Root Rebound Reflection

Yvette Hamaya and Stacie Reeve are yoga instructors in Southern California. They are hosting a yoga retreat in near San Luis Obispo in September. I developed this WordPress website to provide information about the Retreat, and the surrounding area, and booking for the retreat. Using WooCommerce allows attendees to register and pay a deposit to hold their place at the Retreat. They will be invoiced for the balance before the event. Easy breezy!

booking website for hamayareeveyoga.com - developed by saidthespider.net

 

The joy of the season

Light some candles.

The joy of the season - candle light

Enjoy the glow of the holidays. May the joy of the season illuminate your life throughout the new year.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah.
Happy New Year.

What’s Up with WordPress websites and more?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any new projects. It must seem I have been at the pool all summer. Not exactly… but not entirely untrue.

So what have I really been doing this summer and autumn? Mostly WordPress websites.

  1. Installed a new theme for an existing WordPress website, restructured existing posts to be more readable online, added search engine optimization (SEO), created a social media marketing (SMM) plan for eternalsouls.net, An interactive forum about how God is working in our lives to bring about love, hope, change and transformation. Doug has an important message to share.
  2. Developed product specific pages and a WooCommerce Shopping cart with products, photos, and more for WaterMag. It gets the water out of hydraulic systems a new product from FilterMag. watermag.net
  3. Created Fall web slider and LookBook from MJ OBrien Design’s work, and added Fall Photoshoot to YouTube and website for JudyP Apparel – judypapparel.com.
  4. Continued work moving an existing HTML site to WordPress website, setup subscription and membership functionality on WooCommerce, and finally went live today! EI1.org
  5. Developed new WordPress site designed by MJ OBrien Design. Robin Kalota provides strategies and solutions to reach both lifestyle and wealth transfer objectives for clients with significant art collections. planartllc.com
  6. Updated PVBoosterClub.com with Divi, a WordPress theme from Elegant Themes. Very customizable.
  7. Setup a landing page for donations for Cutting Edge, a payment processor. Just a simple page where donors can make online contributions.
  8. PVHigh.com became pvhs.pvpusd.net, a part of a district-wide move to Edlio, a provider of websites to schools. I was sad to see pvhigh.com go offline in the format I had so painstakingly developed over seven years. I have stayed on to keep the site content updated, requiring me to learn the Edlio back-end. I am also adding content to Constant Contact weekly email updates sent to students and parents. Continual changes, and always something new to learn. Fun.
  9. Continued the development of a website for Temecula Town Center with a very cool map and directory function. Designed by MJ OBrien Design. This is now live at www.temeculatc.com.
  10. Developed a new WordPress website for Las Madrecitas – Las Ninas using Elegant Themes Divi. There are three parts to the site – public pages, members only pages, and a customized interface with TrackItForward for members to track their service hours, and volunteer for community service events. Also added WooCommerce for resale of ball gowns. Member subscribers receive emailed notices of News posted to the website. You can’t see most of this unless you are a member. I’ll do a post soon on the functionality of this site and show you screenshots. lasmadrecitas-lasninas.com
  11. Laid out a wireframe for a new WordPress website for Faith Radio Uganda. This is now live! faithradiouganda.org
  12. So what’s left? A website for a real estate developer is still pending, an events and entertainment company website just went live. Designed by MJ OBrien Design there are lots of great videos and audios to sample. I’ll do a post on this one soon as well. wendoevents.com
  13. More WordPress websites! Just starting a new site for a client of Sinning Communications, a public relations firm which provides services to technical industries. And revamping Foothill HS Counseling’s WordPress website using a new theme and more news driven homepage layout.
  14. And all through the warm and sometimes very hot summer days I continued to monitor more than 45 websites, backing up files and databases, monitoring security to prevent hackers from hijacking websites, updating software; and adding and updating content as needed – new products, customers, blog posts, videos, social media, and lots more.

It was hot here in Southern California less than a month ago. My almost daily gifts of roses next to the coffee maker are becoming less frequent. Now Thanksgiving has come and gone. Christmas, Hanukkah, and 2017 are just days away. It’s cool outside now so I’m not tempted to get cool in the pool. Guess I’ll keep my nose to the grindstone until it warms up again.

Palos Verdes High School’s website is continually changing

pvhigh.com banner slideshow and scrolling news ticker on pvhigh.com developed by Patricia Gill saidthespider.net

In August 2014 I launched an updated pvhigh.com website on WordPress using Kopa’s Open Times theme. After more than a year and a half the site is still vibrant and dynamic, with continual additions to functionality and presentation. Additions to the homepage slider include a banner area above the slider for special promotions, and most recently, a scrolling news ticker highlighting NCAA Day students.

Social media feeds including Instagram and Twitter, daily weather updates, claendars, and more keep students, parents, and staff in the know on pvhigh.com.

Harry’s Moving | Local Business

Harry’s Moving moves to WordPress

Harry's Moving local business website developed in WordPress by Patricia Gill saidthespider.netThe need to keep up with changes in the way users access the Internet (mobile devices and tablets), requiring responsive website design, moved Jerry Cohen of Harry’s Moving in Torrance, California to choose the WordPress platform for his moving company’s website harrysmoving.com. Jerry needs to keep his Los Angeles area local moving service easy to find, Google’s decision to show only mobile-friendly sites on mobile search results was the main impetus for the change.

The existing HTML website was a few years old and needed  a little updating so the timing was perfect. Mantra, WordPress theme from Cryout Creations eased the transition and allowed us to keep the clean design and straightforward navigation of the current site.

Although WordPress began life as a blogging platform, it is now widely used for websites that do not feature a blog. As of January 2015 WordPress was used for more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites. The choice of a theme provides the basic structure and functionality of the site. The addition of “plug-ins” add to appearance and functionality, including security and automatic backups for the site.

Get out your mobile phone and check out the new and improved website for Harry’s & McCoy’s Moving at harrysmoving.com. Then contact Jerry to move all the stuff in your garage to storage.

 

Citivest Commercial LLC | Investments Real Estate

Citivest Commercial LLC WordPress website designed by MJ Obrien Desgn, developed by Patricia Gill - saidthespider.net

Platform: WordPress website with customized Tempera theme (Cryout Creations)
Fully responsive: Easy to read and navigate on a wide range of devices
Home: Image slider
Footer: Quick contact information
Navigation: Multi-level menu on all pages, custom menus on section pages
Added Functionality:

  • Image galleries showcase properties, lightboxes popup to allow user to click easily through larger photos.

Information Brochure

Some years ago I developed a website for Citivest Commercial from a design by Mary Jane O’Brien. Coded in HTML with some javascript functionality, the site was attractive and functional as an informational piece for the company. Needing to update information about a number of investment properties, Citivest Commercial wanted keep up with changes in web technology (read “responsive coding”) and current design trends.

For the updated site, Mary Jane developed a fresh, contemporary design, and I customized a WordPress theme to produce the desired appearance, and obtained the needed responsiveness in the process. Functionality was added with photo galleries, lightboxes, custom menus, and a News blog.

The flat design is clean and professional, the information is concise, the photos informative – a perfect information showcase.

Checkout the Citivest Commercial’s new, responsive, WordPress site at www.citivestcommercial.com. It will look great on your laptop, mobile phone, or tablet.