Strategy, Design, Drupal & WordPress

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We are a Washington, DC-based digital strategy firm with an award-winning creative & web development team. Contact us at [email protected]

We focus on content strategy, design systems, brand refreshes, and implementing enterprise based technical platform to increase brand awareness and conversions.

We offer integration services with third-part marketing automation and CRM systems. Specialize Drupal, WordPress & SalesForce.

Visit www.wdg.co to learn more about WDG or email us at [email protected] 

 
$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2004
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Arlington, VA
headquarters
  • 3100 Clarendon Blvd
    Arlington , VA 22201
    United States
other locations
  • 718 7th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Identity Guard
  • WTOP, Washington's top news
  • The United States Institute of Peace
  • The American Red Cross
  • Boeing Company
  • WebMD
  • Godiva
  • PBS
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library
  • The United States Congress 
  • National Interest
  • World Cocoa Foundation

See recent portfolio -  www.webdevelopmentgroup.com

American Red Cross

Confronted with a growing mobile audience, American Red Cross needed to upgrade their non-adaptive mobile interface to help users more easily locate and leverage appropriate resources during times of crisis. Our primary task was to create an aggregated platform that highlighted the American Red Cross’ breadth of relief services. 

View more WDG projects by visiting&nbsp

;https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work

vbrick - enterprise video platform

WDG partnered with Vbrick to provide the ultimate experience to B2B companies in need of video capabilities. We helped Vbrick design a polished CMS portal that displayed the trusted brand to their ever-expanding Fortune 500 customer list.

Visit case study at Visit vbrick case study!

Chemonics

Chemonics sought to coalesce a broad body of content into a streamlined information architecture with improved navigation pathways to increase user engagement.

View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

World Cocoa Foundation

We created custom designs for a flexible WordPress CMS platform to showcase WCF’s position as the primary thought-leader on cocoa sustainability issues.

Lush color schemes and photography maintain brand identity within a modernized aesthetic. Advanced navigation capabilities, search optimization, and overall performance of the WCF website were necessary. By simplifying the homepage with taxonomies, we minimized visual

clutter, heavy text, and menu structure.

Read our full case study by visiting: https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/world-cocoa-foundation/

Flight Safety Foundation

Bringing aviation safety to the digital forefront.

Visit www.wdg.co to learn how we increase conversions and traffic.

The United States Institute of Peace

Achieve your digital mission with a dynamic CMS platform.

Visit www.wdg.co to learn more.

The National Interest

WDG constructed a site redesign and migration onto a Drupal site for The National Interest, a leading international media publication. The National Interest is an American international affairs magazine that is published by the Center for the National Interest. WDG was able to assist The National Interest on their redesign by providing full-spectrum support, including strategy, design, and web development. The

National Interest was analyzed and needs were identified in order for WDG to provide them with tailored solutions. Check out www.wdg.co for more.

BoardSource

BoardSource sought to utilize a redesigned site structure and brand aesthetic to increase membership conversions, promote sales of particular resources, and meet key performance indicators (KPI’s). WDG strategized BoardSource’s site redesign with an improved information architecture, thorough wireframe designs, and an incredible user experience. View more WDG projects by visiting&nbsp

;https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

Center for Global Development

Reveal digital solutions that encourage global prosperity through innovative user experience.

See more on www.wdg.co

Learning Without Tears

Redesign for Learning Without Tears with Drupal as the CMS.  Case study: https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/learning-without-tears/

American Diabetes Association

Mobile and desktop projects for the American Diabetes Association.

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Sample Clientele

Our clients range from successful startups to visiable large non-profits.   

For over a decade, every project — no matter the size — has been met with a passion and pursuit to consistently deliver conversion-driven solutions.

We lay the strategic foundation for each project by understanding the targeted business goals and audience needs of our clients. Our data-driven approach delivers results that

are strategically on-brand.

Our strategists, designers, web developers and marketers take service and standards seriously — the job will not just be completed, but mastered. All of our clients know that they are working with a hand-picked, quality, experienced team.

Learn more by contact us at [email protected]

Health.ly

Health.ly wanted to create an invaluable resource center for users featuring a robust collection of health-focused recipes with social feature integrations to keep users coming back for seconds. WDG designers created a delectable design to showcase the full user experience for target audiences. We created an interactive interface with featured and sponsored content to increase user engagement and revenue, as well as

optimized all designs for three different breakpoints. View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

AALU

Website redesign for AALU. View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

WDG Work Reel

A video displaying WDG's portfolio of work.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library houses the largest collection of historical Shakespeare literature, manuscripts, and other artifacts in the world. When the Folger partnered with The Web Development Group, we were tasked with revitalizing their online presence with an updated site structure that better catered to their wide breadth of audiences, from the general public to knowledgeable research scholars. Built on a

Drupal CMS, we gave the Folger’s web administrators a completely customized and straightforward way of managing content. View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

Hubbard Radio

Hubbard Broadcasting operates across several major markets including the nation’s capitol. They desired an online platform that could manage multiple channels and millions of listeners. In order to achieve this goal, WDG would need to create a streaming medium equipped with features that had cutting edge web functionality that would revolutionize the

listener experience.  View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

American Coatings Association (ACA)

A true model of sustainability, the American Coatings Association (ACA) has been protecting and preserving our nation’s infrastructure for more than a century. They are prideful advocates continually seeking to change critical industry issues through various publications, programs, and events. The Web Development Group (WDG) found a way to express their passion for the industry while engaging visitors with tailored

content.  View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

City of Alexandria

After recently being named one of the top cities in the United States to live, The City of Alexandria determined that it was time to give their web presence an overhaul, and hired The Web Development Group to partner in this extensive and in-depth project. Offering full service web design, web development, strategy and marketing services, The Web Development Group,  or WDG, is a full service digital agency, that

calls the city of Alexandria home. Launching the project with their in-house team of web designers and developers, WDG was hired as a collaborative partner, to provide strategy, redesign of information architecture, digital taxonomy, wire frames, front-end design and user interface design. View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

The Conquer Cancer Foundation

The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF), located in Alexandria, Virginia, is a non-profit foundation built on the goals of funding research, sharing knowledge and improving the quality and access of cancer care. In an effort to rejuvenate their design, improve user experience and amplify the overall essence of credibility to the CCF site, The Web Development Group was contracted to provide research and discovery, digital

strategy, redesign of the website’s information architecture, as well as the design of a completely new and updated Drupal website.  View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

Penton

New York based Penton Media is an information publishing services company distributing to over 16 million professionals in industries such as agriculture, transportation, and infrastructure. They offer a plethora of different resources for these industries, including networking, data metrics, and peer to peer broadcasting. With our in-depth experience in this industry, we knew we had to develop an online platform that is

sustainable and versatile.  View more WDG projects by visiting https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com/work/

Reviews

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Branding & Web Design & Dev for Consulting Firm

“We're really excited about the new brand. It's fresh, modern, simple, and sophisticated.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. - June 2019
Project summary: 

WDG - Web Development Group supported a website redevelopment and brand refresh. After they understood the need, they designed and wireframed a new site before delivering it to the internal developers.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Manassas, Virginia
Stacie Malinowski
Owner, SLM Consulting LLC.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site hasn’t launched yet, but the designs and strategies WDG - Web Development Group provided match the brand. They were thoughtful, professional partners who managed creative personalities in a constructive way, and their responsiveness continued after the project’s completion.

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 own a marketing consulting strategy firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

I worked with them to redevelop a website and refresh a brand for a client of mine.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We developed the website, and refreshed the logo, brand tone, and voice. When I met them, we wanted a long-term partnership. We kicked off the process through a series of team building exercises and listening sessions. I'm so impressed by how well they listen to their clients and find out what their needs are. They were very thoughtful in their approach.

After the initial sessions, they went into full design and wireframing for the website. That process took about six weeks to get through all the elements of each phase. Then, we reviewed various milestones while we worked on the new aspects of the brand. We looked over refreshed versions of the logo, brand tone, and voice, and they delivered the final design comps for the website.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of at least five. We had a creative and sales lead, a project manager, a lead creative designer, a wireframing specialist, and a few other team members.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

I wasn't a fan of the traditional RFP process. I got recommendations from colleagues for firms that could do both web and brand development. I analyzed about ten companies, and I reached out and interviewed about five of those. We had an in-depth interview process with our executives to examine their skills and their ability to partner with us. Through that process, we narrowed it down to two firms, and WDG came out ahead because they asked the right questions. They understood the project, and they were thoughtful listeners. Hiring them felt very comfortable.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent over $85,000 for their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together sometime around March 2019 and just wrapped up in June 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're currently building the website internally. Once that rolls out in August, all the design elements will come together. As yet, we haven't launched. Typically, they'd build the website, but we had an internal team to complete the development process. We're really excited about the new brand. It's fresh, modern, simple, and sophisticated.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They were really excellent; I would hire them again in a second. We communicated weekly, and we used Confluence and InVision to manage the work.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were so thoughtful, and they really listened. They applied equally thoughtful strategies to the project once they understood the client and what we were looking for. Their level of professionalism was admirable. We had a lot of creative leaders involved in the process, and they helped us keep everyone on the same page. Whenever an area sparked a lot of debate, they always found ways to diffuse the situation.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I had a completely positive experience with them. They were super responsive and they continue to be. Even after their job finished, their attentiveness to our questions or requests is awesome.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I don't have any specific recommendations for potential clients.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We were always on target.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their costs were high, but they're worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They listened, were responsive and professional, and they applied great strategy.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very likely to recommend them.

Proprietary to Open Source Web Migration for Graduate School

“They are top-of-the-line.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

In a two-phase project, they are migrating a proprietary website to WordPress. They replaced the frontend in phase 1; in phase 2, they’ll replace the backend and re-configure third-party interfaces.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington DC Metro Area
IT Contractor, DC Graduate School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

WDP – Web Development Group launched phase 1 on time and on budget, a rarity in the development space. Experts in design and development, the team also facilitates a smooth working relationship. Their communicative nature and effective process supplement a long-term engagement.

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 a CIO consultant, and I was hired as a contractor to be the project executive for a Washington, D.C. graduate school.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

We needed to move a fifteen-year-old website from its proprietary platform to an open source platform. The new site needed to be easier to manage and allow their staff to make changes themselves. Also, we wanted to lower the cost of maintaining the website, as the proprietary vendor would charge for any changes made.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

WDP – Web Development Group is developing the website on WordPress, since managing this requires less expertise. The project has two phases. Phase 1 included replacing the frontend of the proprietary system. We also created the beginning frameworks for our distance learning system. In phase 2, WDP – Web Development Group will replace the proprietary backend and re-configure the third-party interfaces to the new site.

What is the team composition?

We are in contact with at least ten people. I have worked with Ab (Founder, WDP – Web Development Group), Josh (Project Manager, WDP – Web Development Group), and a couple of strategy team members.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

We released an RFP to thirteen vendors.  There were two proposal rounds. Round two included only the top three candidates, and WDG won the bid. I told the graduate school that they needed to select a long-term partner, as opposed to just a vendor.  During the Q&A and interview portion of round two, Ab clearly made an effort to build that relationship with my client.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began speaking with WDP – Web Development Group in September 2017, but we didn’t start the work until the fall of 2018. We will be launching phase 2 of the project shortly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Phase 1 launched on schedule and in budget, which is both excellent and rare for a development project.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They have performed well. They are easy to work with.  We were truly a team. They do an excellent job across the board, whether it's design, development, or customer relations. 

During phase 1, we often spoke to Josh daily. Josh has been excellent about keeping everyone updated and negotiating all the details. We also had meetings each Friday, which various parties were involved in depending on the stage of development. If either team had questions, we had that Friday meeting to connect. They have done a fantastic job, and I feel they were an excellent choice. I think they will be a great long-term partner for the organization.

The phase 1 launch went fairly smoothly. There were things to fix, but WDG –Web Development Group was very responsive to any issues we reported.  We are also in the process of determining the plans and costs for phase 2, which will start in mid-July.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their process and staff are their most impressive attributes. They deploy a solid process, and they have staff who execute on that process. Their staff knows what they are doing. I’ve learned to step back at times rather than just jump in and shape solutions, etc. because they do a great job and have not disappointed me with how they handle things.  In short, I have to give them space sometimes to do their jobs.  They are very competent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Whenever we have an issue or an area of improvement, they have always worked with us to resolve it. They are open to listening and providing good customer service. Their process is slightly different from some of the other projects that I’ve worked on, but I think they do an extremely good job. I don’t have any suggestions for changes they should make in their process. They are top-of-the-line.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Customers who hire WDP – Web Development Group must do their own part in the development process.  Customers need to manage the costs, expectations of fellow staff members, and execution. If someone doesn’t go to a meeting or engage themselves in the project, that isn’t WDP – Web Development Group’s fault. Allow them to use their process and do the job they do. My client, the VP of the graduate school, has been pleased with WDP – Web Development Group’s work, specifically how they shape things, how they adhere to the schedule and cost, and what they’ve planned for phase 2.

5.0
Overall Score As a contractor, I would definitely refer them to clients.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The little things that shifted around always worked out. I could see how they were managing things, and there were checkpoints along the way.
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    As a client, we always wish it was cheaper. I knew upfront they would be expensive to use, but they provided value for cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always hit the target.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would easily recommend them.

Jostle Software Implementation for Day School

"Although we are not their biggest client, they make us feel as if we are their top priority."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

WDG was initially tasked with building a custom intranet system, but they later opted to find the most efficient platform on the market. The project required extensive analysis of competing products.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington, District of Columbia
John Faig
Director of Technology, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Productivity has reached new heights since adopting the new intranet system. WDG’s expert guidance played an integral role in the decision-making process. With only a sparse list of requirements, their team managed to locate a platform that satisfied explicit and ambiguous business goals.

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 am the director of technology at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, an independent school that serves kids from nursery through eighth grade.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG – Web Development Group?

Several years ago, we embarked on a search for a web tool that would allow our faculty and staff to collaborate and share information in one place.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

WDG’s scope shifted from building custom intranet software to helping us find an existing product that met all of our requirements. After many brainstorming sessions, their team conducted a thorough analysis of products on the market and compiled a list of the top 10 tools and their capabilities. We eventually decided to adopt the Jostle platform.

What is the team composition?

They assigned three individuals to our account.

How did you come to work with WDG – Web Development Group?

We discovered them during our search for boutique development shops. WDG managed to impress us during the first meeting; their team was amiable and attentive to our needs.  

How much have you invested with them?

We spent less than $10,000 for their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project was completed during the last six months in 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our productivity was suffering from the lack of organization, but WDG’s expert advice helped us make the right decision. We went into the project with an incomplete vision, and they managed to match our preferences into a product that we could buy. Jostle has all of the collaborative services that we needed and an excellent file management system.

How did WDG – Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They provided exceptional customer service. Although we are not their biggest client, they make us feel as if we are their top priority.

What did you find most impressive about them?

WDG could have made a lot more money by continuing with the custom development project, but they looked out for our best interest and presented more cost-effective options. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

We didn’t notice any troubling areas.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Their team is very talented at conceptualizing basic ideas, but it always nice to provide them with a detailed list of requirements.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We never experienced any issues with planning physical meetings or phone conferences.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The pricing was very fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their customer service was extraordinary, and we are incredibly pleased with the final results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Everyone that I interacted with was pleasant, so I will definitely recommend them to others.

WordPress Web Design & Digital Marketing for Entrepreneur

“Anyone can build a website, but WDG - Web Development Group builds brands and experiences.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2012 - Aug. 2013
Project summary: 

After a thorough discovery phase, WDG - Web Development Group developed a plan to build three WordPress websites for three related companies. They created the web design and managed digital marketing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Alexandria, Virginia
Jonathan Tame
Chief Strategy Officer, Whitespace Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

WDG - Web Development Group successfully created a website that conveyed the desired vision and brought positive feedback. They are experts in creativity and productivity, and they deliver an organized process and create ease with their strong interpersonal skills and creative talents.

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 chief strategy officer at Whitespace Solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

I worked with WDG - Web Development Group several years ago when I was the founder and CEO of a separate company. I was looking for help with web design as well as digital marketing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completed a WordPress website for me. I had three companies that were doing different things, though they built off of each other. Ab (Founder, WDG - Web Development Group) developed a multi-phase plan to build each site individually but allowed them to be interwoven together. Their process is human-centric but also structured. I never felt lost because their team has a good, regimented roadmap on how to get things done.

They sent me an in-depth survey to get a sense of who I was as the product owner and to better understand the vision. They asked questions to try to get to know me, as well as some fun questions to solicit personality. They got into the essentials of what I was trying to accomplish.

Next, we had a lot of design thinking sessions where the designers put together some ideas and developed some wireframing using a structured, smart approach. I talked through what I liked and didn’t like. They did a good job of not overloading me with everything all at once. They introduced me to fundamentals and the basic elements, and as we built on that, I was more comfortable with how the process went. Then they gave me more, walking through things like font choices, which was helpful. They gave explanations and made recommendations, almost like a guided tour. I went on a journey with them while they built. 

What is the team composition?

I worked with Al and Homiera (Director of Client Services, WDG - Web Development Group).

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

I did a comprehensive search in the area. Supporting the local economy was important to me as an entrepreneur. I was looking for a personal touch. I wanted someone that I could get on the phone with at crazy hours if there were issues or to make changes. I narrowed it down to two companies and chose WDG - Web Development Group based on Ab’s responses to my emails. I got the impression that he is a high-touch entrepreneur, which is what won me over. There is technical talent everywhere, but the interpersonal and one-on-one relating is difficult. WDG - Web Development Group is a company full of empathic, caring human beings that will bend over backward to make their customers happy.

How much have you invested in them?

I invested around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October 2012–August 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had a ton of great feedback when the site launched, and, had we been able to stay in business longer, it would have gone well, but our client’s funding was wiped out overnight. The site was for marketing and advertising and to promote what we were doing. They exceeded our expectations of building an engaging and visually pleasing site. 

When I can afford to bring in a digital agency, I won’t shop around. There is no one else in town that I would want to work with other than WDG - Web Development Group. My goal is to get there as quickly as possible.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

It’s as structured and disciplined as I have ever seen. Nothing slips through the cracks. They did a great job of addressing requirements up front, and they are good at addressing and documenting risk. They are platform-agnostic, which gives them an ability to serve as consultants and subject matter experts, and they bring that expertise to the table when they are talking with their client. 

Everything was done in person, either over the phone or at the office. We often spoke weekly. If I wasn’t in touch for a week, they helped me catch up. They are extremely responsive and on top of their game. They are as responsive as the client requires them to be. Every step of the way, a member of their team was in constant contact. 

I’m a fairly technical person, and I like to do a lot on my own, and I didn’t get any pushback. They always came back with ways to support and ways to best equip me for success.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have an awesome balance between creativity and productivity. WDG - Web Development Group is ridiculously talented when it comes to the creative, but they are also disciplined in how they get things done. They stay on schedule and on budget, and they have a great pragmatic approach to the business side of the agency, but they don’t do it at the sacrifice of the creative. They’ve figured out how to build a culture that values both.

Anyone can build websites, handle SEO, and do digital advertising and identity, but the team at WDG - Web Development Group takes the users along for the journey. They are awesome people and they treat everyone like every problem is important. Ab did a great job.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. Ab is a phenomenal entrepreneur and businessman. They have built a fantastic company. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have an open mind. If you know exactly what you want, they can do that for you, but that might not be taking advantage of their strengths. If you have a vision but not an exact blueprint, they are a phenomenal and creative firm to work with. They can take a vision and help bring it to life in a way that I don’t think most people are capable of doing. Leverage them for their strengths, which is their ability to execute creatively. Don’t go in thinking you know everything. If that is what you are looking for, you can go anywhere. Anyone can build a website, but WDG - Web Development Group builds brands and experiences.

5.0
Overall Score They are the perfect balance of execution and creativity, which is a tough balance to find.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They will meet their customer wherever and whenever necessary.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are ridiculously talented individuals. You don’t get rock stars for bottom dollar. You pay top dollar for the best, and they are the best.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their quality speaks for itself. Go look at their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.

Digital Strategy & Web Redesigns for Gov. Agency

“They created a flexible platform that presents our content in a unique and interesting way.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

WDG - Web Development Group developed a digital strategy and redesigned a website from scratch, including wireframes. They continue to provide ongoing support for various projects as needed.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington, District of Columbia
Web Comms. Manager, International Affairs Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

WDG not only delivers high-quality design and development services, but also takes a unique and incredibly valuable approach to overall digital strategy. Highly proactive, responsive, and timely in their delivery, they continue to provide a positive work experience.

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 web communications and multimedia manager for an international affairs company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

We engaged WDG - Web Development Group to help us with our overall digital strategy and online presence. We wanted to refresh the look and feel of a lot of our websites. It had been a number of years since we redesigned the sites; they needed to be updated, more mobile friendly, and tell our story more effectively.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

WDG has worked on a number of projects for us, including redesigning and developing a website. During an initial kickoff meeting, their team met with us to go over our goals and requirements before going into development. They provided wireframes and mockups in the process.

What is the team composition?

On the most recent project, we worked with about five people, including strategists, designers, developers, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

We evaluated about 10 vendors and selected WDG based on their price, the quality of their previous work, and the capabilities they were able to offer as a full-service vendor.

What is the status of this engagement?

We'd worked with them on other projects dating back to 2016 but officially made them one of our preferred vendors in June 2017. The relationship is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Although I don't have any specific metrics to report, WDG has made our lives much easier by creating a template for our site that could easily be adapted to other sites. They created a flexible platform that presents our content in a unique and interesting way. It looks amazing overall, and we've received nothing but positive feedback.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They're great at keeping us on track, sticking to deadlines, and following up using the latest project management tools.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The strategy sessions they provide upfront sets them apart. They've helped our team hone and identify goals before going into development, which encourages our team members to think from perspectives they'd never considered before.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I've been very happy with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Identify the goals of the project in as much detail as possible to make the strategy sessions more productive.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've met about 95% of the deadlines for all the projects they've worked on.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not the cheapest vendor, but they offer a lot of value for the investment.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of their services is outstanding.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Website Rebranding for Government Data Solutions Firm

“WDG turned our website into an improved lead generation tool.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - May 2018
Project summary: 

WDG - Web Development Group redesigned a website, updating its branding, incorporating custom features, and providing feedback as needed.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Virginia
Former Employee, Government Data Solutions Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

WDG provided top-notch web redesign services as well as invaluable feedback to help improve the final product. Their efforts helped increase site traffic, user engagement time, and the number of overall leads. They remained organized and responsive throughout.

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 was the former director of marketing communications for a government data solutions firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

Our website was outdated and the company was going through a rebrand, so I decided to take the opportunity to rebrand and update our website as well.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

WDG - Web Development Group redesigned our website after doing a site audit and meeting with our team to go over our goals and requirements. They presented different options for us to choose from and worked collaboratively with us through each milestone of the redesign.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a design team, some developers, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

We found them through an online search for local vendors in the DC area. Other colleagues of mine within the industry had also recommended them. Out of the three companies we considered, WDG offered the best total package at the most competitive rate.

How much have you invested with them?

I can't remember the exact amount, but I remember they were much more reasonably priced compared to others we'd considered. Not to mention, they were willing to work within our budget.

What is the status of this engagement?

They worked on the project from January–May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

WDG turned our website into an improved lead generation tool. In addition to making it more user-friendly, visitors were spending more time on the site, and traffic significantly increased.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They did a great job despite the fact that we had to change project managers a few times. However, this was due to unforeseen circumstances. There were no issues getting the new resources up to speed, so nothing was impacted in a negative way on our end. They were organized, responsive, and documented their work well throughout the engagement.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very genuine and sincere. Whenever they had feedback or suggestions, they never hesitated to let us know how we could improve certain elements of the site. But they weren't pushy either. They helped educate us throughout the process without sounding condescending because they genuinely wanted to help us improve the final product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind. Despite the staff transitions on their end, it didn't take away from our product or outcome.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Communication is key, so always keep an open line of contact with their team.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were just a few deadlines that slipped.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Two WordPress Web Designs for Multiple Companies

“Their staff is some of the best in the business.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2007-2008, 2012-2013
Project summary: 

WDG provided WordPress design and development services for two websites, working on creating mockups and then implementing them. They also trained the internal team on how to update the sites themselves.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Former VP, Government Communications Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both sites were completed successfully, receiving excellent reviews for the modernized look, ease of use, and good navigation flows. The team managed both projects smoothly, communicating regularly and demonstrating their technical skills throughout.

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 former VP of a government communications firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

I reached out to WDG - Web Development Group to redesign outdated websites: once while at the consulting firm and again when I was working at another company. For both projects, we wanted a more modern platform that our current customers and potential customers would find easy to use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completed two projects with me for different companies, both concerning very old, outdated websites. WDG came in, redesigned the sites, and put them on WordPress where we could make updates.

We began with a design kickoff and talked to them about what we were looking for. They created mockups for us, going through the typical design phase with a little bit of back and forth to pinpoint exactly what we wanted. After we settled on a design, they went into the development.

The projects weren’t terribly complex. There wasn’t a lot of customization that needed to happen, but it was still a large upgrade for us and involved a new platform. They trained us on how to use it and set us up with their customer support.

What is the team composition?

I worked with 3–4 people.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

I’m friends with Ab (CEO, WDG - Web Development Group), so I didn’t consider any other company.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $50,000–$199,999.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from 2007–2008 for one of the sites, and the other was done in 2012–2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Both sites got rave reviews. Customers found them really easy to use and navigate. The sites were modernized and brought into this century.

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

They were top notch. We communicated 3–4 times a week—sometimes daily—using email and phone.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their staff is some of the best in the business from the get-go. I find them to be world class.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I was so pleased with how everything went. It was all really smooth.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust your project manager. They know what they’re doing, so let them help you get the best product.

5.0
Overall Score I would work with them again if given the opportunity
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always met their deadlines and milestones and never overpromised. They were realistic and honest.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They did exactly what we wanted them to do.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

Drupal 7 Design & Development for Think Tank

“Our site was pretty complex, but they successfully completed each task.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

WDG – Web Development Group helped with a rebuilding initiative for a Drupal 7 website. They drafted mockups and CSS files to guide the backend coding process, producing a high-performing and reliable site.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington, District of Columbia
Drupal Developer, Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new design and build are widely praised. WDG was highly collaborative, responding promptly to requests and working diligently throughout each of the project’s phases. The team was very organized and time-oriented, which resulted in a smooth and straight-forward engagement.

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 a web developer at a nonprofit think tank.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG – Web Development Group?

We wanted to redesign our Drupal 7 website, updating the platform’s look and feel.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The project was split into two phases. First, WDG worked with our communications department to draft a new design for the website. Together, they created mockups and CSS files that detailed the new interface and how it should operate.

Then, the team shared those documents and helped me code the backend, optimizing the site for reliable performance on all major web browsers. By the time I started working with WDG, they’d already completed most of the project, so it was a pretty straight-forward process.

What is the team composition?

In all, there were about 5­–6 people working with us, one of which acted as the project manager. During the development phase, I communicated with the team on a daily basis.

How did you come to work with WDG – Web Development Group?

Ab (Managing Director, WDG – Web Development Group) is a friend of mine, but we still requested proposals from a few of the top development companies in our area. Following a presentation from WDG, during which Ab explained the company’s services and provided examples, we decided to hire them. He was clear and detailed in his approach, and they offered a good price.

How much have you invested with them?

I estimate we spent between $20,000­–$30,000 on the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from January–March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Everyone is happy with the site’s updated look, feel, and performance. With the new build, we’ll have an easier time migrating the site to Drupal 8 in the future. Overall, it was a successful project.

How did WDG – Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they did great. Throughout the development process, we openly collaborated to generate impeccable code. Because of their responsiveness, it was a quick and smooth process. With the communications team, WDG provided weekly and daily alerts explaining their progress. They also used a project management system, but I wasn’t involved in that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very detail oriented in their creative process, prioritizing responsiveness for screens of all sizes. It’s clear that they think about the development work as they plan their designs. When I started working with them, we were able to speed through the coding because everything had already been meticulously drawn out.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’re very happy with them.

Any advice for potential customers?

I recommend working with them, especially for a Drupal project. Our site was pretty complex, but they successfully completed each task. In initial discussions, give them clear goals, and they’ll let you know the possible ways to get there.

5.0
Overall Score They were fun to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They followed an organized timeline, and there weren’t any delays.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s a good deal for the services they offer—Drupal development can be expensive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered everything on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have a lot of confidence in them.

WordPress Web Design, Development, SEO for Agency

"The team provided exceptional guidance. They held our hand as we figured out our budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2014 - Feb. 2015
Project summary: 

WDG – Web Development Group overhauled a third-party’s WordPress website and provided keyword-based SEO. The team added new design features and navigation functionalities. They also helped edit and curate copy.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Falls Churh, Virginia
Garrett O'Shea
President, PockitShip
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site’s Google search results increased threefold. The team delivered a dynamic website within a practical budget. In-house processes caused some delays, but WDG – Web Development Group was proactive in keeping the project on track. In-person meetings benefited the partnership.

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 president and CMO of Pockitship.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG – Web Development Group?

My business partner had a company that served as the end client for this project. We hired WDG – Web Development Group to rebrand and relaunch the end client’s website. The site was outdated, static, and not very SEO-friendly; it needed a complete refresh.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The partnership started with brainstorming and ideation. My business partner and I showed WDG – Web Development Group several corporate websites we wanted to use a guide for the end result. The team then created wireframes and designed the look and feel in compliance with the end client’s brand color scheme.

The team overhauled the site on WordPress and created a slider to highlight the end client’s four core competencies, which included white-glove home delivery. WDG – Web Development Group generated new keywords and created search functionalities that the previous site lacked. They also used an improved CMS to change content and make updates. Our team created copy for the designer. We then collaborated on editing and streamlining copy for the various webpages. Finally, they launched the site after we approved all of the deliverables.

What is the team composition?

I worked with the project lead, a designer, and a programmer. The owner was also involved at a high level. All four people participated in each meeting.

How did you come to work with WDG – Web Development Group?

I was familiar with WDG – Web Development Group from another company I worked at. For this project, we searched local design firms, and I recognized their name. We then put WDG – Web Development Group on our RFP list of seven agencies. Next, we narrowed the prospective vendors down to 2–3, including WDG – Web Development Group; they were the middle vendor in terms of cost. When we did face-to-face interviews, we found their team easy to interact with. As we sat in their conference room and discussed the project, we felt comfortable about the process.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $35,000–$40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from October 2014–February 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

WDG – Web Development Group kept the budget in check to build the website we needed rather than the one we would’ve unnecessarily wanted. The new site had relevant keywords and was an improvement over the old static one. The end client’s Google search results have at least tripled post-launch.

How did WDG – Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Basecamp to track updates and submit approvals. We interacted twice a week and met every other week. During the in-person meetings, we reviewed the site on a large screen and discussed the placement of multimedia content. The team made everything happen through free-flowing conversations. Delays were our fault because we were indecisive on several issues. The team did say they could have finished the project faster if we made decisions more quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team provided exceptional guidance. They held our hand as we figured out our budget. That approach—especially during our conversations—kept the scope in check, which we appreciated in the end.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, because they did a good job. We never had disagreements and the team was highly professional.

Any advice for potential customers?

During vendor searches, contact the team and meet them in person. A face-to-face meeting will give clients a feel for their people and company culture. That familiarity is important because site launches are lengthy processes. In our case, the team was easy to get along with.

5.0
Overall Score I would go back and use them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They kept us on track when were decisive and fell behind.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not the cheapest on the block, but they were definitely good quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did everything that we asked for and within the budget we requested.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them to other people.

Subcontracted Web Dev & Design for Creative Agency

"From the first moment, I always felt like we were in sync with WDG - Web Development Group."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

As a subcontractor, WDG - Web Development Group developed a WordPress website. Key features included a dashboard and administration interface as well as search functionality.

The Reviewer
 
201- 500 Employees
 
Washington, District of Columbia
Director of Digital Technology, Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal and external feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. WDG - Web Development Group executives not only expedited completion and enhanced the project creatively, but also demonstrated a vested interest in long-term outcomes and customer business needs.

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 director of digital technology at a creative agency in DC.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with WDG - Web Development Group?

A client contracted us to build a website, but we needed the assistance and expertise of a subcontractor to build it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The first step was an introductory meeting between WDG - Web Development Group and our internal team. They got everyone on board with the breakdown of tasks and responsibilities before we introduced them to the client. They then led the discovery phase to find out the client's needs. In the design phase, they produced wireframes and mockups. The team launched the site after a build phase and QA in addition to providing 30 days support after launch.

The site was built on WordPress but also incorporated more complex relationships. They created a dashboard and administration interface to allow the client to manage the site. The backend included a search function for thousands of articles and interrelated content that dynamically populate the site. The client can connect items by setting categories; they can also manually create relationships by typing in the first few letters of the item title, clicking on the autofill, and dragging the item.

What is the team composition?

We primarily worked with a project manager and two other people. At most, we worked with about seven people on any given day.

How did you come to work with WDG - Web Development Group?

I met Ab (Managing Director, WDG - Web Development Group) when I was with another company. We didn't end up working together until now but continued to stay in touch.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took place from February–October 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The client was tremendously impressed with the way they executed the site. As a WordPress developer myself, I appreciated that their process was incredibly streamlined. The site was very clean, professional, and way better than what we could have come up with on our own.  

How did WDG - Web Development Group perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team performed really well. We communicated on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day. We were essentially on each other's teams for the duration of the project. We could reach out to several people and expect an immediate response. Ab was always available to help as well. We had some project management issues from our side, but they worked with us to solve it. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

What did you find most impressive about them?

All of the members of the team were solid in their respective roles. I was impressed with how the entire team collaborated; it’s easy to work with smart people. I’ve dealt with people in the past where I wasn’t sure they actually got what I was saying.

However, from the first moment, I always felt like we were in sync with WDG - Web Development Group. Being a subcontractor to a contractor can be difficult. They handled not being able to directly interface with the client well and still managed to deliver on all of the clients’ needs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don't think so. They handled everything well. If I were to nitpick, I’m sure I could find some issue since projects never go perfectly. But there's nothing institutional or fundamental that they could improve. They should continue bringing on new team members who meet the standards and the expectations of their more experienced staff.

Any advice for potential customers?

Give them a shot. Some offshore companies charge half of what they do, but you get what you pay for. They deliver true added value for what you spend.

5.0
Overall Score They excelled in all respects.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline. If we ran over, it wasn’t their issue.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They thought of things we hadn't considered, which ended up being important.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The client was ecstatic about the quality of the product.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them multiple times.
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Verification Level
Gold
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Virginia
ID
05952130
Date of Formation
Apr 21, 2003
Source
State Corporation Commission
Last Updated
Jan 17, 2019
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Jan 17, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
19
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.9
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
July 12, 2019