The Bay Area Consulting Group had started out with a Joomla site, which was ported somewhat awkwardly to WordPress. The previous WordPress site not only looked dated, it was not mobile-responsive. After a brief discovery process we determined that it would be more cost-effective to switch to a new theme than to try to fix the old one. Continue Reading BACG


I’d moved the BACN site from Joomla to WordPress in an epic site upgrade in 2013. It was a comparatively easy job to change to the Daily Dish Pro child theme, though I needed to update the single and archive pages for the custom post types (Programs, Creating Connections, Bits & Bytes, Members’ Forum). Continue Reading BACN

Suzanne Sataline

Suzanne Sataline was one of my students when I taught at MediaBistro. She’s a journalist based in Hong Kong, where riots were happening while I built her website. One of the challenges in the site was finding appropriately licensed antique maps for the header images. Another was creating the grid layout for the article page,… Continue Reading Suzanne Sataline

Used Laser Center

After launching the new Berman Partners website, Rob Berman discovered that the used laser page was the one everyone wanted to see, so he created a completely new e-commerce website for them. We needed to use WooCommerce in catalog mode and make a few other modifications. The site uses the Envy Pro child theme for… Continue Reading Used Laser Center

Berman Partners

I met Rob Berman on LinkedIn many years ago; he was the one who gave me the referral for the CBICT website. His own business is selling lasers. He called me when he ran into trouble setting up the theme. Based on the Executive Pro child theme for the Genesis framework.

Dr. Claudia Six

I’d helped Claudia Six with her Erotic Integrity podcast back in 2007. By 2014 she was working on a book, and her old HTML website drastically needed an overhaul. I made extensive use of the Page List plugin on this site, and spent an enormous amount of time looking for appropriate stock photos. The site… Continue Reading Dr. Claudia Six

CVC Group

Hunter Hastings and Jeff Saperstein both teach at Hult. We added a Publications post type to display their journal publications and PowerPoint files, and a video post type for their presentations, and made extensive use of Gravity Forms. Based on the Enterprise Pro theme for Genesis.

Through the Lenz

This site uses the Lookbook theme from Graph Paper Press. You can tell I mostly work with Genesis, but GPP has some great themes for photographers, and Claudette needed a quick budget portfolio for her photography and restoration business. I made almost no modifications and it looks lovely. (It’s a wide rather than a tall… Continue Reading Through the Lenz


The Bay Area Independent Publishers Association had a membership site on Wild Apricot, an old HTML website, and a newer WordPress blog. Part of the job was to combine everything and particularly to set up nice membership profiles. We then needed FacetWP to set up faceted search for members by location and specialty. Based on… Continue Reading BAIPA

The Official BNI Podcast

I’d made a few improvements to the Official BNI Podcast site since taking it over in 2007, but it was time for a responsive design. The difficult thing was adhering to the corporate style guide, which had the wrong hex code equivalents for the Pantone colors. The podcast appears every week and uses the excellent… Continue Reading The Official BNI Podcast

Ripp Leadership

Mara Connolly was one of those clients who came to us with a completed design for a deceptively simple site. We had to make a few changes to the designer’s ideas based on the way the theme would display in smaller browsers. Theme built from the basic Genesis Child. And no, there is not that… Continue Reading Ripp Leadership

Transform Electric

I met Leo Portugal in 2011 when he came to my apartment in El Cerrito to give me a quote about a possible upgrade. It turned out that apartment was pretty hopeless when it came to electricity, hence the move out to Oakley. A couple of years later he asked me to build him a… Continue Reading Transform Electric

Montclair Veterinary Hospital

Montclair Veterinary Hospital is owned by long-time clients Gary and Lee Richter in Oakland. They keep expanding their pet-related business empire. We started the project just before Genesis 2.0 came out, so built it on the basic Genesis Child theme, as the child theme we were considering hadn’t been upgraded to HTML 5 yet.

Scheer Security

The real adventure in building this site for Oakley’s Scheer Security was the domain transfer from DreamHost (which has dreadful domain management tools, or did at the time) to Namecheap so that we could move the site onto WP Engine. Theme is the Legacy child theme for Genesis from Appfinite, one I considered for my… Continue Reading Scheer Security

Berkeley Housing Counselor

We built this site with features like WalkScore…and the client ended up getting a full-time day job and never rtook it live. I really like the way the design turned out, though. Theme is based on the Ally child theme for Genesis from Appfinite.

Kimmy’s Cakes

The owner of this site is the daughter-in-law of someone who served on the Oakley Chamber board with me in 2012. As you can see, Kimmy makes amazing art cakes for birthdays, weddings, and any other occasion you want. The theme is the Adorable child theme for the Genesis framework, from Pretty Darn Cute Designs.… Continue Reading Kimmy’s Cakes

Talon Tours

Ken Wilson leads eco-friendly birding tours to South America, Australia, and New Zealand—plus a few in the United States. He needed to upgrade his photo galleries and add event registration. The theme is based on the Optimal child theme for Genesis, from Appfinite. We added custom taxonomies for bird species and tour locations.

Oakley Chamber of Commerce

Membership profiles on the Oakley Chamber site include social media links, maps, a large free-form content area, a photo gallery, and a place to display events, jobs, and special offers for that company (pulled in via Posts2Posts). The idea at the time was not only to upgrade the existing website into something usable, but to create a member directory far superior to anything available from the standard chamber web solutions. In that we succeeded spectacularly. Continue Reading Oakley Chamber of Commerce