Services

Web Development

Whether you need a simple four-page website or a large-scale web application using the latest technology, I can do it. I have extensive experience with Content Management Systems, eCommerce, Blogs, Forums, AJAX Applications, and numerous other types of websites and applications.

E-Commerce

While there are many ecommerce solutions out there, most are bloated, hard to configure, and/or buggy. I have written and refined my own shopping cart software over the years, powering websites such as Knork, United Market, and Kieus.

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Features

  • Accept payments through Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, or Paypal Express Checkout
  • Add unlimited products with multiple images. Add custom options such as size, color, etc. and choose a representative image for each set of options.
  • View and export lists of all registered customers with complete contact information
  • Categorize products, with automatically generated Search Engine Friendly URLs and SEO-optimized meta descriptions for all shopping cart links
  • Receive email notifications when purchases are made and view lists of pending or shipped orders
  • Manage your orders, add private order notes, print packing lists, view your top selling items through the administrator dashboard.
  • Use inventory counting (limiting # of items to how many are in stock and can be purchased), or allow unlimited purchases of items.
  • Choose between Free, Flat Rate, Fedex, and UPS shipping methods; add additional markup to shipping quotes.
  • Create single promo codes, automatically generate batches of promo codes, or import codes from excel .csv files.
  • Control promo code types (flat dollar amount, percentage off shipping, etc), amount they can be used for, expiration dates, # of times they can be used, and more.
  • Customers can view products by category, or search by keywords
  • Customers receive real-time shipping quotes from Fedex or UPS
  • Customers receive invoices of their purchased products, and can view past invoices by logging into their account

Software & Technology

I develop using the following technologies:

PHP
PHP is an extremely popular open source server-side programming language used by websites such as Facebook, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Pepsi, Warner Brother Records, and millions of others. I have 10 years experience with PHP and write expert-level Object Oriented code.
MySQL
As "the world's most popular open source database", MySQL provides the ability to create and handle extremely data-intensive applications and SEO-friendly data-driven websites. I have over 8 years of experience designing, configuring, optimizing, and maintaining MySQL databases.
Javascript
A great complement to HTML5 and CSS3, Javascript works on more devices than Adobe Flash and brings powerful animations and user experience enhancements to the browser. While I have written millions of lines of "raw" Javascript in my career, I generally rely on frameworks and plugins such as jQuery, jQuery UI, Tiny MCE, Fancybox, Nivo Slider, and Impact to speed up development and provide more reliable cross-browser compatibility.
HTML
While HTML5 is relatively new, I believe it offers so many advantages that I have recently switched to all HTML5 development. Smart-phone compatible video and audio, semantic SEO enhancements, and the seemingly endless stream of cool things being done with canvas are but a few reasons to embrace the new standard.
CSS
If HTML is the engine and transmission of a sports car, Cascading Style Sheets are the pretty paint job and contoured leather interior. CSS Zen Garden is a great showcase of what is possible with CSS-based design. I keep up with the latest possibilities of CSS and make sure web designs look their best in modern browsers while degrading gracefully in older ones.
Linux / Apache
I work almost exclusively in a Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP setup, commonly abbreviated as LAMP. The Linux / Apache combination is renowned for its stability and security.

Web Hosting, Domain Names, Security Certificates

I am a long-time customer and authorized reseller for ICDSoft Web Hosting. I currently host over a hundred websites and continue to utilize this company because of their high reliability, server configuration/management, and customer support. In my 8 years of experience with this company, their uptime is higher than 99.9%. When I need IT support I rarely wait longer than 60 seconds to get a response. All of the servers I use reside in a secure data center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Along with hosting purchase / renewals and server configuration, I also provide free behind-the-scenes support and maintenance. All of my websites and applications are programmed to notify me the instant a code or server error occurs. While this occurs very rarely, I always fix the issue instantly.

If you need domain name(s), I can purchase, maintain, and transfer these for you. If you already own your domains, I offer simple email and phone instructions / support for configuring them to point to your website(s).

Running an eCommerce site, or storing sensitive data? I can purchase, configure, and install one or multiple security certificates for you.