Calico Design is a Chicago based boutique web hosting and design agency specializing in smart, custom small business web solutions. We also do graphic design, branding, and more!
Thinking about upgrading your online presence? We can help get your website looking modern, running smooth, and will keep it secure with regular updates and security checks.
In today’s fast paced world you need to put your best online foot forward, contact us for a free quote on what it would take to upgrade your online presence or build your new website from scratch. We can walk you though every step of the way, and offer long term hosting plans so you’re never left without support.
Why Calico? Because no two projects are the same (like the calico cat’s coat) and canned solutions don’t work for us. They shouldn’t for you either- We believe each project is unique, just like your business.
Each website has specific goals, we will work with you and your team to make a beautiful, responsive, and functional web solution for your business or personal web page.
Hosting And Support
Calico Design is fully committed to making sure your website is online and running smooth. Take advantage of hosting your site with us and when something goes wrong, we’ll fix it. When something needs to be updated, we can do that too. Minor updates are included in all hosting packages, as well as real time monitoring from hacker threats which can compromise your site. Already have a web host package you’re happy with? We can upload your site to anywhere you like, and just contact us for support anytime.
If you would like to manage your site on your own, we will happily set you up with an account with any other host provider… but we think you’ll live our fully managed support system and included updates over time.
Upgrades Over Time
The internet moves fast! You might find a website that works well today is already obsolete in a few years due to technology, obsolete technology, or improved web design software. Never fear, if you’re hosting with us we’re happy to offer discount rates to help keep your online presents up to par with the world wide web. And as new technologies come out, we’ll be happy to integrate them into your existing website.
If You Build It...
They will come! We integrate best SEO practice for Google and all popular web browsers. We can show you how to supercharge your web presence through blogging and content creation. Will it happen overnight? No, and anyone that tells you that isn’t being honest. True lasting SEO comes from consistency and long term planning.
You also need to make sure your site is updated to the most modern server technology under the hood. We can help with all the tricks of the trade to make sure your site gets seen. Need an SEO tuneup? Contact us and we can run an audit to see where improvements can be made (WordPress CMS only).
What is it? You might hear this term a lot in the world of web design. Simply put, it’s making sure your website looks and works great on any device. 50% of all searches are done on a mobile device, so if your website isn’t optimized for phones, you could be missing out on traffic. By using cutting edge design software, each page is crafted for optimal viewing and function for desktop, tablets, and mobile devices.
For example, if you own a restaurant, your mobile view needs quick buttons front and center to call the restaurant or pull up directions- but on a desktop with much faster connection speeds, you would want big beautiful images of your food and drink items to shine first.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so each site we make is crafted to your specific needs.
Calico Design builds websites exclusively with the WordPress CMS (content management system) platform. WordPress was originally created as an easy to use blogging platform. Today, 35% of the Internet is Powered by WordPress because of it’s robust community of developers and massive strides in design capability.
Some of the most successful companies in the world prefer WordPress as their CMS, including: TED, NBC, CNN, TechCrunch, People magazine, the NFL, Best Buy, CBS Radio, and UPS – so it’s going to be a platform that will continue to grow and be supported world wide.
Over 455,000,000 websites in over 100 languages (and growing) are using WordPress with developers spanning the glob to provide added functionality.
One upgrade for wordpress is WooCommerce for E commerce. Over 30% of All Online Stores Run on WooCommerce alone.
We think you’ll like WordPress as much as we do, and we’ll be happy to show you the ropes on how to use it. If you get stuck, we’re happy to help.
Can't I Make My Own Site?
There are plenty of options for do-it-yourself web builders like WIX or SquareSpace, and they are perfectly good platforms. The problem comes when you really need your website customized and optimized for search engines. A well crafted website requires a lot of technical knowledge, even with a DIY builder. They also do not perform as well or have the SEO power under the hood of WordPress.
Trusting a professional to create and protect your web site is important, just like when you get your car worked on. Consider it an investment in you business, like any other tool or asset. It needs regular maintenance, upgrading, backups, and sometimes overhaul. When you partner with us, we’ll be in your back pocket should something come up. Our chief web designer is the person you’ll work with, and you’ll never be left on a chat room or on hold with someone who doesn’t understand your web site already.
We would be happy to take a look at your website or graphic project and give you a free quote. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.