Web Consulting Services
My strengths are in speed, accuracy, and simplicity. I will work with you to get your custom website matching your business, organization, or personal needs as quickly as possible. By the time we're done, your site is clean, the code is sound, and your content is clear.
If you have a small business and need an Internet presence, but don't have the technical background or time to get started, I can help. Many of my clients are small business owners who want a website quickly, without spending too much money, and may or may not want to learn to update it directly.
You provide the content — logo, text, pictures, and captions. I can design a professional-looking site for you. Depending on your needs, I can teach you to be the developer so you can update your content directly, or I can be your developer.
Read about the types of services I offer below. I've included a section on how I work in case you are interested in my approach. I also offer a couple of specialized services that you can explore: Expression Web Consulting and E-commerce Consulting.
Types of Services
New Website Design
I'm the first to admit that elaborate, artistic designs are not what I'm good at. What I do are simple, straightforward, uncluttered designs, that make the most of the content (text and pictures) you have. Visitors to your website will find your site easy to navigate and attractive, with an emphasis on leading them to the information they need quickly and reliably.
My emphasis is on creating a website for you that you can manage on an ongoing basis. Many of my clients use Expression Web, so I design with this application for them. (See more about my Expression Web Consulting services.)
As a website designer, I'm familiar with tools, applications, and platforms (in addition to Expression Web) that may be more suitable for your needs. Based on my experience and your preferences, I make suggestions and guide you to a custom website that communicates your message to your target audience.
Every organization or business needs a Web presence. I can help you create yours.
Update Existing Website Design
Already have a website? If it has been a while since you updated the design of your website, you may want to consider freshening up the look and feel. Those of us working in this area have evolved our understanding of what makes a successful website. We are removing some of the glitz and glamour (Flash, background images, frames, complex layouts, etc.) in favor of simpler, easy-to-use designs that work on multiple devices (desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, etc.).
If you still like your basic design, but feel that it is getting too difficult for you to maintain — for example, you built it in FrontPage which is no longer supported — I can help you redesign it, perhaps using Expression Web (see more about updating your FrontPage design for Expression Web on my Expression Web Consulting page), so that it is once again easy for you to maintain.
Develop or Convert Web Pages
Whether you need a new design, an updated design, or plan to use your existing design, you may need some pages created or significantly updated. Though I don't usually write your text (I have been known to edit a bit) or supply pictures, I will put your text and pictures onto a page in your website, and make sure there are adequate links for your visitors to find your content.
If you want to convert your site from FrontPage to Expression Web, I can do the heavy lifting development work for you, leaving you with a cleaner, easier-to-manage site. Or, I can do the design conversion and a few pages, then coach you as you learn to use Expression Web to do the rest of the conversion yourself. Which method we choose depends on your interest, timing, technical skills, quantity of content, etc. (For more about converting from FrontPage, please see my Expression Web Consulting page.)
If you're using Wordpress as your website platform, and it is customized to present a unique view of your business or organization to your customers and clients, you may need help making changes to the content. As a website developer, I can work with you to understand your goals and make the changes that may have become too complex or time-consuming.
Content consists of the text and pictures on your website. A few of my clients find it more cost-effective to have me do all the changes to their websites. If you don't have the time (or interest) to learn how to make changes directly, I can certainly do this for you. It's fairly straightforward. You just email a list of the changes you want and I make them. Once I've established a connection to your hosting provider, I complete most content changes with a day or two. Done!
Teach / Train / Coach
I love to share knowledge. I teach adult classes in Web design, development, search engine optimization, and marketing. I also do quite a bit of one-on-one tutoring. Much of the time, my clients are interested in learning to use specific applications or technologies better. For example, the following tools and technologies are frequently on the agenda:
- HTML / XHTML
- Expression Web
To find out more about my coaching and training services, please go to my Teaching page.
How I Work
Every client's needs are different. That said, I find I work best in a collaborative, give-and-take way with my clients. Here's a sample set of steps that seems to work fairly well:
- We chat
- You tell me what you want
- You share what you like
- You give me your timeframe
- You send me some or all of your content
- I draft a design
- I include just enough of your content for you to get the idea
- I post the draft to my development server
- I ask for your review
- We collaborate
- You tell me what you like and don't like
- I make suggestions and recommendations
- I tweak the design
- We review it again
- You choose how to proceed
- I can continue development until the site is built, or
- I can train you on how to use the design to develop the site yourself
I am attentive to the quality of your website. I test it in at least two browsers and make sure that the pages I build comply with Web standards because you'll have better long-term results.
Contact me to talk about your specific situation.