Since the 1990s, Sarah Gerber has been designing websites. A BFA graduate in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University, Sarah has a background in fine art, graphic design, and web development. She started by hand coding in HTML, but then Sarah evolved with the times, creating websites with different CMS (Content Management Systems) initially using Joomla! and then WordPress. Sarah’s strengths are her duality of artistic and technical skills, and her ability to problem solve any issues that arise with web development. Whether it is a unique and unusual feature that needs to added to a site, or figuring out why a site is broken, Sarah finds a solution.
Web Design - The Process
You want a new website. Great! Where do we start? First, we need to discuss the goals of your site. What are you trying to accomplish? Find new clients? Impress current and prospective clients? Sell a product or event? Gain new members? Build a community? Once that is decided, we will go over your current site (if you have one) and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Then we need to work on the look and feel of your site. Do you have a logo? What is your color scheme? Are there any sites that you like?
Then, I will discuss my ideas for your site and give you a primary quote. We will further brainstorm ideas for the site and create a basic outline/flowchart of the site. After the conclusion of our discussion, I will work on the initial layout of the website, providing a few homepage layouts for you to choose from. These will be presented as JPGs. We will discuss the ideas and move forward from there. While the layouts are being discussed, you should gather the content for the site.
After I have designed a layout that you are happy with, we move into the next stage of development, the creation of the site on a development server. During this stage, your website will be created. I will create the homepage and other pages. You will be provided a link to see the website as it is developed. I welcome any suggestions through the design process.
The final draft is when we both go through the site to make final changes, optimizing for tablet and mobile viewing. We will double-check all of the content and will make sure that everything is to your utmost satisfaction. When all parties are happy with the site, I will make the site “live” for the world to see. Then the site will be submitted to the search engines and Google Analytics will be added.
- WordPress core and plugin updates
- Website Backups
- Content and photo updates
- Migration to a new hosting plan
- Making WordPress site secure (SSL)
- Blog, calendar, or event updates
- Don’t use WordPress? Sarah Web Design also works with Joomla!, HTML, PHP and more. We can update Wix and Squarespace sites as well.
Email signatures with a combination of images and text are strangely tricky to create. Email programs limit fonts and HTML so it’s like designing in the 1990s again. Installing a signature is different for each email program (Gmail, Apple Mail, Outlook, etc.). No worries, Sarah Web Design can help create a signature that keeps your emails professional and consistent.
Sarah Web Design is more than web design. Sarah can design business cards, letterhead, flyers, posters, and more.
MailChimp and Constant Contact
- Create email newsletters
- Import, export and maintain contact lists
- Integrate MailChimp or Constant Contact with websites