We are lucky to be able to be very selective in our web design projects. We prefer to work with individuals and non-profits to build attractive, low-cost sites that, when feasible, can be maintained afterwards by the client.
We follow the latest Web standards and can incorporate social media and blogging capabilities into a site. Designs can use popular “blogging” engines, such as WordPress, Wix or Blogger, so that a client can have the freedom to do their own updates without requiring additional paid services or extensive web design skills. I use a demo Blogger site to show clients designs and hacks.
There are many providers of commercial web design that take on small business sites, but that is no longer our focus.
My experiences as a manager in Web Services at NJIT during the massive migration of hundreds of thousands of pages into a content management system, gave me a deep appreciation for simplicity and organization with a vision to future growth.
At NJIT, I also helped create a number of academic websites for projects such as an eLearning Orientation site for students (2004) and the Design Advisor (2007) site for the NJ School of Architecture.
One of my non-profit web projects is the site I built for the New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA) that is hosted on Amazon Web Services. This a more “traditional” site built in HTML with CSS, that is on a paid hosting service and is maintained by a “webmaster” (someone with knowledge about web development), as opposed to a layperson using a web service.
For the non-profit Inner City Ensemble, a dance group for inner city youth, I created their website by customizing a WordPress template to provide them with a site that allows them to now be their own “webmaster” and has no continuing hosting or maintenance fees for the organization.
The Paterson Literary Review is a journal of poetry, fiction and prose that has been in print since 1979, but only created its own web presence in 2013. The site was designed to allow for future archive expansion and a store offering back issues and related publications.
My interest and approach to web design comes from my personal web projects.
I have owned and maintained an electronic magazine and website for poetry, Poets Online, and its accompanying blog since 1998. They have gone through many designs and hosting solutions, both paid and free. Poets Online and the Poets Online Blog use open source designs.
My academic website at NJIT changes periodically and includes several completely different web designs, as I use it for demonstrations in my design courses.
If any of these styles of design strategy fits your needs, contact me.