Experienced. Proven. Well-Rounded.
At Sandcastle Web Design & Development, we understand that you have a lot of options when it comes to who you choose to help bring your business online. But we also know that we bring several things to the table that many companies can’t, especially in a digital age where a lot of technology is so new to so many people.
Three Decades Of Experience!
Our staff’s experts have nearly three decades of experience in digital marketing, uniting the practical expertise of technology, marketing, and design to communicate ideas, drive sales, and build brands for businesses all across the nation. Our expertise provides a unique combination of perspective and capabilities that deliver dynamic solutions for every type of company, from local startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
We know we can help you too. We don’t just believe in just thinking outside the box here and there; we lean on our vast experience to provide truly custom solutions to your unique challenges. No two companies are alike, so no two approaches should be the same either.
User Experience FocussedWe all wear different hats at Sandcastle Marketing, but the one thing that we all have in common is that we are all – to our core – marketers, first. We all look through every single project, not through the lens of a designer or a developer or a technician, but through the eyes of the customer, understanding what questions they may have concerning your business. If something doesn’t work, then it doesn’t matter how we feel about a project emotionally; the only thing that matters is what drives results.
Due to our 30+ years of experience in digital marketing, we have experts underneath our roof that specialize in web design, application development, and the online marketplace. As a team, we harness this diverse skill set to tackle any projects in our way, no matter the size or complexity.
Personalized ApproachThese days, it seems like everyone is starting a “marketing agency.” But having a team of freelancers that work on a variety of different projects remotely doesn’t provide nearly the same level of touch that an in-house team can provide. For starters, when you call Sandcastle Marketing’s offices, you won’t be greeted by a robotic voice that will reroute you to seven different departments; you’ll interact with a live human and will remain with a live human for the duration of the call. If you have a question, comment, or just want to hear a quick proposal about a possible job, you’ll talk to a human every step of the way.
This personal touch extends to our clients, as well. We hate the term “account managers” because it implies that there is only one person in charge of a project at a time. In reality, we all take a very hands-on approach to every project we undertake. Though we may not be under the same roof as your company, we prefer our clients to think of us as their personal in-house web team.
Under-Promise, Over-DeliverWe take a lot of pride in not only meeting the expectations of our clients but exceeding them wherever possible. We intentionally undersell ourselves to our clients so that we can follow that up with over-delivering on the results. We want you to be “wowed” by your experience working with us and view your time with us as an investment inside your business.
In addition to our commitment to excellence, we also put a premium on character. Integrity, honesty, and self-responsibility are the cornerstones of our business, and we would love to give you an opportunity to experience that! Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we believe that our solutions are an excellent value for the top-notch level of knowledge and service that we can provide. In addition to a successfully completed project, we genuinely hope that you enjoy your time working with us at Sandcastle Web Design & Development.
Our Guarantee to You
In addition to the items listed above, we also make a few guarantees to every single one of our clients. We call this our service level agreement (SLA), and it governs your website availability, reliability, and performance, as well as our commitment to the highest level of professionalism and insisting you with the timely maintenance of your site.
We partner with leading providers of hosting, networking and cloud-based computing technology in the world, to deliver unparalleled uptime. We guarantee at least a 99.9% uptime on any site hosted on our server platforms. In the event that he goes down due to service disruptions by unlikely events, such as countrywide network failures, natural disasters, or acts of terrorism, our technical staff will work hand-in-hand with our hosting providers to restart normal services as soon as possible.
We take security and data protection very seriously. All of our clients are protected by a dedicated hardware firewall, and access is limited to the office, staff, and client to provide a static IP for connectivity. Our hosting environments are PCI compliant, and we are happy to work with clients to provide PCI certification for their website through several third-party providers.
We also utilize managed backup services, which provides full weekly backups with daily differentials stored off-site for an added level of security. These backups will include all site files, such as graphics, HTML, programming, and documents, and if needed, we can recover files quickly for online account management tool - usually in under an hour. In the event of a hardware failure, intensive proactive support service will be informed immediately and will take corrective action, with a one-hour hardware replacement guarantee.
Customer Support Guarantee
No client will be left out in the cold. We guarantee that we will respond to any non-critical issues, such as site updates and questions, within one business day during our normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM Pacific, excluding any standard holidays. We can also provide cell phone contact information for off-hour or emergency situations. In addition, we also monitor our email during evenings and weekends.
Scheduled Maintenance Guarantee
We will, from time to time, occasionally schedule maintenance events, perform updates and install system patches. We guarantee that you will be notified of these events 48 hours in advance unless there are high-priority, emergency situations. Typically, these updates require server downtime of less than 10 minutes and are excluded from our uptime guarantee.
Customer Disruption Guarantee
Sandcastle cannot be held liable in the event of service outages caused by direct customer actions. Although there are limitations on the manipulation of critical server configuration files (server settings, etc.) that a customer is allowed, if any customer's actions directly result in a service outage, Sandcastle will not compensate the customer affected by this outage. It is up to the customer to think of the consequences related to his/her actions. DNS service expiration, DNS legal disputes, web page deletions, and edits are just some examples of such troubles. Sandcastle reserves the right to charge customers time and material fees dependent on the type of service required for any issues caused directly by customer actions.
Why Choose Sandcastle Web Design & Development?
Sandcastle is a seasoned and trusted web development company that has been transforming digital landscapes for over three decades. At Sandcastle, we don’t just build websites; we forge enduring partnerships with our clients, guiding them through projects of all sizes with a commitment to excellence and innovation. Our expert team is renowned for its creative flair, technical prowess, and a client-centric approach, ensuring each project is not only a reflection of our expertise but also a testament to our clients’ visions. Whether it’s a small business website or a large-scale e-commerce platform, Sandcastle delivers solutions that are not just functional but also future-proof, helping our clients stay ahead in the ever-evolving digital world.
A Team You Can Trust
Located right here in Seattle, Washington, Sandcastle’s team of web designers and developers are as diverse as they come, yet familiar enough to allow easy access to all of our clientele. We don’t hide behind a customer care center thousands of miles away to handle our day-to-day relationships; when you call our offices, you’ll be speaking directly to somebody who can handle your business’ needs right away.
We pride ourselves on being a full-service marketing agency, combining the assets of several different marketing services all under one roof. Need a design agency? No problem. Want a development agency that can handle the heavy lifting on a custom WordPress site? Simple. Or if you just want a logo and web design strategy put together by a team of professionals that have experience in your area, Sandcastle Web Design & Development is the team for you.
A Team That is Experienced
Some marketing agencies only cater to one type of business or the other. Whether that’s local mom-and-pop shops or national chains, there’s a good chance that if you call a standard agency, they won’t even try to service your particular industry.
That’s not the case with Sandcastle Web Design & Development. Since our team has so much variety, we have individuals with skill sets in totally different areas, such as real estate, pest control, and even yogurt. The strategy may change from business to business, but our overall approach to making your business stand out online will not. When you call Sandcastle, you know that you’re working with industry professionals, no matter your expertise.
A Team That Includes You
Ask any of our customers, and they’ll tell you that working with Sandcastle Web Design & Development was one of the most transparent experiences of their professional life. Not only do we allow our clients to peek behind the curtain as to the design process, but we encourage their participation to create a custom program that matches perfectly with their business.
Before we even get started, our design process includes a conversation with the customer to determine their exact goals for the project. Once we’ve compiled enough information, we’ll create various design concepts and present them to you. Once you sign off on the ideas you like the most and address any concerns or questions you may have, we’ll move to integrate the finished product into your business’ workflow. No matter if that includes updating your current site, making your app go live, or transitioning parts of your business to online, we guarantee a seamless delivery from start to finish.
How much does a website / mobile app cost?
That’s a little like saying “I want to build a house, how much will that cost?” To answer that question you’d need to ask/answer a variety questions: How big is the house? How many rooms? Granite or Formica? You get the picture. The same goes for a website or mobile app. Prices vary dramatically depending a number of factors: the size of the project, the complexity of the project, what assets you’ll bring the table, etc. Once we have brief conversation about your project we can typically provide a rough ballpark of the costs, and then we can provide a detailed proposal which will include a specific cost estimate. We can tell you, however, that most CMS websites start at $7,500, ecommerce sites start at $15,000, and mobile apps start at $5,000 … and custom software development cost can grow (substantially) from there depending upon your specific project requirements.
How do you determine the cost of a website / mobile app?
We begin by learning as much as we can about your project requirements. Typically this involves multiple conversations and access to any technical documentation you may have available. If possible, we also like to get in touch with key stakeholders in the project, including marketing, operations and technical contacts. With this insight we will prepare a detailed proposal that includes the specific tasks, steps and deliverables to meet your project requirements. This proposal will include time/cost estimates, which typically are quoted within a range to allow for minor changes in scope without cost overages.
How long does it take to build a website / mobile app?
This varies depending upon the complexity of the project, but most projects are competed in 75 to 90 business days.
What happens after my project is completed? Are you still around to support me?
We are not a “build it and walk away” type of company. While you will be empowered with tools to maintain your project, we’ll be here to support you along the way. This may include enhancements that are beyond your capabilities, or simple day to day maintenance that you just don’t have time for.
What do we need to supply?
You know your business and industry better than we do, so we expect that you’ll provide the ideas and insights necessary for us to create a website or application that meets these needs. Typically we also see clients provide: brand use guidelines; previous marketing materials; technical documentation; 3rd party integration details/contacts; product & pricing information; business logic and process flow; and access to appropriate people/information as needed. You may also elect to provide site content (copy and images), or we can include this in our scope of work working with copywriters/editors, photographers and illustrators we have available. Once the site is initially constructed, we’ll also rely on you to provide thorough review and testing of the site to ensure that it meets your criteria before the launch.
How long have you been in business?
Sandcastle was officially founded in 2001, however Ashlee and David (the co-founders of Sandcastle) have been working together since the mid 1990’s. That’s a long time in “internet years”!
What are your payment terms?
Typically projects are billed in 1/3 increments based upon key project milestones: project onset, design approval, site posted for review and testing, site launch. Hosting and regular maintenance fees are billed monthly and include complete time tracking logs.
Do you offer hosting?
Will I be able to self-manage and make edits to my site?
Whether it’s a single-page website or a multi-location, 1,000 product e-commerce store, we provide next-level customer support throughout the entire process. We take feedback, make adjustments, take care of any technical issues, handle the content creation process for your site, and answer any questions that you may have. This is your site after all; we just helped design it.
My Business is Local. Will You Still Build My Site?
Absolutely! We service all types of businesses, from local service businesses to nationwide chains. While the technical specifics behind the website itself may vary from site to site, our commitment to developing a well-rounded online strategy for your website will not.
What CMS platforms do you use?
We utilize a variety of Content Management Systems (CMS), including WordPress and Umbraco. Each platform have their particular strengths, so once we evaluate your project we’ll make an appropriate recommendation.
Who do I talk to if have an questions or urgent needs?
We don’t hide behind a wall of technical support robots; if you have concerns, issues or any emergencies , simply contact our offices to talk to a real person. Though we do have different departments that handle individual stages of the process, they’re all staffed by people whose chief priority is your satisfaction. Rest assured, you’ll be well taken care of during your time with Sandcastle Web Design & Development.
I've worked with Sandcastle for many years. They know what they are doing - they give great advice, listen to my needs and are transparent about their work. I've recommended them to others who have been equally impressed. David and the team are friendly and never talk 'tech' to me. I truly appreciate their professionalism their willingness to accommodate our requests.
We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sandcastle for over 11 years! Sandcastle’s staff has consistently been a great group to work with. From basic website updates to large, complicated projects, they always make sure to thoroughly understand our company needs and thus website needs before moving forward. Their team is very enjoyable to brainstorm with, collaborate with, and communicate with.
I have known David and worked with Sandcastle many times over the last 15 years. Sandcastle is my “go to” company when I need to create a new client website or help increasing conversions on existing sites. David and his team understand direct response marketing principles and their knowledge of ‘what is working’ in the eCommerce space is second to none.
Sandcastle designed our website and has hosted it for many years. I’ve been most impressed with how responsive they are. I just email them and usually I get a response the same day. Very pleasant folks to work with.
I presented the need for a client portal to Sandcastle 4 years ago. We worked together to define the specifications and then they were on their way. My clients have been enjoying the ability to securely check sensitive information ever since. The team at Sandcastle has a talent for turning a complicated task into an elegant solution. We are grateful for the service that they provide.
In their development, maintenance and ongoing improvement of a mobile app platform and dozens of mobile apps for my business, the team at Sandcastle has been innovative, responsive and flexible. They stay on top of the frequently changing mobile operating systems and technology trends and proactively bring solutions to the table. I could not ask for a better partner.
This is the second time I’ve worked with Sandcastle. David and his team make things happen. They consistently hit deadlines and deliverables. They are 100% dependable, very adaptive to new situations, and a pleasure to work with.
My company started working with Sandcastle in 2013. My favorite thing about them is their response time. All it takes is an email and it seems like things fly into motion. I cannot tell you how many times they have helped us out with small stuff and larger stuff in a quick and timely manner. Their billing has always been more than reasonable as well. It’s been a pleasure working with them for all these years.
We’ve worked with Sandcastle for 8+ years and throughout have found them to be responsive, efficient and very easy to work with. They always exceed expectations in project turnaround and finished product. We look forward to doing business with them for years to come.
Having worked with Sandcastle for 14 years I highly recommend working with them. They are creative and highly responsive. We wouldn’t be this far down the road if they didn’t consistently exceed our expectations.
David Newsom and his team at Sandcastle Web Design & Development have been phenomenal to work with. They helped us build, design, and highly customize a successful e-commerce platform unique to our needs and our industry. They are dependable and have been exceptional at delivering quality work, providing support, and offering valuable guidance. We made the right decision going with Sandcastle.
Sandcastle designed a site for my new business during Covid. They listened and asked questions to help improve and refine my vision. Throughout the process and after completion they supported the continued improvement of the site. My website is the face of my business and I am proud of what Sandcastle built. I have worked with other developers before and have never experienced such a smooth development process. Their communication was excellent and the finished product is exactly what I had in mind.
Sandcastle has been great to work with. They are extremely competent, responsive, helpful and pleasant to work with. They have been instrumental in helping us maintain a technological edge in the digital marketplace.
Great team - very responsive to any of our requests.
We depend on our web presence and e-commerce for our day-to-day business and our day-to-day business needs frequently change. SandCastle has been incredibly responsive and quick to help make the necessary changes and updates. Great company!
David and his staff are professional, flexible, and responsive. Our website looks great and we are regularly complimented on it. The Sandcastle team have gone above and beyond to help us troubleshoot issues that come up and have responded quickly to ensure there is little impact on our website. I would highly recommend working with them.