Dynamic Webscapes – Atlanta, Georgia
Co-Founder / Senior Web Developer
February 2005 – October 2006
In early 2005 my wife and I co-founded Dynamic Webscapes. This business primarily serviced other small businesses with custom web design, development, domain registration & DNS, hosting and maintenance. Projects ranged from small brochureware to full-fledged, custom, content management systems. As a part of a small community Dynamic Webscapes also provided a fair amount of pro bono help to non-profit groups including the local PTAs and small live theater.
This niche market still remains under-served due to lack of general Internet knowledge among small business owners and a market saturation of less seasoned developers that have a mixed bag of skills. My very broad knowledge of the web development process from domain registration and DNS management through site launch and post-launch maintenance provided guidance to a number of small business owners and their staff.
Our clients often came to us because their original developer could not get them past a static website. They came to us in need of site content that went beyond the about us page. What they often needed was a custom CMS that allowed them to modify portions of their content without having to call a developer to change it each time. We worked with the client to determine what portions of their website they wished to control. Then discussed how often they expected to need to update these sections. We helped them to look at the cost of the specific feature and determine an ROI based on their actual use. We then developed a “back office” that would allow them to login securely and make modifications. While each client was unique we found that there were a number of modules that were needed time and again. We iterated on a module until it worked for the client, then archived it to iterate again when the next client needed the same module (or something close).
As small business owners ourselves, we focused on a number of open-source applications that we would leverage with our own offerings. We installed our own copies of MediaWiki and provided both a public and private wiki to our clients. We installed Mantis, an open source bug-tracking tool, on our own servers and then modified the software to fit our business need.
Skills used during this role:
- Adobe Acrobat
- Adobe GoLive
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Beyond Compare
- Mantis (open-source bug tracking software)
- MediaWiki (open-source software that runs wikipedia)
- Project Management
- Relationship Management