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As I mentioned on my About page, my freelance works concentrates on churches and faith-based organizations. My two most recent projects certainly fit this description.
Lake Wildwood Baptist Church
In August 2013, I was asked to develop and implement a new website for Lake Wildwood Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia.
Lake Wildwood’s pastor, Paul J. Dziadul, requested a website that would be “uncluttered” and “user friendly.” In discussing the website with him, I also stressed the importance of having a website that would be friendly to tablet and smartphone users. We had a clear, shared vision right from the start.
Using WordPress as my content management system, a new theme (design) was created based on the HTML5 Boilerplate. I created multiple stylesheets — each based on the min-width of the user’s browser (a design tactic I chose not repeat in the creation of the website you are seeing now) — to dictate how the website looked based on whether the user had a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.
The end result was a nice, vibrant, responsive design with ample white space. LWBC’s website features a pastoral blog, audio sermons (along with an iTunes Podcast I set up for them), an event calendar, an announcements page, and more. And, using Jetpack for WordPress, the website is integrated with the church’s existing Facebook page and newly-created Twitter account.
You can check it out here.
Central Georgia Vida Nueva
In late 2012, I was asked to update the website for CGVN, aka Central Georgia Vida Nueva. What is Vida Nueva, you ask?
Vida Nueva is an extreme 3-day encounter with Christ! You’ll journey with other 15-20-year-olds through the death and resurrection of Jesus to find the true meaning of NEW LIFE in Him. With Jesus as the ideal, you’ll learn how to live a grace-filled, Christian life with confidence.
After a review of the existing website, it was determined the best thing to do was start over from scratch. As I was relatively new to the notion of responsive design, I partially relied on publicly-available tricks, themes and plugins in the creation of the CGVN website. I affectionately called it “my very own Frankenstein’s Monster.”
WordPress was used as my CMS. Taking the best parts of several publicly-available themes, combining them, tweaking them, and then adding my own code along with a few WordPress plugins, a very simple, smartphone friendly website was created.
You can check it out here.