DQuinn.net is a Boston-based web design studio operated by Daniel Quinn. I specialize in intimate, end-to-end, and fully custom solutions for local businesses and established brands. For over ten years, I’ve been building websites in WordPress, the most popular content-management system in the world. My network of digital experts—from visual designers, copywriters, videographers, and marketing strategists to accessibility experts—makes it possible for you to build a fully featured platform for your business with a one-man army, without any of the expensive middlemen, through a single point of contact. Here’s what I believe in.
I don’t want to know your budget at the outset. That’s probably the first question you get asked when you request a quote for web development, and you’re right to be suspicious: because web development is a highly technical process, it’s easy to get lost in tech jargon and accept developers’ pronouncements on faith.
Because I have the development process down to a science, we don’t have to resort to black magic when it comes to pricing. I believe in transparent pricing, allowing you to buy features and functionality à la carte.
I believe in practical web design. I’m not interested in building websites for one-time, flash-in-the-pan marketing. I’m interested in building practical solutions for you as the content creator and your visitors as users. The goal is to create a platform that gets your message out without having to think about the technical hurdles involved in managing a website.
Instead of making “WordPress themes,” I build websites that use WordPress to empower you to take control of your content. Whether you’re a blogger, entrepreneur, or principal, the powerful WordPress Dashboard can make your life easier.
WordPress powers the websites of 314 million bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business owners worldwide. (That’s over 39% of all websites on the Internet.) The platform was built by the tireless contributions of thousands and continues to improve every day, thanks to the genius of the open source community.
I believe in the power of WordPress. Countless big brands from Time Inc. and The New Yorker to TechCrunch and BBC America have chosen WordPress due to its incredible flexibility and easy-to-use Dashboard. WordPress allows non-technical users to control the content in their site like no other platform available today. By choosing WordPress as your publishing platform, you not only save costs in development, but tap into a constantly growing and future-proof community.
Whether you’re a restaurateur like The Maiden in Southie or a marketing manager overseeing product development at LogMeIn, the powerful Gutenberg editor in WordPress can make your life easier. After all—it’s already making the lives of millions of bloggers all around the world easier, so why not you? I can tailor the platform to serve your business’ unique needs, that way you can get back to work.
A website that performs should serve your content, not dress it up like a window display. Most importantly, it’s a tool you can use to extend your reach in ways you might not have considered before. My development process starts from the ground up: I bring in a designer skilled in user experience design (UXD) to take you through the full process of creating a sitemap and wireframes. A carefully crafted UXD review ensures that your website not only looks smart, but rewards your users for its being intelligently designed.
I’m here to assemble your A-Team. I’m the guy with his hands in the code and your project’s manager. If we need to bring in a specialist like a copywriter, search engine consultant, or accessibility or security expert for an outside review, my Rolodex includes trusted, local experts who can join our team under the umbrella of my studio. I’ve dealt with every facet of the web design process, and know just the right people to call.
Every installation starts with a clean slate: no hacked-up WordPress themes, no Frankenstein of stitched-together plugins. I cut my teeth in the agency world, where you innovate or die. I don’t like off-the-shelf solutions that only approximate what you dreamed of building. Instead, everything I write or design is custom built to order.
This new, native page builder in WordPress puts Squarespace and Wix to shame. I build you a library of blocks based on your custom design. No more retrofitting, no more finagling.
Wireframing is essential to informing functional specs during the design phase. Just about every website my designers create starts with a skeleton like this, just after the discovery phase.
My advice is always to leave the expert jobs to the experts. If you need to your website to be WAI compliant, let’s bring in an accessibility group that does just that. I can oversee these third parties and make sure they do the right thing.
The measurable gains from starting with a clean slate might be the difference between gaining a customer or losing them to a one-second delay on mobile. I write everything from scratch: no frameworks, no bloated code.