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I have been a professional web designer since 2008, but I've been learning the ins and outs of building websites since high school.
I took numerous public relations, computer programming and graphic & web design courses at McPherson College while pursuing a Communication and Journalism Degree (2008), where I learned software for both Mac and PC. The rest of my education has been self-taught and through experience.
I write my code using Adobe Dreamweaver, a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) program, but my knowledge of how to write code by hand is a huge advantage to my clients; my websites are clean and don't contain extra "code bloat," meaning a fast load on any browser.
I own my own web design business and have no employees, meaning you get personal service from me with no overhead costs passed on to you. I am a business owner and I understand the needs of budgeting the design of a website for small businesses. Prior to designing your site, we will cover how much you want to spend on your website. I can work with you to make a professional web presence affordable for you.
I read webmaster forums to keep up with developments in web design and search engines and educate my clients about how to rank higher with search engines. I currently have about seven clients, mostly in the central Kansas area. All of my clients are referrals from other clients.
I don't charge extra for SEO services (Search Engine Optimization) because a comprehensive website includes getting the best keyword ranking possible for your website. I tweak the keywords as I redesign a website. Every bit of text on a website I design is designed to not only be functional content for users, but to draw in users who use search engines to look for services or products you offer.
I do not encourage use of CMS-also known as Content Management Systems or Site Builders (where business owners can edit the site themselves). These programs often produce tons of code bloat and deprecated code so that the HTML will not validate. CMS also prevent you from putting in unique titles and descriptions, which is critical for search engine ranking purposes. People who don't understand HTML or SEO can effectively destroy their website with these programs.
I don't work with much flash, frames or image maps because search engines cannot index their content.
Graphics are by far my favorite part of the job. I have a passion for making things look great. I also have an eye for photography, and as my business grows, I would love to incorporate this skill into more websites I design. These artistic skills are helpful when designing the layout and balancing graphic elements of a website.