Website Design and Development

From simple brochure sites where potential clients just need to find more information about your business to database driven websites with e-commerce

Responsive Web Design and Development

Today, mobile browsing has surpassed desktop browsing and your website needs to look its best no matter the screen size or device. We can help you create a website that responds to the screen size and prevents users from needing to pinch, zoom, pan, and scroll around your website to find what they are looking for.

Unfortunately, fully responsive design involves much planning, design, and development, which equates to costs. There are a number of options we can explore with you to get the best solution for you, your business, and your budget.

Web Content Management Systems (CMS)

A CMS allow any typical office worker to update the site without code knowledge or extra software. There are many CMSs on which we can use to build your website, such as: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, ModX, Ektron, and more. Each platform has its own benefits and draw-backs and we will work with you to discover which platform best fits your need.

CMSs are more costly to build since the website needs to “hook” to specific functions in order to work properly. If you don’t anticipate many changes over the course of a year, or you really don’t have time to update the site yourself, we can work with you to form an alternate solution.

E-Commerce We Design and Development

We have built many e-commerce centered websites using a variety of platforms including: osCommerce, ZenCart, Magento, Woo Commerce and more.

E-commerce systems are a complicated beast, even before throwing in the need to tie into your POS system.

Many things need to be in-place prior to launching your e-comm site, like: What is your return policy? How will you handle shipping? What payment gateway will you use? Do you want to offer paypal?

Of course, we are here to help you every step of the way.

Our Website Work


Knoxville Website Design & Development for MediSpa

Knoxville Website Design & Development for MediSpa

Website design and development for MediSpa of Knoxville, TN Brooke Bently of MediSpa came to Stellar looking for a website revamp because their current site was outdated and non-responsive to mobile devices. Stellar created a new website based on the WordPress CMS which allows them to update the site easily and requires no code knowledge.

Johnson City Chamber Website Development

Johnson City Chamber Website Development

Website development for the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce New fully custom responsive website design and development for the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. This new site is built on the WordPress CMS and features easy to update pages and navigation with a custom theme implementation. We developed this site as responsive website to ensure

Carolina Pride Web Design and Development

Carolina Pride Web Design and Development

Carolina Pride Web Development Carolina Pride never really had a website they could be proud of. Once Creative Energy landed the account and it came time for a new website, we convened with them to create the perfect website to represent their brand. This site uses a custom wordpress developed theme which gives them a

Texas Pete Web Design and Development

Texas Pete Web Design and Development

Website design for Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Pals Web Design and Development

Pals Web Design and Development

PalsWeb.com Restaurant Website Development Using Custom Paralax

General Shale Web Design

General Shale Web Design

The complete redesign and development of GeneralShale.com

Yes, we hand-hold!

Don't know where to start? We will help you every step of the way through every aspect of your project. If you ever have any questions, pre or post project, we will be here to assist you with your new endeavor. Remember, there are no stupid questions.

Typical Website Pricing

All websites with CMS come with full training of the admin system

Wordpress Template Based Websites

$ 2500 Turnkey website with full CMS:

  • Wordpress installation
  • Theme installation
  • Content population (up to 20 pages)
  • Theme modification of colors and logo to match your brand
  • Hosting for 1 year
  • Turnkey
  • Price is an estimate and can increase based upon required modifications outside of scope or extra functionality not included in this estimated price.
First Year of Hosting is FREE!

Template Based E-Commerce Websites

$ 4500 Turnkey e-commerce website:

  • Magento / WooCommerce / PrestaShop installation
  • Theme installation
  • Content population (up to 20 pages/products)
  • Theme modification of colors and logo to match your brand
  • Hosting for 1 year
  • SSL for 1 year
  • Price is an estimate and can increase based upon required modifications outside of scope or extra functionality not included in this estimated price
First Year of Hosting is FREE!

Templates VS. Custom Website Design & Development

What are the differences between template based websites and custom websites?

Template based websites

Template based websites are built using a pre-designed and developed template purchased from services like ThemeForrest.net or TemplateMonster.com. These templates have most of the hard and time intensive work already completed, but that is not without drawbacks. Here are some of the pros and cons of using a template:

Pros:

  • Cheaper – Already designed and developed, saving design and development time, which saves you money
  • Quicker – Less time between start of project and launch of website.
  • Responsive – Mobile responsive out of the box.
  • Options – Good number of options out of the box. As many companies find they need a website, a whole new business has emerged of developing templates for businesses without the budget for custom design and development.

Cons:

  • Restrictive – Everything in the template is predetermined, you will need to adhere to the basis of the template.
  • Bloated Code – Typically slower to load due to the unnecessary amount of code that a template typically has. Templates are meant to work for every market and any need – from a hair salon to a hot rod shop.
  • Very Similar Looking Sites – Other companies will have chosen the same template as you which makes your site look very similar to their site.
  • More Expensive to Modify – Template can be deeply modified but will generally cost more. The reason for this is that template was not developed by us and we will need to dig through the theme to find what needs to be changed to complete your required modifications.
  • Options – There is no template that has every possible option which you may need, want, or require. Therefore, this would need to be custom developed and implemented into a template we are not intimately familiar with.

 

Fully Custom Websites

Fully custom website design and development means that we look at your needs, requirements, and brand to design and develop a website around those. We don’t take a template and try to bend it to your needs, we start from the ground-up with your business in mind. As with templates, there are drawbacks to fully custom websites as well. Here are the pros and cons of custom websites:

Pros

  • Your business, your site – Designed and developed completely around your business and it’s needs.
  • Typically faster load times – This helps with search engine optimization as the search engine uses page load times as a factor in rankings.
  • We know this – We will know the project inside and out which will make any requested changes faster and cheaper to implement.
  • Options, Options, Options – With 100% custom, we can design and develop your website to be anything you can imagine.

Cons

  • Costly – Due to the time required to design and develop every responsive breakpoint and every little aspect of your site, it costs substantially more than a template design.
  • Longer Timeline – More time is needed to design and develop your custom website which increases the amount of time between proposal acceptance and launch date.

 

What is our final recommendation?

If your budget allows, definitely get a custom website. In the end, you will receive a product that fits every aspect of your expectations, needs, and wants. But, if you don’t have the budget, template based websites are perfectly fine for most businesses and they offer the functionality needed/required to send people to a website and feel great about it.

Examples of websites we have designed and/or developed using templates

Freiburg's German Restaurant D&K Property Management RaceDay Tower One Andrew K. Armbrister

Examples of fully custom websites we have designed and/or developed

Pal's Sudden Service ETSU Roan Scholars Wellington's Restaurant NanoEndo Endodontic Files
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