Website Design


People view websites at 100 miles per hour. The trick is getting them to slow down and enjoy the view when they get to your site. Simplicity, User-friendliness and a sweet looking site is the key. I pride myself on accomplishing this for my clients.

Web Development: Though you may never care to see the coding under the hood, it is the heart of your website. Rest assured that my coding is not only valid Xhtml, CSS and javascript it is also built with the latest and greatest web standards.

Search Engine Optimization:With vast experience and training in search engine optimization we can help people find your site.

Content Management Systems:
“Wait a sec… What the heck is a Content Management System?” In Short Content Management Systems enable YOU to easily maintain your website once it is built. In the end you save money and time. We prefer Squarespace, WordPress and Goodbarry, which are among the top-rated Content management systems today. But comparing them is like comparing Superman, Batman and Popeye. They all kick butt but have their own special talents. Don’t worry, I will help you decide which is best for you.

Web Hosting:

Sites come as a package deal with the content management system. Special needs? already have hosting? let me know and we can accommodate.

Content Updates and web training:
Everyone likes to save a bit of money, So I offer training for your site. Even the least web savvy of us can update the majority of their site without needing to know any code. Don’t ever want to deal with it? No problem, I am happy to do this for you.

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Squarespace Review


Want to be able to build your own website and not have to hire a web designer to do it? Squarespace lets you do just that (there goes my pay check…!)

I’ve been using Squarespace now for about two years for my own personal website as well as designing and building custom Squarespace sites for clients.

In those two years Squarespace has evolved so rapidly and successfully it’s unbelievable. The Squarespace concept seems to be much like Volkswagen’s: the “Car for People”. Squarespace is the web solution for the people. Targeting seems to be mainly towards people that are not web designers. That being said I still use Squarespace for the majority of my clients because I can fully customize sites with Squarespace. It is also nice when I hand the site off to a client I know that they will be able to do the majority of the updating themselves. It is nice to know that I won’t be getting any frantic phone calls in the middle of the night about their site being totally screwed up.

Squarespace alone does just about everything most people would want their website to do. People can update their own site without any knowledge of Xhtml, CSS etc. The usability of Squarespace is fare better than I have seen from any other Content Management Systems (CMS) out there. Hosting is included and is the best that money can buy. It is the ultimate CMS for the do-it-yourselfer.

Squarespace has a wide variety in site templates to choose from and there are so many different ways that a template can be changed around most people have little if nothing to gripe about.

Need custom work? Obviously no CMS can do everything! If you need to kick your site up a notch, add some functionality etc you can hire web designers, including myself that specialize in customizing Squarespace sites.

Do yourself a favor and try out Squarespace now for free!

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WordPress: Admin Training

Part of what clients love when they hire me is training and setup on their site So that they can end up developing their site even further without any help from me and with no knowledge of any web coding.


Below are simple directions on how to use (the back-end of) your WordPress site.


DASHBOARD: Your homepage on the back end of your website. This gives you a brief overview of your site.


“Right Now”
tells you how many posts, pages, categories and tags your site currently has.


“QuickPress”
Lets you add a new blog to your site with out leaving the Dashboard.


“Recent Comments”
Are the most recent comments left on your site.


Additional:

You can change you desktop around easily by simply putting your cursor over top of one of the sections then click and drag to a different spot.

In the top left you will find “Screen Options” where you can turn sections on or off to your liking.

HORIZONTAL NAVIGATION:
Here you have the choice of seeing the full navigation, or the streamlined version. I find that the streamlined version is quicker, easier and takes up far less space. you can switch between the two by clicking on the graphic directly under the home (dashboard button.)


WYSIWYG EDITOR:
Wysi-what?! Wysiwyg (short for what your see is what you get) lets the normal joe update his site content without requiring any knowledge of code. It looks and works very similarly to a word processor. Click on bold and you get bold. It is a very simple to that makes updating content simple.


POSTS and PAGES OVERVIEW:

Here’s a list of all of your posts. From here you can see the name of the post, who the author is, what category the post is placed under, tags and the date it was posted. The pages overview is very similar.


EDIT POSTS and PAGES:

When you click on a post or page you are taken to the editing section. Where you can edit that individual post. here you can edit the title, change the content in the content section, use excerpts just to name a few send trackbacks.

Categories when in a post is another good tool that lets you choose what category the current post will show up in. Just put a check in the box next to the appropriate category and your done.


Ready to re-save the post?

When you are done editing you can go to the top left of the page and “Update Post” this saves over the original and is live for the world to see.


PROFILE:
Where you can update your contact information, change your username and password etc.

These are really the most important features that you will probably need. The best thing that you can do is get in there and play around, create posts and edit content.

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Hardcore History

One nice perk about being a designer is to at times be able to listen to music while working. As much as I love music 40 hours a week of it can get a bit old at times.

Lately I’ve been listening to Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” and “Common Sense” podcasts. I highly recommend both of them to anyone who has any interest in history and or what’s going on today.

Dan Carlin goes about his podcasts with an unconventional approach making it very fun to listen to and relates history to what is going on today.

Check it out here

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Bulletproof Web Design

By Dan Cederholm

Excellent book. Read it if you are interested in learning about creating websites the proper way using xhtml and css and how to make them as simple and flexable as possible. Dan’s writing is a bit funny at parts making an otherwise dry subject more appealing to. You should definitely check it out if you are interested in this sort of stuff.

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