Web Design & Development

BuildThis is located in the heart of the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. The BuildThis team has worked with SMBs in a vast range of industries and our portfolio includes everything from construction company websites, to luxury hotel websites with complex functionalities, and fun food and beverage eCommerce websites.

We believe every company has something to contribute to this world. Our contribution is helping other companies with theirs. We strive to understand your project and develop it through joint communication in an engrossing collaborative experience. Ultimately, we are prepared for whatever you can dream.

What We Build

Established in 2012, our Illinois-based web design team specializes in mobile first, PHP/MySQL web development. We provide custom solutions across many major platforms including WordPress, Magento, and Shopify. We build unique, user-centric digital experiences combining design and strategy to tell your brand’s story.

We pride ourselves on our work and are honored to be listed as a top Chicago web design agency by both UpCity & Clutch.co. We strive to learn, teach, and collaborate as a team and with our clients.

WordPress Design & Development Process


Our Discovery Phase is centered around client & project team collaboration. We first perform stakeholder interviews to get a thorough understanding of the many needs and variables associated with your website. Then, we bring our Project Team & Client teams together for a single day, in person Sprint Meeting.

Collaborating in a Discovery Sprint Day allows us to maximize efficiency, focus, and creativity by generating ideas from members of both teams and identifying project risks early on. This type of collaboration allows you to get feedback from your peers and stakeholders at the outset of your project, keeping you from endless feedback cycles and helping you launch better designs faster. Whether you’re sitting right next to someone or they’re halfway across the world, working sessions help foster creativity.

Discovery is based primarily on hearing directly from you, uncovering what your project is about, your user needs, and your company goals. It is your opportunity to inform the Project Team of all the particulars that we will need to take into account when designing and developing your new website.

Kickoff Meeting | Stakeholder Analysis | Stakeholder Interviews | Risk Analysis | User Identification & Personas | Functionality Discovery | Development Technologies | User Journey Maps | Sitemap | Project Plan

Content and SEO Strategy

A search engine optimization game plan is essential when developing a new website. BuildThis sets up each web page with unique meta titles and descriptions.

Content shouldn’t happen without design and design shouldn’t happen without content, which is why our Content acts as a bridge between the Discovery and Design phases. Our content coordinators work with you to write unique, SEO-friendly content for each page on your site.

SEO Strategy | Keyword Analysis | Content Structuring


BuildThis’ Design philosophy is based on honesty, empathy, self-motivation, collaboration, strategic and bold design choices. Our Design Team not only crafts beautiful elements, but also works with you to create a unique concept for your website that will set you apart from others in your industry. We strongly believe in design that promotes your brand while creating empathetic, accessible interactions for your end users.

Our Design Phase begins with a Design Sprint Day, an in person meeting to work collaboratively to generate a Mood Board, Storyboards, & Wireframes for your website. Subsequently, we utilize a 1-2 week period to craft all Visual Designs for your website, wherein your Project Lead & Client Content Lead will work collaboratively with the BuildThis Team to ensure all content & assets are pixel perfect.

Branding | Mood Boards | Storyboards | Interactive Wireframes | Visual Designs | Custom/Interactive Graphics | Custom Iconography


Development is where your project truly starts to come to life. All designs are implemented into a web format. This phase includes a development environment on a live URL that you can view and track progress while we’re completing the code.

Development and Staging Environments | Custom Theme Development |Premium WordPress Theme | Customized Child Theme | Quality Assurance | User Acceptance Testing | SEO Best Practices
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Upon approval of the development environment, we run through a final round of quality assurance on multiple browsers and devices. Finally, we reach the most rewarding day in the process: Launch Day.

Pre-Launch Quality Assurance | End-to-End User Acceptance Testing | Launch | Post-Launch Quality Assurance | Post Launch Maintenance Setup | Training & Documentation

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Web Hosting & Support

We are here to help after site launch. Our award winning hosting & maintenance services ensure you have a secure website and a point of contact for future updates.