My Designs – Montessori Early Years

March 22, 2011 | Comments Off on My Designs – Montessori Early Years

Last year in March I was contacted by the Montessori Early Years in LaSalle to design, develop and administrate their website. It was the first time they’d ever had a website designed and they weren’t sure exactly what they wanted or what’s more, what their customers wanted. I designed a simple site for them that listed their general info, admission fees and contact info. They were very happy with the result.

Early this year, I decided to have a meeting with them to discuss the renewal of their hosting as well as a few things I thought we should add to the site. After a few hours of conversation we decided to scrap the first design and go with something fresh and new. Something that was more playful and lighthearted. What I came up with can be see by clicking this link; Montessori Early Years or viewing the image below.

Montessori Early Years

As you can see I’ve done away with the black and dark brown theme of the site and gone with a more light-hearted yellow and blue. I’ve also added a Javascript to the header of the site which switches the main image each time a page is viewed. As far as the back-end goes, it’s all done with CSS and a DIV based layout. I’ve added a “members only” area using PHP which parents can log into and view important PDF’s as well as private photo albums. I’ve also added a “news” section which can be updated easily by staff at Montessori or by myself.

Suffice to say the new design went over very well at MEY. The principal couldn’t be happier with the result and said their parents loved the new photo album viewer (which I did with a simply Lightbox).

If you’re interested in having a website designed and/or developed by me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I offer some of the best affordable custom web designs in the Windsor area.

Using Lightbox With Photo Galleries

February 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Using Lightbox With Photo Galleries

If you’ve been keeping up with my @sebas_agosta Twitter account lately, you’ve probably noticed that I’m currently creating a brand new custom web design for the Montessori Early Years. You can see the current website design I did about a year ago in my portfolio. As you can see the site already looks out-dated and is clearly not some of my best work.

The new design includes much “softer” and “inviting” colors as well as much better coding on the back end. The site is now completely built using a DIV based layout and CSS. One thing that I was really excited to change was the photo gallery section on the site. The script I used for the first design was very tedious and quite frankly a pain to update. The code I’m using for the photo galleries now is called Lightbox and more specifically Lightbox 2.

Most of you have probably seen some variation of Lightbox online when searching through photos on certain sites. Facebook now uses a form of Lightbox for it’s photo galleries as well as many other mainstream sites. Lightbox is coded using Javascript and CSS and is very simple for even the most beginner web designer to implement on their page. All the information on coding and files for Lightbox can be found on this site.

Lightbox will make your photo galleries much more elegant and simple to navigate. I’d recommend Lightbox for anyone who has thumbnail photos they want expanded when clicked. Give it a try and if you have any questions on it, feel free to comment below!


January 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Introduction

I’d like to formally welcome everyone to my personal web design blog. For those of you who didn’t have a chance to read the about me listed above my name is Sebastian Agosta and I’m an affordable web designer in Windsor Ontario Canada. I’ve been designing web pages in Windsor and the surrounding area for about 10 years now. I have a diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst and almost 5 years of real world work experience with a local company named Niwo Management. Some of my skills include; web design/development, mobile web design, search engine optimization and email marketing. I’m also pretty good with Adobe Photoshop. Most of my designs are done using HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. I love designing elegant sites which aren’t too “busy” and are consistent all the way through.

I started this web design blog so potential clients can get an even better idea of the work I can do and my knowledge in the field. I also started this blog so I’d have a place to talk about social networking, smart phones and search engines, which are all interests of mine.

If you’re interested in having a web site designed for yourself or for your business please contact me using the link above titled contact me.

As of the time of this post (January 7th, 2011), my main site isn’t online yet. I’m almost done though, it should be up within the week. Here is a preview of what it looks like;

Sebastian Agosta site preview

Free free to comment below on what you think of my portfolio site. Thanks for visiting the first of many posts on my web design blog! Check back soon for more updates.

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