I'm a web-loving, webapp maker kinda guy. Here are a few things I have created for my employers, my freelancing projects and my own personal projects

Archive for the ‘Content Management System’ Category

A Webscraping WordPress Plugin

I wanted to create a sports-related website with a custom-made WordPress plugin and show game schedules for my timezone.  So, I created Gamewinner.tv .  It is a fully automated sports streaming website showing live streaming games ranging from football games to soccer games to even Ultimate Frisbee games.

I coded the WordPress plugin used in the website to automatically scrape other websites for streaming links and game schedules. I also added Javascript code to dynamically display the correct game start times based on the end user’s timezone. 

What helps is there are niche sport leagues hoping to get more exposure through streaming their games live for free.  If you’re looking to watch athletes dive for a frisbee, this website is your you!

UPDATE (2017): planning to sell this site

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The Dolan Law Firm and WordPress Plugins

If you ever listen to the local SF Bay Area sports radio station, KNBR 680, you may often hear a commercial bit with the slogan, “The best lawyers you hope to never need” and their website, http://DolanLawFirm.com. Well, it is me who created the Dolan Law Firm website!

The law firm had requested to move their html-based website from the Firmsite Publisher platform to the WordPress platform.  This was a monumental task because this Law firm had over 10K articles and 200+ categories to migrate over to WordPress.

I was the main developer for this project and with the help of an intern, we were able to complete this project in 3 months.   Using my prior WordPress experience, I found ways to reduce the development time by creating scripts to automate certain tasks.

In addition to migrating the articles and categories, I was also responsible styling the layout, photoshopping all graphics and icons, as well as code additional WordPress plugins.

 

Drupal CMS Websites

I have experience in WordPress and thought I add some experience in another Content Management System – Drupal.

Drupal doesn’t have as many plugins as WordPress, but Drupal was easier to port to other web accounts.  And the Drupal admin dashboard was also a bit more intuitive.

I created several Drupal websites for my own personal knowledge.  With my love of sports, I created a website of an NFL quarterback,  http://www.MarcusMariotaMania.com

 
UPDATE(2016): I have stopped renewing the MarcusMariotaMania.com domain name.

Moving a website with 500K views a month to another CMS

When you have to completely redesign a successful website with 500K+ views a month, what do you have to think about?

The most important factor is to keep the website successful.  In many high-traffic websites, this often times require all SEO factors of a website to remain intact.

There was a requirement to move the jsp-based Findlaw.co.uk website into a WordPress website.   I was the sole developer task with porting this website (along with all 3,000+ pages) into the WordPress CMS.

I had to come up with a plan to programmatically copy all the pages and articles from the old website into a format that can be easily imported into WordPress.   I also had to retain all URLs and SEO tags are identical to the old website.

I was able to successfully complete this huge project in 2 months and keep the traffic steady.

UPDATE(2017): The FindlawUK division is no longer being maintained. 

 

Drag-and-Drop Functionality for Content Management System

Firmsite Publisher is the in-house content management system used by the Thomson Rueters Findlaw division to create websites for law firms and lawyers. Over 10,000 websites are created through this online-based system.

In one of the biggest additions to Firmsite Publisher, my team members and I developed the new feature to add Drag-and-Drop capabilities. This feature is to help our content authors to customize the look of a law firm’s website easily.  I was tasked with all the Front-end development responsibilities.

The core technologies used for this project: Java, JSP, Javascript and jQuery UI’s drag-n-drop library.  My team members and I successfully complete this feature to rave reviews.