Beautiful, effective websites that grow your impact
Welcome to Maple Creative, specializing in user friendly web design, care plans, and email marketing all focused on helping educators and small businesses have an impact.
"It’s hard to find a web designer who can align with the goals of an organization. Ryan is a strategic thinker, and we continue to hire him for challenging projects."
Prarthana Gurung, Netcentric Campaigns
I’m Ryan, I make and manage websites for passionate creators
I know through experience that the most effective way to grow is through generosity. Maple is based on this simple, yet powerful idea.
Over the years, I've had the opportunity to build and manage websites for nonprofit organizations, creators, small business owners, and educators. Now I specialize in creating user-friendly websites that help my clients attract and serve their audience.
So welcome to Maple – beautiful, accessible websites that grow with your business.
Step 1. Project Roadmapping
Without a map, most website owners will invest in too many directions instead of focusing on what works.
Are you considering a new project, but uncertain on the cost, the timeline, or other essential factors? A Roadmapping Project is the perfect starting point.
Your project gets all the research, planning, and attention that you can expect from a paid consulting project. Proposals and contracts for projects that aren't given this level of attention are guesswork at best – so by mapping it out we can reduce risks and provide the guidance you're looking for to achieve your website.
Step 2. Content And Design
Design is an iterative process that begins with the right content
A tree does not grow and then decide what kind of tree it will be. I put your audience first, really understanding what will give them the most value on your website. From there we can understand how to structure the content, the best layout, and how to best create a design.
My process includes a series of creative bursts followed by an editorial process to balance spacing, alignments, typography, colors, and photography into a website that feels intuitive for your readers.
Step 3. Website Development
Your website should be built with you and your readers in mind – not other developers and coders.
Too many agencies build products that create a dependency on technical experts for even the smallest changes. Sometimes it's on purpose and sometimes it's just because this is the way things have been done for years... but not here. I know the best design is user focused, and that includes you as well.
You will become the proud owner of a professional self-hosted WordPress website – arguably the most effective platform for growing your audience through blogging, email marketing, and online courses.
This gives you the opportunity to customize your experience as the admin so that when you're editing the website, drafting a marketing plan, or looking to add new features you have opportunities instead of limitations.
Step 4. Publish Your Website And Grow
Growth is all about serving your audience – Maple makes that process simple through one-on-one support.
Maple is based on smart, expressive growth – one season at a time. The most important part of your website is what you do with it, which is why after publishing your site you can count on me to help with your content strategy.
With analytics, email automation sequences, training and support by Maple, you'll always have an understanding of your website performance, page by page. Maple helps you take this insight to make decisions about your next move, and to keep you aligned with the big picture at all times.
Website Care Plans
Hosting, Security, Support for High Performing Websites
Even if you have a full time staff working on your marketing and outreach, they need to be able to do their job without becoming technical experts. A care plan for your website will free you up from the hidden costs of trying to do it all yourself.
Effective websites are able to quickly adapt and grow as you do, which is why I created Maple's care plan packages.
Honestly, if you're like my clients, you'll be amazed at the difference it makes to simply hand off your technical maintenance.
Btw, all websites receive a complimentary maintenance update and upgraded editing software (Maple Builder). You'll instantly feel the improvements.
Care Plans Afford You:
Ongoing Support With A Website Care Plan
Your website hosting shouldn't be complicated. With Maple you can have unlimited website edits and managed WordPress hosting, which really puts you in a position to take action on your work instead of procrastinating on technical tangles.
For every Maple website, a raccoon rejoices with their friends in the forest.
Maple is all about the big picture, which is why I've partnered with local wildlife organization Wildlife Wishing Well in Ithaca, NY.
For every website project, the rehabilitation and release of a raccoon is fully funded. The sanctuary rescues injured animals and provides veterinarian care and even takes the steps to connect them back to their friends and family in the forest.
You don’t need a project to help our masked forest friends! Sign up to learn more about how Maple is working to support public education about wildlife safety.
Ryan gives our website the level of professionalism we need to grow the online aspects of our cider business, ultimately making us more independent.