My name is Joseph Maxwell, and I take the lead role here at SwiftOtter. I am a Christian - saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, so I can spend an eternity in heaven (John 3:36). Very close to second to that in rank is seeing small businesses be successful. I believe that this type of business is the core of America, and thus greatly delight in optimizing their processes as much as possible.
Past that, I see problems as opportunities. If your business is weak in an area, I see that there is an opportunity to help you strengthen your business. I greatly enjoy solving business problems with software.
I work on an hourly basis. In my opinion, that is the most fair. Most other companies bill on a per-project basis. However, per-project means that I need to overestimate the project so that I make sure that I come out ahead (which costs you money). In addition, I believe that it is best to share my rates up front, as I am confident you will agree that I am worth these rates:
High volume is defined as any number of hours over 50 in a three-month period.
I started programming around year 2000 with Borland Delphi (long since obsolete). I have been involved in HTML/CSS since approximately 2003, and in PHP since 2005. My favorite part of the studio is being able to solve problems that businesses encounter. I have had the privilege of working in this area for the last five years. As I have time, I am active on StackOverflow - an incredible Q&A community focused on programming problems. Feel free to take a look at my answers.
In addition, I am privileged to have two other talented members in the studio - Christopher and Jesse. Christopher handles most of our client interactions, is the project manager and is an excellent at quality assurance software testing. Jesse loves frontend work (the frontend of a website is what you see when you go to a website). He doesn’t just greatly enjoy frontend development, he is really good at it. At SwiftOtter Studios, we usually take it on ourselves to build a completely custom, responsive website - a tremendous asset to your ecommerce website’s impact to mobile customers.
At SwiftOtter Studios, we take our own unique process to giving your customers the very best experience on your website that is possible. Although we do not hold ridgidly to these steps, we use these as general guidelines. The reason for this is that we want to be 100% flexible for you. We believe in fast iterations of bite-sized pieces of functionality. This allows quick development, narrow-focused testing and rapid deployment. Let’s look at each one now.
We transformed Pleasant Hill Grain's site from pre-2000' style, to a modern, powerful, and beautiful website built on Magento. In order to maximize the efficiency of their team, we have extended the platform dramatically: both the frontend and the admin panel. Customers have loved the improvements and have said that the website is more usable, more accessible, and more aesthetically pleasing.
River Valley Woodworks is masters of wood, as the name implies. They work in Southern Idaho and have impressive experience in reconstruction of large barns. Anthony approached us to improve the aesthetics of site. We put together and design and then built the website to reflect the agreed upon design. It's goal is to bring a presence of their services and products to the Treasure Valley.
Joplin Door is a rapidly growing contracting company that was seeking to onboard new contractors efficiently. The current process was cumbersome and inconsistent with documents being emailed or faxed and information being keystroked in - a process prone to errors. Joplin Door came to us seeking a streamlined solution and we worked with them on a complete system to handle the process of bringing these contractors onboard. We built the website ground-up to suit their needs and integrated with another website that provides excellent security for handling sensitive documents. We built a full admin panel, and contractor area to allow them to view their profile and complete documents.
We had the privilege of completely overhauling Marlow White’s website. Their previous platform was well on it’s way to being a decade old and was limiting their growth potential. We recommended that they implement Magento Enterprise as the new platform. A complete overhaul was performed and every single page on the old website was evaluated for accuracy and transitioned to the new website. In addition, many improvements were made to business processes to reduce mistakes or problems in the order process.
This was a very enjoyable project! Gracious May was previously hosted on Adobe Catalyst. While that system served their needs, they felt it was time to move to a new, more customizable setup - and they chose SwiftOtter Studios. We had the pleasure of working through the creative process, developing a new look and feel that promoted their brand identity, and make an attractive ecommerce solution for their customers.
Titus2.com is a ministry for encouraging families in Jesus Christ. I had the blessing of being able to migrate them from their own in-house shopping cart to Magento. Their existing cart was not built for maintainability, and they were pushing the boundaries. Magento is fairly rock-solid, easy to use and very maintainable.