We needed to build a site that was both visually striking and much more polished than the existing site and the competing sites, and also added functionality specific to REVA’s needs as a property development company. Broadly speaking, the requirements broke down into three areas: the home page slider, the project pages, and the press room–not to mention the documentation. Continue Reading Reva Development Partners
Startup Knurld needed a marketing site with a lot of custom page layouts and a grid-based resources archive–fast. I put in some long days and built this site in less than 6 weeks. Continue Reading Knurld
This is a very simple business website, but there were a few challenges in building it, mostly associated with CSS, parallax, and background images. All in all, the site was more difficult to build than the straightforward content would suggest, but the important thing is that the client is happy with it. Continue Reading Safe Port Financial Associates, LLC
Dr. Melanie Watkins needed a new site for her podcast, videos, and forthcoming books. By strategically modifying the Shimmer theme from Viva la Violette, I created a magazine-layout site to showcase her content. Continue Reading Your Mental Health First
Appliance 911 is a family-owned business that does high-end appliance repair in Contra Costa County. The business manager had attempted to create a site herself using Yahoo’s page builder, but that didn’t go so well. Since the client had a limited budget and also very limited content, we decided to go with a simple one-page site using Centric Pro. Continue Reading Appliance 911
Aspen Center for Cosmetic Medicine seriously needed a website redesign. Not only was their existing site not mobile-friendly, it was actually broken, or at least, full of broken images. The website was completely at odds with the company’s brand. The new site is simple, beautiful, and responsive. Continue Reading Aspen Center for Cosmetic Medicine
Ten years after the first episode of For Immediate Release appeared, the podcast network had outgrown its original Expression Engine site. Continue Reading FIR Podcast Network
Kia Miller’s new Radiant Body Yoga site required e-commerce, events, video management, faceted search, and a teacher directory. Design by Danielle Avila. Continue Reading Radiant Body Yoga
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 is a a journalist based in Hong Kong, where riots were happening while I built her website. She wanted a simple website using antique maps as headers to replace the site she had lost to a malware infestation. In addition to the new design, I put automated offsite backups in place (as I do for all my clients). Continue Reading Suzanne Sataline
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.
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
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.
This site uses the Lookbook theme from Graph Paper Press. The client needed a quick budget portfolio site for her photography and photo restoration business. 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
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
I built CBICT a website in 2011 using the Lifestyle Theme, then created a mobile stylesheet for it. But the members of the congregation needed a better mobile experience. We were all delighted when Lifestyle Pro appeared. I had a bit of an adventure with the upgrade, though: it turned out that a large part… Continue Reading Congregation Beth Israel of Connecticut
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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. The idea was not only to upgrade the existing website, but to create a member directory far superior to anything available from the standard chamber web solutions. Continue Reading Oakley Chamber of Commerce