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 client was so pleased with a specialty website I had created for his organization, that he asked me to create a second one, as a replacement for their main website. The new one needed to be built in just a few days, and yet be attractive and fully functional.
Using Drupal, I quickly built a new website that had all of the features requested: multiple static pages with embedded pictures and data tables, an illustrated guide to colored diamonds, an FAQ section, a contact form with a variety of fields and a CAPTCHA, sample newsletters, links to social media website, a running total of all non-admin visitors to the client website, and a slideshow on the home page. The client was quite happy with how well the website turned out and how quickly I was able to build it. I later modified the Drupal theme to be responsive on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
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.
Several business directory websites provide visitors with crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses. This new project had the goal of offering merchant listings of about 45 major metropolitan areas in the United States — initially about a quarter million businesses. It focused on the target audience of American boomers (ages 50-64) and seniors (65+), who are becoming more technologically savvy and active.
Drupal 7 was the clear choice for the web framework because of its data management and geolocation capabilities, including proximity search. Consequently, tens of thousands of new merchant listings could be imported from CSV files in a matter of minutes. Geospatial data could be input using the import process or Google's Geocoding API web service. Visitors were quickly able to find all merchants within a 10-mile radius of any address, with the option of limiting them to one of 45 business categories. Each listing included the merchant's name, address, phone number, year of founding, industry, any website address, and any discount offered to seniors. Visitors could add their comments about the merchant, read those of other visitors, and see the merchant's five-star ranking. The site had a unique merchant composite score that instantly incorporated many important factors and was updated after any modification of the listing, and periodically with the latest user ratings. The owner could create database backups. The website was monetized using Google AdSense ads.
A client wanted to start a new business selling office furniture online, so he requested an e-commerce website that would allow him to easily add an unlimited number of furniture vendors and products, with a variety of product attributes, such as dimensions, weight, features, and available colors and finishes, with swatch images. The products would need to be organized by a hierarchy of categories, and the category menu would need to dynamically change according to which main categories and subcategories the user had selected from the main area.
Utilizing Drupal and the Ubercart e-commerce system, I built a website that met all of the client's needs. It featured tags for product categories and manufacturers, a navigation menu, several static pages, an FAQ section, a slideshow on the home page, an attractive custom mobile-capable Drupal theme, and advanced product category menus in both sidebars and on the home page. Through this new online store, the client began selling thousands of dollars worth of products.
In India, there is tremendous demand for training in every field — including technical skills, cooking, sports, arts, lifestyle interests, and professional skills. But the demand far exceeds the available supply of teachers and formal educational institutions. To serve this need and help people learn, one of my clients asked me to create a peer-to-peer educational network for students and teachers in India to connect online. The goal of this platform was to "create a million tutors for a billion skilled Indians".
Using Drupal and a prebuilt theme, I built a website that makes it all possible. Anyone could register a new account for free, and add a profile description and picture for others to see. Account holders could register to take a class, and even offer to teach one — by submitting a class description, location information, a price (if any), and one or more skills that would be taught in the class. All 35 of the largest cities in India were covered. The website had a couple static pages, a contact form, a blog, a list of the user's classes, a page showing all 51 skills hierarchically (with class counts in each category), and a class listing page that allowed fine-grained search capabilities. For the design, I modified an Artisteer theme. The client, a young entrepreneur, was extremely happy with the website we successfully launched. He was profiled in an article published in the Indian daily newspaper Deccan Chronicle, which has readership in the millions.