I am a 32 year-old website developer who lives in Rapid City,
SD. I have been living here for almost eight years. I went to school for four years; I front-loaded general education requirements for the first two. I graduated with a degree in Programming and Application Development. I learned about many different development platforms in my two years of technical courses, including Android, Arduino, ASP.NET, Microsoft's .NET framework (C#
and Visual Basic (VB for short) ), PHP, SQL, and XNA Game Studio.
I have chosen to develop my websites using ASP.NET. I have been learning new skills ever since I started my website development business. I created the Eagles and NFB's events calendars using this tutorial from 4GuysFromRolla. I learned how to make and utilize ASP.NET themes in Chapter 6 of "Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB". I learned most of what I know about database programming using this book, as well. I learned about using data list and repeater controls only recently; when I began work on my Doodle Creatures fan page. I also learned about inner and left joins by joining The
Monitor chat room.
When I'm not sharpening my website development skills, I am making three-dimensional characters using Daz Studio for friends. If you would like to see more, check out my PhotoBucket or my DeviantArt Gallery.
About the Business
What do you do for fun? For business? I am here to help you sell your product or
service. When you contact me with any important information
about your business, I will collect it all and display it in a neat, organized fashion
that will have customers flying to your door.
I can't do everything myself; you have to make a few choices about how you want
your website will look, including layout, color schemes, and content.
Designing and developing - that is setting up your pages, their color schemes, content,
and layout - your site will cost $500. Keeping your site maintained and up to date
is $50 dollars. Maintenance not only includes keeping your business information up to date; it also includes database maintenance. For example, f you want me to create
a calendar of events for your site, I will have to create and maintain a database
in which I store all pertinent information for those events and connect it to the
site. Check out the Eagles Club's Events Page. I use GoDaddy.com as my host
because they are extremely helpful and friendly to web developers. These prices are
agreed upon when you and I both sign the contract.
Understanding the "Development" in Web Development
What do you want from your site? What do you need your site to do? Do you want users to be able to register for an account and log into your site? Do you want an email address with your site's domain at the end? Will you have a database that requires regular updates? These are all questions to consider when thinking about getting a website. If you have a calendar of events like the Eagles Club's site, you will need a database. If you want users to be able to log into your site, you will need extra security in the form of an
certificate. Take a look at the table below; it proposes an estimate of costs for a first-time client, as well as the charges they'll have to pay in the future. The development fee, domain name, hosting, and maintenance are required; email and SSL are optional depending on what the client wants to do with their site.
|Design & Development - Only applicable if you are not
satisfied with your existing site or are a
|Maintenance -includes updating events calendar,
newsletter, organization information, etc.
|Domain - the address people will type when
visiting your site. Price also subject to change
depending on GoDaddy’s offers.
|Hosting - getting your site online. Subject to change
depending on what offers are available on GoDaddy.
|Email - add a custom email address (i.e
firstname.lastname@example.org) to your website
|Security - protect your site with an SSL certificate. May
be necessary for email services.