project start.
Like many other online services, we work using a credit system. Credits, in our case, are hours ... as in 60 minutes of work 🙂 Let's say you order a website which costs 5000$, they both take a certain amount of time to complete. So in a sense, when you are paying for a service, you are actually paying for time that it takes to perform the work. In that sense we setup a credit system. You can credit your account, and we can use those credits to perform our work. Another case is where following a quote, you order a fixed price service, or where you sign up for recurring services, which have recurring payments.
Yes we do. As a matter of fact we built a time tracking and screenshot capturing software so that records our work process, and you can check the work reports for your self too. Of course, progress is the best measure for work, but we like being transparent. So far, we can't say that many clients bothered with it, but still, it's a tool for you to use.
Big YES. As a matter of fact, it is a big MUST. After each work week (Monday to Friday) you have until next Wednesday to confirm the hours we have burned working. You need to check the work reports, make sure that what was expected was done, etc. Once you confirm, the hours will be deducted from your account ballance. Here is a scenario: You credit your account with the equivalent of 40 hours. In week 1 we work say 20 hours. That meanst that next week, those hours must be approved by you, but in the mean time we still have 20 to go working starting the first day of the second week, and so on.
Yes. Due to very...and when we say very, we mean very... outdated bureaucracy in our country, we do need a signed agreement before the start of the first project in which we both state our client / provider details: Company or Personal Name, Company Registration Number, VAT Number or SSN and Address. We had trouble with the tax authorities in the past not having signed agreements with clients, specially for VAT matters (clients in the European Union) so we prefer to be on the safe side. No worries though, our agreements are as simple and clear as they can get, while still covering all aspects of work.
The Confirmation Of Service, or COS is a document where you, as the client, acknowledge that we, as a provider of service actually provided the service you were invoiced for. Let's call it a handover/receiving report.
We are a company registered in the European Union. Therefore we have a valid VAT number, registered in the Intra-Community Registry, which is RO25661423. You can run a check for it on VIES. While EU clients all know how VAT goes inside the Union, non-EU clients (U.S.A., Canada, Australia, etc.) need to know that VAT taxes do not apply to then. For EU clients, VAT applies if they do not have a valid VAT number them self.
Well, since we do need signed agreements, we figured to make it easy for our clients by providing digital signature options. You can draw a duck as you signature for all we care really. It is just something that real businesses need to have in order to, well, do business and be in line with tax regulations.
For design, we use the Adobe Suite to create wonderful web and print designs. For development, we make use of the latest front-end development technologies, such as HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and Bootstrap where as for back-end development we code following best practice standards both for regular PHP development and WordPress Development. We always code on Linux and we test our work using Browserstack and actual devices as well.
Well, we generally like to limit the use of plugins for the simple reason that many of them do more harm then good. Furthermore, you don't buy a plugin these days without being suckered in to actually opt for a yearly subscription (license renewal) in order to benefit from updates, which is only fair, if providers would actually lay it on the table of course, but they mostly hide that. There are though cases where big, established, vetted and popular plugins are used, like WooCOmmerce, Site Origin Panels, Contact Form 7, JetPack etc
For the most part though, you can really do without.
The one we built our self 🙂 A blank theme that helps for faster development and which is super versatile. It is optimized for speed and light weight, which is something we noticed some of the pretty popular themes out there lack unfortunately.
Yes please. If often happens that you have a ready built website that we need to work on. In that case, please send:
cPanel or FTP / phpMyAdmin access. That includes a link, username and password.
Website admin dashboard access. That includes a link, username and password.
email account user and password for the account that is to be used with SMTP configurations
any kind of access to other 3rd party service providers, depending on the project scope, like MailChimp for example
Please note that not having the necessary access prevents a project from getting started and any deadline issues that may occure because of that will not hold us responsible. Learn more by visiting our Terms and Conditions page.
We prefer to keep all project management inside our project management tool on our website. Clients who choose to hire full-time or part-time however may choose to use their own project management software of choice. It's the project manager's responsibility to keep open communication with the client, but designers and developers will also comment on projects and tasks in order to make work flow more smoothly.
Clients hiring full-time get this option. For all other kind on service employment, we kindly require to keep everything inside our project management system simply to avoid missing tasks and doing a mess of things. If however, there is a serious communication issue, then yes, we will get hold of each other by one of those methods.
For the moment, yes. We may however decide to terminate this option in the future, as some of the clients we had along the years approached our developers for direct hiring proposals, which is a breach of contract terms and very rude none the less. But for now, yes.
In a sense, yes. In order to be compliant with tax regulations here in Romania, we do need to have a quote request first, but the second you approve the quote request, a project is created for you. It's not that bad either really, as a quote helps you and us better manage expectations as well.
Once the very last task is completed, the project appears to be completed by it self. If you add a new task, it will show as work in progress, and so on. SO a project is completed when all the tasks under it are completed, no need for further manual action. We, as admin, can choose to archive it.
Clients hiring developers full-time with us may choose to use their own project management system. For all other jobs, and fixed or hourly work, we reserve the right to use our internal project management system for a few reasons: it is built in with our book keepeing, it helps manage a big workload easier for project managers and it creates a seamless experience for our clients, payment process and document signing included.
We only push code to a production environment from Monday to Thursday, between 10:00AM and 12:00AM so that if anything goes wrong we have time to fix it. We never push live on Friday or during the weekends.
The first thing you need to do is to express your interest in working with us. You may do that by submitting the contact form, calling us, emailing us or submitting a quote request or ordering a service. After that we will get your client account all set up together with your first project. After that, it's work work work 🙂