About Three Bean Studios

Three Bean Studios offers wire to wire web development services, from domain name acquisition and hosting to the development of powerful content management (CMS) websites and full integration with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I only work in WordPress, the gold standard for CMS, which is built on the PHP programming language.

 

I’m Mark Gordon. I started Three Bean Studios in 2003 as a web development and graphic design firm. Between 2003 and 2010, I was able to build a deep portfolio of nonprofit and small business clients. I’m now back after a five year hiatus from the web development business, and once again focused on social enterprises, both for-profit and nonprofit.

 

Maybe the most important thing you should know about Three Bean is that I’ve been in your shoes. Over the last thirty years, I’ve run nonprofits and small businesses. I know what it’s like to have to balance a budget, write grant proposals, meet a payroll, answer to a board and find a way to promote my organization on a shoestring. I’ll bring the same hard work to your web project that I do to the nonprofit organizations I still manage.

 

Contact me at 401-954-2029 or mgordon@threebeanstudios.com
Twitter: @3BeanStudios
Facebook: /ThreeBeanStudios

Why WordPress?

Wordpress-HostingBecause 23% of the Internet is powered by WordPress. Because WordPress is the most powerful content management system (CMS) available today. Because organizations ranging from the mom and pop store around the corner to media giants like Time and CNN use WordPress. Because WordPress began as a tool for bloggers in all fields – from food and sports to religion and entertainment – to build their own web platforms, which means that it was designed with amateur users in mind. Too much of the web is a black box to ordinary people. WordPress breaks open the box. That’s why!

OPEN-SOURCE AND FREE!

You won’t be charged for installing WordPress, updates are made at no cost, and the software can never be converted to proprietary status.

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

Tens of thousands of site themes and over 50,000 plugins and widgets. The vast size of the WordPress developer community ensures spot-on design and function.

EASY TO LEARN AND USE

If you can use MS Word, you can master WordPress. An easy-to-use visual editor, simple dashboard, and straight forward media library.

THE BEST POSSIBLE SEO

Google loves WordPress. Search engine optimization is native to the WordPress page and file structure. You’ll be showing top results in no time.

PLUGINS AND WIDGETS

Over 50,000 plugins and widgets. These programs give you an incredible range of options for everything from e-commerce to online forms, galleries, audio/video, and more.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Along with almost infinite design and functional flexibility, WordPress sites receive incredible tech support from plugin, widget, and theme developers, as well as user communities.

Hosting & Social Media

Hostgator-VPS-WebhostingI’ve been hosting web and email domains through a reseller account with HostGator since 2003. I chose HostGator as my vendor because of the company’s phenomenal 99.6% “uptime” record.

 

Hosting your website ensures that I have access to all the server-side applications, settings and reports needed to optimize your site’s performance. It also means that if you have issues with email you call me, not a help center overseas.

 

Three Bean Studios has long experience integrating social media, video and even email marketing into WordPress websites. From Facebook and YourTube to Twitter, LinkedIn and even Constant Contact, there are hundreds WordPress plugin options that allow you to import social media content into your site and export web content to social media platforms.

 

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Portfolio

As noted above, I’m reestablishing my business after a five-year hiatus and am still in the process of rebuilding my portfolio. Click on the items below to view a partial portfolio.

Beth Pite

bethpiteClient: Beth Pite, artist and marketing consultant to the nonprofit sector.

Needs: Beth needed a high-contrast site that would could show off her vibrant, colorful pastels. This site has five separate galleries in which images are arrayed in compelling mosaic tiles.

Theme: Garnet

Development time: 2 weeks

User updates site: Yes

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Westerly Land Trust

Westerly Land TrustClient: Westerly Land Trust conserves open space, revitalizes culturally significant properties, and provides environmental programs for the enduring benefit of our community.

Needs: Large homepage slider, extensive submenus, gateways for ecommerce and online even registration.

Theme: SimplePress

Development time: 3 weeks

Development cost: $2,000 to $2,500

User updates site: Yes

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Rhode Island Society of St. Vincent de Paul

port1SVDPClient: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Council of Providence, is an independent, lay, Catholic organization focused on helping the poor through immediate assistance and systemic change.

Needs: Homepage slider, e-commerce, online registration, password-protected private section, video.

Theme: DonateNow

Development time: 2 weeks

Development cost: $1,500 – $2,000

User updates site: Yes

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The WARM Center

port2SVDPClient: The WARM Center “provides a continuum of care and service to the homeless and needy by providing affordable housing and assuring supportive services, and to help the homeless and needy build self-esteem and move toward independent and responsible living.”

Needs: Large homepage slider, nested menus, gateways for online registration and donations.

Theme: Organic Nonprofit

Development time: 2 weeks

Development cost: $1,500 – $2,000

User updates site: Yes

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Solidarity Hall

port4Client: Solidarity Hall is a think/do tank focused on localism, new urbanism, New Economy, and personalism.

Needs: Integration of blog into homepage, auto import of RSS feeds from like-minded journals.

Theme: Ideo

Development time: 3 weeks

Development cost: $2,000 – $2,500

User updates site: Yes

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PathTree

port6Client: PathTree, a “a for-value learn/think/teach firm that assists organizations and communities to become more resilient by incorporating whole-systems thinking into every aspect of their enterprise, from strategy to daily operations.

Needs: Integrated video, blog section, small homepage slider.

Theme: Streamline

Development time: 1 week

Development cost: $1,800

User updates site: Yes

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Jane Back Photography

port5Client: Jane Back’s photography captures the splendor of the seasons along the Southern Rhode Island coastline.

Needs: Catalog/e-commerce site with extensive galleries.

Theme: Custom HTML

Development time: 3 weeks

Development cost: $3,000 – $3,500

User updates site: No

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River Bend Cemetery

port9Client: River Bend Cemetery is a burial place in Westerly, RI, situated along the picturesque Pawcatuck River on Route 1A, between downtown and the nearby Westerly beaches.

Needs: Extensive image galleries and maps.

Theme: Custom HTML

Development time: 2 weeks

Development cost: $2,500

User updates site: No

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Cherenzia Companies

port7Client: A dual site for Cherenzia & Associates, and engineering and design firm, and Cherenzia Excavation, a site construction company.

Needs: Single portal to two complete sites with different designs, extensive image and project galleries.

Theme: Custom HTML

Development time: 5 weeks

Development cost: $3,500

User updates site: No

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Marketplace

Three Bean Studios is an affiliate of Envato Market, the global leader in royalty-freeweb themes, graphics, photography, video, plugins, 3D models, and more. To visit Envato Market, click the brand logos above or below.

 

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Contact me at 401-954-2029
Email:  mgordon@threebeanstudios.com
Twitter: @3BeanStudios
Facebook: /ThreeBeanStudios
© 2015, Mark Gordon