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Websites are a professional necessity in today’s highly competitive virtual world. With just the click of a button, anyone can buy anything from anywhere. Information on literally every subject is mere seconds away.

So how are you going to make sure your website comes out of the tangle on top? How do you ensure that what you have to offer is going to stand out in a crowded global marketplace?

In an era where the average person does the majority of their business with people (or non-people) they have never even met, I say the best way to move your business forward is to take a step back.

Fotan Web and Graphic Design offers a global reach with a personal touch. The problem with huge companies is that most aren’t able to resolve issues quickly (such as: WebHostingJams’ iPage review). I believe in doing things the old-fashioned way–in knowing names, shaking hands, telling a few jokes and in truly listening. If you want your business to be a part of the future but like the way things were done in the past, please contact me. At the very least you’ll talk to a real person, and you might even make a new friend.

 

 

I am the owner of the Swiftengines.com website that Matt and Fotan constructed. What seemed insurmountable to me - trying to sell 440 model airplane engines from a distance and marketing them worldwide - Matt made a reality. I provided Matt with the inventory in Excel format, all the photos, and various pieces of text. In two short face-to-face meetings over coffee, several emails with attached bits of website and a very short time, the website was launched the week of President's Day. To construct the website Matt converted the Excel file to a data base, attached about 900 photos to the proper entries for the engines, and then combined the text blocks into a splash page, an order form, how to order instructions and contact information. Matt selected the bright, easily-recognizable and thematic graphics for the background of the splash page. The data base also made it possible to build a small "sort" function that broke the large data base into smaller pieces for quicker viewing. All of these products came from Matt and his logical, practical, and creative skills. The website was an instant hit and became the poster child for model engine sales on the web. We have received many, many congratulatory comments on the way the website works, how easy it is to use, and how clean and uncluttered it is. The navigation is transparent and has been very easy for less-than-comfortable web users to use. Most importantly, the engines have sold. Another party who constructed her own site commented that we have sold more engines in five months than she sold her first year - and all at the listed prices. It pays to have your website be and look professional and attractive as well as easy to use. Matt made it happen for us, and you will enjoy working with him as much as we did.

—Bill Swift

Swift Engines

 

Umpqua Community College Foundation

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The UCC Foundation wanted a website where they could send students to fill out scholarship and grant paperwork.  The main idea was to allow the students to fill out their criteria information online, then have a way to export the information so the Foundation folks could so

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Require Login For Single WordPress Page

| WordPress Plugins

By default, anyone who comes to your WordPress website can see any page on that website.  What if you want your website to be open to everyone, except you really need to have a page or two that only registered, logged in users see?  Example?  A company intranet, a calenda

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Winston Area Community Partnership

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Work included a redesign for the local non-profit The Winston Area Community Partnership.  I did the original redesign a few years ago, but times change and they needed the ability to update their website more often and without having to budget for it.  What I did for them

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Greg Russell Loans

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Greg Russell is a local guy who makes property loans to people who can't probably go to a bank.  His site needed a clean, professional look and needed to come up in Google.  I think the design I came up with fit the bill.  Pretty basic on tech.  No databases or scripting

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Music on the Half Shell

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FINALLY!  After about 3 years of talking to the Half Shell Committee about taking over the website, I have it. If you're not from Roseburg, OR, Music on the Half Shell (MOTHS) is a local deal where live bands play in a half-shell erected in a local park (Stewart Park).  T

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Music on the Half Shell

| Portfolio

FINALLY!  After about 3 years of talking to the Half Shell Committee about taking over the website, I have it. If you're not from Roseburg, OR, Music on the Half Shell (MOTHS) is a local deal where live bands play in a half-shell erected in a local park (Stewart Park).  T

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The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

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The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

While developing a custom WordPress plugin I saw this error when activating it.  The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation I did a little Googling and found that there are a few most common causes: A white space before or after the PH

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Brent Gunter (Musician)

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Brent is a musician from the Portland area.  He spends a big chunk of the year traveling around doing concerts and needed a way to sell tickets on his website.  He already had the website, but had no idea how to integrate PayPal and a shopping cart.  He called me and I to

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All Oregon Real Estate

| Real Estate and Property Management

This was a kind of cool site because it had so much design work associated with it.  The broker wanted some largish (I say largish because, at the time they were big, but these days they're pretty small) as a backdrop for the whole site.  All in all, not a big deal, but in

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UCC Accreditation WordPress Blog

| WordPress Blogs

I've been on contract working as webmaster for Umpqua Community College for quite a while now and one of the things they asked me to do was to take their Accreditation blog and clean it up.  Before I got to it it was a stock WordPress theme and didn't look anything like UCC

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