Website Design & Development

Do you need a website or want to update your existing website? Sounds Essential offers website design and development services for powerful, modern sites that show your business or organization in its best light and help increase your digital footprint. Each project is custom-tailored to meet your specific needs, beginning with an intensive research and development phase during which we learn about your business or organization as well as the industry as a whole, your competitors and the potential for both in the online sphere.

  The Power of a CMS

Because we have no interest in holding your website hostage, we specialize in building sites around robust, user-friendly content management systems (CMS) that put some of the power of having a website in your hands. A CMS is a computer program that allows you to access the back end of your website and publish, edit, modify and maintain website content from a central interface without knowing computer code. All Sounds Essential website projects include employee training and support documents for mastering the CMS on which your website is built.

We specialize in Joomla sites, but are also conversant in a number of others, including website builders like Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy, LightCMS and others. We have worked with real estate agents, online retailers and others to make the most of the resources they have. Visit our client portfolio to see examples of our work.

   Integrating Your Website With Your Business Tools

Streamline processes for easy and seamless work flow. If you use a software or third-party platform to manage any part of your business, we can integrate it with your website. Push inventory to your e-commerce store, let members log in with their social media profiles, or manage leads and inquiries generated on your website with our website integration services. From FileMaker and Quickbooks to IDX or custom-built CRMs, we can make sure your various business tools talk to and play nice with your website.

 One Website, All Devices

All websites built by Sounds Essential represent modern techniques and best practices in website design and development, including being fully responsive. Responsive design provides an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices, from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors, by automatically adapting the layout to the viewing environment. That means your website will always look like your website no matter what device the visitor is using to view it.

  Breathe New Life Into an Older Site

If you've already got a website but are looking to improve upon it, we can help. We can help change or add new content, ensure compatibility of your site across various browsers and devices, or develop advanced functionality so your website works for you.

Client Testimonials

  • Between their exceptional level of service and versatility of skill, Sounds Essential is my first stop for anything from IT to creative... and they're my favorite partner, hands down.

    Leah G. Fallon, Owner
    Eleven Eleven Creative
  • Duncan is very honest and transparent, and the quality of work has been amazing!! He is also very good at explaining to a lay person such as my self what, how, and why of it all, which I learned a lot from. Would hire again in a heart beat.

    Charles Dwan
    Owner, Chef's Trading
  • Sounds Essential has been instrumental in helping modernize the Chamber’s IT infrastructure. They have been highly responsive and committed to finding solutions that work for us. Our office certainly runs more efficiently and effectively because of their help.

    Stephanie Edwards
    Exec. Dir., Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Sounds Essential were very responsive, everything works and it saved me time and the headaches of navigating the process myself. I've been back to them since and again received stellar advice and service.

    Lisa Kulujian
    Sapphire, NC
  • Duncan has been an AWESOME example of professionalism and service. Despite the time differences, he has been very quick to respond to the requests and has been very thorough, giving his time through Skype/shared screen, to fully understand the project. Bridging the gap between a customer's requests and the technical specifications is not always an easy task, but he was patient, knowledgeable and very helpful indeed. I would recommend him very highly.

    Nik Bishop
    Bishop MacKenzie Int'l School
  • Sounds Essential has become one of the greatest assets to our business and I am very happy with the continued excellent service they have provided.

    Capt. Tim O'Brien
    Blue Ridge Public Safety

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