a professional designer and illustrator since 1995.
By day I design websites and apps at a large media company. By night (and weekends) I build websites for people like you.
I believe that every small business has a ‘right sized’ web solution to help advertise, inform, interact and thrive in our internet-connected world. I believe your website should simply work. That means your site should be easy to use, always available, easily accessible, built on current standards and consistently backed up.
Optimizing Your Web
I build every website with as much or as little technology as necessary to be a valuable tool, while remaining user-friendly and easy to use. Sites are built with features that are relevant today, with premium, supported, leading-edge products. Every site is optimized to work on both desktop computers and mobile devices. Each site is continually upgraded to the latest standards and regularly backed up.
Training & Support
You will receive initial training from me on how to update your website’s content and access to my library of video tutorials built right into the website to walk you through many of the most common tasks in Wordpress.
I also provide ongoing evening and weekend support should you have any questions or problems.
Personal Attention & Transparency
I don’t believe in building in a black box. Ask as much or as little as you want about what I do, and I will be happy to show you all I can offer.
If what I do is not ideal for your business, I will let you know up front. I won’t build a website that doesn’t fit your business needs, or promise more than I can deliver.
Why It Works
So, with all of this in mind, how do I ensure stellar results?
- I build websites on top of the modern and constantly updated WordPress system.
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- Sites are hosted on Godaddy Pro servers to guarantee 99.9%+ uptime.
- Genesis Framework and Genesis themes are a foundation ensuring a modern look and feel across all viewing platforms.
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- Premium plugins ensure that your website’s features will continue to work, update after update.
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- Website upgrades and backups are handled personally.
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- Upfront training, in-system video tutorials and ongoing support are provided to help you keep your website content up to date.
- I will set up your online store and walk you through the steps to set your business up for eCommerce.
(Note, you will have additional recurring costs with your bank and other financial institutions that will not be part of your initial website cost or maintenance plan.)
(after first year)
Ready for the next step?
Want to talk about getting your website up as soon as possible? Maybe you have some questions? Perhaps you just need to run your ideas by someone with some experience?
Whichever, go ahead and drop me a line when you’re ready.Let's Chat!
What does non-mission-critical mean to you?
Non-mission-critical means that your business does not depend on your website being up and running 24/7 in order for your to do your job or provide your services. The reason for this definition is simple; I have a day job with its own requirements on my time and energy, and it may take some time before I can jump to your problem and fix your site. Neither of us wants this sort of situation to hurt your business or either of our reputations.
What if I can’t figure something out?
While I am always happy to help, if you have kids at home, telling them what you are trying to do will likely get your problem solved faster than waiting for me to get home. :)
What if I don’t want to pay for monthly maintenance?
Maintenance is included for the first year and is required for any site desiring to stay hosted on my servers. You may transfer your site from me to anyone else at any time and receive a refund for any unused months of an annual plan, and I will help out in any way that I can to make the transfer as smooth as possible.Things to note:
Updates to your plugins and site theme will no longer come from me, so you will have to either change these components, or pay for your own subscriptions and licenses.
If at any time after the first 30 days, you wish to move your site back, you re-enter the site-building queue, and will be reintegrated as a new website. The good news here is that this may be a good opportunity to completely change your site’s design.
Additional Services That I Do NOT Offer (but that you may want)
SEO & SEM
Seriously, if you need to be found on the internet, its worth a few bucks to map the lay of the land, so to speak; best keywords, size and strength of the competition, local vs. national marketing. All of these items can be had for not too much money and will make sure that your website doesn't become the equivalent of your tux; looks great, but never seen.
Copy Writing & Copy Editing
People don't actually want to read your website. Its true. They just want to find the information they need and then take action. A great copywriter can help with that. Or, if you like to write, an editor will help keep you honest.
Studies have shown again and again that sales conversions go up when you use photography of your products. Conversions go even higher when the quality of the photos goes up, and yet again when you use video.
Sometimes you need some nice art. A sharp logo. Diagrams. Cartoons. Icons. There are all sorts of reasons you might want art, and a good illustrator familiar with web standards can handle most of your needs.