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 ‘Wordpress’ 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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Cal Ranch Foods and their Walnuts

I created the CalRanchFood.com website.  I took the mockup from a design firm in Southern California and created the website in WordPress.  I then edited the images, PHP, and CSS to mimic the mock up.

One of the perks of this project was getting a box full of nuts and fruits.  They really do make the best walnuts you can eat.

 

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.

 

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.