I believe that a Web site can be both functional and attractive. If you browse the Internet, you’ll see lots of sites that are pretty plain, no flair, no style, and certainly not much in the way of artistic appeal. In other words, boring. Well, I don’t think a site needs to be boring in order for it to be easy for a visitor to use. Think about it this way. When you go to a Web site, what do you notice first? Chances are that the very first thing you notice is the overall appearance. So, shouldn’t that appearance capture the viewer’s attention?
I do not take the “cookie cutter” approach to designing sites. When I talk with a client, I ask them what they want the site to look like and suggest that they find sites on the Internet with an appearance and layout that they like. Then I take it from there, building a site that reflects their personal tastes. I do not use pre-made templates that are then “customized” with the business’s name and page content. I feel that each client’s Web site deserves to have a design that reflects the look and feel they want rather than a layout that is virtually identical to hundreds of other sites. I am happy, though, to use a template that a client likes as a starting point for the design.
Web Sites Created with WordPress
I can also build sites using WordPress, which is free, open-source Web software that can be used to create Web sites and blogs. There is virtually no limit to what one can look like, and with the many thousands of available plugins and add-ons, most of which are also free, there isn’t much that you cannot enable one to do. Best of all, a WordPress built site can be made completely responsive to the size screen upon which it is being viewed, meaning that it’s fully mobile-device friendly. The site you are looking at now was created with WordPress, though it was extensively customized from the original appearance. If you aren’t already, take a look at it on a smaller screen, including a smartphone (or reduce the size of your browser window). It automatically adjusts to the screen size. If you’re already on a smartphone, look at it with a monitor or tablet to see the difference.
Below are some links to a few of the Web sites I have designed.
Live Web Sites Built with WordPress
Other Live Web Sites
Discontinued & Unfinished Web Sites
These sites have either been taken down for one reason or another or the new site design was never completed. The links go to copies of the front pages and are for display purposes only. Any links on those pages will not work. Though they are not active sites, I’d recommend that you take a look at them, particularly the first two, which were designed for the same company.