Roughly speaking, you can break my expertise down
into three major services:
1. Web Development
Okay, that’s a pretty nebulous term. Here’s what it actually involves. You have a design for a site or an application — it could be a mockup, it could be a set of existing pages, or it could be just an idea you have. I take it, and code it into accessible, cross-platform, and search engine friendly HTML. Then, if you need to edit stuff later, I put it into a Content Management System.
- Ruby on Rails
- Blogs & Content Management Systems
- Custom WordPress themes & development
If that sounds like the kind of thing you might need, why not get in touch for a free email consultation?
2. System Administration
Even once you’ve got a great web site or app, your work is only half done. You need to get it running on your server… which needs to be reliable and set up correctly to begin with, so you won’t have headaches down the line. I build web environments using virtual dedicated servers, so you get not only stability at a great price… but also the ability to scale up if you need to (like if your site gets way more popular than you expected and it’s hammered by a lot of traffic). The configurations I use match the top shared hosting companies — but with way better service.
I focus primarily on Debian or Ubuntu Linux, running Ruby on Rails or PHP applications — but I’m proficient with any flavor of Linux, so it’s no problem if you want to run something different. I’ll also keep things ticking over with ongoing maintenance, monitoring, and backups.
- Web application deployment (to get your site running smoothly)
- Multi-server environments (for safety and redundancy)
- Development and staging servers (for easy ongoing development)
- Regular maintenance and updates (to prevent problems)
- Nightly off-site backups (for easy disaster recovery and your peace of mind)
If you’re doing ongoing development or testing, I can build you separate staging environments which match your production setup. These of course include all the tools you need to support your work: version control systems with web-based browsing of your code history… project management and collaboration software… issue tracking… workflow and process management tools — it’s all covered. Plus, I can help you get (or stay) up to date with best practices for developing and deploying your web sites and applications.
Do you need complicated stuff like that? Get in touch for a free email consultation.
You have to make a lot of decisions when you’re building a new web site or service. There’s software and languages to evaluate, best practices to familiarize yourself with, and probably a bunch of new technologies to learn. There are also the usual project management headaches, plus arcane issues like search engine optimization and email deliverability.
Whether you just want help on a particular project, or you’d like a longer-term advisor, it can be real handy having an expert who can guide you through your options. If you don’t want to spend hours on Google, I can get you the information you need quickly, and help you to choose the technologies best suited to your project or business.
- Web standards, usability & accessibility, and best practices
- Development frameworks
- Content management systems
- Search engine optimization
- Email deliverability
- Project management
Could you use some guidance with your technology? Get in touch for a free email consultation.