Pro Designer Barbara Donithan Creates a Website in 2 Hours with BoldGrid

Case Study

How Pro Designer Barbara Donithan Creates a Website for $99 in Two Hours Using BoldGrid.

Jim Jarmusch once told me “Fast, Cheap, and Good… pick two.” -Tom Waits

When Barbara Donithan, Web Design expert at InMotion Hosting, was asked to work on a new product designed to reduce new-customer cancellations, she was understandably concerned by the constraints of the product.

Donithan, who has over 20 years of experience developing websites for clients of all kinds, knew the axiom that you can pick two out of the three— “Fast, Cheap, and Good.”

But now she was being asked to deliver all three.

The Challenge – Create a Website in 2 Hours

In order to meet these requirements as well as keep up with demand, Donithan calculated she had to be able to finish these designs in less than two hours.

InMotion Hosting’s Business Intelligence team had identified a disturbing trend. A study of customers who had canceled in their first 30-90 days— and had mentioned that creating a website with WordPress was too complicated— found that these customers were moving to proprietary Website Builder Software-as-a-Service Companies.

To combat this trend, a new product was developed— InMotion’s team of Web Designers would use BoldGrid to create a website with a professional design and homepage— and they would do it for less than $100. What’s more— they would deliver it to the new customer in less than 2 days.

In order to meet these requirements as well as keep up with demand, Donithan calculated she had to be able to finish these designs in less than two hours.

How She Does It

“To hit that deadline, [we] created several pre-made blocks for a Call-To-Action, Featured Products, About Me, and a Contact Form Block,” Donithan said.

“The biggest challenge is lack of content and photos supplied by the customer. Since [the time constraints and budget for this product don’t allow time for an interview], I have to make the design just from their [survey] responses.”

Donithan fills the gaps in content by taking the first few minutes of her time to skim the customer’s existing website, social media, and then using a powerful stock image library is able to produce a beautiful finished product.

“Once the blocks were pre-made, we just add the content, styling, and images. The block library really helps. [I] take what they’ve given me and create a nice looking site.”

“Once the blocks were pre-made, we just add the content, styling, and images.”

Why BoldGrid?

In her 20+ year career as a Design Professional, Donithan has used many different tools— starting from the basics like Notepad and FrontPage to DreamWeaver and finally adopting WordPress as her primary tool around 10 years ago. Naturally, during that time, she’s had the opportunity to try many different Page Builder plugins and themes. So why is she sticking with BoldGrid?

“BoldGrid is a viable product that’s very competitive… [it] gives much more than a blank canvas, something that you can build upon rather than coming up with [designs] from scratch. Blocks are a great thing… especially since you can save a block to use later. Saving blocks is [one of] the best features in BoldGrid.”

“…[it] gives much more than a blank canvas, something that you can build upon rather than coming up with [designs] from scratch.”

Once these designs are delivered to the customer, they get to continue building their site using the same powerful Website Builder to make new pages and grow their online presence with the help of BoldGrid’s WordPress SEO Plugin.

The Results

Since the affordable web design product was released, Donithan and her team have completed nearly 150 of these designs in the first 60 days. Of these, 98.7% of clients reported satisfaction with their new website. This is an astounding statistic— considering the websites are delivered without any process for revisions— the customers can then take the keys to their new site and easily build more of their own content.

“Whenever I have a question or feedback, The [BoldGrid] development team is extremely responsive.”

“[This product] has been quite a challenge. I love to go back and look at the sites I’ve created and see that the client has taken my design and really built it out with their content,” Donithan said. “Whenever I have a question or feedback, The [BoldGrid] development team is extremely responsive.”

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