Welcome!

01 Feb 2002
February 1, 2002

Solo Technology is a one man shop specializing in:

  • WordPress customization and maintenance
  • Independent contracting/consulting
    • Technical planning and operations
    • Database design, maintenance
    • Data / Database conversion and migration
    • Project planning & management
    • Custom coding

Listed below are articles discussing some of the projects I’ve worked on. Not all projects though — that would be tedious for all of us!  Some are too minor and some clients would prefer I didn’t announce the projects I do for them.

Be sure to check out the Solo Technology Tech blog to see what I’ve been up to as well.

SonicWALL CSSA Certified

12 Jul 2011
July 12, 2011

Picked up the SonicWALL CSSA (Certified SonicWALL Security Admin) certification today. Interesting course work (tip: don’t skip the pre-reqs) and I found the exam more challenging than expected.

 

Pure Heart Project

11 Jun 2011
June 11, 2011

imageI’ve just finished another site conversion to the WordPress content management system (CMS). This one was for a TeamLogic IT – Northwest Valley client: Pure Heart Christian Fellowship.

They already had a site based on Joomla, but were looking for something friendlier and easier to work with. I think we accomplished the goal.

The key design is based on a commercial theme that I purchased to get things rolling. Not much was modified as far as colors and textures go, but much of the layout was heavily customized.

For example, I updated the theme’s home page to pull in content from quite a few different sources: several Pages along with use of Post category lists. This allows the site maintainers access to change just about anything without having to dip into theme code.

The Sermons page is another example of customization. It is configured as a regular WordPress Page to allow them easy access to update themes. That Page is using a custom page template that pulls in Posts with the current sermons’ category to the bottom. When the sermon series changes they just re-categorize those posts and update the Page’s banner to the new theme. The old sermons show up on the “Archived Sermons” category listing. I’m rather pleased with how that worked out.

As you click around the site you’ll also find shadow-boxes, vimeo integration, authorize.net and google calendar as well.

We also used the brilliant new WP Help plugin to add documentation directly from the admin pages. That’s a plugin that I look forward to using more in the future.

New Gig

03 Oct 2010
October 3, 2010

I’ve been doing consulting work for machineLOGIC on and off for almost a decade now. We’ve formalized our relationship as of October 1 — I work there now. I guess they wanted to see me during business hours! :-)

WordPress Support Forum All-stars

25 Aug 2010
August 25, 2010

A nice little big of recognition from the Weblog Tools Collection site: WordPress Support Forum All-stars.

Scott’s Coach Works, Inc CMS Conversion

07 Aug 2010
August 7, 2010

Scott's Coach Works site thumbnailYup, another site conversion to the WordPress content management system (CMS). This one was for a TeamLogic IT – Northwest Valley client: Scott’s Coach Works, Inc.

They already had an existing site and wanted some images changed and some SEO (search engine optimization) tuning and other minor changes. The challenge was that the older site was HTML table based and most images were actually sliced into many pieces and then assembled as table cell foregrounds, backgrounds, etc. Not friendly to modify!

After some discussion we opted to move them to the WordPress framework. The client chose the free Blue Diffusion theme as their base and then I customized it a bit and moved over all of their existing content. With the help of the jQuery Colorbox and NextGEN Gallery plugins, their Photos page offers two different styles of galleries. Check it out!

After just a small amount of training, the customer now has a site that they can modify content and images themselves and a whole new look