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.

SDWTG v2 [square]

The SDWTG was a technical user group that focused on the various technologies utilized for developing websites and web-based applications. The group's initial website I built using Joomla, which was likely the best choice at the time given some of the group members' strong interest in Joomla. But in August 2008, a severe security hole was discovered in Joomla. Consequently, countless Joomla-based websites were hacked, including an article posted on our website. In addition, we had earlier encountered several problems with Joomla's page continuation links and WYSIWYG editor (changes not saved, uploaded images not appearing, etc.).

Rather than upgrading to the patched version of "Doomla", I rebuilt the website using Drupal — which turned out to be a wise decision.

Calmness LLC [square]

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.

For this project, I chose a foundation of a prebuilt template that uses HTML5, the Bootstrap framework, and JavaScript for animation. I then replaced all of the boilerplate text and menu items with those specific to the target business, and added blog posts with custom images. Both clients were very happy with the results, and the overall project required little clock time. In addition, the website had no security vulnerabilities and no need for code updates, thereby saving the clients money.

SalesArt Media - Synergy Effect [square]

A client asked me to build a new website that would serve as a platform for the marketing and sales of his books, webinars, software, and live training events — all designed to assist people who sell financial products to individuals and families. It would need to allow visitors to purchase printed copies of his books, using the Authorize.Net Simple Checkout system, for both single books and bundles of all four books. Visitors would be able to sign up for any of the six free webinars continually offered by the client, as well as paid in-person training events. The client's administrative assistant needed to be able to add webinar and seminar events easily. The website required static pages for text such as statements of privacy and terms of use. Lastly, there had to be a simple way for potential customers to contact my client.

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.

Advanced Staffing [square]

A recruiting and staffing agency in Alabama — which fulfills temp-to-hire, contract, and direct placement openings — had an old website which was wholly inadequate for their needs, and looked quite out-of-date (having been created using an automatic website generator provided by a business-card printing company!). The client wanted a new website that would allow qualified candidates to discover employment opportunities in a wide range of fields, and submit their job applications online — thereby avoiding the hassle of requesting, completing, and mailing in a paper-based application form.

I rapidly built a more capable and modern-looking replacement website, utilizing Drupal, its powerful Webform module, and a commercial prebuilt theme, which I customized to perform better, with less overhead. The new website contained all of the static text from the legacy website, but now had a streamlined contact form page as well as an extensive job application form page. As a result, all the steps in the process — job-seekers applying for positions, my client finding talented candidates, and their clients hiring the labor force they need — were now faster and more accurate.

Jelly Skateboards [square]

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.

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