Knock, Knock, WHOIS There?

Where is my Domain Registered?

Use the below KPFdigital WHOIS lookup tool to see where your domain is registered, and maybe even some additional info about the domain ownership.

Note that domain owner info is typically publicly available unless cloaked as part of your registration. However this tool may not display any ownership contact info here depending on the specific registrar.

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Your Customers Don’t Care What Your Website Looks Like

These days it’s pretty easy to put together a fairly good looking website, but I’m here to break some bad news to you, Sunshine:

Your customers don’t care what your website looks like – they care what it works like.

You see, your potential customers didn’t set out to search the internet for a nice looking website. No, they went searching for a real company which they can trust to deliver the products or services they need or want today.

But the reality is that they can’t tell whether your company, products, or services are good or bad just by looking at your website’s design.

They must read your information, interact with your website, and develop a good level of trust before they consider spending their time or money on your products or services.

Does this company seem reputable? Is it a good fit for me? Is this really what I’m looking for? Can I trust them with my credit card? What’s the return policy? Can I call and ask questions? Are other customers happy with their experience?

These are the types of questions people really ask themselves when making the decision to do business with a company, and these are the things they will want to know from you. (Just like you ask yourself, when you search online for something.)

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Denny + Gardner

We just launched a great new website redesign for Denny + Gardner, a home remodeling contractor located in Sterling, VA. Their work is amazing!

The new website was designed to simplify their information and portfolio, and to showcase their terrific photographs of finished projects. Many of the photos are by my buddy Carl Hutzler. Design and typography work by Michael Kroll.

Of course, the site is mobile/tablet optimized, easy to manage, fast loading, secured and backed up, and very search engine friendly.

Visit the Denny + Gardner website »

Before and after shots of the homepage.
The entire website went from busy and cluttered, to clean and simple. Nice!

Victoria Sweet MD

We just completed a total website redesign for physician, author, historian, Victoria Sweet MD.

And it’s just in time for today’s release of her new book, “Slow Medicine, The Way to Healing.”

Dr. Sweet wanted a clean, simple, and gentle looking website — which would match her concept of slow, careful, personal healthcare.

But she also wanted the backend of the website to be just as slow and hands-on.

This was an interesting challenge, because nowadays, websites can be quite automated and high tech behind the scenes.

And so instead of creating lots of automatic or automated features inside the website, we made it easy for her to manually, and easily, craft all of her content and information.

Now she has a website she can spend time with manually, and really feel what’s happening everywhere inside.

This makes total sense for a writer! And it also makes sense for a doctor who practices… Slow Medicine.

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Simplified and Streamlined Customer Experience

Just launched a total redesign for AU Storage, Student Storage at American University in Washington DC.

This e-commerce website allows AU students to sign up and pay for their storage needs during off-periods from school such as over the summer or during study abroad semesters.

We simplified and streamlined the signup process, and implemented several layers of automatic follow up messaging to keep customers up to date. The goal is to increase sales, and save administrative time and effort for the AU Storage staff.

Visit: https://www.austorage.com

Project built and managed by Kenneth Feldman at KPFdigital.

Art direction by Michael Kroll at Sheep In Disguise.

Total Redesign for Book Publisher VENDOME PRESS

Just completed a total redesign for book publisher VENDOME PRESS.

Earlier in the year, we completely rebuilt the framework and backend of this website to make it easier for Vendome staff to manage and update their book catalog.

Now, in phase two, we’ve applied a new 2017 branding to the frontend of the website, while retaining all of the really neat stuff we built for the backend.

New brand look developed by fabulous design firm Charles and Thorn of Brooklyn, NY.

Visit: http://www.vendomepress.com

Vendome Press

We’ve just completed a total redesign for book publisher VENDOME PRESS. Earlier in the year, we completely rebuilt the framework and backend of this website to make it easier for Vendome staff to manage and update their book catalog.

Now, in phase two, we’ve applied a new 2017 branding to the frontend of the website, while retaining all of the really neat stuff we built for the backend. New brand look developed by fabulous design firm Charles and Thorn of Brooklyn, NY.

Visit the Vendome Press website »

Example of Custom Book Info Edit Screen:

KPFsecret: Self-destructing Encrypted Notes

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KPFdigital announces the launch of our self-destructing notes website: www.KPFsecret.com

This website allows you to securely send PINs, messages, passwords, or other sensitive or private information.

All notes are fully encrypted, and then permanently destroyed immediately after viewing.

To Use*:

Visit: www.kpfsecret.com

  1. Type or paste your note into the box provided
  2. Click the Submit Secret Note button
  3. Copy secret link provided and send to recipient via email or text message

Your recipient simply clicks your link in their email or text app, thereby revealing their secret note on the KPFsecret website.

After the note is viewed once it is completely and permanently deleted. Subsequent clicks on your link will only lead to an empty page.

*Alternately, for extra-extra security you may create a passphrase which the recipient must enter after clicking the link you send. Typically, the passphrase can be sent by separate method to help prevent unauthorized access of your link if more than one person has access to the recipient’s email.

Why Did We Make This?

At KPFdigital we’re careful to always use industry best practices when it comes to internet security. We go to great effort to create and use only highly secure and different passwords for all online accounts.

We made the KPFsecret website because as web developers we frequently need to send passwords or other sensitive account information that we’ve created for our customers during a project. (It’s also a way for our customers to send us info securely as well.)

We prefer not to ever send important domain, mail, or other account passwords via email because that information may remain sitting in the recipients inbox forever. If the email account is ever compromised, that information could be stolen and used inappropriately.

Sending this type of information via a self-destructing note leaves no electronic trace of the info anywhere, in neither the sender’s nor recipient’s email boxes.

Safe Password Management

At KPFdigital, we make good use of a secure password manager application for securely storing and retrieving passwords for all types of online accounts. We like the 1Password app from Agile Bits, and use it on our desktop and mobile devices alike. We highly recommend that you also utilize such an app, as it will allow you to have secure and different passwords for all websites, while providing secure and easy access to that info.

KPFsecret is made from the free and open source Python web application d-note. More info about how the website works can be found here: Security, FAQs, About.

You are free to use the KPFsecret website, however continued operability or existence of this website is neither offered nor guaranteed.

www.kpfsecret.com

Oliver Sacks

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This newest version of the Oliver Sacks website was developed to coincide with the April 2015 release of his autobiography, On The Move.

Designed by KPFdigital, with lead designer Michael Kroll, this website is fully device responsive — and looks particularly amazing when viewed on an iPad or tablet device. For a personal design touch, the website features photos (by Kenneth Feldman) of Oliver Sacks’ home book shelves and mementos.

Ironically, Dr. Sacks did not have or use any computers at all. In fact he wrote his books and articles longhand with an ink fountain pen and paper!

Visit the Oliver Sacks website »

Unnata Aerial Yoga

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Just launched a total redesign for Michelle Dortignac’s Unnata Aerial Yoga website. This is my most favorite website that I’ve ever made!

The whole site is designed to be ultra iPad/mobile-friendly first — while still looking great on full sized devices.

Layout, concept, and overall design approach is from me — but the exact design and design elements/details are by my fabulous designer Michael Kroll.

Writing and branding concepts by Michelle and Samara Taylor, logo by Peter Levine, gorgeous images by Finnish photographer Nina Merikallio.

Visit the Unnata Aerial Yoga website »