Website Design & Development
I am not accepting new clients at this time.
Many clients come to me with an older website they maintain. In most cases, they want to update the design to be mobile-friendly with a more modern look. I collaborate with them to design a new look and feel that allows them to still maintain the content. Read more about my Design services …
Functionality (including contact forms, PayPal interfaces, product databases, etc.) can improve a visitor's website experience. I help clients improve existing capabilities. Also, I've given their websites new capabilities, with a focus on enhancing their customers' experience or making it easier for them to maintain. Learn about my Development services …
Content — text and pictures — is aimed at the website's target audience. As my clients' businesses change, their website content needs to be updated. When my clients prefer not to do the ongoing updates themselves, I update existing pages or create new ones as needed. For details, refer to my Maintenance services …
Websites can be complicated. I've helped my clients translate the techno-speak about servers, domains, and specific tools. Clients who want to manage their own website and need a little help in learning how or have a specific problem to address have used my Coaching services ….
A Dazzling Day … Weddings by Darcie
A few years ago I customized a WordPress website for this client. Darcie wanted to focus on her business and not the technical aspects of updating and maintaining her website.
The main reasons for using WordPress include: do-it-yourself content updates, built-in blog/comment functionality, and feature extension via themes and plugins.
None of these reasons applied in this case. Additionally, some key reasons for not using WordPress include: security issues, functionality expiration, administrative overhead, and slow page load time.
In 2018, I discovered a problem with the WordPress database. To resolve this and other issues, I suggested we migrate the site away from WordPress. Darcie agreed, and we left the design very similar to the WordPress version. In 2021, she wanted to update the design of her website. You can see what it looks like now in the above snapshot.
After the migration away from WordPress, page load speed improved. The ensuing design updates were much easier than they would have been in WordPress. As before, the website is "mobile-friendly", working well on all screen sizes.