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Alaska Office Specialists can provide Consulting , Documents & Spreadsheets , Website Building , Website Maintenance & SEO services.

Consulting

MS Office Workflows
Technical Writing
Process Development
Process Improvement
Policy Development

Documents & Spreadsheets

Custom Templates
Form Design
Project Trackers
Data Collection
Charts & Graphs

Websites

Landing Pages
Small & Medium Sites
Ecommerce Sites
WordPress Management
SEO on Current Site
Social Media Setup

Maintenance

Site Maintenance
Site Redesign
Analytics
Social Media Management
Marketing Campaigns

Portfolio

Photography

Lady Code Monkey

Interesting Articles

Project Planning

Planning a website is an incredibly important task. Without at …

Landing Pages

Old and newer pages with some dating into the late …

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…
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Project Planning

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 together something decent and then later improve on what you have. How do I know? I’ve built multiple sites and my first few were without plans. The lack of planning drove me crazy until I finally build a rudimentary list of tasks. I’ve since graduated from the random task list and have several tools I use to plan the large bulk of a website or rebuild a website or update one because the times have changed.

Project Planner

My project planner is a pretty simple document. It tells me the name of my project, the date I’m starting and gives a brief description of the project’s purpose. From there it lists off main tasks who is responsible and dates.

Project & Goal Planner

Subject

Website Plan XYZ Site

Date

01/23/18

Description

An overview of the major and dependent tasks to develop XYZ’s Company website

Considerations

Gather the whole team to discuss plan including Management, Webmaster, Graphic Design, Writing and Marketing groups. If not in person then using virtual meeting tools.

Action

Detail

Responsibility

Start

End

Complete

  1. Site Plan

Develop a detailed plan including colors, features, assets, layout and content

Team, Manager

01/23/18

  
  1. Pages

Home/Landing, About, Contact, Services, Samples, Articles

Marketing, Webmaster, Graphic Arts

01/23/18

  
  1. Layout

Theme Name

Webmaster

01/24/18

  
  1. Colors

Hex Values List

Webmaster

01/24/18

  
  1. Fonts

Standard & alternate Google Fonts

Webmaster

01/24/18

  
  1. Asset List

Images, dimensions, video, audio, text, logo and use rules

Graphic Arts

01/28/18

  
  1. Plugins

Additional functions not provided by WordPress or Theme

Webmaster

01/24/18

  
  1. Monthly Tasks

Plan updates, ongoing plans for each week

Team

02/01/18

  
  1. Weekly Tasks

Tasks that do not have to be done all the time

Team

01/29/18

  
  1. Daily Tasks

Tasks such as updates, new content writing or social media monitoring

Team

01/23/18

  
  1. Content Plan

List of topics, outlines, assets needed, schedules

Writers, Marketing, Graphic Arts

01/25/18

  
  1. Analytics

Tracking Ad campaigns via Google Analytics or Facebook or Twitter Analytics

Manager, Webmaster

03/01/18

  

Conclusion

Having an overview like this and later drilling down into topics can help keep the right people doing the right tasks. Each of the larger topics can then spin off to their own project plans based on the team and resources needed. With a website most of the plans fall on either a project manager or the web master. This is a nice simple setup for planning. There are many other tools out there to manage the various details including collaborative ones for distributed teams.

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…

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…
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The MOST Important Thing To Do Today

to do task planner

This task manager tool is designed to help a business owner track important things that they want to accomplish in specific areas of life. You can use it on dead trees (paper) or electronically (Google Doc or Spreadsheet or Word or Excel) . It’s sized for a full size sheet of paper. Please feel free to add it to your workflows, modify it or share it as much as you want.

Would you like me to create a Custom Word or Excel Template like this for your business? Talk to me!
Enjoy!

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