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.
One effective method of increasing traffic to your main website, is to build one or more satellite websites that encourage visitors to continue on to the main website. The best satellite websites typically offer a valuable service, free of charge. An excellent example of this was a community service website I created for the world's largest outdoor cinema equipment supplier and event producer. They asked me to build a website to allow visitors to quickly see all of the outdoor movie events scheduled within the continental United States, and share the events with other people using the leading social networking services. The website needed to have multiple contact forms — one for generic communication, and the other for rental inquiries. It also needed informational pages, a site map page, and links to the company's social media pages.
Using Drupal, I created the website with all of the features requested, as well as several improvements that I suggested. I built a custom Drupal theme based on design mockups created by a separate design agency. The project was completed more than one week ahead of schedule, and the client was delighted with the results. It was featured by Drupal experts DrupalEasy as a "Site of the Week" in their podcast episode #83, 2012-05-24.
A Pennsylvania-based unemployment assistance service provided legal representation to claimants and employers regarding compensation issues. The old website, built using Yahoo's Small Business web hosting service, looked awful. So the owner requested that I create a new website, with all of the existing static pages, plus a new blog and state-specific pages.
Using Drupal, I rapidly built the replacement website, which featured more information for visitors, a better contact form, and a blog that allowed visitors to add comments to the blog entries without having to register accounts. The website had sections for each one of the initial eleven states, so the owner could have multiple pages per state. The new website looked much more attractive, with a custom theme that incorporated parchment backgrounds and a transparent navigation menu.
A client of mine had partnered with a financial planning company that focused on equity management. He asked me to create a visually rich subsite to make it possible for financial planners to purchase branded DVDs, software, and other sales tools.
Using images provided by the client, I quickly developed the new website, and he was delighted with the results. The speed with which the website was created illustrates one of the many advantages of working with an experienced web developer (such as myself) and also the benefits of building websites using some sort of framework that leverages a standard page structure and corresponding page styling.
An innovative young company in the skate industry needed a website for selling their transparent and flexible skateboards, and for connecting with fellow skating enthusiasts. One of the cofounders of the company asked me to build such a platform for them.
Using the winning combination of Drupal and the Ubercart e-commerce system, I built a new website that had all the standard shopping cart capabilities, with payment acceptance using PayPal Website Payments Standard. The website had numerous informational pages, a contact form, a dealer inquiry page, an image slideshow, and a form allowing visitors to sign up for the company newsletter (hosted by MailChimp). Social media is increasingly important for online marketing, and their new website featured links to the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts, a Facebook widget on the home page showing followers, and a media page with embedded YouTube videos. The client was excited and happy with the final result, partly because within days of the website launch, the company had received several orders from customers.
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 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 a drop-down menu system — resulting in a clean design that met with their commendation.