Website Design Posts

Aikido Sarasota Website Redesign Case Study

By Frank | November 23, 2017
2017 Sarasota Web Design Responsive Montage for Aikido Sarasota

Objectives Create a more inviting website that is less traditional Maintain an excellent Page Speed Incorporate integrations with Zen Planner (internet based fitness software) Work with the owner to familiarize her with how to use WordPress and Beaver Builder The Approach In our initial meeting…

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From DIY to Professional Website | A Case Study

By Frank | November 17, 2017
2017 Sarasota Web Design Responsive Montage for Sifu Brian Taylor Kung Fu was a website built without professional assistance. On the positive side, the site served its purpose. It was built for a start up, low budget martial arts school. After being in business for one full year, the Owner asked me to help him build a new…

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Case Study | Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Website Rebuild

By Frank | October 7, 2017
Sarasota Web Design Responsive Montage for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

Website Rebuild Objectives Ensure that the website mobile friendly Improve the appearance and usability of the website Ensure that SBEP Staff can access the website while it is under construction Work as a team with Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) Staff Industry Intergovernmental Organization Challenges In…

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Why Avoid Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes

By Frank | May 28, 2017
A Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme is Like a Swiss Army Knife

I was inspired to write this post because in the past two weeks I was asked to review OR solve problems on a few websites (built by someone else) and coincidentally 3 of them were using the same theme. One of the biggest complaints was speed. Page…

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Neff Gulf Coast Web Development Case Study

By Frank | July 19, 2015
Responsive Web Design Montage for Neff Gulf Coast, premium custom website for downtown Sarasota Business

David and Cindy Wentzel invited me to their office to discuss development of logo and a new website for Neff Gulf Coast. Having been in the cabinetry business for years David and Cindy educated me about cabinetry, hardware and outdoor kitchen design. I was immediately…

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Why Drag and Drop is not a Panacea in Web Development

By Frank | March 17, 2015
Drag and Drop in Website Design

This article is relevant to other content management systems (CMSs) but specifically references tools and terminology used with WordPress. Levels of Drag and Drop Tools in Web Development Website Structure (Page Layouts) and Special Tools (widgets, sliders, etc.)—Drag and Drop Layout Composition (Page Layout after…

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Multilingual, Responsive, Comic Book Website—Case Study

By Frank | February 10, 2015
Mystura Comics Favicon

I was contacted in fall of 2014 to build a website for a comic book series in multiple languages. Gabriele Masetti, was inspired come up with the look and feel of the website so that it matched his Mystura Comics series. After initial discussions we…

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Understanding Web Hosting: Library Metaphor

By Frank | September 29, 2014

Understanding Web Hosting using a Public Library as a Metaphor    

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Pop-Up Window Effectiveness

By Frank | May 20, 2013

A client recently asked me to add a “overlay window” (a special kind of pop-up) which said “save money.” If you click on it the pop-up it takes you to a page about how you can save money with their company. While I’m not a…

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Search Engine Strategies are Evolving

By Frank | January 5, 2013
SEO is in our Blood

Opinions on search engine optimization strategy are shifting again. A brief history of strategies: Content is King Content is King and you have to optimize for Search Engines You have to change your content it all the time to stay ahead of the competition (no!)…

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Website Design Case Study – Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

By Frank | March 15, 2012
Professional Non-Profit Web Design Example |Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

When Randy Moore of Triple 3 Marketing contacted me about rebuilding the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program website I was both surprised and excited. Surprised, because I didn’t know Randy, who had already decided that he wanted Frank’s Designs to do the project. Excited because I…

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Original Content on Websites

By Frank | August 15, 2011
web design collage of home pages

Most people know that Google and other search engines are looking for original content and penalizing websites with duplicate content. Duplicate content is penalized because there are far too many who prefer taking shortcuts in spite of the very real risk of adversely affecting your…

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Why You Should NOT Design Your Own Website

By Frank | March 12, 2011
Crossing out Plan A and writing Plan B on a blackboard.

If you are operating a business you need a professional website. There are more and more products out there that claim that you can build your own ‘professional’ website for little money and without much effort. The most common are MacWebsiteBuilder, Vistaprint, GoDaddy (Website Tonight), Intuit…

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