In Practice: Web Development Vol. III

I’m still on job websites. There are more steps to the process than I thought there would be, so there are things I overlooked. Things like communicating with my clients, coming up with a game plan or design for them to sign off on so there’s no disconnect between our ideas for what the final product should look like. I’m learning a hell of a lot of Photoshop right one so that I’ll be able to cut together some images of what the potential page will look like, and I can collaborate with the client on what works best for them.
I also have no clue on how to deal with payments and contracts, so learning about those is next in the works, along with learning about plugins like Woocommerce and Stripe. I’m sure I’ll learn more about those when working on projects, but it would be nice to have them down beforehand. And basic aesthetics. I haven’t spent too much time learning about how best to create a webpage that’s friendly to the human eye.
But, I did design my very basic God Jord (link) (Good Earth) site for these two Norwegian gentlemen that I’m staying with. The problem with it is that there’s too much text. Instead of having a well-sectioned site, there are banners which I photoshopped, a menu, and then paragraph after paragraph of text.
It is a step in the right direction though. I have published my first client site which is huge. And that is the biggest thing for me, just getting this business off the ground.
The next step is creating my portfolio site. It has to be incredible since it will be the resume that I’ll be showing to potential clients. If it’s mediocre, there isn’t much I can say to convince people to hire me.
It will hold my full development work (which admittedly isn’t huge at the moment). My portfolio so far consists of god-jord.no, foundationalphotography.com, and restructuredwriting.com.
I’ve got some interest from a law firm in building them a website, I still have two more of my own sites in development, and I may be building another site for these Norwegian fellows before I leave the country.
Things are looking up!
Last objectives:
  • Get onto a content creation website (Fiverr, Upwork, PeoplePerHour, etc.)
Hasn’t happened yet. I want to finish off my portfolio before putting myself on work sites.
  • Write the first Methods: Web Design article.
Too busy actually creating sites to write about creating sites.
  • Polish off the layouts for Where the Wifi’s Weak, Restructured Writing, and Foundational Photography.
50% done. Where the Wifi’s Weak is getting revamped (again)
  • Try to get somebody to agree to pay me for my work (Not ready to check my online banking balance. It’s been an expensive week)
Maybe building a site for a law firm once their former developer responds to my emails (get it together, Doug.)
Next objectives:
  • Redo the design of God Jord’s website
  • Work on Where the Wifi’s Weak
  • Write at least two more blog articles.
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Robert works part of the year as an international tour guide in Asia with Life Before Work Travel . When he's not getting paid to travel the world he's out in the field taking photos, on his laptop creating new sites, or sitting in the gutter petting stray dogs.