Website Design & Development

Consulting Services

Design

Starting from scratch or wanting to adapt an existing design, template, or theme? Let's collaborate to build a visitor-friendly (and mobile-friendly) design or enhance your existing design. Read more about my Design services …

Develop

Functionality (including contact forms, PayPal interfaces, product databases, etc.) can improve your visitor's experience and make maintaining your website easier. I can give your website the capabilities you want or help you adapt existing capabilities (e.g., WordPress "plugins") as needed. Learn about my Development services …

Maintain

Content (your text and your pictures) is aimed at your target audience. As your business or organization changes, your website content needs to be updated. I can help you publish or post your content to new or existing pages. For details, refer to my Maintenance service

Train/Coach

Websites can be complicated. I'll help you translate the techno-speak about servers, domains, and specific tools (like Expression Web or WordPress). If you want to manage your website by yourself, great! If you need a little help in learning how, consider my Training/Coaching service …

How Can I Help You?

I'm an independent Web consultant — responsive, helpful, and willing to collaborate on your website. If you need a website designer, web developer, or coach, contact me to discuss your situation — what you want done, timeframes, costs, and how to proceed.

Featured Client

Barefoot Painters

http://barefootpainters.com/

This client, offering full-service interior and exterior painting, including a variety of services such as carpentry, tile installation, and snow removal (they are located in Connecticut), wanted an easy-to-maintain, mobile-friendly website. After talking through some options, we settled on using WordPress as the technology platform.

Although there are many free WordPress themes to choose from, rarely is any one of them a perfect match for what my client needs. One of the services I provide is customizing a mobile-friendly theme — tweaking it or making color, spacing, content, or layout changes to better reflect the client's business. In this case, the client already had business cards, so we used those as a guide for customizations.

I did the initial setup, customizations, selection of plugins, configurations, and created the basic pages using content from the client. With information from the client and a WordPress plugin, I put a Twitter feed in the sidebar. Then we did a one-hour phone training session so the client can make content updates.

After a couple of years, I heard from the client. She had been too busy with her business to maintain the website. It needed to be re-implemented with minor changes and she didn't have a backup — a common problem with WordPress websites. I was able to find my backup of the original work I'd done. After installing the latest versions of WordPress, the base theme, and the plugins, I used my backup to recover the customizations, configurations, and content for her website.

© 2017, Dorene Matney (Auburn, CA)