Often, a client will come to me with a site that they started on their own, or with the help of a less experienced designer. It is usually most cost-effective if I simply help them complete the site. Given my desire for perfection, the final site will likely reflect my wording and approach more than the original designer’s, but I control expenses by not doing a complete rewrite. I’ve listed those sites here.
This site is an example of a WordPress site built for a client who had no website experience, so had left it up to the original designer. The designer guided the client’s choice of WordPress theme and structure, implemented it; the beautiful header was provided by another professional. The client sought my advice – on the recommendation of a colleague – once the budget had been exceeded but the site was unfinished.
When I inherited it, the layout needed some fine tuning, as did the wording and the “widgets” for Facebook and other links. It also needed integration with newsletter software to handle signup and bulk emailing – for which we used MadMimi. The client is very happy with her current site, and it only took a few hours of modification time to make it spring to life. The site now uses a premium WordPress template, but there was really no reason not to use a free template – the look and feel could easily have been created with, say, Twenty Eleven or 2010 Weaver, in the hands of an experienced designer. And yes, I would have suggested another domain name, given that the .com was already taken.
You can see the site here. I’ve also included a screenshot of the front page below.
This site is an example of a WordPress site built for a client who again left it up to the designer. The designer guided the clients’ choice of domain name, WordPress theme and structure, then only partially implemented it before requiring additional hours to complete the site, which prompted the client to seek my help. I advised the client that the domain name was too long and that the theme did not support the kind of “shopping cart” she needed – one that supports a variety of different sizes and types for each piece of art. Since she is a small business, Paypal is a simple and competitive solution. So we implemented the (free) Weaver theme with a better domain name; I was then able to build the new site from scratch for less than half the cost the prior designer had charged for an unfinished job.
The client intends to maintain the site herself, with occasional help from me if required. She is in the process of reworking the site with a new name – with my help, when necessary – but I’ve included a screenshot of the original front page below.