UCLA Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists is an organization promoting Latinos in the technical fields of Engineering and Sciences. Before redesigning the site for the first time, UCLA SOLES was hosted on a UCLA Engineering server which only allowed static html and images. Moving to a shared hosting platform allowed the use of PHP, access to a database, and a domain name.
At the time I developed a calendaring and user management solution, but the familiarity of Google Calendar proved to work better for the SOLES officers. I integrated Google Calendar into the site, and eventually moved the website to use Google App Engine as an experiment to see how responsive the service was, and also how I might be able to save the group money.
The site has gone through a lot of changes and now leverages Google App Engine, Google Calendar, and Google Picasa Web to allow changes to a dynamic website.
To visit go to uclasoles.com
Ventura County Christian School is a K-12 School in the Ventura County area where my mother was a teacher. The preexisting website needed maintanance and did not adhere to the w3 standards so I agreed to minimally update the website.
I brought the website up to date and made sure it rendered well in modern browsers. Like all of my projects I place an emphasis on creating both valid but also well formed markup. The site was tested against different screen sizes and text only systems (e.g. for screen readers). In all situations I ensured that the site was accessible and navigation around the site was quick and easy.
One major contribution I made to the site which hopefully eased the ability to update it was that I pulled data away from the design so they could be updated independently. An example is the "upcoming events", which was incredibly stale when I decided to help with the website, was moved to its own file so that it could be formatted and rendered to fit with the home page.