Web Design & Search Optimization

Founded in 1999, ePageCity designs and develops websites for small businesses and non-profit organizations. We are online architects who build innovative solutions for a diverse set of satisfied clients. Optimized to convert visitors into customers, our websites translate our clients’ business missions into the digital medium by use of intuitive design, digital marketing, and rock-solid web applications.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
1999
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 4541 N Ravenswood, #201
    Chicago, IL 60640
    United States

Portfolio

GNP Realty Group Website Redesign

GNp Realty Group prides themselves on their ability to create long lasting client relationships in addition to offering the essential tools of property management to each customer. ePageCity designers carried these characteristics into their homepage design by preparing four call-to-action buttons that allow visitors clear-cut access to each of the core services. Helpful industry links and a homepage slide show give GNP the flexibility to display current properties while keeping clients up to date on industry rules and regulations.

Lycée Français de Chicago Website Redesign

Our developers took a mobile usability focused approach to redesigning the website for one of Chicago's premier private schools, the Lycee Francais de Chicago.  Students, teachers, and parents alike can find everything at their fingertips with well organized, and easy to navigate calendars, blogs, and content.

Rural American Fund Web Design

Custom built databases and a mobile-friendly design were the primary focus when designing this website for agriculture business private equity fund, Rural American Fund.  Custom investment fund portfolios allow the visitor to filter by fund and status, while the detail view showcases the investment's history and provides a prominent button for accessing its website.  A simplistic navigation allows the visitor to access needed information effortlessly on both desktop and mobile devices.    

Friedman Properties Website Redesign

Our professional website designers gave Friedman Properties an inviting site that speaks to various audiences at an affordable price. As one of Chicago’s leading real estate companies, Friedman Properties needed a custom website to reflect their professional reputation while enabling visitors to find available office space easily. The new design makes visitors feel comfortable and confident in Friedman Properties’ ability to deliver any real estate service. Clean navigation provides quick access to a myriad of leases available in the Chicagoland area. Implementation of our content management system enables Friedman Properties to manage the entire site in-house without extra expense of outsourcing website updates.

ICF Source Web Design

ePageCity presented ICF Group’s furniture by placing high-resolution images on a crisp, white layout. Site visitors can browse through furniture images and specs using two different site features; they can select “View Our Entire Collection” from the homepage to view furniture by price and designer, or they can visit the “Products” section to browse by category. When site visitors click on an individual furniture image, they access product specs and additional images of the piece.ePageCity built the site to be responsive to accommodate the rising trend of mobile usage. ePageCity also included social media functions—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus—on the homepage. The result is an eloquent, furniture-focused website that’s easy to access, navigate, and share.

McCaffery Interests Website Redesign

McCaffery Interests is an award-winning Chicago-based real estate developer that targets investment in urban real estate. The company develops or redevelops mixed-use residential, commercial and institutional projects across the United States.  McCaffery Interests contacted ePageCity to design and develop a site that could re-purpose their content, create a dedicated area in the site for their portfolio, news and awards, and give a clean, professional online brochure of the firm. In response, ePageCity has built a unique, engaging site that displays McCaffery’s commitment to creative real estate solutions. The site exhibits McCaffery’s award-winning projects with vivid imagery and custom sliders. Tailor-made databases for the company’s projects, awards and press coverage allow McCaffery to easily update and add new content. Additionally, ePageCity integrated responsive design which provides a better user experience to all users irrespective the device they use. As a result, the...

Chicago Scholars Website Redesign

A stunning collaboration of sophistication and professionalism, the Chicago Scholars website is an easy to navigate resource that provides the ability to promote their foundation through informative videos, newsletter subscriptions, donations, recent news and events, and a variety of editable photo galleries. Our team made sure to supply the perfect mobile-friendly, search-friendly platform for this non-profit organization to continue to help under-resourced students become future leaders.

Smithereen Pest Management Website Redesign

Smithereen Pest Management needed to update their website’s design to reflect a “green” commitment to taking care of the environment through safe product usage. A major goal of the future website was to educate their customers on the benefits and effectiveness of green pest management programs through an easy to navigate mobile-friendly interface.  This website features strong calls to action throughout.

Rennology Motor Sport Website Redesign

ePageCity developers created a custom, mobile-responsive website for Chicagoland area automotive repair business, Rennology Motor Sport.  The European sports cars Rennology services were the inspiration for this sleek and functional design which features social media feeds, videos, and a blog.

Interior Construction Group Website Redesign

As one of Chicago’s leading general contractors, Interior Construction Group (ICG) needed a custom website to uphold their notable reputation and boost their impressive portfolio. This clean and professional website allows the viewer to focus on a wide array of vivid project photos.  This project also allows Interior Construction Group's clients to view their ongoing projects within a custom built private access portal not visible to the public. 

Apostolic Church of God Website Redesign

The Apostolic Church of God's website is the essence of how a fully customized design should function. The homepage features live streaming video, editable rotating image areas and tabbed social media feeds visitors can click on to view ACOG’s blog, Twitter, or Facebook updates. Visitors are also directed to take a virtual tour of the church and get involved, whether it’s through a donation or participation in an upcoming event. User interaction and community engagement was a primary focus when redesigning this website.

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Multiple Websites for Realty Company

"Whenever we need something, they’re always available."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

ePageCity creates and maintains several real estate websites. The team provides a complete service, working on design, development, training, and support. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Head of Marketing and Brand Management, Realty Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ePageCity has done a great job at increasing the company’s overall online presence and organic traffic. They are particularly good at moving projects forward. Overall they do a good job at managing the various projects and are responsive to any needs. 

BACKGROUND

Can you give a brief description of your company and your role there?

We sell condos. We work with the developer who builds the buildings, and then we go in and sell them. I am in charge of the marketing and brand management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address when you approached ePageCity?

They do all of our websites. The most recent one that we did with them is for one of our new properties that we are building. They just created a website for us. They also have done at least seven other websites with us, too.

The websites are for our products; our different buildings. Our company has one with them as well. They’re informational websites.

SOLUTION

Does the scope of ePageCity’s work include design, development, training, and support for the websites?

Yes. They handle all of that. They also provide advice on how to make the site more optimized [for search]. We have another company that we use in-house that does some of that as well.

Why did you select ePageCity to work with in the first place?

We’ve been working with them for a while. Before I got here, they were already working with ePageCity. I work with Alison, and she’s really great at responding back to me right away with questions. When we have a new product or something that needs to be changed within the product, they’re really good at responding and getting a turnaround for us. That’s probably mainly why we keep going back to them.

Can you give a sense of the size of the project, either in a cost figure or a personnel work-hour figure?

On average, it would probably be around $20,000 per project.

When was the most recent website completed?

We had a product website go live in March of this year [2014].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of the results, are there any metrics or any qualitative feedback that you can share to indicate the effectiveness of their work?

All the time, people are finding out about us through our website. The presence that we have online could be attributed to them. The majority of our traffic comes from organic searches. It is a very appealing website. I think it keeps people coming back for sure. I don’t have the figures in front of me, but we definitely have a lot of repeat people coming back.

How would you describe their performance?

They do a good job at being available. If we ever encounter any issues or if we don’t like the look of something and we want to change it, they work as a team. It’s really great. Alison is our main person, but if we ever need to bring in their designers [or others], they do a really good job at scheduling meetings and getting things moving forward, which is really important. ePageCity is very responsive to our needs. Whenever we need something, they’re always available.

Is there any area that you think that they could improve on or that you would do differently?

I don’t think so. Our business is always changing. I think they do a very good job at keeping up with it. There are a lot of elements to what we do. They do a really good job at staying on top of everything.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them highly.

Website Design and Development for Electrical Manufacturing Company

"Everyone was just floored by the results."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ePageCity redesigned an electrical manufacturer’s website with the goal of establishing a more modern look. The team worked to create an online catalog of products offered and to implement a new CMS.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
La Grange, Illinois
Bridget Mushrush
Marketing, Connomac Corp
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team provided training and was responsive to all needs. ePageCity offered a comprehensive package for a good price and was able to provide specialists for all different fields. There has been an increase in traffic and the site looks much cleaner as a result of the engagement.

BACKGROUND

Could you give some background information on your company?

We are a small manufacturing company. We make heavy-duty electrical connectors that are usually used in tunnels for lighting or power source. We also make mini connectors, more for [use] in factories. We have about 25 people in our factory. We’re in La Grange, Ill.

What is your role?

I’m in marketing. Actually, I’m the secretary for the company. That’s my official title. But, I do the marketing. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

When you approached ePageCity, what was the business challenge that you were trying to address? What was the problem that you were trying to solve?

The problem is that we had a very old website, and we needed a complete renovation to be able to show what we have. We needed a complete working website [with] a catalog of all of our products. We had professional photography taken of our products, and we wanted to show them off. That was it: A whole new complete website.

Did you have any specific business goals for the project? Did you want more traffic or was it mostly just that you wanted the quality to improve?

We wanted the quality to improve. We did want more traffic. We have seen that considerably since we went live in September. We do one thing in our factory, but we have products. We have different values that can be added onto cable and wire. Our last website looked as though we only served one type of electrical connector. So, [with] this new website, we wanted to be able to show our products, give a description, and people could shop online, but not really order. 

SOLUTION

Can you talk about the scope of the project and what it included? Was it design, development, training, support?

All of the above. We started from the very beginning with design, not necessarily concrete design, but ePageCity wanted to know if we had designs in mind, what look we wanted. They wanted us to give them samples of other websites that were out there, so they could get a feel of what we liked. The content, of course, they set that up at their part. We then submitted the content.

The website was great because we learned how to do the content management system. That was done in such an effective way. It was [set up] meeting, go to meeting, and then they would have slides that would give us the step by step on how to do the content management.

How long did the project take?

We contacted ePageCity on the 1st of May [in 2013]. That’s when we were doing our shopping around for different Web design companies. We started with ePageCity after the contract and everything was signed. It was around the 1st of June. We went live 1st of September.

I’m a neophyte on building a website. I guess some building of websites goes faster than [ours] did. We were very pleased with the length it took to do this. There were many times where I had to go back to them and ask them many times, “What am I doing again? I tried this; it didn’t work.” So, there was a lot of back and forth emails. Just helping on a day-to-day basis.

What was your process for selecting them to work with? Did you have some other candidates that you were looking at? What criteria were you using to decide?

We did have other companies. Price was a definite plus. ePageCity had a comprehensive package for the price. The other Web design companies we looked at gave you so much and then everything else was $100 an hour after that. But, ePageCity was comprehensive from A to Z, whereas with other [companies], we would have had to add on. I kept going to [ePageCity], “Are you sure that’s part of this?” Because we couldn’t find any other Web designers that had a comprehensive program like ePageCity’s.

Could you give a sense of the size of the initiative, in terms of dollars or personnel work hours?

It was $10,000. [ePageCity] worked with us on that in regard to, “You’re going to put a $3,000 website up there. It’s going to look like one.” His motto was, “I’ll always make you look bigger and better than you are.” It did happen that way.

As far as personnel time, how ePageCity sets it up is they met with all of us, grabbed all of our ideas, everybody’s input, which we also had ahead of time before they came in. But, they only wanted one person of contact, which was me, which was excellent because the training that went along with it was very difficult. If they had to bring in another person, they didn’t want to have to do it again. So, it was a lot of hours on my part.

Another thing that was hard, we did have our professional photographer take pictures of our products, but our product is used mostly in the ground. No tunnel builders wanted to take pictures of plugs. So, that was a very difficult thing for us to get across to viewers of our website: Yes, this is what we do. We’d never had that before. So, our slides on the homepage were difficult, but ePageCity helped me tremendously making it look as though everybody sends us pictures all the time of their plugs in the ground.

The photographer was someone that you hired separately, and then you submitted the photos to ePageCity?

Yes. They did have [photography services] to offer. But, we had already had someone come in because we knew we were going to do new brochures and a new website. They would’ve offered it, but we had it done. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project? Are there any metrics that you can share?

I’m trying to run through all the things that have happened. Everyone was just floored by the results. We get a grid, and it shows the traffic since September until now and it’s just climbing with the newsletter. You can sign up for our newsletter. It just climbs every week.

Because we work with contractors and distributors, we have seen an increase of independent people that are looking for electrical connectors. They go to our website, and they just send me the submission form, and I’m with them all the way until either they buy something or they need a quote. That has increased measurably.

Another thing is that we are so proud to tell everyone. Look us up; check out our website.

Do you feel like the platform is easy to use? Do you feel like it was the right type of technology for what you wanted to accomplish?

Absolutely. We have a few competitors but most of them, what our product is to them is more just a very small portion. Our competitors are worldwide. I look on their websites, and I don’t even know where to go. [With] ours, it’s clean and clear cut.

How did the company perform in terms of scope and responsiveness?

Responsiveness was within five minutes. Then, there were times when I just wasn’t getting it because terminology was difficult or new to me as far as website development. Then, they would call me if, through email, we were not understanding each other. In fact, someone just called me last week to see how I was doing with the content management.

[In terms of scope], right on target. Actually we ended up adding more in the end, not because ePageCity suggested it. It’s just we wanted to enhance it, just up a slightly bit more. It was very attainable.

When you were working with ePageCity, was there anything unique or special about them compared to other companies with which you may have worked?

What I liked, and we figured this out when we were looking at different companies, is that with ePageCity, we just didn’t work with one person. We worked with a content management specialist, we worked with a design specialist, we worked with the salesperson, and the overall manager. Then, there was someone [who] just did the education. They went to the point of showing me the slides, and [how to do the] next step. 

The reason why we like that is because, with other companies, there was only going to be one contact that we would meet with, and that person would do everything. We just felt these people were specialized in those areas at ePageCity.

Is there any area that you think they could have improved on or that you would do differently?

They were so professional, almost to a fault, but it’s not a negative aspect. But, let’s put it this way. I just retired as a teacher, and then came here to work. So, I was the boss in my classroom. Now I was working with other professional business people, and it was different from when I was working in a school. So, it was more for me to see that change and work with such professional people as the ones at ePageCity.

There was one other aspect. They, of course, asked me these questions, too, when we were finished. When we first walked through the whole process of what it was going to take, what the steps were. I had asked them if those slides would stay up for me to be able to retrieve them when I got confused about something. They agreed that they should leave those up on their training website so that people can go back and look and see what’s the next step, what do I have to provide for them, and they agreed.

So, the overview of what was going to be expected from your end?

Absolutely.

It would have been nice to reference later on.

Correct. But we also had a URL to go to, to help me walk through most of the content management system. That’s still available to me. But, I wish [I’d had the training documents to reference] while I was going through it. Because by the time I had finished developing this website with ePageCity, I then knew how to do it. But, [at the time], it really didn’t feel like I could. Everything was so new to me.

5.0
Overall Score You got it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Nonprofit Genealogy Society Website Redesign

"Whenever I have any kind of question, they answer it within hours if not minutes."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

ePageCity performed a complete website redesign and update for a genealogy service. The project's goals were to modernize the site and make it more functional for employees. 

The Reviewer
 
Cicero, Illinois
Sue Rolsky
Website Chair, Board Member at CSAGSI
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Staff find the site much easier to use, and it has a much cleaner look overall. ePageCity understood the service’s needs and limitations; they worked well with volunteers and helped push the project to completion. They now provide hosting services and maintenance.

BACKGROUND

Can you give a brief description of your company and your role?

We are a nonprofit genealogy society. We have 1,000 members. That’s international. We’re based out at Cicero, Ill. I’m a board member. I’m the recording secretary. I’m also the Web chairperson.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

When you approached ePageCity, what was the business challenge that you were trying to address?

We needed our website totally updated. It was actually the first genealogy society to have a website. It goes back to the early to mid-‘90s. The person who was the webmaster [at that time] left our organization. Because it was so old, it was a little cumbersome to work with.

Do you feel like there was any time lost due to that or any challenges that you had with not having an updated website?

Definitely. First of all because we are all volunteers. You take what you can get. When the webmaster got really busy, things on the site weren’t even updated. It was not always user friendly [that], of course, is something you need, especially nowadays because so many people use websites to find out information. You need something that’s both attractive and easy to use. That’s why we needed to update it.

What were your company’s business goals for the project?

We needed something that was not overly expensive even though we know there’s certainly a good cause to doing this sort of thing. We needed a company that would be easy to work with because we’re all volunteers. You’ve got to understand most of the people that I deal with on the board and committee are not computer savvy. We needed a company that was very easy to work with and would understand that there’s also a lag in getting information they may want or need right away because we are dealing with volunteers. 

SOLUTION

Can you discuss the scope of the project in terms of what it included, such as design, development, training, and support?

Everything. They did the design. They did the development. They host our website. There was training. To this day, we have maintenance, too. We have this court agreement besides, but they certainly were always easy to talk to.

How long did it take to complete the project?

From the time the contract was signed about a year. Again because, on our part, we were slow in getting information to them. We only have quarterly board meetings. Things that might need to be voted on had a hold off. The timeframe would have been way faster had this been an actual corporation dealing with them.

What was the process for selecting ePageCity with which to work?

We formed a committee that then interviewed three or four different organizations. ePageCity had been recommended by someone else that had a volunteer, nonprofit organization. When ePageCity made their presentation, although not the cheapest, they were the best to fit our needs.

What we needed was someone that would be able to work with us knowing the limitations of our people. We needed someone who could do everything: Design it, develop it, and host it for us and help us out.

Could you give us a sense of the size of this initiative in monetary terms or personnel hours?

It was $11,000 and something.

When was the project completed?

We launched live on August 31 of 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Are there any metrics that you can share that indicate the success of the project?

Again, we don’t have always computer savvy people that are going on the site. Now, they’re finding it much easier to use. It’s a work in progress because of stuff that we need to put up there. We have generally 1,000 hits a month on the site. It’s so much cleaner and brighter. It’s much nicer to use.

Do you have any idea what the traffic was before?

Unfortunately, that’s the webmaster that left. It was nowhere near a thousand. A lot of that was because of the staleness of our information. We did not get it updated very often.

How would you describe the performance of ePageCity?

They were absolutely wonderful to deal with. Besides the training that they provided as part of our contract, whenever I have any kind of question, they answer it within hours if not minutes. Now, you’ve got to understand I’m not a needy person. I would put in there, “This isn’t a rush. Get back to me whenever,” and they would still get back to me in less than 24 hours.

What about in terms of the agreed schedule and budget?

That all went according to plan.

Do you feel like you’ve selected the right company here?

Definitely. I have dealt with other companies because I used to run the website for YMCA in our area. So, I’m familiar with it and the process. They were very good to deal with.

Looking back on the project, are there any areas that they could have improved or that you might have done differently?

I can’t necessarily blame them. There were features I would have added or made sure that we checked into more, but that I believe is more on our committee’s problem than dealing with ePageCity. We could have done something different than we did, but our committee chose not to.

So, there are features on the site that you think looking back might have been useful to add?

Right. We were limited by our budget. That had certainly a lot to do with it.

Did that have a negative impact on the overall project?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were the ones that were on schedule. I’m sure they wanted to be done long before we were.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would.

Website Update for Real Estate Company

"They worked quickly, efficiently, and effectively to meet our needs."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Aug. - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

ePageCity redesigned a website to consolidate the content into a one-page form.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Colorado
Human Resources Coordinator, Real Estate Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The design met expectations and stayed under budget. The production manager capably led the process and fulfilled all scope requirements.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the HR coordinator for a small property management firm that deals primarily with multi-family properties.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ePageCity?

We engaged ePageCity to downsize our multipage website.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted the website to be a one-page form.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We've worked with ePageCity in the past

Describe the project in detail.

They redesigned our website according to our specifications and budget.

What was the team composition?

I worked directly with the production manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The redesign meets our needs, and we're very happy with it.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Since our project was smaller, the production manager was able to handle the scope capably by himself.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They worked quickly, efficiently, and effectively to meet our needs.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, I can’t think of anything.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer