Welcome

Welcome to Eyedarts Website Creations and Thank You for visiting!

I offer website hosting and services at an affordable financial cost (sometimes none) to those who need a website most. If you’re interested or have any questions, email me at info@eyedarts.com.

If you’re wondering why you might want to work with me to help you with your website, as opposed to using one of the many free website hosting options out there, read this.

About Me

Skills:

I’ve been involved with computers in some form for over 25 years. Some of the skills I’ve developed along the way:

WordPress
Drupal
HTML
CSS
Javascript
Ruby
Ruby on Rails
Python
Lua
GNU/Linux
Git
BASH
Vagrant
Server Setup
Custom DNS
HTTP to HTTPS

Mission:

Content creation on the Internet should be accessible to everyone, regardless of how much money one has, and one should be able to own one’s content without hassles and privacy leaks from large corporate Internet companies. When a third party wants access to one’s data, it’s important for one to control that access oneself.

The technology I use will be Free Software. However, if one needs features that aren’t available as Free Software, I will help set that up.

Currently, I offer this service as a not-for-profit sole proprietor in order to cover the costs of servers, domain names, and development time. However, I hope to transition into a 501(c)3 nonprofit service at some point.

Continue reading “About Me”

Website Experience

Design and Development

Here are some websites I’ve been involved with at the administrative level in some way. I didn’t design all of them. I do (or did) help to maintain all of them in some way, at the least.

Professional Blog

First iteration of a blog website.

Professional Blog

Second iteration of a blog website.

Issue Activist Site

First iteration of an issue activist website.

Issue Activist Site

Second iteration of an issue activist website.

Nonprofit Drupal Site

Example Drupal website for nonprofit organization.

Restaurant

Example website for a restaurant.

Optimization

Design and style are only two of many parts of a successful website. Visitors also want sites to load quickly so they can find the information they need. It’s important to test different designs in order to determine which designs lead to higher conversion rates (i.e. more visitors clicking on a link, submitting their email address, purchasing a product, etc…) and faster page loading times.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A website can be helpful to a business or organization when it’s paired with a search engine optimization (SEO) plan that’s flexible and effective. It’s essential to understand the methods for creating and implementing successful SEO plans.

Services Offered

Backup and Restore

Backing up your website and making sure it’s possible to restore is something many folks don’t think about, especially when relying on free hosting options that do this for you in the background. We will set up a backup plan and test it so that we know for sure your data will be available in case your website is hacked or otherwise disabled.

Content Creation and Maintenance

Many of us have great ideas that we’d like to see on the web, but we don’t have the time or energy to type and format everything for the web. Send us the content you’d like to see on your website and we’ll make sure it gets on your website, formatted in a way that’s easy to read. If you prefer to create your own content, that’s great! You’ll get your own login information that you can use to modify your website in whatever ways you prefer.

Management of Complex Features

Do you need to sell products? Want to sell books through Amazon? Host a petition? Host a group calendar, forum, or email list? Collect information in a survey? Set up your own microblogging platform or social network? We can help you set up a variety of different features for your website. As long as the service is free to set up and run, there will be no additional cost for you to offer these more complicated features.

Training

It’s important to us that everyone has access to this type of technology. The more digital our society becomes, the more important it’s going to be to have the skills needed in order to manipulate and present digital information. We will explain what we’re doing in a way that’s easy to understand. And if it’s not easy to understand, we’ll keep trying to explain it in different ways until you’re satisfied that you know what’s going on. This training is offered as a part of our basic services.

Domain Name Registration

You pick your something.com domain name and we will do the rest. We’ll make sure your domain name is renwed when it needs to be renewed and handle all of the Domain Name Services (DNS) related to the domain.

Server Hosting

Normally, shared server hosting sells for at least $10 per month for quality hosting. That doesn’t include the domain name and sometimes other services related to the domain name and server hosting. It can also take a lot of time to go from the purchase of server hosting to a finished website. For a small fee, often less than $10 per month, we’ll do all of this for you and you’ll have a finished website much faster.

Email Address Hosting

It’s important to have email addresses that match your domain name. For instance, many websites have info@something.com as their main information email address. We’ll set this up for you, along with any other email addresses you’d like me to create, and help you integrate checking and sending email from this new email address into your current email workflow. If you use Gmail or another webmail service, We’ll show you how to set things up so you can check one email account and receive/send email from your new info@something.com email address.

Website Design

We offer you a basic website design that displays the information you need. It may not look fancy or have special features like some of the other more expensive web hosting services offer. We will, however, work with a designer of your choice to create a more visually pleasing website experience if you’d like.