Websites Designed and Currently Maintained

Websites Designed and Maintained

HCVAdvocate.org

This website was actually designed by another Webmaster, but I took it over shortly after rollout and have modified it extensively.

It is a very complex site but has dozens of fact sheets in PDF format, which search engine robots cannot read – which is important for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Over time, we are summarizing the PDFs as well as simplifying the linking pages.

The site has a weekly change (Weekly Specials) and a monthly newsletter. These frequent changes and the associated “eblasts” (using MailChimp) are sent to a large following, so the SEO problem is not as big a factor as it could be otherwise.

Additionally, this site was a rewrite of an older site, so it has many sources pointing to it – which helps raise its visibility to search engines.  The site also points to the other related sites in this column (below).

hcvadvocate

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 NewcomersNC.org

This website is another WordPress site.  It took a few days to put together after meeting with the board and discovering all of the requirements.

This site is for a women’s club whose members are not all familiar with the internet, so we designed it with plenty of pictures and simple navigation. Over time, more members are relying on it for news updates; that helps with search engine visibility.  Since rolling out the actual website – and at my suggestion – we’ve added a Facebook page and point each to the other.

Another board member does much of the monthly updates to the website, but I maintain the technical aspects of the website as well as updating the Facebook page at least monthly.

ncnc

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HepatitisC.HCVAdvocate.org

This was a rewrite/redesign of an existing Google Blogger blog.  Shortly after I took over website maintenance for the HCVAdvocate group (main website, above), Facebook arbitrarily blacklisted the blog.  Unfortunately, based on all the customer forum complaints about this, we expected a delay in hearing back from Facebook when we protested the blacklisting.  Months later, we’ve not heard a word!

Because another of their blogs was also blacklisted, we decided to move them all to the client’s very reliable host – at no additional cost except my time for redesign and import of old posts. Plus, since the owner creates the posts for these blogs, he had to learn WordPress – which he did very easily.

hepatitisC

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CedarRidgeChristmasTrees.com

This site is a simple WordPress site built in about 5 hours, including the time spent locating and touching up the pictures.

Below is a snapshot of the home page of the site on 5/29/16. Click here to see the live site.

The WordPress platform has gained huge popularity in the last few years, so has become a target for hacking and malware infection.  I’m now using two security plugins to (hopefully) protect all of my WordPress sites.

cfct

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HepatitisTattoos.HCVAdvocate.org

This was another rewrite/redesign of an existing Google Blogger blog that I designed and maintain for the HCVAdvocate group (main website, above), again using WordPress.

hcvtattoos

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EmpireMine.org

This is a fairly complex WordPress site that took quite a while to design and build to client satisfaction.  I am still maintaining the entire site.  A writer sends me updates periodically, and the pictures change fairly frequently, too.

empire

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HepatitiscMedications.HCVadvocate.org

This is a completely new blog that I am currently designing and will maintain for the HCVAdvocate group (main website, above).  This blog is not yet “live”, so the image below may look nothing like what it looks like as you read this.

The client is consolidating current medication information for his audience and thought it best to have it as a separate blog.  An excellent idea, since we will be able to index the meds by med name (Table of Contents on the left) and by genotype (Summary Pages on the right and the top menu).  The client will merely have to categorize and type each post according to its name and target genotype(s).

hepmeds

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PawsitivePooch.dog 

This dog/puppy trainer needed a web presence for her new business after she parted ways with a former partner (amicably).  She is still in the process of developing some of her content, but she has tied this to Facebook and uses both in her marketing.

She wrote most of her content, with some suggestions from me as we built it.  It is a simple but beautiful site – and the pictures of all her (recent) success stories really draw in her potential clients.  She gets rave reviews on Yelp and Google, and it has only been a few months since she started her own business.  She loves the “.dog” top-level domain URL; there are now dozens of these new and useful qualifiers.

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NailheadBuick.com

This company was looking for a way to display pictures of hundreds of items for sale, but not to sell them and take payment online.  They feel each item is very individual and would rather deal with the customer personally.  If you click on any of the “Buick Parts” sub-items, you see a page of those specific and special items.

I discovered the interface plugin that makes this possible: the client uploads photos to albums in Picasa (an online photo app) with item descriptions and the interface plugin creates the desired page.  Google has created problems for us when they purchased Picasa, but we were able to make it continue to work!

 

nailhead

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KoppFineArt.com

This site is another example of a WordPress site built for a client who wants complete control of the content.  Again, I created the basic structure, including header, footer, navigation, and general organization.  Elaine Kopp – creator of beautiful art – is currently building the actual content.

Elaine is still learning WordPress and is busily taking photos of her extensive portfolio.   This is an example of what my clients have to do to create “content” – and it can be the biggest challenge they have in creating a website! She is maintaining her own site now, although I help with plugins and keeping the software current to protect it from malware.

kfa

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This site is a great example of a WordPress site built for a client who wants complete control of the content.  I created the basic structure, including header, footer, navigation, and general organization.  Beverley Mercer-Ward (an excellent dog trainer!) is currently building the actual content.  I’ve included a screenshot of the front page below, but it has undoubtedly changed by the time you read this.

The site uses a standard free WordPress template.  It took only a few hours to build the site once I had designed the header and walked thru the general purpose and requirements of the site.

thecanineacademy

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Websites Currently Maintained

This site was rewritten from the original ForeverFlowering.net (see Websites Designed for info about that Joomla site). I was not available to rewrite when the owner decided to move to a different host, and use WordPress instead of Joomla.  I have been involved only to maintain it. I made a few desired changes to the WordPress theme and some plugins, to simplify the maintenance. At first, I did some fairly significant required changes, but now I need do very little work on this except to keep it current with software changes needed, and some few desired changes.

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 CascadeShores.org

This is another native HTML site that I inherited for maintenance.  I enhanced it considerably from a technical standpoint (creating a template for all of the repeating information, etc.). Eventually, I re-created it as a WordPress site.  It is now very easy to maintain.

For instance, the entire block under “Cascade Shores Homeowner Association” in the screenshot below is a simple image. A great way to have a frequently changing but low-cost website!

cascadeshores

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