Watermark Design

Professional Website Design & Affordable SEO

Web Design & Development
SEO Services
WordPress Maintenance
Web Hosting

Watermark Design is a Minneapolis-based website design, SEO & web hosting company. We have over a decade of experience in providing top-notch websites to startups, small businesses, non-profits, and more.

Custom Minnesota Website Design Services

Hello. We are Watermark Design, an Elk River, Minnesota Web Design Company.

Our goal is to provide top web design & development to start-ups, small businesses, churches and nonprofits through clarifying your message, positioning your client as the hero, tracking results, growing your business through the internet and transparency in all we do.

We love working with the curious, the novices, the outdated, the little guys, the mom and pop shops, the entrepreneurs and the up-and-comers. We are designers that care and love challenges.

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“A year ago Mark designed our website. Not only have we achieved much more traffic but we are now able to take credit card sales because of the work he has done. Mark is easy to work with and always has his client’s needs in mind.”
– Donna B.
— Google Review

“We had great experience with Mark at Watermark Design! He was knowledgeable and patient with us as we completely changed the look of our website. We would highly recommend him.”
– Kristy M.
— Google Review

We Are Web Designers, Developers, Artists & Techies

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Who We Are

Watermark Design is a Professional Web Design, Minneapolis SEO & Minnesota Web Hosting company founded by Mark Haugstad. In 2011 we launched from Fargo and then relocated to Elk River, Minnesota in 2013.

Our main focus is building WordPress websites, but we also specialize in search engine optimization, web hosting and graphic design. Mark has been a member of a local BNI networking chapters in Fargo, Maple Grove and Plymouth.

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What We Do

We are creative innovators who love to build, design, learn, teach, collaborate and communicate.

We build and maintain websites in WordPress, not because it’s easy, but because it allows our clients to maintain their sites if they so choose.

Something innovative & unique we offer to Golf Cart Dealers & Shops is our Build Your Golf Cart Software.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s some of our Web Design questions and answers.

How much do you charge to build a website?

There’s no set answer, but to get an idea see website packages. A website design is quoted based on the needs of the individual project. Every website is unique and will have different needs to specifically fit your business.

Our smallest package starts at $2,500. To get started please tell us more about your website needs or contact us at [email protected]

How long will it take to complete my website?

Our timeline is 4-6 weeks to complete a website but depends on the project since the size and pace of any project is set by the client. We will ask for your feedback through different stages of the project. Along with you providing photos and text if you choose. All this is a factor in the timeline and completion of your project.

Do I have to be in Minnesota to work with you?

No. We work with clients from all over and can communicate by email, phone and Zoom meetings.

Will I be able to update the site myself when it's finished?

Yes. We give you access to your website on completion with a WordPress user login. We also provide you with 1 hour of training so you can make updates with adding photos and text. Our developers are available for more complex items or if you are too busy to make the updates on your own.

Will you maintain our website for us?

Yes. The choice is yours or reach out to us as needed for updates. You can contact us as you require updates to your website and we will quote hourly based on your requests.

Do you offer hosting services?

Yes. Hosting starts at $240/yr and goes up from there based on your needs. Find out more on our web hosting packages.

Will my website be mobile-friendly?
Yes! All websites we build are mobile-friendly and this is more important than ever. We work hard to make sure your website is fully responsive on modern devices and browsers.
Who writes the text/content for the website?

We require you to provide all of the text content for your website. You are the expert on your business. We can also take current copy from your old site or print material and place in your website.

If you need assistance, we have a copywriter on our team who can help write original or clean up existing content at an additional cost.

Do you only create WordPress Websites?

Yes! WordPress is the best content management system that powers more than 62% of the world wide web. “409 million people view 21.2 billion WordPress pages each month.” It’s due to its flexibility and ease of use. From minimal, informational template websites to custom websites with specific functionality you can do it all with WordPress.

What if your website is built on Joomla, Squarespace, Shopify, Wix, etc? We can convert your website to WordPress.

Is monthly SEO included in my website build?

No, the website build does not include monthly SEO. All items that we add to your website can be seen by Google but that doesn’t mean you will rank #1.

We do however provide the proper structure in your website build with h1, h2, h3, meta data, and alt tags on images, etc. Not included in all website packages.

What is photo sourcing?
If required, we will assist you in finding free stock images from websites such as Pexels and Unsplash. That can then be used in your website if you  have no photos of your own.
What forms of payment do you accept?

Upon agreement from the quote. We accept Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit, Paypal, Stripe, and ACH Bank Transfer.

How do we get started?

Contact us by email at [email protected] with your project details, page breakdown, and website examples (or fill out our web quote).

Once we receive your email we will review and provide an estimate for your project. We may schedule a call to discuss further.

What Customers At Watermark Design Are Saying

35+ Google Reviews with 5 star rating 

Mark blew our expectations on our project, we look forward to working with Watermark Design again in the near future.

Dustin Gunderson, SPS Metals

Mark rebuilt our website with exceptional attention to detail. He listened to exactly what we wanted/needed and responded accordingly. He was so easy to work with, answered all of our questions, and set us up for future success. We are so happy with the final result! Highly recommend.

Tracy Keech, Free Grace United

Mark has been a DREAM to work with! Our website went from simple to complex by adding an online store, and Mark did an amazing job! Mark is very responsive, professional, and truly an expert at his profession. I don't know where my business would be without him!

Michele Pennington, Stashios

Mark was on top of it! We love our new website and Watermark design made it happen. Thank you! Will be using them again in the future!

Michael Nelson, Totally Tan

Mark has revamped our website and it has exceeded my expectations! He is easy to work with, listens to what we are looking for and provides great customer service and a great customer experience. His work is worth every single penny!

Dawn Pritchard, All Season Motorsports

Mark was referred to us by a friend - He did an excellent at getting logged into our WordPress website and cleaning things up so they were functioning as fast as possible - Then he built us a custom program exactly how we had requested - He is our guy from now on - We are glad to have working for us as our business grows -- Give him a shot

Shawn Peck, Whitetail Plans

Watermark Design and Mark Haugstad have become our go-to solution for web and print design. The service is exceptional, the delivery is always on time, and the product is exceptional. Mark is our first call and will be yours as well!

Bjorn Dixon, The WHY Church

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Web Design Industries

Since 2011, we have been building websites for clients in many different industries. Below are a few from Minnesota to across the United States of America and even Globally to South America.

  • Agency
  • Archery
  • Automotive
  • Author
  • Business
  • Beauty
  • Blogger
  • Brewery
  • Consulting
  • Construction
  • Church
  • Ecommerce
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Equipment
  • Food
  • Fitness
  • General Contracting
  • Golf Cart Dealers
  • Housing
  • HVAC
  • Landscaping
  • Lake Association
  • Law
  • Machining
  • Manufacturing
  • Minisitry
  • Non-Profit
  • Pet Products
  • Photography
  • School
  • Software
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Why Work With Watermark Design

Excellent Reviews

We are proud of what we do and always want your feedback. Google us and see our outstanding reviews across Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. We aren't satisfied unless you are!

Great Communication

If you've ever worked with an agency before, you know it can be frustrating to get the designer on the phone. We take pride in being readily available through both phone and email.

Top Results & Monitoring

Building a mobile-friendly website is key. We take it further and look at the speed of your website , page views, keyword ranking, security and uptime.  Creating a Local SEO Strategy can help your business grow locally.

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Contact Us

Use the form below to contact us. We look forward to learning more about you, your organization, and how we can help you be more successful.