Inclusive Websites for Inclusive Communities

screenshot Silver Glen senior cooperative website

Visual Design by Peg Ogle
WordPress Theme Development by Scott Marlow

A bright mobile-first website refresh for Silver Glen – the only cooperative community for senior independent living in King County.

The new site features a video of facility stills; an image gallery; and a community events calendar. System operating fonts were chosen to optimize site performance, with a minimum font-size of 18 pixels to improve readability for older audiences. A sitewide sidebar can promote units for sale, as needed.

 

Promoting Buddhism With WordPress

screenshot Seattle Buddhist Temple website

WordPress Development by Scott Marlow

A mobile responsive website redesign for Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

The temple’s old fixed-width, non-mobile friendly TwentyTen Theme was upgraded to a custom-branded mobile-first Theme, based on _Underscores. The site redesign included extensive content re-organization, performance optimization and security hardening. Particular attention was paid to usability, including a Google Translation feature for temple members.

Developing High Quality WordPress Websites Through Training and Education

screenshot Cascadia K9 Search Dogs website

WordPress Child Theme Development: Scott Marlow

My latest WordPress child theme project for Cascadia Search Dogs – a nonprofit dedicated to the development of high quality detection and search dogs through training and education. This membership-based site supports the organization’s K9 Search & Rescue mission in the Pacific Northwest.

With a total page size of 585 Kb and only 24 server requests, this site ranks in the 90th percentile of Google PageSpeed Insights:

Mobile Speed Optimization: 93/100
Desktop Speed Optimization: 97/100

I offer WordPress training classes, site consultations, and ongoing support and consulting. If you are interested in learning more about WordPress, please contact me.

Empowering Marketers. Strengthening Websites.

screenshot Exodus Housing website
Visual Design by Heidi Grace
WordPress Web Development by Scott Marlow

A mobile-first visual redesign for Exodus Housing–  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports families fleeing domestic violence by providing access to permanent housing, tailored services and community resources.

With an overall page size of 336 Kb, 84% smaller than the industry median, and only 16 web server requests – this site receives a Pingdom performance score of 93/100.

Cushy CMS to WordPress CMS Conversion

Dumas Bay retreat center screenshot

Client: Dumas Bay Centre

Scope of Work
Accessibility Improvements
Copyediting and content migration
Front-End web development
Performance optimization
Security hardening
Search engine optimization
Visual redesign

Team: Cipalla Communications, Scott Marlow, Joan van den Berg

Dumas Bay Centre is a unique event & retreat venue owned by the City of Federal Way.

Before the website redesign, center staff were limited to editing existing website content using Cushy CMS, a WYSIWYG HTML editing tool. To add new content, city IT staff needed to upload files to the web host.

The website was migrated to a new host and WordPress was configured to allow full rich-content editing. The new mobile-friendly site features a more modern look, with image galleries, oEmbed video support, site search, SSL protection, and feedback and rental inquiry forms. All implemented with accessibility in mind.

Performance Metrics

PerformanceWordPress SiteBenchmark
Google Mobile Speed:68
Google Desktop Speed81
Pingdom87faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index1,017median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow81average score = 70
Web Page Size526 KbIn 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests27< 40 – 60 recommended