I have always learned languages and software as needed. Some of my commonly used expertise:
HTML – 20 years
HTML5 – 2+ years
PHP – 16 years
jQuery – 2 years
Fireworks – 14 years
MySQL – 14 years
SQL – 4 years
Wordpress – 14 years
osCommerce – 12 years
Magento – 11 years
CSS – 11 years
Drupal – 10 years
Photoshop – 3 years
Excel – 5 years
Office – 5 years
Google Adwords – 9 years
Google Analytics – 9 years
I can learn new programming languages, operating systems, ecommerce systems and software quite rapidly, focussing on what is needed to complete the current task
Specialties: I specialize in setting up, modifying and customizing eCommerce sites. I can hold my own with graphics, but would rather work with a pro for graphics projects.
Web Administrator, Oct 2016 – Present
♦ Development of Internet and Intranet sites for the Federal District, Probation and
Bankruptcy Courthouses on the Drupal CMS platform
♦ Total recreation of Drupal 7 sites in Drupal 8, including rewriting custom modules and tools
to work with Drupal 8
♦ Assist IT staff with computer and network setup during the demolition and construction of
new offices and working space.
In 2007 I was hired to redesign the Global American website and turn it from a catalog siter full of PDFs into a working B2B quotation site. From the start it was obvious that I would have to rely heavily on open-source platforms to get the job done. One factor was budget restriction, but more importantly, I needed to work with a flexible eCommerce platform that I could crack open and modify it to my needs.
I started with osCommerce, as it was the most robust platform at the time and the PHP was mostly straight foward. I wrote scripts to translate the raw product spreadsheets into a mySQL product database then wrote conversion scripts to convert that information to the osCommerce structure. The import/export functions of osCommerce were certainly not intuitive, complete or sound in any way, but I managed to get every product live on the site. I converted the checkout system into a quote request system.
The osCommerce site was functional and effective, but the category structure created SEO issues that I felt Magento would be better suited to handle. In 2008, I started tinkering with Magento on the side and by the end of the year, I was convinced that we should start making the transition from osCommerce. I set up a local, then remote test environment and began the process of writing scripts to convert the osCommerce database to Magento. It took a while to learn the deep, deep file/folder structure, but once up and running, we never looked back.
The custom attributes in Magento were the perfect tool to showcase Global American’s complex detailed computer specs. I have yet to see another site utilize the attributes to this extent.
I was hired by the Concord Monitor newspaper to help them transition to a new publishing platform. The Concord Monitor was one of the first papers in the United States to convert to the Saxotech Saxopress semantic publishing platform. It was a huge undertaking and certainly was not completed without many bumps and bruises along the way. Saxotech is a Danish company, and the initial manuals we received were very roughly translated and not exactly complete. Being charged with setting up the eCommerce system, I turned to the “Monitization” section to find the following sentence:
“This section is not ready yet. Do not even try it.”
Well, that sounded like a challenge that I could not pass up. And we trudged through it and the rest of the transition to create one of the first semantically published newspapers. Semantic content may not seem very groundbreaking these days, but in 2004, having such a robust classification system was unheard of.
During my time at the Concord Monitor I was responsible for the daily conversion of the printed news to the website, classification of the stories, editing and posting the images, conversion of the printed ads to the website format (which was a separate process), and posting breaking news to the home page.
I was also in charge of building, maintaining commercial websites for local businesses. At one time we had almost 30 sites and one developer (me). Some of those sites are featured here on this portfolio site.
Redesign of the NHIS site (now New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
Before and After (move slider to see). The old site is on the left and the new one is on the right.
Before Bob Bahre sold NHIS, his company hired the Concord Monitor to redesign the website and institute a ticket resevervations system. This was my first time creating a site from scratch with Photoshop and Fireworks. Fireworks was actually used for most of the layout and the buttons.
Hopkinton state fair redesign in May 2004. The site was awarded best web design for a county/town fair. The site was created with Macromedia’s Dreamweaver and Contribute. Contribute was mostly a nightmare.
Use the slider below to see the old (left) and new (right) designs.
Complete Redesign of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen retail store website with eCommerce added