Recent Projects Built With Free Tools
It’s been awhile since I posted a new blog entry. I’ve been busy helping clients get web projects launched, and now I’m excited to post on this blog again.
Here are some of the projects I’ve worked on and the free tools used to create them.
ManageMen is a pioneer in cleaning industry processes and education. Clients include government institutions, universities, and large corporations like Boeing.
ManageMen.com uses the open-source Joomla CMS (Content Management System) to update their site whenever they want, with no programming skills required. A custom Joomla template was designed for this project. The slideshow on the frontpage uses the Featured Content Glider script.
Lost Coin Zen
Lost Coin Zen is a personal and spiritual development group led by Zen teacher Daniel Doen Silberberg.
I setup a blog to tie into their existing website. The blog is built on WordPress using a customized version of the Elegance theme. We used various third-party plugins including the open source WP-Cumulus. The blog is growing quickly and has brought in new students from all over the world.
TeaThis.com is a personal project my wife and I are having fun with. The site is for tea lovers and features blog articles, free tea e-cards, and fun tea t-shirts. We’ll soon be adding a video to the blog.
I did a custom graphic design and use WordPress for the blog and CMS. The tea e-cards are driven by the free Popcard sofware. I wrote custom code to wrap the e-card interface into the WordPress header & footer for a consistent template.
We have a custom graphic background for our twitter account, and use CoTweet for multi-user twitter account management. CoTweet is perfect for organizations engaging on twitter. For more info checkout this demo.
First Endurance has been a client for many years. Last year we set them up with a WordPress blog which brought a huge increase in traffic.
I’m very proud of my recent redesign of their shopping cart. The cart uses the powerful open-source Apache OFBiz software, and our design is very different from the standard OFBiz category and product pages.
CityDeals, a website that sells discount gift certificates, has been enjoying huge growth recently.
The site is also based on the Apache OFBiz software, and has been highly customized. We recently add new functionality including one-per-customer offers and a new listing based on merchants rather than products. We used the free Facebox script for a lightbox that populates product info & forms via ajax.
Okura & Associates
OkuraLaw.com is a law firm in Hawaii run by my father and brother. I created a custom graphic design for the site and used WordPress as a CMS as well as for the blog. They can login and easily update any of their pages or add new blog entries.
This website is for a real-estate development project in Hawaii. After launching in Fall of 2008, most of the units were sold within a few months despite the economic conditions.
This is just a sample of some of the work we’ve done recently. Don’t forget to subscribe if you’d like to be updated on future posts with information on our work and the free tools we use.
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