The most significant step I took in web design, until 2020, was incorporating the Bootstrap framework, and customizing it to best meet my clients' needs. This is a great option for providing "mobile first" sites that look pixel perfect on every screen.
Most of my clients have started with nothing and have had little to no website experience. I've provided them with support by:
Other clients had non-responsive, well estabslished sites that I updated and maintained. I treat my clients as I want to be treated. My goal is to give the best website and maintenance possible. I'm happy to provide total care for my clients.
Owner Barbara Pendergrass found me through a mutual acquaintance. She's had a website for more than 20 years and a couple years ago she needed a new webmaster. I took over the website that was created around 2000 using tables.
She's a wonderful client so I offered her a great deal on redesigning her site. We kept her original design elements and updated the code, making the design responsive via Bootstrap.
Discovery, wireframes and mock-ups were concluded within one month. We used Glenn's established branding. While Glenn was building his business with home shows and advertising through TV and radio, I did my best to get the URL, site built and hosted within 3 months from our first meeting.
I've also established a presence for Window Shopping on Facebook and Google Business. Google Business has been very beneficial in developing new client leads. I've also spent a great deal of time in Google web developer tools and search console.
My client's success is my success and I enjoyed working with Glenn every step along the way. In early 2020 he choose to go with another developer, in the Evansville area, who has maintained much of my initial styles. Using the link you can see the site as it was in 2020.
It was a significant coincidence when I joined Evansville Obedience Club in 2002, and later that year I created my first website, to promote my dogs. I took over the club's site in 2010. The color palate is based on the official club colors. Aside from the club's logo, I've created most of the graphics. This large site requires frequent updates for class schedules, trials, and other events and information.
As of November 2019, while most of the site is still my design the current webmaster has not kept all of the styles. The above link is to a previous version when I was still maintaining the site.
Like many a web designer I began my career by creating my own website. In 2002, I needed to find homes for my puppies. For many, breeding is not a money making venture, it is a passion. So hiring someone to create a website wasn't financially feasible for me.
A friend helped me obtain my URL and hosting. I bought a Microsoft application, "Front Page", and borrowed an instruction manual from the library. Within a week or so I had the pages completed. Even 14 years later I remember how frustrating it was to get the site loaded to the server. But the satisfaction that came with successfully getting the site online was tremendous. It was a true "rush".
Later I became frustrated by the limitations of Front Page and decided to learn how to code. Solving puzzles has always been rewarding for me. When I could create a web page from scratch by writing HTML in Notepad, I knew I wanted a career in web design. I had found a type of work that was creative and more fun for me than optometry.
A good friend of mine is President of this organization and when I saw the website I volunteered to replace it with a new one. Paying homage to history is important so we've kept some of the previous elements and we maintain extensive libraries and collections. I created the updated version of their logo.