Do you really write quality code?
Yes, I do, and I can show you. All of the open-source code I’ve written is available on Github, the code-sharing networking site for developers. You can peek at what I’ve created and contributed to, and dive deep into the commit history to see how I work.
Of course, the code I write for my clients is private, but if you know your way around your Dev Tools, you can probably figure out a way to snoop that out, too. Here’s my portfolio, if you’re curious.
What is good code, anyway? Why does it matter?
Good code is clean, minimal, and easy to understand. It has good documentation, logically named variables, and proper syntax. And it follows the WordPress coding standards.
I know I may not be the only developer to touch a website, and writing good code helps the next developer understand what is going on. It also impacts SEO, site speed and performance, and site accessibility.
Who do you work with?
I work with bloggers, writers, and artists who need a professional and affordable website. My ideal clients are easy-going and responsible professionals who have been in business for awhile, and secretly (or not so secretly) obsess over user interaction, conversion goals, profitability, and beautiful pixels.
A lot of my clients create their first website on their own, and then hire me for an update, tweaks, or their 2.0 version. If you are interested in learning to DIY your own website, you might want to consider signing up for an e-course that will walk you through creating your perfect WordPress website, step-by-step.
Why should I work with you?
I’m a professional, and I do awesome work. My prices are transparent (and quite reasonable), and I always deliver on time. I even guarantee it.
But one of the strongest reasons you should work with me? I have excellent communication skills, and will always keep you in the loop. I’ll never disappear on you. I’m in contact with each of my clients 2-3 times each week with updates on their project status. And I answer every email or phone call within 24 hours (on studio days, M/T/Th/F).
Why shouldn’t I work with you?
If you consider yourself a “starving artist” or make excuses for why you can’t afford a website, we may not be a good match. I work best with bloggers, writers, and artists who have a fair bit of professional experience and understand that a website is an investment in growing their audience and their business.
I will turn down work if the project is racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise judgmental and unkind.
What types of websites can you create?
I specialize in beautiful, professional, mobile-responsive, and affordable WordPress websites that match your unique brand.
I’ve created blog sites, portfolio sites, galleries, e-commerce shops, and more. WordPress (the self-hosted version) is amazingly powerful and awesome.
What are your prices?
And if you’re ready for a new website, I can create your beautiful, professional website starting at $379. (The average website project usually ends up being around $600, depending on what you need done. But it’s all explained here, and there’s no surprise fees at the end!)
I offer two Do It Yourself e-courses to help you build your own WordPress website. The first is totally free! It’s a 7-day, quick and basic course delivered via email. If you do the work, you’ll create your own WordPress website in a week.
The DIY Your Perfect WordPess Website ($179) e-course is much more comprehensive with daily emails, an online classroom, step-by-step video tutorials, and a group Slack community. You’ll learn how to create your unique website, add your logo, and change your fonts and colors, all with the support of other women who are DIYing their own site, too.
How does payment work?
The WordPress e-courses are billed at the time of purchase through Stripe, a secure payment processing service.
For website projects, 50% is due when the contract is signed, to start the project and hold a spot on my schedule. The remainder is due at project completion, before I migrate the site over to its final hosting destination.
How long does it take? Do you have a wait list?
I usually schedule four or five website projects each month. They take 1-2 weeks to complete, and my wait list is about 3-4 weeks long.
If you need help choosing your perfect WordPress theme, that waiting time is usually 3-5 days (for the Skype/phone call), and then I’ll get back to you with my theme recommendations 2 days after that.
What, exactly, is that guarantee?
I’ve never missed a deadline. Ever. And I’m ridiculously proud of that.
I offer a 100% guarantee that I will complete your project on time, as outlined in our contract. If I don’t meet the deadline, you don’t pay.
Of course, there is some fine print involved – basically, I’m only responsible for my own actions. So the guarantee is not valid if there are client changes to the the scope of work, missing or late information, or communication holdups. But that’s all outlined in the contract.
What is your process like?
This is such a long answer that I put together a specific post about it: Working with Me.
Why WordPress? Why do you work with Genesis child themes only?
Excellent question. I actually don’t love the WordPress code, which is written in PHP, a computer language that doesn’t make much sense. But I love what WordPress does.
Self-hosted WordPress websites are affordable, easy to use, and very robust. They are great options for small businesses, freelancers, e-commerce shops, restaurants, coaches, writers, photographers, and just about everyone else.
And I love knowing that my work helps other people (especially other women) to become financially successful, independent, and fulfilled. WordPress is the best tool for that.
And the Genesis framework is amazing, as well. Using Genesis as the parent theme means that your site will be optimized for performance and security, without unnecessary or bloated code.