Later in 2005, I continued to look for programming projects.
I took on various projects involving phpBB2, Wordpress and other popular software.
Eventually, I created a personal blog to test out some of the features of Wordpress.
I also took a more in-depth look into phpBB's code.
I took on a large project that was criticised by others as too intensive for such a limited timeframe.
The TrentDating Network required me to consummate my knowledge at the time into creating
forums, blogs, and various other online dating applications from scratch. Nobody in the marketplace was willing
to take on such a project for a deadline of only 3 weeks. To the client's satisfaction and disbelief,
I was able to complete the project in less time than the available timeframe.
In the same year, I also took on another large project from a client in the UK.
Flying-Legends.net contains 5,000 aviation-related files with over 3 million downloads
and 20,000 users. Due to the popularity of the website, downtime could not be afforded.
As a result, the website was largely up and running while renovations were taking place.
The project involved complete renovations to the download and user systems, creation of an administration panel,
and various other session handling features.
In late 2005 and early 2006, I co-founded a web hosting service with a partner in Connecticut.
I was responsible for setting up support forums and informative web pages for
a free web hosting provider.
I also created TutorialMonkey.com [2006-04-05],
an Adobe Photoshop tutorials website. Tutorial Monkey's early tutorials quickly attracted attention from
popular tutorials websites, including Good-Tutorials.com and Pixel2Life.com. My initial approach with
Tutorial Monkey was simple and effective. I hired various people to write Photoshop tutorials, and hand
selected the ones I felt had viewing potential. I would purchase the rights to those specific tutorials
and submit them to various sites around the web. Tutorial Monkey profited from PPC, PPM, and text link
advertisements. At its peak, it reached Google PR 4 status, with PR 5 predicted.
In 2006, I also created what is my most extensive self-project. pfEagle [2006-11-xx] is
an online content management system that provides users an application to showcase their resumes in an interactive, online format.
It involves carefully-crafted security features that allow users complete flexibility with the theme of their portfolios, as well as the standard features of a CMS (i.e. writing/managing pages, file uploads, etc.).
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