So there you are, wondering how I work all of this magic. How can one man produce miracles with just a lap top, and an internet connection? While what I do is a lot less confusing than computers in the Matrix, it is not far off. Here are my main tools.
Like many developers out there I am great with code, but terrible with eye appeal. You will probably notice that my site is very plain, and intentionally so. Good design tends to be very simple, and elegant. I have the simple part down pat, and for every thing else I use Bootstrap.
A CSS library also makes life a lot easier in designing sites that scale well from full size to palm sized. With that said, if you see any bugs in my display, please tell me.
You may get sass from cranky teenagers, but you get none of that here. If I use PHP to manipulate the markup, then I need another tool to style it, so I use Sass language. I could just use raw CSS, but this is the age of abstraction. The cool thing about it is that I can take ordinary CSS files, and do my work with Sass, and the world is none the wiser. That is pretty useful when I am just popping in to make some quick changes to a page, or two.
Aside from the code though I try to keep my sass to a minimum.
Drupal is among the other major players in online publishing frame works. It has an extremely active, and dedicated community of contributors, but it is not quite as intuitive as some other alternatives. Once you get over the learning curve though it empowers site administrators, and users alike to do some really wonderful things. If you are new to Drupal I encourage you to check out
sites made with Drupal before taking the plunge. See what can be done, and then we can go get 'em together.
So you already have the fanciest, flashiest, most engaging site that ever existed. People are flocking to your site in droves, and you are serving up the freshest content, hot and straight from the kitchen. Now you need some mechanism to see what drives your traffic. Moving beyond that though, you can start to manipulate content based on trends. Perhaps one of your products sizzles during summertime, but fizzles when school starts up. We can automate based on that. There is a lot you can do when you understand what your users want, and compiling the user analytics is only the first step.
So you have seen what I do. You have a sense what I am all about, but how can I apply that to you? How can I start to address your specific needs? Rest easy. You can just tell me what you want to accomplish, and I will tell you how we get can get 'er done. You want better exposure? We can improve your SEO, and start an online advertising campaign. You want more user engagement? We can get going with user analytics, integrate a web forum into your pages. You just plain old want more money? Well, you will need to be a little more specific than that, but not by much. I can figure out the rest for you.
You need a brand new web site. You never had one before, or want to toss the old one out wholesale. No problem, I have you covered. I work with a few designers that can do any thing from simple logo design to retemplating to a complete rebranding of all company materials to ensure that you look good. Then I step to the plate a true G, and code all of your dreams into reality. Where there is will, there is a way, because that is the power of the open source web.
Perhaps you like your site the way it is, but it could be just that little bit better. You got it, bud. Open source technologies lend their selves well to allowing contractors to come in, code up that feature that you REALLY want, and then leave the site ready for the next guy to do his thing. Just tell me what you have in mind, and I will tell you how long it will take.