keeping websites up-to-date

When longtime Vancouver client Lori Miles of Sweet Pea Photography called Blender to ask for some updates to her website, to bring it up-to-date and give her website a little facelift, it was probably overdue.  Lori takes amazing photos and gets some high profile clients and media exposure, which needed to be showcased. From a potential clients standpoint it is important to show them what you are up to and where your work is going.  From an SEO standpoint you want your website to be viewed as current and deserving of good results placement.

As for  the facelift Lori asked to change the website from it’s existing elegant black to a crisp white.  Not as simple as it sounds, but what a difference!

Sweet Pea Photography is due from some other needed updates like transitioning away from Flash, but that doesn’t feel as urgent with it’s fresh new look.

visit Vancouver Photographer Lori Miles, Sweet Pea Photography

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update for The Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast Vancouver - Masonry and Landscaping

It’s important to keep a website up to date, both the content and the construction.  After adding some more photos and a few new pages it was time to bring Vancouver’s The Emerald Coast up to date with regards to web standards.

Emerald’s website was originally based on a website template that featured a Flash banner at the time.  Common practice at the time to incorporate some animation and give websites a little punch, Flash now was a useability and SEO hindrance. IPads/IPhones don’t display flash items, and the content is often ignored or poorly interpreted by search engines.

Emerald liked the look so Blender extracted the good and reworked using modern HTML design.  Next some jQuery animations to get back that punch and we’ll leave alone for another few years…

The Emerald Coast

keeping it personal – vancouver web design

As Blender I have worked with clients from as far away as Australia, but by far the majority are local small businesses here in Vancouver. I like it like this. Over the years I have built solid relationships with clients that have supported and grown my business.

While meeting in person might seem inefficient, the truth is sitting across from someone you can exchange ideas much more easily. Meeting face to face is something you take for granted in a normal workplace, but as a self employed independent web designer, personal contact is gold!

It’s not unusual to be meeting with a client or just talking with someone and learning that I have worked with someone close to them. The vast majority of my clients have come from referrals so reaching this local critical mass feels really good.

So – Thanks Vancouver Clients!

Successful SEO campaign (updated)

New client Squeeze Vancouver had a website already, but it’s search engine traffic was very disappointing.  Blender was hired to optimize the website to better compete with other local chair massage businesses.  We quickly identified some structural problems with the website, worked with the client to create some new content, and developed an SEO plan.

Mobile Chair Massage Squeeze Vancouver

UPDATE: Blender is happy to report that Squeeze has received it’s first clients from organic search!  After a little over a month clicks through Google are up 87%. Most importantly we are seeing our targeted search phrases starting to appear on the first page in some searches.

Blender welcomes Genssante

Blender is happy to welcome new client Genssante. Blender will be doing their ongoing maintenance and updates.  First task – update the website using php scripting to make maintaining it easier and cheaper.

Thanks to client Mark Rosengarten (markrosengartenmd.ca) for the referral.

SEO + CMS website launch

Just launched: Vancouver trademark agents CoastalIP.com.  This exciting project focused on a website design that was search engine (SEO) friendly and user maintained with a content management system (CMS).  The project lead was Creating Excellence who gets credit for the layout and content.

Blender took their design and created WordPress based website, our chosen CMS platform.  Careful attention was taken to make the template adaptable so the website can grow.  New pages can easily be added, posts to the blog, client logos to the site footer.

The site is also designed for a targeted SEO campaign.  Specific key phrases were researched and the site ensures these feature prominently for google and other search engines to index.

CoastalIP.com is the lastest in a series of websites Blender has launched with Creating Excellence, and we have another in production.  Looking forward to many more!

Technologies used: WordPress CMS, jQuery Javascript Library, HTML 5

Visit Trademark Agents  – coastalip.com

Site credits:
Layout,  Design, and Marketing – creatingexcellence.ca
Build and Programming – Blender
Photography – photosbykathryn.com 

OnTrac ~ (re)design redux

Shortly after having Blender give his website facelift and back-end overhaul longtime client Gary Mitchell learned his book was being published.  He decided a complete re-design was in order to focus in this new direction.

As part of the previous update Blender had converted Gary’s website to WordPress based content management system (CMS). This meant we could now change the entire appearance of his website without touching the contents.  Gary would edit and update his content while Blender restyled the appearance.

Tech­nolo­gies: Word­Press, PHP, CSS, Javascript, jQuery

visit OnTracCoach.com

Preparing to Launch On Trac

Long time client Gary Mitchell of GEM Communications wanted his website re-branded and updated.  On the top of his list of requirements was a content management system and an SEO friendly design.  You can check out the progress at OnTracCoach.com.  Watch for a more in depth launch announcement here…

Massage Therapy on Dunbar ~ Website Launch

Blender recently launched Massage Therapy on Dunbar’s first website.  This brand new business just opened and need a website to help introduce themselves to the Dunbar neighbourhood.  Owner Vicki Bell was referred to Blender by long time client Shelley Hilliard of Hilliard Design – thanks Shelley!

Vicki was on a tight budget so we focused on simple straight forward functionality.  Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was a priority, as was cross-platform compatibility.  Featured technology was jQuery used in the transitions during page loads.

The Massage Therapy on Dunbar website is featured in my portfolio, and you can visit it online at massagetherapyondunbar.com.