Aug, 2010

Thank you for visiting Simple Mama! I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself outside of the professional realm so you may get to know me a little better.

I have been designing websites since I first logged on to the Internet in 1995. I was introduced to Microsoft FrontPage and started experimenting with different aspects of the program. Shortly thereafter I felt the need to actually learn how to code rather than using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor so I began downloading everything I could find on the Internet in regard to HTML. I created my first personal web page which contained information about myself, my friends and family, and my obsession with cars. I continued to dramatically change the website over the years while continuing to learn web development on my own.

In 2000, I designed a website for an e-commerce business. Originally this website consisted of simple HTML pages using tables to display everything. When I look back at the initial web page – what a mess it was! In 2001, I completely redesigned the website using the osCommerce e-commerce system. Being introduced to PHP and MySQL for the first time was quite difficult, but I did manage to teach myself quite a few things along the way and came to understand PHP and MySQL much better. This website continued until mid 2005.

In 2002, I designed a website for an online gaming “squad” of which I was a member. This website was built using PHP-Nuke and MySQL. After my previous experience with PHP and MySQL, I found this project to be much easier to grasp. This website continued until early 2007.

In December of 2006, I decided to create another website completely from scratch without the assistance of any content management programs. I also decided to introduce myself to XHTML and CSS2 for the first time. This website was created with XHTML 1.1 Strict and CSS2. I also included PHP for layout purposes and JavaScript for a few miscellaneous functions. This website is still active and I continue to update it on a regular basis.

During October 2008, I stumbled upon WordPress. It seems as though everyone has a blog nowadays and I was curious if I could incorporate a content management system into WordPress. After reformatting a few things as well as adding several add-ons and widgets, my most recent website came to life. This website is still active and I continue to update it on a regular basis.

Over the years, I have also worked on several other websites, some for myself and others for friends. I have taught myself practically everything I know on web design and have a library of books to prove it! In December 2005, I decided to enroll at the University of Phoenix. In April of 2008, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Visual Communication. Completing a degree in an online setting forced me to focus on deadlines, be highly organized and self-motivated, and work with no supervision.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, feel free to keep browsing. Each of the projects listed above can be found on my Portfolio page. Please contact me if you have any questions.