About Lori's Web Design
I've been a professional web designer since 2000 but volunteered on websites a few years before that while learning to write HTML by hand. I worked as a computer tutor in computer labs for 4 years while attending community college in Spokane and EWU in Cheney pursuing an English/Creative Writing Degree (1996), where I learned software on both Mac and PC. While at college I took several Internet courses. The rest of my web design education was self-taught and through experience.
Hand coded HTML used on all websites.
No templates or WYSIWYGs used here.
No templates or WYSIWYGs used here.
I learned to write HTML by hand before WYSIWYGs or CMS programs were widely available, which is a plus because my websites are very clean, devoid of code bloat and load fast on any browser. I usually redesign sites, removing any technical or SEO errors as well as code bloat and set it up with clean HTML, often keeping the same layout.
GraphicsI wouldn't call myself a professional graphic artist but did take graphics courses in college and was an artist in oils and amateur photographer before I got so busy with web design. Artistic skills are very helpful when designing the layout and balancing elements of a website. I use Fireworks CS5 to edit photos.
Responsive Web DesignI have recently started redesigning current client sites with responsive design, i.e., viewable as both websites and on mobile devices. I'm so busy with client sites I don't have time to do my own so that's why you may have a problem viewing this site on an iphone.
SEO ServicesI don't charge extra for SEO services (Search Engine Optimization) because everything I do is related to SEO. I tweak the keywords as I redesign a website if needed or de-optimize them if they were over-optimized. When a client sends me text to put on a site, if I see it could be enhanced by changing a few words, then I do so (switching pronouns for nouns, adding a keyword here and there, etc.). I enjoy digging into code so much that I often start cleaning up the code on sites before I even receive the deposit.
I don't encourage use of CMS (Content Management Systems - sometimes called site builders) where the owner of the site can edit it themselves because these programs usually produce a lot of code bloat and deprecated code so the HTML will not validate and this has recently been stated as a ranking factor by Google engineers. People who don't know how to write HTML or understand SEO can effectively destroy their website with these programs. Most of the sites I have redesigned were originally built with these programs because the websites weren't going anywhere in the search engine ranking.
I'm not a software programmer because I want to keep my focus on my area of expertise, which is building search engine friendly websites. I can refer these other jobs out, however, if needed.
CSS DesignsI am currently designing sites with 100% CSS so websites load quickly without the code bloat produced via WYSIWYGs, CMS, or blogs. I aim for search engine friendly designs and cross browser compatibility on both the Mac and PC.
Personalized ServiceI own my own web design business and have no employees so you get personal service from Lori's Web Design. I'm also a former business owner and understand the needs of budgeting the design and ranking of a website for small businesses. I'm also very frugal, even make my own sticky notes, and don't have to upgrade a lot of web design software because I write code by hand, and thus my fees are very reasonable.
I currently have about 50 clients, several in Spokane and others across the USA. Each site is given personal attention by teaching clients how to attain good keyword ranking, how to find good backlinks, watch out for SEO scams, link submission scams and ranking schemes.
I watch over client websites and let them know when there is something wrong that will affect their ranking. I also keep watch over domain renewals and remind the clients so they don't lose their domain. When they have quick edits for their website I usually get those loaded within 24 hours except for weekends or holidays. I follow several webmaster forums every week keep up with the latest developments in Google, web design and search engines.
More information is available on my web design experience and testimony pages and the Web Design Portfolio. Also see the Christian Statement of Faith page.
See my contact page or call me at (509) 397-6000 if I can help you with your website.
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