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Jana Works Website + Community Design

Overview

Jana Works wanted to expand their website from being mostly information-based, to providing a hub for entrepreneurs and services providers to connect, learn, and collaborate with each other. They had a Facebook group providing many of these needs, but they wanted to bring it to their own platform and expand on the functionalities.

Audience

Jana Works supported small businesses and entrepreneurs (often online based) by connecting them with virtual assistants and service providers who could fulfill their needs. They also provided mentorship and training for virtual assistants and service providers starting out in their industry.

Jana Works was one of our bigger clients when we first launched our business. As an agency themselves, they would contract us to support them with web and graphic design for their own clients. But one of the biggest projects we did together was redesign their website and transform it into a community with forum, groups, courses and other resources.

Below you can see some snapshots from the website.

Collage of five windows showcasing different pages of the project: Homepage, Tools, The Entrepreneur Mindset Course Page, and two views of the Community page.

The courses integration (example above in the “Entrepreneur Mindset” image) was done via LearnDash.

The Tools page, also shown above, provided a collection of tools divided in tabs by the level of entrepreneurship. These Tools page was set up in a way that to add or edit any software listed, it just required filling a simple form or editing it, and it would automatically adjust the new item to the layout.

Above are also two of the different community views we experimented with to see which one worked better.

This project allowed us to work with more advanced software integrations, like LearnDash LMS and ActiveMember360, which provided lots of new possibilities for a community approach on this website. It also gave us a chance to showcase our function-design skills, since it contained so many small pieces that required special functionality not provided by the theme. It was an exciting project!

Desktop computer showcasing one of the modules inside of the Concept to Company course by Jana Works.

Once the LMS and Membership aspects were set up, it was time to fill it with content. Jana Works hired us to design the graphic aspects for their Concept to Company course series. We were honored that Jana specifically mentioned she wanted some of our custom-made textures for the image backgrounds, so, we were happy to mix and match some of our textures and recolor them to match her brand.

The course is actually a bundle of six different courses, each with several lessons. So, we ended up creating 52 banners to serve as the featured image for each lesson.

Four different graphics used as lesson and module covers for Jana Work's Concept to Company course.

Some sets were green, some sets were gold, matching the Jana Works’ brand. Lesson backgrounds matched the course’s background.

There were a lot of elements to this project, from coding to textures, and everything in between. All aspects required careful customization. But at the end, it was an amazing transformation!

"I have only good things to say about Sara. She's so incredibly humble and I enjoy our conversations. She's receptive to feedback and always has a solution. I have worked with my fair share of developers and designers and have to say,

Sara is one of the most talented web developers I've come across. She not only understands the technical pieces and can bring you back to reality when your ideas are just going to waste time and money but the design elements that bring it all together. Not to mention, she's fast! This is a very unique skillset to have. I will be recommending her to all of my clients."

Jana Rowland, Owner of Active8, Consultant and Entrepreneur
JANA ROWLAND
Former Owner of Jana Works, Owner of Active8, Consultant and Entrepreneur

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