I build amazing websites, for people just like you.

You wouldn’t show up to an important business meeting in sweatpants and a dirty t-shirt, would you? Whether you’re a car mechanic or a motivational speaker, most of your first interactions with potential customers happen online. I can make sure your website looks like a million bucks — because first impressions matter.

Why design matters

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you already know that you “need” a website. But, if you’re like most entrepreneurs, you also underestimate just how important the way your website looks is to your business. Here’s why good web design isn’t just a luxury good, but a must-have:

  • Google estimates it takes 17 milliseconds for new visitors to form an opinion of your website
  • 38% of visitors will leave your website and never come back if they find the design unattractive
  • When a visitor deems your website untrustworthy, 94% of the time it’s because of design and not content

“Jon understands design. He was able to anticipate my needs and has a gift for communicating with the customer. I would definitely recommend Jon’s services.”

– Edward Latimore, author and professional athlete.

Articles

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The Stanford guide to building a website people will trust

One of the most fundamental principles of marketing is that you need to get people do three things before they are likely to buy anything from you: You need to get them to know you, like you, and trust you. The Internet has made it easier than ever before to make yourself known to a lot of people. With things like Facebook advertising, you can be seen by thousands of people for the price of a Starbucks coffee. But, there’s a problem.

Static-site technology for dummies

In a nutshell, there are two kinds of websites online: dynamic, and static. These terms refer to how content is generated when a user requests a page from your website. If you have a dynamic website – for example one built on WordPress or Drupal – each page is dynamically built anew every time a user requests it. If, on the other hand, you have a static website – for example one built on Jekyll or Hugo – the entire website is pre-generated before a user requests any page. The advantages of static-site technology are many.

What every real estate website needs

Most real estate websites suck. Worse, most advice on how real estate websites should look like, sucks. “Show your contact information” — yeah, duh. “Have nice photos of your listings” — thanks, really couldn’t figure that one out on my own. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s general advice that tries to be useful to as many people as possible, but ends up being completely useless to everyone. This blog post is different. Trust me. I won’t list off a bunch of obvious features that you should have on your site “just because”. Instead, I’ll tell you how…

Is your web design triggering distrust?

Content is king. Or so the popular marketing adage goes. So what happens when your content is brilliant but no one wants to listen? In real life, how you dress and carry yourself is just as important as what you have to say. Turns out, the Internet isn’t all that different — people still judge you based on looks. Here’s what you need to look out for when reviewing your web design — backed by science.

4 things I learned building Ed Latimore’s website

Building a website can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t have much experience. When I approached Ed Latimore, the professional heavyweight boxer and Twitter superstar, I could count the number of websites I’d built from scratch on the fingers of one hand. It’s safe to say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Nevertheless, there I was: I’d just sent Ed an email containing my offer and a crude mockup I had created in GIMP just minutes before. Thinking back, I don’t think I even expected a reply. To my surprise, however, it only...

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