Burleson Farms Launches Website

Introducing Burleson Farms, LLC!

Burleson Farms' cattle thrive on the lush green grasses and hay grown on their family farm located in Salisbury, NC (Stanly County).  All of the beef they sell is homegrown and raised on their farm.  They raise natural Angus beef, with no added hormones, no preservatives and no growth enhancing antibiotics. Burleson Farms’ goal is to raise cattle in a natural environment and to produce a more healthy meat for their customers to enjoy at a price they can afford. They also want to educate their customers about how important it is to buy local and support our local farmers! Their beef is dry aged and they take great care in what they do.

I have truly enjoyed working on this website and have learned a great deal about the differences between Organic and Natural products. It has been very educational for me and I share in their passion for eating healthy and supporting local farmers (and web designers like NC Web Designs, Patricia Heffner).

If you’d like to order some of their delicious natural raised beef, you can learn more about ordering and arrange for delivery just in time for all of your summer cookouts and grilling by going to their website.

Check out their website to order, learn more and start following them on Facebook!

Wood Genius Launches Re-Designed Website

Meet the Wood Genius, An American Furniture Craftsman, Clyde Haymore, who designs unique custom wood tables, custom furniture and wood pieces of art.

The site was re-designed by NC Web Designs, Patricia Heffner, using Word Press, to accent and display all of Clyde's artwork to allow visitors to see their true beauty. The site also allows for quick additions of his finished artwork and an All Works page, to browse and see his designs. You may find something you'd like custom crafted with his unique style.

If you’re visiting the beautiful Yadkin Valley of North Carolina or the Blue Ridge Parkway, stop by their shop even if it's just to taste their homemade fudge.

NC Web Designs launches a new website...

Hope you are enjoying my new website. It was time I redesigned it. If you have any comments, please send them to me. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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This year I decided to research various Content Management Systems (CMS) in order to provide clients a way for them to edit websites that I design for them. After looking at Joomla and WordPress, two very powerful CMS solutions, I ventured onward with WordPress.

Why did I choose WordPress? There some very good reasons why, but the main reason is because it was very obvious to me that WordPress was user friendly in the eyes of someone who might not have very much experience in editing websites. I'm very sensitive to how intimidating it can be for someone who may not know HTML, or have time to learn a new control panel. That's all you want to do when you barely have time to keep your site updated anyway, right? I would like to keep this explanation in a tone that many people can understand that are reading my blog. So here are my top reasons for choosing WordPress:

  • Numerous WordPress Plugins, applications that enhance a website or blog, are available to use. WordPress Plugins extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine and increase capabilities of a website or blog. There are also numerous WordPress developers and designers using WordPress that offer these Extensions or Plugins and provide support. These communities of resources and support are ideal for developers and web designers. This keeps the costs down in terms of development time and how much effort is spent designing a quality, custom website.
  • Build Blogs, Websites or both. What's a blog and how is it different than a website? You are reading my blog and can view it as an example. Blogs may not weigh high on your list to have, but in today’s internet savvy market, they have now become SEO tools to increase visibility to your website. With WordPress you can create a blog or a website with ease. You can even build both. You can use your blog as much as you want or keep it simple and make it something manageable for you and your time. I've had many people ask about blogs, and WordPress allows you to brand your blog along with your website. Branding is very important to some clients and WordPress can incorporate your blog as an extension to your website to increase visitors and most importantly, build SEO.
  • Ease of use in the Dashboard for clients that want to be able to quickly update their site on their own. I found WordPress much easier to navigate in, and simply put, I think my clients will too. The dashboard (which allows you to edit your website) is very user friendly! I've had experiences with Drupal and Joomla, other common CMS solutions, and WordPress is on top when you just want to click and go! If you can easily navigate in Microsoft Word, you'll find WordPress just as easy.
  • Do you have a backup of your website or database? This is the first thing I will ask you. WordPress allows this. So many clients don't know they should have a backup, maybe never thought about it before, or just assume there is one somewhere. There’s gotta be a backup of my website, right? Please don’t assume this. As a web designer, I can tell you about why this is important and why it's a priority, even though it might not be high on your list of things to do.

Are my days over for Adobe Dreamweaver? Well, no. I still find a valuable place for it and it's still a very important tool for a web designer, as well as the other Adobe applications I'm so fond of. As a web designer, WordPress has some limitations and in order to create a custom website, there's absolutely place in a web designer's toolbox for Adobe.

Do you need to know PHP? Well no, not to just update your website with WordPress. Did you just ask yourself, what's PHP?  I understand how that goes, so to find out, click here. Which brings me to this...I would like to extend a great big thank you to my partner in website solutions. As I set out to redesign my website in WordPress, my venture did need some support (you know who you are), the games began, and we rolled up our sleeves and dove in to PHP.  Always, being very good at setting me straight when I need another eye, thank you very much! Simple, we just made it happen!

If you have comments, please let me know. Again, thanks for visiting and don’t hesitate to contact me.