My First WordCamp

I had a great time at WordCamp Philly 2015!  All of the speakers were excellent and the entire experience was well worth it.  I also met some really cool people and connect with a bunch more on Twitter thanks to the #wcphilly hashtag.

I have also been inspired to “get outside the WordPress bubble” by 10up CEO John Eckman, so I’ll be looking for other conferences in the area throughout the year.  There’s also a new WordCamp Scranton later this Summer which I’m planning to attend as well!

Sessions I attended

  • YOGA for Desk Jockeys by Erica Varlese
  • Start Selling Images With WordPress in Under 10 Minutes by Scott Wyden Kivowitz
  • Moonlighting With WordPress by Erica Sterling
  • Panel: WordPress in Schools (Content  Architecture was cancelled)
  • Getting outside the WordPress bubble by John Eckman
  • Advanced Topics in WordPress Development by Andrew Nacin
  • Building Parsec: A Fully Responsive Theme by Joe Casabona
  • Designeveloper – A Practical Designer’s Guide to Next-level Your Developexpertise by Justin Sternberg
  • Before You Quit Your Day Job by Sharon McMullen

Hello, World!

This is the default post that comes with every new WordPress installation. I have a tradition of using it to introduce my website instead of deleting it as most people do.

So, here is my latest creation.

I have re-branded my freelance web design business to give it a more personal touch. Using my last name, I want people to know when they hire me they are getting me a person and not just a web designer. What this means is that in addition to helping create websites, I am also committed to education my clients on how to use their website to accomplish their goals, whatever they might be.

I love WordPress because it gives people control of their own content. It’s simple and intuitive to use when setup properly and if you are taught how to use it. I have found most people are very excited to learn how to update their pages and even start blogging.

Using WordPress gives me the ability to hand a finished website while maintaining a working relationship to make sure my clients’ websites stay secure and functional.

Janelle On Location

Janelle On Location is a small business owned by Janelle Morrison that provides hair and makeup services to brides and their bridesmaids.

Project Details

We customized a WordPress theme from Elegant Themes by adding custom page layouts and sliders for the images on the home page and testimonials.

Janelle was very involved in the design process, and I appreciated how much she communicated what she wanted so I could create a website she would be happy with and proud to share.

Testimonial from Janelle:

After a move, I was starting my business from scratch. What better way to introduce my services to my new area than to launch a new website? Craig was recommended to me, and I have been thrilled to work with him! He patiently listened to my hundreds of questions {and ignorance of technology}, and was eager to make sure everything was just as I wanted it, and that I understood how things worked. He helped me think through the best way to reach my audience, and then delivered what we decided on!

I have received dozens and dozens of compliments on my new website, and every time I answer with, “Thanks so much- my web designer did such a great job. I love it too!” Craig made my website editable which has transformed my business. Now, with the click of a button, I can update or change information, wording, photos, etc. Those small things were always such a headache before, and it felt like it took forever to get one little thing changed!

Craig has made my website work for ME and MY business, and I am so very grateful.

The Frog Rock Foundation

The Frog Rock Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve long-term outcomes for underserved children in Westchester County, New York.

Project Details

For this website I worked with a designer to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch. The theme features a sliding bar that follows your mouse under the menu and a slider of images and corresponding bullets off to the side on the home page.

The Rosewood Shop

The Rosewood Shop is a small business owned by Alberto Marranzano in Port Chester, New York who builds custom furniture.

Project Details

This website was a collaboration with a web designer who provided me with a Photoshop design and I created a custom WordPress theme with HTML, CSS, and PHP.