My name is Chris, and I design websites.
Regularly, that involves developing websites / web applications in a few layers:
- PHP (4.4.9 - 7+) and MySQL
- HTML 5 and CSS 3
Often that means creating / updating an adaptive / responsive design or theme / template for an existing website.
I make recommendations for SEO (search engine optimization), coding & development, web security, plan an update strategy, and/or map improvements in structure.
At times that includes installing WordPress or another CMS (content management system), adding content to a new or existing website, and/or setting up a new place on the web.
Sometimes I write code for websites and various plugins, create functionality for WordPress templates, examine existing application architectures and layouts, or integrate APIs (application programming interfaces).
Rarely, I write copy for a website. I don't do this often and recommend against it -- it's expensive, and you know your needs, business, and clientele better than I do.
Web Design Software
A note on Dreamweaver and other WYSIWYG web design software: I don't use these for any part of the design process since the websites they generate are usually inferior. If your company uses any of these in-house for webpage maintenance, I can usually make sure that my work integrates with your business workflow.
How It Works
Consultations take time. You can spend as little as $100 for a consultation to get recommendations and advice from me which usually applies to fees for any work you have me do.
The cost of a project depends on your needs and requests -- I'll give you an estimate of the cost up-front so you have an idea of what to expect.
Work will usually involve:
- a consultation including planning with time and cost estimate
- a contract with a partial payment up-front
- the design and development phases
- getting feedback and making modifications
- the remainder of the payment on completion
- maintenance over the life cycle of your website as needed
I'm willing to work on long-term projects on either an hourly rate or by milestones.
Some Bits I've Learned
- I will not rush. It saves time and money (for all involved) to do things properly.
- I do not sugar-coat. If something is unrealistic or poorly designed, expect me to say so. Likewise, while my estimates are sometimes off, I always endeavor to be more accurate with these.
- Code is never perfect. I will hold to the ideal of making it easy to change.
- Standards are always good. Especially over the long-term. As are comments.
- Everything requires more coffee.