if you’re looking for website that is hassle-free wordpress may be right for you. you no longer need to worry about html, php, css or none of that verbiage. you log in, enter text – either by typing or copy ‘n paste – add pictures, do a little formatting and click ‘publish’. You can add all sorts of features (video, sound, picture gallery, forum… list is endless). it’s so simple that even a monkey can do it.
all you need is a web developer who will do the heavy lifting for you by putting together the elements to build a website that reflects your vision. it only takes a few easy steps: choose a theme, customize it, add features, go live. then you can dive in and make your website work for you the way you want. It really puts you in the driver’s seat. You even have a dashboard with a menu of options for adding content, users and take care of some personalization of the settings. like, do you want blog posts on the front page? do you like to have comment moderated or no comments?
you have an application that’s flexible enough to work the way you do. you cannot outgrow it because with its constant updates, it always integrates the latest technologies and keeps up with the latest security threats. to help you get started with a low cost web ownership, you buy a theme that your developer customizes to suit your vision. you get a website with a unique look and unique features tailored to your needs, without breaking the bank. below are a few projects that I’ve worked on recently.
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the heather victoria project is one that I inherited from another developer who couldn’t finish it. It was a whole mess with the theme not working and a lot of features that she wanted being way too hard for her to implement. I offered her practical solution to have a minimal website with custom slideshow, blog integration, client login and social media integration without breaking the bank.
greentec usa has an original site but it was designed in standard html. the flexibility that they wanted was too hard to implement. I suggested they use content management systems (cms) like wordpress to free them from having to worry about html code in order to update their content. this is a typical example of site migration to wordpress. they got the flexibility, ease to use and ability to maintain their site without outside help. Best of all it didn’t cost a lot.
sharpfocus photography is a typical project that shows that you can have a simple yet elegant website which is flexible and extensible with wordpress. it has a blog, a slideshow, youtube integration, paypal payment system and has room for more. it is based on responsive design, which means that you have a website that looks good on computer monitors as well as mobile devices.
the unique bus tours project is a basic wordpress site. It’s started from a purchased theme that has been customized to the business owner’s vision. change of background, colors, font. a picture purchased from online stock photo agencies was used for the header without too much editing. aside from that, a plugin was installed and configured to fully integrate it to client’s online booking system.
the bird dog report project is a seemingly simple one. the original developer ‘disappeared’. the guy had a laundry list of features that he wanted added: change header, have archives listed by date and by category, have images left aligned instead of right, integrate with mailchimp email newsletter, leave room for ads, have a ‘refer a friend’ button… aside from having to switch hosts and migrate the site, adding a few plugins, it was routine job.
ba cleaning service website I had designed sometime ago using plain html. to make it easy for web owner to maintain and update, I suggested she migrates it to wordpress. it was simply an issue of finding a theme that is close in layout and colors to the original look. then through customization and the addition of a few widget the new site was ready to go live. From the front end, it’s hard to tell the difference unless you scroll to the bottom to see ‘powered by wordpress’ footer credit.
the original layout is based on the crafty cart wordpress theme which already was very close to what the site looked before. the only job was to replace and readjust the header and a few other details. the only other requirement was a pulldown menu, which was added later with a plugin. eventually it was replaced by beauty pro from studiopress.
technorepair project is not very different. it was created in html but owner wanted to have ecommerce function. though it would have been easy to just add a few articles for sale using paypal, for flexibility, using content management system (cms) application like wordpress frees the owner from having to worry about technical issues in order to just make a few changes.
all I needed was a look that is similar in layout. color can easily be altered in css. client chose the online marketer, which had a blue color very close to the original website. a few years later, after his needs grew, we needed to make changes and add a few plugins. since many people are accessing the internet with their smartphones, I suggested he goes with responsive design to make his website mobile friendly. we also added french translation since he has a lot of french speaking customers.
the project for michael nunez hair salon was a complete redesign. he wanted something different from the website he had. since wordpress was all the rage these days, it wasn’t surprising that it was the first option. we went over a few page design examples and he selected the apricot theme whose layout he liked very much. it is white with black and gray accents and is well suited to minimalist aesthetics. half way through the project he decided to reverse the colors. so I set out to turn the background white and use white type. we added a jquery slide show on the front page for the before and after. at the end of the project, he wanted to have a booking system plugged into his website as well as his facebook fan page.
zohery tours design is different in a sense that mr. zohery wanted a website that was as similar as possible to the current one. so not only was layout important but color too. the site also had quite a few plugins that needed to be found and configured. except for the calendar and weather widgets, everything else was a text widget and html code in it for the youtube video embed and the scrolling texts.
so I needed a theme with left sidebar and a header where I could fit an image. I chose ‘beach’, because I thought that it was very close. since it was designed for wide monitors, a few adjustments needed to be made to have everything centered. also, all of the background images were removed.