You're probably a lot less interested in who I am then you are in what I do. So, here we go.
I am a front-end web developer at McKenzie Wagner, a small advertising agency in Champaign, IL. I used to write a lot of back-end code and custom content management systems, but now, everything is pretty much done in Drupal or Wordpress, but mostly Drupal.
I currently work in the Boston, MA area at Acquia (yes, that Acquia) as a client advisor. Troubleshooting Drupal projects, solving hard problems, digging through server logs, optimizing site and server performance, and advising how to accomplish things with Drupal.
I do still actively develop and build with Drupal, maintaining a work load of a couple of active projects.
I want to stress that my work, isn't 100% my work. Whether the agency is McKenzie Wagner or another one, the projects were collaborations with a designer or creative director, and the client. I wrote the code. For Drupal sites, I'm usually involved from the planning stage. Site map, user experience, functionality, prototyping, etc. I install and configure Drupal and it's many modules, sometimes using custom modules. I then theme the site and customize the admin portion of the site, Then, I train the client's content administrators, and launch the site. Git is my version control of choice.
Besides building Drupal, and occasionally Wordpress sites, I also create eblasts (yes, it's like going back in time), I also configured (apache, mysql, apc, ssl, etc.) and remotely managed a dedicated ubuntu server via SSH. It's tuned for Drupal.
If I wasn't a developer, I'd probably be a mechanic. I am good at, and I enjoy, solving problems. I like building things, and fixing things. I honestly believe that these qualities make me better at what I do. I see each new project as a new set of problems that need to be solved creatively, efficiently and effectively.
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Every web site should serve a purpose, and MIC's website is all about their image during their bid process.
Like most projects built in Drupal, the purpose is to make the site as easy as possible to manage and maintain. There are probably as many custom views making up the admin portion of the site as there are that the site's user sees.Visit Site View Details
Fletcher Bright is a real estate company located in Chattanooga, TN. This site handles their commercial leasing part of their business. It utilizes a lot of contextual filters, and locations.
The main goal of the site is to make it as easy as possible for the client to manage their listings, and for an end user to find and inquire about a listing.Visit Site View Details
Banking websites are always interesting because of the regulations they're required to adhere to. Their previous site had poor organization, so the goal was to bucket the information in friendlier kind of way. The site's content is separated based on audience. Defaulting to what 90% of their site traffic is there for, consumer information and account access.Visit Site View Details
Nothing extremely complicated about this Drupal 7 site except for the product listings are imported from their equipment listing site using the feeds module and a CSV file, and a folder full of images.Visit Site View Details
I have worked for MW since June (I think) 2010. And for a couple of years before me, a new site was in the works. Countless changes in direction and a new identity contributed to delays. And lets be honest, client work pays better. Placing a hard deadline on ourselves finally brought it into reality.
Several custom templates, custom wordpress loops, some core Wordpress functions, and a hefty dose of jQuery.Visit Site View Details
Bell Racing is one of the largest manufacturers of auto racing helmets. Their drivers range from Friday night dirt track racers to some of the biggest names in the racing world.
This is a Drupal 7 build, built using Drupal Commerce to handle the products, and contextual filters for efficiency.Visit Site View Details
Creativore is a new, small agency in Springfield, MO. They're big idea people, with the core of their company having previously worked on projects for some of the biggest companies in the world.
If there is such a thing as a straight forward website in Drupal, this would be it. The "trickiest" part being the galleries, which are a separate content type. I choose to add the necessary classes with jQuery, but the same could have been done with a Drupal pre-processor function.Visit Site View Details
The marketing portion of the site is just hand-code, nothing crazy. The e-commerce portion is My Big Commerce.
As for the SEO text well below the footer, well, that wasn't me. As a developer, I can't really support or condone it. It's probably considered "grey hat", and I completely understand why they did it.Visit Site View Details
I'm not sure how you measure success, but these guys are definitely carving out their spot in their niche. 2011 marked the release of their second animated feature, which quickly sold out.
This site has two parts, the marketing side, and the e-commerce side. The marketing portion of the site is Wordpress, the e-commerce portion is My Big Commerce.Visit Site View Details
I did not build the Prairie Rivers Network website, but I did re-theme it.
This is another site for my employer. It's a DBA type of thing to have a more masculine look and appeal to a more masculine client. It's not that we don't enjoy working with all different types of clients, cause we do, but we love working with clients that market to the type of people we associate with.
Much of the design and functionality is closely related to those of the McKenzie Wagner site.Visit Site View Details
I included this site because it was built using Drupal 6. I think it was the last project I did using that version of the CMS. It's pretty basic.
The point I want to get across though, is that pages in Drupal don't have to look like pages built in Drupal (if that makes sense). You can use contexts, and you can define regions in your templates, and use taxonomies and custom content types to create unique layouts and elements.Visit Site View Details