Small businesses can need a bit of help, especially when it comes to the web. Besides, you started your business because you’re passionate for what you do or sell, not because you wanted to manage or build a website or write copy for your website.

Yet those things are so important in today’s world. You basically have to have a website that’s clean and modern. And you need clean, clear and consistent copy to help you get found by Google. These things aren’t optional today.

I would love to help you out in these areas. I want to help your business grow through your website. Helping businesses succeed is something I live for. And seeing others be happy and successful makes me happy. So let’s see if I can help you out.

Small Business Websites

Having a website is everything these days for a small business. Your storefront online is just as important as your storefront on Main Street. But creating a website can be a pain, especially if you’re short on time and expertise. So it’s important to go to experts to at least come up with a plan.

I can help you make that new website for your small business a reality. I have a planning guide that will lay out the entire process for you, whether you work with me or not, to put your mind at ease. And I can help you really figure out your needs for the new website, and design and develop it so that you can tell the story of your small business on the web.

Includes

  • Small business website planning guide
  • Installing and setup of a pre-built WordPress theme to match your business branding
  • Completely custom WordPress theme to help your small business stand out and attract leads

Related Work

Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod

Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development

Forde Law

Custom Theme
Web Development
A screenshot of a cell phone

Wooden & McLaughlin

Custom Theme
Web Development

Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod

This website proved to be challenging in a couple of different ways.

First off, while the design looks amazing, it turned out to be tough to match. The most difficult part was getting the breadcrumbs section at the top of each page to be correct. While Genesis comes with a breadcrumbs function built in, it didn’t provide us with what we were looking for. So I ended up building a breadcrumbs function completely from scratch to match the design.

Also challenging on the design was getting the single post template correct. The design called for the width for paragraphs and other typographical elements to be not as wide as other elements, so getting all of the elements to cooperate was a fun task.

But the bigger challenge came in the backend. The NTNL Synod previously had a website and a separate database with all of the information of the different pastors, laypeople, churches and other organizations. For their new website, they wanted to combine all of that into one database on their website. So the challenge turned out to be how to organize all of that on the website. We settled on using custom post types and Advanced Custom Fields. It took us about a week to come up with all of the fields that would be needed to suit their needs. Fortunately, after working on Wooden & McLaughlin earlier in the year, connecting the data wasn’t too much of a challenge.

I also wrote a case study for Faith Growth on the work that we did for the synod. Work on this case study included going through documentation between Faith Growth and NTNL and interviewing Christopher Harris, owner of Faith Growth, and several NTNL staff members. Through this, I was able to write a study that clearly showed how we, at Faith Growth, were able to create a website that showcased their needs.

Overall, this was a very fun project to work on as well as a personal one. I was a member of the synod until September 2016, and I know plenty of people in the synod. It felt amazing to give them a cool-looking website and an organized back end so they can carry out their mission.

Details
Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod
Faith Growth

Date

Forde Law

For this project I spent most of my time on the front end making the site match the designs the client approved. While the designs look simple, implementing them on the page proved to be a bit of a challenge. The front page was especially challenging given the full-width nature of the design. I had to make a number of changes to the Foundation framework we use in order to make it work.

I also had a challenge designing the menu given how it was designed. I learned how to center items vertically with flex which is something I had been trying to learn for a while. I also worked some in the backend, making sure the PHP worked and creating and implementing Advanced Custom Fields.

Overall, this project helped me become even more confident in my front end skills and I feel like I can implement any design I’m asked to.

Details
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Forde Law Offices
Faith Growth

Date

A screenshot of a cell phone

Wooden & McLaughlin

This website proved to be challenging in two ways.

The first challenge was getting the website to look exactly like the designs that the client approved. From the start of the project, I knew the designs would be winners, but we would have to fiddle around with Foundation and Genesis. The page title sections ended up being the toughest part to design. It required trying to find the right Genesis hook so that we could easily take it full width. Also challenging was getting the sidebars and content to lineup on all of the single post templates. That required jQuery to compare heights to the article div and the sidebar and make the shorter one match the taller one. It was tough, but it was worth it in the end.

The other challenge was connecting the practices, industries served, lawyers and posts to each other. The practices, industries and lawyers were each their own custom post type and we used Advanced Custom Fields to add the relationships between all of them and the posts. The tricky part came in making those connections in the PHP code. Fortunately, WordPress’ custom queries helped in this case as we were able to pull posts in based off of the ids of the practices, industries and lawyers involved.

Overall, this was a fun website to build. It pushed me to learn how to build relationships between the data and to learn CSS deeper in order to match the really cool design.

Details
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Wooden McLaughlin, LLP
Faith Growth

Date

Freelancing

Sometimes we come up with cool ideas but just aren’t able to make it become an actual thing. Maybe it’s the lack of knowledge in that area or maybe we just don’t have the time. It’s frustrating, but it’s okay. If you have an idea for a WordPress plugin or theme, a web application or need help designing a website, I would love to help you out. I can take the stress of the workload away from you and give you quality work with peace of mind. And you’ll come away with a really cool product.

Includes

  • Development on a WordPress Plugin or Theme
  • Development on a web application
  • Design work for a website

Related Work

Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod

Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development
A group of people standing in front of a crowd

Ascension Lutheran Church

Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development
A screenshot of a cell phone

Wooden & McLaughlin

Custom Theme
Web Development

Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod

This website proved to be challenging in a couple of different ways.

First off, while the design looks amazing, it turned out to be tough to match. The most difficult part was getting the breadcrumbs section at the top of each page to be correct. While Genesis comes with a breadcrumbs function built in, it didn’t provide us with what we were looking for. So I ended up building a breadcrumbs function completely from scratch to match the design.

Also challenging on the design was getting the single post template correct. The design called for the width for paragraphs and other typographical elements to be not as wide as other elements, so getting all of the elements to cooperate was a fun task.

But the bigger challenge came in the backend. The NTNL Synod previously had a website and a separate database with all of the information of the different pastors, laypeople, churches and other organizations. For their new website, they wanted to combine all of that into one database on their website. So the challenge turned out to be how to organize all of that on the website. We settled on using custom post types and Advanced Custom Fields. It took us about a week to come up with all of the fields that would be needed to suit their needs. Fortunately, after working on Wooden & McLaughlin earlier in the year, connecting the data wasn’t too much of a challenge.

I also wrote a case study for Faith Growth on the work that we did for the synod. Work on this case study included going through documentation between Faith Growth and NTNL and interviewing Christopher Harris, owner of Faith Growth, and several NTNL staff members. Through this, I was able to write a study that clearly showed how we, at Faith Growth, were able to create a website that showcased their needs.

Overall, this was a very fun project to work on as well as a personal one. I was a member of the synod until September 2016, and I know plenty of people in the synod. It felt amazing to give them a cool-looking website and an organized back end so they can carry out their mission.

Details
Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod
Faith Growth

Date

A group of people standing in front of a crowd

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., knew they needed to do something with their website, so they turned to Faith Growth Inc. for help. And in April 2016, their new site went live with positive reception.

My part in this project was mainly focused on the front end. I was tasked with making the website look like the designs the church had approved. This involved working within the Genesis and Foundation framework to get the elements positioned correctly. One of the biggest CSS skills I learned from this project was how to get a mask or filter over background images to make text readable and create a cool effect. I also did some back-end work, creating and implementing some Advanced Custom Fields and making the templates work from a PHP standpoint.

The most challenging part of the build for me was getting the horizontal dropdown menus to work since that’s not a typical design element and something I haven’t had a lot of experience with.

All in all, this was a fun site to work on and I left feeling more confident as a front-end developer.

I also wrote a case study on our work with Ascension which also included a new communications plan as well as the website. I sifted through documentation between Faith Growth and Ascension and interviewed Christopher Harris, the owner of Faith Growth, and several members of the congregation. In the end, I was able to tell the story of how this site came together and how it has helped the church. This case study will be used to convince prospective customers that Faith Growth can help them achieve their goals.

Details
Case Study
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Ascension Lutheran Church
Faith Growth

Date

A screenshot of a cell phone

Wooden & McLaughlin

This website proved to be challenging in two ways.

The first challenge was getting the website to look exactly like the designs that the client approved. From the start of the project, I knew the designs would be winners, but we would have to fiddle around with Foundation and Genesis. The page title sections ended up being the toughest part to design. It required trying to find the right Genesis hook so that we could easily take it full width. Also challenging was getting the sidebars and content to lineup on all of the single post templates. That required jQuery to compare heights to the article div and the sidebar and make the shorter one match the taller one. It was tough, but it was worth it in the end.

The other challenge was connecting the practices, industries served, lawyers and posts to each other. The practices, industries and lawyers were each their own custom post type and we used Advanced Custom Fields to add the relationships between all of them and the posts. The tricky part came in making those connections in the PHP code. Fortunately, WordPress’ custom queries helped in this case as we were able to pull posts in based off of the ids of the practices, industries and lawyers involved.

Overall, this was a fun website to build. It pushed me to learn how to build relationships between the data and to learn CSS deeper in order to match the really cool design.

Details
Custom Theme
Web Development
Clients

Wooden McLaughlin, LLP
Faith Growth

Date

Web Maintenance

Websites are not a one-off, set it and forget it entity. They are living, breathing things, and you have to maintain them. With website maintenance, you can take your mind off any issues that come with maintaining a website. WordPress, themes and plugins will be update without any effort from you. If something goes wrong, I’ll be the one to fix it. You’ll also be hosted on WP Engine, which is built for WordPress websites. And you get 10 hours of small changes and edits to your site per month.

Includes

  • Web hosting on WP Engine
  • WordPress, Theme and Plugin Updates
  • Peace of mind if something goes wrong
  • 10 hours worth of changes and edits to the site per month

Storytelling

You have a story to tell, and the world should hear it. But maybe you just don’t have the time, or you get writer’s block when you sit down to write. Or maybe your not sure how to get the right shot for a video or photo story. Don’t worry. I can help you. Storytelling is a lifelong passion of mine, and there’s nothing better than being able to help out and tell a cool story, whether it’s through written word, photos or video. I would love to help you make that story come to life on the page.

Includes

  • Case studies
  • Blog posts for your business
  • Cool feature stories
  • Photo story, to show off on your website
  • Video story for you to show off on your website
A large crowd watching

Despite first-round exit, seniors believe in what Shaka Smart is building

The quiet and desolate Texas locker room in the early hours Saturday morning after a last-second loss to Northern Iowa was a long way from the boisterous practices and program cementing wins the Longhorns had grabbed earlier in the season.

But amongst the soft voices and held-back tears, one common theme rang loud and clear in that locker room.

Shaka Smart is the man for the job, no matter what the Chesapeake Arena scoreboard said.

Details
Sports Writing
Writing
Client

The Daily Texan

Date

Location

Austin, Texas

A man wearing a hat

Highballing Down the Line: A Day with Bert Dockell on the Hill Country Flyer

Bert Dockell sits in the cab of an Alco engine waiting for his crew members to finish tying up the train after driving the Hill Country Flyer from Cedar Park to Burnet, Texas. It’s something he’s been used to in his retirement years and he’s made the hour-and-a-half trip countless times during his time with the Austin Steam Train Association.

Prior to joining the association, Dockell worked for over 40 years with Amtrak, Santa Fe and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, working mainly out of the BNSF yard in Temple, Texas. Now the eldest engineer at ASTA, he helps train other prospective engineers looking to help out on the all-volunteer railroad.

Details
Multimedia
Photo Story
Client

Reporting: Images

Date

Location

Cedar Park, Texas

Martin’s List

Martin’s List is a web application for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Before Faith Growth stepped in, it was a bit of a mess. It was originally built into the ministry network’s main website, but they hadn’t accounted for the growth that word occur with the application. Now it was outgrowing what they could handle.

So Faith Growth built a custom site for the application where people could upload, comment and “nail”, a play on the Facebook “like”. The result was a much cleaner and smoother site that has been met with great reviews.

My case study on Faith Growth’s work on Martin’s List focused on this aspect: how they took a mess of a site and made it much more organized and easier to use. In all of the research and interviews I did for this case study, this seemed to be the main focus through it all. And I feel like captured that as well as the positive reaction of the ministry network folks to help convince other’s that Faith Growth is the right company for their site.

Details
Case Study
Client

Faith Growth

Date