Thank you for visiting Simple Mama! I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself outside of the professional realm so you may get to know me a little better.
I have been designing websites since I first logged on to the Internet in 1995. I was introduced to Microsoft FrontPage and started experimenting with different aspects of the program. Shortly thereafter I felt the need to actually learn how to code rather than using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor so I began downloading everything I could find on the Internet in regard to HTML. I created my first personal web page which contained information about myself, my friends and family, and my obsession with cars. I continued to dramatically change the website over the years while continuing to learn web development on my own.
In 2000, I designed a website for an e-commerce business. Originally this website consisted of simple HTML pages using tables to display everything. When I look back at the initial web page – what a mess it was! In 2001, I completely redesigned the website using the osCommerce e-commerce system. Being introduced to PHP and MySQL for the first time was quite difficult, but I did manage to teach myself quite a few things along the way and came to understand PHP and MySQL much better. This website continued until mid 2005.
In 2002, I designed a website for an online gaming “squad” of which I was a member. This website was built using PHP-Nuke and MySQL. After my previous experience with PHP and MySQL, I found this project to be much easier to grasp. This website continued until early 2007.
During October 2008, I stumbled upon WordPress. It seems as though everyone has a blog nowadays and I was curious if I could incorporate a content management system into WordPress. After reformatting a few things as well as adding several add-ons and widgets, my most recent website came to life. This website is still active and I continue to update it on a regular basis.
Over the years, I have also worked on several other websites, some for myself and others for friends. I have taught myself practically everything I know on web design and have a library of books to prove it! In December 2005, I decided to enroll at the University of Phoenix. In April of 2008, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Visual Communication. Completing a degree in an online setting forced me to focus on deadlines, be highly organized and self-motivated, and work with no supervision.