Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba AFTER

Kaira Ba website is up!

One of the things I love about working as a freelancer is all the interesting projects I get to be a part of. I had the pleasure of brightening up my winter this year by working on a web project for Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba.

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Free images

Looking for images to use for a project or blog? Here are some websites I go to for photos. All of these images are free to use for personal use and some for commercial use. They each have their own copyright and crediting specifics so make sure you read up before using an image.

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The Design

When someone hires me to make a site, they often expect a mockup right away. While it is possible to jump immediately into the design, I don’t recommend it. As Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra says, “To be prepared is half the victory.” Creating a website is more than just design–it’s about organizing your information, targeting your audience, communicating effectively, and being consistent with your brand identity.

I have written a series of articles outlining these steps. This is part 3 of the series.

Now that we have created a sitemap and wireframes, we are finally ready to apply design to our blueprint and foundation! We can focus on design knowing that everything else is taken care of and accounted for.

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Wireframes

When someone hires me to make a site, they often expect a mockup right away. While it is possible to jump immediately into the design, I don’t recommend it. As Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra says, “To be prepared is half the victory.” Creating a website is more than just design–it’s about organizing your information, targeting your audience, communicating effectively, and being consistent with your brand identity.

I have written a series of articles outlining these steps. This is part 2 of the series.

What is a wireframe?

Wireframes are basic sketches of the elements for each page. This is incredibly useful for focusing on the content of each page without being distracted by the design.

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NC Vegetable Planting Guide

NC Vegetable Planting Guide

I was tired of missing the window for planting early season crops so I decided to make a visual guide of when to plant what for North Carolina. Click on the image to view a larger version.

Feel free to contact me with any suggestions for improvements!

 

Healwell Sitemap

The sitemap

When someone hires me to make a site, they often expect a mockup right away. While it is possible to jump immediately into the design, I don’t recommend it. As Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra says, “To be prepared is half the victory.” Creating a website is more than just design–it’s about organizing your information, targeting your audience, communicating effectively, and being consistent with your brand identity.

I have written a series of articles outlining these steps. This is part 1 of the series.

What is a sitemap?

Simply put, a sitemap is a map of your pages. You can think of it as a very basic outline to your entire site.

It illustrates what pages will exist on your site and how they will be arranged in terms of hierarchy. A sitemap often dictates the navigation, however, sometimes the navigation is customized based on what is most important to your users rather than the sitemap hierarchy.

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What is the difference between a domain provider and a hosting server?

A lot of people ask me what the difference is between a domain and a hosting server.

Domain

Think of a domain as a mailing address. It is a unique name used to identify a particular website so that people know where to find you on the world wide web. For example, my domain is GIGIgraphics.com. Your domain exists independently of your site. You can use your domain with another site, or you can cancel it, or you can let it expire, and through all of that, your site with all of its content remains unchanged.

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How does changing my web hosting affect my emails?

A lot of my clients are worried that their emails will get messed up if they change who they host their web servers with.

It’s an understandable thing to be worried about. Fortunately, as long as we take the right steps, your email will be safe!

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Hosting Providers

Ready to get some web hosting?

Great! There are a lot of options for hosting providers.

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