During the migration, I helped the IT department troubleshoot solutions to known and unknown bugs in the Omniupdate software. It was a rewarding project that further solidified the professional relationships I’ve built with colleagues in IT and the Office of Marketing and Communication.
Through maintaining the Marquette Music websites, I am putting my skills in HTML, CSS and PHP to good use. However, I recognized that the music websites are in need of a refresh. I proposed to the director the idea of migrating the music websites to the OU campus system, which also houses the Diederich College of Communication website.
Once the migration project is completed in January, 2019, it will have the same look and feel of the Diederich College of Communicaiton website and be fully accessible for those who are vision and hearing impaired.
A sneak preview of one of the webpages for the revised music website is below.
The Urban Journalism Workshop is a two-week intensive program for high school students who have an interest in journalism. Under the guidance of College of Communication faculty, the students learn to work as journalists and use video equipment to produce The Urban Voice. This is the online publication that features their written and video stories.
As the web developer for this project since the summer of 2018, I decided to pull together all previous publications that were created in Weebly and migrate them to WordPress. The result is a rich, interactive website that showcases the students’ talents. It is now easier for users to view past publications as well, rather than having them at separate website addresses.
I admit it: I am a CSS nerd. I very much enjoy working with this markup language. There is something magical about bringing colors, layout and style elements into a website. For me, the CSS stage is when a website starts to come alive.
To see the code from this project, please visit my Github project. If you’d like to download the project and try to make the robot dance, click the “Clone or Download” button on the project page. Launch the project by clicking on the “index.html” file.
If you’d like to try out the web application, you can click “Clone or Download” from on the Github project. Then, launch the web application by double clicking on the “index.html” file.
When browsing websites for Greyhound bus lines, I noticed that one of their subsidiaries Yo! Bus had some interesting branding geared towards its target of Millennials in the NYC / Philly area. When I started looking at Valley Transit Company, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to refresh their branding and copy as well. I then re-wrote the website, attempting to make it more engaging and SEO friendly, while giving their patriotic branding a conversational look and feel.
If Valley Transit really wanted to get serious about SEO, they could change their name to South Texas Transit Company (the domain is available) with a 301 re-direct to their new web address. This way, they would have “South Texas” in their URL, which is an important key word from a local search standpoint.
Please note this is a spec campaign – the deals are not real, and copy has not been approved by Valley Transit Company. Images are not my own and have been pulled from various royalty-free sites.