The Website Design Process made simple

The Website Design Process made simple

From the Consultation Phase to the Formal Launch, the website design process is rather a simple one with five basic steps. The information tabs below describe those steps and should will give you a pretty good idea what is involved in creating a quality website. 1. Consultation Phase: We’ll discuss the goals you want to achieve for your website and the input that you are willing to provide. I’ll also share my expertise and provide advice as needed. We can set up some phone time and/or conduct email consultations to go over these ideas and goal. You’re welcome to send me any follow-up thoughts or ideas we might not have covered on the phone consultations. At this stage I’ll also provide you with the cost estimate. 2. Design Phase: Once the proposal/estimate is accepted and your initial deposit is received, I’ll take your ideas, my ideas, and with your ultimate site needs and goals in mind, apply my skills and talents to deliver a preliminary web design. And while I do pride myself on delivering a great product, one has to assume even Rembrandt had an eraser. So at this stage, revisions are included until the design is as you like it, per the terms outlined in the website proposal. At this time I will place the site being developed in maintenance mode and when the homepage is ready, I’ll open it up only for you with specific username and password. While I am available for phone calls during this phase, it is preferable that most correspondence regarding your project, including assets like images, copy and such, are managed...
Is your site mobile?

Is your site mobile?

A well-designed website can fall short if it doesn’t have the right functionality behind it. Websites are no longer limited to computers and if your website isn’t mobile friendly, folks won’t be finding you. Mobile phone, tablets and other hand-held devices have quickly become some of the most common ways that we browse the internet; it is important to ensure that your website is viewable for the ever-increasing amount of mobile visitors. About 20% of all web traffic originates from mobile devices (phones and tablets). And the number will only grow. However, because mobile users demand different features, simplicity and ease of use, a mobile site shouldn’t be a exact replicas of the full version. I create a version of my clients website specifically for those devices with added scalability, more portability, and enhanced accessibility. The site I design is usually fully responsive, meaning that it will adapt to various screen sizes in order to display your content in the most readable manner. When viewed on a mobile phone or tablet, the user will no longer need to zoom and scroll around to read the text on the page, making the mobile visitor’s browsing experience much more intuitive. Whether they visit the website on a mobile phone or tablet, or just re-size the browser window, they will see the design adapt to display the content in the most intuitive manner for that size screen....
MARBA in the works

MARBA in the works

Have you heard? WunderWebs is in the midst of updating the The Manassas Airport Regional Business Alliance (MARBA) website! The new site, which will debut later this month, has a cleaner, modernized look to it. Check out the link below for a quick look: MARBA Share...

Is your email address hurting you?

It could be, if your e-mail address ends with @gmail.com, @aol.com, @hotmail.com, @cox.net or another consumer/personal type e-mail address domain. Here are some reasons why: 1) Unprofessional: Your email address is like a handshake; it might be the first impression you make on a client. Simply put, using consumer types of e-mail accounts can blow your credibility as a serious and established business. Worse, they can raise red flags about you and your company. It’s considered more professional and recognizable to use an email address with your business domain name rather than something such as Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail. 2) It’s Telling: If you have a Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, or AOL email address, this tells folks you haven’t made any attempt to work on your email branding even though it’s a main point of contact for you. It also says that you probably aren’t particularly organized when it comes to email because these accounts are notoriously difficult to use with a poor user interface. That means you either miss emails, take a long time to respond, or you spend too much time sitting in front of your computer trying to get things emailed. An AOL address? That pretty much says “Hi. I’m from 1996. What is this internet you speak of?” If you have a Gmail account, then you’re telling the world that you’ve either gotten lucky by stumbling on the best free email application available or you made a decision to use Gmail because you’ve gotten smart about the other major mail providers out there. Now, we don’t really know that you’re good and efficient at using it,...

Domains 101 – Everything you need to know

Perhaps you’re thinking about getting a website or starting a blog? Well, the internet can be a confusing place to most, even some seasoned veterans find it all a bit difficult to understand the technical terms. If you’re wondering exactly what a website or blog is, or what you are purchasing when you register a domain and how hosting works, you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about website stuff: What is a domain? How is it related to my site? A domain name is a name used to identify a particular website on the internet. For example: Let’s say you have the domain name, myawesomesite.com. When you register that domain, you paid for the right to use that specific domain for a specific period of time. Since it would be pretty confusing if entering myawesomesite.com could take you to a variety of different places, there is only ever one myawesomesite.com on the internet. Think of it as your mailing address: it lets people know where to find you. It’s not your actual house. It’s just the address. And your domain exists independently of your website or blog. Just as your house is still there, even if they change the name of the street. You can use your domain with another site, or you can cancel it, or you can let it expire, and through all of that, your website or blog with all of its content remains unchanged sitting on some hosting server somewhere. You just can’t access it without a domain name. What is a registrar? A registrar...
Bardic Voice Studio

Bardic Voice Studio

BardicVoice Studio has a new website! WunderWebs is pleased to announce the launch of a new website featuring Mary Dominiak’s work as a voice actor and audio production services provider. Mary is an excellent and versatile voice talent who distinguishes herself as an audio book narrator and subject matter expert for all technical narrations. BardicVoice Studio delivers a variety of audio needs, both non-broadcast and local broadcast-quality, audio books and e-learning projects. Mary’s voice has also served as a vocal ambassador for the Smithsonian’s Accessibility Program. Audio samples of Mary’s voice are just a click away when you visit BardicVoice Studio demo page: http://www.bardicvoicestudio.com/demos. See also Mary Dominiak’s profile: http://www.bardicvoicestudio.com/about The site also features Mary’s popular blog: http://www.bardicvoicestudio.com/my-blog/ BardicVoice Studio WordPress website and blog package Custom designed header, background, and navigation CMS Platform with Admin Panel Image carousel slideshow Embedded, downloadable media files Audio files and player HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS Visit the...
Give a Girl a Shoe

Give a Girl a Shoe

GiveaGirlaShoe.com is a New York City based Personal Style Blog by Amanda Politte. According Ms. Politte, who has worked in the accessory industry for almost 5 years, her goal was to create an outlet to share her own style story as well as her life and love for New York. The new website by WunderWebs offers a clean, modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience. The ‘Shop the Style’ function enables customers to quickly and easily find and order the actual items modeled on the blog. A special “Styles” section of the site showcases the most popular posts and styles, and Amanda works diligently to ensure the new website continues to provide a fresh, versatile style experience. GiveaGirlaShoe.com Professional WordPress Blog Design and Development CMS Platform with Admin Panel Iconic Navigation Social Media Widgets Pinterest Pin It Button Subscription Service PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript Visit the...

How I do a website review

I am often asked to perform a review or analysis on an existing website. Sometimes the client hopes to discover the marketing weaknesses and strengths of their site. Sometimes, they are hoping I can identify opportunities to improve website effectiveness. There are numerous reasons, but the process is still pretty much the same. Basic website review: A basic review provides a overview of the effectiveness of the client website through external observation. I look at their website through search engines and as a visitor to the site. I primarily view the site using the conventional internet access plus a variety of tools and methods. The objective is to see the website the way the world sees it. The following is an example of a report I recently prepared for a client. The domain name has been changed for privacy. Review of the Website: SampleSite.com Searchability Search Results: When searching ‘sample site Manassas Virginia’ in Google, the first result for samplesite.com is on page 5 with no links to other sections of the website. There is vast room for search engine placement improvement. The good news is that the website appears to be on a WordPress platform which makes for easy and effective search engine optimization (SEO updates). Title: The title “Sample Site” is only 12 characters long and does not take full advantage of the ability to add more description of the site and company. Meta tags: The meta-description tag is missing from the site. You should include this tag in order to provide a brief description of your site which can be used by search engines or directories....
2014 Manassas Airshow

2014 Manassas Airshow

Launched a new website for the 2014 Manassas Airshow. It’s not exactly like child-birth, but it’s damn close. Anyhooo, it’s come a long way from the original design version! Though it is still very much a work in progress. I’ve uploaded all the info I have, and some of it probably needs a “sanity check” to make sure it’s 99.9% accurate. Still in the process of editing and uploading a ton of photos from previous years to the gallery. Some of the rotating background photos may change, but if I waited for it to be absolutely perfect, it would never get launched. The URL? Why it’s http://manassasairshow.com/ of course! PRESS RELEASE: The Manassas Airport Regional Business Alliance (MARBA) invites the local community to the 2014 Manassas Air Show and Open House, May 3, 2014. This is exciting news for us here at MARBA, as this is our single greatest opportunity to open our airport to you, our neighbors, and welcome you to our flight line. As one of the largest air shows in the area, this show features aerobatic performers, stunt plane acts, a sky-diving team, RC aircraft demonstrations and aircraft displays from various organizations and companies. Proceeds from this year’s air show will benefit two local non-profit charities: The Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad and The Manassas Freedom Museum. Headlining this year’s show is the amazing Scott Francis in his MXS. Other notable attractions include Pilot Randy Devere Aerobatics with his CJ-6, Aerobatic Pilot Andrew McKenna performing in his P-51 Mustang, American Helicopters Helicopter Demonstration Team, the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team, the Warrior Aviation Flight Team and...
AviationEvent.com

AviationEvent.com

Aviation enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic region interested in attending air shows, fly-ins and other aviation events now have a new tool at their disposal. WunderWebs.com, the premier website, blog design, and marketing community, owned and operated by Sandra Miller-Long, has launched a new, community-driven events listing and calendar based website, http://aviationevent.com. The design features an interactive events calendar for aviation related activities, a community blog, social networking and email sign-ups for newsletters. Networked to Facebook, Twitter and Google+, not only are users able to view and add local aviation events they are interested in attending, AviationEvent.com also fosters a stronger local aviation community, as an additional blogging functionality makes it easier to connect with and discuss events with fellow enthusiasts. “With the variety of aviation events in our area, it is hard to keep up.” says Daniel Miller, President of EAA Chapter 186 based at the Manassas Regional Airport. “We needed a collaborative and user-generated tool for that. This new website is going to fill that need nicely!” Events listing and calendar functions on the site have been designed by WunderWebs to meet the local community’s need to stay connected and participate in aviation happenings, including large air shows, airport open-houses, fly-ins, B-17 and B-29 tours, as well as more personal events such as EAA Young Eagles Rallies. “This design was created specifically for the local aviation community,” says Sandra Miller-Long. “Packed with high-quality photos, news, and a calendar that will be constantly updated, the website will help publicize events and make them accessible to a larger audience.” About WunderWebs.com WunderWebs.com is a full-service, results-driven website, blog design and...
Metro Green Car Service

Metro Green Car Service

One of the newest airport car service in Michigan, Metro Green Car Service, came to WunderWebs looking for a website and blog to help promote their successful venture. Based in the Detroit area, they were looking for an eye-catching, fresh design to enhance their marketing and “green brand” philosophy. Metro Green Car Service had more than a handful of great ideas they wanted included. Above all else, it had to be GREEN! They also required an updated logo and a complete rebranding, so with her gregarious personality in mind, the WebGoddess went for a bold, professional, yet somewhat fun feel. And yes, green too 😉 MetroGreenCarService.com is now the premier website the clients wanted. It offers several sections, including interactive reservations page, rates forms, and helpful travel tips. We really like the job that you have done. You are the best! God blessed you. Thanks, Metro Green Car Service...
AviationEd

AviationEd

AviationED recently hired WunderWebs to redesign their website and re-launched to wide acclaim! The new website now clearly describes all of the features the aviation education organization offers, is extremely easy to navigate, and contains a student learning interface. About AviationEd AviationEd is an organization of aviation and educational professionals committed to inspiring the next generation to pursue higher education and aviation careers. The organization accomplishes its mission with school enrichment, after school, and summer programs in addition to providing financial awards. Co-Founded by James Sulton, III, Ed.D, the mission of AviationEd is to provide access and exposure to STEM education and careers through aviation programs, mentoring, and financial awards. In addition to their many local aviation educational programs, AviationEd offers a scholarship competition for at-risk students across the nation. Scholarship winners receive airfare, room and board, and tuition to attend a week-long summer camp at Sulton’s alma mater, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Scholarship funding comes from a variety of individual and organizational donations. A college readiness program is also in development that will provide participants with tutoring, mentorship, and exposure to career fields that are centered on aviation and aerospace. Other long-term goals include helping students select the right courses so they stay on track for entering the field and offering support for families and guidance counselors. AviationEd.com Professional website package with blog Design and Development CMS Platform with Admin Panel Featured slideshow Embedded, downloadable PDF files Embedded video files Embedded Google Forms Student Learning Portal PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript Visit the...
Blanca’s Cleaning Services

Blanca’s Cleaning Services

When Blanca Contreras wanted a website to promote her home and business cleaning services she knew right where to go. The ideal solution was a $99 DIY website package from WunderWebs. The WebGoddess set her up with a WordPress platform for the website and helped her obtain the domain name. The WunderWebs DIY website also came with free technical support for one year and free hosting. Can’t beat that! All Blanca had to do was find a free WordPress theme she liked and a few enhancements by the WebGoddess and her site was designed, functional and ready to go! Blanca’s new DIY website Blanca’s Cleaning Services reflects her feelings about her work — It’s a clean, crisp design and easy to navigate! “A proud mother of two boys — Frank, a student at NYU, and Edward attending Osbourn Park HS — I believe there is nothing better than to come home to a sparkling home and I get tremendous satisfaction in transforming a home or business so that it shines.” — Blanca blancascleaningservices.com DIY website package CMS Platform with Admin Panel Free WordPress theme Hosted by WunderWebs Visit the website. Share...
EAA 186 Young Eagles

EAA 186 Young Eagles

EAA Chapter 186 today announced the launch of its new Young Eagles website, eaa186youngeagles.org, featuring the design work of chapter member, Sandra Miller-Long, owner of Wunderwebs.com (AKA, the WebGoddess.) When it came to designing the website, the desire was for something fun and engaging for all audiences, but still functional and informative. The WebGoddess accomplished this by building the site on a WordPress platform and then custom coded it to the hilt. One visit to the Young Eagles website and you can easily see that it flies above the pack in style and with a sense of whimsy. Yet, while the website design is fun, it doesn’t let anything get in the way of a structured and functional layout. It’s design is unique in the way the homepage operates, loading all of the content seamlessly using a scripting language called AJAX. This means that no matter how many pages there are in the slider, the load speed is lightning fast as each page is only loaded when it is displayed (without a page refresh). There are also some fun parallax scrolling effects in the clouds, giving the design a great sense of movement. The EAA 186 Young Eagles website is also very easy to navigate from topic to topic. Not only does the site provide information about the Young Eagles and Youth Aviation Adventure programs, but also the ability to view photos from recent Young Eagle events, watch videos, read bios about the YE crew and pilots, and helps visitors gain an inside look at EAA Chapter 186, its youth-focused programs, and all the EAA has to offer. Shameless...

Why I hate Flash

If you want an expensive website that is slow to load, bad for your SEO ranking, costly to maintain, crashes browsers, drains battery life, invisibly to most viewers and annoys those who actually can see it, then sure — go ahead and use Flash. As a website designer and developer, Flash presents so many issues for my clients that I refuse to work with it anymore. A quick Google search for the term “Flash sucks” and it’s easy to see that it’s not just designers; most users hate it too. Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. It was a successful business for Adobe and it was fun while it lasted, but the mobile era now is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short. Why Flash Sucks • Slow loading — It’s simple. Nobody wants to be annoyed by having to wait forever for some fancy doodad to load — if it even works at all. Not only does it load slowly, it doesn’t scale, and it’s cumbersome. It might seem like a great idea to add a 2-minute long introduction video to your site to demonstrate to your audience how credible/clever/current your business is. But don’t do it. 80% of your visitors will close the browser tab before your intro finishes because they don’t care. Seconds count. • Poor visibility — Most smart phone and tablet users can’t see it. Mobile devices like Blackberries, iPads and iPhones won’t display your website at all. No matter how creative and clever your Flash site is,...

My 5 favorite blogs of 2012

Blogging is an art. We know that. It’s about the writing, the subject matter, the prose. And yes, it’s about the design, the graphics and photos, too. But a great blog is much more than that. It’s really about the personality. When a blogger writes a post, it is a reflection of who they are and what they feel at that moment. It is not about pleasing other people and making everyone happy. It is about sharing. Sometimes as bloggers, we say stupid and ugly things, and we regret it. Sometimes we are brilliant and amaze even ourselves. And sometimes we just feel like being silly and light. It’s about allowing insight into your guts, into who you are–putting it out there for the entire world to read. No guts, no glory. Love me, love my guts. Here are my passions, my loves, my hates. Running the risk that you might offend, embarrass your family, regret being so candid. Why take that risk? Because writing without personality is dead. Boring. And while boring writing (perhaps more gently referred to as technical writing) has its place, most blogs, even the technical ones, benefit when at least a little of the authors personality comes shining through. Here then, without further ado, is a short list of the more personality-filled blogs I’ve been following for the past year. At least for the past year. Some for many years. These are the blogs I go to late at night martini in hand, or early in the day while sipping my morning coffee. They inform, inflame, delight, and oftentimes comfort me. Their self-revealing posts...

A great new app!

Just wanted to sing the praises about a great new app, great new book, and a great new company! “All Fixed Up” is an Interactive Storybook for iPad, brought to you by Red Piggy Press and is the brain child of founders Shelly Bowen and Tracy Hopcus Jordana. This interactive children’s book app for iPad, illustrated by the award-winning artist Sara Jane Franklin, is for kids whose parents travel a lot for work. It’s about waiting for their return, when the waiting feels like forever. It’s about understanding that mom or dad is waiting to come home, too. You can read more about this delightful new app here: http://redpiggypress.com/allfixedup/ But now is your opportunity to get one of the original hardcover books! They only have a few signed copies left, so don’t delay. All purchases made by 10am, Thurs, Jan 31 will come with a free All Fixed Up app code for iPad! Makes for a great Valentines Day gift for that special child in your life. Get yours here:...

7 ways to make Google happy

1 WordPress! I can’t stress this enough. If you aren’t using WordPress on your site, you are missing out on the single best way to market your website. And WordPress isn’t just for blogs any more. Today, more and more websites are being designed on a WordPress platform and for good reason. WordPress is super SEO and search engine friendly and saves you money in reduced maintenance costs because you can do most updates yourself. Why I love WordPress 2 Create a blog on your website: If your basic website functions as a standard website and not a blog, then be sure to add a blog as a part of the website. Why? Because the content of most websites is static, never or seldom changing. A blog gives you the opportunity to keep your website content fresh and the ability to connect with others. All key elements in search engine placement. 3 Keep the blog updated. Daily is best, weekly at a minimum. This is probably the single, best thing you can do to optimize your search engine visibility. Google bots continually visit your website; if your content is old and stale, you will lose page ranking placement. Keeping your blog current helps to show Google your website is fresh and current. What to post? Industry news, photos, notes from clients, fun or informative videos, helpful tips pertaining to your subject matter, opinions and editorials, off topic rants and raves. Quote a small excerpt from another related website and then link to it. There really is no limit, nor are there any rules. Keep your website fresh! 4 Comments...
Avant•zato

Avant•zato

Rik Jonna, a self-taught artist, was born in Detroit MI. From early childhood he developed an interest in drawing and painting propelling him to enter contests and excel in the arts. At the age of 12, he also began playing the guitar and while in his teens, befriended pop-jazz guitar great George Benson. Rik’s passion and love for the instrument ultimately motivated him to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, where he earned a degree in Arranging & Composition. He has since co-written with Grammy Award winning guitarist Earl Klugh, and over the years has studied privately and taken Master Class lessons on a personal basis with his mentor and “big brother” – jazz guitar virtuoso – Pat Martino. Rik came to WunderWebs, logo in hand, and a very clear concept of the colors and layout he wanted in a website. The perfect client! After a few phone calls, interviews and emails, the WebGoddess was able to translate Rik’s vision into the website you see today. Avantzato.com may look clean and sleek to the casual observer, but behind the scenes there is a lot going on! Media files, slideshows, image galleries, Gig calendar, videos, embedded PDFs and branded music player all represent a rather complex creation, seamlessly brought together by the WebGoddess. Avantzato.com is also a showcase of Rik many talents — art work, sculptures, musical compositions, and audio files. So why don’t you grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and spend some time touring Rik’s online world at Avantzato.com. Fascinating imagery, thought-provoking lyrics, intricate finger-style guitar music — all provide magic...
Karaoke Guy

Karaoke Guy

When you want the very best karaoke show in town, book an On-Stage Tonight show featuring Johnny Stewart! Johnny offers a reliable, affordable and professional solution to the entertainment needs of any event– including restaurants, clubs, bars, private homes, corporate events, weddings and parties. But don’t be expecting the traditional karaoke show-–Johnny is a musician with a lifetime of experience and has the knowledge and the equipment needed to deliver the highest quality karaoke show possible with a reputation for bringing the fun to your party! Johnny Stewart has over thirty-five years of experience in the entertainment industry as a lead singer and musician. For many of those years in bands, he toured the country with groups such as: The Prophets, Changes, Stewart and Franklin, The Johnny Stewart Show and The Tall Tree-O. Some of instruments he plays include: guitar, trumpet, bass, saxophone, banjo, keyboard, and trombone. In the 1970′s, Johnny operated his own recording studio where he managed and recorded other musicians and groups. He also recorded two albums of his own: Stewart And Franklin Live and The Johnny Stewart Show Live from the Disneyland Hotel. In addition, Johnny has recorded with well-know artists such as Frosty from Rare Earth, Lee Michaels and Bill Champlin of Chicago and Sons of Champlin. For many years Johnny published San Diego Scene magazine, a popular music/karaoke magazine in south California. As a DJ and karaoke host, he has celebrated many long running shows including one record-breaking show –- the San Diego Four Points Sheraton Hotel for ten years. As the owner of Karaoke Guy, a karaoke party rental company, Johnny keeps...

Don’t waste your money on SEO

While there may be some reputable SEO companies out there who offer a good service at a fair price, in my opinion, most of them are nothing more than a way for you to waste money. You would be amazed at the number of SEO companies still using outdated tactics without anyone exposing that they are doing nothing effective to improve rankings. Many high-priced SEO companies are using strategies so outdated that it is laughable. Outdated strategy #1: Promoting keyword meta tag selection as a viable search engine tool. Most every good designer or developer knows that Google does not use keywords in their algorithms for search engine placement and hasn’t for several years. The well-known search at Google.com that hundreds of millions of people use each day completely disregards keyword meta tags. They simply don’t have any effect in search ranking at present. About a decade ago, search engines judged pages only on the content of web pages. In those days, keyword meta tags quickly became an area where someone could stuff often-irrelevant keywords without typical visitors ever seeing those keywords. Because the keywords meta tag was so often abused, many years ago Google began disregarding its use. Outdated strategy #2: Submitting your site to multiple search engine. Nowadays, there is no longer any need to “submit” a site to a search engine. A quick look at any website status reporting tool will show you that search bots from various search engines including Google are constantly crawling the web looking for new sites and new content, oftentimes visiting your site on a daily basis. Outdated strategy #3: Adding...

Keyboard tricks for Windows

Full screen view: If you are surfing on small monitor and want to use full screen to view websites, simply press the F11 key and your browser will remove all toolbars and address bar. The result — a full screen to view the website! To switch to normal mode, press F11 again. View desktop: To make all open windows transparent so you can view the gadgets an icons on your desktop, press [Windows] + [Spacebar] Tab/flip through 3D windows: To launch a 3D representation of all your open windows, press [Windows] + [Tab]. To click or flip through them, and continue to press stopping at the one you want. Tab/flip through a flat display of all open windows: To cycle through open windows.[Alt] + [Tab] What is the Windows key? On your keyboard, look at the bottom row to the left of the space bar. Second or third from the left is a key with a Microsoft logo on it. That’s the Window key. How to make a screenshot: A “screenshot” is a snapshot of what’s on your computer’s screen. By now, most/many computer users know this trick, but for those who don’t, here how it works. 1) On the top row of your keyboard, should be a key with the label – PrtScrn/SysRq. To take a screenshot, simply press [Alt] + [PrtScrn]. 2) When you press [Alt] + [PrtScrn], nothing will appear to have happened. However, your computer just took a snapshot of its screen and stored that picture on its clipboard, much as it stores information that you cut and paste. 3) Open MS-Paint or any image...
American Airport Service

American Airport Service

American Aiport Car Service knew a thing or two about providing excellent, comfortable and safe travel service to and from the Detroit Metro Airport. After all, they had been in the airport sedan business in southeast Michigan for over eight years. But they also knew their website at the time was dated, lacking in information, and didn’t reflect the quality of their company or their service. Their main desire was for a professional look with clear navigation that provided a easy way for their clients and customers to login, check for quotes, or make a reservation. But most importantly — it had to reflect the pride they have in America and the name of their company. Once again, the WebGoddess weaved her magic skills and created an engaging, yet sophisticated website complete with a glorious American flag inspired header and a red, white and blue theme running throughout the site. The new site for American Airport Car Service is now the number one resource for anyone wanting to travel to or from any airport in southeast Michigan. In addition to the company information and reservation area, the site provides weather reports, status on flight delays, airport screening rules, travel tips and much, much more. From their website: “We are a full service transportation company that serves Detroit Metro Airport, Flint Bishop Airport, Toledo Express Airport, Oakland County Airport, Lansing Airport and all of southeast Michigan. We look forward to serving you concerning all your transportation needs from a trip to or from the airport, a business meeting, night on the town, wedding or special event. We take pride in...

The Design Process

At WunderWebs, the design process is what happens from the time you sign your engagement agreement and send the Webgoddess your deposit until your site is launched and live on the internet. 1. LISTEN (Consultation phase): The WebGoddess will set up some phone time so she can go over your ideas and goals for your website as well as provide email consultation or recommendations where requested and/or needed. You’re welcome to send her any follow-up thoughts or ideas you might not have covered on the phone consultations. 2. PLAN (Design Phase): Once your deposit and design agreement are signed, received, your project is set up on her development server. This is where she will take all of your ideas, her ideas and with your ultimate needs and goals in mind, apply her skills and talents to deliver what’s called a “mock-up” or a “dummy site”. And while she does take tremendous pride in delivering great design, revisions are included until the mock-up is as you like it, per the terms outlined in the website proposal. While she is available for phone calls, it is preferable that most correspondence regarding your project, including things like images, text copy and such, are managed via email. 3. EXECUTE (Development Phase): Once the design is approved and the next phase of your deposit is received, the design is enters the development phase, where it will be made into a functioning website. Design and structural changes at this point are often well out of scope and can be costly, so please keep that in mind if you tend to be indecisive. You will be...

The Music of My Life

Over the years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have many friends who have been gifted with amazing musical talents. Some famous. Some who should be. I am pleased that many of them have also become my design clients. Here, for your listening pleasure, is a sample of their music. Jason Cuba Costanzo and...

Search sites without search box

How to Search Through a Website Without a Search Box So what do you do when you want to find something on a website but there is no search box? Or if there is one, it’s almost impossible to find? All you need to know is one simple trick. Simply append the URL of the website with this string: ?s=keyword For example to search this site for all pages that reference the term “webgoddess” you would type in the URL area at the top of the page: wunderwebs.com/?s=webgoddess Try it and see what you get for a result 😉 For multiple word queries just add the + sign. For example if you wanted to search this site for pages that contain the word “webgoddess” and “spam” you would type this into the URL area: wunderwebs.com/?s=webgoddess+spam See, easy...

Website Giveaway

In the interest of paying it forward and helping our global community, the WebGoddess at WunderWebs will design and host a free website and/or blog for a non-profit or not-for-profit organization that focuses on helping their community. This includes: charities, churches, schools, healthcare facilities, homeless shelters, sports centers, fundraisers, etc. Not just a cookie-cutter site! From the WebGoddess: This is not an entry-level pseudo deal, this is a completely free service. I will not only donate my work hours, but also cover the setup and maintenance and hosting costs for one year. This offer includes everything that I include with my standard professional services: Custom designed graphics including: header, background and icons User-friendly navigational systemProfessional, robust and flexible CMS platform Basic Online Marketing services (SEO) CMS training support Unlimited customer service for one year Website features: Home page, organization information, contact form Free hosting for one year 3 email accounts @ yourorganization.org Ability to accept credit card donations via PayPal Statistics using Statpress SEO Service Pack and XML Sitemap Photos Gallery, News Articles, Calendar of Events Multi-user Blog Opt-in mailing list for newsletters Widget ready sidebars Optional custom designed featured image/article slider How to qualify To qualify for this offer the organization must be: Exclusively non-profit or not-for-profit Have a proven record of community service in any area Please contact the WebGoddess, if you would like to know more about this or to submit your organization’s...

Why I hate Internet Explorer

When a developer creates a website for a client it needs to be compatible (look and work the same) in all popular browsers. For most every browser, this really isn’t that difficult a task. They all play rather well together. All, but Internet Explorer (IE). IE has been so bad at staying up to par on web standards, we have to hack and tweak the website code to make it compatible with IE and still appear the same in Chrome and Firefox. As a website developer, I can tell you that IE has been nothing short of a nightmare. It has an awful reputation and it’s well deserved. Here’s what usually happens — you spend days/weeks/months designing a website. You test it out in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and even Opera. It looks awesome! It performs flawlessly. Everything is where it should be, and it all comes together in a seamless delight. Then comes the moment of truth — you must open it up to test it in IE. More often than not, in IE the page looks like somebody put it into a blender, hit the mix button and forgot the lid. So now you have to spend double the amount of time trying to fix it to look tolerable in IE, meanwhile begging your client to please try a different browser. Of course, you could design for IE first, but then it would horrific in all the other browsers, so there really is no winning scenario here. So, why does this happen? Websites all follow certain standards, currently HTML 4 is the one mostly used (HTML 5...

New – $99 DIY Website or Blog!

Need a professional looking website or blog but right now your are on a very limited budget? You don’t want to hire a web designer and you don’t want to become an expert at web design; you just want to quickly build a good looking website for your business? Then maybe a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) website from WunderWebs is just the ticket for you. These days you DIY furniture, accessories, your home, why not DIY your own blog or website? For the modest price of $99, the WebGoddess here at WunderWebs will set you up with a basic WordPress website or blog, hosted on her server, that you can simply “skin” yourself with any of the many free themes available all across the internet. This DIY Website Design package include everything you need to create a unique and successful Web presence for your business: Domain name, builder-friendly website or blog, email addresses, CMS WordPress platform, MySQL database and more. In addition, the WebGoddess offers one free year of technical support for you to ask any specific questions about your website. Hosting is also free for the first year! Included in this package is an instruction sheet for working with WordPress and a list of websites that will help you on your DIY website-blog design journey. Interested? Contact the WebGoddess today and see if this could be the right solution for...

Never use ALL CAPS, bold or !!!

When it comes to website readability, nothing turns off a visitor quicker than the use of all caps, or too much bold, or the overuse of the exclamation point!!!! Never, ever, ever use more than one exclamation point! Regardless of what many people seem to believe, typing several exclamation points does not make a sentence seem any more important. Quite the contrary. Rather than conveying urgency, multiple exclamation points only scream “THIS IS LIKELY AN EXAGGERATION!” Think about it: Do multiple exclamation points really impress you when you see them? Are you more likely to believe something because it has four blaring exclamation points at the end? Or do you have the opposite reaction? Most of us do. We are so used to desperate marketeers trying to sell us something with their exclamation marks, that when we see lots of them we sense that desperation and tend to discount what they’re saying. This exclamation epidemic has become so dire that there’s now a name for it – the very unpleasant slang bangorrhea. Urban Dictionary goes a step further by calling bangorrhea a “grammedical” condition. Author Terry Pratchett famously said, “Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.” F. Scott Fitzgerald offered, “An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” Author and former social media coach Judy Dunn ponders the question: “When you overuse it, it takes the power out of it. So what am I supposed to be excited about if it’s everywhere? If everything is exciting then nothing is exciting, because it’s all the same.” Everyone from Mark Twain to Craig Ferguson has spoken...

Why do I get so much spam?

There are several reason why you are getting so much spam, but the main reason probably is that your email address is nekkid all over the internet. Just Google your email address and you’ll see what I mean. If you are like most people who have had their email address for a while, most likely it’s everywhere as a hot link or text. That means spam bots can easily find it and harvest it for their collection of active email addresses. How did my email addy get nekkid? Unfortunately, more often than you realized, you may have posted your email address in public on a web site. For example, let’s say you mention your email address in a comment you posted on someone’s blog. Spammers regularly scour the internet looking for anything that looks like an email address, and they start sending spam to it. Or perhaps you posted your email address in public on a newsgroup or forum. Many forums still display publicly whatever email address you give them. Many do not, so it’s important to know the difference. One unintentional way is that a friend of yours may have forwarded an email of yours without removing your email address from it. I see this all the time with forwarded humor – people hit forward and then fail to take the time to remove all the email headers from the body of the message. That email frequently ends up getting forwarded to people who then scan the email body for anything that looks like an email address. There are many more ways that spammers can get your email...
Woo Karaoke

Woo Karaoke

Gerrie Woo has long been a repeat and loyal client to WunderWebs since the WebGoddess designed her first website back in 1997. This is the fifth project WunderWebs has done for Woo (as she prefers to be called) and as usual it was a great pleasure! The WebGoddess redesigned her website updating it to something a little more modern and clean, giving it a more professional edge while still appealing to her fun-loving audience. From there, finding a way to properly display the wide variety of content on the site in an organized fashion, while keeping it easy to navigate and clutter free was the goal. This latest design was created on a CMS platform for not only the blog section, but the home page, interior pages, photo galleries, music showcase and events calendar as well. WooKaraoke.com has always been the flagship website for Woo and Friends Karaoke at the Sheraton La Jolla, featuring the incomparable Gerrie Woo, former Playboy Bunny, as host of one of the most exciting and longest running karaoke shows in San Diego. Woo, who has entertained millions around the world with her singing and dancing, brings her finely tuned sense of professionalism to the karaoke stage. Here you can Visit the Music section of the website to listen to clips from some of Woo’s songs recorded with the legendary Jack Constanzo. Music aficionados proclaim these recordings to already be jazz classics! It’s always fun to check out the PHOTOS section where you will not only find galleries of the Woo and Friends Karaoke singers (updated weekly) but also photos of Woo’s early years as...

Walk for Farm Animals

Note: This fundraising event is over. Thanks to all who made donations! Most people don’t realize that there are no federal laws protecting farm animals from cruelty while they are housed on a farm or during transport to slaughter. There are limited protections for cows and pigs at slaughter that are inconsistently enforced and no protections for chickens or turkeys. Factory farms—which raise and slaughter billions of farm animals each year—view animals as cheap commodities rather than as individuals with their own needs and feelings. The cruelty inflicted by factory farms on these helpless animals is unconscionably brutal and would be considered a felony if cats or dogs were the victims. The donations raised help educate the public about these egregious abuses and support legislation to end them. About Farm Sanctuary Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Through the years, we have rescued thousands of animals, and educated millions of people about their plight. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are our friends, not our food. Farm Sanctuary remains solidly committed to our mission to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy efforts. About Sarah One of my goals is to become a veterinarian (currently studying Zoology with the pre-vet option at Oregon State University) so that I can help animals all over the world. A goal of mine is to open a farm sanctuary to help rescued animals in need. I am very passionate about this planet and the creatures that live among it....
Ragmeister Ragdolls

Ragmeister Ragdolls

After 15 years with the same old, dated website, Ragmeister Ragdolls of Southern California approached WunderWebs for a sparkling new website design. The desire was for something warm and engaging for all audiences, but still functional and informative. The WebGoddess, accomplished this with the primary use of textures in a muted blue-seal scale allowing the irresistible Ragdoll images to take center stage. For this project, the WebGoddess utilized a WordPress platform and custom coded it to the hilt. She provided not only basic website information, but the ability to view kittens ready for adoption, watch Ragdoll videos provided by happy clients, read Ragmeister testimonials and reviews, and gain an inside look at the Ragdoll Breed –- fabulous cats with incredible personalities. Ragmeister Ragdolls has been breeding purebred Ragdoll kittens for 21 years. The difference between a Ragmeister Ragdoll kitten and all the others is the attention to personality that Gary Strobel has been developing for more than two decades. His kittens are offered with a 3 year health guarantee and their first shots. Integrity and honesty are hallmarks when dealing with Ragmeister Ragdolls. Ragmeister Ragdolls Ragmeister Ragdolls of Southern California specializes in healthy, sweet, large Ragdoll kittens and has been around longer than most Ragdoll breeders. A free book “The Guide to Owning a Ragdoll Cat”, written by Gary, comes with each kitten and they are always available for support and questions. Numerous customers return for their second or even third Ragdoll after experiencing the difference in a Ragmeister kitten. Whether you have a business looking to expand to the web, a small business that hasn`t yet seen the...

Domain Names, Hosting… Help!

Confused by the difference between domain name, a URL and a website? You are not alone! Many WunderWebs clients come to me not knowing a single thing about how all of this web stuff works. They just know that they want a website and find themselves befuddled by all the gobbledy gook surrounding the process of obtaining one. That’s what I’m here for. A domain name A domain name is the name of your web site. To find out if the name that you want isn’t already taken, do a search on Network Solutions. To register your domain name, type in the domain name that you want to see if it’s taken. If the name is already registered, keep trying different ideas to come up with a unique name for your web site, such as your name or company name. Website hosting Website hosting means that you need a place on the Internet for your site to live. It has to “live” somewhere and have an “address” so that people can visit you. There are many companies which offer affordable website hosting, but if you have your website designed by the WebGoddess, WunderWebs will host your site for free for the first year! Both domain name registration and hosting are recurring fees to be paid in yearly increments. Still confused? I can do it all for you if you like. Whichever is easier....

What if I’m not in your area?

What if I’m not in your area? Can you design a sign for me? Ah, the world wide web. It’s kind of like a cyber-world tour pass – we can go virtually anywhere, at anytime, with a good internet connection. If I’m not in your area – not a problem. Many of the websites in my portfolio were completed by working long-distance. During development you are able to see live progress and offer suggestions anytime. We can always discuss the project over the phone or by email. There are absolutely no limitations working this way. If you happen to be in my corners of the world (Royal Oak, Mi and Manassas, VA) we can always meet in person if you prefer. Not a problem either — just make an appointment so I can be sure to clean up the office a little! First of all, you really should look over my design portfolio. Actually, you should do this even if you’re aren’t going to be a long distance client. So, if you haven’t done that already, get on it! Then I suggest take some time to and read over the testimonials from my insanely happy [some long-distance] clients. You can contact any one of the clients that are listed in my portfolio for more information. The bottom line — doesn’t matter where you live. I’ve worked with clients all over the world, including China. The fundamental principles of good project management remain the same, whether you’re local or international – trust & communication. If we can gain each others trust, and if we communicate effectively with one another, then...

Website Content Checklist

Any Printed Material (brochures, flyers, catalogs etc.) Existing business cards Biographies of Principals and Management Company Colors Company History Company Logo Company Name (Legal) Company Photos in high resolution Company Slogan or tagline Company Phone Number Company Fax Number Company Address Other contact information Business hours of operation (store hours / when phones will be answered, if relevant) Colors preferred and to be avoided Competing Websites or Similar Websites List of Favorite Websites to help determine style and layout of website List the main pages you need in the website Frequently Asked Questions for your business Testimonials Mission Statement Pricing Privacy Policy Products or Services Product Taxonomy Shipping / Return Policies Terms of Use What other domain names do you...
Alex & Jane Shapemakers

Alex & Jane Shapemakers

The challenge: Showcase the new clothing line by young designer, Alex Zoref, with a youthful website design based on the company branding and logo, include several interactive image galleries from photographer Beth Lutz, and incorporate an extensive online e-commerce store. The WebGoddess accomplished this by first creating a website that keeps the design minimal and draws the eye to the high quality products. Working with the WP-Commerce application, she then added the ability to sell the large variety of clothing products, accessories and toys, calculate tax, shipping and more — all without the owners having to lift a finger! Alex & Jane, also known as Alex & Jane Shapemakers, is clearly not just another kid’s clothing line and adds a new twist to children’s clothing. Children helped select designs and shapes that were found to be of particular interest to kids. Additionally, the company utilizes inspirational and empowering sayings on products, helping set it apart from your typical children’s clothing company. The sayings were developed by the expertise of licensed psychologist Marcie Weitzman Zoref, Psy.D, as well as by other team members. By combining shapes and empowering sayings, the product is educational, enlightening and a framework for stimulating conversation. Alex & Jane carries children’s clothing sizing from Newborn thru 10-12, including onesies, infant tees, toddler tees, youth tees and tanks. The line is expanding rapidly, so look out for new products. Alex & Jane clothing is tag less and 100% cotton, making them super appealing for little ones. Cool, shape-related novelty toys are also available. The prices are reasonable and the Alex & Jane company has a green footprint,...

AJ Shapemakers Launches New Website

Alex & Jane Shapemakers Launches New Fashionable, Educational Children’s Clothing Line and Website Alex & Jane, also known as Alex & Jane Shapemakers, launches its new official website, www.ajshapemakers.com, where Alex & Jane children’s clothing can be purchased online in addition to being available in retail stores. Birmingham, MI, April 19, 2012 –(PR.com)– Alex & Jane is clearly not just another kid’s clothing line and adds a new twist to children’s clothing. Children helped select designs and shapes that were found to be of particular interest to kids. Additionally, the company utilizes inspirational and empowering sayings on products, helping set it apart from your typical children’s clothing company. The sayings were developed by the expertise of licensed psychologist Marcie Weitzman Zoref, Psy.D, as well as by other team members. By combining shapes and empowering sayings, the product is educational, enlightening and a framework for stimulating conversation. Alex & Jane carries children’s clothing sizing from Newborn thru 10-12, including onesies, infant tees, toddler tees, youth tees and tanks. The line is expanding rapidly, so look out for new products. Alex & Jane clothing is tag less and 100% cotton, making them super appealing for little ones. Cool, shape-related novelty toys are also available. The prices are reasonable and the Alex & Jane company has a green footprint, helping make Alex & Jane a competitive children’s clothing line in 2012. For more information about Alex & Jane, please visit www.ajshapemakers.com or email ajshapemakers-llc@yahoo.com. The Alex & Jane website and e-store was designed and developed by Wunderwebs.com. Alex and Jane was developed in 2011 and is based out of Oakland County,...

Remove or fix broken links

There are a couple of reasons why it’s important to avoid broken links on a website: 1) Negative impact on your website’s ratings with major Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. Search engines will add demerits for broken links which can cause you to slip down in their placement. 2) Damage to your reputation online. Most online users sooner or later will get frustrated enough to never come back to the site. Test your links. Make sure your site works! Load your site in a browser and make sure all the images appear correctly, then click on all the links. You wouldn’t believe how may sites have broken images or internal links don’t work right? Who wants to visit a site like that. It screams unprofessional or, at the very least, careless. If you link to any external sites, some of those links will almost certainly stop working at some point as the sites move or become extinct. Don’t waste your readers’ time by forcing them to follow broken links. Check your links at least once every few months. There are several free websites tools which will automatically check your links to external sites to see if any of them have gone...

Avoid distracting elements

Don’t distract your visitors with animated GIFs, blinking or scrolling text, or auto-loading sound. Conventional wisdom is that people will be drawn to an animated ad on a website, but it’s actually the opposite. Readers who are assaulted by blinking ads are more likely to leave the site immediately without clicking on anything, and are far less likely to bookmark the site, return to it, link to it, and recommend it. It’s like trying to read a newspaper when someone’s poking you in the shoulder repeatedly. By now, I think most people “get it” when it comes to blinking animation, but auto-loading music files or scrolling text are equally distracting. How can anyone concentrate on reading what’s on your site when music is constantly blasting into their ears? Also, visitors who have slow connections may resent that you wasted their time by forcing them to load sound files against their will. Or they may be at work and the last thing they expect or want is music blaring from their laptop. At the very least, always provide an option for the visitor to turn off the music. Always keep your visitors’ interests in mind. Make sure you try to please them, not yourself. Scrolling text, auto-playing music files does nothing to serve your visitors. Most of the time these distracting elements are on a site because the site owner (or designer) was trying to look cool or creative. Bottom line — don’t design the site for yourself, design it for the people who will actually use...

Why I love WordPress!

The first step toward internet success is, of course, a great website. Your website must be attractive, easy to navigate, and interactive for users. At the same time, it needs to be easy for you to use on the back end, so that you can create new content, make quick changes, and interact with your clients without the headaches associated with most digital endeavors. Luckily, there is a somewhat magical solution to fit those needs – it’s called WordPress. Why I Love WordPress • Effortless Hosting – WordPress CMS can be hosted on any Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP environment. The PHP powered scripting language requires MySQL as database and runs efficiently on Linux, Windows or Macintosh OS. It can be installed easily and doesn’t require huge amounts of technical knowledge or cost. Currently, all of my clients with WordPress websites pay an average of $57 a year for hosting. And that includes unlimited email addresses, space and bandwidth. • Plugins – In addition to all the basic features required in a website such as blog post, a page, comment and widgets, there are a vast variety of plugins which can meet any advanced or specialized need and are easily integrated. These plugins eliminate the burden of developing every component of a website. No need to reinvent the wheel! • User-Friendly Editors – There are many products and services that involve a long learning curve for the users, but the WordPress platform is not one of them. The user-friendly content editor makes WordPress the most popular content management system in the world. It comes with a web-based WYSIWYG formatting toolbar which allows the...
Willowpatch Note Cards

Willowpatch Note Cards

Wendie Purtell, a talented illustrator, and her husband Jim approached the WebGoddess with an idea to expand their popular Willowpatch Note Cards to the internet. With a rapidly growing retail audience, they decided to take their notecards national with an e-commerce website. As a concept, they knew they wanted the website to tap into their love of the outdoors, their dogs, fly fishing, and an occasional cat or two. Using WordPress allowed the WebGoddess to provide them with an admin panel for their online store. She set her sights on the brilliant colors of “Pure Michigan” to offset the gentle yet elegant illustrations of the note cards. The site features a custom e-commerce shopping cart sidebar, as well as category and subject...

Keep your website fresh

When is the last time your posted anything on your site? A week, a month, 3 months? If you haven’t added new content to your site in awhile, then you are doing yourself a huge disservice. People search the internet for current information. They want information that is relevant to what they are doing right now. If your content is from 3 years ago, chances are that it is no longer current or meaningful to what is going on now. Make sure you are posting updated and current content to your site. It is okay to go back through your old content and update it too. As a matter of fact, please do! Your visitors will thank you for it and so will the search engines. Avoiding stale content keeps Google happy. In the past Google has always rewarded better placement to sites with fresh content, but recently they’ve made an announcement to an important algorithm update designed to give significantly more weight to “fresh” website content. And they are pretty clear about which searches will rely heavily on fresh content: Recent events or hot topics, regularly recurring events and frequent updates. As the average website owner, that last category should get your attention! By adding content to your blog, like you should be doing already, you are going to gain better placement with Google. In essence, you’re creating a bigger net with more content, which can catch more fish. Also, with this new Google algorithm update, Google is saying that you need to keep your old content fresh, too. It used to be that they sort of liked...
Cartooning for Peace

Cartooning for Peace

Standard Package Custom designed header HTML and CSS Site development Logo and images provided by client The organization, Cartooning for Peace, was created in 2006 by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General, and Jean Plantu, cartoonist for the leading French newspaper Le Monde. The first conference, held in October 2006 at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City, brought 12 international cartoonists together on the topic of “Unlearning Intolerance.” Since that time, Cartooning for Peace, which is headquartered in Paris, has continually organized conferences and exhibitions showcasing cartoonists’ expressions of peace. After several conferences were held in the United States, Cartooning for Peace-America formed as a US non-profit organization in February 2009. Cartooning for Peace-America’s inaugural symposium in 2012 gathered cartoonists from North and South America and Europe, united by the will to share their work and their experiences of peace and health in their...

Ragmeister Ragdolls Launches New Website

Ragmeister Ragdolls Launches New Website After 15 Years San Diego, CA, November 2, 2011 – Ragmeister Ragdolls of Southern California has moved into the 21st Century with the release of their new website Ragdoll.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 02, 2011 – After 15 years of the same old web site, Ragmeister Ragdolls of Southern California has finally released a sparkling new web site. Ragmeister Ragdolls has been breeding purebred Ragdoll kittens for 21 years. “The difference between a Ragmeister Ragdoll kitten and all the others is the attention to personality that Gary Strobel has been developing for more than two decades. His kittens are offered with a 3 year health guarantee and their first shots. Integrity and honesty are hallmarks when dealing with Ragmeister Ragdolls. When it came to designing a new website, the desire was for something warm and engaging for all audiences, but still functional and informative. Sandra Miller-Long, the WebGoddess from http://www.WunderWebs.com, accomplished this with the primary use of textures in a muted blue-seal scale allowing the irresistible Ragdoll images to take center stage. For this project, the WebGoddess utilized a WordPress platform and custom coded it to the hilt. She provided not only basic website information, but the ability to view kittens ready for adoption, watch Ragdoll videos provided by happy clients, read Ragmeister testimonials and reviews, and gain an inside look at the Ragdoll Breed– fabulous cats with incredible personalities. About Us http://www.Ragdoll.org specializes in healthy, sweet, large Ragdoll kittens. Ragmeister Ragdolls of Southern California has been around longer than most Ragdoll breeders. A free book “The Guide to Owning...
Grind Legal

Grind Legal

Working with rapper and recording artist Charles Thomas (Laid Diamond) was nothing short of exhilarating! He came to WunderWebs with an idea for a website where independent artists and music lovers could come together as a collaborative force, giving themselves a greater opportunity for their music to be heard. The desire was for something dynamic and engaging for all audiences, but still functional and informative. The WebGoddess transformed his vision into a metallic and gritty, yet sleek and sophisticated, online music store. She accomplished this with the primary use of textures in a gray scale, allowing the album graphics to take center stage. Charles also wanted the site to have a MP3 player to encourage sampling of original music and mix-tapes, as well the ability for immediate downloads at time of purchase. The size and complexity of the site, as it runs an online store, ‘static’ website, and a fully-functional membership forum, required that the WebGoddess incorporate a powerful e-commerce plugin for WordPress. This plugin was styled to match the site, along with multiple additional plugins and custom widgets to achieve the functionality and look desired. There was a lot of custom programming for this site and technically it was a project that challenged her skill-set, but the result was well worth it. Are you a independent singer, musician, or band? Are you looking for a website to sell MP3 downloads of your music? Do you want a place to show off your music for free? Why not sign up with the Grind Legal today and they will feature you and your music in their GL Artist...
Bridging the Sciences

Bridging the Sciences

Standard website package Custom designed header HTML and CSS Site development Logo and images provided by client Visit the 2012 website Visit the 2013 website These leading-edge 2 ½ day Workshops assemble world experts from academia, industry, non-profit organizations and government institutions, to prepare, plan, synergize and ultimately implement a truly worthwhile large-scale humanitarian effort. They envision a strategy that will identify and diagnose infected persons in high-risk populations, such as injection drug users, and establishment of effective treatment protocols to achieve wide scale HCV eradication, that will ultimately bring about significant reductions in HCV transmission and HCV disease related morbidity and...
Cher – the Experience

Cher – the Experience

When the WebGoddess got the green light from Laura Steele to design a new website for her, she couldn’t have been more thrilled. While Laura had a site that suited her very well for the earlier part of her “Cher tribute” career, a new addition to her stage show (Cher to the Max), along with a desire for a more updated, dynamic look meant it was time for a complete website overhaul from the ground up. The first stop was assessing the “Cher look” Laura wanted to convey. She used words like ‘gothic’, ‘metallic’, ‘glitter’ and ‘fabulous’. She also explained that she wanted the site to have a similar “look and feel” as Cher’s Caesar’s Palace website, but at the same time reflecting Laura’s own dynamic “Cher the Experience” brand in pink and black. And finally, for inspiration, she sent a video of herself performing as Cher as well as provided several photos from her many shows. Taking all this into account, the WebGoddess created a dramatic, show-stopping design that reflects not only Laura’s fabulous tribute to Cher, but her own personality as well. Laura’s new site is quite elaborate in terms of design overlay, images and video. For this project, the WebGoddess utilized a WordPress platform and custom coded it to the hilt providing not only basic website information, but the ability to “request a quote”, watch Laura’s videos, read her show reviews, and gain an inside look at the Laura Steele– the fabulous person as well as the incredible...

Magnolia Etiquette Launches New Website

Magnolia School of Etiquette Launches New Website The Magnolia School of Etiquette offers etiquette enrichment classes with emphasis on social graces, dining formality and old fashioned manners for modern times to primary and secondary schools, charter and magna schools, colleges, community centers, various groups and private individuals. San Diego, CA, July 17, 2010 –(PR.com)– Civility and manners are as important today as they ever were and we are often judged by something as simple as how we hold our fork to the strength of our handshake. Many families struggle to find time at the dinner table with the entire family – the place where most dining etiquette would be discussed or taught. In today’s fast-paced, high-tech and increasingly busy lifestyle…manners…or worse yet, the lack thereof, are becoming a lost art. With families on the run to meetings, sports events, school affairs, office and travel…children and young adults are learning very little when it comes to simple and basic social graces and dining etiquette. We are living in the “techno-age” using cell phones inappropriately and brandishing hurtful emails with a click of the “Send” button. We vigorously text the entire time someone is having a conversation with us…distantly nodding with monosyllabic replies as though we are a thousand miles away. The Magnolia School of Etiquette is committed to teaching the art of southern-style manners and the development of comportment that exudes kindness, grace, and generosity of spirit to adolescents and adults. The South is world-famous for their gracious and proper manners. At The Magnolia School of Etiquette, we are delighted to teach the standard rules of social, dining, and business...
Magnolia Etiquette

Magnolia Etiquette

Standard website package with blog Custom designed header, background and logo CMS Platform with Admin Panel HTML, PHP and CSS Music files Event registration and calendar Site development Visit the website. When Jonnie Fox Flanagan was looking for a classic yet fresh look for her Magnolia School of Etiquette and Protocol business based in Southern California she contacted WunderWebs. After a few phone consultations and more than a few emails with the WebGoddess, she decided she wanted to go with a muted, refined garden look. The client provided a header image from the artist Julia Swartz with some colors that she liked and the WebGoddess incorporated them for the website. Placing the magnolia illustration in the header, she overlaid the title text in a gorgeous Edwardian script of soft orchid. She then pulled the greens and some of the grey from the image for use as backgrounds and menu tabs and mirrored the magnolia element throughout the design. Jonnie also decided to go ahead and have the WebGoddess create more of a community feel for the site and added a blog for her in WordPress. This coupled with a powerful Events Calendar, multiple plugins and custom widgets provided this classic, refined site the ability to operate as both a standard content website and interactive blog with high-end functionality. If you’re seeking a someone to help guide you or your family through the finer points of etiquette, check out The Magnolia School or Etiquette and...
The Zalewski Project

The Zalewski Project

This project began back in 2007 by three cousins who had never met: Karen in Canada, Sandra in the USA and Peter in the UK. Karen is the owner of a large and mysterious photograph album brought back to Canada from Europe by her grandfather, William Quinn, at the end of the Second World War. At first they did not know who had owned the album originally or who took the photographs. Their main aim in this research was to identify that person or persons. What a thrilling journey of discover it has been! Custom designed header, background, navigation and logo CMS Platform with Admin Panel HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS Visit the...

Official Website for Woo and Friends Karaoke

WunderWebs Announced Today the Launch of the Official Website for Woo and Friends Karaoke La Jolla, San Diego, CA (Press Release) November 18, 2008 –Today marks the debut of the official website, WooKaraoke.com, for Woo and Friends Karaoke at the Sheraton La Jolla, featuring the incomparable Gerrie Woo, former Playboy Bunny, as host of one of the most exciting and longest running karaoke shows in San Diego. Woo , who has entertained millions around the world with her singing and dancing, brings her finely tuned sense of professionalism to the karaoke stage. Gerrie Woo got her start in show business as a Las Vegas show girl in Marshall Edson’s review, Holiday in the Orient, Woo (as she prefers to be called) was selected from many hopefuls to open the Hollywood Playboy Club as one of the original Playboy Bunnies. Following her time with the Hollywood Playboy Club, Woo was offered an opportunity to pursue a singing career with popular entertainer “Mr. Bongo,” Jack Costanzo. Jack, who at one time performed with the likes of Stan Kenton, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole, introduced the conga drum to jazz and rock music. With her combination of talent and verve, it was apparent right from the start that Woo was the perfect addition to the Costanzo group. While on tour at the El San Juan in Puerto Rico, Tico label signed Woo to do an album with Jack Costanzo called Latin Percussion with Soul. Other albums followed, notably their most popular album, Viva Tirado on the Crescendo Label. The group went on to entertain the American GIs at USO shows in...

WunderWebs website redesign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Royal Oak, MI WunderWebs today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, www.wunderwebs.com, featuring the design work of Sandra Miller-Long, “The WebGoddess.” WunderWebs.com is a website and blog design studio that focuses exclusively on providing eye-catching, low-cost, high-quality websites for small businesses. Sandra, owner of WunderWebs, “Many small businesses cannot afford to invest thousands of dollars in a professional website presence, yet it’s critical to their business to use the Internet and to have a website that reflects the professionalism of their company. WunderWebs offers these businesses an opportunity to have a professional website at a price they can easily afford.” What differentiates WunderWebs from other web design companies? First, it is a top-quality service that provides complete custom designed website packages –including domain name and hosting– for a very affordable price. Second, the Royal Oak company is also unique in its personal touch. Nothing is mass- produced. The concept is something like having is your personal jewelry hand-crafted by an artisan who understands your vision. The new WunderWebs site emphasizes slider navigation, tailored content, and enhanced graphics. It downloads quickly, and it is very easy to read and to navigate from topic to topic. Sandra has added “We live in a world of change. New technology is released on a regular basis. Business websites need to be able to respond timely to the changing needs of their customers as well to technological advancements. My website designs offer my clients a blog interface–an ideal opportunity for businesses to update information to their site as needed. This helps keeps website maintenance costs to a minimum.” About...

The Greater Glory

Today, a young woman strapped into a motorized wheelchair sat waiting in front of the grocery store for a van to pick her up. Her mother stood a little apart from her, watching the rain come down. After a bit, the woman started to sing, a sounding kind of song at first, but then it started to take the shape of a melody. It was one of those haunting voices, deep and rich and sweet. One of the best I have ever heard. She was old and large; her coat was ancient and looked like it had been worn by others before her. I got to thinking about this voice and the gift of sound. I doubt this woman has ever gotten money for singing, though her church probably benefits from her gift, and I hope the young woman sitting still and unmoving in the chair does, too. It’s so confusing, listening to better packaged lesser gifts, wondering where the sense of things is, and how much we have lost through lack of recognition or opportunity. There are the naturals and there are the professionals. Given a choice between the two, I prefer the naturals. They may lack in sophistication and polish, but theirs is the domain of emotion — of passion. And that is what haunts you, enchants you, worries you, and enriches you. It also gives you sadness, because who knows why they never pursued the talent: Children that needed to be taken care of, food needed to feed them, dreary jobs with meager wages consuming all their life. Leaving them broken and bitter at the end...

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