Taste the Event

Taste The Event DurhamI have to admit, the last three years of my life has been filled with staying inside, eating leftovers and making sure that my 3 year old stayed in his bed. I know, it’s pathetic. But it’s time to change that. Babysitters do exist. And it’s time for me to get out and explore some of Durham’s amazing restaurants and pubs.

I have recently been working with Shannon Media on their 3 main websites, Durham Mag, Chapel Hill Mag and Taste the Event. TASTE is the largest annual culinary event in the Triangle area. This is the fourth year running! It’s an event designed to celebrate the Triangle’s awesome food.

Durham is a great place for food, babysitters exist and I need to get out more. So I am definitely going to sign up for some events.

It’s been Hectic here in Durham… Hectic, but good

I’m excited that work has been busy. I love what I do and I’ve had the privilege of finishing off and launching 3 websites in one week. All of which I’m thrilled by how they turned out.

http://activedgefit.com/ is a fitness center in Durham, just off 15-501. Bryan Diaz is a fantastic business man and runs a tight ship. I think so highly of him and his business, that I’m going to be sending my wife for some physical therapy.

http://www.sarahstacke.com/ is a Brooklyn-based photographer who wanted to redesign her site to feature photo essays. This was my first photography site I’ve ever done (officially), and it is unlike any other site I’ve worked on. Sidescrolling pages presented many unique challenges that I loved figuring out.

http://paintconc.com/ is a professional painting service based in Cary and Raleigh NC. Dawn wanted a redesign and wanted to be able to use wordpress. We had this site designed, and up and running in under a month.

Durham Web Design, I am owning you

My work on getting ranked for Durham Web Design is going splendidly. I’m #1 for Durham web design on Bing, #3 on Yahoo, and I’m at the top of page 3 on Google. That’s a pretty big leap in 3 weeks. I started out on page 18 of Google three weeks ago. So I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve changed a lot of the structure of my site and placed key words in strategic places. I’ve worked on my incoming links and removed all errors from my code and optimized it for all the search engines. I’ve done xml sitemaps, registered with all the search engines, registered for maps and local searches and done a million other things. It’s all paying off, literally (I got a phone call today with a new customer in Raleigh, NC).

Need to rank for a keyword? I suppose now, I can tell people I really know what I’m doing. Do a search for “Durham Web Design”, and see where I come. Then do a search for what your customers are searching for, and see where you come up. If you’re not happy with that result, give me a call and I’ll help you out.

The Problem With Durham

Living and designing websites in Durham, NC has been a blessing and a curse. It’s great to live in a place with great weather, tonnes of business, and large trees shading my little house. But when those large trees drop limbs with an 8 inch diameter on my house when I am away for Christmas, it upsets me. We arrived home from our Christmas vacation to find a limb the size of a regular tree on our roof, and subsequently, a whole in our roof. I quickly patched it up, only to come back inside and find some water damage. Nothing major, but this afternoon, I’m going to have to tear a hole in our knee wall upstairs to make sure it’s dry so as to prevent mold. Not impressed. Thanks Durham. Maybe if I lived in a Raleigh or Cary cookie cutter house in the suburbs with no trees, I could design your website this afternoon. But as it stands, I’m busy.