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Hi! I am Jonathan, an open source engineer in Boston.

I like to see awesome Linux installations. I also really enjoy honey buns, and satisfied clients ( not in that order ). If I could eat honey buns every day, I would die a happy man, but at the very least let me take a look at your server.

Check out what I do.

You can also call me the Gordon Ramsay of online marketing, or maybe Emeril Lagasse. I can elicit a certain sensation with the English language, and hate boring, run of the mill copy. I am the simultaneously the sultan of social media, the lord of Linux servers, and the king of the CMS. If you want a passionate project manager to attract passionate consumers, then look no further. The yelling is optional.

Need proof?

What I Use

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.

What You Need

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.

What is the dynamic web?

At some point you heard about this new fad called the internet, and decided that it deserved some investigation. You may have heard some things about "web 2.0", "social media", and other marketing jargon. Here I want to share some of my insight as a professional, and hopefully clarify a number of these concepts.

Initially the web was simply static content very closely related to a word document, or slide show. We could write, and publish content for you to view in your web browser. At the time though it was very labor intensive, and specialized to create, and not especially engaging for our users, nor was it very flexible.

The dynamic web, also called web 2.0, is a the next generation of this earlier technology. Now we can dynamically generate pages from a single template using languages like open source PHP, and Microsoft .NET. Since now we can write logic to generate content rather than the content its self we can dynamically alter pages without nearly as much effort, creating a more relevant experience for our visitors. We can draw content from local, and remote servers to take advantage of data from all across the web to ensure that we have the best, and most current information, and we are able to receive, and display input from our viewers rather than publishing in a one sided interaction.

With all of these new possibilities the web has exploded as a publishing platform, and marketing tool. Some of these tools are fantastic; some are bunk. Like any project though you need an expert to separate the signal from the noise, and help you to get the greatest return for your investment. As it turns out I happen to know a good guy.