The Website Design Process in Lots of Wordy Detail...
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.
not as difficult or confusing as it sounds, and I make it easy for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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."
"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
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!
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.
"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!
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!
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."
"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.
only is her design aesthetically pleasing, it invites the seeker to
explore all the pages.
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."
It has been a pleasure working with you on the design of my
website. I love your wonderful sense of humor!
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."
"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.
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."
is a website design wizard. It is a huge joy to work with
her. She is professional, patient, soothing and so
"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.
"Mary,It has been a pleasure working with you on our web
"Mary, thanks for the data about meta tags, site optimization
etc. I totally agree with you.
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
"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.
evening passed on the site to nearly 30 colleagues within the Medical
and religious fraternity, to view and hopefully join.
May The Lord richly Bless You for the love and work you have put in to this site."
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.
Love and Prayers Linda Nipper, "Linda's Fountain"
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