Friday, June 10, 2011

Hiatus, Social Networking & Asphalt Sealcoating

After a very frustrating spring season in which our website was down for three months I am glad to say Stikmen Graphic Design is back in action. We have migrated hosting and domain providers and things are finally settling down.
Malcolm and I both purchased our own personal domains during this time, and, I have placed a small "business card / dashboard" type of site on mine, inspired by the simple link-driven and sites, which many individuals are starting to have as a simple way of collecting their various social networking profiles from across different internet services into one aggregate place. I decided since I was a web designer, I would code my own instead of using one of the pre-built services. (I also wanted to give jQuery a try, which I believe worked out well. I am quite pleased with the resulting website. (The fact that I am using a .me domain just like the other services is purely coincidental.)

In design news, I have just completed a design for Seal-Pro's Asphalt Sealcoating, a business run by a high-school friend of mine, and added some social media aspects to Rockcliffe By-the-Sea - Tweet, Share on Facebook and Download as PDF buttons, as well as links in the header to Rockcliffe's Facebook, Twitter and Blog.
I have also been asked to complete a "Member's Area" on the site, for the property owners to share thoughts and contact information with each other. It should be completed within the next couple weeks. It will be password protected, so unfortunately only the owners will get to see it. I have decided to on a PHP MySQL backend.
If everything goes well with that, I have been thinking about designing a CMS for a while - possibly in PHP MySQL, though I may try Ruby on Rails. In any case, I will post an update when I start thinking about it more seriously.