Museum website design requires a deep familiarity with collection management systems, DAMS, and specialized ticketing, membership, and donor relationship management systems.
What’s more, it needs to orchestrate the needs of a museum’s marketing, curatorial, education, and advancement departments among others. All the while addressing user experience for a wide audience including onsite visitors, local members, educators, scholars, donors, and more).
Museum Design Workshops
A Survey Of Museum Design Styles. Using a series of museum websites, that cross a spectrum of aesthetic and information design approaches, we help your team process some of the more subjective and brand-specific choices you’ll need to make in a website design process. LEARN MORE >
Design and/or Development
COMPREHENSIVE OR CONSULTATIVE DESIGN SERVICES. For larger museums, with internal web development staff, who prefer to code and support a site in-house, Cuberis can lead design and strategy leaving the build out to museum staff. And since we also do development, our design deliverables are highly specified and structured for web development teams so that they can easily follow our design blueprints.
Custom WordPress Front-End Development
NOT ALL WORDPRESS SITES ARE CREATED EQUAL. When Cuberis is contracted to both design and develop a website, we build on the WordPress platform using advanced customizations and integrations. While our development services are highly tailored and customized, we studiously avoid custom code and custom backend solutions.
Learn more about our custom, front-end WordPress focus.
Praise From Our Clients
“Their attention to detail and responsiveness to our needs was excellent. They were extremely good listeners – which is critical in an agency relationship and not always easy to find. They took ownership in the project and provided a creative solution to our organization. Their experience with museum website design is definitely an asset and sets them apart from other agencies.
They also worked incredibly well with third party vendors – eMuseum/Gallery Systems and Altru, plus our web hosts and IT company. We appreciate that they went the extra mile in coordinating with all the different external parties involved in the website.”
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
“Working with Cuberis continues to be an excellent experience. We first engaged the Cuberis team to enhance our exhibition website in adherence to a tight deadline. The entire project was smooth, from our initial interactions through the site’s deployment. We then embarked on a site re-design and unification project, bringing together the Collection’s two separate websites under one umbrella. The team’s passion for and dedication to the project is evident in the final product, which is a site that is eye-catching and simultaneously user-friendly. In addition, the back-end of the site has been thoroughly thought through and allows for us to easily make updates. Perhaps of utmost importance is the open dialogue we have had with the Cuberis team, the members of which are communicative and accessible. We are continually impressed with the team’s passion and proficiency.”
Alexa J. McCarthy
Curatorial and Collections Associate
“Cuberis inspired us to think bigger than ever with our new website, and we are thrilled with the result! Our dynamic new site brings exciting features onto every page–videos, stories, art, audio postcards, photo galleries, pull quotes—showcasing our special content and replacing the old-fashioned separate pages for stories and images. It’s easier than ever to join and donate to our museum. We have robust new search functions for our calendar and news sections. Cuberis understands our unique needs as an art museum.”
Director of Engagement and Marketing
“Working with Cuberis has been a truly amazing experience, from the initial fact-finding visit to the museum, to the mock-up presentations, and the actual building of our website and the training in its use. Everyone here at the museum is impressed by the team’s level of understanding of our needs and Cuberis’ willingness to make our ideas a reality within the dictates of our budget. Truly professional and exceptionally knowledgeable as they are, we look forward to a great future for our site as Cuberis now monitors and expands it to fit our growing needs.”
Barbara R. Schuster
Director of Development & Marketing
“Cuberis definitely stepped up to the challenge for our site re-design. They were committed to listening and responding to our audiences and our team from start to finish. We were lucky enough to get Cuberis on board to do a usability study prior to redesign which really helped them (and us) recognize and understand the needs of our current and future audiences. The systematic process they provide for each project provides the structure needed for clear communication and goal setting but with enough flexibility to let ideas flow and allow for creative solutions. Also they are really enthusiastic about new ideas which makes all the work that much more fun.”
Project Manager – NCMA Connects
“Cuberis helped the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts staff sort through our website priorities and created easy-to-maintain, affordable solutions that are aesthetically compatible with our stellar American Art collection. Challenged with no internal IT staff, they produced a site we can maintain in-house with relative ease…. and when we need help, they are just an email or phone call away.”
Jill M. Barry
“Cuberis has been nothing short of accommodating and understanding of everything our non-profit requires. They are dependable, knowledgeable and professional at every turn while maintaining a very personable, down-to-earth attitude that really keeps us coming back. I wouldn’t trust our web design services with anyone else.”
Communications and Marketing Associate
“Cuberis is top notch when it comes to web design and development! Being a multi-faceted institution that offers a wide variety of programs and activities, Cuberis did a wonderful job of guiding us to identify key elements of our organization and creating a user-friendly site that quickly informs visitors about The North Carolina Arboretum and our many offerings. From concept to launch, the entire process was very well-thought out. The design team was great in pulling out the beauty of the Arboretum and showcasing it through our new site. Our robust calendar will be a great tool to let visitors know about all the many happenings at the Arboretum and their suggestion of using rich imagery will certainly have folks wanting to come out and see the property for themselves! We couldn’t have asked for a better process and end product.”
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
Requests for Proposals
Cuberis prefers to discuss future projects with your team prior to receiving formal RFPs. If your institutional policy does not permit this, please include in your submission details about why you included Cuberis in your respondent list, your basic budget parameters (if not indicated in the RFP), and the approximate number of other firms included in your partnership search.
Responding responsibly and thoroughly to RFPs takes a significant amount of time for proper research and writing. Generally Cuberis requires four to six weeks to respond to RFPs that we have vetted as potential fits for our services. Once a proposal is accepted, Cuberis can generally start work within six to eight weeks.
Of course each project is different, but most museum projects that involve Collection Management and DAMS integrations range from $60,000 to $120,000.* For more detail about all that goes into a museum website budget read our Museum Digital Insights article, “The Cost of Customized Collections Websites.”
* Cuberis Labs (our in-house R&D effort) has a streamlined offering for museums with lower budgets ($30,000-$50,000). We’d be happy to demo this solution upon request.
Development & Technology
Cuberis has made a strategic decision to focus solely on WordPress. Over the years WordPress has matured into a solid, full-featured CMS. And because it’s the most used CMS on the internet, it offers the great flexibility with the lowest costs for our museum clients. For more background on our choice to focus on WordPress read this Museum Digital Insights article.
Website developers often get very excited about the latest and greatest new technologies. While cutting-edge technologies can be fun, we believe that there are plenty of readily available robust digital tools that can meet the needs of even the most sophisticated museum websites.
While we do customize our sites to a fine degree, we avoid custom engineering and costly bleeding edge technologies that create long-term liabilities and high costs for maintenance. Therefore we design and customize using best of breed technologies that utilize existing APIs with a minimum of custom code.
If your museum’s Collection Management System or DAMS offers an API then we can integrate it into a WordPress website. Many of today’s Collection Management Systems, such as TMS/eMuseum and DAMS such as PICTION offer robust APIs for easy website integration.
We use a blend of these two approaches. While Agile is critically important to true custom software engineering, a website design project is not (and should not be) as custom as developing new software. Therefore Cuberis has devised a project management model that allows for iteration and experimentation while providing a more predicable and stable development schedule (and budget) than an agile process allows.
Hosting & Support
No. Cuberis works with whatever hosting provider best fits our clients’ needs. We generally recommend WP Engine or SiteGround, but we have experience working with many other hosting providers.
Yes. Cuberis performs monthly WordPress, plugin, and security updates for all our clients. We also provide a support ticket system for quick turn-around routine site maintenance. We also provide account management for larger follow-up projects as your website evolves over time.