Website Design and Development

My dad bought me a bundle of computer parts and a “How to build your own website” VHS tape at an auction when I was about 12 years old. I asked him for it because I wanted to play with the computer, but after watching the VHS tape I was so excited by the idea of putting something up on the internet that I borrowed “HTML for dummies” from the library and found a free website hosting platform where I could start building.

After a few years of creating very mediocre or just plain awful websites my older brother, Josh, referred a lawnmower parts and repair business to me for my very first freelance gig. I think I sold the website for $200. The real value of the project was starting me on a 7 year journey of learning website development and running a business.

I no longer freelance full time, but I still occasionally design and develop websites from scratch for friends & family or for projects that interest me. Listed here are a few which were either significant in my learning or a personal favorite to work on. There are also a few that still give me nightmares.

Applewood Assisted Living

Marc and Lauren are some of the nicest people I know. They take very good care of their clients at Applewood and I'm glad I am able to be involved.

I host their website on my server and keep things running for them.

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We Coach It

This is a product that never had a full launch and that really disappointed me. This was a website focused on connecting clients with life coaches, instructors, and educators.

I created a back-end system that allowed for instructors to create an account, list services, and integrate their calendar with their listings. Users could make a purchase and then select a time slot on the calendar. The website owner (my client) would get a cut from the sales.

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Zockster

This website had a minimalist design but under the hood this was a technical feat. The clients (Josh and Zach) were very driven young men who wanted to recreate the success of "Dollar Shave Club".

I needed to create a eCommerce platform that would allow for customers to sign up for and manage monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly subscriptions of bamboo socks. There was a also a referral program built in where you could earn free months on your subscription by getting others to join with your personalized link.

The socks were really comfy, too.

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Fierce and Savvy

A website that pulls in individual posts from a Facebook deals group and integrates a newsletter signup.

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From Top 2 Bottom

Another nutritionist blog. I love the design of this one. Unfortunately I was only involved in the development here, but I'm proud of the custom animations that I had to learn just for the graphical menu.

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Mitten Kittens Siamese

This website is for my wife. No, silly, she didn't marry me because of how happy she was with the website. It's due for a refresh, but even now it sets her apart from the competition in a big way.

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World Class Dance Tours

I love this website so much. I'm sad that it's no longer online. The color scheme, the logo, the graphical menus, all so satisfying! Another website that helped my client get a head start.

Golden Tree Pawn

A local pawn shop needed a website for their 2 locations and eBay store. They also wanted to have eCommerce capabilities apart from eBay so I installed and configured WooCommerce for them.

Domus Apprisals

This is a straightforward website but the homepage is something that I really enjoyed building and it looks great to this day.

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Fueling Station Philly

This clean website was for a restaurant in Philly. Super sharp look, I loved their branding.

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A Balanced Week

A blog and newsletter for a nutritionist / public speaker.

Her Wine Project by Lady Savant

I still have a bottle stashed away from them. I am not a drinker so I can't attest to the taste of their wines, but they had a fun brand to work on.

Philly Smiles

This dentist had so much personality with their branding. They've since moved on to a more generic website which is such a shame.

Rogers Dance Center

A beautiful website for dance instructors. I love the background photo and the curve to the layout.

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Monica Guzman

Monica was (is?) a life couch and inspirational speaker. I enjoyed working on her website and the result was something beautiful. I hope that it helped her with her goals.

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Fraser Road Church of God

Bask in the glory of one of my earliest websites. Behold the table frame layout, the Dreamweaver generated code, and the custom image buttons. I fear this was my peak.

Paganos Market and Bar

I'm listing this here just as a reminder to my future self of the pain and suffering involved in this website.

The client was not to blame, I just had no idea how to properly manage an online restaurant menu at the time and I went about it the wrong way. So much time wasted in Gravity Forms.

Your Watch Design

This website is why I swore off Joomla.