There was a day when I had more than one vehicle, a hectic business, and a very difficult time keeping track of all the maintenance, vehicle inspections, and other little things it took to keep them all on the road.
The final straw was when I forgot to get my vehicle inspection done on time and had an encounter with an officer of the law. So what’s a programmer to do? Write a program to keep track of all that stuff, of course.
Launched in 2007 by BCT Publishing, Automotive Traveler was designed from the outset to be a combination website/on-line magazine. As such, the clients wanted both a dynamic web site and a custom solution to handle their on-line magazine.
In 2007, Joomla! was the clear choice for the site, and they went with a commercial Flash-based flipping page application for the magazine.
The site makes heavy use of a number of Joomla! extensions, as well as some site-specific extensions and plug-ins designed and built to order by TrackItWeb.
There are a lot of shopping carts these days, but when called upon to build a full-functioned ecommerce site, I choose Zen Cart. It may not be the most user-friendly shopping cart solution out there, and the default templates leave a lot to be desired, but in terms of sheer functionality, security, payment methods, and shipping methods, I haven’t found anything better.
This month, I was asked to build an ecommerce site for a manufacturer of parts for classic Mercury Cougar and Ford Mustangs. The client also wanted a one-off site built to facilitate product development with his manufacturing contacts overseas.
I include these sites simply to show a basic Zen Cart site linked to a one-off site. A one-off site is often necessary to extend the functionality of an open-source site when the functions desired by the client can’t economically be included by modifying the open-source software.