About Zoda Design
About the owner
Owner & Web Developer
Jessica Walker is a web developer from Flint, MI, and is also the president/owner of Zoda Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She has been doing web design as a hobby since 1999 and finally decided to do it professionally in 2012. What to chat? Shoot her an email.
Hear from our clients…
Jessica listened to what I wanted in my new website and within a couple days had some ideas available for my review. After a few changes to her initial ideas she put together the final site and it looked great.
She handled everything from start to finish very professionally and was great to work with. All of things I wanted in my site were included and I’m very happy with the site. Jessica is a pleasure to work with and cares about making her customers happy. I would highly recommend Jessica if you need work on your web site.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process?
Step one – design phase
This is where we listen and learn what you want from your website. Who are your competitors? Who are you trying to reach? What do you want them to do when they get there? Once we have a good grasp on what you’re looking for, we design the homepage of the website.
Step two – design revisions
Once the homepage is designed, we send it to you for approval. Any revisions you need made are done during this stage. Zoda Design clients are allowed up to 5 revisions of their initial design; anything beyond the five revisions will be billed hourly.
Step three – test website
During this step the website is built on the Zoda Design computers. Once it is ready we transfer it to our server and password-protect it, so that only you have access to it.
Step four – development revisions
During step four we work out all the kinks and make any further tweaks as necessary. Once you’re happy with how the website looks and functions, it’s ready for step five.
Step five – LAUNCH!
I don't understand what this word means?
Domain name – if your website is a house, the domain name is like your house’s address. It’s what people need in order to find you. In order to have a website you must have a domain name, and this is usually a yearly cost. This may or may not be included in the website quote, depending on your needs.
Website hosting – your hosting account holds all your files that are available publicly on the web. It would be the actual house people get to when they show up at your address (domain name). In order to have a website you must have website hosting. This is typically a yearly fee. This may or may not be included in the website quote, depending on your needs.
Have another term you’d like me to add here? Please email email@example.com!
What's covered under website maintenance?
It does not cover adding content such as text and images, adding or configuring plugins, changing the website theme, or any other tasks that are not an update of WordPress, plugins, or themes. These tasks are billed hourly.
Why does it cost so much?
As outlined in the process above, there are many specific skills needed to create your website. Graphic designers and web developers generally have four-year degrees, and this education and experience is what makes your new website have the effect you’re looking for.
For example, a small website (1-5 pages) can take anywhere from 40 to 60 hours to complete. This includes collaborating with the client on what they desire, brainstorming ideas on how to best reach the clients’ goals, putting together the design, sending it to the client for approval, revising, building the website, working out any technical issues, even more revisions, and then working with your hosting provider if necessary to get the website launched.