Open-source sites are based on open-source software such as Wordpress, Zen Cart, Joomla!, and others. They are the least expensive and fastest way to get your web site on-line, and can be customized both in look and function in many ways. They are the way to go when you’re on a tight budget and can make a few compromises in functionality. With TrackItWeb’s help, you still end up with a very professional-looking and functional site.
The following are some open-source web sites developed by TrackItWeb.
The Advent Lutheran Church site was a 1and1 MyWebsite account, but it really wasn’t meeting the needs of the congregation or the parishioner who was voluntarily maintaining the site.
When they contacted me about options for adding some features to the site, I recommended a migration of the site to WordPress and the replacement of their hard-coded event calendar with a database-driven WordPress plug-in event calendar. With the addition of the event calendar, they not only had the ability to create recurring events with a single data entry, but can easily maintain a much more flexible, dynamic event-handling system. The new event calendar is much more useful to the congregation than the previous hard-coded system as well.
I originally built the Classic Cougar Community as a Joomla! 1.0.x site back in 2007. When Joomla! 1.5.x debuted, the client had me migrate the site to the new version. Now, Joomla! is up to version 1.7.x, but currently there is not a simple, straight upgrade path from Joomla! 1.5.x to 1.7.x; it’s a migration.
The success he’s experienced with other WordPress sites led my client to opt for migrating the site to WordPress, a platform that in my experience is much easier–and less costly–to maintain and upgrade, rather than to migrate it to the newest version of Joomla!.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is helping small businesses build a professional-looking web presence inexpensively and efficiently from the ground up.
The Oregon Dreamery is one such project. The Dreamery did have a site, but it was a conventional HTML web site on a somewhat limited host with another domain name that was difficult for them to manage, hard to upgrade, and limited in functionality. Although they knew from the outset that they wanted to do limited ecommerce on the site, WordPress was the best choice for a platform for them.
They’re pleased with the site, actively involved in growing it, and also now benefit from the automated nightly database backup, automated monthly database optimization, and off-site backup that I offer.
This site isn’t completely vanilla WordPress, however. They also opted to have me build a quote database for them, and to include a quote-of-the-day on the home page drawn from the database. Not only that, but the site itself is pure Oregon. Even if you’re not interested in seeing a WordPress example, you should check it out.
Cougars are solitary animals, and don’t travel in packs, but this month, a whole pride of Cougars arrived at my door, and I learned more about classic Mercury Cougars than I ever would have believed possible. One of my best clients, a classic Cougar collector, commissioned TrackItWeb to migrate the classic Cougar registries from their previous web hosts to a new home. Several days after agreeing to the job, I received a set of CD-ROMs in the mail containing the HTML for the three sites.
Sometimes, a domain name simply sounds so good, a client has to snap it up even if they don’t have a current use for it. Good domain names have become more and more scarce since I started in this business back in 1998, and I confess I’ve contributed to the scarcity in a small way by encouraging clients to snap up a good domain name when they come up with one. If they don’t, I know the chances are good it will be gone soon. I was working with a client who wanted a place-holder site built for a potential magazine project, and while brainstorming for an appropriate domain name, we ran across “killerstereo.com.” Neither of us could believe it was still untouched. He snapped it up, but decided to go with another domain name for his project.
In order to make some use of the domain, he commissioned TrackItWeb to set up a hosting account for Killer Stereo and install an Amazon affiliate package for the site until the day he found another use for it.