DCPS College Cost Calculator

Mukava created a college cost calculator for District of Columbia Public Schools to support DCPS’s goal of having more of DC’s high schoolers to attend a college. The calculator allows a student to compare the cost of attendance of up to four schools side by side. The calculator conveniently fills out tuition cost, scholarship information, and other data from a local database for ease of use. This data is provided by Department of Education and can easily be updated via the website’s backend.

DCPS Goes to College

WordCamp Baltimore 2015

wordcamp-logo-baltimore-2015I attended my third WordCamp Baltimore on September 12th, 2015 and, once again, had a great time. The thing I enjoy the most about WordCamps is the people: the Camps are a great opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new acquaintances. Exchange ideas with colleagues and – as silly as it may sound – feel the camaraderie. Being a solopreneur who works from home, it is something you often long for.
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Step Afrika!

In the spring of 2013, Antti participated in a pro bono project through Taproot Foundation. Our group’s task was to redesign the website of Step Afrika, a DC-based stepping dance company.

Antti’s role on this project was to be the WordPress developer; “wiring up” the HTML template provided by another team member into a WordPress theme.

Step Afrika!’s website has a custom WordPress theme built on Twitter’s Bootstrap framework. Advanced Custom Fields plugin was used to give the website manager easy-to-use interfaces on the back-end to make the maintenance as simple as possible.

Because Step Afrika! doesn’t have an in-house web developer, Antti recommended they host the website with WP Engine hosting, because caching, automatic backups, and a staging environment are included in every plan.

This was Antti’s first Taproot project and he really enjoyed working with a new group of people on a successful project.

Vito Services

I worked on Vito Services, a local plumbing company, website project as the WordPress developer. This was a design by Chris Marlow that was laid out on a 14-column custom grid and turned into HTML with Twitter’s Bootstrap framework.

Vito Services website uses custom taxonomies to tie different types of content (pages, troubleshooting tips and coupons) together for easy maintenance.

Estevez Aluminum

Estevez Aluminum is a Waldorf, MD -based company that manufactures aluminum awnings, car ports, patio covers and screen enclosures. The client’s old website was really bad – it was sold over the phone and looked like it had been thrown together in 15 minutes.

In order to keep the cost down, the new site was built on Prototype theme from DX themes. The theme had a very clean, easily-modifiable look and feel and offered responsive design out of the box. Like many off-the-shelf themes, its page speed score was relatively low. Using basic optimization techniques, the site now has a page speed score of 95%.

Homepage: Estevez Aluminum

Outrage DC

Since its launch in the spring of 2012, this website has been sold to Washington Blade and has been slightly changed from how I left it.

I developed Outrage DC website for a client in the spring of 2012. Although an off-the-shelf theme was used as the base, a lot of custom development went into this one. I really liked this project because features such as the infinite scroll (where the next set of cards is loaded with Ajax when the user scrolls to the bottom of the page) and the calendar functionality took a quite a bit of programming. Most challenging tasks were handling recurring events, events with end-times spanning to the following day to mention a few. The backend UI also required a lot of custom Ajax functionality to be able to quickly manage a large number of events.

NOTE: Outrage DC is a pretty rowdy site catering to DC’s gay community and some of the content might be NSFW.