May 8th, 2009
The EasyOffice is an exciting new entry in the world of Cloud Computing and software as a service (SaaS) for small and medium sized businesses. The CEO, Philip Meese, and I belonged to a small collective of freelance APL programmers in the early ’80s, and shared an interest in sailing and flying. He was even my upstairs neighbor for a few years. We recently reconnected at a reunion. He had a problem.
The website for his new business–low cost outsourcing of office systems, networks and applications—was unfinished; stalled. The content and visual assets were on a designer’s development server and communications with that vendor had broken down. I offered to rescue the site for a fixed fee; rebuild it in WordPress, duplicating the page hierarchy and site navigation; slapping a blog on the side to provide Philip with the tools to communicate with his customers and market.
I had fun with this one. The visual design was easy to implement so it was mostly organizing the content within WordPress’ CMS. We built the basic site in a couple of days then customized the elements and added new features over the last few weeks. The navigation bar’s drop-menus didn’t work in Internet Explorer, so that had to be redone and I had to modify the templates to show a smaller header image on the inside pages.