Hannah West is a freelance web designer based in Jacksonville. She’s been designing websites since 1997, professionally since 2007, and created the Southern Oregon Artists Resource to fill the need for one central website that offered links to artists, galleries, and art-related businesses for the southern Oregon community and its visitors. Her basket of skills includes custom designed WordPress websites and blogs, ecommerce, WordPress security services, website maintenance, search engine optimization, hosting migration, social media setup, copy writing and graphic design.
I’m proud to have been entrusted with the design and maintenance of websites for these talented local artists and art-related businesses:
People who know me also know I identify as an artist, but my day job is creating and maintaining websites for artists, small businesses and non-profits. I began teaching myself how to design websites when my husband asked me to create one for a family endeavor in 1997. After creating a few sites for friends over the years, I was approached by a sensitive and talented local artist who had experienced difficulties finding a web designer she could work with in early 2008. After our first meeting she felt I was someone she could trust and she decided to work with me. When her website was complete, she was so happy that she spoke highly of my work to her artist friends. The website of one of her friends came shortly afterward, and before I knew what had happened, I had a business as a web designer! My first two clients became dear friends over the years. I value the relationships I have built with all my clients and do my utmost to serve them with integrity, respect, and thoughtful care.
I have since gained a lot of experience with websites built with WordPress, blogs, and social networking, as well as html and css styling. In recent years I have also become proficient in search engine optimization, ecommerce and social media setups, and protective security measures for WordPress sites. With this experience I have become aware of many nuances in the way these features interact together and how they can be used for marketing your artwork or business on the internet. I am available for online marketing strategy consultations for a more effective online presence to promote your small business.
I have also received many compliments on my proofreading and writing skills. I write a monthly column in the Jacksonville Review for the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, Oregon and had the pleasure of being hired by the publishers to write a cover article for them in 2015. Many artists are not comfortable writing about themselves, and I’m happy to relieve them of this burdensome task by writing promotional copy for their websites that is also effective for search engine optimization.
Though I have little time to paint these days, I do have opportunities to exercise my artistic skills beyond designing websites when the occasional logo or advertising design job comes my way. I am also experienced in migrating WordPress sites from one host to another, and from wordpress.com to independent hosting.
My skills are not limited to sites for individual artists and small businesses. Upon moving from a rural life in the beautiful Applegate Valley to live and work in the charming town of Jacksonville in late 2009, I created the Southern Oregon Artists Resource to promote the arts community of Southern Oregon. The main site features a directory of artists, galleries, artist organizations and a calendar of art events. I publish press releases, new works, calls to artists, gallery exhibits, art education opportunities and more on the site’s blog ~ it’s visited by art enthusiasts and artists from here and around the world and does a great job attracting visitors to the artist directory site. This is a complex project with a host of features, and I can create a similar website that will work for you and your business.
Chances are good that I can help you with additional tasks, so if you require an internet or design-related service not mentioned here, please contact me to discuss the details.
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Hannah West Design Now Secure! Hannah West Design is now secured with a brand new SSL certificate! On January 14, we migrated www.blogs.soartists.com/new-soar to a new hosting service. This is NameCheap hosting, which we want to try out on behalf of our starving...
My clients know I’m always concerned about security for their websites. It’s an ongoing and fluid situation, with new threats being identified constantly. I have used the free version of the BulletProof Security plugin with great results, but it...
Veronica was introduced to me by Boni de Laire, whose website I reconstructed in June 2014 and have maintained since then. Originally from South Africa, Veronica has lived in the States for the past 15 years. Since moving to Oregon she has been realizing her dream of...
One of the things I like about my work is that I’m often asked to update or create a new website for an artist who has just moved into my area. It’s a great way to make new friends and keep a finger on the pulse of the arts. Creating a new website for...