The Refinery - Cleveland Web Design Firm

CMS Conversion

Update to a modern content management system with rich page builders, user permissions, integrations and ecommerce.

In order to work at scale in an enterprise, your content management system needs to be easy to use, infinitely customizable and work with many users with varying permissions.

While we work with a variety of different CMS products, our favorite to work with is CraftCMS by Pixel & Tonic. We've used CraftCMS to power websites for some of the biggest national brands, universities and ecommerce stores.

Modern Content Management with CraftCMS

CraftCMS is so easy to use you won't recognize it as a scaleable enterprise solution. Don't let that fool you! Craft is full of the intuitive features you'd expect from a consumer grade CMS like Wordpress, but with the flexibility for large teams, brand style guides and extensible plugin architecture.

  • Leave the styling up to your designers and focus on content. CraftCMS intelligently separates the content from the visual display, making it easy for anyone on your team to update the website without breaking your brand guidelines.
  • Craft is built to be responsive. It provides a robust framework for developers to have complete control over the source code, allowing for mobile friendly websites and meeting the highest requirements for accessibility.
  • Plugin marketplace. Extend your website's functionality by installing a plugin from Craft's extensive marketplace of plugins.
  • Security. Content Management Systems are notoriously targeted for phishing attacks. Craft is built with safety and security in mind and is updated regularly to patch any issues that are found.
Administrative control panel for CraftCMS
Administrative control panel for CraftCMS

A Partner for Growth

We're proud partners with Pixel & Tonic, the creators of CraftCMS. Together we're working to grow their client base and the surrounding ecosystem around the platform to build a better web.

Website Design

We design websites that connect with your customers.

Our design and development process is driven by key initiatives including: user research, content architecture, design systems, standards-based markup and an infrastructure scaled for the enterprise.

We also believe in the practice of informed design. We want to know your goals, your KPI's and we want to know what YOU know about your customers, so that we can build a website that is attractive to those customers and performs as it should to help you reach the benchmarks that matter to you.

We utilize a state-of-the-art content management system (CMS) called CraftCMS to build easy to maintain websites that can grow with your business.

Card Sorting
Card Sorting

See how your users organize content.

Dev Ops
Dev Ops

Automate your operations.

HTML/CSS
HTML/CSS

Standards based front-end development.

Information Architecture
Information Architecture

Put your content in the right order.

Javascript
Javascript

Building interactive user interfaces.

Marketing Strategy
Marketing Strategy

Find new customers.

Prototyping
Prototyping

Build a new product concept to test.

Responsive
Responsive

Design for screens of all sizes.

Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization

Increase your Google ranking.

Wireframes
Wireframes

Get things laid out right.

Agency Services

Our agency services allow us to build long-standing client relationships.

We let the results speak for themselves. With a smaller team of world class talent paired with lean technological methodologies, companies that choose to work with us get to experience a client-agency relationship unmatched in the industry. The Refinery was built on strong, personal bonds with long-standing clients and continues to grow with outstanding work, communication and results.

We know that some projects have a lot of moving parts. We have experience working with internal stakeholders, third-party vendors and other agencies in tandem to produce effective results for our clients. 

The point: we can play nice in the sandbox. 

Finding an agency that's the right fit can be a difficult task. We're confident we can be that agency.

Database
Database

SQL DBA support.

Dev Ops
Dev Ops

Automate your operations.

HTML/CSS
HTML/CSS

Standards based front-end development.

Information Architecture
Information Architecture

Put your content in the right order.

Javascript
Javascript

Building interactive user interfaces.

Launch
Launch

Take your new product to market.

Marketing Strategy
Marketing Strategy

Find new customers.

Prototyping
Prototyping

Build a new product concept to test.

Research
Research

Dig into how your users work today.

Responsive
Responsive

Design for screens of all sizes.

Sketching
Sketching

Innovative ideas drawn on napkins.

Social Media Management
Social Media Management

Captivate your audience.

Strategy
Strategy

Plan your next move.

System Integration
System Integration

New apps on your current software.

Wireframes
Wireframes

Get things laid out right.