Semalt, Sumy Designs or ZeroZen: who will help you with your website design?

Semalt, Sumy Designs or ZeroZen: who will help you with your website design?

Hello, everyone!

There is one popular and truthful saying is in our days: “If you don’t have a website, then you don’t have a business.” The Internet has made it a lot easier to monetize your hobby or make a career as a reviewer, yet the web audience has their standards of quality, so it’s important to ensure that your image of a perfect and respectable blog doesn’t clash with them.

Blog design is a first thing, which comes to mind of any beginning blogger. Where to start with? Is it necessary to choose templates? Is it possible to create a unique design personally? How do bloggers customize their layout?

While there are plenty web-design-savvy blog owners, who do all the magic by themselves, employing the help of experts with a blog layout is also quite common.  

However, how to find The One for your blog? Here are a brief review and comparison different-level companies operating in the web development market (Semalt, Sumy Designs, and ZeroZen) to understand what quality services they provide and at what design

Sumy Designs

Sumy Designs is a web studio created by two sisters, Susan Sullivan and Amy Masson, in 2006 in Indiana, USA. This company provides their customers with WordPress-based design and development, logo and graphic design, visual branding, search engine optimization and pay per click marketing. With the staff of the company amounting to eight experts, Sumy Design cooperates only with small and mid-sized business and doesn’t engage in building sites from scratch. Also, the company often draws assistance upon outsourced services. Judging by their portfolio, they make very neat designs for WordPress-based platforms, so if you are using WordPress, but want it to look cool and refreshing, these guys may be your design


Semalt is a full stack digital company which is based in Eastern Europe and provides a comprehensive range of their services to site owners worldwide. With total staff number of employees hitting 150, Semalt company cooperates with business owners, webmasters, analysts, and marketing experts.  While these guys mainly specialize in a broad range of services in SEO sphere, providing their clients with a particular optimization way depending on their web site goals and directions, this optimization includes web design and web development. The web design services include both renovating an old web design, making logos, and creating an entirely new, independent site from scratch (both WordPress-based and not related to WordPress). The company also claims to incorporate any design idea within a site layout and shows one of their cases as an example. The price depends on the scale of the web design works and the complexity of the preferred design, so the team discusses everything before beginning their work. The samples of their project can be seen here.

The blog owners, who look for more creative solutions and want to base their blog on another platform, as well as add some e-commerce to their assets, might want to check this company out.  website design


In contrast to Semalt and Sumy Design, ZeroZen is a narrow-focused company that provides only web design and web hosting services. It developed a unique automated tool for reviewing site quality, called Website Review Tool for Small Businesses. According to the declared information on ZeroZen website, they are ready to create a 5-page custom site from scratch in 3 hours or less. Accordingly, one-hour work under the site costs $200 and more. The customers have a possibility to choose date and time they find convenient cooperation and then monitor the work of web developers real-time.  Mind, that main focus of the company are small business owners, who need a bright landing page or a promo site for their new product or service ASAP. If you’re one of them and you have limited time for creating a page, they are your friends. However, if  you are a blogger, you might find their assets not quite fitting your goals.  

What to focus on

There are absolutely different approaches to website building and its design, so, accordingly, various companies concentrate their effort on various types of site design and development. What should guide you in your search is the presence of a portfolio on the company’s web source, as any credible agency would only be glad to show off its works. If a company doesn’t provide any samples or shows the sites or blog it worked with, your alert should be going off. Naturally, there are clients, who agree to cooperate only after both sides sign a non-disclosure agreement: in the case of Semalt, the company quite frequently works for online businesses, which desire not to reveal the nature of web design works. However, the agency made sure to compile the sites, which agreed to be a part of the portfolio, clearly understanding the importance of creating a brand image.

Other suggestions for selecting a web design studio:  

Number of experts in the company

When selecting a web studio, pay attention to the number of experts in this company staff. Not all agencies have the enough number of experts on staff to create complex multipage websites with the unique design. However, if you want your blog just to look nice, pretty and invoke a must-subscribe vibe from your users, even a one-man team will be enough.

Customer feedback

Look for user testimonials: most of the companies upload them directly on the site for everyone to see, as positive feedback of clients is precious and worth sharing with site visitors.


If a company can SEO, it can take care of your blog. A good web design always takes search engine ranking factors into account and is convenient to users, so they would not increase the bounce rate of your blog and push it deeper into the unknown depths of the Internet.

As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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  1. July 12, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I never heard of these before but I really think website design is crucial for your improvement! Will check them out.

    • July 12, 2017 / 11:06 am

      They all doing a great job, you should have a look for more information. Thanks for stopping by Claire.

  2. July 12, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Hi Helene, great review. Even though I see a lot of places to get awesome, custom templates, sometimes you need someone with a little more knowledge to help you out. In my case, I have no problem with coding but I struggle a lot with SEO, so for me, a company that provides the whole package is worthy of at least consideration!

  3. July 12, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Website design plays an important role in a website’s life. hank You for sharing

  4. July 12, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    This is great information. I’m not quite ready for a complete pro overhaul on my blog but I know I will need to bookmark this post for future reference.


  5. July 12, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Very interesting post! I plan to always design my site as that is the fun part so I probably will never hire a designer but this is a great post for people are thinking about it!

    -Danielle Ruppert ~

  6. Sharon Chanyau
    July 12, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Hi Helene. i had no idea of all these before. Thank you for opening me to new things, i will siit down and check them out and maybe use them,


  7. July 12, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    These look like some great companies that design websites.

    When my blog gets more established I’ll need a professional website design company to create a fresh look for my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hannah
    July 13, 2017 / 7:11 am

    This is really good to know! I am really considering having this done!

  9. July 13, 2017 / 10:54 am

    It’s a sea of people out there on the internet who offer help on designs and so much more when starting out with a new Website. Thank you for this list and the great comparison. I always appreciate These Kind of Posts when I am researching on a product or service to invest in!

  10. July 13, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    In wordpress you have so many options to think about, I mean there are already installed wordpress themes. But definitely hiring a professional team can make a difference. After all you cannot customize everything until you have the in-depth knowledge of it. Good that now I have some recommendations via this blogpost. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Leian
    July 13, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Great post! I never heard of these companies and I agree with you 100%, it’s crucial to growth. Thanks for the info.

  12. Michael Wilson
    July 21, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing
    Website designing I believe is so important to look and your brand. This is such a well detailed and well written post. I have some recommendations at Artjoker blog

  13. August 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Today, web design is everything!
    This is such a great and helpful post for everyone who wants to create a blog. 🙂

  14. August 3, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Haven’t heard either of these before but it’s surely true that the website design is important especially for the first impression. I’ll check these out just out of interest 🙂

  15. August 3, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Website design is not my area of specialty at all. I am sure I will need the services of the likes you’ve talked about today at some point in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Analesha
    August 4, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Some great tips. I agree with always checking feedback from others. Great way to see what your buying into

  17. August 4, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I agree that people need well designed websites – the amount i se which haven’t been updated since the 90’s is CRAZY! Some great suggestions on here – I had mine custom designed and it was one of the most fun things I’ve done! x

  18. August 4, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Loved reading this…seeing that I just changed my Theme as well…it’s so important that website owners make necessary changes once in a while. Getting professional help is also ideal as visitors get their first impression about a business from what they see and read..lovely read.

  19. August 10, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Bookmarking this post cuz I’ll need it for myself in the coming days! Thank you so much 🙂


  20. August 22, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Wonderful article! Online marketing is the effective solution for the business owner to develop their onlie presence.

  21. September 4, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Hey there. Thanks so much for including ZeroZen in the lineup Helene!

    I started this company with a focus on small businesses and startups. In 2010, when I decided to enter the world of web design, the playing field was a bit bleak… and still is.

    You will notice with the other companies you mentioned, there is still a deposit, and websites cost over 1k. With ZeroZen, that’s all eliminated.

    I used to build websites the same way as everyone else. As a matter of fact, the company was 18 employees strong. What I realized though is the old school way of building sites is absolutely broken. It leaves both web design company and client frustrated with one another and often leads to a stale relationship.

    Now, we build websites in right around 3 hours. You pay no deposit. The website is created LIVE with the client participating. If the client wants to keep what was done in the session, they pay for it. Simple as that. Most sites range between $600 and $800.

    As far as technical websites – that is totally possible too, just not under the same model. Here is an example of a site we did –

    Again, thanks so much Helene for listing ZeroZen in the lineup. Let me know if I can do anything for you in return!

  22. January 4, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Hi Helene! Thanks for including Sumy Designs in your wrap up. I wanted to clarify a couple of points for you. We actually do create sites from scratch, roughly 90% of our sites are custom designed. It’s our pride and joy to release a custom designed site into the world! And while our team is distributed, we don’t rely on outsourcing at all. We are all committed to providing our clients with the best services Sumy Designs has to offer.

    Thanks again!

  23. March 9, 2018 / 4:46 am

    Thanks so much for including ZeroZen in the lineup Helene!

  24. Govind Rai
    September 5, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Hey Helene, This article is so useful. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  25. December 12, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this article!.. Indeed helpful! 🙂

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