We write the code & engineer the databases powering our clients' dynamic web applications.

This is what you see...
...this is what we do.

We usually develop web applications for LEMP environments. LEMP is a collection of free, open-source software, consisting of:

Open-source technologies enable faster, cheaper, and more secure web applications. Long live open-source!

We are fully fluent in:

As well as the idiosyncrasies of the platforms which render them. This means we can construct sites that maintain strict standards compliance (for maximum compatibility), or sites that bark and scream from the cutting-edge of emerging standards (for maximum sexiness), or sites compromising somewhere between the two.

Here are some of the technologies we use, the platforms we develop for, and the services we interface with:

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Keeping a server up and running, its sites fast and secure, is a complicated business, but not one that website owners should have to worry about. Unlike other hosting providers, our Managed WordPress Hosting is actually fully managed. Leave the technical stuff to us so you can focus on making great content!

Our hosting environments are specifically tailored to the requirements of each site, locked down for maximum security, and lightning fast. Both shared and VPS hosting packages include:

  • Regular security patches and software updates (including WordPress, its plugins, and themes);
  • Automatic and manual backups, on- and off-site, on- and off-line;
  • Uptime and performance monitoring;
  • Free SSL certificates with strong encryption standards;
  • Realtime attack detection and mitigation;
  • WordPress-specific security enhancements, including file upload sanitization and brute-force login prevention;

For more information or a quote, contact us.

We are Blobfolio, a small web development firm with big talent & plenty of experience.
Meet the dynamic duo.

Josh Stoik
Josh Stoik
Left Desk
I broke the first computer I was given access to. Then, naturally enough, I proceeded to break it repeatedly. It was all part of my brilliantly evil plan to figure out how it worked. And I did. I was able to gradually move toward more constructive avenues and began writing small programs to perform useful or entertaining tasks.

The programming languages I started with have, of course, long since been retired to the history books, but others, better, have taken their place. I now develop complex and custom web applications and manage a fleet of servers.
Tiffany Stoik
Tiffany Stoik
Right Desk
I entered the wide world of Web development as a teenager, making Diaryland templates for other teenage girls. From then on I was committed to helping people communicate and connect with others on the Web. I moved on from Diaryland to an open-source blogging software called Greymatter, which was popular in the early 2000s.

Now I focus on helping individuals and companies define themselves on the Web with free and open-source technologies like WordPress and Drupal.

We work with designers to create the foundation & functionality of a website.

Blobfolio
American Needle

American Needle designs and manufactures headwear. They hold licenses for major sports leagues and entertainment properties, as well as over 30 patents on design and manufacturing innovations.

We developed a fully custom e-commerce solution using WordPress. In addition to flexible pricing and discount options, we were able to provide them with inventory management tools to help sync data on hundreds of products with their off-line systems.

Collaborator: BBG
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bb7

bb7 specializes in all areas of product development, from research to staffing to invention.

With so many cool and interesting products to showcase, bb7 required a design-rich and flexible web presence. The custom WordPress theme we developed features modular layout components and web-rendered visual effects, pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished with a CMS.

Collaborator: BBG
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Bright Bright Great

Bright Bright Great is a multi-disciplinary design, strategy, and technology agency. BBG has the talent to remain current with trends and delivers work that is fresh, modern, and relevant.

We helped BBG consolidate and optimize its networking infrastructure and over the years have developed dozens of websites, from in-house projects like Avondale Type Co and The Secret Handshake, to client work for both startups and established brands.

Collaborator: BBG
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Chicago Tabernacle

Chicago Tabernacle is a modern church with a wealth of online resources for its growing congregation.

We developed a custom WordPress theme to showcase their institution and stream their catalog of recorded sermons and lectures. We set up a private server, hand-tailored to meet their high-bandwidth needs and security concerns.

Collaborator: BBG
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Cocktail Courier

Cocktail Courier is a subscription delivery service specializing in an ever-rotating, curated list of bar-quality beverages and accessories.

Age-restricted content like alcohol presents numerous challenges at all levels of operation, from banking partners to hosting to order processing and delivery. We developed a fully custom e-commerce solution to handle these specific needs, helped work with third-party providers to ensure compliance at each stage, and set up a secure hosting environment to keep it all running.

Collaborator: BBG
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Collision Labs

Collision Labs is a creative design studio based out of Chicago with whom we collaborate on a regular basis. We provide programming and other technical services as necessary for their clients.

We’ve worked on everything from large, custom-built, database-intensive infrastructures to simple WordPress themes with this wonderful firm. Thanks to them, all of it was beautiful.

(Pssst! They designed this site!)

Collaborator: Collision Labs
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Evil Supply Co.

Evil Supply Co. provides stationery, notebooks, and planners to mad scientists, monsters, and all around nogoodniks.

Having reached the limitations of their Big Cartel starter site, ESC found themselves in need of a custom e-commerce solution with flexible inventory and sales capabilities, including the ability to offer a monthly subscription package. As befits a company dedicated to evil tinkering, ESC has proven a valuable testbed for emerging technologies including WebP image serving and advanced static caching.

Collaborator: Evil Supply Co.
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Fringe Focus

Fringe Focus is an online shop for creative and unique household goods created by artist Rob Lokoutka.

We developed a custom shop system based on WordPress and Stripe, tailored to Rob’s exact specifications to make selling his projects as painless as possible. Careful attention was paid to resource usage and performance to allow the site to survive massive surges in traffic from Kickstarter campaigns and reddit shares.

Collaborator: Fringe Focus
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Great Lakes Home

Great Lakes Home is a whimsical e-commerce site offering a well-curated assortment of home accessories and decorations.

We developed a custom Shopify theme to showcase their wares, while extending the stock functionality to accommodate their needs.

Collaborator: BBG
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OKRP

OKRP is an award-winning creative advertising agency based in Chicago, Illinois.

We developed a custom WordPress theme capable of showcasing the full extent of their graphical work, incorporating cutting-edge runtime effects to engage site visitors.

Collaborators: BBG, OKRP
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Paris312

Paris312 sells party boxes, kits, and accessories.

We developed a custom Shopify theme with guided product builders and local delivery options.

Collaborator: BBG
Blobfolio
Uncle Goose

Uncle Goose handcrafts an array of exquisite wooden block toys in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We coded a brand new iteration of their site, a fully responsive custom e-commerce system built on WordPress. It includes a shipping calculator, coupons, two different payment gateways, a Create-a-Name block generator, and much more.

Collaborator: BBG

We collaborate with designers to build lasting partnerships.

Jason Schwartz
Owner, Designer
Bright Bright Great

As someone who has been designing for interactive for the past 15 years, it’s exciting and extremely valuable for me to find a partner that not only can understand and translate my vision from creative through interactive, but also has the ability and high-level skills to troubleshoot issues that come up along the way.

Tiffany is extremely intelligent regarding development and interactive problem solving, so much so that sometimes I email her to help talk me through thoughts in my head to help me plan from top down.

Besides skills, I can’t say enough good things about how Tiffany works. She’s responsive, she’s pleasant and she’s accountable. All important needs when under tight deadlines and tough planning decisions.

Lisa Bun
Owner, Designer
Collision Labs

You honestly can’t go wrong with this team. We have collaborated with Blobfolio countless times, as they have developed almost all of our client sites – from basic WordPress sites to complex web applications.

If that’s not saying enough, well let me say some more. Quality, efficiency, great communication, knowledge and expertise – it all goes such a long way, and they have time and again improved the work delivered to my clients.

I can’t stress enough how damn good they are at their jobs. We all know how difficult it is to find a good developer. Well here’s two of them, and bonus: they are SO fun to work with!

Have a project you’d like us to work on?
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