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In short, business owners AND design professionals. When we started the Rombla project we set out to create the best website design tool for small business owners. We wanted to eliminate the technical skills gap that prevented them from building and maintaining their own sites. At Alpha stage, I put on my small business owner’s hat and set out to create sample sites to test Rombla’s capabilities. I had no problem creating content and laying it out but I was quickly frustrated that I could not get the sites to have a clean professional look. I called on a professional designer to help me with the site’s style. As is often the case, necessity quickly became the mother of invention. We were sending the sites back and forth and I could not work on the content while the Designer was working with the site. Piria’s engineering team put together a framework that made it easy for us to share the site. Then the designer started asking for more design control capabilities in Rombla. We added many more design features but made sure that they were easy enough for me to use too. That is how Rombla developed into a tool that improves rather than replaces the relationship between businesses and web designers.
Currently, we are working on ways to improve upon the traditional web design marketplace. We are developing an online community where businesses and designers can meet and work together. The Rombla community will offer social networking features for business owners and designers to collaborate and improve the effectiveness of their sites. We will include a marketplace where designers can promote their services and sell their designs. We are very interested to hear from you and get your input on the community features as well as the business model for the marketplace.
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