Way back when, I started off as a print designer, but once I got tangled up in the world of web, the online domain won over my heart. Don’t get me wrong; I still love a good print piece. But there is something about the process of building a website from start to finish—creating a nice design that takes both aesthetics and usability into account, writing the code to make it work, and building out the pages to see the project in finished (and yet unfinished form, as a website should never truly be “finished”)—that makes this type of job really satisfying for me.
Here are a few things that are always true when I design your website:
- I design for both attractiveness and for user-friendliness. This means there will never be a dancing man on your home page banging an “under construction” sign with an animated hammer. This means there will always be a logical navigation and some white space. I will never make your logo take up 50 percent of the real estate on your site (even if you ask me to). I will always organize your content in a way that makes sense to your audience.
- If you are a little newer to this whole online arena, you need not panic. I will help you along this crazy road to a brand new website with as little technological pain as possible. If I could teach my mother to use a computer mouse in 1997 and an iPhone in 2011, I know I can assist even the most technologically inept clients (their words, not mine!) in creating a website.
- I work really quickly. It’s not because I’m trying to rush through your project. It’s not because I’m trying to get paid faster. It’s mainly because I have a couple OCD tendencies, and one of them is a clean inbox. I really, really like a clean inbox. If you send me an email with feedback from a draft, I likely won’t be able to sleep until I make those revisions, send you a new link to review, and get that message the heck out of my inbox. It might also be because I drink a lot of coffee.
I used to offer a bunch of different website packages. Then, over time, I decided that I only felt really good when the clients chose my WordPress package. What I mean by that is, sure, I can create you a website without a content management system, and it would save you some money since that’s less time-consuming and easier for me, but I didn’t feel like I was doing my clients any favors by doing it that way. In today’s technological day and age, I truly believe that your website should be built using a content management system, and so if you want to work with me, that’s how I’m going to do it!
What is so great about building WordPress sites? WordPress is an online content management system and blog publishing application. With WordPress, you can have a blog on your site as well as easy control for updating and adding content. Using WordPress also offers a whole world of plug-ins, which can add dynamic functionality to your website. The possibilities are truly endless, so let me know what you want your site to do!
Additionally, when I create your site, I always include:
- an architectural analysis of your current website (or whatever marketing materials you have if you don’t yet have a site)
- content review/editing (to a certain extent; I’m not going to read your 800-page novel, but I have people who can if you need this service)
- standards-compliant HTML and CSS code (if that doesn’t mean anything to you, just know it’s what you want in a website)
- testing on major browsers (you know, like IE, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
- responsive design (so the site will look good on your phone and on your tablet, too!)
- print-friendly styles (so the site won’t cut off or look funny when you print it)
- Google Analytics (well, this service is offered free by Google, but I’ll set it up for you)
- site build-out (I’ll create the pages with associated text and photos, etc.)
- testing and trouble-shooting before I even show it to you