New website For Children’s Author

Launched today is a brand new website for children’s author Gary Scholar.

children's autor website

Gary has written a series of 39 children’s books – BAP Books – Believe Anything’s Possible. They address issues many kids struggle with such a bullying, illness and overcoming fear but also issues like losing a parent, adoption and foster care. All of his book are available through Amazon.

Gary first came across our web design services when we launched a website for a St Louis Children’s author in 2006. He kept our contact details on the back burner and touched base with us in the Fall last year. By that time we had relocated to Chicago which is where he is based. We had obviously made an impression for him to reach out after all those years!

The website we created for him is very colorful and designed to appeal to both children and adults alike. We categorized his books into 8 series and built the site around them

Built on the WordPress platform the website is mobile friendly and designed to easily accommodate further books.

Gary is thrilled with the site and this is what he had to say

“Zoe, thanks so much for being so professional, knowledgeable, creative and loving as you made my website come alive in such a wonderful creative way. You are an absolute joy to work with and I’m sure down the road I will be using your expertise again.”

New Podcast Website for Kids

Launched this week is a brand new website for kids, CozyCornerPodcast.com

The site has a very simple design, created to appeal to pre-k kids and their parents. Each day it will feature a new audio story – all the stories are original and also include relaxation techniques designed to help the little listeners unwind and prepare for bed.

cozy corner podcast website

The stories are organized as podcasts enabling listeners to easily subscribe and use a multitude of devices to enjoy.

New Web site for Burns Recovered

Launched this week is a brand new look for the Burns Recovered website
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I have been working, pro bono, for this not for profit organization for the last six years. In that time I have help them move with the times, updating a very dated website and then making the web site responsive and even integrating a new logo.

This latest update was driven by the old website becoming very cluttered as it had become updated. The new look offers a much cleaner simpler look and features the stunning photographs from the book published by Burns Recovered “Beauty Is…” The site offers very clear call to actions and performs beautifully across all devices.

Here is what Lynn Heulsmann, Executive Director of Burns Recovered had to say

“Indigo Image created a dynamic, professional and engaging website for Burns Recovered/Midwest Children’s Burn Camp.  In addition to the site being desktop and mobile accessible, it is aesthetically pleasing  and we are thrilled with the outcome.”

New Website for Motor Appliance Corporation

We have been working with Motor Appliance Corporation for many years… mostly on the graphic design of technical products flyers and precision design of overlay stickers for their products.

The re-design of their website was a project that had been on the back-burner for some time but just last week we launched a brand new shiny site for them. Visit it at macmc.com

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Web re-design projects are always really satisfying particularly when you take a look back. Here is the original site. It had served them well for many years but was looking rather dated and wasn’t working well on mobile devices

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The new website was built on the WordPress platform which will give the client much more freedom to self maintain. We offer full training on using WordPress in the form of screenshot videos in which we walk through a specific task. This approach works really well as they can be viewed and revisited as many times as as required.

The site itself is very clean, with power pops of red in keeping with the branding elements and is fully responsive.

New Website for Creative in Chicago

Creative in Chicago started life on the Blogger platform in September 2010. It that time it has seen amazing growth with monthly traffic regularly reaching 60K hits and a good steady revenue from advertising. While Blogger is a fantastic platform it does have it’s limitations and it was time to take to the site to the next level and convert it to a self hosted WordPress site. With over 340 posts this was no mean feat!

There were two really critical elements to the project.

  1. Maintain all the equity built up with the search engines and across social media platforms. It was important that the urls’s of all the pages remained the same so anyone clicking on a link would be delivered to the correct page and not be met with the dreaded “NOT FOUND” screen.
  2. A staggering 60% of the visits to the site come from mobile devices so it was imperative that mobile users have the best experience possible.

It was also time to give the site a fresh new look so the project also included a redesign element.

The home page now offers a featured project and fantastic photographs are displayed throughout.

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And the site has been carefully organized into categories which all give a photo overview and excerpt of each post.
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and are easily accessible through a well thought out drop down navigation which converts nicely into a mobile friendly tool for mobile users

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The site was launched with zero loss of performance – the traffic is steady and strong and advertising revenues constant.

New Website for Chicago Headhunting Company

We have worked with Peter Meder & Company, a Chicago executive headhunting company, for over six years now. The original site we created had served them well, but was created before the popularity of smartphones … as a result it did not offer site visitors an optimum “mobile experience”.

The new site, launched today, gives the company a brand new look which is more up to date and visitors can now have a good experience from whatever device they are using to access the site, desktop to phone. Check it out at http://pmedercompany.com/

new website for chicago headhunter

new website for chicago headhunter

Creating a text alert for a new order from WooCommerce

I recently built an eCommerce website using WooCommerce and a functionality my client was looking for, was the ability to receive a simple text message that they had a new order. WooCommerce automatically sends out an email when a new order is generated but my client didn’t want to be a slave to checking their inbox…a fair enough request I thought!

My first approach was to use a SMS plugin but it appeared there was no free way to achieve this simplest of tasks. So I got creative!

Creating a text alert for a new order from WooCommerce without using a plugin

  1. Start by creating a unique email address through your hosting provider. It can be as obscure as you like e.g textalert@company.com…the only emails this account will receive will be from WooCommerce.
  2. Log into your WordPress dashboard and navigate to WooCommerce  > Settings > Emails  > New Order. Add your newly generated email address.wooCommerce text alert
  3. Log into your newly created email account. The email account I used was powered by SmarterMail and through their settings I was able to set up an Event with an Action that would trigger whenever the inbox received a new message – ie an order had been generated. The way you do this will depend upon the email provider but SmarterMail makes the process very easy. The clever part comes in the configuration of the Action.  All cell phone numbers have an email address associated with them, all you need to determine what it is. is the cell phone number itself and the cell phone carrier.
    e.g a cell phone number of 123 456 78910 with verizon would have an associated email address of 12345678910@vtext.com.The Action should be configured to send a simple text message to the email address associated with the cell number

It has proved to be be a simple and effective way to receive text notifications of new orders

eCommerce website for Body Wipe Company

Launched today is a brand new e commerce website for Body Wipe Company

body wipe company website

The site sells all sorts of body wipes including a brand concept in wipes – Tat Towels. These wipes are specifically designed to moisturize and enhance older tattoos making them POP!

body wipe company ecommerce

The site has a hip look with no fluff. It was designed to keep the shopping experience as streamlined as possible, enabling shoppers to get in and out  quickly, with minimum clicks and fuss. It even gives them multiple options when it come to payment – credit card, Paypal or even payment through Amazon.  The site is of course mobile friendly.

Visit it at https://www.bodywipecompany.com/

body wipe shop ecommerce

The Dance Workshop Website

Creating a new website for your small business can be a daunting task … what sort of look/type of functionality is going to work best for you, what is your budget and how do go about selecting a web design company? Generally, the first step is to take a look at what other similar business are doing…just to get some ideas and your own creative process rolling. If you find a site you absolutely love, it doesn’t do any harm to contact the web design company who created it – many design companies include a “designed by” link at the footer of the site…these are often quite small.

This is exactly how we connected with one of our newest clients, The Dance Workshop, a dance studio located in Monroe CT. They had seen a site we created for a Chicago based dance studio and reached out to us, the rest is history!

This week sees the launch of their new WordPress website.

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One of the main things they wanted to achieve with their new site was the ability to update it and this was easily achieved by building on the WordPress platform. We created a completely new look which offers and engaging experience to the user with plenty of photographs and information and is of course mobile friendly.

It is always interesting to look back and see the improvements..here is their original site.
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Updated Website for Chicago Therapist

As a web designer, one of my most satisfying projects are fixer uppers – sites that have usability issues, lack a professional feel or are missing out on creating that great first impression.

When David Cohen, a Chicago Addiction Therapist, contacted us, his site could definitely be classed as a fixer upper.  It lacked that professional feel, made the user work too hard to understand his services and on top of that, was performing poorly in the search engines.

Time to work some magic!

My first objective was to improve the user engagement and I did this by completely reworking the content.  On the home page I added a slide show with well defined call to actions, encouraging users to schedule an appointment. It was also really important that the home page offer a snap shot of the type of help David offers with substance addiction and copy was added to that effect.

chicago therapist website

The inner pages of the site were given a similar content and engagement make-over, including the News page…David is very active in the media and has regular mentions in the press.

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And with all good make-overs or re-designs to is always interesting to take a look back to see what we started with.

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If you have a website that needs improvements please don’t hesitate to contact us for a hassle free no obligation evaluation.