"Building the site allowed me to learn how to build sites using Microsoft Expression Web, CSS and JavaScript.  I have applied these new skills in new projects."

Project Portfolio:
  doigster.com

Challenge

To sell website design services you need a website to showcase your work and service offering.  The design for the site had to not only showcase my portfolio and service offering, it also had to help educate potential clients on the benefits of having their own website.  In addition, I wanted to use the website to showcase my skills using CSS and JavaScript and explain the thought process behind the design for each of the sites I worked on.

Solution

I used Microsoft's Expression Web software program to create this website.  Expression Web uses a CSS approach to building websites.  CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are a great tool to design websites.  The foundation of the sites look and feel is based on using CSS.  I used JavaScript to randomize the look of the pages and create a moving slideshow on the home page.  My portfolio samples also included JavaScript slideshows.


In my portfolio samples I included descriptions of the design process for each site.  I used a format of dividing the description of the design process into "challenge", solution" and "result".  This format helps streamline and organize the text and helps give the reader a quick general outline of the content.


To help educate the potential clients on the benefits of owning a website I embedded a slideshow presentation that included audio of me going through the slides. And I also embedded an interesting video presentation that helps make my case on the benefits of websites. These dynamic multimedia presentation complemented the text and reinforced the message.

Results

Having the site has made it simpler to educate potential clients on my service offering and has helped get new clients. The sites also has helped convince people in doubt about the value of having a website, that a website can create a lot of value.


Building the site allowed me to learn how to build sites using Microsoft Expression Web, CSS and JavaScript.  I have applied these new skills in new projects.