About Us

Why you need HdG Design!

Havre de Grace Design is a company I started after years of working for other businesses as an Internet programming specialist.  What I specialize in is making online businesses profitable, first in the development and then by brand management and marketing.  How do you know this is true?  Your reading this page right now aren’t you.  How do you think I got you here?

So why do you need me?

On May 18th of this year, a doctor, who is a friend of mine said she found a place to develop websites for free from simple templates.  I commented there was a WebMD.com too, so why do you need a doctor.  And then I pointed out that these sites charge a monthly hosting fee that is more than what I charge with complete development work and hosting included. What I did not say was what you as a business person know, there is always competition and getting “one-up” on your competitor is how businesses become successful and stay profitable.  A website built from a template cannot do that for you.

However, it is true you can get a site designed for free, and some of them look good.  With that being the case why should someone hire me?  The reality is these do-it-yourself websites are not free, they are making their money on the hosting and then charging for support.  One client was charged $60 for a simple change on his web.com website.

Worth Considering

There are a lot of things that go into building an online business for a client and those do-it-yourself sites are only good on the surface, not where it matters the most and certainly not when it comes to getting results from the search engines or when it comes to making money from your website. Plus the monthly hosting cost are more than a custom designed website.

There is a basic flaw in the perception in what we do as web designers and I use that term (web designer) loosely.  What we do is not about putting content on the web.  What web designers do is not seen by the client when a site is in development and what is below the surface is truly what makes up a website. Think of it this way, in your life you have known a person that looked pretty damn good but under the surface…  You get the point, right, it is what is under the surface that makes something good or bad.

How I Build Web Businesses

I spend hours planing a site from its inception to its completion.  Thinking, rethinking, programming, selecting fonts, images, finding graphics, more programming, adding functionality, and reworking the wording of each page so the search engines recognize the structure and content.  So they put my clients links in front when someone searches for their product or service.  I also spend approximately 40-hours a month keeping up my skills with continuing education and retraining.  The Internet changes everyday and the only way to stay on top of it is to constantly learn and apply the newest technologies.

What Havre de Grace Web Design Delivers

When we turn over your site you will have:

  • A fully functioning website that is modern and updated regularly
  • Built in, easy to use, control panel that is understandable to a novice
  • Front-end web page edit capability for quick revisions
  • Built in Search Engine Optimization tools
  • Control over your online Brand-Identiy
  • A fully repsonsive website design on all devices, including mobile.
  • Unlimited text, images, video, banners, ad space…
  • Expert guidance by a seasoned professional

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Bonafide Customer Testimonials

Harbor Spice Co., Inc says: “Jeff…I am so pleased with your work in so many ways that I am at a loss for words. First of all, you’ve taken on this project without ever meeting me and have intuitively taken a creative and technical lead at making this job a priority. It is very hard to find designers and consultants like you and I look forward to working with you in a long term business relationship. … The improvements you have made are really cool and put us so far ahead of the curve as we try to grow this business and our products, process and people!
Warm Regards,
Dan Samchuck

Just Right Plumbing of Los Angeles says: “Jeff, Before I hired you for our search engine optimization I normally have three to four calls a week from my website.  Yesterday I got 62 calls.  Today we had to turn away work.
John Pipkin

Llojenn, Inc of Churchville, MD says: “I have worked with web design companies in the past but yours is the first one I like working with. I have gained new customers from Poland, France, Australia, and Isreal through the website.
Lloyd Shue”

Top Roller Strong says:  “As soon as you added the International shipping to my shopping cart I received an order from Sweden.  Things are going really well.
Mike Homewood”

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Take a look at some of our clients:

Just Right Plumbing of LA

Commercial and Residential Plumbingjustright


HP Marine

Powerboat Sales and Service


Harbor Spice Co., Inc.

Custom Blended Seasonings



Llojenn Inc

Llojenn Inc Bendable Endoscope Repair (site under construction, still needs logo and content)

Llojenn Inc Bendable Endoscope Repair

Spectra Tech LLC


Mobile Auto Body and Paint.

Mobile Auto Body and Paint

Shark Pack Vacation Travel Accessories.

Search Engine Optimization.


TopRoller Arm Sports

Online Store with Shopping Cart selling Fitness Product


Bedding Hotline

Online Mattress Store with Shopping Cart

Bedding Hotline

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