Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Come and Knock On Our Door

Three's Company -  3 Custom Google Sites Launched This Week

We've been working on these Google Sites websites for a while.  Finally received the green light to launch them.  The first two (Sarkis and Diplomat) are redesigns for existing html sites.  They are sister sites, so we linked them together using similar navigation systems and layout grids.  For the ATP site, we worked with their design team to put together visually distinct home page which links to a contact page and a Google Sites micro blog.
 

Sarkis CaterersCustom Google Sites design

 

Diplomat Banquet Center and HotelUnique Google Sites design

 

ATP MarketingGoogle Sites landing page micro-site

We are currently offering a discounted price for custom Google Sites design services.  Let us know how we can help, make contact here.

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!



The LaJuett team would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our clients whom we value greatly. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Logo Designed for XLuster

 Here's a simple logo we designed for a customer in Western NY...
  • Colors: #B8D758 (green), #DCDCDE (light grey), #000000 (black)
  • Font used: Montserrat


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Creating a Custom Website in Google Sites

 Here is an example of how Google Sites can be used to create a custom and compelling website.

http://www.5ddental.com

With a bit of design ingenuity, Google Sites can be used to create great looking Websites.  Start with one of the base templates, and modify the background images, color scheme, and page layouts.

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WordPress 4.0 Website Migration for ALT

Redesigned website using latest version of WP

Advanced Language Translation in Rochester, NY
The Brief
  • Showcase language translation services
  • Make website easier to maintain
  • Make website mobile responsive for phones and tablets

The Method
  • Design: Update WP theme with custom graphics and CSS tweaks
  • Platform: WordPress 4 with plugins (W3 Total Cache, Gravity Forms and Revolution Slider)
  • Social Media: Add links to Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn

The Result
  • Marketing vehicle will reach potential business clients worldwide
  • CMS framework will facilitate website updates
  • Design adapts to user device for best presentation (desktop, phone, or tablet)


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New TimelySites Website built using Google Sites

New TimelySites for Enhanced Communications Solutions

Fast loading, search engine friendly, and integrated with Google Apps for Work
 



Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Forthcoming Alliance with Timely Sites


Dear clients:

I am pleased to announce a forthcoming alliance with Timely Sites. It is scheduled to take place officially on Sept 1, 2014. On that date our combined agency will begin conducting business as Timely Sites.

Our company began offering web design services in 2001. Its success over the past 13 years has stemmed from the referrals of our clients. As a result of those efforts, we have experienced steady growth. We believe that our new larger organization will allow us to provide a wider array of services and top-notch support.

There are several things we want to point out that will not change:

  • You will continue to work directly with me.
  • Our fee structure will not change.
  • The services we have provided you in the past will continue to be offered by the combined firm.

I will continue to operate from my current office. All the contact information will remain the same. If you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean for you, please contact me at any time

I am grateful to you not only for allowing me the opportunity to provide you with web design services but for your loyalty and friendship. I am confident that our new affiliation will serve us all well.

Patrick LaJuett
Chief Marketing Officer
Timely Sites

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Custom Google Sites Designed for Local Clients

Two if by Google Sites

We have many more Google Sites in the design pipeline, but here our the latest.  Freshly developed and launched for locally based clients (Rochester, NY).

Projection Video Professionals in Rochester, NY
Integrated Power Systems International, Inc. in Rochester, NY

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Professional Google Sites design for local law firm



Recently launched a new Google Sites website for a locally based law firm.  I took the html website originally designed 5 years ago and moved it into the Google Sites platform.

Professional Google Sites design features:

  • jQuery image slider (how-to)
  • Mobile optimized
  • Mapped domain
  • Custom photography with bluish duotone effect
  • Integrated Google Map
  • Links to social networks
  • Drop-down menu system
  • Embedded JotForm
  • Organic SEO


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

jQuery Slider in Google Sites

How to embed an image slider in Google Sites


I found a simple little jQuery image slider that can be easily embedded into Google Sites.  It is fast loading and adapts well when rendering on mobile devices.  Here are the steps I use:
  1. Get Unslider: The jQuery slider that just slides. No fancy effects or unnecessary markup, and it’s less than 3kb.
  2. Upload .JS and .HTML files to a new folder in Google Drive
  3. Create your banner IMAGES and upload them to the same Drive folder
    • Tip - use a sequential naming convention... 01.JPG, 02.JPG, 03.JPG
  4. Modify the inline CSS contained in file unslider.html
  5. Modify the transition speed and image timing in file unslider.min.js
  6. Share the Google Drive folder and all of contents
  7. Copy the URL from share link
  8. Insert an iFrame gadget in Google Sites
  9. Configure the iFrame gadget settings
    1. Paste URL:
      https://googledrive.com/host/0BwbEKZDYh_HCbGw3SXBmS1dfeXc/unslider.html
    2. Change the folder URL to match the share link generated from Google Drive in step 7
    3. Change the gadget width to 100% and experiment with the other settings until you get desired look
  10. Save the page in order to see your image slider in action
One issue that I have not been able to resolve is how to preserve the slider's aspect ration when viewed on a mobile device.  You will notice the images are pinched a bit.  However, it's still a cool solution and integrates nicely within the Google Sites framework.

Example of jQuery Unslider image slider hosted on Google Drive



Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Google My Business Locations

Google My Business Locations

Changes to Google's bulk business location management tool

 







 
Google has launched a new local business management tool called "Google My Business Locations".  At first glance, this appears to be the long awaited replacement for "Google Places for Business".  In fact the old link https://www.google.com/local/business/ redirects to a 500 error page.

Here is a quick overview of the new interface.

Google My Business Locations Landing Page

Note the message "We’re adding new features to Google My Business Locations, so please keep an eye out for improvements. Learn more about upcoming changes.
 

 

Managing Multiple Local Business Locations

For us SEO's, this tool is a great way to quickly diagnose local listing issues for multiple clients. On the screen below, we see that we have a few unverified business, as well as a data conflict and opening hours issue.
 


 

Resolving Data Conflict Issues

We can investigate and remedy issues by drilling down into the individual business data.
 

 

Editing a Location

A really nice new feature is direct linking to the business listing on Google Maps, as well as the associated GooglePlus page.  I also noticed a few stray html tags in the business descriptions field.  Probably from a copy and paste via the customer's website.  These are now easily identified and removed.  I don't recall this functionality in the old interface.
 

 

Google My Business Dashboard

Here we see that the most recent updates we made to the business data are pending review.

I am thrilled with the new interface.  I think Google has finally merged all of the old Google Local and Google Places data into Google Plus pages.  The new Google My Business management tool will certainly make life easier for folks who help manage multiple business locations.  Well done Google!
 

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Business Card Design for Sticky Leads

Even in the era of social, business cards are a staple of a professional's marketing toolkit

Business card design services by Patrick LaJuett
Here's a business card we designed with digital printing in mind.  The cost per card is more with digital printing, but file prep and turnaround time is much quicker. The option to print in smaller quantities (100) is also available, which means less business cards sitting around in boxes.

Here's a screen capture of the Online printing application

Friday, May 23, 2014

HTML5 + CSS3 DNN website

Website Resign: Diamond Pro - DNN7

Diamond Pro in East Rochester, NY
The Brief

  • Update website with responsive design
  • Update Online branding

The Method

  • Design: Updated skin with custom graphics and CSS tweaks
  • Platform: DNN7 with plugins (Revolution Slider)
  • Hosting: ASP.NET 4.0 (Cloud)
  • Social: Add links to Google+, Facebook and YouTube

The Result

  • RWD auto adapts to user device for best presentation (desktop or mobile)
  • Improved page speed load and overall site performance


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Responsive WordPress Design

Site Launch: Costich Engineering - WordPress

Costich Engineering in Rochester, NY

The Brief
  • Showcase engineering, land surveying & landscape architecture projects
  • Reach new customers via organic search
  • Update Online branding

The Method
  • Design: Modified theme with custom graphics and CSS tweaks
  • Platform: WordPress with plugins (W3 Total Cache, WordPress SEO, Smush.it, Revolution Slider)
  • SEO: Author unique page titles/descriptions, XML sitemap, Webmaster Tools and Analytics
  • Social: Add links to Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn

The Result
  • Marketing vehicle will reach potential engineering clients in Western NY
  • Content management system will facilitate posting of new project details
  • Design auto adapts to user device for best presentation (phone, tablet or desktop)



Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DNN Website Developed for Royal EAP


We recently launched a new DNN portal site for Royal EAP.  The site skin is mobile responsive, which means it auto adapts to the user's mobile device for best presentation.

Here are some highlights:

  • CMS: DNN 6
  • Framework: .NET
  • Database: SQL Server
  • Hosting: Cloud
  • Skin: Responsive Web Design (RWD)
  • Scripts: jQuery slider
  • Editor: WYSIWYG
  • Modules:
    • Document Library
    • FAQs
  • Mashups:
    • JotForm
    • Google Maps Engine

DNN CMS continues to improve as a Microsoft .NET alternative to the WordPress PHP framework.

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Social Media: Spring Launch for Monroe Framing



We are helping Monroe Framing with a "social media spring".  We'll be integrating social links and sharing tools directly into their website.  We will also establish a consistent brand identity across their social networking sites (Facebook, G+, and Pinterest).

Most clients understand that social media can help their business, but they just don't have time. LaJuett offers a solution that encompasses strategy, content creation, monitoring, and social media administration.

Visit client website: http://monroeframing.com

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, May 5, 2014

WordPress Store Developed for Scipio Coffee

http://scipiofarms.com
We recently launched an updated website for a client in NJ.  The client's old Flash driven site was not only invisible to search engines, but it was very difficult to update.  Here are the new site specs:

Website Profile
  • Client: Scipio Farms
  • Developer: Patrick LaJuett

Project Details
  • Framework: WordPress version 3.9
  • Theme: Mystile mobile
  • Plugins: WooCommerce 2, WordPress SEO, Huge IT slider
  • Host: 1 and 1

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Google Sites for Local Roofing Co.

Create a unique Google Sites website by customizing a base theme


We recently completed a Google Sites website for a local roofing contractor.  The site features a unique look and feel, developed by using the base theme "Ski". Google Sites base themes allows you to start with an existing theme and make the following customizations:

  • Site width
  • Color scheme
  • Font family
  • Background images
  • Element sizing
  • Page grid
  • Navigation

Visit the website: http://gregtheroofer.com


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Logo Design Process for New Brands



The logo design process includes three main phases:

Discovery Phase:
Learning about the client's product or brand. It's important to also know the target audience.  The more you understand about the brand, the easier it is to visualize a logo concept.
Conceptualization Phase:
This is the fun part, in this phase you put "pen to paper". I like to rough in 3 different concepts for the client to choose from.

Here are the applications used:
    • Google Chrome (industry research)
    • Sketch pad (a.k.a. pencil and paper)
    • Corel Draw (vector based illustration)
    • Microsoft Outlook (email communication)
    • Google Fonts (downloadable typeface)
    • Adobe Fireworks (drop-shadows, bezels)

Refining Phase:

After determining which style the customer prefers, it's time to finalize the logo. This includes experimenting with color combinations, and minor position tweaks, letter kerning, etc.

Cost:
Typical small business logo design cost is $200-$400, this is ballpark estimate of course.

Examples:
See some of out logo design samples here: http://lajuett.com/sample-logo-design.html

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Covering all the bases

 We now offer full service vinyl banner design services



Here's a vinyl banner I designed to hang at a local baseball facility.  These are full-color heavy duty banners designed to be hung indoors and outdoors.

A couple more examples of banners with custom graphic designs:


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

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