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Ruth Meyer Books

Christian author Ruth Meyer wanted a new website to feature her books, upcoming events, and author information, as well as tying in the design to her existing blog, TruthNotes, in order to gain an increased Web presence that would reach a broader audience. The site is designed to be fully responsive for support across the full gamut of browsers and devices.

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Ruth Meyer Books Website on MacBook Pro

A Passion for the Web

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Hessler Design is the web design and development studio of Anthony Hessler. For me, designing and building engaging web experiences isn't just a job – it's a passion. Since 2002, I have had the opportunity to help bring projects of all shapes and sizes to life using a variety of technologies. I've been able to work for and partner with a variety of companies and clients, from individuals to small businesses to large-scale organizations.

Web Development

A strong Web presence is important to every organization. Yours is no exception. And today, with the vast array of browsers and mobile devices, your website needs to be agile and responsive, meeting the demands of all of your users.

By partnering with me, you will get a website with:

  • A strong, unique look to help you stand out from your competition
  • Responsive design for full multi-device support
  • Maximum browser compatibility
  • Search engine optimization

Every new website I develop and launch adheres to a strict list of requirements that ensure a fast, accessible, clean, optimized, structured, and error-free web experience for you and your site's users.

Certifications

W3Schools

  • JavaScript Developer
  • HTML Developer
  • CSS Developer

Udacity

  • Full Stack Web Developer

Technical Proficiencies

Languages

  • HTML/CSS/Sass
  • PHP/MySQL
  • JavaScript
  • Objective-C
  • Java
  • Python
  • Flash ActionScript

Frameworks & Development Tools

  • Node JS
  • Grunt
  • Foundation
  • Bootstrap
  • Django
  • WordPress
  • Git
  • SVN

IDEs & Software

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Coda
  • Sublime Text
  • Atom
  • Xcode
  • Android Studio
  • Eclipse

Analytics

  • Omniture Web Analytics
  • Google Analytics

Website Launch Checklist

Content, Rendering, & Functionality

  • Website displays and functions correctly in all modern browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Opera)
  • Website is responsive and resizes/renders correctly on desktop computers, tablets, and handheld devices
  • All pages have content, are free from spelling and grammar errors, and have appropriate formatting
  • Images, media, and links display and function correctly
  • Web fonts display correctly
  • Required form fields, input validation, and form submission have been tested
  • Site links have been tested and resolve correctly
  • Footer includes copyright statement
  • Custom 404 error page exists
  • Favicon is created and displays correctly
  • Device icons are created and display correctly (if applicable)

SEO & Analytics

  • Page titles are unique, descriptive, and SEO friendly
  • Metadata tags are included and appropriate
  • Sitemap and robots.txt files are generated and added to website root directory
  • 301 redirects for existing website are prepared and in place
  • URL submitted to Google and other search engines
  • Website added to Google Webmaster tools and sitemap submitted
  • Website is accessible by search engines
  • Analytics and relevant tracking information set up and tested

Social

  • Open Graph meta tags are included with appropriate data and validated
  • Social accounts are integrated and link to the correct URLs

Markup

  • HTML & CSS pass validation (or known issues noted)
  • JavaScript is error free and tested on JSHint
  • Bonus: CSS tested on CSS Lint

Accessibility

  • Website meets appropriate levels of WCAG compliance
  • ARIA landmark roles and attributes specified
  • Semantic headings and structure used
  • Links are clearly recognizable
  • Images use appropriate ALT text
  • Alternatives provided for users with JavaScript disabled
  • Forms have logical layout with associated labels for all form controls
  • Color contrast has been tested (or known issues noted)
  • Website accessibility checked with Web Accessibility Tool and issues resolved (or known issues noted)

Optimization

  • Images have been optimized
  • CSS and JavaScript have been minified and combined (as much as possible)
  • Gzip compression enabled
  • Only necessary fonts, weights, and character sets are imported
  • Website passes with acceptable score on Google Page Speed Insights
  • CDN/caching incorporated (if applicable)

Security

  • Secure areas are locked down and not accessible by search engines
  • Default CMS login URL and user credentials are changed (if applicable)
  • SSL certificate requested and installed (if applicable)