1. The Call .
Not to long ago I got a phone call from Pawel. He was looking for somebody who could do a website for him, that was modern and easy to use. He’d heard about WordPress before, but did not really have the means to read more about it and make the website himself.
Since he wanted to make updates to the website himself later on, I knew I had to make it user friendly. I did some sketches after our phone conversation to have them ready for our meeting.
I showed him what I had drawn, and presented how I would see this project developed.
2. Design and Development.
I decided that the best theme to be used for this project would be “Executive Pro” from StudioPress. It is really nice theme, very well developed and really easy to modify and use.
I came back home and I got to work. First I had to do a mock-up of the website, and like every other design I did it in Photoshop. After some small changes and emailing back and forth the design got approved.
Now I could get to programming. Before I could begin customization, I looked for all the plugins I would use. Most of the plugins that I used for this website I used before.
Genesis Responsive Slider, Gravity Forms, HMS Testimonials, to name a few.
I started with setting up the slider, call to action, and what ever did not need to be changed in PHP or CSS.
Next I changed the midsection from three columns to two, I made that change is CSS. I also had to add logos section on the bottom. I did that by creating a Widget area.
Another thing to add was a portfolio. I did not want to make an ordinary portfolio, I wanted it to be cool. I couldn’t find a plugin for it so I had to make it my self. Since I’m not fluent in PHP I had to cheat a bit. Like with any other problem I went to google.com, since Google is like a magic box with all the answers I googled what I needed. I found Sridhar Katakam website and his tutorial “Filterable Portfolio in Genesis”. I read through it, and got to work. Unfortunately for me I made a mistake somewhere along the way, and I needed some help. Fortunately I have a good friend Rafal who knows PHP really well, and after 5 minutes it was fixed.
3. Launch Time.
After adding all the content, photos, setting up contact form and social media,the website was done. Some minor changes were made by the client, and everything was ready to go.
I still needed to teach my client how to use the website, and to make my life and my clients life easier, I decided to create a cheat sheet.
This project took 5 weeks from start to finish and cost between $1400-$1800.
I’m really happy that they choose me for this project. It was really easy to work with Pawel and Karina from Forma INC and I hope to work with them in the future.
Bartek created a new website for Forma, Inc., an architectural based firm. He satisfied our requests on time and within our budget resulting in a website that is far superior to our previous one. His knowledge, experience and intuitiveness provided a smooth design process and launch of the new Forma website. We really appreciate all the time he devoted to the development of the website as well as after it was done. We couldn’t have found a better web designer! Thanks again! –Paul Florczak Owner at Forma INC.