Many of the websites I design and create are custom, hand-coded sites (like this one). We'll discuss your brand and what your website should accomplish, and start drafting. Everything I create will be from scratch, so every detail will be in support of your brand.
WordPress is my favorite CMS (Content Management System), and the one I use on my personal blogs. I have installed and upgraded WordPress countless times. It's an extremely flexible system, allowing you to create almost anything with the help of plug-ins and custom functions. I have created many custom WordPress themes, some of which you can see in the websites section of my portfolio. If you will be posting new content often, or need an RSS feed to deliver new content directly to your readers, you might want a blog.
With more and more people browsing the web on their phones, mobile versions are becoming essential, even if the full site displays fine. I can cut out the fluff using Responsive Design principles. Just because users can zoom in doesn't mean they should! Fit the content to their screen and add some easy navigation, and they're much more likely to stay on your site.
I have used many different photo galleries, including Coppermine Photo Gallery, JAlbum, SimpleViewer, Lightbox, and others. Which gallery is right for you depends on how many photos you have, how often you'll add more, and what features you're looking for.
Advertising can be integrated into your site, if required. Google AdSense can be customized to match the colors of your site. I can design your site with ad placement in mind.
If you need an animated (or static) .gif or flash banner to advertise your site, I can create one.
I have been coding and designing since 1999. I prefer to code in XHTML, CSS, and PHP, with bits of other code like jQuery when needed. My designs are cross-browser compatible, use semantic XHTML, and are standards compliant. They do not use templates, do not use tables for layout, and are optimized for search engines (SEO). I keep up-to-date on current techniques and industry best practices.
I design sites for all modern browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera). If you know that a large portion of your audience will be using much older (or different) browsers, let me know.
Even if it's not listed, I can probably do it. If there's some other web software you need, I can install it for you. Forums, blogs, photo galleries, shopping carts, wikis — let me know and I'll check it out. I'm always eager to try new software!
Drupal and Joomla:
Drupal and Joomla are complex content management systems (CMSs). I have installed both, but they are not my specialty. If you need either of these, please contact me for more information.
I do not offer full Flash-based websites. Many of the effects done with flash can actually be done better with other techniques, such as jQuery, which I'm happy to discuss with you.