Ervin Architectural Products

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Portfolio

Ervin Architectural Products

The work I’ve done on Windows & Doors has been noticed by Marvin Windows and a few of their dealers. I’ve been talking with a woman who represents several Marvin Window dealers in the northeast who would like to have me create ‘Virtual Showrooms’ for them like I did for Windows & Doors by Brownell. When Reid Pocock contacted me about making him a website based on the Brownell website, the discussion quickly moved to a responsive WordPress website since that plan is in the works for Brownell. Getting stock photography wasn’t a problem since Reid had access to Marvin’s huge catalog of promotional materials. One new trick I used on this site was the sticky Email and Phone links only visible on the mobile site using absolute...

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UVM: Center For Rural Studies

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Portfolio

UVM: Center For Rural Studies

Making a website for a major university comes with a few restrictions, like using their template and their servers. No problem. After developing a rough draft of the website on a test server of my own, I moved it over to the UVM servers without a problem and was able to access the database while I continued to develop the custom built content management system (CMS) that would interact with US Census data. One of the bigger challenges was working with a new and developing product called DataZoa. This was the software that actually connected our website to US Census data. I needed to find a way to add automation to the process of adding data to the website, otherwise it would be an overly burdensome task. It was mostly for this reason I decided to create a custom CMS based on my previous SiteBuilder CMS. This way, I could control exactly how the information could be parsed and reconstructed as well as have complete control of the template. It’s rare to have a need for a custom CMS because there is so much functionality either built into or on top of WordPress and Joomla. This was such a unique case and used emerging technology, that there wasn’t a decent...

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Champlain Host

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Portfolio

Champlain Host

Champlain Host is the hosting side of my business. This website runs on the WHMCS Content Management Sysytemd designed specifically for hosting ecommerce websites. The CMS is on the clunky side when compare with WordPress, but the ecommerce part of it is rock solid. I have customized the template and separated the http from the https parts to optimize it for search and for Google Analytics.

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Salt River Graphics

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Portfolio

Salt River Graphics

I’ve had several websites at this domain since 2002. The current version is a Joomla 3 website. Joomla has long been a favorite CMS of mine, though WordPress has moved slightly ahead because of the number and availability of responsive themes. Joomla is excellent for large websites, so I hope they close the gap on responsive templates soon. I’m looking into Drupal and I like what I’m seeing so far.

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Windows and Doors by Brownell

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Portfolio

Windows and Doors by Brownell

My favorite and longest lasting client. My point of contact is Marketing Director April Bolin (full disclosure: I used to work with April at the Burlington Free Press years ago) who has been a joy to work with. Over the years she has taken over most of the content management and rarely needs my assistance with implementing any changes. Anything with complicated layouts or the addition new functionality still requires my services, but it’s great to know that she’s comfortable at the wheel of this website. The website was originally built from scratch and made extensive use of Flash. All updates had to go through me because there was no CMS and using Dreamweaver or writing code wasn’t part of April’s job. In 2008 I switched the website over to Joomla. In recent years, with the gaining popularity of mobile devices, we’ve discussed another update to the CMS. With such an image intensive site, having a CMS that can handle the heavy load without suffering long page loads will be key. We’re looking hard at...

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Burlington Democratic Party

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Portfolio

Burlington Democratic Party

When I ran for City Council in 2008, I ran as a Democrat. I’ve remained active in the party since then. Some of my duties include the creation and maintenance of the Joomla website and the social media accounts. During election seasons, I keep the website up to date with caucus, candidate and election information. I also assist City Council candidates with websites and social media when needed. I am the IT Director for the Burlington Democratic Party. I recently update this website to Joomla 3.0 and used a template that uses responsive design, making it mobile...

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