Custom Website Design

CodeWarrior | Reviews | Consultant

Even with websites like Wix, Squarespace or WordPress that have tools that allow you to build your own website, it's still not easy to build a website that looks professional. With so many things to consider such as how to organize navigation, what images tell the best story, how to affectively use white space, making sure spacing is consistently proportional and testing the website layout on multiple devices, it's easy to get it wrong.

There are a few things professional website designers know before they write their first line of code such as the smallest width of the devices that will view the website (it's 320 pixels) and the most common width of the devices that will view the website (it's 375 pixels). Some designers will even design for the smallest width first and work their way up. I still design for a wide-screen monitor first and then work my way down just because that feels familiar, but I'm still very careful to include everything on the smaller screens.

One of the biggest mistakes that I see amateurs make is they use too many animations. The best practice is simple, you should use animations very seldom and then only for a good reason. Don't get me wrong, I've seen animations used very affectively. Apple uses just a hint of animation on their secondary pages to bring attention to their secondary navigation and it looks great.

Besides the 20+ years of experience designing websites, I use an arsenal of tools such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Atom, Meteor, iTerm2, Premiere, Chrome DevTools, Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google My Business and Dreamweaver along with modern technologies and frameworks like Sass, Bourbon, Git, GitHub, React, Bootstrap, Foundation, BEM, CSS3 and HTML5. The most important tool that I use is attention to detail.

Professional Service Options

For some people, especially those that are not building a website to represent their business, a website by Wix or WordPress may be all you need. But business websites typically need a more professional approach to make sure mistakes aren't accidently made that could hurt the first impression of potential clients or search engine placement.

It has taken many years of training, but I'm confident when I say my websites look professional, are easy to navigate and load quickly. And I focus on search engine placement from the beginning by optimizing each website so it can be easily indexed by Google, Yahoo, Bing and other top search engines and directories. More advanced SEO strategies require more effort, a lot more effort in some cases, but at least the basic structure has been optimized correctly.

It doesn't matter if you need a small 4 or 5 page website or if you need a website that may be hundreds or even thousands of pages, my to attention to detail combined with over two decades of experience is the right combination to ensure your online success.

Websites for Lawyers

Law firms, more than any other profession, need a website that looks impressive. Potential customers are looking for an established and experienced attorney that will help them through a difficult time. If they aren't impressed by your website, they'll move on before you ever have a chance to tell them about your service.

Websites for Entertainers

It doesn't matter if you're a top magician headlining in Las Vegas, a comedian that travels the country, a band like Oingo Boingo or an entertainer living in Hollywood, I can build a website that shows off your talent. Such websites usually feature a photo gallery, online videos and press releases. I can also build a dedicated website without contact information that can be used by talent agents.