Really like what you have done [for my new web site].
I build websites that are functional, attractive, and accessible — and that get results for my clients. Most of the recent ones were built using Drupal, a powerful CMS that allows clients to easily update the text, images, and videos on their websites.
The websites are proving quite successful for a variety of purposes:
Every technical professional should have a website that presents his or her qualifications and experience in a positive light — like an online business card, but with far greater detail and capabilities. For this particular project, a computer consultant's website was looking rather old, and he wanted it replaced.
I created his new website using Drupal 6, combined with an existing theme, chosen by the client. Minimal customization of the theme was needed. The website is simple, yet achieves its purpose well, by presenting several pages of compelling information to prospective employers. It also has a contact form, which one could think of as the website's call to action. The client was quite happy with the results.
A client in Switzerland requested a new website to showcase a spectacular collection of colored diamonds, on display at a museum in Carlsbad, California. The website needed several pages for the various diamond groups, additional pages for resources, and a method for sending messages to the client.
Because the focus of the website needed to be the collection in general and the diamonds in particular, I used a design with a dark background, to emphasize and enhance the beauty of the colored diamonds. The website was based on Drupal 6, and incorporated a contact form. The client was very happy with the website, and noted that the design and layout were exactly what his company was looking for.
Shortly after the release of Drupal 7, I used it for re-creating my own website, which previously was built upon a file-based content management system that I had developed years earlier. That homebrew CMS was exceptionally fast, but it lacked the advantages of Drupal, such as custom content types with fields — which allows website content to be stored in a more organized manner, and allows one to quickly add articles, book reviews, and other content.
Just as with developing a Drupal website for a client, creating this one for myself involved the same steps, such as determining what Drupal modules would best provide the website's functionality, analyzing the legacy data in order to plan the content types, and using scripting to automate as much as possible the importation of the legacy data. This was the tenth website I created with Drupal, and the first one with Drupal 7.
Making it easy for other people to do business, is always good business. For instance, countless people would like to sell their own goods online, but without the expense and hassle of creating their own online stores. A number of companies — such as eBay and Amazon — have taken advantage of this by allowing individuals and small firms to sell their products within the framework of the larger company. A client wanted to do that for a new business, Breuckelen Thread, which allows craftspeople to sell apparel. She requested a simple website, with a shopping cart for buyers, and individual store pages for sellers.
I built the website using Drupal 6 such that anyone could sign up as a seller, upload a picture to distinguish his or her line of clothing from everyone else's, and upload an unlimited number of products — including each product's name, price, description, dimensions, weight, and image. Desiring to stay within a budget and to keep the entire operation easy to maintain, the client chose to use an existing design and accept payments using PayPal Website Payments Standard.
Just as Hollywood creates a website for each movie released, any author serious about online marketing, should have a website to help publicize his or her book. One particular author, my father, asked me to create a website for his book, an 892-page ethnography of the Spokan Indians.
I built a simple website that tells the visitor about the book and the author, with information on how the visitor can purchase a copy. The website uses a variety of text — including the book's table of contents, and testimonials from experts — and images from the book itself, as well as a computer-generated three-dimensional book shot. The website continues to drive buyers to the Amazon.com page.
If you or someone you know has written a book, contact me so we can discuss how a website can enhance the book's marketing campaign.
Now that self-publishing has made it possible for anyone with a computer and a modest budget to get a book published worldwide, smart business owners are writing books and leveraging them — as part of their marketing efforts, as bonus gifts to customers who purchase other products and services, and as bonuses for seminar attendees. One of my clients is using all of these techniques, and requested both a landing page and an eblast marketing message for his books.
Using images provided by the client, I quickly created the Web page, with links so that customers could purchase the books using their credit cards securely through Authorize.Net. Sales of the books — as well as sign-ups to the seminars — surged on the first day alone.
Many business owners find that an effective way to promote their ventures and gain new customers, is by joining forces with owners of complementary businesses, and together giving free seminars. One of my clients wanted to do exactly that, and asked me to quickly build a new website that could explain to prospects the value of participating in his seminars, and easily register for one of multiple seminar dates.
In just a couple days, I created the website using a combination of images and text provided by the client, as well as PHP code for handling visitor registration and a contact form. My client's event was a success for him and the other business people he teamed up with.
One of my clients, in the health services field, needed an internal website to keep staff members informed of their transition to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. The website needed to be separate from their public (Drupal-based) website, and to serve as an intranet. But the organization did not have the resources to invest in creating a true intranet.
In little time, I created a new staff resources website to meet their needs, using WordPress. As with any WordPress website, it features categorized posts, content search, and account login for administrators. Content access is limited to members of the organization, using their IP addresses within their domain — thereby creating a virtual intranet, without the client having to invest the time and money in building an actual intranet and setting up individual login accounts for each user.
If your organization's website no longer reflects your core business or purpose, then you should update your branding, which includes the design of your website. One of my clients, Multilateral Partners Global Advisory Group, expanded its operations from exclusively commercial real estate investment, to global asset management. Also, the CEO appeared in a televised interview on CNBC, which immediately tripled the amount of traffic to the website. So the company requested a complete redesign of their existing website, again with the restrictions of limited time and budget.
I created a design mock-up, which the business owners were able to review and approve. I then reworked much of the PHP code, changed all of the images and the favicon, and replaced the old static navigation menu with drop-down menus — resulting in a clean design that met with their commendation.
Prior to the Internet, all computer applications ran on local PCs, known as "the desktop". Nowadays, applications are increasingly being moved from the desktop to the Web, giving rise to such concepts as web apps and SaaS. One of my clients has continued transitioning his desktop apps to the Web, and asked me to create a new website that allows him to offer online applications and a newsletter to help each of his customers become a "Sales Sumo".
I created this website using Drupal 6, and set up password-protected areas for access to his Flash-based software and newsletter. I integrated the aMember service for tracking newsletter subscribers. Customers can purchase his printed books online, using PayPal, receive training online (as webinars), and contact my client easily for more information.