History of Websites and their Management

In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs. In the fall of the same year I started Sue’s Tiny Costumes. I started out on the infancy of the internet using an old site, Xoom.com which is no longer online. From there I moved to a Geocities site for a number of years. I developed in the browser using the WYSIWYG editor until I learned Dreamweaver and HTML. I did all my own photography and scanned photos before doing general editing.

In 2002 I was convinced by my mentor to purchase a domain name for myself and use hosting for my site. It was at this time I learned FTP. With hosting I also learned SEO and CSS as well as how to optimize images as my site had grown to 200 hand coded pages. I continued to revise my site by hand until 2005 when I started to learn about content management systems and discovered Drupal, Joomla and ultimately Dreamweaver.

I added Sera and Justice Together to my now growing list of domains so that my young children would have the option of learning to develop websites. This was where I learned how to use my hosting to split my sites into sub domains.

In 2006 my love of books and music led me to try my hand at a site called Books, Music & More and attempt to monetize it but with competing priorities it has been a slow process building it.

Towards the end of my second round of college in 2008, I started Alaska Office Specialists as part of a college class in web development. I then added Sue A Darby, my portfolio site to the collection to use as a place to showcase my work for my Capstone.

For fun I added Coffee Institute as a place for my love of coffee.

My love of web development languished for a couple years but was renewed in 2014 when I decided I needed a way to manage all my sites instead of logging in to each one at a time to update them. I found and implemented Infinite WP which allows me one place to see all my sites, update them and even manage plugins and themes.

Wanting to continue my web development learning I found a few online videos and sites to continue to read up on web technologies when I found time. I started once more taking classes in 2015 and 2016 on many topics and adding to my knowledge base.

I split my portfolio domain into Code Monkey and Lady Code Monkey, one for developing WordPress plugins and themes (not much done with it yet) and the other for advanced web development topics.

With all this as my experience I am ready to jump into a new career in web development.

Sue Darby
Business Consultant & Technical Writer at Alaska Office Specialists
Sue Darby is a wizard with Office Suites… pick a Windows, Internet or Linux based variation and she can make Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Project, SharePoint and their counterparts do whatever is needed from basics to macros and things they weren’t originally programmed to do (mass e-mail merge PDF files through Outlook). She writes technical instructions from “This is the mouse” level to anything new that she’s done only once or twice. She can target instructions to the level of the audience as well for presentations. She also installs, sets up, maintains and secures efficient WordPress websites. She is a mother, published author, honors graduate and amateur photographer.

Sue is an experienced talent on the labor market. She is an explorer, ready for adventures abroad. She is an achiever, who is willing to work hard to reach goals. She is a team player, getting along well with people around her. Creativity is one of her strengths and she’s often up to try something new. She is a great asset to a team!

She is always willing to learn something new every day. Continuous personal development and adaptability are in high demand in a fast-changing work environment, thus sharing her learning motivation is important to her. She is determined to have a positive impact – not only on the working environment but on the whole of society.

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