Site Re-Design: Nursing Mothers Alliance

I was asked to update an older WordPress-based website, www.nursingmothersalliance.org, recently. Here is what the site looked like before:

This is the old site.
This is the old site.

 

Initially based on the Cirrus theme for WordPress (which is a great base for a project like this), I customized the base theme’s design and typography, added some custom CSS to fix some issues, as well as some additional features.

I’m happy with how it turned out and the client is as well. This was a pro-bono project that I was happy to take on given the service that the Nursing Mothers Alliance provides to the community, free of charge. You can check out the new site here.

 

Site Re-Design: NaturalSelling

I was asked to re-design an existing site. Here is the before/after.

This was/is the existing site. Not too pleasing to the eye...
This was/is the existing site.

As you can see, it needed some work. Below is the proposed re-design. After considering the client’s needs, it was obvious that a static site (no Content Management System) would be the best solution.

The proposed new design.
The proposed new design.

Not shown is the bottom-third of the new design, which includes a 3-columned additional content area, as well as  footer area. Most importantly, this new site is responsive and scales to ANY screen size.

Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, PHP

Custom Social Network: Karkades.com

Karkades.com is a custom social network with hundreds of users located all over the world and is growing rapidly.

The site has received lots of international press, and is particularly popular in Morocco. The owner of the site came to me with nothing more than a vision of what he wanted in a site. He had initially contracted another web designer to build out the site, but after repeated failed attempts and roadblocks, and after two other web development firms could not produce the site, I was asked to take it on.

Under the hood, Karkades.com is based on the Drupal CMS and makes extensive use of custom database views, and specialized modules including Organic Groups. I am the sole designer and developer of the entire site, from the logo design to the development and maintenance/administrative tasks. The site is based on the Corolla theme but with extensive CSS customizations.

Karkades.com - Custom Social Network
Karkades.com – Custom Social Network

Features

  • Multilingual
  • Custom social groups feature – Members can join one or more groups
  • Members can post photos, videos, music, events, and items for sale on their personalized profile pages
  • Members can post status updates to other group members

Technology

  • Drupal Content Management System
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • CSS
  • HTML

Press

Website: Financial Planner

This site was developed, complete with custom header and theme, for a Certified Financial Planner.

SPS Financial Services
SPS Financial Services

Features

  • Custom Design
  • Password-protected pages
  • Customized back-end administration portal

Technology

  • WordPress
  • Custom theme

Website: Consulting Service Provider

Breastfeedingbond.com is a custom site developed for an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant that provides consulting services.

BreastfeedingBond.comFeatures

  • As of June 2013 ranked #1 in Google Search Results for “Lactation Consultant” in the Greater Philadelphia area!
  • Integrated Google Calendar
  • Ability for prospective clients to view availability and schedule an appointment online
  • Testimonials page – clients can submit a testimonial

Technology

  • WordPress CMS
  • Genesis Framework
  • Google Calendar
  • Theme customizations and styling

Website: News/RSS Aggregator

Goal was to build a site that curated sources from all over the web into an easy to read, nicely styled digest. This site polls numerous other website RSS feeds on an hourly basis, parses the RSS XML and presents the summaries.

breastfeeding_insightsFeatures

  • A Latest News page feed that aggregates content from all over the web and presents it in a single site
  • Users can register and vote on articles
  • A Most Popular articles page that lists the highest ranked articles
  • Administrative portal to add new external websites for inclusion in the Latest News page feed quickly and easily

Technology

  • Drupal CMS
  • RSS
  • Custom Database Views
  • Custom CSS

Website: Band

Custom site developed for internationally acclaimed fusion jazz band M’Oud Swing.

Moudswing.com

Features

  • Site visitors can listen to and purchase music
  • Video
  • Ability for band members to add new events (gigs, festivals, etc.), photos, and edit member bios via easy-to-use portal

Technology

  • Custom PHP/MySQL Content Management System
  • eCommerce PayPal integration

Website: Musician

Website for Marlon Simon, an internationally renowned jazz musician.

Marlon Simon
Marlon Simon

Features

  • Streaming audio and performance video
  • Event calendar
  • E-Commerce Integration

Technology

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • JQuery
  • Flash