Portfolio

I have built more than 85 websites that are functional, attractive, and accessible — and that get results for my clients. Most of the recent ones were built using Drupal, a powerful CMS that allows clients to easily update the text, images, and videos on their websites.

Below are screenshots and brief project descriptions of just some of the many websites that I have created.

Unemployment Help Center [square]

A Pennsylvania-based unemployment assistance service provided legal representation to claimants and employers regarding compensation issues. The old website, built using Yahoo's Small Business web hosting service, looked awful. So the owner requested that I create a new website, with all of the existing static pages, plus a new blog and state-specific pages.

Using Drupal, I rapidly built the replacement website, which featured more information for visitors, a better contact form, and a blog that allowed visitors to add comments to the blog entries without having to register accounts. The website had sections for each one of the initial eleven states, so the owner could have multiple pages per state. The new website looked much more attractive, with a custom theme that incorporated parchment backgrounds and a transparent navigation menu.

NCHS [square]

North County Health Services (NCHS) provides primary health care services to low-income people in north San Diego County. Their old website was based on a now-defunct CMS that greatly hindered workflow management within the organization. Also, the website design was outdated, and needed sprucing up.

I developed a far more capable version of their website, using Drupal, a better CMS. As requested by the client, the new website retained the content, navigation menu structure, and much of the design of the legacy website it replaced. Yet it gained sophisticated workflow and revision tracking capabilities based on user roles and content types, thereby allowing different departments to manage changes to the website. For instance, when a content editor alters a page, moderators were automatically notified, could accept or decline the proposed changes, and could even view color-coded side-by-side comparisons of the different revisions. I created a drop-down navigation menu, a password-protected area for sensitive content, and an editable events calendar. I added an image slideshow on the home page (using jQuery) and social media widgets for Facebook and Twitter. The website included CiviCRM, a powerful free CRM system, so the staff members could contact past donors and potential donors, as well as announce community events and services provided by NCHS.

Three months after its launch, the new website had increased the number of unique visitors by 28.5 percent, and reached more than one million hits. It was featured by Drupal experts DrupalEasy as a "Site of the Week" in their podcast episode #48, 2010-12-15.

Reeflist [square]

A client asked me to build an online saltwater aquarium community and marketplace that supports free classifieds to facilitate the buying and selling of aquarium equipment, livestock, and corals. Hobbyists and businesses could list a wide variety of related items, at no charge — like a Craigslist for aquarium enthusiasts. Each listing had a name, description, price, listing type, product category (from 46 options), and an unlimited number of photos. Every basic member account was free, and allowed the member to tell others about themselves and their interests, as well as post a user photo. Also, members could contribute comments on any of the listings, as well as five-star ratings of other members. Participants had the option of upgrading their accounts to either Vendor or Premium Vendor status (with various pricing plans), which conferred additional benefits such as a personal blog, a link to the vendor's own website, and an affiliate image for branding purposes.

I built the website using Drupal, making heavy use of the powerful Views module, which makes it possible for users to filter listings by specifying values for some or all of the fields — even specifying price ranges. The website used a responsive customized theme, and also had an FAQ page, a contact form, and links to several PayPal subscription plans. The client was extremely pleased and excited about the new website.

SDWTG v2 [square]

The SDWTG was a technical user group that focused on the various technologies utilized for developing websites and web-based applications. The group's initial website I built using Joomla, which was likely the best choice at the time given some of the group members' strong interest in Joomla. But in August 2008, a severe security hole was discovered in Joomla. Consequently, countless Joomla-based websites were hacked, including an article posted on our website. In addition, we had earlier encountered several problems with Joomla's page continuation links and WYSIWYG editor (changes not saved, uploaded images not appearing, etc.).

Rather than upgrading to the patched version of "Doomla", I rebuilt the website using Drupal — which turned out to be a wise decision.

SalesArt Media - IUL Training [square]

One of my clients asked me to create a website that would allow visitors to learn more about an upcoming seminar, watch a video presentation online, try out a demo version of the bonus software, and securely send a message to the client if needed.

By leveraging the PHP-based infrastructure that I had created for one of his earlier websites, I was able to build this new website in little time — thereby allowing him to begin his marketing efforts right away, and win more customers. Owners of small- and medium-sized businesses typically want to launch marketing campaigns and associated websites as quickly as possible, to take advantage of opportunities they see in today's fast-moving business environment. I have a track record of designing and implementing successful new websites in far less time than less-experienced web developers.

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