I have built more than 85 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.
Below are screenshots and brief project descriptions of just some of the many websites that I have created.
A family in San Marcos, in the county of San Diego, was trying to sell their house, but they found that the typical single listing in the realtors' MLS system was completely inadequate for presenting their house in its best light to prospective buyers. They asked me to develop a website that would help to educate buyers as to the many features of the home and the advantages of the area.
This website's start page was quite different from that of a typical portal-style website, because residential real estate buyers prefer a more simple design that focuses on the main attraction: the house itself. The website included a map to the house, the MLS listing, and even an interactive photo gallery, with a slideshow. The sellers were delighted with the website I created, and the house was successfully sold.
Of all the content management systems one could use for building a website, Drupal has arguably the best security. But any Drupal site should be kept up-to-date with the latest security patches, otherwise it can become vulnerable to hackers exploiting the latest attack techniques. One of my clients was responsible for the website of a poison ivy horticulturist in the Philadelphia area. His Drupal 6 site had been neglected for more than a year, and had missed multiple security releases. The database was more than 10 times larger than needed, and 95 percent of its records were unnecessary, which hampered the performance of the site.
The client brought me in to help. I upgraded the Drupal core to the latest release, implemented critical security updates for more than half a dozen modules, and cleaned up the database. As a result, the site was made faster, fully protected, and easier to backup and maintain in the future. I also later added text, images, and video to promote two successful conferences.
The visual appearance of a website is determined by whatever theme or template has been chosen. Prospective website owners have several options for obtaining a theme, and one of the most popular is to purchase a prebuilt theme, which is a polished and professional-looking design at a fraction of the cost of hiring a web designer to create a custom theme. Most of the countless prebuilt themes include sample content, including stock imagery, which in some cases looks good enough to be a starting point for any website with a limited budget.
A client asked me to build a website for matching people seeking romantic relationships or professional business services. Each customer had a profile page with a few pictures, as well as his or her contact information, education, job, salary, and a self-description. I built the website using Drupal and a prebuilt theme chosen by the client. The only changes needed were to replace the placeholder text and images on the home page with content relevant to her business, replace the default logo with a custom one, add a PayPal button, and add some mobile responsive code to make the logo work on small screens. The heavy reliance upon the prebuilt theme allowed for the website to be built with less time and cost.
Using Drupal, I was able to build the website, incrementally adding and modifying features as requested by the client. These later included the addition of an HTML5 animation on the home page. For the Drupal theme, I created a custom theme which is fully responsive to the screen width of the user's device. The client was quite happy with the final result, and within months it was ranked #1 in the Google search results for the client's name.
To be successful, a business website does not necessarily need such capabilities as user registration and login, content access permissions, form pages, and other dynamic functionality that require heavy web scripting and a database. A static website is completely adequate for any organization that needs only an online "brochure". For instance, a client was so happy with a previous project I had done for her that she asked me to build a brochure site for a licensed therapist who offers psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for patients with various mental conditions.