The Website Design Process in Lots of Wordy Detail...

If you would like an estimate for a custom website/web page/grapics design, feel free to contact me. I'd be delighted to help you.
I can create a site of any size. Exactly what you wish it to be, according to the realities of your budget and site development. There is usually a logical minimum of how many pages should be included for your site to be effective, and to prevent you from spending money on design and hosting if the size is not adequate to convey your goals. We will figure out all of that at the outset.

It's not as difficult or confusing as it sounds, and I make it easy for you.
At the end of the process, you'll be as tech savvy as you need to be to run your website without having to learn big tech words. And i'll offer lots of explanations that will end the mysteries of the web, as it pertains to you, your business, and the visitors to your site. I will explain how certain paid services offer ways to part you from your money unnecessarily, are not a good thing, and offer any advice that's been stored in my head for decades. Any gizmos or scripts added to your website upon completion, have the potential to "break" or change something in your completed website. For instance... a very common answer i have is that there's really no easy way to zoom to the top of a search engine that contains millions upon millions of sites, without having a lot of people begin to visit your site and recommend you to other people. Which will require you to promote your website religioiusly. No matter what you're told. Mostly your job. Visits over time begets visits. Especially if you serve a particular neighborhood or community, with a partiular clientele. Never sign a contract to pay monthly for anything besides your hosting without researching it. There are other ways.

I will not entice you with, or promote anything that is not necessary to meet realistic goals, or that might not work right on your site. I'd rather protect you from sketchy or paid-for website functions or items that you truly do not need, than see you add things that could either ruin or damage your website. Promises to the contrary do not always make it real, safe, or refundable. I have had several clients over the years who "broke" their previous websites, by unknowingly allowing things to be added to the inner workings that are not appropriate for running the site, or do not work on the web. In effect, they paid twice for a complete website. Which gets expensive when your images and graphics have to be done twice. And it would break my heart to see one of my babies get blown up by mistake. So, I would hope you contact me for my advice before doing it.

You will be purchasing a domain name, that would be whateveryoulikedotcom, and you will park it until we need that information for you to acquire a hosting service.  I will send you the info you need to choose the right type of hosting service before you do that. I highly recommend HostPapa.com. They have confirmed (as of Nov. 2020) that they can provide hosting with the server extensions that are required to run your site as you and I have designed it. You can purchase a domain name through them and arrange for the hosting of your site.  Bonus: They are a green energy hosting company!
Think of how much energy they save hosting 50,000+ live websites. You can visit them here and arrange for the purchase of your domain name and hosting before I create your website, so that publishing to your domain can be done, and your site online, just as soon as it's ready for its debut. They are excellent with customer service capability and quick answers to your future questions. Of course, you can use any company you wish. I am not an associate. I just prefer not to have any headaches or holdups for either of us when we're ready to launch. You'll be investing in a website that's not refundable should anything go wrong at launch.

To receive a detailed estimate, I will request that you send me in-depth information about what you are wishing for, a little about you and a lot about your business or services, whether this is to be a personal or commercial  website (personality is important in conveying who you are via your website design), and most importantly, what your budget might be. This is to be sent to me along with your request. It's not productive for me to send an estimate and ideas for something you can't realistically fit into your budget. Flexible budgets are wonderful, but that's not realistic for me to assume.  I hope to be able to work with you on a website that reflects you, and addresses your needs and those of your visitors. I specialize in small business and personal hobby websites. My designs incorporate your photographs, graphics provided, and my vintage imagery with your business goals, when appropriate. Due to time constraints, I do not undertake corporate projects.  I also do not take on projects that support any political viewpoints or candidates, or sites that promote violence, racism, prejudice or intolerance toward any person or group.

All transactions for creation of your website are through Papal. A 50% deposit on the estimate project cost is required to begin your project, and no further payment until the day I have completed your design. At which time, the actual cost of the work will be invoiced for full balance of payment before I publish and hand off your new site. Below are some client testimonials to help you in learning a little about what it's like to work with me, and read a critique of my work.

I will ask you to provide me with details on each page or "chapter" you plan to include on your site, and ask that you send the text, photos, and details of where (what page) they will be displayed. You will be sending me stuff frequently during the design. Especially text corrections/additions. I will format the text and photos on your page appropriately, according to the layout and design, and considering the addition of custom graphics. And I will edit the texts you need to change or add as you send them. No pile-ups.

Communication, deposit, and payment for designs is done totally online, paper-free using secure PayPal payments and email. I do not do business by phone or text msgs. We will then have an official paper trail as our receipt for payment of specific services, so that confusion is transparently noted and corrected. We'll both be protected against misunderstadings and wrong turns.

Your initial design estimate will be clear and detailed, and will be sent to you in a .pdf format document for review. If you are happy with the plan and my understanding of itou yr design will begin immediately upon receipt of a non-refundable 50% deposit on the estimate. That is to cover some of the development time. It's impossible to be on the nose about the final cost, as there are many variables, including additions that i wasn't aware of at the time of the estimate, but you will get no surprises. I'm pretty close in my estimates. You will be informed when I think we're going off-budget, and you will decide whether to continue or make changes to content. Work will not continue until you inform me that you're ok with any change in cost. l contact you frequently by email (i will send you my personal email once we begin communication) with questions, problems or suggestions, so be sure you set your email program to accept me and allow attachments. Check it daily until we're done. I ask a LOT of questions to be sure I am creating exactly what you contracted for. It's also more time- and energy-efficient that way. I'm all for efficiency. And if you have questions, you will find me out here every day that I work on your website. I am quick with responses. I don't like waiting too long for responses, and neither should you.

My work is guaranteed to be what you asked for, or better. If I do not think I can make your vision real, or if I have suggestions to make it look and work better, I will tell you before I start, and before any payment is made. I will ask you for your critique of my abilities at the end of the project, so that I can provide it to future clients. Your website IS my business card and represents me.

When your site design  is completed, I will send you a limited time, private live preview of the working website, as it looks on the web. So you can test-drive it after I do. Text edits and minor changes may be sent to me via email on the day you receive the preview, and I will do the last editing at no further charge. Additional pages or addition of photographs/graphics and text will incur additional fees and more time to complete it. There is no refund on the work hours already completed.

I will publish your site to the host server you chose before I wrap it up. See my recommendation near the top of this page. That requires directions and passwords provided by you, in order for me to successfully publish your brand new site to your own chosen server. Communication may be needed between you and your host prior to that to be sure the publishing goes smoothly, and any problems in the way of publishing are addressed. Once the site is designed and running like a dream when it goes live, it's yours. You want it to go online and be well-cared for, with no problems and no downtime. It's a team effort to accomplish that.

I limit my website service to creating atmospheric, easy-to-use, static websites. No flashing or moving objects (except for any specially-designed graphics specific to a page that might have a smooth movement of sorts), special scripts, or annoying ads or popup that would disturb your visitors. Once you have your website running, you are free to join certain services or groups that might require ads and popups. I personally choose not to use them in the design. Because i am personally annoyed by them. There are website and graphics designers for those who like a lot of scripts that automate functions, animations and movement. If that is your wish, i'll try to recommend one who can create those graphics, rather than take on a project that's not in my repertoire or line of expertise. Once your site is published, I can be called upon again, if you wish, to design additional pages and graphics for your site, as you grow.

If you will be selling merchandise or services, I can create an online shopping cart through the best cart service that will be easy for you to build upon and maintain, through PayPal. I use it on all of my own websites. If you wish to sell books or merchandise related to your business or interests through Amazon's services to derive a small commission from sales, I can easily create that shopping system for you. Amazon recommendations is a service i provide on all of my own websites, and I recommend it.

I do a lot of research on the subject of your website, and will pass along any info or suggestions I might come up with that you might find useful.

I can design a knockout website for any subject or profession, big or small,  but I do have a few faves and specialties. Those would be all neighborhood mom and pop businesses, gardening and horticultural-related, healing modalities, holistic health, Science, Nature, preservation, professional dog-sitters, animal breeder/breed-specific, ethnic/cultural, and retro-themed. You can visit my personal gardening-related website to view some of my own visions.

If you have any questions not covered by this wordy explanation, or would like to begin a website design, feel free to contact me. I hope to work with you on a website we'll both be proud of. It will probably be that we become friends as we work, and afterwards. I like to stay in touch with the new friends that i've been in constant touch with during the process of making the dream and goal a reality.

~ Mary

www.eyecandee.com
www.marysbloomers.com

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Testimonials

"To start off, let me first say it has been an absolute blessing to work with you, Mary. You have connected with my family so much in the recent weeks while we built this website. That is such an important part of the big picture, to understand your client fully. I am not always great at trusting people. In the past; I have really been hit pretty hard by others. I trust you completely and that has made this venture so easy for us.

Your passion and vision is very visible in the work you do. Your patience is such a relief as I have fumbled through this operation. Thank you. Whether I was in pajamas with a child in my lap at my computer and a couple dogs at my feet, or sitting with my Palm in my hand at a restaurant, you are always there for me. Again, I thank you. 

There will be times in the future, Iím certain of it, that I will need your help as Iím fumbling my way through all of the technical stuff and you had better believe youíll see me in your inbox. As for Colleagues, Friends, and people I run into, I will pass along your contact information for web design.

Mary, you have such a gift. Thank you for sharing your talent with my family. You are such a delight, and I have enjoyed our nonsense chats too. I hope you know that you are officially on my Christmas card list and you KNOW Iíll be sending you many e-mails through the rest of my days.

I wish you and your family and the "girls" at your feet, all the best that life has to offer. May your dreams come true the same way you have helped my dreams & visions become a reality."
Blessings, 
The Taylor Family, Keith, Tammy & Austin - Diamond Labs Ranch

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"This sounds unusual, but when I got onto your site, I could immediately sense that you resonated within the heart of yourself, that within your designs you were creative because it came from a passion or a depth of spirit within you.

Anyway, suffice it to say, I can see your light and love within your works." 
-Margit Robson, Twin Souls Centre

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"Mary~ I'm absolutely amazed with your ability to create a "happy" and elegant, as well as playful and professional looking website on a fairly small budget. I couldn't have asked for more. I love it!

Thank you for being so patient with me. And thank you for all of your guidance and wonderful suggestions. Our website definitely has the "Wow" factor. Ain't no cheese here!

I'll miss working with you and seeing you in my inbox everyday. That's for sure! Thank you so much for everything" 
~ Tammy -  Safe 'N Happy Pets

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"Mary has designed two beautiful, functional, fantastic websites for me for two very different businesses.  Maryís warmth and expertise makes the entire process joyful and actually fun in what could otherwise be a draining and cumbersome chore.  If  Mary isnít sure of the execution of a certain task that you desire, she searches and searches until she can then understand and perform the technical function that you desire for your website.  Maryís insight as she works with her clients is phenomenal, and she is able to quite often make recommendations to make your website flow easier and more efficiently. 

I would, and have, highly recommend Mary for the construction of your website."

Christine Schreibstein,Co-founder
Living Symbols

"Working with Mary has been a pleasure and a privilege.  Her artistic vision is in a class by itself.  

While most websites simply look businesslike, hers combine the best of that with an element of magical fantasy in elegant taste that I haven't seen anywhere else.  It gives the site a character that's highly aesthetic and out of the ordinary.  

She has always been remarkably sensitive to my personal concept of what I want in my site; and she has had endless patience and kindness with my often eccentric ideas and confusing revisions - which is a heroic accomplishment for anyone! 

I feel not just thoroughly satisfied, but inspired and fulfilled by the end result.  The process has been both a productive partnership and an enjoyable friendship. I recommend Mary with the greatest enthusiasm, if what you want is a very special, effective and memorable website!
~Nick, Cellist, NYC

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"Working with Mary was an incredible journey in itself.  She usually knew what I wanted done before I even told her, or knew myself.  She took my words and thoughts and put them into an inspirational piece of art.  She is a truly gifted, gentle, and very creative woman, who very gently and patiently guided me through  a mass of information to create a website far beyond my dreams. Thank you Mary, for creating a very important part of my soul's mission here upon earth."
 ~ Nora, Sacred Spaces Gift Shop and Alternative Healing Teaching Center

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"I am so proud of the website Mary designed for me!

Unlike the first designer I hired, Mary totally understood the nature and goals of my business and knew how to communicate that through pictures, form and flow.  

Not only is her design aesthetically pleasing, it invites the seeker to explore all the pages.
Mary is a joy to work with.  She is ever so patient and kind, and really hears what you say, and she has the uncanny ability to bring the ideas to life."

~ Donna Kemper, Innovative Hypnotherapy Center

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"Mary is truly an earth angel that manifests gorgeous websites. While it was past time to have a website of my own, the very thought of doing so made my hair hurt. Through providence and networking, I was introduced to Mary, and the connection was immediate. She is patient, kind, extremely knowledgeable, and has a wonderfully wacky sense of humor that made the entire process nothing short of pure joy.  Anyone would be blessed to have her work for them in the designing and managing of their personal website."  
~Chris Schrebstein, Inner Balance

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"Mary, It has been a pleasure working with you on the design of my website.  I love your wonderful sense of humor!
You are an artist, a consultant and a friend. 
I appreciate the recommendations given which saved me from making costly mistakes. Thank you so much for all your help." 
- cj, The Bridal Experience

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"Dear Mary, Thank you for your beautiful work, it has been a pleasure working with you. You have given me exactly what I wanted, and I look forward to working with you further."
Peace and Sincerity, 
Sandie - The Enchanted Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Australia


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"While waiting on a 12-year-long vision for things to come to pass, in this case, the  Words of A Witness web site, you just go on and do things normally without giving it much thought because the Lord has it all under control and in His timeframe of things. 

Then without notice, you see something that starts the plan in motion, and in my case, I was sent an email from a friend with an 'eyecandee.com' piece in it. It was so beautiful and heart-warming, reflected a gentleness of spirit, and fit right into my vision of the web site. 

I contacted Mary and we started things in motion. With her vision of how a site needs to be configured and with her knowledge of the systems, it was painless on my part to have this site finished and up and running. When you view this site you will feel the passion and love she put into a creation of her own.

I give my Lord the credit for the site with His assistance from Mary. I am so grateful for my Lord sending Mary to construct and create a vision 12 years in waiting."  
Thank you Mary, for your kind and gentle spirit,

~ Pastor Eddie, Words of a Witness Ministry

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"Mary is a website design wizard.  It is a huge joy to work with her.  She is professional, patient, soothing and so talented.  

I have gotten so many compliments on my website.  I have recommended her to many of my colleagues.  She has also become an awesome friend and gift to me, personally.  
Thanks Mary for shining your light so brightly and sharing your kindness and gifts."  
- - Jackie Eaton, Angelights

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"Mary, I believe Diggs' Blues was one of the first band sites you did as Eye Candy. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed, as did our fans, every page you created for us, and look forward to creating a new web site with you.
You are bright, talented, and a heck of an artist yourself."
  - Rick Penny, Guitar and Vocals,  Diggs' Blues

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"Mary,It has been a pleasure working with you on our web site. 
We are thrilled with your art work and how easy you made the whole experience. 
Please let others know how happy we are with you and your services."
 
- Gayla, The Talent Fairy - A Talent Agency

"Mary, thanks for the data about meta tags, site optimization etc. I totally agree with you.
I like a person who gives you the information that you asked for, no double talk - just straight to the point. 
So, just wanted to let you know I like the way you communicate. 
You can count on any and all recommendations from us.  Thanks for the work." 
-Terri Walker, The Talent Fairy Talent Agency

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"Dear Mary, with regards to your service(s) you provide to myself and others, i'd like to say that the work is always 1000% gone over and checked for correctness, service/changes/info always available, never a time without your overlooking/correcting/adjusting all aspects of your work
....I would (and have) recommended you to anyone who is interested in having this type work performed for them... you have my best wishes and ALWAYS a recommendation from myself on behalf of my company, National Furnace.. thank you kindly," 
- Mark T. Serrenti , Owner, Nat'l Furnace Heating and Air-Conditioning,  llc, 
 

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"Hi,Came across one of your sites this evening, immediately the music "Emmanuel" commenced it was so relaxing. The images I thoroughly enjoyed viewing, particularly with the music playing in the background.

Have this evening passed on the site to nearly 30 colleagues within the Medical and religious fraternity, to view and hopefully join.

I treat patients, mainly Ex. Military personnel and the EMS who are severely emotionally ill from the sights and scenes they have encountered. I honestly believe this site could assist many just by the relaxing images, and peaceful relaxing music. I thank you for the site which certainly relaxed me after a heavy day assisting and treating many patients.

May The Lord richly Bless You for the love and work you have put in to this site."

All Blessings, 
Rev & Dr. David Bennett (Director) Trauma Centre, (UK)

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"Mary I sure do miss you! It was a truly wonderful experience working with you, It seems you knew exactly what I wanted before I said anything, you were alway's several steps ahead of knowing exactly what I was hoping for, and you far exceeded my expectations. 

I love checking out your new creations.
Talent from the heart and spirit.
I hope one day to work with you again on another project. "

Love and Prayers Linda Nipper, "Linda's Fountain"

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