Project Description

Redoux Interiors is a DIY and furniture flipping site owned by Karen Berg. She is also has been a business owner / representative for paint designer in the past, which she intends to pick back up again.

Prior to contacting Snazzy Designs, she worked with a designer that created a custom WordPress site. Karen felt some of her ideas were not implemented on the site, and she was looking for a designer that could also provide feedback on her site speed issues, which was impacting her reader’s experiences.  She wants a cleaner layout, less clutter, and a theme to include options for eCommerce / online stores in the future.Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 10.18.02 AM

She settled on Foodie Pro for her new theme.

In her admin panel, it was discovered that she has nearly 150 themes are installed on her server, which could be cluttering her database and slowing site speed, however, that cleanup is not in this current scope and will determine at the end of the site design what optimization efforts need to be prioritized.

Documents

  • Changes to Blog Approved August 10th (.doc) sent from Karen requesting around 10 specific edits. All within $350 scope. Paid in full.

  • Initial Proposal In Review Based on review of current blog / theme / layout. Karen also provided a login so that I could inspect her plugins and site structure.

Project Progress

Project Timing

  • Start
    Aug 02 2016
  • End
    Aug 14 2016

08/02/2016 08/14/2016

100%

Overall Project Completion

  • Address Backup Issues

    Backup issues were the result of Redoux's files being too large. Jeanette provided some initial optimized services so that a full backup could be accomplished. Hourly services were billed as part of the total package. ($150 paid in full by Karen).

    25%
  • Final Walkthrough / Site Review

    Final Walkthrough / site review (basic walkthrough and training included in the $350)

    75%

  • 50%

    Theme Migration

    BASIC WORDPRESS THEME SETUP PACKAGE (PAID IN FULL $350)

25%

Address Backup Issues

Backup issues were the result of Redoux's files being too large. Jeanette provided some initial optimized services so that a full backup could be accomplished. Hourly services were billed as part of the total package. ($150 paid in full by Karen).

50%

Theme Migration

BASIC WORDPRESS THEME SETUP PACKAGE (PAID IN FULL $350)

75%

Final Walkthrough / Site Review

Final Walkthrough / site review (basic walkthrough and training included in the $350)

1. Custom Optimization Services Complete 100%

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Description
BLOG OPTIMIZATION: $150 (paid in full) The reason this took precedence is because Karen did not have a full backup of the blog due to the size of the database. Prior backups were interrupted so there were no recent backups since 2014.
The following activities were performed to optimize and reduce size of database + image files:
  • Reduced size of database
    • Reduced from 286MB to 26MB
  • Installed Updraft Plus (a free plugin)
  • A full backup resides on Jeanette's server (FTP) which will be deleted once Karen has a regular backup scheduled. Karen will need to configure updraft to load on Google drive or another mechanism. 
  • WP Total Cache
  • EWWW Image Optimizer (compressed 4,660 images on her blog) which increased site speed significantly
   

2. Theme Migration + Site Design Complete 100%

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Description
BASIC WORDPRESS THEME SETUP : $350 (paid in full) Karen's specific edits:
  1. Change header to include subtext: Don’t throw it out, hang around my blog and Redoux it  
  2. Change menu bar.  Remove “How To’s  since this is also covered in drop down Projects Gallery. Insert, Other Stuff, drop down menu: Good Time Charlies, Blogeur d’ invite (removed, per Karen) 

  3. Menu, Move “Contact” over

  4. Menu, And last space “Subscribe” with a link to my subscription page

  5. Change “categories” bar to “Search” with a search plugin

  6. Please repeat Subscribe bar again at bottom of page -- (also added to the bottom of each post)

  7. Create categories like my snazzy page (Installed free version of "Content Views" plugin then set up only the specific categories requested). Others will need to be setup by Karen.  The paid plugin will give you the option to change the "Read More" buttons to any color + more font options. 
  8. Move BlogHer ads up to be under search bar (switch places with Dumpster Diving Series)  -- Dumpster Diving is now beneath all ads. I would ask BlogHer for an additional ad 160 x 600 pillar ad -- it looks off center or lonely.  So I centered the one you do have.

  9. Move “Mormon” tag and place under “Today’s Popular Posts”

  10. Google Anayltics or blog stats.  I can only see rudimentary stats on SumoMe.  Can you set up Google Analytics or other stats plugin so I can compare day, month, year, etc.?  Also so I can see where traffic is coming from, where it is going, most popular posts.

 
  • Basic Wordpress theme setup includes:
    • NOTE: Theme purchases are not included in the base price.-- Karen purchased Foodie Pro 
  • Out-of-the-box color palette 
  • Out-of-the-box font 
  • Basic placement of header
  • Basic placement of social media icons
  • Basic sidebar placement or cleanup
  • Basic menu setup with dropdowns
  • Client will provide all artwork & logos, otherwise I use fonts for placement
  • All clients receive access to a private project management portal 
  Not included: Customization services, including graphic design work, structural theme edits, plugin purchases, theme upgrades, any stock images that are purchased as part of the final design.

3. Site Review / Walkthrough Complete 0%

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Description
Final walkthrough of design. Discussion will cover: 
  • Q&A
  • Identify any functional gaps in basic package
  • Additional functionality required that might not be included in basic package
  • Walkthrough of site design / how to manage the blog from this point forward
  • Make recommendations for future optimization, including:
  • How to improve user experience
  • Maintain Site Speed
  • Maintain regular backups
  • Identify redundant plugins
- If further database cleanup is required (separate engagement and billed separately).