Old world product on a fresh new site: European Cobblestone

screenshot-eurocobbleBill McKenna, my client from several previous projects, brought me a site in drastic need of an update. It was one of those from the late 90s--the era of that-web-technology-which-shall-not-be-named. Ok, it was built with Flash. And it was the worst kind of Flash site, with mystery meat navigation, brain-scratching event sounds, and nearly unreadable text in horizontally scrolling boxes. It was bad, and it reflected poorly on Bill. 

I set him up with a great Joomla 3 site built on a RocketTheme template. We scavenged images from his old site and some PDF brochure files. A color palette derived from his logo, a combination of modern and elegant type, and some heavy, two-tone image borders integrated into a flat design result in a modern presentation of his old-world product. The site looks great on desktop computers and mobile devices.


Aircraft recycling with flair

screenshot aeroartTim Zemanovic, owner of Aircraft Demolition, has started creating amazing furniture, sculpture, and other art pieces from the components he has at his disposal. I did some updates on his site, so he asked me to put together a new site for his aero art. 

We started with a Joomla 3 and RocketTheme foundation, then added K2 product handling and K2 Store for checkout and payment processing. The result is a beautiful, modern, screen-size-responsive site that shows his product very well. 


Phil Little's other other business

screenshot plgMy client Phil Little, for whom I've built several other sites over the past 4 years or so, called me when he wanted to start selling a modern part for a vintage military rifle. I don't recall whether it was his idea or mine to go with a single-page site, but it sure works well. All information on the product is instantly available without page switching.

Phil is old-school and likes to talk to his customers personally to make sure they're happy, so we didn't set up e-commerce. 


A rush job for RUSH Boutique

screenshot rushThe members of my family who operate Margo Mundi's just opened a new boutique store in downtown St. Cloud in very short order. They didn't have time yet to put together content for a full site, so I worked from the logo design (by my regular designer Kristina Sippel) and came up with this one-pager.

It's a Joomla 3 site, so it's all set up to add a blog, and I've installed a newsletter extension so they can start building a user list right away. 

(site no longer active due to company sale)

Create responsive menu items in Joomla with Bootstrap's CSS classes

I recently enabled responsive capability in one of my pro-bono sites using RocketTheme's Metropolis template. I made the requisite image size changes for the new larger max width layout, and I did a little customization using media queries to make sure my showcase resized nicely. 

One area where I ran into trouble was with the very nice JEvents extension, which I had previously used to display a monthly calendar layout in my fixed-width site. Obviously a monthly view has a column for each day of the week, each of which must be wide enough to show event titles, etc. I found that the 7-column table didn't want to shrink far enough to fit within the site's layout below Gantry's 768px breakpoint. I decided that I wanted to make the monthly calendar view the default for tablets and larger, and to show a weekly view for phones. 

Read more: Create responsive menu items in Joomla with Bootstrap's CSS classes

Beta testing Universal Playground's Flickr Suite Extension for Joomla

After years of creating my own photo galleries I finally settled on Flickr Pro as a repository and server for this site. I can publish sets right from Lightroom, and there's a great Joomla extension that lets me load sets anywhere on the site with a snippet of markup: Flickr Suite from Universal Playground. 

After contacting the developer, Jasper Dik, about a duplicate billing issue (which was apparently my fault), I learned that he was in the process of building a new, responsive version of Flickr Suite. I offered to help test it and Jasper sent me his install packages. 

Read more: Beta testing Universal Playground's Flickr Suite Extension for Joomla

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