Creating a website is no easy task, especially if the person requesting the site has no idea what they want or what is involved.
When I tell people I make websites, they often say something like, "Cool, me too. I make Facebook pages." or "I am a Facebook Group admin." Although creating a successful Facebook page or Facebook group is good and can be good for business, creating a site is a more daunting task. There is a lot of brainstorming and research involved before even starting with the project at hand.
I don't take custom work often. When I do, I usually do it for free as a token of appreciation for something I feel I owe that person. Below are some of my work in progress projects I am working on for other people. I work on these sites whenever I can. As a toddler's father, I assure you I do not have much free () time.
Lupe Parga offers tax services for the San Jose area. She also has a two-truck company that serves Santa Clara County.
I created Sean Allen for Sheriff in support of Sean Allen. He is running for Sheriff for the County of Santa Clara in California.
Software, Security, Domain Names, and Social Media
I used WordPress as the content management system for both sites. WP has an easy-to-use interface and has been available for ages.
For Sean Allen for Sheriff, I set up automatic updates. The site also automatically performs daily file and database backups. Automatic updates and backups are in place because if less acquainted people with WordPress unintentionally break the site, I can revert to the latest backup. For post drafts, I often have one saved draft. However, for "clients" websites, I have this set up as default.
I registered both domain names and immediately created mockup sites to show Lupe and Sean what a website can do for them.
I wrote the content shown on both sites. I usually populate the site with dummy content and then replace it with real and meaningful content. The dummy content shows the client what the site can look like with text and image content.
Sean Allen saw results within days. He began receiving phone calls, instant messages, and emails days after I made the site, Facebook page, and his webmail account. He was impressed by how fast people found the site and Facebook page. I informed him that news websites linked (pinging) to his biography page.
For Sean Allen for Sheriff, I created all his social media accounts. I made his profile pictures and header images, and his business card. I visited his home more than once, and he visited my home to discuss the site. You can't do things just by texting and emailing for a campaign site. You need to explain what and how I can accomplish something to the person. It's good to discuss things in person to see if I achieve what they have in mind. Sometimes the client has no idea what they want. Luckily for them, I've been working and making websites since 2004.
I host both sites on my central server, which hosts many of my other sites.
I often check with Lupe and Sean to see if they want me to add new pages or features. I am always open to feedback, and it's great to hear what people have to say about your work. Both sites are far from finished and are constantly evolving.
Check out some of my other work here: https://nellyeggsy.com/tag/projects/
Are you looking for someone to make you a website?
Look no further! I can make you a site like the ones I mentioned above.
I create using Open-Sorce and commercial solutions WordPress, Ghost, Discourse, XenForo, Invison Community, phpBB, and many more!
Please leave me a forum comment below to discuss your future project. Thanks!
I've been working and making websites since 2004.
As of Monday, March 14, 2022, at 8:00 AM, I am no longer the Sean Allen for Sheriff website administrator or designer. I will not go into details about why. However, I'm still providing the domain name, hosting for the site, and limited technical support. I'm also still providing Sean with social media tips.
One more thing...
It suffices to say that I will no longer make free websites or content for friends or acquaintances. It is best to keep things professional and business-like. 🙂