Meet the designer...
Every day I work with business owners to bring clarity to their online presence.
We work together to create a solid foundation for all marketing efforts, the website - where potential customers look first before considering that next step. It is my job to give them a clear message of what you do and why they should do business with you.
|April 2019||Joomla 3.x Certified Administrator|
|2006-Present||Owner, Web Design by Robin|
|May 1996||Graduated from UMass Dartmouth
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
The other side of me - October 2020
It sure has been a strange year, and yet I am acutely aware that life continues. As the nights get colder I start to prepare for calving season for my small family farm made up of eight Jersey cows. Robin Clapp, cow midwife and professional website creator. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s right. So, you’re probably thinking – "and this should interest me how?".
Well, think about it. Both jobs have the same goal. Bringing something to life. Granted, the Momma cow does most of the work, but I’m there to make sure everything goes right, and the end result is what everyone expects. Sort of like your website.
My job is to create your website and yes, bring it to life. And that means bringing it to life on time and without glitches. A big part of this relies on the website developer knowing what it is you want, and how to deliver it. Whether the birth of your website is a success also depends on the knowledge and expertise of your website developer. In this regard, you couldn’t be in better hands.
I create websites using Joomla, an award-winning open-source website software. I am a member of Joomla’s global community and an expert in its use and application. The platform is user friendly, extendable, accessible, responsive, and SEO friendly. Joomla powers millions of websites all over the world and is the perfect fit for almost any website.
Website development is not my hobby. It's my career. I have a degree in computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts and 15 years of experience working with small business owners creating websites that help our communities thrive. My passion for bringing things to life is what makes me a great web developer. Just like your typical dairy cow, I am outstanding in my field.
An end of an era - October 2019
I was discussing career choices with my son Dan recently. He has an analytical mind and is a natural at coding. I told him, you know, not everyone can do what you do so easily. When you find something you enjoy, use that talent to make yourself useful in this world. I haven't always been a website designer or a small business owner. This job found me 14 years ago. My skills with computers and programming started at a young age and brought me many opportunities over my lifetime. My website design chapter could just as easily be called my "raise my boys by working from the home chapter." Designing websites has allowed me to pursue my favorite job of all - being a mom! My boys turned 18 this year and will be off to college in no time. I remarked to Trevor that I don't know what to do with all my free time, his smart @ss response, "go design more websites mom!" God knows I love him.
We don't get where we are out of thin air. There were many chapters before this one for me. One chapter was when I met my husband in engineering classes at college and built our relationship around many mistakes and a few great decisions. Leaving my engineering job at General Dynamics to form Web Design by Robin was one of the scariest decisions we made and, as it turned out, it is one of the brightest decisions, second only to marrying Chris. What I didn't know then is just how hard it is to be a small business owner. I am a talented website designer. Running a business is well - HARD!
We learn quickly in business that we need to find our niche and stand out in a crowd. I'm a service provider; my niche is me. I understand what it means to be a small business owner. My services target local small business and focus on making them thrive. My business is not successful unless your business is successful. My clients think of me as a partner. I design websites and continue to support businesses long after their websites are launched. I am only as good as the product and services I provide. I want to make sure that everything I do is high quality and my customers are satisfied.
My original plan was to start a business doing something that uses my expertise - designing websites. Today my business is still designing websites, however, it is much more than that. I am proud to be a local small business owner and I am proud to support local small businesses by providing website design services!