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Web Design For Small Businesses

by | Aug 7, 2008 | 7 comments

I’ve done web design and development for over 10 years. In the past, it was done in the typical way: I design and develop the site for a client, and deliver and launch the site. Then, typically, every time an addition or change is needed, the client must come back to me because they don’t want to invest the time into learning DreamWeaver, CSS, XHTML, PHP, etc.

This was expensive for the client, and not very interesting work for me once the original site was complete.

So I’ve been working on a new model of site design for small businesses which uses opensource (free) software and allows website owner (or staff) to easily login and make changes or additions to the site. I’ve developed a design technique and process, using all opensource software, which allows me to design smart looking sites that are easy to navigate, have a high level of functionality, and have a simple backend user interface for maintenance.

This translates to considerable savings for the business over the long run, more internal control of the website for the business, and it allows me to focus on site design and development rather than site maintenance.

I am putting together this process with a training component for small business owners who want to create a website.

Please email me if you are interested in this model for your business.


  1. Didier

    Interesting approach.

    Can you be more specific about what can be done with your tool ?

    What software do you use ?

    It’s clear that your model can help you and your clients.


  2. patrick

    I am currently developing the training materials for this approach, as these are critical to the success of this model.

    As soon as these materials are finished, I will share specifics.

    Thanks for all the interest you folks have shown in emails.

  3. Dale Fisher

    Please add me to the list of people who may be interested. I now use Freeway Express but use it mainly for minor updates so I never really have mastered the finer points.

  4. Scott K

    Keep us posted on the details. I’m looking to streamline this for my clients as well. Nothing is more boring than updating products on a site you designed 7 months ago.

  5. Jim W

    I would be interested, currently I’m using a webbased builder, Ubertor I have hit the max capacity for 35 bucks a month and have to jump to almost 60. I started using sandcox and start to build micro site and am getting ready to switch over to my own.

  6. Henrik P

    Is your approach similar to CMS systems? Drupal and Joomla have redefined the rules.

  7. patrick

    @ Henrik

    Yes, it is. I will be posting another article soon about my approach. I’ve been working hard to put together a comprehensive system.

    Essentially, it is using WordPress with some specialized plugins, a particular approach to template creation, and a specific way to use pages versus posts, to create a very user-friendly website management system.

    Sometime in the next week I will post more details.



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