So what's the news? Following are a few current projects / jobs, which I finished recently or am still working on.
Custom Community 2
Take-over, completion and further development of the successor of the popular Custom Community theme for WordPress, on authority of Themekraft UG.
Main goals: Nicely readable, comprehensable and properly documentated source code(»Read the code«), OOP, consistent usability and accessibility of the user interface (both front- and backend), as well as proper Child Theme support
Meta search engine for ads of musical instruments, equipment, DJing tools, combined with community functionalities and the option of adding own ads.
Frontend is based on WordPress and BuddyPress; originally planned task: Pushing the development of the site. Realized till now is the conversion towards a responsive theme (based on Bootstrap), improved usability, etc.
After a short break, the development was reinitialized around begin of April 2014.
Currently on hiatus.
- Realign of the internal structure towards state-of-the-art techniques (eg. including of multiple used page parts and resources, improved exchange of variables and similar)
- Introduction of a proper CSS framework (basically an enhanced version of Blueprint CSS)
- Redesign of several parts of the website for improved usability and accessibility
- Integration of a weblog (WordPress) and partial usage as a CMS
Duration: 09/2012 - 06/2014
WooCommerce Multistep Checkout
For now, the prototype consists of source code, that's been quick'n'dirty slapped together, consisting of parts of theme implementations and a few ideas of my own. The finaly goal is, to convert it into a proper plugin with own, seperate template files, easy customization of the single checkout steps (order and activation), plus adding lots of useful Action and Filter Hooks.
Planned completion of the initial version: Approx. March 2014
In hiatus because several other folks have already been taking up the reigns ;-)
Complete remolding of the website of the "Prof. Wolfgang Sawallisch-Stiftung", Grassau, Germany. WordPress, a bootstrap-based theme, while replacing the default shipped slideshow with Unslider and default the lightbox with Nivo Lightbox. Plus a handful of utilities (eg. eqHeight.coffee).
Project duration: 11/2013 - 01/2014
Project duration: 10/2013 - 11/2013
Redesign of the website of the jewelry designer Sara Lashay. WordPress as base, WooCommerce for the e-commerce part, plus multilingualism. Excessive amount of work and time went into the latter one, using the qTranslate plugin, because any other solutions proofed to be either too immature or unusable. Aside of that, strong attention was paid towards mobile usability (Bootstrap Framework, HeadJS).
Project duration: 06/2013 - 08/2013
A selection of projects before June 2013.
Development of the HTML5 templates and CSS structure of the shared job exchange of the SÜDKURIER GmbH Medienhaus and the ka-news.de GmbH. The original design was created by Achim Schaffrinna (u.a. Design Tagebuch); though the final version is based on the Blueprint CSS framework, thus slightly variating the original design.
Project duration: 02/2012 - 04/2012
My main job from January until October of 2011: Lead web developer for KERNenergie - «Nüsse nach Deinem Geschmack!» After withdrawal of the original programmer I also overtook his duties as system administrator.
Aside of replacing the original CMS (before: pseudo-dynamic Smarty Template ruin; afterwards: semi-static, strongly optimized WordPress) the focus was strongly set towards improvement of the overall usability and site performance. The latter one was mostly thanks to the current home page, which not only loads much faster than the old one, but is also much easier to administrate. Plus, the overall structure was overhauled to set the focus more on the substance (getting away from the former «grab bag» appearance)
Project duration: 01/2011 - 10/2011
Aktion Augen Auf!
In the works from end of October till begin of November 2010: The «Aktion: Augen Auf!» website for the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Hamburg (national workers' welfare association for Hamburg).
I supplied the final programming and implementation, plus a few web-focused concepts.
Based on the following components: WordPress with a German language file, a few selected plugins and a custom theme using my back then favorite CSS framework, ie. Blueprint CSS. Other helpful parts: jQuery, Nonverblaster:hover, XHTML 1.0 and CSS 3
Project duration: 10/2010 - 11/2010
Starting from end of July until begin of September 2010, the website of WEAVE, subsidiary of the PAGE zine, was rebuilt.
Among other things, the weblog functionalities, which havent been used before, where made properly usable; the related Twitter and Vimeo account as well as an aggregator tool for befriended and related blogs were integrated. The engine room was also overhauled heavily - which of course was mostly invisible from the outside.
In between of all this enhancements, there was also a refresh made of the website design. Newly introduced was eg. a change of the main background image in relation to the current magazine issue. The site structure and overall visual appearance was realigned and harmonized with the print zine layout as well.
Project duration: 07/2010 - 09/2010
More information about my work may be found as a regular document (available in several formats, eg. Word, OpenOffice etc.), including a very elaborate project history, contact info and a short CV (at my networking website).
But full of enthusiam and passion for my line of work. Available for hire on a per hour or day contract basis. With strong focus on Usability and Accessibility. Interested? Get in contact with me ;-)
One of the key aspects of my work is WordPress, the well-known Content Management System and blogging solution, which I've been using both as a regular user as well as a developer for more than 10 years.
A few selected references into the Elsewhere, including posts of my private weblog, my blog roll plus networking partners.
No highlighted entries found. Reading alternativen:
- Smashing Magazine
- Words That Would Otherwise Be Coming Out of My Mouth - Brad Frosts' Weblog
- Paulund - Tutorials & Snippets
- Fefes Blog - Conspiracy links and more (German)
- Irgendwas ist ja immer - Reloaded - Don Dahlmanns Weblog (German)
- The Verge - Science, Tech, Culture .. (Magazine-style)
- Technoviel - very good, elaborate, German video reviews of (mainly) dual sim smartphones + accessories
- io9 - procrastination helper for geeks ;-)
My personal, human, direct recommendations:
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Without further addo: A very competent and knowledge-able someone, whom I'd be happily working together again any time ;-)
Würzburger Str. 5
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