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Looking for a website developer in Columbus, OH?

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

If you are in need of a web developer or graphic designer in the Columbus, Ohio area, then you have come to the right place! I have over 12 years of experience in the website design field. I am the owner of Motion City Media, a web development and online marketing firm. I am also the owner of Motion City Hosting, providing website hosting and domain name registrations. In addition, I am the ongoing webmaster providing maintenance for many well known Columbus area businesses.

I am proficient with creating some of the most unique website designs, search engine optimization, eCommerce solutions, working with 3rd party web applications, animations, web server management, social networking, and more! Just take a look at the services I offer for more information. If there is something specific you would like to inquire about, I would enjoy hearing from you. Take a look at my portfolio and testimonials as well. I have had an outstanding reputation for my entire 12 years of doing business.

All of my projects are submitted as well written contracts that serve to protect both you, and my business. My contracts ensure that your money is in safe hands and you will get what is promised to you. All contracts contain full and specific details of the scope of work, time frame, payment agreement, refund policy, contact methods and availability, etc. My business is legitimate and is reported to the IRS. 1099 reporting is available through my IRS Employer Identification Number.

Contact me for more information!

Avoid Website Design Scams

Monday, November 21st, 2011

It is my great displeasure that many new clients have come to me over the years with such scorn for website designers and developers (both company and sole proprietors).  This is all due to their nightmarish experiences with previously hired web designers.  I even hear complaints from fellow webmasters about working with such unscrupulous individuals.  For the untrained eye, it may be hard to sort out the good seeds from the bad. 

Avoid website design and web development scam artists by following this advice:

  • A web designer’s website should be a reflection of who they are and the pride they take in their work. Browse the website in its entirety. Is it creative? Is it well put together? Does it look like they put effort into it?
  • Does the website contain useful information? Stay away from developers that have extremely vague descriptions of their services. If all they do is babble on about how they offer “web design”, but do not describe specifically what that entails, stay away from them. Either they are scam artists or they may not be very skilled. The terms “web development” and “web design” cover an extremly large spectrum of services. It is hard to find any developer that does them all.  So anyone who does not specify what services they offer, they may be hiring third parties to do the jobs for them… or… as I mentioned, are just scamming for money.
  • Take your time analyzing their online portfolio. Do not do business with anyone who does not have one. View as many projects as you can stand. Make sure the work is actually visible and it is not just a description. Only hire a website/graphic designer who has a decent amount of projects and clients in their portfolio. The more listed, the more they can be trusted. The projects should be accompanied by legitimate company and individual varifiable names.  Do your research.  Make sure those entities actually exist. Some people create fake profiles.
  • Do all important communication by email.  Feel free to call and make sure you have that option, but having everything documented is protection for you in the event things go wrong.
  • Make sure the website designer provides you with a specific and detailed contract.  The contract should cover all the specific details about the services to be rendered. It should not be vague. Ensure it has an acceptable refund policy and terms for communication.
  • Avoid paying in cash unless you are provided a signed receipt and you obtain personally identifiable information about the developer and/or company.  Paypal offers dispute services in the event there is a problem.  Bank checks are easilly tracked and used as evidence if need be.
  • Research the proprietor or company name on the Internet.  The larger of a presence they have on the web, the better.  The longer they have been around, the better.  If they claim to have been around for many years, but they only have one website and it is brand new… be leary.

Unique WordPress website/blog designs!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

If you are looking for a unique/different WordPress website/blog design, that is one of my specialties! I get a lot of web development clients that are looking for a WP website that has unique character and doesn’t look like anyone else’s. Some good examples:

  • Tattoo Artists and Studios – I can create a WordPress website that is customized to your style.  Whether that be upscale salon style, urban, retro, dark, etc I can make something unique to you.  I am very good at taking artwork from the artists and merging it into the website itself.
  • Artists – I am experienced at creating unique WordPress portfolios for artists.  I can also animate your artwork if you would like to include an intro or other types of animation.  Your art can be integrated into the WordPress graphics and template/theme.
  • Musicians – I have worked with many musicians and can include your audio as downloadable files or streaming media.  Custom video players can also be created that are unique to your style.  If you already have album or other artwork, I can merge that into the WordPress theme/website design if you like.
  • Photographer – Are you a unique photographer looking for something different?  Something with some edge and special character?  I can definitely help you with that!

I see a lot of the same old style of WordPress designs and find them to be very boring. I have quite the imagination and can make very creative and unique graphic designs and page structures.  If you have a particular style of art in mind, let me know.  I can even use paintings, ink/marker on paper, and other printed forms of art. 

If you would like to discuss your project, let me know!  I would be happy to see what we can come up with.

Phone:  614-546-8278


WordPress blog designer from Columbus, Ohio!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

I get a lot of requests from clients looking for WordPress blog website designers that are local to Columbus, OH and central Ohio. The nice thing about being local is that I am available for in person meetings to discuss your WordPress blog project needs.

WordPress website development is one of my specialties. Here are just some of the WordPress website design services I offer:

  • WordPress web hosting
  • setup of databases for WordPress
  • installation of WordPress
  • migration of WordPress from one web host to another
  • migration from an alternative blogging platform/software to WordPress
  • conversion of non-CMS (content management system) websites to WordPress
  • website design using WordPress as a content management system
  • design of unique custom WordPress themes (styles/templates/graphics)
  • pre-existing purchased template customization and template tuning
  • installation of pre-existing WP plugins
  • seemless blending of WordPress with other non-WP types of websites and software (example: vBulletin)
  • SEO for WordPress
  • merging of multiple WordPress CMS and blog websites
  • upgrade existing WordPress websites
  • WP spam management and prevention
  • affiliate networking, pay per click campaigns, and ad management for WordPress
  • original WordPress blog and page content writing (boosting)
  • WordPress link building
  • social networking connections
  • If you have questions about WordPress website design, would like to start your WP project, or need something that is not listed here, please feel free to contact me.

    Jessica Bolin
    Phone: (614) 546-8278

    Please note, there is a small trip fee for in person visits, if you do not pay for your project upfront at the time of the meeting.

    Need a vBulletin forum/publishing suite web designer?

    Monday, July 4th, 2011

    Are you looking for a vBulletin forum and/or publishing suite website developer? I have been developing vBulletin websites for many years now. I am experienced with the older versions that are forum only, as well as the current publishing suite social networking software.

    My vBulletin web design and development services include the following:

  • web hosting setup
  • vBulletin installation and database setup
  • migration of vBulletin from one web hosting account to another
  • merge multiple vBulletin databases into one
  • upgrade existing vBulletin websites to current or even previous versions of vBulletin
  • design custom vBulletin styles (skin, themes, templates, graphics)
  • installation of pre-existing vbulletin plugins, products, and modifications
  • SEO optimization for vBulletin
  • spam management for vBulletin
  • affiliate networking, pay per click campaigns, and ad management for vBulletin websites
  • vBulletin forum boosting (creation of originial thread and post content)
  • setup of vBulletin promotions and scheduled chron jobs (tasks)
  • vBulletin link building
  • seemless graphic blending of vBulletin into other website components such as WordPress, content management systems, and non-CMS websites
  • If there is an additional service that you are interested in and it is not listed here, please feel free to contact me.

    Jessica Bolin
    Phone: (614) 546-8278

    Looking for a WordPress designer/developer in Columbus, OH?

    Monday, June 20th, 2011

    Hello everyone,

    If you are looking for an experienced WordPress website and theme developer/designer in or near Columbus OH, you have come to the right place!   Whether you want a basic WordPress installation, a pre-made WordPress theme/template installed, a custom WP theme designed, hosting migration, WordPress plugin installation, or other customizations, I can help you with any and all of them.

    For those of you who do not know already, WordPress is not just a blogging platform.  Yes, its main function has primarily been to serve blog posts, but WP is ever more geared to be a full content management system (CMS).  I specialize is making unique and custom websites running WordPress as a CMS (without a blog).  If you have or want a website and want more personal control over your content, without knowing any web coding, then WordPress could be the content management system for you. 

    Some people express concern that using WordPress as a CMS might make the website look too much like a WordPress blog.  That simply is not true.  I can design a website with WP that will look nothing like a blog website.  In fact, without looking at the code behind the scenes, no one would ever even know or suspect that you are running WordPress on your website.

    For those of you who would like a blog website, but don’t want it to look like everyone else’s blog… I specialize in that too.  I take pride in creating unique blogging websites with the WordPress platform.  Blog sites no longer need to look like cookie cutter replicas.

    I also get a lot of requests from clients to convert an existing website to WordPress.  Whatever type of website design you are converting from, I can take care of that for you. 

    Or maybe you would like to add WordPress into your existing website and have a theme to match?  I can do that too!

    You can also browse my premade WordPress themes and templates on my other website if you would like something that is already completed.  If you would like to order a template and have it customized and installed, just let me know.

    I serve all of the central Ohio area and offer personal meetings in Columbus, Hilliard, Galloway, Grove City, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Westerville, Dublin, and more.  My services are also offered globally of course.

    If you have any questions or would like to get a quote, feel free to contact me.  I will tell you everything you need to know and be happy to work with you.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Jessica Bolin
    (614) 546-8278

    Looking for a webmaster in Columbus, OH?

    Monday, June 13th, 2011

    Hello everyone,

    Just a reminder that if you are trying to find a local Columbus, OH webmaster, web designer, and web developer… this is the place!  With over 11 years of experience in the web development field, rest assured that your web project will be in good hands.  Not only do I serve Columbus, Ohio… but also globally.

    I offer a wide variety of services with the goal of providing a “one-stop shop”.  Getting all of your needs met from one source makes life so much easier.  So, I offer web hosting, email accounts, domain name registration, marketing packages, website development, graphic design, photography, content writing, search engine optimization, and so much more!

    Instead of hiring different people fulfill multiple needs, I can do everything for you.  Browse my website and portfolio for more information about the services I offer and the projects I have previously completed.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like a quote.  OR  (614) 546-8278

    Content Writing: “My Marriage After He Cheated”

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    I have started writing content for a publishing site. I am going to start posting links to my aticles here as well.

    This one is entitled: “My Marriage After He Cheated”

    Custom CSS MySpace profile design/development information!

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    If you are looking for a MySpace profile designer Guru, then you have come to the right place! I have spent ridiculous amounts of time analyzing the MySpace code that drives the profiles of both regular users and band users. Combine that with my creative edge, artistic style, and experience… and you are destined to come out of your project with something phenominal!

    Some people may wonder “Why spend so much time trying to manipulate a social networking site that seems to be a fad for teens?”. I think that assumption is a huge mistake on the parts of business owners and people who have a product or subject to market. MySpace may have initially been a play place for mostly teens, but it has come a long way. I have seen it grow into a vehicle for serious marketing. MySpace is no longer the “hang out” for only teens. It now houses the profiles of adults of all ages and character, non-profit organizations, retailers, musicians, film-makers, large corporations, and other various industries. Not to mention those “teens”… will be adults soon and will remember what they see on MySpace. The makers of MySpace hit a gold-mine when they created their social network.

    Do not under-estimate the power of MySpace. If you are looking for a new and sure way to add to your marketing strategy, you will want to consider MySpace. You want to begin with collecting as many “friends” as humanly possible. The more friends, the farther your reach across the world. With it’s blogging and bulletin options, you are able to use this to post current business news, sales, etc. Then, all of those “friends” you have collected will now see what you are posting. If you utilize the tools right, you can draw them in. What’s even better, everything you post in a MySpace profile is indexed by the search engines. So, if they aren’t going directly to your main website, they might find your product/info on MySpace.

    I know there are still a lot of people out there who don’t want to believe it. I even doubted it when I first got into this area, but the amount of requests coming in for custom MySpace profile development is increasing exponentially. For the clients I have using MySpace, they agree that it is a great marketing tool (and it’s FREE). This is especially true for media related entities.

    A word of advice when having a custom MySpace profile developed:

    Do your research! Make sure the person you are hiring to make your MySpace profile really knows their stuff! Not just about coding, but also the inner workings of MySpace, it’s users, and it’s rules. There are a LOT of people out there “claiming” to provide custom profiles, but what you will find is that these people only know minimal customization at best. To me, true customization that will knock someone’s socks off means that the profile no longer resembles the default layout of MySpace. It looks like it’s own separate web page. Don’t be duped into paying for just another “cookie-cutter” profile design. All of my MySpace designs are completely custom and just ooze unique character. Unless, of course, the client requests to keep the standard layout… then the customer gets what they want.

    You should also keep in mind that basic MySpace profiles and band MySpace profiles are NOT the same! They are two entirely different animals. Basic profiles for the general user are, by far, the easiest to manipulate and code. Therfor, you end up with a lot more people who think they are brilliant MySpace customizers, but when they get their hands on a band project… they are at a loss.

    Manipulating MySpace band profiles was quite a chore to wrap my brain around. It’s not as simple as you might think when you are looking at it for the first time. You really have to have a clear picture of how every item in the profile works, how it is labeled/coded, and how/where it is placed. You then have to figure out ways to “reshape” that code and turn into something completely different without breaking the rules of MySpace. There are many limitations and many road blocks set forth by the MySpace code. MySpace is always changing their coding. Changing what we have to work with. The more you try to manipulate it, the more customized you get, the more you try to turn it into something different…. the harder it works against you. Only those who truly invest a lot of time into researching the rules, regulations, and code setup of MySpace will be gurus. Their examples will be a clear statement of their skills.

    Some people may find my MySpace rates to be too high simply because they think this is an easy job. So many kids out there are manipulating MySpace every day and hey… it’s only ONE page… right? Wrong! I can’t stress enough the time that goes into understanding MySpace and making an amazing design. ESPECIALLY band profiles. Of course, it has gotten a lot easier for me because I do them all the time now. But my point is, make sure the person you hire really does know what they are doing. Make sure they have samples of the paricular type of MySpace profile you will be needing.

    So that’s my two cents on custom CSS MySpace designs/developers and the social networking giant. So for those of you looking for a designer, happy hunting and always know… I am here if you need me!