Although there are many web design companies in Bellingham, there are few which specialize in WordPress. We have focused our efforts and vision on WordPress web services since 2008. Our skills have been honed through the years by supporting not only our client’s websites, but our own websites as well.
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Back in 2008 I (Rick) had found myself working for a mid-sized server manufacturing company. With the economy as it was, this company decided that they couldn’t afford to have me continue testing their web software and I was let go. At the time the event was quite devastating. In addition to some health issues I was working through I wasn’t able to find work immediately. After a very uncomfortable period of time my wife and I decided to pull the trigger on being self-employed. We had heard a lot about it being difficult, but we knew we were up for the challenge. In our eyes, going back and working for someone else could land us in the exact same situation again… the economy could take a turn for the worse and leave us penniless.
Shortly thereafter I started my first incarnation of Bellingham WP, then named D’Haene Design. It was difficult to start, but we managed to get by the first few months. From the beginning I had set to work with my search engine optimization knowledge and, after a few months, my website was ranking really well for my targeted keyword search terms which were driving a fair bit of traffic that resulted in work and projects. In hind-sight, and you can quote me on this, the website made all the difference.
Back in the early days of the internet simply having a website online could be enough effort to guarantee that your business would be found. The primary reason being that competition was very thin. Potential clients and customers were clamoring to use the internet for all purposes, including finding service providers. As we all know, the dot-com boom was followed by a sharp collapse. As more and more competition entered the marketplace, in the form of new websites offering new services, the easy approach of ‘set it and forget it’ quickly disappeared.