Is Fotan Right For Your Project?

Well, the short answer is, I don’t know.  Only you know what your project is.  However, I can give you an idea what kind of projects I’m looking for.  Lets start with that. My work queue is pretty full these days.  My focus is on one of three kinds of projects:

  1. A quick, easy project.  Something with a budget (not just “as cheap as I can get”) that I can knock out in a few hours.  I can usually fit little jobs like this in over a weekend, or in a couple evenings during the week.
  2. A retainer gig.  Something long term and ongoing with work on a weekly basis.  You can see my pricing for retainers here. (Retainers work for marketing companies too, by the way…)
  3. A really big project.  In other words, a project with a large budget and a long timeline.  By large budget, I’m thinking in the $5,000+ range with a launch date many months out.

I don’t want to sound all uppity, because that’s not my intention.  I just don’t have a lot of time to chase after people and, over the last 5 or 10 years, projects that fall outside of those three examples tend to take a LOT of my time while paying out very little.  Not sure what the deal is with that, but I’m not a fan of the trend. If your project doesn’t fit nicely into one of the three categories above, don’t be afraid to contact me.  I love talking about new projects, I just have to be choosy about the ones I take on.

TESTIMONIAL

Matt listened to my needs and was easy to work with. He was sensitive to my budget both in the set up of the design and in the recommendation for using WordPress. I am very pleased with the result and recommend him to my students for their websites.

— Judy Culp

Esthetics Northwest

Disabling Form Fields

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I have an app I'm working on where the admins want to be able to disable certain form fields so they can't be updated if your'e not an admin.  In other words, if you are a user updating your information, you can change xx and xxx fields, but not x or xxxx.  I figured, no p

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Single Property Websites

| Self-Managed Websites

Single Property Websites

I received an email from a real estate client a couple weeks ago asking about a website for a single property she has listed for sale.  Single property websites used to be labor intensive and difficult to make right.  With Wordpress, all things become easier.  I was able

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Single Property Websites

| Self-Managed Websites

Single Property Websites

I received an email from a real estate client a couple weeks ago asking about a website for a single property she has listed for sale.  Single property websites used to be labor intensive and difficult to make right.  With Wordpress, all things become easier.  I was able

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City of Winston, Oregon

| Self-Managed Websites

City of Winston, Oregon

The city had me create a website for them about a million years ago when 800x600 screens were HUGE!  It was about time for an update, so I gave them a Wordpress site that allows them to manage all their own "stuff".  Like:Special Announcements Minutes of public meet

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City of Winston, Oregon

| Self-Managed Websites

City of Winston, Oregon

The city had me create a website for them about a million years ago when 800x600 screens were HUGE!  It was about time for an update, so I gave them a Wordpress site that allows them to manage all their own "stuff".  Like:Special Announcements Minutes of public meet

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Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

| WordPress Blogs

Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

At the day job I was tasked with creating a Wordpress child theme for the college sports teams.  Since I'm a Bootstrap kind of guy, and Lane has standardized on Bootstrap as a framework, I found a pretty basic theme that uses Bootstrap for its core and proceeded to modify t

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Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

| WordPress Blogs

Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

At the day job I was tasked with creating a Wordpress child theme for the college sports teams.  Since I'm a Bootstrap kind of guy, and Lane has standardized on Bootstrap as a framework, I found a pretty basic theme that uses Bootstrap for its core and proceeded to modify t

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Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

| WordPress Blogs

Lane Titans Custom Wordpress Child Theme

At the day job I was tasked with creating a Wordpress child theme for the college sports teams.  Since I'm a Bootstrap kind of guy, and Lane has standardized on Bootstrap as a framework, I found a pretty basic theme that uses Bootstrap for its core and proceeded to modify t

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WordPress Dashboard look funny?

| WordPress Tweaks

WordPress Dashboard look funny?

Recently (September 2015), when I'm in Dashboard, the left side menu does odd things when you scroll.  Specifically, text links will move around and stack on top of each other.  Not really a big deal, but pretty annoying when you're trying to write posts, or edit pages, ri

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Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

| Real Estate and Property Management

Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

I've been horrible about adding new projects to my portfolio for, I don't know, maybe 2 years?  There's no end in sight to being too busy to get it all updated, so I'm going to do one monster post with a ton of sites and very minimal descriptions.  Then, I'll try to be bet

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Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

| Real Estate and Property Management

Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

I've been horrible about adding new projects to my portfolio for, I don't know, maybe 2 years?  There's no end in sight to being too busy to get it all updated, so I'm going to do one monster post with a ton of sites and very minimal descriptions.  Then, I'll try to be bet

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Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

| Real Estate and Property Management

Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

I've been horrible about adding new projects to my portfolio for, I don't know, maybe 2 years?  There's no end in sight to being too busy to get it all updated, so I'm going to do one monster post with a ton of sites and very minimal descriptions.  Then, I'll try to be bet

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Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

| Real Estate and Property Management

Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

I've been horrible about adding new projects to my portfolio for, I don't know, maybe 2 years?  There's no end in sight to being too busy to get it all updated, so I'm going to do one monster post with a ton of sites and very minimal descriptions.  Then, I'll try to be bet

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Forms with Multiple Checkbox Arrays

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Forms with Multiple Checkbox Arrays

When I'm making web forms I can never remember exactly how to set "stuff" up.  I'm thinking I'm probably not the only one with this leaky brain problem.  Anyway, I was setting up a pretty large form today and had to create a group of check boxes.  When you're doing a chec

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One-Click WordPress Installer

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One-Click WordPress Installer

So, I install a lot of WordPress.  It gets painful going to wordpress.org, downloading the latest stable version, unzipping it then uploading the zillion files up to the server through FTP.  Especially if you're not on some crazy fast internet connection.  Personally, my

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The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

| WordPress Plugins

The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

While developing a custom WordPress plugin I saw this error when activating it.  The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation I did a little Googling and found that there are a few most common causes:A white space before or after the PH

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The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

| WordPress Plugins

The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation

While developing a custom WordPress plugin I saw this error when activating it.  The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation I did a little Googling and found that there are a few most common causes:A white space before or after the PH

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HTTP / HTTPS fix for WordPress

| WordPress Plugins

***UPDATE***So, one of those pesky LaneCC blog network users had a problem with a syndicated blog post that included an iframe embedded YouTube video losing the HTTPS today.  I looked into it and found an additional filter to add to the plugin, so we're up to v1.1.  Woo Ho

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HTTP / HTTPS fix for WordPress

| WordPress Plugins

***UPDATE***So, one of those pesky LaneCC blog network users had a problem with a syndicated blog post that included an iframe embedded YouTube video losing the HTTPS today.  I looked into it and found an additional filter to add to the plugin, so we're up to v1.1.  Woo Ho

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Responsive iFrames (like YouTube videos...)

| Code

I'm working on converting a website from plain-Jane to responsive and the website happens to have some videos.  That's all great and everything, except when you embed a YouTube, Vimeo... video or pretty much anything with an iFrame, like Facebook and Twitter embeds, they ar

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Sessions in custom WordPress applications

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So, I spent a couple hours trying to figure out why I suddenly couldn't pass variables page to page in a custom WordPress application using $_SESSION.  Turns out that in one of the major releases in the last year or so they did something that kills $_SESSION variables.  No

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Require Login For Single WordPress Page

| WordPress Plugins

By default, anyone who comes to your WordPress website can see any page on that website.  What if you want your website to be open to everyone, except you really need to have a page or two that only registered, logged in users see?  Example?  A company intranet, a calenda

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Require Login For Single WordPress Page

| WordPress Plugins

By default, anyone who comes to your WordPress website can see any page on that website.  What if you want your website to be open to everyone, except you really need to have a page or two that only registered, logged in users see?  Example?  A company intranet, a calenda

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Require Login For Single WordPress Page

| WordPress Plugins

By default, anyone who comes to your WordPress website can see any page on that website.  What if you want your website to be open to everyone, except you really need to have a page or two that only registered, logged in users see?  Example?  A company intranet, a calenda

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Create Calendar .ICS files with PHP

| Code

On a project I was working on recently it would have been cool if we could dynamically create an ICS file so people could download and import events into their calendars.  I did some looking and found several "scripts" that all claimed to do the trick, but none worked quite

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