Technical web development - PHP/ColdFusion/SQL

PHP development in DreamweaverMy initial role at Cranfield was as a web developer working in initially HTML and then in ColdFusion. The majority of the applications that I developed were to allow non-HTML trained editors enter content online. Not only was this used to enable faster entry of content but it also allowed for the information to be re-used in other areas of the site automatically.

Key areas that I developed included:

Away from Cranfield, I have over six years experience of developing websites using PHP and mySQL. I have developed a number of sites privately, including this one, using PHP. I maintain the website for the village of Eversholt and one of the objectives was to enable people to post content within it who don't have web development skills.

In order to achieve this I have built public forms that post information into the database and this action triggers an email to the editor group inviting them to log into an admin area. Once logged in the user can review the content that's been submitted and either approve it to go live, make changes to it or indeed reject it completely. I also have built in automatic processes to remove news and events after their end dates have been reached.

Another site I have recently developed was for a friends new business. Here I took his design and created a content management system that enabled him to maintain the site from any computer without him needing to learn web skills.

This site also required an ePayment solution linking to the clients PayPal account. As the client did not have any HTML skills my system had to enable him to be able to add his PayPal shopping cart buttons onto the site easily. I created a help guide that gave clear step-by-step instructions and a system that was flexible enough to allow the client to modify both his content and prices himself.

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