Galleries

The Galleries listed below provide samples of different types of websites. While some are older, the samples show how different these types of sites can be regarding color schemes and layouts. Keep in mind that many of these are marketer sites, so they may tend to be a little bit busy. A site built for your business does not need to have ads at all. That is an individual choice.

On the individual gallery pages, click on one of the samples to activate a slide show of all the samples in that gallery. Then, click the arrows or use the right and left arrow keys to navigate.

Image Header Blogs

Image Header Blogs have had header graphics created especially for them. Think of the header graphic as the “curb appeal” of your website. It isn’t absolutely necessary, but just like a house with nice neat landscaping (curb appeal), a website with a striking header will be more attractive and welcoming to visitors, not to mention potential buyers of your product or services.

A few of these sites were makeovers of static (traditional) websites. You can see the side-by-side comparisons on the Static to Blog Comparisons page.

Text Header Blogs

Text Header Blogs have main titles that are text, plus a tag line underneath. This option also leaves room for an ad in the top right corner of the page. This is optional, of course. While it is nicer to have an image as your header, text-based headers can also make for a nice looking site.

POD Promotional Blogs

Print-on-Demand (POD) Promotional Blogs exist to showcase and build links to print-on-demand shops. These happen to be mine, some of which are mostly design or product posts, and some also have other content like articles and affiliate links to Amazon products. The more often fresh content is added to these sites, the more sales activity there is in both areas. This method also works with promoting Etsy and Creative Market storefronts.

Most POD shopkeepers are pretty savvy and manage to build their own promotional sites, but I can also provide that service with either a traditional style blog or a pin-up style blog, similar to a Pinterest-style setup.

Portfolio Websites

Portfolio Websites are another service that is available; however, due to the complexity and potential size, these types of sites require some discussion and a quote. WordPress is used, but depending on what type of site is built, the customer may or may not have access to the admin area. In some cases, the learning curve may be too high. In others, some training may be enough to be able to add, change, or remove portfolio pieces.

One portfolio site sample is available at this time: mine. This portfolio site utilizes a “multipurpose” theme. Multipurpose themes have additional types of posts, while implementing a modular building system, individual custom CSS options, and various layout structures. The building and editing processes are intense and it is very easy to delete entire chunks of content by accident. In addition to the portfolio features, it is also possible to have a blog section along with the portfolio.

The home page on this portfolio site is reminiscent of the very popular Bootstrap front-end framework sites, but it is WordPress. The large hero image gives way to various sections that load as the user scrolls down. Any type of website can be built in this manner. Again, the build and editing carries a steep learning curve, more so than with a regular blog, but if you have a background with web structure, you can do it with a little extra training. View this portfolio site.

More portfolio site samples will be available in time. Portfolio sites require discussion and a quote as there are no flat fees for this type of website.

Conventional Websites

Conventional Websites are static HTML/CSS sites. Where blogs can organize your content into categories and posts, with separate pages, a self-updating site map, and other conveniences like a word-processor-like admin area, static sites have none of that. All of that organization is done manually, which also means that changes and additions must be done by a professional. Hourly fees apply.

A few of these sites were makeovers of static (traditional) websites; these are the before samples. You can see the side-by-side comparisons on the Static to Blog Comparisons page.

The Template samples were created for the client to add content as needed. Coloramic required two simple templates, a three column capsule-style layout for the home page, and a two-column capsule-style layout for the interior pages.

The dental lab needed an open, responsive layout. The original order was for five templates, but I was able to build what was needed into two 3-column templates. Each layout has plenty of usable “invisible” containers in each sidebar as well as the main content area. When no content is present, the containers are invisible. One layout accommodates a versatile responsive image slider and the other uses a static image in the hero area. This particular client adds and changes web content VERY often, so he needed the structure built so that he could add different kinds of content as needed. I also provided a tutorial document for reference so he could fully utilize some of the built-in features. Even without any coding background, he does a wonderful job of changing and growing the company’s website.

The Technical Glass website was built before the responsive design era. The site was built as an online companion to the company’s brand new catalog. All product categories, technical information, and downloadable PDF documents are available on the left navigation. Everything is right at hand for customers. We have had wonderful feedback on the ease of use provided. This site contains a lot of technical information and the product tables have multiple dimensions and other specs. Products link to an online shopping cart, except for custom designs, of course. The next go-around will likely utilize a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress.

Services for conventional websites are still available on a case-by-case basis. Call for a quote. No flat fees are available for these types of websites.

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