WordPress.com websites ( as opposed to self hosted WordPress websites) are hugely popular. WordPress makes it very easy to get started and have a website up a running in no time at all, with essentially no technical know-how. Because of this they are an easy choice.
But getting a WordPress.com website to look and behave exactly as you want, can sometimes be a challenge when that technical knowledge or even just technical confidence is missing. The last thing you want to do is mess up your site!
I recently worked with Debbie Prather who was facing exactly this scenario with her WordPress.com website 742ILoveyou.com. She had a definite vision of how she wanted her site to look and perform and with the success of her articles there was a real need for her site to look more professional.
She reached out to me to help.
I actually forgot to screenshot the site before I started which is a shame but here is her site after I worked my magic.
I switched out the template being used to one that was more professional and added a branded header to the site which included a simple logo and tag line The home page was reconfigured to feature a grid view of the latest 6 blog posts. Follow buttons were added to the blog section and a new contact page added.
Overall the website is now much more appealing, easier to use and has the tools for readers to easily engage.
This is the review Debbie left for me on Google.
” I’m so very pleased with Indigo Image and the timely, professional way in which the improvements I requested were made to my website. I love the results and would highly recommend this company!”
If you have a WordPress.com website that needs taking up a notch I am happy to help. You can contact me HERE or call 636-795-7988
We have been working with OperationHEATJAC, manufacturer of a unique heated garment for use in the O.R, for some years now. In that time they have extended their product offering to different markets. These changes have meant a slight restructuring of the business, which now operates under the name of HEATJAC with three divisions, OperationHEATJAC, HEATJAC for Motorsports and HEATJAC for Outdoors.
Time for a branding refresh!
We kicked off by tweaking the original company logo whose original design worked equally as well in a shortened version.
The website was also refreshed to better reflect the three division with an updated home page, new navigation and dedicated division shopping pages. The site was also moved to a different domain heatjac.com
I have said it before but I will say it again, web redesign projects are so satisfying. It’s something about breathing new life into the old and worn, giving it shape, presence and function to do battle in today’s business environment.
I have been working with Heartstation, providers of AED cabinets, for some time now and was delighted when they hired me to revamp their website which dated back to 2006! The internet technology available since that time has come a long way.
The redesigned site encompasses a bright,open look and feel with call to actions throughout. It offers a completely responsive experience for the user whether they are visiting from their mobile or a desktop.
Nothing says a happy customer than one who sends me referrals and this was how I ended up working with Lamira Martin, a referral from a fellow celebrant Ruth Hasser
Lamira was looking to redesign the website for her Celebrant business, Your Ceremony, Your Way . It needed a fresh look and offer her visitors a better experience when accessing the site from a mobile device.
Redesign projects are always so satisfying, here is what the original site looked like.
Lamira was one happy client and here is what she shared on Google reviews
Zoe is an amazing website creator. She listens – From my rambling, she was able to discern a theme, colors, font and images that resonated with my vision for my website. She is patient – After the initial site was created, Zoe was open to any and all changes that I wanted. She is kind – I never felt like the inexperienced techie that I am. She is knowledgeable – Her recommendations, especially re: accepting payment and optimal search avenues were spot-on. I highly recommend ZOE FEAST, website creator EXTRAORDINAIRE!!
Thanks Lamira for such a positive review, you were a pleasure to work with!
You never really know where life is going to take you. When I relocated to Lancaster PA in January 2017 I never in a million years thought, that just a short 20 months later, I would be faced with the massive upheaval of relocating back to the Chicago area. To say I was sad to leave the tranquility and beauty of Lancaster, to the non stop hustle and bustle of the greater Chicago area, is an understatement. I was sad, really sad. But here I am, Indigo Image, the Chicago web and graphic design company is back in town, unpacked and ready for business!
The site was designed to promote and sell a novel wipe to clean up dogs on the go. Mucky paws or worse can be easily cleaned up with these oversized wipes that come individually packaged.
We created a very appealing look feel for this site…who doesn’t love a sweet puppy and sprinkled the excellent product testimonials throughout. The order processing is carried out by bodywipecompany.com (who distribute the product) and to ensure consistency between the two site we used a similar color palette and layout. The coupon and chat functionality across both site is also identical.
A custom blog was also created for the site for product marketing.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the site has been carefully organized into categories which all give a photo overview and excerpt of each post.
and are easily accessible through a well thought out drop down navigation which converts nicely into a mobile friendly tool for mobile users
The site was launched with zero loss of performance – the traffic is steady and strong and advertising revenues constant.