Mountain America Jerky Redesign Launched

Mountain America Jerky Redesign

Mountain America Jerky Before Redesign Mountain America Jerky - After Redesign
Mountain America Jerky - Before and After Redesign

I’m happy to announce that today the new Mountain America Jerky website launched. Check out the site and try some of their crazy-good Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky. One perk of working with a nice client who sells beef jerky is getting samples of the product! Seriously, though, it’s the best jerky I’ve ever had.

I started working with Mountain America Jerky as a SEO. Jerky is a competitive field, and they wanted to improve their ranking. After working with Chuck on the website’s optimization, he told me he wanted to go big and rebrand the site. The result is a rustic, functional, beautiful website. Continue reading “Mountain America Jerky Redesign Launched”

Career-Magic.com Launched

New CareerMagic Website Design

An updated website for a Denver career coach

CAREERMagic came to Katz Web Design to give their website some fresh blood.

When Career-Magic.com was last updated, I was in high school.  Yes, it’s true — and I said it. The website not only needed updating visually, but there were a lot of parts of the website that needed to be better integrated with how the business ran.  The new Career-Magic.com website launched last night. Continue reading “Career-Magic.com Launched”

Denver Roofing Company – Website Launched!

Mountain High Roofing, Inc. - Denver roofing intstallation & repair

Katz Web Design has completed a website for Mountain High Roofing, Inc., a Denver roofing company.

The Mountain High Roofing website is built on WordPress. It’s what I would consider to be a medium level of customization; the website is a custom website design with a few plugin customization options. It allows Mountain High to easily update their own content, and add articles to their blog. The code is well-structured for really good SEO results. Continue reading “Denver Roofing Company – Website Launched!”

SteveSpangler.com Web Design Launched

Stevespangler.com Header image

Visit Katz Web Design-developed SteveSpangler.com

As announced in August, Steve Spangler chose Katz Web Design to develop their blog. Their previous blog was aging and didn’t provide the functionality they needed. I was provided with a design by Blake Sumrall (at Steve Spangler, Inc.) and was tasked with converting it to a website.

The development of this site required lots of tricks that convert WordPress into more of a CMS (Content Management System). Read on to learn some of the WordPress customization.

Continue reading “SteveSpangler.com Web Design Launched”

MomJobSeeker.com launched!

Visit MomJobSeeker.com
Visit MomJobSeeker.com

Mom Job Seeker prepares mothers re-entering the workplace after their kids have grown up a bit. April Stensgard, owner, contacted Katz Web Design with the goal of having a business blog that would facilitate online event registration.

Faced with this task, I took WordPress, added the eShop plugin, and Event Calendar and Event Manager (now defunct) and rolled it into a custom event management solution. Continue reading “MomJobSeeker.com launched!”

Tableless, accessible, nearly validating osCommerce — Rewriting the beast

Rocky Mountain Baggers

osCommerce accessibility stinks

osCommerce default installation is a huge mess for accessibility. Every piece of code that the platform spits out has endless tables and poorly coded HTML — finding your way through the code is like trying to clear brush.

The simple solution to osCommerce accessibility is to install the Simple Template System and put together a XHTML/CSS’ed out template.  That only solves one part of the problem, however, because your wonderful template is going to be wrapping around a whole slew of undesirable code.

Over a year ago, a client of mine wanted an osCommerce website. I wanted to create a masterpiece of accessibility. I tackled osCommerce head-on and re-wrote most of the code that creates the HTML.  It was a nightmare, but I created a nearly validating eCommerce website with osCommerce.

The experience was so scarring that I haven’t yet written about it 🙂 Nearly every file was affected, so upgrading it would be a nightmare, but it’s truly an effort of love.

KWD presents: a nearly validating, tableless osCommerce website

Continue reading “Tableless, accessible, nearly validating osCommerce — Rewriting the beast”

Denver Real Estate Website – Blue Sky Development Group

Screenshot of the Denver Real Estate website design

In anticipation of a magazine ad in Denver magazine 5280, we launched two static web pages featuring properties.

  • 2250 South Marion Street
  • 2372 South Humboldt Street

These websites are no longer active.

These pages are a preview to the WordPress real estate website I’ve been working on.  The complete site will be coming soon, including some nifty features that someone should turn into plugins! 🙂

Landing page design – Dish Network

Dish Network Landing Page Screenshot

Katz Web Design has just completed a landing page for Dish Network (a Fortune 300 company) to help them streamline their hiring process.

(By the way, if you’re looking for a sales job near Denver, Colorado [in Littleton], check out Dish. They’ve got great packages for sales representatives.)

The purpose of a landing page (or “Squeeze page,” “Funnel page”, or “Lead capture page”) is to keep the user focused on only what you want them to do. In this case, Dish wanted users to:

  1. Fill out a form to start their job application process
  2. Become informed of the job benefits
  3. Get directions to the application location

The landing page design is done in PHP, allowing for future expandability. This allows the text and images to be swapped out dynamically. The one landing page design can be used for many different job positions and locations, even different languages.

I will be writing articles based on the research and results from the landing page design in the near future, including A/B testing, dynamic content with PHP, Google Analytics & Adwords tracking, and more.

What would you like to know about landing page web design?

Ignite Matchmaking Complete

Ignite Matchmaking is a professional matchmaker in Denver, Colorado. Sheryl Williams, President of Ignite asked Katz Web Design to increase the effectiveness of her website. The Previous Ignite Matchmaking Homepage was not visually interesting, had little information about the matchmaking process, and was not well constructed (using XHTML and CSS).

The new home page has a graphic that outlines the five steps and calls users to action with a simple choice: I am a Man or I am a Woman. The site now has a blog that will entice visitors to stay longer.

New Ignite Matchmaking Home Page