A portion of my work is creating and redesigning websites. My goals are to make a professional-looking, user-friendly, and functional website. For a positive user experience, I consider both the client and the client's visitors during the design process.
I fix and tweak websites and Wordpress systems. I am able to do so because of my technical foundation and the ability to read source code. Knowing HTML and other web languages isn't required to make a website nowadays, but it makes it possible for me to look "under the hood" of a website to diagnose and solve problems.
As a former teacher, I understand the importance of education. For clients that can manage their own website but need some guidance, I offer 1-on-1 tutoring. For clients that want to learn more about certain topics like SEO or e-commerce, I let them "pick my brain" by hiring me for informative consulting sessions.
Web design is the primary focus of my work, but I understand the importance of marketing as well. For certain clients, I utilize a mix of short and long term marketing methods, which include business blogs, SEO, keyword research, online pay-per-click ads, and using analytics to assess the effectiveness of these methods.
Waialua FCU needed a website that looked professional and wanted to present their credit union information in a user-friendly manner. An online loan application was also added to allow members to apply for a loan from home.
The main goal of this project was to make the website presentable for prospective students. The old website was confusing and did not show the enjoyment and value of a study abroad program. I focused on fixing that. I also carefully chose and implemented website elements so that the small, UHMSAC team would be able to make changes by themselves.
Indigo restaurant originally has a sand-yellow website. I went in and gave them a website that matched their color branding: blue. Indigo also had a vibrant night life, so I changed it to a dark website to reflect that. I also knew that menus would be the most visited item on a restaurant website, so I created a online menu for them (previously, they were PDF only). Finally, various social media were integrated.
The client was a dance studio that needed a website for a new, annual fundraising event. 2 mockups were made (a light one and a dark one). The client was also somewhat familiar with Wordpress, so I provided a video tutorial to help them make most changes in the future.
The aim of this project was to make the website pretty. Seriously. The client did not have many explicit requests, except that he wanted it to look "nice." This site was to be used in a proposal for a government grant. For research, I looked at government, info-driven sites such as data.gov and census.gov to gauge the aesthetic standards of such sites.
The store needed a design re-haul and needed a shopping cart update to meet PCI Compliance standards. A shipping calculation solution was also provided to ensure that shipping costs would be as accurate as possible.
For this project, for the first time, I did very little front-end development or design. The client already had a website, but because it was developed on some Mac OS website builder, was built on image mapping, and he could not edit it in any practical manner. His requirements for control were quite strict: he wanted to be able to manipulate individual block styles (padding, borders, gradients). He said he wanted Wordpress, but I outfitted him with Concrete5, as it allows for more individual block manipulation and is still SEO-friendly.
I helped the client because they were suffering from a design roadblock. They already had a website, but they were unsatisfied with how it looked and how their product, the Hookcam, was portrayed. I redesigned their front page in a manner I like to call "vertical presentation." It's a method that focuses on design simplicity and content focus and allows people to navigate by simply scrolling from top to bottom.
Presentation app for the iPad, but fits other devices.
A wise man once said "5 minutes in preparation saves 30 minutes in execution." My goal is to assess the appropriate style and best practices for websites in your industry. Design is subjective, so I will be asking you many questions about what you like as well.
I design and build websites based on what will be on there. During the build phase, I develop mockups (visual representations), create logical and friendly structure for larger websites', and think of how to incorporate the different components of the website for both user types (the visitors and the admin).
Anything that involves design is subjective, meaning that you may not agree with what I make. To make sure that I bring your vision to reality, I allow for revisions during the development process. With your vision and my input, the final, revised product should suit you.
The last thing I do is go through a pre-launch checklist which includes cross-browser tests, submitting your URL to Google, and other things.
Typically 3-6 weeks. I budget enough time to allow me to work on other projects and also allow enough time for you to give revisions, as you will be part of the design process.
It depends. The price will change depending on how much time the site will take me. Every website project is different, so I actually make unique proposals for each project and include a quote that reflects the time that it would take.
I take check, credit cards, Paypal, or you can pay me in installments via Paypal's Bill Me Later program. The method doesn't really matter. What's most important is that you pay on time.
Yes. I check my email everyday. I do not address every email though. In regards to work emails, I utilize the "Triage Method", which means that I take care of the things that are important and urgent first. For general website work requests, you can expect a turnaround time of 72 hours.
On rare occasions, I find specialized contractors to help with certain, isolated parts of my projects. If I do, I will let you know. However, regarding the website being put together effectively and coded properly, I do that myself. That sort of thing is my specialty.
Absolutely! I believe in empowering clients so that they are able to make basic changes to their website. Ideally, my clients should be able to do the "easy stuff" while I take care of the "hard stuff." We can schedule 1 on 1 tutoring sessions. Or if you you have an organization, I can do group tutoring or I can make screencast videos.
I made my first website in 9th grade using a Geocities site builder. I was fascinated by the web, so I taught myself HTML. I made a hobby card site using nothing but Notepad and CuteFTP that got several hundred views a day. I stopped working on websites to pursue an accounting education and career and to work as a teacher. Several years ago, I decided to change course and started a web design and development business.
Absolutely. Browser compatibility is something that many clients don't think of and usually end up learning about it later when clients complain that the website doesn't work in x, y, or z browsers. Near the end of my development process, I do cross browser tests with modern browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari. Internet Explorer 8 is my lower limit test; if it works in Internet Explorer 8, then it will work in anything newer.
100%, ABSOLUTELY, YES. Trust me when I say that website work is complicated. There are many scope details, processes, warranties, standards, installment payment clauses, intellectual property clauses, and more to consider. I've been doing this work for years and I have studied some business law and a contract is just a way to address contingencies (the "what-ifs") before they ever happen. Saves time and removes ambiguities for both parties.
$50 an hour. Minimum 1/2 hour charge. 1/4 hour increments.
For lengthier assignments which require interaction with your team members, you can hire me for the day at $400. I can work on holidays and weekends too if requested in advance.
For larger projects, such as designing websites, I give quotes and make contracts.
Yes, of course! I pay my general excise tax out of my gross sales, so you won't see any surcharges on my invoices. To see me in the Department of Taxation business registry, simply search for "Ron Lum" in the business owner field.
Not really. My skill set leans towards the technical part of website development. If a client requests heavy graphic work or photography though, I will contract a trusted and competent designer to do so.
Yes I do. I do what's called "responsive design" or also known as a "one-size-fits-all" website. The responsive website stretches and expands to fit your viewing area, whether it's a desktop monitor or a smaller mobile phone screen. The benefit to responsive design is that you do not need multiple sites. I am also starting to develop basic apps using jQuery Mobile.
It depends. My primary focus is not marketing. However, I do offer a mix of short term and long term marketing via Google's pay-per-click program Adwords, doing keyword research and improving indexing by using proper SEO technique, and I can help develop business blogs to attract prospects . However, keep in mind that marketing techniques differ from industry to industry, so my marketing style may not suit everyone.
Because my only asset is time, I have to draw a firm line on the topic of refunds. I don't give refunds if you don't like my subjective work. However, if during the course of our contracted work, you want to hire someone else instead, we can mutually dissolve our contract and you only need to pay me for work that's been done. I also offer warranties on hourly and contracted work, meaning if I don't fulfill the requests, I will take care of it till it gets done. If I cannot do these objective tasks because it is beyond the realm of my skills, then I will refund your money.
Yes I do. Websites make sense to me. Despite being virtual in nature, websites are bound by their own, unique laws of physics. Understanding those laws and understanding web languages are what allow me to easily develop or modify websites. I am so glad that my life has led me to finding a line of work that I am passionate about.