You'd think the website of a "web designer" would be finished and visually stunning, right?
Nope! It's like the saying, "The cobbler's children go barefoot." I spend so much time working on other people's sites, I dont have time for my own! Anyway, I'm much more of a web developer than a designer. If you completely understand that and you're looking for someone to hand code some HTML, CSS, or PHP, you might be in the right place.
If you don't quite grasp the difference, then it probably isn't important to you and won't make a bit of difference in your life, but the general idea is that a designer actually designs things, whereas a developer deals with more back-end stuff and not necessarily design. A designer can be a developer and a developer can be a designer, but much more often a person has greater skills in one area than the other. Although I can create clean, professional-looking sites with original designs, my skills happen to be strongest in the HTML/CSS area (Though I did score in the 98th percentile on the Elance Principles of Web Graphics Design test.). Give me a Photoshop layout designed by an ace graphic designer and I can make it work in HTML—and make it work cross-browser!
What does cross-browser compatibility mean to me? It means that, for the most part, the site looks virtually identical in all modern desktop/laptop browsers—When a viewer views a page in one browser and then another parts of the page don't jump around or look funny. Unless specifically requested to do so as part of a project, I don't specificaly add code or CSS for mobile browsers or text-based browsers... BUT my code generally works anyway. That's what cross-browser compability means—a single site that works in pretty much every browser just because it was coded right to begin with.
In any event, since I don't actively advertise and market my web design or hosting services publicly and generally only work for either established customers or as a freelancer for web development firms, you're probably here because I specifically invited you or you stumbled across a link somewhere.
However, I do accept new clients, so if that's why you're here, don't despair—visit the Web Design section of the site for information about how I can help you.
Why is there so much text on this site? I talk a lot, even when I'm writing. If I were an author I would probably produce longer books than Stephen King, James Michener, and JK Rowling put together! That is, if I could stay on one topic long enough.