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About Exhale Design Co

Howdy!

A big, hearty, Texas welcome to you, my friend!

I see you over there...needing a website that works and struggling with tech. I got you, girl!

Building and managing WordPress websites is my jam. Strategizing about bringing my clients' vision to life is my peanut butter. Just like PB&J, we'll make quite the team!

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Our Values

Transparency | Honesty | Compassion | Kindness | Determination | Trustworthiness | Fun | Adventure

Hey there! Stefani Harris here...your website strategist, designer, developer, and caretaker. Some may even call me a website guru!

I am the owner and founder of Exhale Design Co, a boutique web design and development company based in Houston, TX. I’m also a teacher, animal lover, and the person who will help your business or organization sparkle on the interwebs.

Thanks so much for stopping by, clicking through, and taking the time to get to know a bit about me. FYI, I’m going to tell you something about you, too!

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Let’s talk about you first.
It’s much more fun that way!

  • You need help with your existing website or you need a new website.

  • You understand the value of a professional website and see it as an essential investment in your business.

  • You ask questions but also trust the pros to do what they do best.

  • You don't want to deal with tech. You have enough to worry about!

  • You have your you-know-what together, and you're an excited, happy, energetic, eager person who is READY!

  • You are responsive and want to get this project done in a reasonable amount of time. Dragging things out is not fun for anyone.

  • You'll breathe a sigh of relief when we work together.

Ahhh...Exhale!

Ok, ok...
now me.

  • I’ll make your life easier by taking the stress of building your website off your plate.

  • I will take your web presence from ancient and blah to modern and beautiful (or from non-existent to WOW!).

  • I will guide you through the whole journey from start to finish...and beyond!

  • I will be an integral part of your team.

  • I’ll be equally as excited about your new online home as you’ll be!

Oh yeah!

The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

not in that particular order

We don’t just build websites. We dive deep into your goals, needs, hopes and wishes. Then, we deliver a solution that will bring you success, happiness, and of course, sales or donors. Sounds easy, huh? Well, kind of :).

We have a strategy-first approach that begins with discovery, then dives into design, proceeds to development and concludes with ongoing maintenance. If you don’t have your branding (logo, color palette, typography) created yet, we’ll get that done first. If you need help with your content, we’ll guide you, assist with editing what you’ve written, or connect you with a copywriter. In other words, we’ve got you covered for nearly everything you need to kick booty on the web!

We don’t just “quickly put something together.” You are investing in a solution, a marketing tool, and the digital face of your business or organization. If we just threw something up there on the screen, we’d be doing you and your clients a disservice.

Rushing through a project can result in cutting corners. You wouldn’t want to do that with your home, so why do that with your website? Things literally will fall through the cracks.

If you’re looking for someone to guess what you need and whip it up at the snap of a finger, I’m not your gal. There are plenty of companies that can [try to] do that for you, though.

Non-profit organizations, educational consulting firms, therapy and medical practices, construction companies, bloggers, attorneys and many more.

While my clients’ industries may vary, they all possess the following characteristics:

  • They are ready. They may still need hand-holding and lots of strategy work, but they are responsive, eager, excited, and recognize the value of investing in a professional online presence.
  • They see a website as an investment and not an expense. If you are wanting to wheel and deal, we’re not going to work. If you want cheap, there are plenty of other web designers out there. Just keep in mind that good is never cheap and cheap is never good.

(1) Clients who don’t want to be involved in the process. I love examples, so here are a few to help you understand why your involvement is imperative:

  • You wouldn’t go to a restaurant and say, “just make me something.”
  • You wouldn’t tell a home builder, “just build me a house.”
  • You wouldn’t tell an interior designer to “just pick everything out, I don’t want to have to make any decisions.”

Moral of the story: It is crucial that you are involved in your own website, as it’s the face and representation of your business.

And, mind-reading isn’t part of my services.

(2) People or companies looking for a discount or some other type of deal because of x, y or z. Hey, I feel ya. You are just starting out or you got burned by another designer. I know money can be tight, but starting a business or making improvements to an existing business requires making an investment.

(3) People who are rude or condescending in any way. Exhale Design Co is all about kindness, love, appreciation and respect…and it goes both ways.

Oooh, I'm so glad you asked!

  • You won't find a more thorough and detailed web design and development process or web designer and developer than me. I ask a LOT of questions to get to know you, your business, and your needs. Get ready!
  • I am resourceful as all get-out; some even call me a master sleuth. If I don't have the answer or solution for you, I'll find it. You better believe it!
  • I am constantly learning, improving and growing so that YOU can benefit from my knowledge and experience. Are you ready to grow?

I know you’re eager. I am too! You’ll start by filling out my project inquiry form. Then, we’ll have an intro call to make sure we’re a good fit. If we are, I’ll send over a proposal for us to begin working together as soon as a spot is available on my calendar. Then, we’ll get the party started!

If we’re building a website together, you can check out the entire process here.

If maintenance, training or consulting are on the menu for you, the “when” will be determined during our intro call.

  • Time, commitment, dedication
  • You making your business as much of a priority as I plan to do
  • Having your professional branding (logo, typography, color palette, and photography) completed before website design and development begins
  • Responsiveness
  • Thoughtful, clear communication vs. one-word answers

Exhale Design Co is based in Houston, Texas and available to work with clients all over the world. All communication occurs via email or Zoom, so no need to get dressed up or gas up the car (or charge it if electric cars are your thing).

Here’s a bit more about Exhale Design Co and Stefani

in case you’re curious or want to see what fun things we may have in common

What’s up with the name Exhale Design Co?

I'm VERY excited to tell you about this! Each word holds special significance to me and my clients. Allow me to break it down for you...

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“Be curious, not judgemental”

-Walt Whitman as quoted by Ted Lasso

Let's Work Together

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Website Design & Development

To get you online so clients or donors can know who you are and how to connect with you.

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Website Maintenance

To keep your website safe and secure so you can focus on all the other aspects of your business.

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Tech Training & Consulting

To teach or guide you through business or technical challenges that make you want to scream.