Website Design & Development

Consulting Services


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 …


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 …


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


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

Recycled Insects

WordPress can be complicated. This client had a website developed to sell their children's book about making art out of recycled metal. When they discovered some kinks, they came to me.

  • I removed several unnecessary plugins, making the website faster and easier to administer.
  • I revised the website design so it would be consistent across all pages and have the look the client wanted.
  • I simplified the WordPress environment (plugins and content management interface), then migrated the content to basic text and images the client could maintain more easily.
  • I prepared documentation and provided training for the client so they could update their website directly.

In the last couple of years I've noticed more WordPress clients coming to me because their websites are overly complex, no longer meet their needs, or are missing the goal of search engine optimization (SEO).

While WordPress itself is a wonderful tool, it can get out of control with the thousands of plugins and themes available (some unsupported or discontinued), interdependencies of functionality, security issues if set up "out of the box", and the extra layers needed for managing pictures and search engine criteria. Sometimes, you just need a little coaching, a little cleanup, or some focused training like to make your site successful.

© 2016, Dorene Matney (Auburn, CA)