Monday, September 18, 2017

100 Days of Code - Round 2, Restart

Not a good start to 100 Days of Code - R2.  I didn't really code over the Labor Day Weekend.  Then there was the prep for Hurricane Irma, then the hurricane, then the cleanup.

Through all of this, I have done a little work on the freeCodeCamp challenge.  But, it's been very inconsistent.  So, I'm going to do a relaunch, restart, reduex... whatever you want to call it.

Starting September 18th, I'll begin counting with Day 1 again.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

100 Days of Code - R2 Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1 and Day 2 were spent working on the Free Code Camp first challenge.  Although most of this is review for me, I did learn a couple of things about how some code has change from older versions of HTML to HTML5.  So, as expected, there is value in going through these early challenges even though I've been programming for years.

I think days 3 - 5 will be spent on Unity3d.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

100 Days Of Code - Round 2

100 Days of Code is a coding challenge tracked on Twitter with the hash tag #100DaysOfCode.  The idea is to publicly Tweet each day with a short description of what you coded that day.
Now, as a developer/programmer, I code every day anyway (well, almost every day).  But, I use the challenge as an educational  adventure.
This is round 2 for me with 100 Days of Code. This time I'm going to track my progress better by using this blog to post daily updates.
Why do it? The last time I did this challenge was to learn more about customizing WordPress and to get started with Python. While I didn't get to code everyday, I was successful at completing my goals. So, I consider round 1 a success.
I realize that development technologies are progressing at a lightening pace. As a way to keep up (or in some cases catch up), I am going to do the challenges at FreeCodeCamp. (And probably a couple of courses on Udemy).  I will be keeping track of my progress here on this blog, on my GitHub page, and with Tweets. (I'm also thinking about posting on Facebook).
Signup and do the challenge with me!

Feel free to follow my progress, comment on each post, make suggestions, etc. 
This should be fun. 😀

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A-B Tests - Which Color Combo Do You Like

We would like your help.  A client is unsure of the color combination they would like on a new department-centered website.  Their organization has a standard color guide for all print and online material.  But, they may deviate since they are a 'stand-alone' department.  This has lead to the following:
  • Example A: In this image you see the site with a new set of primary colors, orange and green.  These are the colors that will represent the department.
  • Example B: This image uses the standard colors of 'gold' and green (note, the green is a darker shade of green). The gold and green are the university's colors.
Please compare the two and let us know which you prefer.  Please feel free to add comments about why you've made your choice. (Click images for larger view).

Example A
Example B

Monday, June 19, 2017

Some Nice Text Messages from Clients

Recently, a marketing guru (who does some consulting for us occasionally) contacted us to create a new website for his business.  And, of course, I said, "yes!"

The site is live, but I am still making additions and tweaks.  And last week I got some nice text messages from Prof. Weber... it's always nice to hear from clients when they like the work I'm doing!

After returning from a short vacation, Prof. Weber saw the site after a week's worth of changes.  This response after he reviewed the site certainly made me smile!  (Yes, the text came through in the middle of the night... many of my client's know, I don't sleep).

Then, a little later that day - after the sun came up and I had made a few requested changes, I got this text!

Best he's ever seen?? Well, okay :-)

The site is based on the WordPress framework with a custom built theme.  It includes integration of the following plugins - some created by me just for this site, some open-source and customized, and some off-the-shelf:
  • Appointment Calendar (customized)
  • Captcha (customized)
  • FITS Round-About Slider (created for client)
  • Google Analyticator (off-the-shelf)
  • Landing Pages (customized)
  • Ninja Forms (off-the-shelf)
  • Super Socializer (off-the-shelf)
The theme I created is responsive - works on desktop, tablet, and smartphones.  You can visit the site here.

And from another client:

This is for another WordPress site.  I struggled quite a bit creating and customizing the child theme for this site.  The parent theme the client chose did not follow WordPress standards and was, at times, frustrating to work with.  But, it had some really nice effect and we wanted to use it.  After getting a text like this... the struggle was worth it!

The site includes the WooCommerce shop plugin and a custom sidebar plugin I created.

This site is still a work in progress.  So, much of it has "under construction" messages and the shopping area is filled with demo (fake) product listing.  But, the effects are working and the images and layout customization is complete.  You can visit this 'work-in-progress' here.

If your are looking for a new website or need your current site overhauled, please use this form to contact us for more info - consultations and quotes/estimates are always free! If you have a good idea of what you want, you can use this form to start the quote process now.  If you'd like, you can also comment below.  Your contact info will not be displayed in the comments.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We're Changing Our Name - You Save Big

That's right, we are changing our name this month.  We are evolving so that we can continue to offer you the most up-to-date software services.  So, we are changing our name from "Freelance I.T. Solutions" to "" to better reflect our services - web programming, mobile application programming, IoT device programming and even IoT device prototyping.

To celebrate our name change and expansion into the IoT ecosystem, we are offering two great discounts this month!  You can use these discounts together for BIG savings on any coding project.

Don't worry, we are not getting rid of Kokopelli - he's been with us every step of the way and he's sticking around for the name change too.