Self Managed Websites

If you can write an email or update the status on your Facebook page, you can manage your website.

I use WordPress, which was originally an open source (free) blogging software but has now transformed into one of the most powerful, secure and actively updated content management systems there is. There are also thousands of free plugins and themes giving you unlimited customization options.  I have developed websites using WordPress that feature photo slideshows, event management and calendaring, e-commerce including payment processing and product catalogs, custom mapping, newsletter integration, search engine optimization with analytics…  There’s even one site that has a full community forum embedded in it.  Very powerful.  The list goes on and on. While WordPress is more than just a blog, it’s also a very powerful blogging tool. Blogs are fast becoming one of the most powerful and popular ways to market your business and product or for disseminating information as quickly and cheaply as possible. They are completely customizable and are especially effective at presenting a more personal view of your business, the services you provide or the product you offer.



I am the owner of the 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