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Web Design Shop LLC

Sean OKelly
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Points Earned: 825
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 6
Member Since: 2008
Charleston, WV 25301 USA

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Average Client Rating 5.0 / 5 Stars.

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2 Client Ratings. 1 of these ratings came from verified Design Quote clients. 100% (2 out of 2) DesignQuote clients recommend this designer.

Project: Indoor Go-Kart Racing Facility Website
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Comment: Sean OKelly and his Web Design Shop LLC made very positive first impression with their superior work ethic and prompt email responses. They were the only bidder who followed through and provided the website mockup as promised. I would highly recommend Web Design Shop LLC to other individuals and businesses who need knowledgeable and professional web design services.

from Super Karts
Vancouver, BC CAN    
Project: Online Mobile Phone and Accessories Ecommerce
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from Swag My Droid
Charlotte, NC    

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Excellent experience! Best company to work with. Went the extra mile. Was very pleased with the product. I've worked several time with Sean.


Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

11 years ago I started an online wireless phone sales company, paid a developer $5000 for a database driven site....and then he disappeared. I was out the money, had to get a website up and running, and had a couple months to make it happen. Since I had developed database systems in the past I figured I should be able to connect them to the web. A crash course in doing that lead to doing it for other business owners that I knew. Eventually it became my full time business.

How long have you been with your company?

I am the owner of and we started 11 years ago under a different company name and recently rebranded ourselves as Web Design Shop LLC.

Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

Well, back in my day (I'm dating myself a bit) we didn't have graphic tools like we have today. Everything was hand coding....things like Cobol, Fortran, Basic, Pascal, etc. What I learned in school applies in terms of knowing HOW to program and logically deal with a problem so that we can develop a good solution for the client. The particulars of actually doing that have changed completely and that has been mostly self taught. My employees however have had a mix of school and self teaching. In this industry it's important to understand that the learning NEVER stops because the technology is ALWAYS changing.

What web browser do you use?

I personally use a split between Internet Explorer and Chrome. Email is usually done through IE, but multimedia stuff is usually done through Chrome. However, for testing purposes we have to broaden that to also include Firefox and Safari.

What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

I use Facebook primarily but I do it only because I have to! Staying on top of social media can be challenging but is becoming more and more of a necessity.

What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

Helping a business become more productive and profitable is a great joy. I like to deal with decision makers and come to a consensus on what needs to be done, and then make it happen. Many times I'm contacted because a business had hired someone who couldn't complete the job, and it's nice to be able to come in and accomplish it.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

The first thing to realize about web design is that it's about a lot more than just web design. You need to understand business. You need to understand how to deal with clients, and that includes client staff, managers, and even business owners. Most importantly, you need to understand yourself: what you like to focus on and what your talents are.

What`s your favorite development language and why?

I personally like visual basic but that is only due to the fact that I've spent so much time programming with it: vbscipt, asp,, vba, vb, etc.

If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

The majority of our clients are put on PHP system though, and although I head the team I'm not usually doing the coding. I'm a little old school myself so I like Classic ASP.

What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Now days it's all about having an understanding of the various elements at play, and then using the elements appropriately. Being a GURU at one thing isn't going to cut it. The technology today is becoming more and more focused around "enabled technology" meaning that things are "built in" or available through "plugin". Utilizing tools that allow you to mix and match things that will deliver the best result and most value for the client....will help one succeed.

Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

Our primary clients are small to medium sized businesses who have an existing site, but need a new one. Many times they want to have one they can update themselves, or that is mobile friendly. Sometimes they have specific programming needs and can't do that with their current web provider.

What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

The biggest thing is to figure out what the actual PURPOSE of the site is. Do you want people to buy, or call you? Do you want people to be able to drill down to a lot of detail, or should a sales rep handle that? What is your target audience? Do you have content available for the site? Who are the decision makers, and how many are there?

What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

What we have noticed over the years is that communicating regularly is critical to the success of a project. Do not assume that a designer knows what you want. Ask questions. If you aren't comfortable with how something is going....don't wait until the last minute to bring it up.

Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

We have an in-house database tracking system for all projects.

What is your standard hourly rate?


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

We don't really have a minimum budget. We have a minimum based upon what the client is specifically asking for and that is based upon the number of hours something will take to complete. As an example, we have a Small Business Website Design Package for $999. This is the lowest price for all the things that come in the package. But if someone only needs a small thing....we will help them out.

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