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Designer Relationships

Much of our business comes from designers who specialize in Web Design and need us for Web Development. We may be introduced to the end client; or may work "behind-the-scenes". Either works for us!

If you are a designer needing implementation help, we've got you covered. We will implement your beautiful designs with careful attention to detail. We will advise on dealing with cross-platform, cross-browser issues. And we'll answer your technical questions promptly and thoroughly. Be assured that by bringing us into a project, you're providing your client with the best in technical web expertise.

What can we do for your project?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

 

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Small Business Websites

A great website is one of the most valuable assets a company can have. It sends the message that your company truly cares about quality and customer experience —  it is your public face to the world.

Here are some components of a great website:

  • Clear information about who you are, what you do, and how to contact you.
  • A well organized navigation system.
  • Clear objectives: whether you're selling online or simply promoting a bricks-and-mortar establishment, customers should easily find what they're looking for.
  • Usabilty: Sites should be bug-free, accessible, and fast loading.
  • Flexibility: The ability to easily 'freshen up' content such as newsletters, press releases, and social media posts, is a huge plus for both the user experience and the search engines.
  • Attractiveness and readability.
  • We have helped numerous companies with their websites. Check out our Portfolio for more details.

We have helped numerous companies with their websites. Check out our Portfolio for more details.

What can we do for your site?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

 

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Technical Communication

We love to liason between the worlds of design, marketing, and technology. We adore working with words to shed light on challenging concepts.

Founder Daphne Blumenthal personally provides technical writing services. Contact us to discuss! 

 

 

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

SEO and Analytics

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"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Ecommerce

An ecommerce website enables the selling of products online. Ecommerce may be accomplished using the PayPal interface; or for a more customized (and sometimes smoother) user experience, an online store can be built.

Here are some of the E-Commerce sites we have built:

We'll walk you through choosing an e-commerce platform that will offer your users, and you as the store owner, the best experience — while minimizing monthly fees. Then, we'll get your store online so you can start selling while you sleep!

What can we do for your site?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Content Management

A Content Management System (CMS) enables site administrators to update the website via an Admin Panel.  It wasn't so long ago that, for every change no matter how tiny,  you needed to call your web developer (which may be why they were called "webmasters"). Now, many if not most sites have an Admin Panel where you can plug in your changes.

At the early stages of a web project, CMS-related decisions need to be made. Firstly, do you need one? For a site that won't change much, a "static" build is fine (just contact us if you need anything).

Most clients want the ability to make their own changes. The ease and elegance of your finished CMS depends on how much development effort was put into it. A site that allows you a great deal of flexibility and ease-of-use will cost more than one that only allows you to change a few things — but that cost may well be worth it! Both people and search engines love to see fresh content on your website.

The other decision is what CMS product to utilize. We typically work with ExpressionEngine or WordPress, but we can do others (like Drupal) if there's a preference. Once the Web Design phase is (mostly) complete, we install the chosen CMS and program it in accordance with the site's design and logic. Then we teach the client how to use it.

What can we do for your site?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Web Design Overview

Web Design is the endeavor of making a website attractive and user friendly while meeting its objectives. Web Design is mostly done early in a web project, but can continue through the Web Development phase and beyond. In this area, client needs vary widely. For example, some have an established brand, while others are starting from scratch. Our role also varies. We work directly with the client, or through the client's designer. Here are tasks that may be required:

Discovery: A period of dialogue, exploration, and research is a smart way to start a project. Deliverables can be: Creative Brief, Business Requirements, Functional Requirements.

Identity Design: If rebranding or just starting out, Identity Design must be done as a prerequisite to (or at least, in tandem with) Web Design. Deliverables can be: Logo (with or without a "mark"), Color Palette, Style Guide. Branding is not our specialty, but we offer referrals.

Site Architecture: What content will visitors see on the website? How will it be organized, prioritized? What must visitors be able to do on the site? (Participate in forums? Buy things?) It is wise to nail down answers to these questions prior to the Web Development phase. Deliverables can be: Content Outline, Site Map, Wireframes. 

Graphic / Visual Design: Ideas start to take shape and form. Stakeholders must agree on a look-and-feel. Sometimes the designer nails it on the first round of comps, and sometimes more iteration is needed. Such is the nature of creative work. Deliverables: Design mockups in layered files, usually Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, including (at least) Homepage and Secondary page designs. We do this; or are happy to work with mockups provided by the Client's designer and go directly into the Web Development phase.

Graphic Production: Once the overall design has been signed off on, additional graphics may need to be created, such as additional slides for slideshows. Deliverables: Web graphics. 

Copywriting: Website copy is the verbiage that visitors will read on your website. A copywriter may be a subject specialist, a marketing consultant, or a generalist. Deliverables: Website content. We do this; or offer referrals.

Information Design: The creation of "infographics", such as attractive graphs or charts. Deliverables: Web graphics. 

Responsive Design: The latest buzz is about making the website "responsive" to different screen sizes. For example, where desktop users might see 3 columns, the template might "drop" down to 1 column for mobile users. This mostly happens in the Web Development phase.

Website Styling: Many aesthetic refinements can be done directly in code (see Web Development). Even if Graphic / Visual Design was done carefully and well, details are tweaked and finalized once the website is in development and viewable in a browser. 

Redesign or "Facelift": If a site already exists, it may require improvement using some or all of the above methods. 

What can we do for your site?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Web Development Overview

Web Development is the work of making a website function properly on the Internet. A web developer mostly writes code. (Code is computer-language instructions dictating how the website will look and "behave".) Website code is written in a suitable application, such as Coda, Dreamweaver, or even Notepad. Dreamweaver provides a visual view, but a web developer must be able to work with code, "under the hood". For businesses needing only a simple, templated site, there are online services that enable this for a monthly fee. For a website that stands above the crowd, custom web development is a must. We offer:

Front-end Development: Coding that dictates the website's look-and-feel, along with basic interactivity. The primary languages are HTML/CSS, and Javascript plus variations (like JQuery). The code is written, then tested in current browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari) and mobile devices. The resulting website should be fast-loading, accessible, and bug-free.

Back-end Development: Writing additional layers of code for advanced functionality. There are many back-end languages, such as PHP/MySQL, Ruby on Rails, and so on. Advanced functionality can include:

Deployment, Maintenance, Updates: When ready to "go live", the website must be successfully deployed, then maintained over time. As needed, we recommend and interact with your other vendors (domain registrar, web host) to help keep the website stable and secure. We also work with older sites to bring the code up-to-date and make needed changes.

What can we do for your site?

Please fill out our Inquiries form so we can get you a fast estimate!

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Inquiries

Our contact form is in progress. Please email inquiries to daphneb@tierrainteractive.com.

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

About

Tierra Interactive is the web services side of a San Francisco family business, Tierra Technology. Founder Daphne Blumenthal has been providing web services since the earliest days of the world wide web. As a distributed team, we are very capable of providing web services to clients anywhere in the U.S. (or the world).  We work directly with small business clients, or through designers needing technical help on their projects. No client is too large or too small. 


Contact Us

Tierra Interactive / Tierra Technology
5616 Geary Blvd. Ste 211
San Francisco, CA 94129

Ph: 415.386.2866 x0
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Testimonials

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne

"I manage a number of projects at our firm, and key among them is oversight of our website.  We initially worked with Tierra through Coakley Heagerty, a strategic marketing firm that highly recommended them.  We have now worked with Tierra directly for 18 months, and we really depend on them for ongoing development of our content management system, which is vital to our us, since we run a mall and need frequent updates.  Tierra has produced wonderful designs for us, and in addition, Tierra maintains and troubleshoots our website.  And talk about responsive - I have a great example:  I recently sent out an e-blast to 2,500 people on our list, then realized to my horror that a link didn't work.  Daphne, one of Tierra's principals, was amazing - within 15 minutes, she had fixed the link before many recipients had even read our e-mail.  That's the kind of response we count on from Tierra day in and day out."

Julie Bard
Operations Assistant, Elliott Homes, Inc.

"Daphne and her great team at Tierra have worked with us for over two years. When we decided to do a brand refresh, we worked with Daphne to manage the back end of this effort.  The resulting web site was delivered on time and was just what we we were hoping for.

We initially contacted Tierra due to the firm's excellent recommendations, and we found that they uniquely understood what we were trying to achieve and were able to offer valuable suggestions to get there.  Daphne was a true partner every step of the way, and it was a pleasure to work with her and the Tierra team."

Karen Fullerton
Managing Partner, Miller Fullerton

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Portfolio

PORTFOLIO IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Here we showcase what we've accomplished for many wonderful clients. No client is too large or too small. We are lean, agile, and collaborative. As needed, we can add resources to our team, or fit right in with your team to implement a vision. Want to know more? Let's talk!

Click images below for project information | List of projects

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Blog

Coming soon.

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

Services

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"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

integrity, insight, expertise, and service

Our web services result in remarkable, custom websites for our clients. Our clients are small businesses of any size, and designers who need implementation. 

Distinguish your business with a website that reflects the company’s quality and personality. 

Working with us is like having your own web team around to help with all your online needs. Check out our Portfolio, then fill out our Inquiries form to get started.

Let’s make your web presence come alive! 

"Tierra Interactive really helped us upgrade our website look, feel, and interaction with viewers, including providing integrative workshop registration, social media, and e-commerce solutions. The site now presents a fresh, current interface for our users and is truly intuitive. Not only that, but with Tierra's guidance, we're now able to make basic changes and input to the site ourselves. But their ability to generate entire website solutions is just one of the reasons we chose Tierra. What sets Tierra apart from other firms is that they are accessible 24/7, available for face-to-face meetings if needed on short notice, reasonably priced, and fast - this entire project was completed in record time, even though we were very busy during the design and implementation. And Tierra was able to meet our deadlines, even though at times they bordered on being unrealistic - all while keeping us apprised of costs along the way. No bureaucracy, fast response, lots of talent - they're a great team."

Nancy Held
President, DayOne Centers

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Small Business Websites
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