A portion of my work is creating and redesigning websites. My goals are to make a professional-looking, user-friendly, and functional website. For a positive user experience, I consider both the client and the client's visitors during the design process.
I fix and tweak websites and Wordpress systems. I have a solid, technical foundation from my days of typing HTML as a high schooler. Knowing HTML isn't required to make a website nowadays, but it makes it possible for me to look "under the hood" of a website to diagnose and solve problems.
As a former teacher, I understand the importance of education. For clients that can manage their own website but need some guidance, I offer 1-on-1 tutoring. For clients that want to learn more about certain topics like SEO or e-commerce, I let them "pick my brain" by hiring me for informative consulting sessions.
Marketing is not the primary focus of mine. However, I can do some things for certain clients, which include a mix of SEO, meta data, choice directory submission, social media setup, Google Analytics, and Google ads.
Waialua FCU needed a website that looked professional and wanted to present their credit union information in a user-friendly manner. An online loan application was also added to allow members to apply for a loan from home.
The store needed a design rehaul and needed a shopping cart update to meet PCI Compliance standards. A shipping calculation solution was also provided to ensure that shipping costs would be as accurate as possible.
The client was a dance studio that needed a website for a new, annual fundraising event. 2 mockups were made (a light one and a dark one). The client was also somewhat familiar with Wordpress, so I provided a video tutorial to help them make most changes in the future.
Indigo restaurant originally has a sand-yellow website. I went in and gave them a website that matched their color branding: blue. Indigo also had a vibrant night life, so I changed it to a dark website to reflect that. I also knew that menus would be the most visited item on a restaurant website, so I created a online menu for them (previously, they were PDF only). Finally, various social media were integrated.
The main goal of this project was to make the website presentable for prospective students. The old website was confusing and did not show the enjoyment and value of a study abroad program. I focused on fixing that. I also carefully chose and implemented website elements so that the small, UHMSAC team would be able to make changes by themselves.
The aim of this project was to make the website pretty. Seriously. The client did not have many explicit requests, except that he wanted it to look "nice." This site was to be used in a proposal for a government grant. For research, I looked at government, info-driven sites such as data.gov and census.gov to gauge the aesthetic standards of such sites.
For this project, for the first time, I did very little front-end development or design. The client already had a website, but because it was developed on some Mac OS website builder, was built on image mapping, and he could not edit it in any practical manner. His requirements for control were quite strict: he wanted to be able to manipulate individual block styles (padding, borders, gradients). He said he wanted Wordpress, but I outfitted him with Concrete5, as it allows for more individual block manipulation and is still SEO-friendly.
I helped the client because they were suffering from a design roadblock. They already had a website, but they were unsatisfied with how it looked and how their product, the Hookcam, was portrayed. I redesigned their front page in a manner I like to call "vertical presentation." It's a method that focuses on design simplicity and content focus and allows people to navigate by simply scrolling from top to bottom.
A wise man once said "5 minutes in preparation saves 30 minutes in execution." My goal is to assess the appropriate style and best practices for websites in your industry. Design is subjective, so I will be asking you many questions about what you like as well.
I build websites based on what will be on there. During the build phase, I develop mockups (visual representations), create logical and friendly structure for larger websites', and think of how to incorporate the different components of the website for both user types (the vistors and the admin).
Anything that involves design is subjective, meaning that you might hate what I make. I accept this and also allow for revisions by the client during the development process. With your vision and my input, the final, revised product should suit you.
The last thing I do is finalize and address the little details for websites, including checking the website load time, optimizing image sizes, inputting SEO meta data, custom 404 pages, and more. Basically, I take care of the things that you probably don't care about :-D.