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Beautiful Design + Easy Navigation + Device Compatibility

Websites not only need to look good, but they need to function well and be easy to follow and understand. They need to be viewable on all mobile phones and tablets and accessible at the touch of potential customers’ fingertips. Take a look at my work, read up on my faq’s, and hopefully we can team up and get your business where it needs to be.

JUSTIN SMITH

ALLIANCE

DOLORES

PORTLAND

MOMMA FAITH

BUDDY & PERLA

FOODIE

AHKC

CATES COLLABORATIVE

THE YARD FARMERS MARKET

BRINEGAR PROPERTIES

TX SECURE LIFE

UFS

WILDLIFE CAMP

CELI'S CAKES

ALAMO CITY PITBULL

Some features I can put on your website.

Features in yellow are included (if you want them). Features in orange cost a bit extra. Features in turquoise cost several bits extra. Don’t see what you need? I can probably do it, just ask!

Newsletter Signups

Newsletter Templates

Online Payments

Online Shops

Social Media Links

Sharing Buttons

Appointment Booking

Online Donations

Blog Page

Homepage Slider

Photo Galleries

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Questionnaires & Polls

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Applications & Contracts

File Upload

Language Translator

Event Calendar

Maps

Event Registration

Videos

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Testimonials

Custom Icons & Patterns

FAQ’s and other need-to-knows.

Please read as these can help you decide if I’m the right designer for you.

About me.

Let me be upfront here.

I am not a super-guru developer, but I am a great D E S I G N E R. My background is in Fine Art and Print Design, which means I was trained in foundations and principles primarily pertaining to composition, space, proportion, and the like. I have a good eye for layout and I care about “the grid”. I have a BFA in Graphic Design and I have taught myself a **ton** on my own time to improve my skills. That background partnered with my coding experience is why I can absolutely get you a sleek, well-functioning website so that your business can be on par with others in its category.

How does your process work?

The very general way it works.

1. I ask you for links to sites you like the design layout and general look of. They don’t have to be sites in your specific industry, they can be any kind of site. 2. Based on those example links and our initial phone conversation I come up with a layout for you to look at about 2 to 3 weeks in (sometimes longer, just depends). 3. I then get your feedback, you let me know if I’ve hit the nail on the head or if I’m completely off (which hasn’t happened yet, knock on wood!) and we go from there. It’s some trial-and-error and really just a lot of me “playing” with layout, mixing and matching fonts and colors and grid options, until I have a complete look that you absolutely love! I may suggest custom icons, I may make you a background pattern based on your logo, I may say “hey, you should really consider bringing in a fourth color”. I try to consider all avenues to make sure we get the most out of your site so it can, in turn, be the most visually awesome experience for your customer.

Limits on you. Yes, you.

I require a LOT of trust.

There may be times when I try to talk my clients out of using a certain font or even a feature, or just something they really want. Should this happen I promise you I will give specific reasons why, and while you might not agree I truly hope you will trust my professional opinion. I always strive to make every client happy, but sometimes you, the client, can be your own worst enemy when it comes to design decisions. I’m confident in my ability to come up with something you like the first or second time around. Of course you know your business best and I depend on the information you give me, but a certain amount of trust in my skills will be necessary to get your work done in a timely manner.

If any of  the following describes you I may not be the right designer for you.

  • You’ve dabbled in web design so you know a bit about the process and “how it works” {There’s only room for one cook in this kitchen *wink*}
  • You’ve put it off and now you need your site done as quickly as possible, like yesterday {Quality takes time, a rush job will not yield the best results}
  • You’re not sure if you see the value in having a website for your business {I’d be too afraid that you wouldn’t value my time and effort, so let’s just not go down that road together}
  • You saw several sites you absolutely love so you have a long list of things your site must have, but you have to stick to your small budget {I understand having little money, especially in the beginning of a business, but the more you want the more I have to charge, as it’s not fair to me to give you x amount of  features for a disproportionately low price… plus my prices are already pretty low}
  • You’d like a low price on the first project because you promise you’ll be giving me more work {Ummm nope, not falling for that one}
Do you offer SEO?

Yes.

All sites come with a basic SEO setup. BUT anything more than that does require monthly maintenance, and for those interested I partner with a few developers for different projects. They’re experts in their field and offer reasonable monthly SEO maintenance plans for all budgets. More dynamic or complex business sites like real estate or online stores really should have a monthly SEO plan to be successful and bring in customers or leads.

Do you offer hosting?

Yes.

I charge $90 per year and I use SiteGround as my hosting provider, and that price INCLUDES SiteLock SMART (Secure Malware Alert and Removal Tool).

What does a website cost?

It depends.

Of course price varies based on every clients’ needs, but I can tell you it will range from $650 to $2000 (this DOES NOT include any major SEO setup or maintenance plan, though that is certainly available to add on). My prices are honestly quite low compared to other freelancers and certainly lower than a design firm, I urge you to check around and find out for yourself. I’m interested in earning what I feel my services are worth and what is commensurate with my cost of living, NOT in the maximum amount I can get out of you.

How I keep costs down.

One

I use WordPress, which is a CMS (Content Management System). What’s important for you to know about that is it saves me the time of having to write foundation code necessary for a website, and that in turn, saves you money. A benefit of having a WordPress site is that you can manage your content yourself should you want to. It’s quite user-friendly and basic photo and text changes require no knowledge of coding.

Two

I’m a one-gal shop. I’m the only one you will be dealing with. I do all the sketches, Photoshop-ing, designing, coding customization, everything it takes to get your website up. I don’t have a staff to pay, I don’t have an office space I rent, I own my own software and hardware so I don’t need to tack on fees to cover those types of expenses. The only additional costs aside from the actual designing would be related to domain and hosting fees, any special software you may need for your business, or printing costs, should your project require it.

How long will it take?

Turnaround time is 6-8 weeks.

That’s because I’m crazy talented and swamped with work! If you’ve been wanting a website or been meaning to redesign your existing one for months or even years, then really, what’s a few more weeks?

Are payment plans available?

Yes.

Payment plans will be made on an individual basis.

  • CSS/HTML 85%
  • MOBILE CSS 70%
  • SEO (THROUGH PARTNER) 100%
  • ILLUSTRATOR 95%
  • PHOTOSHOP 60%
  • WP THEME CUSTOMIZATION 85%
  • TYPOGRAPHY 90%
  • COLOR SCHEME 90%
  • LAYOUT 95%

Small Business Focus

Beautifully designed websites at a fraction of the cost that a big design firm will charge you. You’re a start-up, you’re family owned and run, you’re a one-man shop like me. You need a website but you don’t want to go into debt to get one.

A Business Necessity

Every business needs a web presence, even if it’s just for sharing basic information. Nowadays so many people look to buy products or compare services online, whether at home or on their mobile phone or tablet.

Logo Design

In need of a logo? I can help with that too! Your logo is the first thing people will see when they learn about your business. It needs to be visually appealing, make sense for the business type, and not look like clip art (sorry clip art fans).

I’ve done quite a few websites now but these are some of my favorites.

Alliance Plumbing
Professional Services

Foodie Fabrics
Foodie-Inspired Apparel & Chefwear

Buddy & Perla
Wedding Site

Momma Faith’s Rescue
Animal Rescue

Brinegar Properties
Real Estate

Celi’s Cakes
Custom Cakes

Wildlife Conservation Camp
Youth Camp

Stage V Film
Film Website

Machina Cinema
Multimedia Company

Justin Smith | Lee & Associates
Corporate Real Estate

Portland Acne Specialists
Skincare Services

Cates Collaborative
Video Marketing

Alamo Heights Kennel Club
Dog Boarding & Salon

Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue and Rehabilitation
Animal Rescue

e3 esthetics
Skincare Services

Urban Film School @ SASIC
High School

Face Reality Acne Clinic
Skincare Services / Wholesale / Training
Backend functionality by Black Belt Business


Custom icons & background examples.


Before & after pics of redesigned sites. I really like doing redesigns.

Some logos I’ve created. I also do business cards but I no longer design brochures or similar print materials. Sorry.



Interested in a Redesign of an Existing Site?

Answer a few simple questions and I’ll take a look at your website and get back to you within 48 hours with an initial quote. This is a simple non-binding questionnaire, something to just give you an idea of my fees if you are shopping around for someone to change the look of your existing site. This is NOT intended for new websites. For new sites fill out the contact form.
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ATTENTION NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUES!

I offer my web design services free of charge to animal rescue organizations with 501c3 status (proof required). This could be for a brand-spankin’ new site or a redesign, your call. Domain, hosting, and maintenance not included, completion time will depend on current workload. Please get in touch through the contact form below if interested.

Words from my clients.

Working with Leslie to build several WordPress sites has been more than a pleasure. She is talented, capable, willing and flexible ― all of the qualities you want in a website designer. Leslie creates sites that are user-friendly, visually pleasing and also ones that can easily be managed and updated by the operator. I so enjoyed working with Leslie, she is the one I direct friends and associates to use when they are in need of a new website.

Heather H.The Yard Farmers & Ranchers Market

Leslie is a pleasure to work with. She is incredibly creative and talented. Her logo design exceeded my expectations and look forward to working with her on future projects.

Asna J.Mosaic Learning Partners

Nailed my website without even meeting us! I refer A Girl and Her Mac to everyone needing a good website! Leslie rocks!

Jeremy R.Marshall Graphix

Thank goodness for Leslie @ A Girl And Her Mac. I am a small business owner, that loves working with other small business owners. My website had been idle for almost a year and a half. I was getting desperate to find someone accountable, creative, affordable and efficient. Leslie is super on top of her work and really helps “move you along” to get the results needed. I was impressed by how eager she was to complete and exceed expectations set for the website. She does most of her work through email and phone calls beforehand, which is super convenient for any busy business owner!  After all that was said and done, Leslie assured me of her knowledge for the industry and I even moved over my hosting responsibilities to her. Thank you Leslie for your work, my clients are already raving about how easy it is to make an appointment online now!

Erica E.e3 esthetics

elegant themesTake a look at a cool write-up I got to do for the Elegant Themes Customer Spotlight series.

A Girl and her Mac is a dream come true! Leslie built our site from the ground up. Our website is a cornerstone to our successful business. Leslie is very accommodating and a dream to work with! Leslie has been attentive to our every need, and there’ve been many, from day one. She continues to keep our business website up, secure and profitable 24/7. Leslie takes care of everything so I can focus on the business.

Greg & Stephanie R.Roots of Wholeness

Let me begin by saying that I’m a big fan of A Girl and Her Mac! I would highly recommend A Girl and Her Mac to anyone that is looking for a website!

Isaac T.Isaac Estates

Leslie Bernal came highly recommended for the design our summer youth wildlife camp and she exceeded my expectations! Not only did Leslie create a visually appealing and highly functional website, she was a pleasure to work with. She promptly responded to all of my questions and continues assist as needed. We have received positive feedback for the website and are confident that it will increase the interest in our camp – exactly what we needed!

Mandy K.Wildlife Conservation Camp

Get A Quote, Ask A Question, Or Just Say Hello!

If you’re inquiring about a quote please let me know the type of business, send me the link (if you have one), and tell me a bit about what you’re looking to get done.  

LeslieAbout A Girl and Her Mac

I’m a web designer based in the great state of Tejas and I focus on helping small businesses and non-profits get great websites. Many small business owners resort to using free site builders with templates because of their lack of funds. The end result is usually ugly and unorganized. I work with their budgets and offer payment plans so they can have another option. agirlandhermac@gmail.com

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