Bridal Elegance Salon has an elegant new website!

Bridal Elegance Salon - homepageStacey Thompson’s bridal salon in Torrance has received accolades from The Knot, and the local newspaper. Now her website reflects the elegance of the bridal gowns she sells.

Using the Nirvana theme from Cryout Creations provided the ability to customize a homepage with a photo slider, and beautiful grid layout of featured photos from each dress line the salon carries. Hover text provides the name of the dress line, and a click takes the viewer to more photos from that line.

The content is kept fresh seasonally with updated photos, and the latest bridal news and photos is found on Stacey;s Facebook and Twitter pages which are linked from icons in the website header and footer.

Visit Stacey’s website, you’ll enjoy the great photos. Make an appointment or stop by the salon if you are getting married, in a wedding, or need a formal dress for a special occasion.

Palos Verdes High School’s website is continually changing banner slideshow and scrolling news ticker on developed by Patricia Gill

In August 2014 I launched an updated 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

PV Sea King Football website developed by Patricia Gill

I recently updated the website for Palos Verdes High School’s Sea King Football team. The homepage design is based on a sketch from one of the coaches. It presents all the news players and parents need about upcoming events, and photos and news feed from Facebook, Google calendar, and blog posts.

Because information for the website is funneled through annually changing parent volunteers the previous layout was not working to keep the site vibrant and current. Adding a feed from Facebook, and a Google calendar keep fresh content front and center.

The responsive website, and infinite variations in layout are due to the WordPress theme developers at Elegant Themes. Their Divi theme allows almost any layout design to become a reality.

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 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 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 -

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 It will look great on your laptop, mobile phone, or tablet.

RBH Insulation | Local Business

Information Leading to Sales

RBH Insulation’s website is now fully responsive! Why is this important? Because when a potential customer is using a mobile device to search for “home insulation” or “RBH Insulation” Google search will not show an unresponsive website in the search results.

We used WordPress to develop the new responsive site, keeping closely with the existing appearance. WordPress was a great choice because the developers will handle software updates to keep current with changes in web technology. That doesn’t mean the site doesn’t need regular monitoring and maintenance, but it can mean that down the road major coding updates may not be necessary at the website level.

The appealing colors and clean design haven’t changed much in 5 years. Most of the changes are under the hood.

Visit the new, responsive, WordPress RBH Insulation website at Go ahead, use your mobile phone or iPad.