Solarize Nashua Website

Nashua Solarize+ is an initiative started by the City of Nashua’s Energy Committee based on a national program by the US Dept of Energy.  The nation wide initiative is design to increase local green energy adoption by facilitating bulk discount pricing. Pretty cool stuff. PingPR.com managed the project, and I did the design and development. The … Continue reading Solarize Nashua Website

Building a Custom Trail Map Using OSM and Mapbox

Here is an overview of the process I use for building my own custom hiking trail map. The data (trails, summits, etc…) are available as open source from OSM. MapBox Studio provides excellent tools for formatting and hosting GIS data pretty much anyway you want. The magic was in fetching the data and processing it … Continue reading Building a Custom Trail Map Using OSM and Mapbox

Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS

I recently switched my hiking conditions website from HTTP and HTTPS.  Google’s documentation noted there may be a dip in my search rank and traffic while they re-index the site, but my experience was almost no detectable dip in the numbers. Here is the before and after from my Google Analytics account: That being said. Don’t … Continue reading Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS

NH Project Learning Tree Website

I designed the NH Project Learning Tree website based on the national PLT.org website, and a PLT Style Guide published by Texas PLT. NH PLT went with discounted web hosting for non-profits provided by DreamHost. The DreamHost hosting service does seem reliable and fast, however I am not a fan of the hosting control panel … Continue reading NH Project Learning Tree Website

Coups2Cash.com

Last week I migrated Direct Mail & Digital Advertising company Coups2Cash.com, from Joomla 1.5 to WordPress. The new site design was provided by Tom at TG Graphics, Manchester NH. My job was to build the new template (Photoshop to WordPress) and load the content. The end result was not exactly as Tom designed, but a … Continue reading Coups2Cash.com

MtnWeekly.com gets a facelift

For this project I updated the MtnWeekly News WordPress template. I added to the template some widget and menu locations so MtnWeekly News can easy control the layout. The new header got 1) a widget area for ad space, 2) the site masthead, and 3) main menu location. All three can be controlled and maintained using the … Continue reading MtnWeekly.com gets a facelift

Parsing HTML5 IMG srcset

I needed a simple function to use in a TrailsNH Bot to find the largest image in an HTML5 srcset. Here’s what I came up with. function getLargestImage($srcsetString){ $images = array(); // split on comma $srcsetArray = explode(“,”, $srcsetString); foreach($srcsetArray as $srcString){ // split on whitespace – optional descriptor $imgArray = explode(” “, trim($srcString)); // … Continue reading Parsing HTML5 IMG srcset

AvantLink HTTPS Link-Chain Fixer

I’m working on a script to modify all AvantLink Affiliate tracking links on your site to fix some of the known issues in switching to HTTPS. The AvantLink HTTPS Link-Chain Fixer script changes two things: The URL to AvantLink, and The link to the Merchant landing page. The script has a built in 1 second delay … Continue reading AvantLink HTTPS Link-Chain Fixer

National Weather Service (NWS) new API

NWS API has a bunch of changes coming 2017. The documentation is a little light right now, but it sounds like the old DWML/XML feeds are going away.  We will have to pull the data using the new api.weather.gov API. Here is what I have learned about this new API so far while replacing the digitalDWML FcstType feed for my … Continue reading National Weather Service (NWS) new API

Review: NetworkSolutions.com

NetworkSolutions.com Rating: 1 (1/5 stars) Reviewer: Kimball, Goffstown NH, January 23, 2017 Starting At: $35 per year.   Are you looking to buy a domain name? Do yourself a favor and do not go with Network Solutions, their customer service is horrible, and their fees are over priced. It’s not just me who hates them, … Continue reading Review: NetworkSolutions.com

ZacharyBerger.com

ZacharyBerger.com is another new WordPress website I’ve built using a customized version of the “Twenty Sixteen” template. The quality of the “Twenty Sixteen” template is fantastic. Perhaps the best I’ve worked with so far. There is lots of custom CSS3 in this project: rounded corner on many elements, background colors, blends and images, and mobile-first media queries. My … Continue reading ZacharyBerger.com