My name is Jorim Tapley, and I’ve been doing full-time web-work and graphic design since 2007. Most recently, I spent a year and a half working for a small, local Michigan company that predominately focuses on web design for the WordPress platform. As the lead developer, I created over 20 sites and contributed to several more.
Other than developing websites, I can create stand-alone graphics—logos, banners, backgrounds, buttons, color schemes, etc.—for websites (or facebook pages) already in development, or in need of full or partial re-design. I also have some experience in print—book covers, pamphlets, business cards, etc.
A unique aspect of the WordPress platform is its extensive and easy to use Dashboard—the very same one I use to develop a site. This allows clients—familiar with web work or not—to take over the site after development, and, with certain limitations, edit existing content, as well as add new content after I hand it over.
However, while all the sites I create on WordPress feature basic editability (and adjoining training), realistic expectations of the site’s editing limitations will be set from the start, as to avoid any unrealistic expectations. To be clear, I do not want clients overwhelmed with the upkeep of functions they themselves require.
In the majority of instances, I start development of a new WordPress project with a pre-made, paid-for theme. Those unfamiliar with the WordPress development process may, without the proper context, find themselves wary of this fact…
However, as evident in the comparison images below, while much of the original theme’s layout and functional structure remains intact (and intentionally; existing functions and basic layout are the reason a specific theme is selected in the first place), the final site’s aesthetic changes alone make it effectively unrecognizable.