One of my domain investment projects that grew well beyond expectations. I had an idea in 2006 for a cross between an article publishing site and a multi-author blog; both of which were growing trends at the time.
By its 5th year there were almost 100,000 registered users and more than 30 paid content producers active with it.
Content Caboodle demanded more time then I had anticipated so I sold it to a group who also ran several other article publishing sites at the time.
The funnest and most rewarding project I've had the pleasure to work on.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania asked me to create a complete content structure and front end redesign for their website. It needed to promote their organizational mission and be easy for their office staff to edit and update on a daily basis.
From getting to play with a cork-board design base to working with an all around great group of people, I rarely have fun on a project like I did with this one.
Small business clients always have large demands in WordPress Theme and Plugin Development.
For almost twenty years now I have yet to see a shortage of custom WordPress work available that can give a business some advantage in their industry online.
From plugins that make it easy to curate and publish more content to building a custom integrated CRM (customer relationship manager) platform, I've learned to enjoy bending and twisting WordPress into submission for my client's needs.
Like popular coding IDE's of today it was project based, had embedded color tools, code debugging, and an integrated FTP client for easy publishing of your project to the web.
Though created for a small group of my own clients, I released w3IDE as Shareware in late 2004. A few months later PC Utilities magazine included it in issue #62 and it soon had over 50,000 registered users.
Soon after the PC Utilities mention a startup purchased the software to rebrand as a cornerstone in their products catalog.
My very first business venture began offline. In the late 1990's I setup a small printing shop that did custom work in addition to creating my own line of PeppyWear branded tees, jackets, and hats.
I took PeppyWear online in January 2002 with the idea of making it easy for customers everywhere to upload their own images or designs which they could then scale and place as they wanted on the product (tees, jackets, hats, and mousepads) before finalizing their order.
This was my first step into web applications and services, and while it was a success for PeppyWear at the time it also took me into a whole new direction which led to the birth of BanProNET.
Despite launching BanProNET Web Services in the Summer of 2002 I've held onto the PeppyWear brand--mostly for sentimental reasons.