Role: Designer, Developer, Strategies, Marketing
You might need to update your website because of growth or a serious shift in design trends. You shouldn’t have to update it 2 years later because the tech it is built on broke.
Two of the first websites I built for clients (built in 2012 and 2013) are still functioning and bringing in new business today.
Forensic Store – 2012
When your website is built using a modular approach it is easy to add on as you grow. What started as a store with half a dozen products quickly grew into a store that had a couple hundred.
Bann Lynch Golf – 2013
When Bann Lynch contacted me in 2013 to build a website to help them get more coaching clients for their golf school I was up for the challenge. Their website was one of the first ones I did that was completely mobile responsive and it is still bringing in new coaching clients today!
Jewel Mechanical – 2014
I did the development for this website in partnership with the team at 2thetopdesign. Even though this website was developed in 2014 it is still firing on all cylinders.
How I do it
Here are a few of the ways I craft websites that keep producing results years after they were built.
Simple Rarely Breaks
One of my mottos is “simple rarely breaks”. Every time we add a new feature or element to a website we are introducing a new breakpoint. My job as your designer and developer is to limit the chance of this happening by using best practices and keeping dependencies to a minimum.
Every website I build uses the Genesis Framework. The team at StudioPress does a terrific job keeping the core updated and also making sure that future updates are backwards compatible.
One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to enhance its functionality through the use of plugins. It is important to make sure any plugins you use are well coded because if they are not they become a ticking time bomb that could break your website the next time WordPress or the plugin updates.
When adding functionality to a website I always look for the simplest way to do so. If we don’t have to depend on a plugin, that is probably the best way to go. When we do use a plugin though, I take the time to make sure it is well maintained by the developer.
A solid maintenance plan
It is important that your website has a solid maintenance plan. Backups and updates are important for keeping your website going. Your website might break, having a good backup plan will save your butt.
I can build you a website that lasts
I take pride in the fact that many of the websites I have built are still producing for clients today. I want to do the same for you!
If you have a project you think I could be a good fit for shoot me a message. I would love to hear about it.