My name is Michael Neely and I am a freelance web designer, WordPress developer, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) consultant in Atlanta, GA. Years ago, my girlfriend had a job as communications director. I thought she had the coolest job and I wanted this for a living too. I formally began my freelance career in 2011 when the restaurant I was working in closed its doors a week before Christmas. I bought a book called HTML, XHTML and CSS All-In-One for Dummies and got to work. I downloaded the open source text editor Aptana and the open source graphic design tool GIMP and began learning. Since then I have graduated to Adobe Creative Cloud and began studying WordPress design and development and applying what I know. I won my first paying clients in November 2015, a graphic design client and a website updating client. Since then, I have helped over 40 small business clients all over the United States with over 90 projects, and the list keeps growing.
I first worked in Adobe Illustrator in 2000 creating artwork for my advertising specialties clients. I also designed a few restaurant menus in 2003. I began working in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more) in 2014. Since then, I have custom designed brochures, logos, trade show banners, PowerPoint presentations, eBooks, social media profile art, and other marketing tools. I have customized WordPress sites, built child themes and custom-coded WordPress themes from scratch. I enjoy turning PSD (Photoshop) mock-ups into fully functional WordPress sites.
I built my first site in March 2000 with a drag-and-drop website builder. After that I graduated to Microsoft FrontPage. The first site I built by hand-coding is the first MichaelNeelyFreelancer.com site. It is a nice basic site that lacked a lot of the functionality and search availability of a CMS-based site (even though it is the fastest loading site I have ever built). I also built a two more sites (Omnifood and PSD to HTML5) as part of online courses I took to refresh my education on HTML5 and CSS3. I can build an HTML5 website at the request of any client and may get back into building straight HTML5 sites again.
WordPress Design and Development
In October 2012, I noticed that my new site was not showing up in the top 10 pages of Google. I stared at my new website looking for new ways to implement a search engine optimization strategy. I learned about WordPress and how search engines love WordPress. I decided that WordPress was the way to go for me.
I learned to make some changes to my sites altering the CSS code and a little PHP. In 2015, I got serious and started taking classes on WordPress development. I have now custom coded a few WordPress themes for Atlanta companies and I look forward to building new themes. I also like to custom design sites for clients using themes from StudioPress on the Genesis framework.
How I Can Help Your Company
Brochure and Direct Mail Design
Trade Show Banners
Custom Page and Layout Design
Special Occasion Custom Design
Creative Mailer Design
WordPress Website Design
WordPress Theme Changes
Complete Hosting and Maintenance Plans
Minor or Major Website Changes
Custom WordPress Theme Design
PSD to WordPress Development
WordPress Website Design