CC Web Design

Welcome

My name is Chris, and I design websites.

What you can expect

Beyond designing your new website in a reasonable time-frame, I'm willing to work with you or your company on every step of the creation process to ensure your complete satisfaction.

You'll only be dealing with one person throughout: me.

I don't do websites with Dreamweaver or any of the other web development applications — it's all hard-coded by design. If you want to integrate your website with a WordPress foundation (for example), I can, but you'll need to specify this, else I go back to working with the code instead.

If your website requires something I don't already know, expect that I'll learn it in short order. I charge by the job, not by the hour, so this is all on me.

But — I'm aware of my limitations and how long it will take me to learn something new or to perfect a design — expect me to keep you constantly apprised. That said: if I determine a way to better optimize your site in the future, you can expect me to update it at no additional cost.

I can also update existing websites to HTML5 functionality, if, for example, you want to use Google Authorship on your site, but want to preserve the existing content.

I don't view this as a one-time job: after your site is designed, I'm always willing to go over the coding to help you or your webmaster understand it. If necessary, I can always provide a heavily commented version for future reference, which means: if you ever decide to go with someone else for design, you'll be able to easily hand them the reins instead of starting over.[?] Not that I expect you'll want anyone else in the future, but — as I mentioned — I'm aware of my limitations.

And again, they (or you) are welcome to contact me with questions (or comments).

What I do

I specialize in functional, responsive design, HTML 4.01 and HTML5, CSS 2.1 and CSS3, PHP, MySQL, graphic and logo design, and marketing your site as required.

As a long-time freelance writer, I can also proofread, edit, create copy or content as necessary, and perturb people with an abstruse vocabulary.

What that means

  • Functional design:

    Above all, the most important thing in a website is that it works. Browsers may not notice the flashy parts, but they'll immediately notice if something doesn't work as expected.

    Many websites use JavaScript to provide base functionality, but what about the potential clients that don't have JavaScript enabled? These clients end up having a poor browsing experience on many sites. Rather than require that your browsers have JavaScript enabled, I design without JavaScript so you can get the best user experience for all.

  • Responsive design:

    Fluid web design that adapts to the layout of the browser or mobile viewport to provide an optimal browsing experience for your clients, regardless of the medium. Try resizing your browser window on this page for an example (unless you're using IE8).

  • HTML 4.01 vs. HTML5:

    HTML 4.01 is a stable standard, while HTML5 is the cutting edge page structure that is gaining support in most Web browsers. This page is coded in HTML5, but uses PHP to load HTML 4.01 standards for browsers that don't support HTML5.

  • CSS 2.1 vs. CSS3:

    Like HTML 4.01/5, CSS 2.1 is supported by most browsers, while CSS3 is only supported by modern browsers. In particular, IE 8 and below will never support CSS3, but there are workarounds. Try browsing this site in IE 8 or below to see a few.

  • PHP:

    A server-side scripting language for dynamic content in Web pages. As mentioned, PHP dynamically generates the layout for this page if the browser doesn't support HTML5, but it's also used in the CSS and layout colors, article and portfolio listings, and for basic structure.

  • MySQL:

    A database language commonly interfaced with PHP or other server-side scripting languages. Databases typically store information such as logins, item listings, mailing list subscriptions, or what-have-you. If your business has an inventory that you'd like to display online — a database is a good idea.

Send me an email if you want a (free) consultation or if you have questions. If you're within reasonable distance to Fayetteville, Arkansas, we could always meet over coffee.

Alternatively, if you're looking into web designers (other than me) and want my perspective on their previous work, don't hesitate to ask.