Portfolio

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.

PG Services - Adamas Collection v1 [square]

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 diamond images. The website was based on Drupal, 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.

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North County Health Services (NCHS) provides primary health care services to low-income people in north San Diego County. Their old website was based on a now-defunct CMS that greatly hindered workflow management within the organization. Also, the website design was outdated, and needed sprucing up.

I developed a far more capable version of their website, using Drupal, a better CMS. As requested by the client, the new website retained the content, navigation menu structure, and much of the design of the legacy website it replaced. Yet it gained sophisticated workflow and revision tracking capabilities based on user roles and content types, thereby allowing different departments to manage changes to the website. For instance, when a content editor alters a page, moderators were automatically notified, could accept or decline the proposed changes, and could even view color-coded side-by-side comparisons of the different revisions. I created a drop-down navigation menu, a password-protected area for sensitive content, and an editable events calendar. I added an image slideshow on the home page (using jQuery) and social media widgets for Facebook and Twitter. The website included CiviCRM, a powerful free CRM system, so the staff members could contact past donors and potential donors, as well as announce community events and services provided by NCHS.

Three months after its launch, the new website had increased the number of unique visitors by 28.5 percent, and reached more than one million hits. It was featured by Drupal experts DrupalEasy as a "Site of the Week" in their podcast episode #48, 2010-12-15.

PG Services - AIDC Advantage [square]

Just as a beautiful diamond is created from relentless pressure upon everyday coal, it is possible for an attractive website to be developed even when the project is under significant time pressure. In this case, a client needed a new website as soon as possible due to substantial changes in business relationships. This firm offers many resources to the colored diamond community — including technical information, courses on diamond cutting and polishing, access to industry experts and their publications, and quarterly and more-frequent newsletters and other reports.

Using Drupal in conjunction with design mockups created by a professional designer, I built the website with speed and yet the utmost care in planning the information architecture and file naming and directory structuring, to make the final product well organized and easily maintainable in the future. The site featured gallery pages for jewelry and diamond colors, individual pages for each piece and color, inquiry forms for each product, dozens of static pages, all of the organization's publications, pages and icons for affiliates and industry press information, a contact form, and links to various social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. I made the new website fully mobile responsive for optimum viewability and functionality on devices with small screens. It received extremely positive comments from visitors.

Unemployment Help Center [square]

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.

Dirt Bike Tie Down [square]

A web designer was tasked with creating a new website for a business that sold components and complete systems for securely attaching lightweight motorcycles to the backs of trucks. He had already created a static website with the idea of using PayPal purchase buttons. Both he and the client agreed that it would be worthwhile to develop a fully-functional e-commerce website, using a shopping cart system, so the system could handle tax calculations, order notification, PayPal Standard, etc.

Working under a tight schedule, I developed a new shopping cart website based on CubeCart, created a new database, added the dozens of products provided by the client, wrote PHP code for speeding the transition, integrated the original CSS styling into a new theme for the website, and added an SSL certificate for secure credit card entry — all ahead of schedule.

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