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.
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.
The Internet is the ideal platform for making money by creating a marketplace where none existed before, helping buyers and sellers find one another. Even if other entrepreneurs have already discovered and tried to fill that need, their websites may be unappealing, confusing, and difficult to use. That's an opportunity for you.
A client wanted a website to enable owners of US-based insurance agencies to offer those businesses to potential buyers. Key features included: Visitors could search listings of agencies, narrowing the search results by criteria such as the business location and asking price. Sellers could quickly list one or more agencies, and for each one specify its location, the agency type, total premiums, commissions, policies in-force, and other industry-specific details. An internal private messaging system allowed confidential communication between buyers and sellers, which also reduces lost revenue for the client. The site also required user registration, a blog, links to social media accounts, an FAQ section, and other resources. The client needed easy management of listings and members, and the ability to feature premium listings. He requested a much cleaner mobile-responsive user interface than his competitors' sites.
I was able to create the website in only two weeks, because of my usual rapid development pace, quick communication with the client, and Drupal's powerful data-display capabilities. I later added Google Analytics and SumoMe heat maps for UI analysis. The client was extremely happy with the project's progress and the final result. He gained his first partner within days of the site launch.
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.
Many business owners find that an effective way to promote their ventures and gain new customers, is by joining forces with owners of complementary businesses and together giving free seminars. One of my clients wanted to do exactly that, and asked me to quickly build a new website that could explain to prospects the value of participating in his seminars, and easily register for one of multiple seminar dates.
In just a couple days, I created the website using a combination of images and text provided by the client, as well as PHP code for handling visitor registration and a contact form. My client's event was a success for him and the other business people he teamed up with.
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.