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Brand; conception, design, implementation, consulting, management, protection, development, technology, security, optimization, marketing & education.

Branding is everything.

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The Brand

It's all about the brand

To be clear, the brand is everything you do that impacts your company's reputation in the eyes of the community it serves.
Your brand is everything you do.

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Web Hosting

Our designs can be hosted anywhere

We have a great list of preferred hosts, but our website designs can be hosted anywhere, even on in the cloud on GitHub. But, you will probably want full hosting. 

Marketing

Marketing begins at your website

People don't use phone books to find things, they ask their phone, an AI, or google it. Just having a web site is the first right step. Our web designs are a giant step.

Optimization

Your site will be optimized for search

A mobile-ready design is required for Google. Our well branded designs use site-specific optimization, and get bonus points as mobile-first designs.

Design & Technology

Symbiotic Design: Our relationship with the world and technology.

Symbiotic Design started as a side gig. After a year of working full time for a little extra money I founded the freelance studio as a company in 1997 and started offering Linux Apache shared web hosting.  In 2000 it became clear that our brands were in jeopardy with Network Solutions (aka 'NetSol', 'Verisign' and many other business names) yanking our chain.  After years of struggling with trying to get a handle on our brand name domains, we further delved into the technology side of our business, a journey which is ever evolving.

Design always has a directed path.  We are looking to steer you away from dangers and pitfalls of both marketing and technology.  Design assists marketing, affects our planning, experience and the technology that accompanies it.  We want to steer you right.  Corporate vendors will push you into compromising situations.  Small business would not survive the mistakes they make.  Whether you want to design and develop a brand, or learn how to protect it in the fast and constantly progressing, always changing world of technology, we have your back.  As we select only the finest business partners, we encourage you to do the same, rely on small business to get it done, we want a personal business relationship with you.

Design

Since 1997 our design has always been about whole encompassing approach to marketing the brand in a positive light in an impactful way on the community a business serves. We have been assisting small business by focusing primarily on the larger perspective, helping the company through consulting and education, designing and developing, optimizing and promoting well branded user friendly web sites (#websites) to offer our clientele the very best 24 hour self promoting marketing experience available, anywhere.

That said, we do not stop there. We understand what is at risk, because we put our brand on the line with every project we do.  

We may not be as expensive as other design studios, but we do not jeopardize your trust and security by outsourcing freelancers from foreign soils. All of our freelancers are American citizens living in the USA. This helps protect your brand and contact information from shady personalities that could generate scams, and even hack attacks.

But, it goes much further than basic common sense.  You can't easily sue a foreign agent, after all.

There is a right way to design, and then there is corporate guerilla marketing that builds a platform and forces you into compromised situations (such as Facebook, Google & Twitter that all actively undermined our democracy by allowing foreign agents to purchase extraorinary influence that resulted in a tainted U.S. Presidential election).

While corporations are buying off the do-nothing government to crush your right to privacy under the guise of national security, no one is seeing jail time for inside jobs that result in the exposure of personal private data for millions, even billions of struggling souls and their families (Facebook, Equifax, Yahoo, etc...).

For us, this is a personal relationship with your business.  We want to give you the very best experience you have ever had with a design company.  We want to conduct business faily and honorably.

We are not a soulless corporation looking to get the most out of your wallet, we care about your logo, your brands, your company reputation and what that means.  We enable you with the education and tools allowing you the ability to manage and promote both your online marketing message and your offline marketing campaigns.

No one cares as much about your business than you do.  Symbiotic Design specializes in enabling small business, worldwide, as a small enterprizing business itself.  Yes, you could do the job yourself, or avoid the time investment learning something new and stay focused on your business at hand.  Hand the work over to professionals.  Let's partner up and get this done right.  Unless you want a guerllia marketing solution, then find someone else, we don't compromise anyone and protect everyone.

Don't fall prey to petty guerrila marketing techniques. It works, but your brand will take a reputation hit that you may never recover from. No one trusts Facebook, they simply use it and allow it to use them. That compromises everyone involved, including your users. They deserve better, much better.

We specialize in building brands, websites and companies that a community prides itself in and grows with. We do it with pride, attention to detail, and the ultimate goal of strengthening, reinforcing and growing your brand... without compromise.

Technology

In January of 2003 Symbiotic Design took a much more significant role in the technology side of the web hosting business, expanding into the domain name registration and web hosting markets.   

The extra capabilities of domain name registration allowed our shared web hosting and vitual/dedicated web server customers the added resource of domain name registration, domain transfers, top level domain backorders, domain fowarding, masked domain forwarding, encrypted domain security certificates as well as all of our then current domain hosting and email options.

By partnering with industry leader Wild West Domains (aka: WWD), we could offer a significant bargain to my fellow web designers, developers, online marketers, website optimizers and online career professionals for full featured premium domain name registrations and transfers as SD Domain Names, which was quickly renamed to Domain Hostmaster.

In response to several associates and clients desiring a very specific, fast & reliable Linux Apache web hosting platform, Symbiotic Design again partnered with another Industry leader, Liquid Web, to create the HD Web Hosting solution that customers whom require our shared cloud web hosting are currently on.

Later, Wild West Domains started dropping support for one of the new registrations of some of the Top Level Domain (TLD) name extensions (namely, the ".NAME" extension), which Domain Hostmaster considered a vital part of our sellable catalog. Although already registered .NAME domain extensions would continue to be supported in renewals, registration support was discontinued.  To rectify this, a new partnership with Public Domain Registry, and a new domain registration and web hosting service, Domainance, was created that now supports even more TLD name extensions which WWD finds too expensive to continue carrying.

Since then, I have added further web hosting solutions to the Symbiotic Design branding portfolio.  All of these web hosting solutions are intended to allow our peers and fellow web design, development, optimization and marketing professionals the opportunity for reliable, dependable, quick and well technically supported services to use our services without worry of their own design/dev/optimization/marketing brand being stepped on by offering services that would compete with thier own.  

We still offer Do-It-Yourself product & service opportunities (such as Managed WordPress Sites with Hosting) for the DIY type of web hosting customer, but they are not looking for a professional solution then, anyway. Plus, a few pros also take advantage of such opportunities for some of their more budget oriented customers.

For those who would like to partner-up with us and resell these services under their own brand, these opportunities are available at Wholesale Worldwide Web Domains & Networks, our Free HD Web Hosting Reseller Program, and also, to a lesser extent, there is a reseller program available at Domainants that requires a lot more work configuring and customizing that platform.

If you are interested in starting your own web hosting service, We recommend that you start with the free reseller program through HD Web Hosting. W3DN & the HD Web Hosting free reseller program both offer free tech support on your behalf.  The real limit of the Domainants reseller program is that you have to provide your own support.

In order to manage all of our technology platforms, we have created Symbiotic Technology. Visit for more info on our technology platforms.

Typography

Fonts from Doug Peters (last posted February 9th, 2020)

Branding starts whether or not you have a company name, store or website.  But it becomes relevant with a name, and that name becomes branded with how the community you serve perceives you and your business.  Design allows us to add a positive spin, holding the name in a new light, and logo design allows us to create an iconic image which is easily recognizable that all its influence, good and bad, internal and external, is associated with.

I have been designing brands and websites since before 1996.  I have had the best fine arts education you can get without actually getting the Bachelor's degree at Augustana College (now Augustana University).  I designed my own logo when I was 14 and have been designing them ever since.

Typography can be the foundation of a logo.  Or it could be a graphic image.  But the company name, how it is seen, how  the text is employed for your name, displayed in your documents and presentations, is also infuential.  Make it a positive first step, even before the logo, in addition and complementary to it, invest in good fonts.

By invest, I mean time.  There are many great freeware fonts available.  I even happen to design a few, take a look through my font catalogs... 

Font-Journal

TrueType font software repository with freeware & shareware fonts that are OK for commercial use. Big web fonts section. Double-check  included licenses, we don't kick-out personal use fonts.

Official Font Distributions

My Font-Journal (freeware/shareware font repository) hosts most of my official freeware font distribution release archives. The link shows my current list of releases with a character sample of each.

Fonts & Web Fonts by DP

Archive of the promotional promotional material associated with my fonts, that acts as an index to the various distribution channels I employ.  Also includes links to my font groups, tools and resources. Think of it as a DPFonts & typography directory.

Font Designer Profile

This is my font design and development profile on Fonstruct, a free, easy and fun way to create your own modular vector and pixel fonts online. Here youi can check my profile, easily access my fonts, or start your own designer account.

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