I am primarily a graphic artist, writer and musician, and most of my work is inspired by sacred geometry. My wide range of web skills makes me a good project manager who knows how to deal with most aspects of online promotion and design. I have been making my own websites for nearlry 20 years. I am competent in WordPress setup and management. I have moderate video editing skills. I am competent with Facebook marketing, Google SEO, Flash animations, advertising copy, digital and physical product sales, ejunkie, paypal, etc etc. Lately I am enjoying using more video in projects, including the animated spokes-people like the annoying one on this page 😉 .
Making a website is a complex project involving many different factors beyond the actual web pages. I find most people do not have a clear idea of the best way to achieve their online goals. Partly this is because simply keeping up with the best options available is a full time job these days. If you have an interesting project/website to develop then contact me through the form here for a consultation about the possibilities I would recommend.
However I must warn you that I am not currently seeking employment unless it is something special 🙂
I don’t like it when businesses are coy about the possible expenses of a service they are offering… so let me say up front that my standard rate is currently $100AUD an hour… but that this is negotiable depending on your situation and the inspirational qualities of the project! If it is something worthwhile to the planet that fits in with my time availability and skills… then let’s talk about it anyway 🙂
Please see the Homepage of Narada Design for links to examples of my work
Keeping costs down –
It is possible to keep your costs down to a small fraction of what they would otherwise be by:
- starting from a premade template. (ask me about options for this)
- preparing your written content
- having a good idea what colour scheme you want
- having either the exact images, or examples of the kind of images you want included (Can find great images to license at sites such as iStockPhoto)
- knowing what the purpose of your site is – ie, sales, promotion, fanbase, building authority in your niche, etc.
- knowing what ‘key words’ your prospective customers are likely to type into search engines to find you
Different kinds of websites – WordPress, HTML, Flash
Each kind of website has its own advantages and limitations.
WordPress – the world’s most popular website management system – (and it’s free)
In general I highly recommend… for most purposes… a WordPress site with the right theme and plugins. This will allow you to take as much control of your own site as you wish when you are ready, and the learning curve is not nearly as steep as it used to be! Please spend a little time educating yourself about WordPress as it can be made to do pretty much anything you have ever seen done on a website.
Plain html- and html5
HTML is the basic language of web pages still and works intimately with other technologies for more advanced functionality. Here we are typifying an HTML site as one that does not include Content Management System and therefore requires a considerably more knowledge to update and manage the site.
Html5 is the latest version of html that was released a few years ago and allows much of the functionality of Flash animations without using browser plugins. For instance the Flipbook on my site www.RewritingPrehistory.com would once have been made in flash but is now made in html5.
Unfortunately Flash is a dying technology since Apple decided not to allow it on iPhones 🙁 Modern browsers also tend to make the visitor click a permission link in order to show Flash content. Therefore I now use advanced video interfaces to achieve most of what used to be done in Flash.
Graphics, Slideshows, Animations, & Video ~
I have considerable experience with creating imagery and animations, and also in showcasing visual content with integrated galleries and slideshows and video.
Search Engine Optimisation ~
I also keep myself up to date on the latest tools for promoting your site online.
This is a field in many ways more complicated than the actual creation of your website. Unless you are intending to promote your website entirely through ‘real world’ activities, then becoming high profile in the search engines such as Google is something that you need to discuss with me.