Custom WordPress Development
I have built custom content management systems from scratch, however, due to unanimous client preferences I now work exclusively in WordPress.
This does not mean installing pre-made themes and setting up a bunch of plugins. Custom WP development means you get a custom-built theme that is fast, efficient, and contains no unnecessary code or features to confuse things or bog the site down.
Using minimal plugins and custom coding, I can integrate whatever features you need. With custom post types, you can have an easy-input interface that outputs a consistent layout on the front end with no chance of errors. Just enter the data and it’s done.
Whether you need inter-linked content items, filtering by category, multifilters, masonry, custom sorting, expandable content, or anything else, I can make it happen and still have it easily updatable by you or your staff.
Whether you are converting an existing site or getting a brand new design, the look and feel you desire will be precisely replicated. Using standards-compliant css and coding, I make sure your site looks exactly as you wish, no matter what device, browser, or screen size the audience may be using.
Consultation during the design process is encouraged, so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to special features, layout strategies, fonts, colours, and graphics for the web.
Design & Development
If you want a new design and a graphic designer isn’t in your budget, I can work with you to come up with a design that suits your style.
Colours, fonts, layouts and special features seen on other websites can be brought in or adapted and made your own. If you know what you like, I can use that information to custom-tailor a website for you. See the portfolio page for some examples of this type of collaboration. This is a team effort, so be prepared to participate!
Mobile responsiveness in a website is crucial for success. Google now indexes mobile versions of websites first, as the majority of internet browsing is done on phones and tablets worldwide. So not only is this critical for search rankings, it is all about your visitor’s experience.
With so many sizes and shapes of devices, making a website that looks good on them all can be an intimidating process. I have over a decade of experience writing media queries to make all kinds of sites shine, regardless of what size screen they are viewed on.
Website Conversions and Migrations
Converting existing websites to a WordPress format allows the site owner to easily edit, update, add or delete their own content without needing to hire somebody else to do it. This saves costs and provides the comfort of self-reliance.
Being able to change your own content allows you to ensure that your information is always up-to-date, giving your audience the information they need to make the correct decision and choose your services.
If you are having issues with web hosting, migrating a website to a new host is usually a fairly straightforward process.
Code Updating and Disinfecting
If you have an older site, it probably needs to be brought up to current coding standards. Love your design? You can keep it and still have the site brought up to date and made secure.
Clean-up of infected websites is sometimes necessary on sites that have not been maintained. I can get your files cleaned, scanned, and back in good standing with Google and blacklist monitors. Advice on how to prevent further infection issues is part of this service as well.
Tech Support and Maintenance
As web standards are constantly changing, a site that was once fully web-standard compliant will not remain so forever. Hackers are constantly at work, so scripts that were initially secure will also not remain that way. This is why updates are necessary to maintain efficiency and security.
To keep everything running smoothly, avoid any vulnerabilities that may develop over time, and make sure your site remains properly viewable on all devices. I recommend having updates done professionally at least once per year, and all code brought up to current web standards at least every three years.
I provide full tech support, so if you have questions, problems, or need an alteration, help is just an email away.
I offer basic Search Engine Optimization services, including crafting meta titles and descriptions, Google Search Console setup, and Google Analytics integration. Adjustments can be made on a regular basis to help raise your position in the rankings, so you remain competitive in your field.
Advice on writing or adjusting your site content and layouts to further increase these ratings is also available, as content is key when it comes to SEO. I only charge for the time spent performing analysis and making adjustments, so there are no hefty monthly retainer fees.