We are always looking for new and different people to highlight here on FounderU, which is why we’re so excited about this agency spotlight. Recently, we started to notice some exceptional web design work from one of our Selz users, Kelly Cardenas, and reached out to learn more. Enter Inspace Web Design, a web design agency that has helped many entrepreneurs and small businesses create stunning websites.
Inspace, and their founder Eli Atkins, has used Selz on many of their clients’ sites to embed beautiful stores on their newly designed sites. We’re so excited to be able to connect with this agency and learn about their story and why they chose Selz as their go-to ecommerce solution.
What is Inspace?
Inspace is a web design and development agency that specializes in making exceptionally beautiful websites that function amazingly well.
How did Inspace get started?
Inspace started through my work as a graphic artist. I loved design so much but always wished I could apply that to a more interactive platform. After spending the better part of a year learning all I could about development and web design I began by making websites for myself and a few close friends as test projects. After hearing that the work was getting great feedback I created websites for a few small businesses in my community including the company where I worked called Kelly Cardenas Salon. From there Inspace began gaining more customers and our team has continued to hone our design and development skills ever since. -Eli
What services do you guys offer to your clients?
Our mission at Inspace is to build incredible websites that give our customers the power to add, edit, and update content with just a few clicks of the mouse. Unlike other drag and drop website builders Inspace offers completely custom built, tailor-fit websites, with a powerful platform for easy content creation and collaboration. Our system is perfect for bloggers, artists, restaurants, businesses, and anyone else looking for a turnkey solution to website management. Our platform allows our customers to create and publish content like blog posts, project pages, new team members, menu items, or anything else they can think up.
What type of clients do you have?
Our customers represent several different industries, but I think if I had to explain who our customers are I would say that it is those who are looking for two things. First, a truly inspired website that will visually amaze people when they visit it, and second, those who want to have the ability to add, edit, and update their content without ever having to write code or deal with a developer. We understand that when people want changes made they want them yesterday and giving people the freedom and flexibility to operate their sites autonomously is a breakthrough that we know will help you grow your business quickly while staying in control of your brand.
Here are some amazing examples of the sites Inspace has built (spoiler alert, we’re obsessed):
Why do you use Selz for your ecommerce clients?
We use Selz to offer Ecommerce to our customers because of its incredible simplicity. Just like the other services we offer, we want people and businesses to have the ability to interact with content on their websites easily with no technical experience required. Selz gives us just that with a brilliantly done interface that makes it easy to engage with every aspect of your online store. From discount codes and analytics to app integrations, Selz was the obvious choice for our team.
What is your favorite part about Selz?
This may sound cheesy but there are honestly so many great features in Selz it’s hard to choose just one. If I had to choose, I think the best part about Selz is also it’s most unique feature. Selz offers the ability to not only sell physical products but also digital and service products as well. This is revolutionary for the plug and play e-commerce industry. With this feature, you are afforded a million more ways to create a thriving online business. Funny enough, this is actually how we first found Selz. Our project CEO Concepts (www.ceobykc.com) was looking for a very specific type of pay to view system that we could use to sell users educational training courses in a customizable way. Selz was the perfect fit.
How easy is Selz to pass onto your clients after you’ve created their site?
Once I explain how easy Selz is to use and show our customers the flexibility it gives them in how they run their online store there is no question. When customers ask me about e-commerce I explain the different options available out there, and I’ve found that almost everyone wants something simple that they understand so when it comes down to it, they can be involved in how the store operates.
We loved your work on Kelly’s Salon site, can you tell us a bit about the process?
Thank you! We usually start any project by doing research into the company or person we’re building the site for. I think in a world of drag and drop template based website builders out there, originality and personality go a long way toward winning over people’s’ hearts when they visit your site. Understanding and translating personality to site design is very important to us.
People are getting to used to seeing the same types of designs so we like to push the boundaries on our design concepts by looking at places like Behance for up and coming design trends and inspiration that haven’t really caught on yet, then implementing them into our builds. After we hear what our customer is looking for our team usually puts together a home page based on the brand’s overall style, then once we double check that we’re heading in the right direction we begin designing and developing the rest of the site trying to be mindful of user flow. We strive to have the easiest to use websites on the internet. After we have a solid framework we go through with a fine tooth comb and make sure everything looks incredible and functions perfectly.
Do you have any tips for other Selz users setting up their website?
I would say my biggest learning experience would be that if you’re going to have more than 20-30 products, just embed the entire store on your website. It’s much faster and easier to update products and it’s just a better user experience in general as compared to using buy buttons. Other than that, I think that I would have to strongly recommend using the app marketplace to set up your workflow. From Zapier to MailChimp, the apps are amazing at automating the typical bottlenecks in any e-commerce business.
If you’re interested in creating a stunning website to show off to the world or maybe just updating your current one, visit us online and send us a message telling us all about your ideas! We can’t wait to hear.