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.
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.
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 Also, the website design was outdated, and needed sprucing up.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.
Even though Drupal is sophisticated enough for powering major commercial, government, and nonprofit websites, it is equally suitable as the underpinning of a simple blog. A young lady asked me to create her personal blog, to reflect her interests in running, prayer, and the activities she loves to do, such as cooking. She had a limited budget, so she chose a prebuilt theme, to avoid the expense of hiring a professional designer to create a custom theme from scratch.
Using Drupal, I was able to rapidly build the website, with separate pages for the three main themes, as well as a contact form (protected by a CAPTCHA), a biography page, and a section in the sidebar listing the running-related posts that are race reports. For the design, I modified a prebuilt theme, and added a favicon, resulting in an attractive website that garnered compliments from the public.
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.