About me

araby-cleoEvery website communicates something to visitors the moment they land on it. My goal is to help make your site’s purpose clear, its navigation easy, its ambiance professional and its look pleasing. Websites don’t look exactly the same in every browser, on every monitor or on every mobile device, but they can be usable and attractive nonetheless.

So, who is Webbish Design?

The Webbish Design(er) is just me, Araby Greene. I made my first web site in 1996, for Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and have been hooked on web design and development ever since.

In 2000, I moved to Reno, Nevada, where I served as Web Development Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries through June 2008. At UNR, my top priorities were making information about UNR’s resources easily available through the Library’s websites and presenting library services, collections, and exhibits in usable, attractive ways. I created databases to present electronic journals, databases, course reserves, and photograph collections to our community. I worked with a variety of web content providers, making their work look great, and communicating their ideas effectively.

After I retired from my role as academic librarian/web developer, I moved to beautiful Maryville, Tennessee, near Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I started making some websites for myself, and focused on learning how to use more open-source tools while still dangling one foot in the ASP.Net/SQL Server/IIS environment. I rediscovered WordPress, which has improved by leaps and bounds since my first WP site in 2005. It’s a tool I love to use for the scaffolding of websites, as well as Dreamweaver. I’ve listed a selection of client projects on my portfolio page, but have since stopped doing client work except as a volunteer for my local Friends of the Library organization.

I also maintain several other sites for my own use:

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