David is a graphic designer and fine artist who works exclusively with nonprofit organizations — helping development officers and marketing staff connect with donors, supporters, clients and the community through distinctive and dynamic branding and marketing design tools. He provides decades of nonprofit experience and expertise at reasonable rates.
Sometimes a website with reasonable benchmarks can still perform poorly. This dental foundation website is a perfect example. The former site’s 2.2 Mb page size was well within the industry median; and 84 server requests is above optimum, but certainly not atrocious. Still, migrating from a custom-coded Theme to a WordPress-approved Theme (_Underscores) significantly improved perceived page load speed, despite server requests increasing and page size decreasing nominally.
WebPage Test Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388 In 2021, the average page size = ~2.4 Mb and median page size = ~2.1 Mb. Database-driven websites, like WordPress, are more performance optimized when server requests are < 40 – 60.
Scope of Work
Accessibility auditing, consulting and remediation
This new version of the site is definitely WAY more mobile friendly. Love it! Reg Unterseher
My latest WordPress project, which involved customizing a single Theme for 5 domains for 4 Northwest choral composers.
By collaborating on their marketing efforts – the group was able to affordably launch a series of custom, co-branded domains. The new, customized Gutenberg Block Editor enables each composer to create rich page layouts and integrate a unique color palette – while providing a consistent layout and user experience to visitors. In particular, each composer appreciated the power and flexibility of the Latest Posts Block, which was used to compile their respective choral catalogs alphabetically, as well as showcase featured compositions on their homepages.
Based on Automattic’s _Underscores Theme, page load speed ranks in the top 10% of sites – with high benchmark scores for accessibility, SEO, and other best practices.
Total Server Requests: 26 (7 Scripts + 7 Images + 3 Fonts + 7 CSS + 1 HTML) Total Page Size: 334 Kb (In 2020, the average page size was ~2.4 Mb; the median size was ~2.1 Mb) Page Load Speed: ~1.2 seconds
A redesigned website for DentistLink, a free non-profit referral service connecting Washington residents to dental care. DentistLink is supported by Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington.
Page load speed was improved thru a 64% reduction in overall page size, a 21% reduction in web server requests, and a new WPEngine hosting platform. The new Theme integrates the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor for more advanced layout and styling options. A Google Translate feature makes the site more accessible to under-served populations.
Scope of Work
Mobile responsive theming
Google Lighthouse benchmarks Accessibility: 100/100 Best Practices: 73/100 Performance: 92/100 Search Engine Optimization: 100/100
Whidbey Community Foundation, founded in 2016, is a grantmaking public charity that supports Whidbey Island nonprofit organizations through philanthropy, training and capacity building.
More than 750 community foundations operate in urban and rural areas in every state in the United States.
The new community foundation website, powered by WordPress, allows the organization to easily share fundraising, training and other news. A third-party portal by Community Suite provides additional tools for nonprofit listings and donations.
Google Mobile Speed:
Google Desktop Speed
faster than 86% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index
median = ~4,493 top 10% = <1,388
average score = 70
Web Page Size
In 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb median page size = ~1.9 Mb