Landing Pages

Old and newer pages with some dating into the late 1990’s!

Some are hand coded others are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal based.

Web Development History

Shirley’s Creative Designs Summer 1995 In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs.  Sue’s Tiny Costumes Fall 1995 In the fall of…

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at least a skeleton of a plan you jump from task to task and run yourself in circles trying to put…

Open Source Programs

Open source tools are great alternatives for new businesses. If you are bootstrapping your business then free and low cost open source tools are the way to go. Most if…

Blog Post Planner

This Blog Post Planner Tool is designed to track the skeleton pieces of post topics and outline your posts. If you are at all like me multiple topics hit you…

Weekly Planner

This is a full size weekly planner. It has no real bells or whistles to it but sometimes a simple planner is what we need most! Feel free to add…

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only…
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Web Development History

Summer 1995

In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs

Fall 1995

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.

2005

Purchased Sera and Justice Together for my children  (my daughter named the domain) and started teaching my kids to develop using WordPress. Began my journey learning a variety of content managers including Drupal, Joomla and finally settled on WordPress.

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.

2008

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. The site has had several purposes including the original class, a virtual assistant business and has now been repurposed again for my Web Development and Document Templates business in 2018.

I then added Sue A Darby, my portfolio site to the collection to use as a place to showcase my work for my Capstone.

Over the years I’ve added subdomains. My Work Samples site was once dedicated to just random work but eventually I migrated it all to the main Portfolio site for consolidation.

Recently I decided I needed to repurpose the site and settled on using it to showcase the multitudes of photos I’ve taken over the years. Some photos (Old Faithful and Yellowstone) were taken in the 1990’s with a film camera while most of the more recent shots are either cell phone specials or with the Cannon DSLR. I hope to continue to add to this site as my hobby is taking landscape photos of Alaska especially if there are any sort of wildlife around. Of course there will also likely be the obligatory photos of my cat eventually too along with many of my garden.

2009

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

2014

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.

2015

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 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.

Open Source Programs

Open source tools are great alternatives for new businesses. If you are bootstrapping your business then free and low cost open source tools are the way to go. Most if…

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at least a skeleton of a plan you jump from task to task and run yourself in circles trying to put…

Web Development History

Shirley’s Creative Designs Summer 1995 In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs.  Sue’s Tiny Costumes Fall 1995 In the fall of…

Blog Post Planner

This Blog Post Planner Tool is designed to track the skeleton pieces of post topics and outline your posts. If you are at all like me multiple topics hit you…

Weekly Planner

This is a full size weekly planner. It has no real bells or whistles to it but sometimes a simple planner is what we need most! Feel free to add…

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only…
1and1.com

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only change or add new items on the Master Sheet including prices.  Yes, this is a lot of what my household actually buys and eventually I’ll add some real price data to show it’s true power. Until then you can also download a copy for Excel here or Go to the Public Copy’s Google Sheet here.

To use this tool edit your list on the Master Sheet to reflect what you purchase at various stores.  On the shopping sheet indicate how many of which items are on your current list. The sheet will keep a running tally so that you can estimate your budget more accurately. This should be user friendly on both tablets and phones especially the Google Sheets version. You can save a copy to your personal account and share with family members for real time shopping updates.

Web Development History

Shirley’s Creative Designs Summer 1995 In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs.  Sue’s Tiny Costumes Fall 1995 In the fall of…

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at least a skeleton of a plan you jump from task to task and run yourself in circles trying to put…

Open Source Programs

Open source tools are great alternatives for new businesses. If you are bootstrapping your business then free and low cost open source tools are the way to go. Most if…

Blog Post Planner

This Blog Post Planner Tool is designed to track the skeleton pieces of post topics and outline your posts. If you are at all like me multiple topics hit you…

Weekly Planner

This is a full size weekly planner. It has no real bells or whistles to it but sometimes a simple planner is what we need most! Feel free to add…

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only…
1and1.com

Sample Sites

Web Development History

Shirley’s Creative Designs Summer 1995 In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs.  Sue’s Tiny Costumes Fall 1995 In the fall of…

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at least a skeleton of a plan you jump from task to task and run yourself in circles trying to put…

Open Source Programs

Open source tools are great alternatives for new businesses. If you are bootstrapping your business then free and low cost open source tools are the way to go. Most if…

Blog Post Planner

This Blog Post Planner Tool is designed to track the skeleton pieces of post topics and outline your posts. If you are at all like me multiple topics hit you…

Weekly Planner

This is a full size weekly planner. It has no real bells or whistles to it but sometimes a simple planner is what we need most! Feel free to add…

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only…
1and1.com

About

Sue Darby

Sue started coding before the internet was popular and didn’t even realize it. She was 8 when her parents brought home a TI-994A console system.

It was chosen over the Atari as there were educational games in the line up of available titles. It was also chosen because it could be programmed.

At first her dad did the programming but over time Sue started to also get in on the fun programming Matilda and later on other small things.

Fast forward to high school and the introduction of an IBM based PC along with a 1200 baud modem and websites became the facination as well as chat rooms and research. “Get off the computer, I need the phone!” was probably her mother’s biggest complaint at some points.

As time went by Sue did more and more with old school HTML and a little bit of CSS. She then discovered WordPress and for a long while, while raising her own children, used that CMS to manage 14 websites of her own.

Now Sue would like to apply all this experience to your website and build something that will increase your bottom line.

Web Development History

Shirley’s Creative Designs Summer 1995 In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs.  Sue’s Tiny Costumes Fall 1995 In the fall of…

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at least a skeleton of a plan you jump from task to task and run yourself in circles trying to put…

Open Source Programs

Open source tools are great alternatives for new businesses. If you are bootstrapping your business then free and low cost open source tools are the way to go. Most if…

Blog Post Planner

This Blog Post Planner Tool is designed to track the skeleton pieces of post topics and outline your posts. If you are at all like me multiple topics hit you…

Weekly Planner

This is a full size weekly planner. It has no real bells or whistles to it but sometimes a simple planner is what we need most! Feel free to add…

Shopping Comparison Tool

This is a shopping comparison tools I built for shared shopping trips and price comparison between stores. You can change the name of the stores on both sheets but only…
1and1.com