Selected Keep It Simple Small Business Websites I’ve Designed for Clients:
This site, to the left, is for a well-known local Pennsylvania potter and ceramics teacher Bob Deane. I really enjoyed working on this site to capture the look, the feel and the words that really reflected his work and passion for what he does: www.BobDeane.com. The other day Bob said, “I look at other artist’s websites and there are very few I really like, but I keep looking at mine and I am very pleased. I still love it.”
Other sites I’ve recently created:
http://www.brigittaherrmanndance.com/ for a long time dancer and choreographer
http://mcguirelandscapingservice.com/ a second site for a lawncare customer
http://www.cchvac.com/ – a second site for a local contractor
http://petlossandgrief.com/ – for a pet loss and grief counselor
The image below is the first site I created for www.DelawareValleyTurf.com – for a lawn care maintenance company (below, left):
If you click the link above, you’ll see the NEW version of the site I created when he decided to upgrade to a new look.
Here is Matt (the owner’s) testimonial:
“I was referred to Cathy Larkin by my friend and former neighbor Paul Mosenson. Since I knew very little about web design, I told them I was looking for something that I could later on tweak myself with updated content. My previous website was never updated and therefore never showed up on search engine results. I told Cathy that I needed it quick since I was in the lawn care equivalent of the ‘Christmas Rush’ (March through April). She said she would do her best and then 3 days later emailed me with a semi finished site that we collectively edited. Bottom line was that she was knowledgeable (knew everything from site optimization to layout), thorough (patiently put up with all the changes that I requested) and prompt (Site was up in a little under 10 days). She did a great job and I invite you to take a look at it, www.delvalturf.com. Since we updated it, our online referrals have increased 1200%. Additionally, several people have offered how much they like our website… without me even asking.”
Matt McGuire, Owner, Delaware Valley Turf Supply and Service, Inc., 1005 Sussex Blvd, Unit 7, Broomall, PA 19008, (610) 328-4170
When a friend, Amy Rubinstein, and I were talking about what we each do and she realized that I create websites (as well as my PR and social media work), and when I heard that she was gearing up her cold calling and appointment setting business – we decided that she needed a website and AmyOpensDoors.com was born (at left).
Here is Amy’s testimonial:
I’ve known Cathy for a long time and have been impressed with her tech savvy and social media skills. When she told me she was also designing websites for small businesses I jumped on the opportunity to have her design my site. I had definite ideas as to how I wanted the site to look and what I wanted to say. Cathy listened and was able to turn my vision into a reality. She was very patient with all my concerns and made sure that the site copy would help me connect with my customers and give me optimal exposure to search engines. She went over and above my expectations. I highly recommend Cathy for small business owners who need a website they can be proud of.
When California artist Robin Sierra decided to hire me a second time to help her move and recreate her main artist’s website from WordPress.com to a more professionally designed site at RobinSierra.com I jumped at the chance. Robin’s artwork is amazing and it was fun to create a site to show off her beautiful abstract “soulscapes.”
Robin Sierra (whose site two sites are above and further down the page) referred me to an artist friend of hers, Charlsey Cartwright and we created www.Charlsey.com (at right, below). Charlsey had had issues with her old website and had taken it down.
She wanted me to create a simple, attractive website to display her vibrant and fun paintings of animals and pets, and her ceramic work. She also does some work as a graphic artist – so we just added a link to her old one-page flash-built graphic design website. She created the header for her own site.
One recent local Philadelphia, PA client, Janis Halloway, realized that she needed to update her old site that was designed in Flash (it’s not good for search engines). So she contacted me and we moved it over to the WordPress.org software and updated the information on her site along with the logo, header and look and feel. Check out JLH-Services.com for her new Marketing, PR & Client Services website (at left).
This website task, www.OliviaGroup.com (at left), was to move a site from a Hubspot.com, a proprietary service, and over to a new website using the WordPress.org software, while preserving the look and feel of the existing site, but updating the functionality.
Artist Robin Sierra, who is also a grief /creativity counselor in California, needed help with her site www.GreenMountainArts.com. (to the right) I was called in to help after her former web designer made a mess of the site, and locked Robin out of being able to access the site. I was referred by a friend of hers, after she had regained control. You may have noticed above that she hired me a second time to create her main artist’s website and to move it from WordPress.com.
Here is Robin’s testimonial:
“Great gratitude for Cathy Larkin, webmaster extraordinaire who is highly tech savvy, is a delight to work with and has great communication skills, a rare and highly valued combination. My previous webmaster had made a mess of my website, Cathy stepped in and saved the day! She worked together with me to create the new site and now I have a website that I love and is just what I envisioned.” Robin Sierra, Artist and Grief Counselor.
www.PennRemodeling.com – This site, to the left, was done for a home remodeling contractor in Montgomery County PA. We created the site to give him a professional look on the web, and to allow customers to see photos of his high-quality remodeling work.
www.JobSecretAgent.com – The site (to the right & below) was created for a lawyer who is the author of “How to Negotiate a Killer Job Offer.” I also helped her get her book for sale as an ebook and POD paperback book on Amazon.com. The site colors were influenced by the color of her book cover.
www.HJOSolarCarsETC.com – The site to the right was created for an inventor seeking investors for his solar car technology, and his other business offerings. This was a quick turn-around job before the inventor was attending a car show in Europe. A year later, he contacted me to do some minor updates to the site and streamline the information a bit.
Another site I worked on , below, is 5 Rhythms Philly a local dance website. The dance graphic behind the site shows through this Studio Press child theme in a very cool way.
Rebekah’s Testimonial: When I decided to set-up a website for my organization, I knew nothing about web design. So I hired Cathy. With her practical expertise and clear guidance, we basically built the site in 3 days, then tweaked it until everything fell into place and the site went live. What I appreciate most about Cathy is her enterprising, co-operative spirit and accessibility. She really heard what I wanted and helped me to achieve it, trouble-shooting problems within hours of receiving my emails. It’s a rare treat to go from concept to product so smoothly and comfortably. She really backed me up, saving me oodles of time and frustration for a more than reasonable fee.
www.PinchPotIdeas.com – My own hobby site, I’m also a potter.
And of course my own site here www.KeepItSimpleWebDesign.com