I have hired an IT guy from a different platform that has PHP, WP background. The designer that he hired was not using up to date designs, and in fact I found myself doing LIVE demos on Photoshop with him to get details to my specifications. This has been one of the most daunting , and frustrating aspects of my project to say the least.
I would like to present what I have thus far in the design of the front page, to help me modernize the design details, and also the functionality of the site, if at all possible. creativity, and thinking outside the box is an AAA+ in my book! It would also be helpful if the right candidate for this proposal have much experience in PHP, WP, Codeigniter, and framework, and whatever else is considered the best in website design, as well as fully stocked stock photos,symbols, website icons, social network icons etc.
The graphics and icons that has been used are cheap looking, pasted, and out of date. The designer has me even looking around the net for my own icons and symbols etc, that as a non-tech person, is frustrating and hours on end searching the net, I feel like giving up on this project, wondering if this is the norm of how these platforms work with the freelancers.
To give you an example of my competitors sites, that I of course want to have a much better functional and aesthetically appealing site, please peruse here:
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The example of a layout or theme would be here, but not all inclusive:
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Storied(for the blogging part of the site)
I like big, bold in your face dynamic pictures, pictures to help with navigation(then taken to that categories page)rather than a bunch of text, I like clean simple, pack a punch, story telling , creative design,esp for the spiritual services industry.
Layout must be well coordinated for a user friendly experience, intuitive navigation, and an Ecommerce solution for selling products. There is a lot more that needs to go into this project, such as live video/chat, live phone consultation, of which WOWZA, and WHISPER has been suggested.
Please help me on finding the right solutions and right team/individual for this project. It has taken 2 months for the IT guy to come up with half of the design in Photoshop, and it still does not meet my standards.
Obviously, I'm trusting that I am wrong about not finding any creative and experienced people on these types of platforms, and have sought help here.