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Does Your Website Need A Face-lift?

I’ve noticed a trend this year where a significant portion of the work that I’m getting involves overhauling and refreshing existing web sites.  I’ve given face-lifts to everything from sites that I built myself a few years ago to sites built in the last millennium!  I’ve converted sites to WordPress, Joomla, Shopify and Lemonstand.  I’ve even built a few sites directly out of HTML5/CSS3.

The primary reasons my customers looked for these rebuilds were:

  1. Mobile Layout/Responsive Design: Adapting their site to be responsive so that it looks good not only on computers, but on mobile platforms, tablets, and smartphones.
  2. Functionality: Adding additional functionality to their sites including mailing lists, customer forms, sliders, custom graphics, link-sharing capabilities and links to their social media.
  3. E-Commerce: Adding a shopping cart to an existing site or totally converting a site over to E-Commerce.
  4. Site Refresh: Revamping the look of their site with a modern layout and custom graphics.

I’ve been working in partnership with DrewSevan Design this year and we’ve put together some really great sites. The collaboration has gone so well that we’ve both decided to add site refresh/face-lifts to our portfolio of services.  We’ve launched a joint website, If you’re interested in having us take a look at your site head over, fill out the form in as much detail as you wish and we’ll take a look.

New Website –

It’s been 10 months since I last posted an update, not because I’ve had nothing to say, but because I’ve been extremely busy.  As those of you in business for yourself know, promoting and working on your own business often takes a back seat to working for clients and I’ve definitely been guilty of that over the past year.

I want to showcase the sites I’ve been working on in the past few months.  I’m so proud of a site I just finished a few weeks ago that it has finally pushed me to get the word back out on what I’ve been doing.

There are quite a few things different about this site than the sites that I normally build.

  1. Instead of working from a template, the website design was created, with completely custom graphics, by  a professional designer from DrewSevan Design.
  2. All content on the pages and sliders professionally written by IdeaWorks Creative Group.
  3. Instead of developing in WordPress or another CMS, I developed the site in HTML5 and CSS3 by hand at the customers request.
  4. I developed it as a responsive site that adapts to the device and screen size that it’s being displayed on.  Go ahead and try it on a tablet or on your phone or just change the size of your browser window.
  5. It includes a responsive java slider with custom fly-in graphics.

This doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on WordPress at all, this was a special request by the customer to build in HTML and was actually more expensive to develop that way than a WordPress site.  Regardless, it was a challenge that I met.  I really got to stretch my wings and test my boundaries as a web developer and I’m extremely proud of the results.