Welcome to Maple, a resource to help you level up your website, grow your audience, and be generous with your work.
Do you want help planning your website project? Let's talk.
"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
Hi, I’m Ryan, I build websites for people who are serious about making a difference.
I'm convinced 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.
A good process leads to an amazing website. It’s that simple.
A good process is what empowers me and the talented creators I collaborate with to deliver reliable results for clients, even though all of our clients are different. We always start with a thorough mapping of options, and really taking time to understand where you are starting from.
The process we use has 4 main stages, mapping, designing, building, and then publishing. You can read about each of these stages and their own outcomes below.
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 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
Launch your new website and serve your audience
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.
Ongoing Support With A Website Care Plan
Your website hosting shouldn't be complicated. With Maple you can have unlimited website edits, managed WordPress hosting, and 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.
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 website project to help our masked forest friends! Sign up to learn more about how Maple is working to support public education about wildlife safety and health.
Ryan gives our website the level of professionalism we need to grow the online aspects of our cider business, ultimately making us more independent.