About Us (or me, actually)
You've already figured out that my name is Dorene Matney. I've been an independent web consultant since 2005. I have an MBA and over 30 years of experience in business. I worked as a computer programmer, application analyst, project manager, system manager, systems engineer, technical consulting engineer, quality engineer, software designer, software developer, program manager, IT process consultant, and website developer among many other roles in my professional career.
My interests and expertise are in the following areas:
- Website design
- Website development
- Website maintenance
- Teaching and coaching
I particularly enjoy helping clients convert their FrontPage websites to Expression Web. I find the easiest and most cost-effective method tends to be for me to redesign an older website with a newer look, using current web standards. Once the design is completed, I build out a page or two from the FrontPage website. Then, depending on the client (that's you), I can complete the conversion or I can teach you to do it. Unfortunately, there is no ready-made conversion tool or technique. It takes some effort to crank through the text and pictures on a website, but the effort is worth it.
I'll list my technical skills in a minute, but you'll probably want to know that my strengths are in how I work with clients even more than in what I do. One of the most frequent complaints I hear when I get a new client is that the previous web consultant was unresponsive. I do my best to counter that reputation. Even though I communicate primarily through email, I respond within 1 business day to most inquiries. I complete most new designs and redesigns within a couple of weeks. Go ahead ... contact me to see how I can work with you.
You may be curious about my hourly rate. (Confidentially, it's $50/hour.) After you and I discuss what you want done, I can try to give you a ballpark estimate for the total task, but I'll still track the time I spend and bill you accordingly. That's because each job is different, each client has different needs, and until I actually do the work, I don't know what I'm going to run into. I stand behind my work; I'll fix problems at no extra charge. Additionally, I'll answer questions and provide information via email.
Now, my technical skills for web consulting include:
- Expression Web
- Information architecture
- With a smattering of several other web-related technologies, like
My clients are located in various parts of the country, with the majority found in Placer County and Nevada County, California, from Roseville to Grass Valley and the surrounding areas. Several of my clients are in the Chicago area, and a few are on the East Coast. I am located in Auburn, California, and work well remotely via phone and email.