• Web Design

    Yriver builds clear, easy and taut websites. Whether you are a musician, a coach or a veterinarian, Yriver can build you a custom site with the easy to use Contao Content Management System. Because it's an open source system it will save you money!

    Custom Design

    Yriver specializes in custom Contao design and development. Contao is an open source CMS: free software to manage the content of your website without having to be a technician.

    Mobile Compatibility

    Sites designed by Yriver are compatible throughout mobile devices like Android OS, iPhone and iPad. We don't use Adobe Flash in any of our designs so photos or videos are viewable on all devices.

    CSS3 & HTML 5 Coding

    All sites are developed with the latest markup in HTML5 and CSS3. Websites are designed to be viewed properly across all popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

    Search Engine Optimization

    Sites need to be developed and optimized to be easily found by Google. Yriver makes sure that the meta tags, keywords and link structure are properly configured.


  • About

    Why webdesign?
    - "The story begins in 2008 when I started my own company. Back then I had been working for the radio for almost 20 years and I wanted to do something different. I already had some experience in creating websites from the early years of the world wide web in the mid 90's. So I started to catch up on my knowledge of HTML, CSS, CMS systems and I learned PHP."

    Why Yriver?
    - "In 2008 I lived in Amsterdam and named my company 'Studio IJhaven' after the small harbour ('haven') that could be overlooked from my home. The harbour is a part of the river IJ ('Y') that runs through the city. When we moved to Chicago in 2013 I noticed that the letter Y is a symbol for the Chicago River. The north and south branch together with the main branch form the letter Y. If you look closely you see the letter Y everywhere, like in the logo of the Chicago Theatre down on State Street. So from 'Studio Yhaven' to 'Yriver' was really a small step."

    Why Chicago?
    - "My husband works for a Dutch company with the head office in Amsterdam. In 2013 he was asked by his manager to join the Chicago team. Since for me it is possible to work wherever there's a computer and internet, I decided to join him and experience life in the U.S."

  • Sander M Ottes
    Located in Bucktown, Chicago

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