Custom Website Design
With a custom-designed WordPress website, you tell me what design elements you like and I work with you to create your vision. The home page can have a different design than the content pages, you can have a spiffy photo slideshow, an interactive calendar, or perhaps a professional survey with the results stored in a database. Just let me know what you want with your custom website!
Stock Web Designs
Select one of my WordPress demo sites and have a website up fast! The header will be modified to include your title, logo and/or photos you provide, and you can choose the font styles and colors. Or you can choose one of my demo sites as a starting point for a fully custom design.
To Blog or Not?
Join the blogging world … or not. WordPress is not just a blogging platform. I can create a custom WordPress site for you that emphasizes your “website” or your “blog”. For examples of designs with blogs, view my demo sites or check out my client portfolio. Many of my clients opt to include a blog with their site, some don’t. The choice is yours.
Web Forms and Database Applications
Do you have data you want web users to be able to query and see displayed on a web page? Perhaps a web survey or online test with the results stored in a database? I can create web applications like these in PHP using MySQL as the storage database.
Site Updates and Maintenance
With WordPress, you can maintain your website yourself. Don’t worry, I provide detailed instructions on how to use WordPress and you are welcome to email me with questions. However, if you need additional help, you can pay me to provide assistance with technical support or complicated updates. If you also wish to pay me to handle your content updates, I recommend you “save up” a few updates as I bill in full hours.
Want less maintenance on your site? Don’t want to deal with updating plugins? Rather than a fully-custom design, I can build you a site on WordPress.com. Here’s a great article explaining the differences between a “self-hosted” WordPress site and a site on WordPress.com.
Online Sales and Donations
Need to sell products online or collect membership fees and donations? I can set up WooCommerce on your site and you can sell items, services, or memberships directly! For examples of Ecommerce designs using WooCommerce, check out my Visual and Ecommerce demo sites. However, if you only have a few items to sell, you might want to consider using PayPal Buttons. You create the PayPal buttons in your PayPal account and then provide me with the button code. All transactions are handled on PayPal’s secure servers.
Site Tracking Statistics
Many web hosts provide web tracking statistics for free. You simply enable the web tracking service from within your web host account. If your host doesn’t offer this service, you can sign up for a Google Analytics account. Once you sign up, you provide me with the tracking code and I install a plugin on your site to handle the link between your website and your Google Analytics account. Another alternative is the Jetpack plugin, which provides basic site statistics.
Search Engine Optimization
WordPress is by nature highly SEO capable. Yet the content you write for your pages is equally important. Use descriptive page titles and make sure your text contains key phrases that folks would use to search for your site. Also, the more frequently other websites link to your site, the higher your site popularity rises, a factor taken into account by search engine algorithms. So don’t be afraid to promote your site to others!
Web Hosting and Domain Registration
I am a designer and I do not host websites, but I can guide you through the process to obtain an affordable web host provider where you can register your domain name and set up a hosting account. For a custom website, I do not require you use a specific web host provider; however, I have found SiteGround and Bluehost easy to work with for both hosting and domain management.
If you decide to have your site built on WordPress.com, rather than a self-hosted WordPress site, you will pay your hosting fee directly to WordPress.com; they offer several different plans, all of which include site maintenance and security.