The days of manually coding all aspects of a website are coming to a close, although being able to edit code is still a invaluable skill to make templates and prefabricated components work well together to create a wonderful website. Today, being able to use content management systems to create a professional informative website is relatively simple and easy. Combining content and presentation is important, which means that basic graphics, video and Photoshop skills are extremely useful as well. The three main sites, including this one, I have created have been in Joomla and have incorporated all of these skills. I also have some experience with other website creation platforms.
Swag Central was a way for me to explore and learn about Joomla and web development while promoting Swagbucks. Since the first two versions of my site was created in Dreamweaver and primarily html I had to learn how to tweak various CSS files to use Joomla. Eventually I transitioned completely to Joomla, which made maintaining a site easier and also enabled me to create a better looking site. Swag Central continues to be a place for me to occasionally post new videos, Flash widgets, or graphics. I also created a Swag Central YouTube channel which I use to host my various videos. (View Site)
While taking my senior level GSTR (General Studies) 410 class, my research was focused mainly on internet freedom around the world. This website was a way to inform students and staff at Berea College about various aspects of internet freedom. I also partnered with the computer and network services department on campus to put a survey and link on the MyBerea Portal which students and staff use daily. This let me collect and analyze data about opinions on internet freedom. Ultimately this was an enjoyable semester long project for my capstone class. (Currently Offline)