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2 Peas and a Dog Custom WordPress Website

After going through several theme designs over the years, Kristy hired me to create a totally custom WordPress website exclusively for her. We also worked together to update her brand. Her priorities were minimal design, speed, and SEO.

Need your own custom website? My design process is incredibly efficient, so your site is completed quickly once your turn arrives. I sent Kristy’s website preview on a Monday. We made revisions Tuesday / Wednesday, with minor tweaks on Thursday. The final design was approved Thursday evening, and installed Friday.

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If you are looking for a dedicated and professional blog designer select Christi Fultz. I have been blogging since 2012 and have gone through numerous blog designs and this one is by far my favorite. I loved Christi’s design process and her extreme patience with me when I had difficulty making decisions. She took my rough design that was laid out in a Google Doc and made it into a working website that reflected my brand. She was prompt in replying to my questions and worked with me until each part of the website was exactly how I wanted it. 

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Brand Design

Here’s a look at the “before” website design and header. Kristy wanted to keep her current fonts, paw print, and signature green color. She considered keeping her header, but wanted to see other options first.

To start the process, Kristy sent an inspiration palette with brighter pink blue, purple, and yellow colors to add to her green. I adjusted the suggested colors and provided a variety of options to start brainstorming. This part of the process should help narrow down the layout, but also the final colors.

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The first round of revisions are based on Kristy’s specific feedback, mixing initial options 2 and 3.

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For the second round of revisions, Kristy knew she wanted only green and black. She wanted to see 3B without the paw, as well as with a few different paw placements.

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The final header design is 3B, with a slightly thicker border.

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Color Palette

Because we had eliminated colors in the header, we needed to circle back to create a palette for the website build. I proposed #1 and #2 based on Kristy’s initial inspiration palette. Then I usually include a few other wild card options. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you want until you see options, so visuals like this almost always help get us down the right path. In the end we went with a palette of jewel tones Kristy found, inspired by #2.

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Custom WordPress Website

Now it was time to build the custom site. Kristy sent a Google doc with website inspiration, which I used to build a site exclusively for her. The benefit to the Dynamic WordPress package vs the Plus Package is that designs are made completely from scratch for each client, which means nearly endless customization options. It’s kind of like building a custom home with an architect instead of picking pre-made floor plans from a neighborhood builder.

The website design process is similar to the brand process. Here’s her initial preview.

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Then based on feedback, we refine to make the website perfect. At this point we adjust color placement, sizes, rearrange sections, etc.

Because the header felt small left-aligned, we opted to center the header and move the icons below it. We added a welcome section and moved the opt-in further down the page.

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Mobile Responsiveness

The Dynamic package also includes an enhanced mobile experience. For this design, we opted to create a different mobile menu to maximize content space on mobile devices.

WordPress Store

I also built a custom WooCommerce store, with featured products above and the full store below. Product filter are applied to the sidebar.

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Free Resource Library

An easy-to-update free resource library is a great way to grow your email list. This password-protected page will provide downloads to members only, once resources are loaded.

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Is It Your Turn?

I love doing custom work and am passionate about helping small business owners bring their visions to life. Contact me if it’s time for your own custom WordPress website.

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I’m thrilled with how polished it looks, how quickly she completed it, and most of all, how easy it was to ‘hand her the reins’ and let her do her thing. I should have done this years ago, if I had known how easy Christi would make it!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2021-02-05T21:58:55-05:00
I’m thrilled with how polished it looks, how quickly she completed it, and most of all, how easy it was to ‘hand her the reins’ and let her do her thing. I should have done this years ago, if I had known how easy Christi would make it!
... a dedicated and professional blog designer... by far my favorite. I loved Christi's design process and her extreme patience. She was prompt in replying to my questions and worked with me until each part of the website was exactly how I wanted it.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-12-13T17:30:51-05:00
... a dedicated and professional blog designer... by far my favorite. I loved Christi's design process and her extreme patience. She was prompt in replying to my questions and worked with me until each part of the website was exactly how I wanted it.
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:08-05:00
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.
I was referred to Christi by Bill Erickson, who works on larger projects... Christi was so prompt, informative and genuine. I absolutely love how my new site came out and will certainly be a returning client.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-11-15T17:01:28-05:00
I was referred to Christi by Bill Erickson, who works on larger projects... Christi was so prompt, informative and genuine. I absolutely love how my new site came out and will certainly be a returning client.
It was such a pleasure to work with Christi. She was on deadline and budget. In fact, she even gave me a couple of ideas that I hadn’t even considered before meeting with her. If you are looking for a trusted professional to work with I would highly recommend Christi.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-03-12T14:03:10-04:00
It was such a pleasure to work with Christi. She was on deadline and budget. In fact, she even gave me a couple of ideas that I hadn’t even considered before meeting with her. If you are looking for a trusted professional to work with I would highly recommend Christi.
I am absolutely in love with my new Wordpress website. Her pricing was fair and included so many things I couldn't get with other developers. Christi delivered me a professional and stylish branding package. Thank you Christi, I would work with you again in a heartbeat!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-08-16T20:50:31-04:00
I am absolutely in love with my new Wordpress website. Her pricing was fair and included so many things I couldn't get with other developers. Christi delivered me a professional and stylish branding package. Thank you Christi, I would work with you again in a heartbeat!
Working with Christi has been easy breezy... She is creative, professional, and most importantly, responsive... all the things I need in a web creator. I’ll definitely be using her on other projects.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-10-21T13:44:14-04:00
Working with Christi has been easy breezy... She is creative, professional, and most importantly, responsive... all the things I need in a web creator. I’ll definitely be using her on other projects.
Working with Christi was a dream. She was incredibly knowledgeable and timely every step of the way with questions, resources, tips, and advice. I was so pleased with how well she captured my style... Now I have a branded online presence that feels “like home” on all of my platforms.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-06-07T20:34:05-04:00
Working with Christi was a dream. She was incredibly knowledgeable and timely every step of the way with questions, resources, tips, and advice. I was so pleased with how well she captured my style... Now I have a branded online presence that feels “like home” on all of my platforms.
Choosing to work with Christi was the best decision I could have made for my website. She helped me make my dream a reality. Christi made me feel listened to every step of the way and was so fast at getting the work done!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-06-08T12:07:57-04:00
Choosing to work with Christi was the best decision I could have made for my website. She helped me make my dream a reality. Christi made me feel listened to every step of the way and was so fast at getting the work done!
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:50:30-05:00
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.
Christi is by far the best web designer I have ever worked with! She is intuitive, smart, and knew exactly what I wanted... Thank you for helping with all those little details that truly made my site like none other!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-11-15T16:47:16-05:00
Christi is by far the best web designer I have ever worked with! She is intuitive, smart, and knew exactly what I wanted... Thank you for helping with all those little details that truly made my site like none other!
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:53-05:00
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:14-05:00
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:46:19-05:00
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:50-05:00
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.
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