fbpx

Web Design

I am a Web Designer based in Michigan’s thumb. I have over 10 years of experience developing websites. My web design clients include small businesses, work from home moms, churches and organizations.

As a web designer, I not only create websites that look good on my own screen. I create responsive websites that look great on a variety of devices. This includes cell phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.

I understand the details of owning a blog or website can sometimes be overwhelming. This is especially true for those starting out.

I’m also happy to help potential website owners understand the basics of starting a blog or website. Post topics include how to effectively write for the web. You can read many informative posts on having a website designed for you below.

If you are interested in finding out more about the services I offer for starting your own blog or website, I now have some Wordpress packages available. 

Wordpress Installation and Configuration

Let Someone Else Do the Hard Part with Affordable WordPress Installation and Setup Services

Do you find the prospect of installing and setting up your own WordPress Website intimidating and scary? Are the large numbers of choices for themes, plugins, and settings overwhelming to you? Not sure where to even start your website project? You’re in luck. With the affordable WordPress Installation and Set up services, you’ll be up […]

Advanced wordpress Configuration and Set Up Services

You Only Have to Do the Fun Parts with my Advanced WordPress Setup Services

Are you overwhelmed by all of the choices? Intimidated by the WordPress setup and installation instructions? Do you have a WordPress Theme that is supposed to be easy to customize, but you don’t know where to start? Let me help you by taking care of your advanced WordPress setup, so you can stick to what […]

Ecommerce Website Design and Set Up

Overwhelmed with eCommerce Configuration? Let me set up your Shopping Cart Website

Setting up your own shopping cart website is overwhelming. Even with the out of the box options, shopping cart websites require a tedious amount of configuration to get started. If you’re confused and overwhelmed at the prospect of setting up your shopping cart website, let me take care of the technical parts! I’d love to […]

Custom Website Design Services

Your Website, Your Way with Custom Web Design Services

Are you looking for a custom look and feel for your website project? If you need something specific for your website project, I have you covered with my custom web design services. My Custom Web Design Services We’ll start off with a 30-minute consultation to discuss your projects and your exact needs. If you don’t […]

What makes a mobile friendly website? What is the difference between mobile friendly and responsive websites?

What Makes a Mobile-Friendly Website?

What makes a mobile-friendly website? Why should you have a mobile-friendly website? What is the difference between that and a responsive website?

Marie Madeline Studio Custom Wordpress Child Theme Ecommerce Design

Marie Madeline Studio Website

This is a custom child theme I designed for Marie Madeline Studio. I configured WordPress with Woo Commerce to create a responsive, mobile-friendly ecommerce website, where Marie Madeline studio sells their sewing patterns and custom designs.

Fostoria Baptist Church WordPress Website Child Theme

Fostoria Baptist Church Website and Web Graphics

I developed this website using a WordPress Child theme, to meet the needs of a large rural church. The configuration included an easy to manage audio sermon podcast, as well as many web graphics to enhance the look of the website.

What is a Child Theme and Why You May Need One

In WordPress, your theme controls how your website looks and acts. If you need to customize your theme, a Child Theme may be your best option. Here’s why.

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which One Does Your Side Hustle Need?

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which Does Your Side Hustle Need? If you’ve ever wondered if your side hustle needs a mobile app, you’re in luck. Let’s talk about the differences between a responsive website vs mobile app. Which one works better? Responsive Website vs Mobile App: User Friendliness? First of all, let’s look at which […]

Responsive Website Benefits

You have probably heard about responsive websites. But what are the responsive website benefits? Why should you bother to make your website responsive? Responsive Website Benefit 1: Your Site Will Work on Any Device First of all, your responsive website will work on any device your audience is using. Given the fact that most internet […]

Quiet Times in Loud Households WordPress Child Theme Responsive

QuietTimes.Faith Website Design

I developed this custom website layout to feature a series of books and articles. The site layout is fully responsive and mobile friendly. It features a customized static front page that is easy to update with featured content.

What Are Responsive Websites?

When talking about website design, you may have heard the phrase “responsive websites”. What are responsive websites? Let’s look at what makes a website responsive. What are responsive websites? The most basic way to explain what responsive websites are is this. Responsive websites respond to different screen sizes. Using something called media queries, a responsive website […]

What is Usability and Why Does it Matter?

When I start working with a client in designing a website for them, my job goes beyond just designing a website. A large part of my job as a web designer is also educator.  I educate my clients on usability.  I reign in some of their ideas to keep the site as user-friendly as possible. What […]

5 Essential Tips to Using Type Effectively for Bloggers & WAHMs

As a designer, I have a passion for, and a love of Typography and Fonts. I have quite a font addiction, in fact. Using type is a passion of mine. Over the years, learning more and more about the effective use of fonts in design, I’ve learned to temper this enthusiasm to selecting and using […]

Why your website needs a start here page

How a Start Here Page Helps Your Readers

Adding a start here page to my website was one of the big changes I made to my website as I rebranded it last year. The start here helped my readers (especially first-time visitors) orient themselves with what I had available on my website and blog, and see how it would help them. Why You […]

If Wordpress is free, why am I paying you?

If WordPress is a Free Program, Why am I Paying You?

Confused about the expenses associated with having a WordPress website? You’re not alone. One question I received twice now is something along these lines: If WordPress (or Zen Cart, OS Commerce, Joomla, Squarespace, Drupal…) is a free program, why am I paying you? Let’s talk about it. What’s Included in the FREE Part? The part […]

In any Design Project, Content Comes first. If you don't create content first, how will you know how to design for it?

Why Content Comes First

One of the big changes I’ve made in how I do websites and other design projects for clients is to request all of the content for the project up front. Let’s talk about why. Designers Design Content The most obvious one is the very definition of web design. When designing for the web, or designing […]

My Process for Building Your Website

So, you want a website?   I’ve already written in other parts of my blog about how to find the purpose of your website improve your existing website and market your website. (you can read those posts by clicking on the links above). But what steps do I take to build your website after you […]

The content conversation and intervention

The Content Conversation and Intervention

When talking about not using websites as glorified classified ads, yellow pages, or flyers, I’ve mentioned before that one of the benefits of today’s interactive websites is easy non-techie editing so you can have a conversation with your clients. I’ve beat this particular drum for years when advising my web design clients on how to […]

12 Tips to Improve Your Website

12 Tips to Improve Your Website

A website is not something you just build, then leave sitting there, unattended, for the rest of it’s existence. In fact, in order to improve your website, and build our business, it’s important to continually strive to make improvements to your user’s experience at your website. This website of mine, Thoughts and Designs, has been […]

How to get your own shopping cart website

How to Get Your Own Shopping Cart Website

There are lots of different kinds of websites out there. Most of them provide free content in some way. Others can be used to directly sell to your customers and clients. Most of the time, we refer to these kinds of websites as shopping cart websites ecommerce websites storefront websites Regardless of the exact name, […]

What is a CMS (Content Management System) and why should you use one for your website?

What is a CMS, and Why Should You Use One for Your Website?

You many have heard people talking about how important it is to have a content management system, or CMS if you have a website. Content Management Systems can go by different names. Sometimes these kinds of websites are referred to as dynamic websites, or by the exact name of a content management system in use (such […]

Spam of the week web graphic design project

Web Graphic: Spam of the Week

A fellow blogger had me create this super fun graphic for a feature on his blog called, Spam of the Week, in which he has a little fun with a different spammer each week on his blog. I used a photograph of a can of spam, and altered it in photoshop to create this graphic.