A WordPress agency in Surrey

We are Preface Studios. A WordPress agency in Surrey. Specialising in bespoke WordPress web design, development and content. We are digital problem solvers. We create high performance, business driven websites for a variety of markets. We offer a range of bespoke services in four core areas: Web Strategy, Web Design , Web Development, Inbound Marketing

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2006
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Farnham, United Kingdom
headquarters

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Key clients: 

Lactalis, NHS, Oktra, Allport Cargo Services, Surrey County Council

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Web Dev for PPC Agency

"They always made positive suggestions to improve the content."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - May 2019
Project summary: 

Preface Studios built a WordPress website for a PPC marketing agency's client. They first created mockups and an InVision prototype and carried out two rounds of revisions before developing the site.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Victoria Moses
Digital Marketing Consultant, Vizmatic Marketing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site has launched and seen a drop in bounce rate, a lift in goal completions, and more organic search visibility. Preface Studios delivered a high-quality website on time and at reasonable prices. Their constant communication, attention to detail, and expertise stood out.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a digital marketing consultant and founder of Vizmatic Marketing, which specialises in Google and Facebook pay-per-click advertising. My clients often require updates or new WordPress websites to enhance their advertising efforts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Preface Studios?

We required an agency that specialises in WordPress to make on-page and WordPress plug in updates to https://www.drlogic.com

What were your goals for this project?

To implement recommended changes from our digital marketing plan for SEO and PPC.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was recommended by a friend in the SEO industry who had a very positive experience.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Preface Studios took the specification/content document and created a design mockup and then provided me and the client with an inVision clickable prototype. We were able to review the designs and make decisions with them. We had two rounds of revisions within the budget. Once the designs were signed off, they moved into the development. They took a copy of the live site and worked on a staging version. All the changes were successfully implemented for desktop and mobile. The new content was integrated into the WordPress setup so the client could edit in the future. They also carried out updates to the WordPress core and the plugins. The client also asked them to make content updates to existing content on deeper pages.

What was the team composition?

We worked with the Operations Director, Creative Director and one of the Developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

A decrease in bounce rate and an increase of goal completions via the page was observed within days of being implemented. The SEO friendly page structure has also increased organic search visibility.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project flowed well. There were no issues. Communications was clear and often.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Attention to detail during design and development. They always made positive suggestions to improve the content.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No.

5.0
Overall Score Really enjoy working Preface. Everything you could want in a WordPress design and development agency.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Good communication, project was completed on time.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Price reflects the skill and quality of work. Preface are worth the money!
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Great! From planning thought to design and build, the whole process was well executed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer my clients to Preface and will continue to do so.

Site Redevelopment & Optimization for Office Design Company

“They’re the best WordPress agency I’ve ever worked with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Preface Studios redeveloped a Joomla site and migrated it to WordPress. They added optimization software, a layout builder functionality, and various plugins and features. The team remains on retainer.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, England
Jamie Levon
Head of Digital, Oktra
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Preface Studios exceeded expectations by delivering a site that has reduced load time and boosted callback requests, guide downloads, and site traffic. Responsive, communicative, and honest, the team maintains a wide-ranging skillset and strives for continuous improvement and innovation.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of digital marketing at Oktra, the UK’s leading office design company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Preface Studios?

We wanted to create an outstanding first impression, so we needed to build our site from the ground up while keeping SEO in mind. My company hired Preface Studios to refresh our website and improve our SEO.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Preface Studios redeveloped our site, which had originally been built with Joomla, and migrated it to WordPress. They implemented various WordPress plugins to optimize speed and help with SEO, such as Yoast. We did a lot of responsive testing.

The Preface Studios team used different types of development software, and they helped add optimization software. They also integrated a layout builder functionality. WordPress’s functionality makes correctly tagging headers quite difficult, so Preface Studios provided us with custom functionalities to enable more advanced optimization. They also added JavaScript animation features and an office space calculation tool.

My in-house team did the SEO and PPC, and Preface Studios helped to optimize everything we asked for help with, such as content layout.

Once they completed the site, they helped me transfer content and site authority from the old site to the new one. We still have them on retainer, and they’re currently working on other projects for us.

What is the team composition?

We work with 1–5 people.

How did you come to work with Preface Studios?

We tested some agencies out, and Preface Studios came as a referral. They quickly gained our trust because they were very honest and answered our questions.

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent $80,000–$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2018, and they completed the site in December 2018. Our partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Preface Studios has exceeded our expectations. Our request-a-callback is up by 400%, and our guide downloads and other conversions have improved by 70%. We’ve seen a load-time reduction of 5.8 seconds, if not more, and a 30% increase in site traffic.

How did Preface Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Preface Studios is great to work with. They’re quick to respond; when I call them, they answer or call me back right away. The owner is personable, and I speak to him a lot. We communicate through face-to-face meetings, telephone, and email. It feels like a partnership with them, and we’ve overcome any difficulties that we’ve had.

The team is very honest about whether they can do something, and they constantly want to improve the services that they offer. They approach us about new software releases and suggest what we should add. They’re constantly developing and innovating, which is really nice.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a vastly broad range of skills that encompass everything from highly technical web development to project management. They’re the best WordPress agency I’ve ever worked with. For the website, they went above and beyond and added valuable aspects we hadn’t planned for.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’re honest about what they can do. If there’s something they don’t know how to do, they find out how to do it, and then they come back with a brief and ask for my feedback. We work as a team and complete tasks together.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Test their skills. Go in with a brief that is better than you think possible, because they will probably be able to do it. Think of them as a partner, not just a company. They become a part of your DNA and help you improve weekly.

5.0
Overall Score They will work with you on anything, even if it’s outside their scope. They go the extra mile and are very helpful.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve met 95% of the deadlines; the other 5% haven’t been met because they’ve had to go and do their own research.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    You pay for quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve met every milestone. They support us wherever they can.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer my own clients to them. I 100% recommend them.

Website Redevelopment for Nonprofit Industry Organization

"Preface Studios’ cooperation and alignment on our goals are most impressive."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Preface Studios rebuilt a website from scratch for a nonprofit organization. They made a tool to simplify report uploads and track the number of downloads. They also provide SEO advice.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Farnham, UK
Joe Barrett
President, GSA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The number of registered users and documents downloaded have both increased markedly since the engagement began. Preface Studios' ability to accept constructive input well while also bringing good ideas of their own to the table makes them a valuable partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the president of GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association). We’re a nonprofit industry organization representing companies across the mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications, and mobile support services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Preface Studios?

We needed to hire an external resource to totally reconstruct the GSA website, as well as add new features and security.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to increase the usability of the website to get more registered users and increase the number of downloaded reports.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked at past reviews for local companies that are not too large, which we thought would deliver good value for our money.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Preface Studios rebuilt the site from scratch, and now host it as well. They suggested a number of designs for the home page UI. They made a simple tool to upload and define categories for new reports, and an analysis of document downloads. They update the existing mobile devices database for better output and analysis. Then they add new databases for mobile operators, networks, spectrum, and technologies. They also provide SEO advice.

What was the team composition?

We work with 2–3 people from their team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We’ve seen a growth in registered users and an increase in the number of documents downloaded.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The workflow only required a light touch from us. Preface Studios provides good input.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Preface Studios’ cooperation and alignment on our goals are most impressive.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, there are no areas for improvement.

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