website design

  • Can I build a sufficient business website on Squarespace?

    Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant & Bar websiteAs a website developer who primarily builds content management system websites on established CMS platforms, I always had a bad feeling about Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and other "do it yourself" website tools. I'd wonder, "Will these services eventually take over the small business market? Will I lose business to these guys?"

  • Does Your Website Need a Hero Image?

    im a heroTake a look at almost any newer website design on the Internet today and there's a great chance you'll see a giant photo or a huge photo slider on the home page. Just like fashion, architecture, and other industries, web design follows trends. People see other sites and they want their site to look the same. They go to seminars where "professionals" tell them "your site must have an enormous photo on the home page." 

  • Home Page Image Slider Tips

    METTON image sliderIn my last news article, Does Your website Need a Hero Image?, I questioned whether following this layout trend was absolutely necessary. But I also mentioned that most of my new sites utilize photo sliders on the home page. So, if you're going to use a hero image or a big image slider on your home page, think about how it should look and work. Here are some basic rules to consider.

  • In-House Photographer Hard at Work

    Liz at SSR

    I Design also does photography. Here's Liz (my wife) taking a break from weddings by shooting equpiment and trucks for one of my clients. My only direction, "make 'em look skinny!"

  • Just published a new website for a New Orleans Personal Injury Firm

    We've just published a new website for the New Orleans law firm of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC. Like almost all of our websites, this one is a custom design and we're very proud of the final result. 

    Several years back, the firm hired us to replace their old site that was outdated and uninspiring. We quickly published a new, responsive CMS website with a new logo design so they could be proud of their online presence. They decided late last year to start on a new, more dynamic, modern website to compete in the crowded plaintiff law firm category. The redesign has lots of new features, including dynamic design tiles highlighting their practice areas and attorney bios (two of the most important sections of a law firm site), dynamic slider content on the attorney bio pages, and new keyword rich text. The new site is fast, engaging, and works great on all kinds of screen sizes and devices.

  • New Websites Published

    I published another responsive Joomla website this past week. The Port of New Orleans plays host to the Critical Commodities Conference every year in April, and the website processes all transactions for the event including registrations, sponsorships and exhibitor space. The new design for the 2014 event utilizes a responsive layout and simplified navigation. 

    I've also published new responsive sites for Louisiana State Representative Walt Leger and United Medical Providers. Since Walt is active in social media (I wish all of my clients were), I included some nice social tabs on all pages that make it easy for users to read, promote and share his posts. It's been a really busy summer, but I'm happy these sites are live and I'm looking forward to getting started on some new projects. I'll be designing and developing several sites that will feature full-screen client photographs in responsive layouts, so they'll look really nice. Looking forward to posting another story when they're complete!

  • Purpose Driven Designs Result in Beautiful Layouts

    I was reading a book on architecture with my son last night and he asked, "which of these buildings is your favorite?" I admire lots of buildings--the genius of the Colosseum, the beauty and scale of Angkor Wat, and the well adorned Chrysler Building to name a few. But that night we also read about the Guggenheim Museum in New York and that's the one I chose. 

  • Responsive Templates in Joomla 3.0

    Responsive web design is all the rage (Mashable called 2013 the Year of Responsive Web Design) and I'm working on a couple of websites that are utilizing responsive templates in Joomla 3.0 now. Responsive templates automatically adjust the content to fit the browser window, whether it's a computer browser, tablet or phone.

    Viewing the site on a tablet? In portrait mode? No problem—the responsive template will adapt menus, sidebars, and all content to layout beautifully. This is important to note since multiple reports show that tablet traffic is growing rapidly, particularly in the US and UK. It's not enough to have just a mobile template—you must consider how your site will look on all devices.

    Every site that I design from now on will utilize RWD as mobile traffic increases. Be sure your next website doesn't ignore the trend.

  • Retro Design in a Modern Layout

    Crescent Palms Motel websiteI've just published a new website for the Crescent Palms Motel located off Broad Street on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The property has a ton of rich history which you can read about on the site, so if you're ever in the neighborhood, drive by and check it out. You can also view photo galleries of the newly renovated property and the original Mason's Motel.

    I designed the original site in 2008 and it served them well for seven years. Like the original, the updated site features a vintage sixties layout using architectural elements and colors from the renovated motel. Other graphic assets include an animated neon sign graphic, a large panning photo slider, and a nice retro headline font. The vintage design is wrapped in a modern layout that features a sticky header, mobile only nav buttons, and integrations for Tripadvisor and Expedia content.

    Check it out here.